If you wanted to customize the WooCommerce checkout page two years back, it would have been extremely tough without coding. Because there wasn’t any plugin to accomplish this objective. You could do it with help of a developer but that would cost you a hefty amount of money. Also, it would have been a time-consuming step.
WooCommerce releases updates frequently and making the codes compatible with each newer version means more expenditure. That’s why CoDesigner came up with the best solution in the market – letting you customize the WooCommerce checkout page. This plugin lets you do more on your WooCommerce store to boost your business. You will get to know more details and try the cool features on CoDesigner’s official website.
WooCommerce is undoubtedly one of the best eCommerce solutions in the world. According to wordpress.org statistics, more than 5 million websites use WooCommerce. This means almost 5 million online business owners rely on it. This plugin has over 186 million downloads to date and increasing. More entrepreneurs and new users are interested in using it day by day. Another cool fact is that approximately 93.7% of WordPress online retailers use WooCommerce as per the report of Woosuite.
This eCommerce tool has all the basic things you need to run an online business smoothly. Also, new WordPress users and online startups can install and customize this plugin with ease. You can manage your inventory, set prices for different products, add new products, edit the previously added products, add product images, manage categories, apply tags, etc. It gained so much popularity because of these functionalities and its simplicity.
Features WooCommerce doesn’t have
Although WooCommerce is a really powerful tool it lacks some crucial functionality for advanced users. Some of the most important abilities for the WooCommerce store owners include –
- Customizing the checkout page and further designing it,
- WooCommerce checkout editor – means you can’t add new fields on the billing and shipping portions,
- Add delivery date field on the checkout page.
- Option to edit and design the cart page.
- Customizing and designing the single product template.
- Option to add new product tabs.
- New tabs on the My Account page.
- Creating a separate Thank You page.
- Add conditional fields on the checkout page.
- Customizing and designing the default WooCommerce email templates.
- Designing the shop page.
- Creating and customizing a separate wishlist page.
This list includes only the major features that are not available in WooCommerce. There are also some minor capabilities that don’t come with the basic WooCommerce. CoDesigner has been developed by keeping these features in mind.
In this post, we will be discussing the importance of optimizing the WooCommerce checkout page and showing you the steps to customize it using CoDesigner along the way.
Importance of optimizing WooCommerce checkout page
Optimizing WooCommerce checkout improves the shoppers’ experience and increases the conversion rate. It is needless to say that if you wish to have growth in your business – definitely optimize the checkout page of your WooCoommerce store. Because the checkout page act as an inseparable part of online business.
The default WooCommerce has many fields and some specific types of users find it irrelevant. That’s why you need to understand their preferences. This varies from user to user but you need to categorize your users and keep the relevant fields that suit your store.
Some users find the default WooCommerce style back-dated. For the betterment of the user experience, you will need to keep an eye on the design too. A modern checkout page is preferable to all. So, you should try adopting a modern look for your store’s checkout page. CoDesigner lets you do all these changes within minutes.
Tips to optimize the WooCommerce checkout page
There are a lot of ways to optimize the WooCommerce checkout page. In past days you had to take the help of a developer to do it. Now, CoDesigner is here to help you with optimizing the checkout page. As I already mentioned the importance of optimizing the WooCommerce checkout page, now I will share some handy tips to do it. The best practices for customizing and optimizing the WooCommerce checkout page include –
- Customize the WooCommerce checkout page for a better user experience.
- Use a custom Thank You message that suits your customers.
- Design the checkout page to make it more attractive.
- Make the checkout page fully responsive for all devices.
- Add or remove new required fields.
- Hide the Shipping Address section if you are only selling digital goods.
- Allow users to create accounts on the checkout page.
- Enable guest checkout
- Include all the popular payment options.
You can also try shortening the checkout process by excluding the cart page and adding conditional fields if needed.
Now we will see how you can do the listed things with the help of CoDesigner, CoDesigner Pro, WooCommerce, and Elementor.
1. Customize the WooCommerce checkout page
CoDesigner has 6 flexible checkout widgets that let you customize and design a WooCommerce checkout without any coding. The checkout widgets include –
- Billing widget,
- Shipping widget,
- Order review,
- Payment methods,
- Thank You widget and
- Order pay widget.
Before following the steps below just make sure you have the following plugins installed and activated on your website.
The good thing is you don’t need Elementor Pro to customize the WooCommerce checkout page. Now, you can follow the simple steps mentioned below to customize the WooCommerce checkout page on your own!
Step 1: Create a new page and assign it as the default WooCommerce checkout page in the WooCommerce settings. Navigate to:
WordPress Dashboard – WooCommerce – Settings – Advanced tab
Now, select the checkout page dropdown, select your new page from the drop-down, and set it as the default WooCommerce checkout page.
Step 2: Enable the CoDesigner checkout widgets
To do this go to the CoDesigner widgets tab on the WordPress dashboard.
Now, edit the new checkout page with Elementor. On the Elementor editor page search for the CoDesigner checkout widgets from the ‘Search’ option under the ‘ELEMENTS’ tab.
Drag & Drop the CoDesigner checkout widgets into different sections as follows –
In the first section, you can add the billing, shipping, order review, and payment methods widget. Make sure these widgets are added in a single section. Otherwise, they might not work properly. Don’t worry, the columns can be randomized and designed as your preferences in all the sections. Also, the sections mentioned below can be in different sequences too!
Click the “Contains Checkout” in the settings of this section as shown in the screenshot below.
The Order Pay widget also needs to be added in a different section. After adding the Order Pay widget into the section, select “Contains Order Pay.”
Now, you can start customizing by changing the content of billing and shipping widgets.
Under the ‘Content’ tab of the billing and shipping widget, you can edit the section title, edit the field name, and add new fields.
The order notes widget also lets you change the title and add new fields.
In the order-pay widget, you can change the section title and button text.
2. Use a custom Thank You message
The default WooCommerce doesn’t have any easy solution to display custom Thank You messages on your store. CoDesigner lets you do this with ease. If you wish to display a custom Thank You message, add a new section on the new checkout page. Then insert the Thank You widget in this section. You can use eye-soothing images and texts as content.
Don’t forget to select “Contains Thank You” for this section.
In the Thank You widget add your own thank you message and change the title of the order info.
3. Design your checkout page
The look of your checkout page can drive positive thoughts from your customer. They will feel more comfortable with your service. That’s why you need to design the WooCommerce checkout page and CoDesigner is the perfect tool for it. You will have tons of options to design your new checkout page with this plugin.
To do this, you need to click on the ‘Style’ tab of the checkout widgets. You can change the Typography, text color, padding, margin, radius, border, add background color or images, and many more!
4. Make the checkout page fully responsive for all devices
Customers turn away if they can’t access your checkout page from various devices. In the modern era, most customers visit online stores using mobile devices. That’s why it’s extremely vital to make your online store, especially the checkout page fully responsive for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. With Elementor you can make your site fully responsive without writing a single line of code.
All you need to do is edit the checkout page or any other page with Elementor and then click the responsive symbol as shown in the screenshot below. You will see three icons on the top of the editor. These icons will display how your website will look on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.
5. Add or remove new required fields
Each online store has different targeted audiences for various types of products. The products can be services, experiences, specialty goods, industrial goods, or digital goods. You might need different information from the customer while they are checking out. Original WooCommerce doesn’t really have any convenient way to add or remove new data fields on the checkout page. You can easily customize the WooCommerce checkout page to add or remove new data fields with CoDesigner. This can be done on the Billing, Shipping, and Order Notes widgets. You need to follow the steps below to add or remove new data fields on the checkout page –
- Go to the content tabs of billing/shipping/order notes.
- Click on the Content tab
- On the billing widget click the Billing Fields, shipping widget click on Shipping Fields, and Order Fields on the order notes widget.
- At the bottom of the existing fields, you will see the Add Item button.
- After adding the field you can change the label of the field, select class name, input type, fields name, placeholder, autocomplete value, show in the order email, show on Thank You page, show on the Order Edit page, and finally mark it as Required.
Watch video – Step-by-step video demonstrating how to customize the WooCommerce checkout page using CoDesigner.
6. Hide the Shipping Address section if you are only selling digital goods
Most online businesses selling digital services and products don’t really require any shipping address from the customer. This is because the services or products are not shipped to customers in real-time. Customers can download online goods and services just by surfing the store over the internet. Customers might find it irrelevant if you include a shipping section on a full-fledged online store.
The WooCommerce checkout page doesn’t have the option to completely remove or hide the shipping section. CoDesigner can completely remove the shipping section while you customize the WooCommerce checkout page. You don’t need to write any code for this option either. You can simply refrain from adding the shipping widget while customizing the WooCommerce checkout page.
Here’s a sample WooComemrce checkout page made with CoDesigner without including the shipping section –
7. Allow users to create accounts on the checkout page
Allowing the customers to create accounts while checking out will be beneficial for both sides. This will help you know specific details like their email address, name, location, etc. This data can be helpful for sending them offers and newsletter emails, following up on purchase experiences, doing surveys on new products, and more! From the customer’s perspective, this would save a lot of time for them while purchasing from your store in the future.
In order to let the customers create accounts on the WooCommerce checkout page, you can follow the steps below –
(1) Go to WooCommerce settings – (2) Click on Accounts & Privacy – (3) Enable “Allow customers to create an account during checkout”
8. Enable guest checkout
Some users don’t want to share personal details on the online store. That’s why you should keep the guest checkout option in your online store. This will keep the customers feel safe and buy without any hesitation from your store. They might even come back for purchasing different products. You won’t get their details in this process but it will increase your sales for sure.
Enabling guest checkout is pretty simple and straightforward on WooCommerce. Just follow these steps –
(1) Go to WooCommerce settings – (2) Click on Accounts & Privacy – (3) Check the option – “Allow customers to place orders without an account”
9. Include all the popular payment options
Integrating all the popular payment methods on your WooCommerce store will keep the shopping experience seamless for customers. They won’t need to find alternative options if you accept payment with the most popular methods like visa, MasterCard, PayPal, direct bank transfer, etc. You can make a list of the payment methods that are popular among your target audience and integrate them into your WooCommerce store.
You can easily add the payment methods by using the default options on WooCommerce settings. WooCommerce includes cash on delivery, PayPal, direct bank transfer, and cash on delivery by default. Also, you can try third-party plugins to add more payment options to your WooCommerce store. Follow the steps below to add new payment methods to your store –
(1) Go to WooCommerce settings – (2) Click on Payments – (3) Set Up your preferred payment methods
Wrapping it up
CoDesigner can take your online store to the next level with little effort and its expanding features. Besides letting you customize the WooCommerce checkout page, it can help you design Single Product templates, create a shop, add new tabs on My Account page, design and customize the Cart page, and WooCommerce emails to boost your online business. You can check out the demo for these features on CoDesigner’s main website and try widgets in real-time on the demo site.