Why You Should Build Your Online Shop With WordPress, BuddyPress and WooCommerce

I got a mail from a WordPress developer, and he asked me a simple question:

What is the primary use case, for WooCommerce store owners, for your extension?

As the developer of the WooCommerce BuddyPress Integration Plugin I needed to do something to clarify this once and for all ;-) Seriously, if a developer asks such a question, there needs to be many users out there who I’d like to explain why I build this plugin.

 

We build shops for years and most clients start with a small shop and one initial idea in mind. Mostly they don’t think about what’s the next step for their online shop if their online business successes and the initial idea evaluates and grows.

 

In the beginning, a simple shop solution feeds most startup needs.
As your user base grows, you may want to have some deeper integration to your customers. Get in contact and keep them coming back.

Most eCommerce Sites Do 5 Terribly Dangerous Mistakes

  1. They do not collect every data possible.
  2. They do not have a redundant user database.
  3. They did not imaging where their shop will grow to.
  4. They did not investigate in building trusted relationships
  5. They were lost in support and service structures and SaaS service.

 

It’s always the same. To run a successful eCommerce business today is much more then to just have an online shop and sell your products with some payment gateway to pay the products. This is the basic setup that every shop system provides. But it does nothing else for you, your business and your customers.

Studies found out that returning customers are the ones you earn the most with. Customer relationships need trust. Without trust user will leave your site sooner than later.

Building customer trust is less difficult if you use WooCommerce and BuddyPress together

We talk about live chats, well organized support systems, pre-sale questions funny games where you let them win stuff, Support or Product specific content… If you get closer to your customers and listen to what they have to say you will create the deep trust and get the information and data you need to improve your products and service.

 

To achieve all this, WordPress, BuddyPress and WooCommerce are the tools to go with and its the reason why we build the WooCommerce for BuddyPress Integration Plugin.

 

Lets make an Example

Create an achievement system, that brings your customers fun, and they will come back.

An achievement system is a system, where the users get different levels (or points), depending on their activity and what they have done and achieved on your site. For example, if a user in a forum answers 3 question he gets a “Supporter” level/achievement.. It’s up to your creativity how to use it for your business and create your own achievements rules.

This was just one example of endless extensions available and I will leave it with this one. WordPress has plugins for almost any purpose, but what’s important at this place, that with the WooCommerce for BuddyPress Integration, you can integrate it all with your shop and give your users a private member area to find it all.

 

We have build it to give shop owners the playground of social network components.

You should not ask yourself one day

  • I need all this information – why didn’t I collect it?
  • Why didn’t I bind the users to my shop when I had this bulk of users coming to my place??
  • Why did I miss all these chances??

Most online store owners realize that they missed a big chance when they first did it wrong and missed it.

Always remember, it’s all about conversion. Recurring customers are your goal.

Like WooCommerce, most plugins come with their own views in the frontend. Some plugins come with extra account settings. The more plugins you use, the more different user-relevant places will exist on your site and with more services and plugin the level begins where you loose control and your customers get lost.

 

Keep it centralized!
With the WooCommerce for BuddyPress Integration you can have the power of all combined to one:
WordPress Plugins, WooCommerce Plugins, and all of the BuddyPress world becomes centralized in one place, for easy access to your users and your services.

In case you’re new to BuddyPress, learn more about BuddyPress here.

 

WordPress and BuddyPress have API’s and therefore we can build integrations more solid. That also means we can integrate services like Zendesk, HelpScout, Basecamp, Highrise, Salesforce and so on right into the user profiles. And there are already plugins for the most services.

We just need to bring all this into the users profile and keep it centralized.

 

See the plugin in action

Checkout this short introduction video about WooCommerce for BuddyPress Integration Plugin

WCBP makes the WooCommerce BuddyPress Integration very easy. All WooCommerce relevant user data and account pages are integrated into your BuddyPress member profile. All data get sync from WooCommerce into BuddyPress to have it saved for you if you need it one day.

Include Any Plugin Into Your BuddyPress Member Profiles

You can easily include any WooCommerce or custom-post-type based plugin into your BuddyPress member profiles and turn it into a real BuddyPress component, with just few clicks.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a WordPress, WooCommerce or BuddyPress plugin. You participate from all and bring it together with the WooCommerce BuddyPress Integration.

The plugin redirects your WooCommerce pages or all other plugin pages to the correct member profile view. WooCommerce BuddyPress Integration is the plugin if you want to have WooCommerce and BuddyPress working together hand-in-hand.

Get WooCommerce BuddyPress Integration Here

WooCommerce BuddyPress Integration

 

We have built this plugin when WooCommerce just popped up in the WordPress world. Since that time we improve it continuously, based on all our user feedback and experiences. What do YOU think about this? Your Feedback is Welcome

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  1. Hello, I really love the idea of this plugin and could really use it for my website; but I have just one question:

    WooCommerce has a plugin called the Product Vendors extension, which allows your shop to operate in the same manner as eBay or Etsy by having multiple vendors selling products on your website. So would this integration plugin be compatible with that?

    I’d like my vendors to sell products but also have an amazing social experience with the members :)