Introducing our WooCommerce side cart plugin to grow sales

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Our latest plugin is now available! WooCommerce Fast Cart is an awesome way to supercharge your cart and checkout flow. It will increase conversions by reducing friction and by helping customers to complete their purchase more easily.

The WooCommerce order process can be too slow and complex. We created WooCommerce Fast Cart to make it quicker and easier to view products in the cart, promote related products, and to speed up checkout for customers. Combined with our other plugins, you can now optimize every part of the customer journey!

What's wrong with the WooCommerce cart and checkout?

Problem 1: Too many pages

WooCommerce provides a Cart and Checkout page. After adding products to the cart, the customer must view the cart page to check their order. Here, they can edit their order, change quantities and remove items. Once happy with the order, they click a button to proceed to the Checkout page. On the checkout they enter their name and email, select a shipping method, enter their address, enter payment information (plus optional billing address) before they click to confirm the order. That's quite a lot of steps!

We thought we could improve this with our WooCommerce side cart plugin. It brings the entire order process onto the Shop page where the customer is already viewing and adding products to their order. With Fast Cart, the customer never leaves the page as it's all handled by the side cart popup.

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Problem 2: Customers are not encouraged to buy more

When you add products to the cart in WooCommerce, you can either direct customers to the cart page, or keep them on the same product they were already. Neither of these approaches is ideal:

  • Redirecting customers to the cart page makes them less likely to add more products, thus decreasing your average order value.
  • Keeping customers on the same product isn't great as they've already added that product! They need to go back to the Shop to add more products, and there's nothing to encourage them to Checkout. The customer loses momentum and is more likely to abandon their purchase.

Our side cart plugin fixes both of these problems.

What is WooCommerce Fast Cart?

WooCommerce Fast Cart adds a popup or side cart and/or checkout to your store.

The side cart makes it easy for customers to review their order, change quantities, remove items and redeem discount codes. It works with WooCommerce's powerful product recommendation engine, encouraging customers to spend more by displaying related products based on what is already in the cart.

When the customer is ready, they can proceed to the checkout. This could either be the standard checkout page, or you can actually display the WooCommerce checkout within the popup mini cart.

The fast checkout is quite unique. There are other plugins (although very few that we would recommend) which add a basic side cart to your site, but it is very unusual to display the WooCommerce checkout as a popup. We believe this is an important feature that makes it much quicker and easier to buy products.

You can display the popup cart as either a side cart on the right of the screen, or a larger lightbox in the middle.

Aren't popups annoying?

I couldn't agree with you more! There's nothing worse than trying to view a web page and being interrupted by a popup that you didn't ask for.

The WooCommerce side cart plugin is different because it only shows information that the customer is actively interested in. It doesn't nag them to sign up to a newsletter, and it doesn't appear when the customer is trying to leave the page. It simply displays the products that they have chosen to add to the cart, in a convenient side cart that will save them time.

Use the plugin settings to make the WooCommerce side cart as unobtrusive as you like. You can either have it open automatically when products are added to the cart; or you can display a floating side cart icon so that customers can choose when to open it.

Example use cases

WooCommerce Fast Cart is very flexible. It has lots of options so that you can configure the side cart to meet your needs.

To show you how diverse the plugin is, here are some examples of different customer journeys that you can create. The first example is the most unobtrusive option, and the last one forces customers to complete their purchase as quickly as possible.

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Use case 1: An optional WooCommmerce side cart as an alternative to the regular cart

This use case provides a user-friendly way for customers to access the cart, while allowing them to access the WooCommerce cart and checkout pages if they choose to do so.

  1. The customer visits your shop and adds a product to their cart.
  2. A subtle yet prominent cart icon appears on the top right or bottom right of their screen, indicating the number of items in the cart. The customer can continue shopping as usual.
  3. When they are ready, the customer clicks on the cart icon to launch a side cart in the right hand side of their screen.
  4. The customer can use the side cart to view and modify their order, and to add recommended products (cross-sells) to the cart. Or if they prefer, they can access the main WooCommerce cart page and review their order there.
  5. Finally, the customer clicks on the 'Checkout' button in the side cart or on the cart page. This takes them to the standard WooCommerce checkout page to complete their order.

Use case 2: Replace the WooCommerce cart and checkout

This use case is slightly more proactive because it opens automatically when the customer adds products to the cart. It also displays a larger 'Added to cart' popup in the center of the page instead of a small side cart, and fully replaces the usual cart and checkout pages.

  1. The customer visits your shop and adds a product to their cart.
  2. An 'Added to cart' popup appears in the center of the page, displaying the cart contents and displaying recommended products that the customer may also be interested in.
  3. The customer can add the recommended products to the cart, change the quantity, or close the  window and continue browsing the shop.
  4. The 'Added to cart' popup will launch each time they add a product to the cart. When they are ready, they can make any final changes to the cart and click the 'Checkout' button.
  5. This will open the WooCommerce checkout directly in the popup window. The customer can review their order, enter their details, choose shipping options and make payment directly in the popup.

Use case 3: Sell products individually with one-step direct checkout

This use case is ideal for stores wanting a quick and easy way for customers to buy one product at a time. While it's less good than the other use cases for increasing the average order value, it is excellent for conversions because it is so fast.

  1. The customer visits your shop and adds a product to their cart.
  2. Immediately, the WooCommerce checkout opens as a popup - either as a side cart on the right hand side of the page, or as a larger window in the center.
  3. The customer enters their details, selects shipping options, pays and completes their order - directly in the popup checkout.

How to speed up the entire customer journey

As you have seen, WooCommerce Fast Cart speeds up the final stages of the buying process. Specifically, it jumps in after customers start adding products to their order.

To optimize the full customer journey and maximize conversions, you can use the side cart plugin alongside our other plugins to make it easier to find and organise your products.

Here are some plugins that work great with WooCommerce Fast Cart:

WooCommerce Quick View Pro

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You can lose out if customers are forced to visit a separate page for each product. Instead, let them view extra product details and add to the cart from a lightbox.

Our Quick View Pro integrates directly with WooCommerce Fast Cart. When you use the plugins together, the related products in the side cart will include 'Quick View' buttons. This lets customers learn more about the related products and choose options - without closing the side cart.

WooCommerce Product Table

WooCommerce Product Table lists products in a super-quick order form. It comes with variation dropdowns, filters, quantity pickers, images and multi-select checkboxes.

Customers can add multiple products to the cart at once, before completing their purchase with the WooCommerce side cart.

WooCommerce Restaurant Ordering

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Food and takeaway stores are great examples of sites that would benefit from quick one-page ordering. Instead of wasting customer's time with separate pages for each item, WooCommerce Restaurant Ordering provides a much faster experience.

Customers select their items, choose options or toppings, and add to the order from one single page. They can complete their purchase using WooCommerce Fast Cart.

WooCommerce Bulk Variations

WooCommerce Bulk Variations plugin

WooCommerce Bulk Variations is ideal for any customers wanting to buy multiple variations of the same product at once. Instead of choosing a variation and adding them one at a time, they enter a quantity for each and add them all in one go!

After adding the variations in bulk, they can view related products and complete their purchase in the WooCommerce side cart.

Where can I get WooCommerce Fast Cart?

WooCommerce Fast Cart is available on our website from today. It's available as a standalone plugin or as part of our WooCommerce Bundle.

As with all plugins it comes with:

  • In-depth documentation and tutorials.
  • Export support from our friendly team.
  • Full 30-day money back guarantee.
WooCommerce Fast Cart
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