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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
If you sell products online with WooCommerce, it’s important to make sure your website abides by all privacy laws. One easy way of doing this is by using a cookie compliance plugin.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the best cookie compliance plugins that offer full-fledged cookie management features such as auto cookie scanning and auto-blocking of anything not explicitly categorized or defined.
To determine how each cookie compliance plugin affects website performance, we have also conducted speed audits on the homepage using Google PageSpeed Insights and compared them to a base install which doesn't have any.
See our recommendation for the Best Cookie Compliance Plugin for your Store
Smashing Magazine has written a terrific article featuring useful tools which can be used to identify and fix your Core Web Vitals scores to boost the web performance of your sites.
An example of a tool covered is Experte’s Bulk Core Web Vitals Check - a free tool that crawls up to 500 pages of your domain and provides an overview of the Core Web Vitals scores.
You get a full overview of the pages that perform best, and pages that perform worst — and can compare the values over time.
Read about useful Core Web Vitals Tools to Measure the Performance of your Site
If speed is one of your chief concerns when selecting a hosting company (and it should be) these performance reviews may be of interest.
The benchmarks include a Load Storm test designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in, and browsing (uncached performance).
The WooCommerce tests are performed on a dummy website with Storefront set as the theme and sample products loaded.
Top Tier winners for WooCommerce hosting include GreenGeeks, Pressable, Servebolt, and WordPress.com. Two others achieved Honorable Mentions – ICDSoft and SiteGround.
Discover the WooCommerce Hosting Performance Benchmarks for 2022
Rodolfo from Business Bloomer has posted yet another useful WooCommerce snippet, this time providing the code to include a quantity selector on the checkout page.
As he says, this is useful if a customer needs to adjust their item quantities at the checkout before completing their order. Plus, if you are sending users directly to the checkout (skipping the cart page), it's a great feature to have.
See How to Display Quantity Selectors on the WooCommerce Checkout Page
Justin Ferriman (former CEO of LearnDash) has written an excellent article about how useful reviews can be in market research. As he puts it:
Buried within product reviews is a goldmine, you just have to know where to look. You’ll find out things like:
- What people love
- What people hate
- Submarkets in your primary market
- Ideas for your product or service (or new ones altogether)
- How your competition is doing
It's simple stuff, but by researching reviews from your primary competitors you can learn an awful lot about your own business and where opportunities can arise.
Learn how useful Reviews can be for Market Research
That's it for this edition. Simply reply to this email if you have any questions or suggestions, we read every message. Have a great week and best of luck with your projects!
Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus