Creating a custom plugin for WooCommerce stores is often more complex than you think. Many organizations need to understand the complexities of the project before doing it themselves or hiring an inexperienced developer.
Our client, a fintech solution provider specializing in donation payments, made a similar mistake. The client created a plugin to enable donors to redeem points on the client's partner stores they obtain for every donation they make.
However, the client could not use the plugin to its full extent and often encountered issues. The company approached Virtina seeking to customize their existing WooCommerce plugin and help them launch the same to the plugin marketplace.
Here is how the WooCommerce experts at Virtina helped the client with the project and launch of their customized WooCommerce plugin.
Plugin Customization to Redeem Offers From Partnering Sites
The client had a custom-made plugin for WooCommerce stores with the basic functionality to enable donors to redeem points across partnering websites. However, the plugin the client built needed to meet WooCommerce standards. Since the client's plugin was unavailable in the WooCommmerce marketplace, it often questioned its reliability.
Our WooCommerce experts had to customize the plugin to incorporate advanced features and capabilities. We implemented various customization in the plugin, including automatically applying reward points to cart value, the category-wise connection of products, and more. As a result, partnering websites have better flexibility to enable donors to redeem their reward points quickly.
The customer or donor earns points every time they donate using the client's Fintech solution. Donors can save up these points and redeem them as offers or discounts from the client's partner sites. We ensured the donor could quickly redeem their points via the custom WooCommerce plugin while keeping up with all WooCommerce standards.
Access Custom Offers From the Client's Website
The donor must first access the client's website to redeem their points. After logging in, customers/donors can view custom offers ad discounts they can access from the website. The user can view the relevant recommendations on the client's website and choose the one they want to redeem. It lets donors choose the ideal brand, product, etc., to use their reward points.
Donors or customers can not directly access the custom offers and discounts the client offers on their website. Donors can't see the same offer on the client's website if they visit the partnering site directly. In other words, donors can only redeem their points via the customized WooCommerce plugin we helped the client build.
Upon clicking on the relevant offer or discount the donor sees on the client's website, the plugin automatically takes to the appropriate partnering website. The offer applies automatically to the products on the partnering website. The donor can buy the product and redeem their points from her. All this is possible due to the seamless communication via the customized plugin we helped the client build.
Automatic Application of Offers and Discounts
One of the advanced capabilities we implemented in the client's WooCommerce plugin is automatically applying offers and discounts. The plugin can automatically apply the relevant offers or discounts to the cart value. However, donors can not access the exact offers and discounts if they go directly to the partnering site.
The customized WooCommerce plugin here is a security and ensures exclusivity to the offers and discounts the clients offer to donors. Besides that, the security key ensures the points are redeemable on partnering sites that installed and activated the custom WooCommerce plugin. It also simplifies the overall user experience as the donor does not have to feed in codes manually.
Key Access for Installing and Activating the WooCommerce Plugin
Security is one of the aspects that we at Virtina always prioritize, and it was the same in this case. We ensured that only those who should have access to the customized WooCommerce plugin could access it. A WooCommerce store owner can only install and activate the personalized plugin with the security key we provide.
It ensures that no one can misuse the customized WooCommerce plugin or associate the client's brand with suspicious websites. As a company that deals with non-profits, reliability and security are uncompromisable for the client. Even if a storeowner can access the plugin file, they need the relevant keys to activate it.
Category-wise Connection Feature With ReactJS
Category-wise product connection feature is one of the significant customizations we made to the client's WooCommerce plugin. The initial plugin version only had some essential components enabling the partnering companies to connect their products. WooCommerce store owners could choose the products for which donors could apply redeemable points from the client.
We implemented a feature that allows partnering stores to choose the products and entire product categories eligible for offers or discounts. Before, partnering stores had to select products suitable for the offers or discounts. Moreover, the plugin had no option to choose an entire product category and apply custom discounts by the client.
Initially, partnering WooCommerce store owners had to apply the discount/offer product-by-product for the entire category. With the customizations we made for the client's WooCommerce plugin, this only takes a few clicks. We implemented the feature to the WooCommerce plugin using ReactJS.
As you know, ReactJS is a high-end development language. Thanks to our experts, we could use the ReactJS module to ensure efficient loading for the customized WooCommerce plugin. As a result, we created a highly-responsive and fast WooCommerce plugin that meets all the client requirements.
Resolving Language Translation Issues and Enhancing Accuracy
Besides the several customizations we implemented on the client's WooCommerce plugin, we also fixed some existing issues. One of the main concerns about the client's existing WooCommerce plugin is the translational issue. The client offered its Fintech solution to users across the world.
However, the client's existing plugin for the WooCommerce website could not handle the language translation function well. Our experts were able to fix the issue for the client quickly. We ensured the customized WooCommerce plugin could efficiently run multi-language tasks without glitches or errors.
As a result, the customized WooCommerce plugin can efficiently serve store owners across different countries. It ensures the client can efficiently serve customers across borders and maximize their reach. The expert team at Virtina ensured that the plugin provides accurate communication across a diverse audience.
Custom Pop-up Development for WooCommerce Plugin
One thing that sets Virtina apart from other companies providing WooCommerce development services is its attention to detail. We knew more than merely implementing the automatic application of offers or discounts to the products of partnering stores is only half the task. Our experts are always looking for ways to streamline the user experience, and implementing a custom pop-up was necessary for the plugin.
The custom pop-up we created for the client's WooCommerce plugin effectively ensures that the customer or donor knows their offer or discount is pre-applied. The user often does not notice their offer or discount is pre-applied. Therefore, the customeror donor may try to apply their offer or discount again.
The custom pop-up we implemented effectively stops this from happening. We display a custom message that informs the user that their offer/discount is pre-applied. The pop-up appears automatically as the customer/donor navigates to the partnering store from the client's website.
Plugin Standardization and Release to WooCommerce Marketplace
Although the client already had a custom plugin for WooCommerce stores, it was not built as per WooCommerce standards. The client could not release or launch their custom plugin in the WooCommerce plugin marketplace. Hence, the client had to send the relevant plugin files directly to non-profits and partner stores.
At Virtina, we specialize in all types of WooCommerce projects, whether creating a store from scratch or building custom WooCommerce plugins. Our expert team could easily customize the client's plugin as per WooCommerce standards and launch it in the plugin marketplace. We ensured every step in the development process met the standards set by WooCommerce.
Moreover, releasing the customized plugin in the WooCommerce marketplace ensured that non-profits and partnering stores could easily access the plugin. It also added the element of authenticity to the plugin, which made it easier for partnering organizations to trust the client's customized WooCommerce plugin.