Last updated - May 10, 2018
Through this article, we will review WC Vendors Pro, The #1 Multi-Vendor plugin for WooCommerce. This is a feature rich plugin that allows other sellers to set up a store on your WooCommerce based website. You can create your own marketplace and allow multiple vendors sell their products and earn a commission out of it.
The plugin also comes with a free version which is very popular in the market. The free version has over 20,000+ downloads and is tested up to WordPress 4.9.4. The Pro version has got more exciting features than the free version.
Need for a Multi-Vendor Plugin
- Create a marketplace that can sell anything:
You can sell anything from physical, hand-made products to digital downloads like photographs, themes, fonts, audio or video and even time-based bookings with the integration with WooCommerce Bookings.
- Continue selling your own products:
Continue selling your own products by displaying vendor products for sales right alongside your own products.
- Set vendor specific commission rates:
Encourage new vendors to join your marketplace or reward loyal or high earning with vendor-specific commission rates while still setting a separate base commission rate across your marketplace.
- Vendors can manage their products:
Give vendors the ability to manage their own products. The vendors can manage all the issues and queries regarding the specific products. The admin doesn’t need to bother about it.
- Don’t pay commissions on orders that are not complete:
Provides an option to set commission to the assigned vendors only after the order is complete.
- Stay on top of your marketplace with sales reports:
Get an overview of vendor sales, commissions and earnings per month by a vendor.
- Delay commission payments to account for returns:
Use PayPal Mass Payments to delay commission payments in case of returns on physical products.
Top features of WC Vendors Pro
1. WC Vendors Pro Dashboard
WC Vendors Pro provides a Pro Dashboard which gives you an insight into your vendors’ sales report. This pro dashboard provides you with details such as store status, sales by product, and sales by date. All these are shown on a single screen.
2. WC Vendors Pro registration and listing process
The plugin offers vendors to register via a simple form and manage their products from the front-end dashboard. The vendors can add their products using Add product option, which is similar to that you would see in WooCommerce. The vendors also get a simple profile page with their logo, social accounts, reviews and product listings.
3. WC Vendors Pro shipping system
WC Vendor Pro provides two complete shipping systems one is ‘Flat rate’ and the other one is ‘Table rate’. Please note that WC Vendors and WC Vendors Pro is not compatible with WooCommerce shipping zones. If you configure these, they will be available in the cart and checkout but the relevant shipping cost cannot be given to the vendors.
4. WC Vendors Pro review system
WC Vendors offers an option for customers to review each product. These reviews are then collected and an overall store rating is generated for the store profile page. These store ratings give an overview of a vendor for potential customers. The customers can compare different vendors based on the reviews. This increases the sales and improves the customer satisfaction.
5. WC Vendors Pro commission
WC Vendors Pro provides an option to set a commission structure. Not only flat percentage, the plugin can be used to set commission structures like flat percentage, percentage+fee, or flat fee. Commissions can also be paid instantly by using Stripe payment.
Please note that the commission payout works in reverse to other plugins. The commission payout works in such a way that the individual vendors earn the commission. You also get an option called coupon action, with which you can set when to process the commission ie; process the commission before or after the coupon has been applied to the price.
6. WC Vendors Pro digital or physical products
As the plugin is built on WooCommerce, WC Vendors Pro lets the vendors sell both digital and physical products. Physical products can be like hand-made products and digital downloads like photographs, themes, fonts, audio or video and even time-based bookings.
How to use the plugin?
Before installing the plugin make sure that WooCommerce is installed and set up. Once this is done, download the plugin from here. After you download and install the plugin, you can see the plugin under WooCommerce section in the dashboard. Click on the plugin and it will take you to all the available options. You can play around and try out the WC Vendor Pro version in the demo section here.
WC Vendors comes in three versions. One is the WC Vendors Free version, another one is the WC Vendors Pro- Annual and WC Vendors Pro- Lifetime.
Please note that $499 price expires on the 2nd of April, at which point it returns to normal retail price of $599. So, hurry up before the offer expires!
WC Vendors Free:
The free version comes with basic features. It does not have a front-end management. It consists of a simple commission system. The support is through community forums on WordPress.org.
WC Vendors Pro-Annual:
WC Vendors Pro-Annual is available at the price of $199 per year. It consists of a vendor frontend dashboard, Flat rate and table rate shipping, vacation mode, order management, coupon management and much more! It also comes with 1 year of premium support and updates. This is the most popular version among the three versions.
WC Vendors Pro-Lifetime:
WC Vendors Pro-Lifetime is available at the price of $499. It consists of all the features same as WC Vendors Pro-Annual but in this version, you will get lifetime premium support and updates. Once you buy this plugin you will never need to renew it again.
WC Vendor Pro is definitely the #1 Multi-Vendor plugin for WooCommerce. This plugin does all that lets you generate revenue from you multi-vendor marketplace. The plugin is designed in such a way that even beginners can get used to it easily. I was new to the plugin while reviewing it but I was comfortable using it within a few minutes time. If you are planning to make your store a multi-vendor marketplace, then WC Vendors Pro is a right choice for you. The plugin is well designed and developed and it is ahead of it’s competitors in terms of ease of use, features, pricing, and support. They are also continuously improving their product by frequent updates. WC Vendors Pro gives you all that you needed from a perfect multi-vendor plugin.