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Plus: Best SEO plugins • Free illustrations set • Goodbye Jigoshop • Quick views - good or bad?
Hi there, hope you're having a great Friday!
This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a weekly roundup of eCommerce articles, handpicked by us.
If you’ve not gotten the sale within 10-15 minutes of the cart being created – it has probably been abandoned.
In a world where digital distractions are only a glance away, recovering abandoned carts has moved from being a nice to have to a mission critical must have feature for all successful online stores.
We explain how to set this up in WooCommerce, if you're running an eCommerce store you should really have this.
Over on Create and Code we've updated our post on the best SEO plugins for WordPress. Isn’t that just a single item list that reads “Yoast SEO”?
Well, if you go with the mainstream answer, then probably yes. We look at some other options including a relatively new addition which is gaining in popularity - RathMath.
See what we think about each SEO plugin in our review.
I noticed this neat resource this week; a collection of bright, clean illustrations by Pablo Stanley. You can change each illustration, mixing up hairdos, tops, and pants. They'd be great for different website designs, and the landing page shows off some examples of how flexible the collection is.
Check out the free illustrations
I was saddened to learn this week that Jigoshop, the first eCommerce plugin for WordPress, which was later forked to become WooCommerce, is no more. It'll be tough for anyone running a live store with that plugin going forward, albeit the numbers have been massively reduced in recent years as WooCommerce has come to dominate the space.
Read about the end of Jigoshop
I had a question this week on using quick view modals on an eCommerce site and it brought me thinking about the research the Baymard institute did on the topic. Although they seem like a good idea, Baymard concluded that they added a host of usability issues and ultimately aren't recommended.
Read the full report on quick view modals
Latest Shoptimizer updates
If you've been using our Shoptimizer WooCommerce theme, we pushed a couple of minor updates in version 1.7.9. See everything on the theme's changelog page.
We're currently preparing a release which will include one-click updating, it's a feature people have been asking for a while and we're pleased that it's nearly ready.
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