GoDaddy Gives Access to Over 75 Extensions with WooCommerce Hosting Plan

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GoDaddy Gives Access to Over 75 Extensions with WooCommerce Hosting Plan
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GoDaddy Pro announced the extensive library of extensions to be added to their WooCommerce Managed Hosting from the acquisition of Skyverge.

GoDaddy Gives Free Access to Over 75 Skyverge Premium Extensions with Woocommerce Managed Hosting Plan

I chatted with Adam Warner from GoDaddy Pro and asked him to tell us more about this new announcement.

Things are moving fast and furious with our managed WooCommerce hosting. We have a partnership with Automatic to bring some premium WooCommerce extensions into the hosting. We’ve had that for a while now. After the SkyVerge team joined GoDaddy, we’ve now integrated all of SkyVerge’s premium extensions into this WooCommerce hosting, which for the end-user is awesome. Yeah, so that’s the big news is that the SkyVerge extensions are in there now.

From a builder’s perspective, what is the advantage to the store owner by offering them this library of extensions?

It’s pretty straightforward. Basically, it’s a huge savings in cost for building any WooCommerce site. So typically, when you set up a WooCommerce site, you’re going to need a few free extensions and more than likely some premium extensions, based on what your client needs.

With the addition of extensions from SkyVerge, and from WooCommerce themselves, the person that’s spinning up the site can go through this onboarding experience, and choose what features, and capabilities that e-commerce site needs, and then those extensions are installed along that process. Rather than paying hundreds of dollars a year, potentially for a license for each one of these premium extensions, it’s all included in the cost of the WooCommerce hosting. It has over $6,000 worth of premium extensions available.

How can we feel confident that the new user will not activate too many plugins, including those they don’t really need?

We all know that you want to have as few plugins or extensions activated. You really just want whatever fits your specific needs. We do a great job at mitigating that in the onboarding process.

I’m teaching my children about business. We have this side hustle that sell t-shirts. When I spun up a WooCommerce store I went through the onboarding process in order to document that, but also to show other people just how cool it is. The WordPress experience team here has done an excellent job of doing that.

In that onboarding process, you have some choices to make. What kind of store? Will you be selling subscriptions? Do you need curbside pickup? Do you need to do appointment bookings? And depending on the choices that you make, determines the premium extensions which get pre-installed as the WooCommerce WordPress install is getting created, and then you’re dropped right into the design phase.

You have a choice of whatever look and feel you want to do. So that’s one way to mitigate someone just turning on dozens of extensions all at once. And then when you’re in the WP admin, and you’re looking at extensions, you can filter those extensions by use type or a couple of other methods. So it’s about the onboarding process and filtering down and getting down to the nitty-gritty. What do you actually want to accomplish with the store versus here’s all of these extensions.

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Walk-Through Video of Onboarding Experience

GoDaddy Pro WooCommerce Managed Hosting

Bob: Hey everyone, Bob WP here. This is our first official breaking news newscast, and I'm here with Adam Warner from GoDaddy Pro. They have some really cool stuff going on. So I just wanted a snake him real quick and hear more about it. They've added some new WooCommerce extensions to their WooCommerce Managed Hosting. Adam, welcome and tell us a bit about that.

Adam: Hey Bob. Thanks for having me on. I really appreciate it. Yeah, so things are moving fast and furious with our e-commerce hosting, and that is our managed WooCommerce hosting, as you know and other people that might know, we have a partnership with Automatic to bring some premium WooCommerce extensions into that e-commerce hosting. We've had that for a while now. And after the SkyVerge team joined GoDaddy, we've now integrated all of SkyVerge's premium extensions into this e-commerce hosting, which for the end-user is awesome. Yeah, so that's the big news is that the SkyVerge extensions are in there now. We've added to our library of possibilities with the WooCommerce hosting that we offer.

Bob: Very cool. Yeah, I can attest to that. I've used a lot of SkyVerge extension myself, so I know them well. From a builder's perspective, what is the advantage to the store owner by offering them this library of extensions?

Adam: Yeah. So it's pretty straightforward. Basically, it's a huge saving in cost for building any WooCommerce site. So typically, when you stand up a WooCommerce site, you're going to need a few free extensions and more than likely some premium extensions, of course, based on what your client needs. With the addition of extensions from SkyVerge, and from WooCommerce themselves, the person that's spinning up the site can go through this onboarding experience, and choose what features, and capabilities that e-commerce site needs, and then those extensions are installed along that process.

And so, rather than paying hundreds of dollars a year, potentially for a license for each one of these premium extensions or for access to these premium extensions, it's all included in the cost of the e-commerce and WooCommerce hosting. I keep saying e-commerce hosting WooCommerce hosting, it's WooCommerce hosting, but it's e-commerce hosting as well. So the advantage really is a savings because the WooCommerce hosting price is very on par. And in fact, a little bit below, I believe what you would see elsewhere, but it has over $6,000 worth of premium extensions available.

Bob: Wow. Now, how can we feel confident that... There's a lot of new users just getting into this. A lot of people are trying to build new stores that they won't go in and just say, "Wow, I should use all these, and they made all of them, and they're ready to go." So, I know it's the Wild West. We can't control everything, but how do you approach that? Or what do you feel about that?

Adam: Yeah, that's a great question, right? We all know that you want to have as few plugins or extensions to any plugin activated as possible, right? So you really just want whatever you need for your specific needs. One of the ways I think we do a great job at mitigating that is the onboarding process. So I put a link into the chat there. When I spun up a WooCommerce store for my children, we have this little side hustle, t-shirt, I'm teaching them about business. And I went through the onboarding process in order to document that, but also to show other people just how cool it is. The WordPress experience team here has done an excellent job of doing that.

So in that onboarding process, you have some choices to make. What kind of store? Will you be selling subscriptions? Do you need curbside pickup? Do you need to do appointment bookings? And depending on the choices that you make that determines the premium extensions which get pre-installed as the WooCommerce WordPress install is getting created, and then you're dropped right into the design phase. And you have a choice of whatever look and feel you want to do. So that's one way to mitigate, someone just turning on dozens of extensions all at once. And then when you're in the WP admin, and you're looking at extensions, you can filter those extensions by use type or a couple other methods. So it's about the onboarding process and filtering down and getting down to the nitty-gritty. What do you actually want to accomplish with the store versus here's all of these extensions. They install them all and maybe not even use half of them.

Bob: Perfect. Yeah. It sounds like a little bit of handholding through the process. So that's great because people need the direction, and it gives them some time to think through the process. Excellent. Well, I'm excited about this. I think it's an incredible deal. You can go over to GoDaddy. Go to GoDaddy.com. You can search for it, or we have the link right here, but yeah. Excellent, great product coming out. And like I said, I can attest to all of SkyVerge extensions. They're amazing. So thank you, Adam, for coming on the... Dropping in here, sharing this with us.

Adam: Yeah, of course, Bob, thanks for having me. And I'm really excited to see what's coming next in our WooCommerce hosting. So take care.

Bob: You bet. And everyone thank you for joining in. Thanks again to our community sponsor, PayPal, for those pay later options. Check them out. Until the next time. See you later.