Running an online WooCommerce store isn’t a cakewalk.
It involves tackling multiple challenges like setting up the website, managing the products, taking care of the hosting, executing marketing strategies, analysing trends, making decisions, building a relationship with customers and so much more.
Now, think if you had to manage not one but multiple WooCommerce stores?
The challenges just 10X. Don’t they?
Well, many entrepreneurs who have WooCommerce multi store live this horror every day.
They juggle with:
- Admin work
- Customer support
- Decision making and strategizing
- Order and user management
The list is literally endless….
So how do these WooCommerce multistores survive?
The answer is simple – They pick the right tools to get the work done.
In this article, I will chalk out some tools that will help you preserve your sanity as you manage your multi store WooCommerce setup. So hang in there…
Understanding the multi store WooCommerce environment
Before going full blast in multi-store jargon, let’s touch upon why do people have multiple stores? Especially, when running even a single store is stressful.
There are 2 main reasons:
- Different product lines – Many entrepreneurs run multiple businesses at once. They have products, services and tend to have a separate website to promote each of their ventures.
- Sold in different countries – At times, they have the same product but since it is sold in various countries, they create separate WooCommerce stores and personalize it based on the countries language, currency, sentiments etc.
Whatever be the reason, at the end of the day they have to manage more than one WooCommerce store. And that’s where the real challenges begin.
But don’t worry, we have a breakthrough solution and I will reveal it towards the end of the article. Stay tuned.
Coming back to the right tools for managing multiple WooCommerce shops;
Here is a quick video you must watch:
Plugins that help manage multistore WooCommerce. Effortlessly.
Managing pricing across multiple WooCommerce shops – WordPress Multisite Plugin for WooCommerce
This plugin helps you manage domain based prices, where you can add a different price for the same product in different domains. An important point to note in is this plugin, by default, offers independent Cart and Checkout, which is probably a good option in the customer’s perspective. However, if you are interested in a single checkout flow for all stores, you can contact the developers to get it customized.
Benefits of WordPress multisite plugin for WooCommerce
- Manage the Product details from a single location
- Control over all product across every Woocommerce store
- Installing separate Themes for individual stores from the same panel
- Separate carts for separate stores along with checkout page
Handling Cart and checkout across multiple WooCommerce stores – WooCommerce Global Cart
This plugin helps you bring together all your stores together to form a marketplace with single cart and checkout. So your customers can add any product from any store to the cart. The plugin integrates flawlessly to all the shops running in the multisite environment. And it works with all domain types including custom domains, subdomains, and subfolders. Overall, the single cart set up is simpler for customers, and they can access all the stores with the same user account.
Benefits of WooCommerce Global Cart
- Flexible cart checkout
- WooCommerce global reports.
- Unique orders interface for easy management.
- Global search across all shops.
Duplicating products across multiple WooCommerce stores – WooCommerce Multisite Duplicator
This plugin helps you address one of the common issues that you may face while creating multiple sites in the same environment. Basically, when you set up multiple stores, you may need to copy products from one site to another. WooCommerce multisite duplicator plugin helps you manage this pretty easily. It helps you duplicate your set of products from one site to another site, or to all other sites in the network. In fact, you can copy everything related to a product including images, taxonomies, attributes, variations, and metadata.
Benefits of WooCommerce Multisite Duplicator
- Configure what store data you want to show, create custom store locator layouts & apply custom map stylings to adapt the design to your theme.
- Create unlimited store categories & filters.
Reporting and analyzing multiple WooCommerce shops – Putler
One major hassle of running multiple stores is monitoring each of them. You need to have eyes everywhere at all times.
So switching between your WooCommerce shops is not the solution.
Here’s where Putler comes in.
Putler is the go-to tool that helps you monitor, manage and grow all your multiple WooCommerce shops from a single place.
Benefits of using Putler
Connect unlimited WooCommerce shops to Putler
And no I’m not exaggerating. You can literally connect as many WooCommerce shops to Putler and then monitor all those shops from a single window.
Well the steps to connect a WooCommerce store to Putler is super simple:
- Once you sign in to Putler, click on the WooCommerce icon
- Fill in your WooCommerce shop URL.
- Log in to your WooCommerce account
- It will automatically install WooCommerce – Putler connector plugin on your WooCommerce site via FTP
Once connected with one WooCommerce store, you can go ahead and start adding the others.
Automatic data processing, deduping and reports
Once you have connected your multiple Woocommerce stores to Putler. Putler will automatically pull in the data, process it, remove duplicates and show you combined reports of various types.
- Sales reports – Putler shows you indepth reports on sales made on your store. It will show you a list of all the sales orders, invoice having every detail of the order like transaction id, customer name, product sold and lot more.
- Product reports – Not just sales, Putler gives reports on Products too. It will list out all the products from all your WooCommerce shosp that are connected to Putler. It will then display how the product have been performing in a table format. Each product will have an indepth report which looks something like this.
- Customer reports – Putler analyses your customers from all the multiple WooCommerce shops connected. It looks at the recency, frequency and monetary value of each customer and divides the customers in 11 segments like loyal, hibernating, about to lose etc. You can use these segments to send out targeted emails.
Putler can also come in handy while looking up customer information. Instead of going to every WooCommerce shop admin and digging into customer data. Simply search the customer in Putler and get all the information about the customer you ever needed – Purchase history, client personal information, LTV etc etc.
- Transaction reports – Similar to sales, Putler will show you every transaction made on all of your WooCommerce stores within seconds. You can lookup the refunds, pending transactions, failed transaction, completed ones. Everything. Not just lookup, you can also write small notes, tags for future reference.
This feature let’s you have your eyes on all your WooCommerce stores from a single place – that’s Putler. It gives you a minute by minute update on every transaction (sales as well as refund) that happens on all your stores.
As store owners we track how our business is progressing. We probably spend a few hours each week collating data from all our multiple WooCommerce shops, exporting CSV’s, carrying out excel operations etc etc.
Putler saves all those extra hours for you. Once you connect all your multiple Woocommerce stores to Putler it synchs all your store data at runtime, giving you up-to-date reports.
Additionally, Putler also sends you/ your team a weekly email with all your important stats.
Just like weekly emails help you stay on top of your data, your team needs to stay on top of data too. So Putler makes this possible with it’s team sharing feature.
You can invite as many team members to Putler and provide them access to only those stores that they are associated with. Also choose between two roles Admin and Support, so you decide on who is able to see what data.
Toggle between multiple stores
I understand viewing combined data is magical but at times, you might want to analyse WooCommerce stores individually, right?
Putler helps you with that as well.
You can easily create individual views of your WooCommerce stores and then toggle to see reports pertaining to a single Woocommerce store.
Over to you
I hope you found this guide on how to manage WooCommerce multistore useful. All the tools mentioned above have their own merits and make managing, monitoring multiple WooCommerce shops really simple. Do give them a try.
BTW, if you know of more tools that help with managing multiple shops on WooCommerce, comment below!