WooCommerce alternatives you can’t afford to ignore

WooCommerce is a powerful ecommerce plugin for WordPress that lets you build all kinds of online stores. That’s why we chose WooCommerce to power our Ecommerce WordPress Hosting plans, complete with 40+ premium WooCommerce extensions, all included for free.

Related: Why WordPress Ecommerce Hosting is right for your next online store

But WooCommerce isn’t your only option for selling online. There are a bunch of other WordPress plugins that will let your customers – or your client’s customers – make purchases.

Depending on your needs, one of these WooCommerce alternatives may be better suited to the job. Here’s a selection of them worth considering for your next project:

  1. WP Easy Cart
  2. eCommerce Product Catalog Plugin
  3. Magento
  4. Ecwid
  5. BigCommerce
  6. Shopify + WP Shopify
  7. Easy Digital Downloads
  8. Gumroad
  9. Vcita
  10. Jobber
  11. Memberships + LMS
  12. Form builders

Note: We’re not looking at every possible alternative to WooCommerce. We’re only listing alternatives that feel … Read more

10 businesses finding success with a .store domain

One of the most beautiful aspects of the internet is that it provides everyone with a clean slate to build their business. Whether you’re a small business, a solopreneur, a large conglomerate, or an influencer with millions of followers — everyone starts with the same first step — registering their domain name. And in the ecommerce realm, a .store domain name is a perfect fit.

New ideas are brimming every day and all they need is the right platform to thrive. In this article, we look at some of the world’s largest brands and influencers along with startups and small businesses and the one thing that ties them together — a .store domain name.

What makes a .store domain so special?

A domain name is your online store’s address on the internet, almost like a virtual real estate.

As such, it needs to be attractive and inviting to customers.

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How to do a SWOT analysis to improve your business

If you’ve been in business for a while or if you follow the corporate world, you’ve probably come across the term SWOT analysis. SWOT analysis is a technique that you can use to examine and evaluate your business or your company and get a better understanding of your position in the industry. Not sure of how to do a SWOT analysis? We can help you out.

What is a SWOT analysis?

Before we dive into how to conduct a SWOT analysis for small businesses, let’s go over what a SWOT analysis is.

SWOT analysis involves identifying your company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Here’s what each of those elements means.

Strengths

Identifying your strengths involves understanding the things your company does exceptionally well.

This can include having a memorable and relatable brand, offering a particular service or product or providing fast customer service.

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3 low-cost marketing trends for the new normal

This article originally published on GoDaddy’s OpenWeStand.org website.

COVID-19 has changed how we live, work and relate. In the small business world, it’s no different. With social distancing measures still in place, brands have downsized or completely scaled back marketing budgets. In the wake of COVID-19, nearly $50 billion globally has been pulled out of the advertising market.

But instead of killing advertising, the pandemic has forced a creative renaissance. Instead of relying on huge budgets and professional shoots, we’re seeing the rise of self-edited, lo-fi, and home-shot content. Whether you’re a small business owner or new entrepreneur, you can take advantage of these new low-cost marketing trends. Below, you’ll learn how large brands have adapted to this shift, and how you can implement what’s currently working for them into your marketing strategy.

Lo-fi/low-cost marketing trends are the new normal

Big budget commercial shoots are nearly impossible to do right … Read more

Side hustle ideas — A beginner’s guide to planning a venture outside the nine-to-five

This post was originally published on Feb. 9, 2018, and was updated on June 6, 2019 and Sept. 8, 2020.

Sadly, it’s rare to find a day job that is both fulfilling and pays well. Add the current economic insecurity on top of that and you might have a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. Don’t despair. Today it’s easier than ever to implement a side hustle — that is, a venture outside of the nine-to-five where you pursue what’s important to you and, hopefully, make a little extra cash in the process. It starts with coming up with a few side hustle ideas.

A new term for an old tactic, side hustling is a method many are embracing to make extra income and pursue their dreams.

 

If the venture is planned and launched correctly, you could stand to earn a sizable chunk of money to … Read more