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A Head-on Comparison of Shipment Tracking Plugin from PluginHive and WooCommerce

Shipment tracking is one of the best shipping solutions available for any online business. It has a valuable contribution to the last moment service that your customer is going to experience. This is one of the many reasons why the WooCommerce store owners need to share the shipment tracking information with their customers. There is a lot of order tracking solutions available to meet different business needs. The shipment tracking plugin will allow the shop owners to choose the desired shipping service and then assign the respective shipment tracking ID to the respective orders. They are designed to help you with all your tracking needs.

But before using or going for any one of these plugins, you should know their end-to-end features and functionalities. You should also know how these plugins work, how will they affect your business and how deeply connected are they with WooCommerce. The understanding is necessary because if your customer walks away with a bad experience then they might end up taking their future purchase elsewhere. And this is not something that you would want from your hard-earned customers. Thus, choosing the right shipment tracking plugin for your WooCommerce store becomes quite an important affair.

Most of the shipment tracking plugins are offered by third-party companies while there is just one plugin from WooCommerce. Many WooCommerce store owners find it difficult to choose the right plugin, and some of them end up buying the wrong plugin. This is the reason why we have created this article. Here, we will compare the WooCommerce Shipment Tracking. We will cover all the important parameters that will ultimately help you choose the right plugin for your WooCommerce store. This way you would be able to make an informed decision and happily ship your products.

Let us first start with the list of the parameters that are necessary to have.

  1. Send Tracking info via emails
  2. Custom tracking messages
  3. Multiple shipment tracking and bulk import
  4. Incorporate local shipping company tracking URLs
  5. Real-time status updates 
  6. Cost of the plugin

Send Tracking info via emails

The PluginHive Shipment Tracking Pro plugin will send the tracking info along with the order completion email. This is an automated process which will include the shipment tracking link, the date of shipment and the shipping service name as well. As soon as the tracking information is entered in the tracking section of the Edit order page, the tracking information will appear on the customer’s My Account page as well as on the Admin side. This way both the store owner and customer can check the status of their order.

The WooCommerce Shipment Tracking plugin, thankfully, has the exact same feature. However, you have to manually enter the tracking link in the shipment tracking section in the Edit Order page. This is something which does help in automation and increases the amount of work for the shop owner.

Custom tracking messages

There are times when you need to personalize the entire user experience. This may include doing things like customizing the packages, modifying the products on customer requests or sending a personalized order completion email to your customer. The PluginHive Shipment Tracking Pro has this feature and it allows store owners to add their own custom text. You can choose to mention the shipping service name, shipping da, e and even the tracking link. This is a very nifty feature which is appreciated by many of the store owners.

However, in the case of WooCommerce Shipment Tracking plugin, this feature is not present. The customer will only be able to see the tracking link on the order completion email.

Multiple shipment tracking and bulk import

 

Imagine that your store handles multiple shipments at a time. This means that fetching the tracking data and then updating multiple orders would be a taking consuming task. But, with the PluginHive Shipment Tracking pro plugin, this process is very simple to execute. You just need to create a CSV file where you have to enter the Order IDs, tracking IDs, shipping service names and the date of shipment in separate columns. After that, you can simply import this CSV file into the plugin. This way the plugin will automatically update the orders as Completed and then send the order completion emails including the accurate tracking info.

WooCommerce Shipment Tracking, on the other hand, does not support this feature. This does not make the plugin a preferable choice for the store owners who are looking to save time and energy.

Incorporate local shipping company tracking URLs

The PluginHive Shipment Tracking plugin will work with both local and international shipping services. Meaning, if your business deals with local shipping services then you can choose to add their tracking links in the plugin settings. This way you can easily share the tracking links with your customers. For that, you just have to add the provider’s name and attach the tracking section link from the carrier’s website. This plugin also supports a large number of shipping services including 70+ pre-defined shipping services. If the users want to discontinue a particular shipping service then they can easily remove that particular service.

While the WooCommerce Shipment Tracking plugin does not have this feature in the plugin settings. However, if you ready to go a bit technical, then there is a workaround for that. You can follow this link to know more about this.

Real-time status updates

The PluginHive Shipment Tracking plugin fetches the tracking links are directly connected to the shipping company APIs. This link is constantly updated from the respective shipping company and it will show the real-time status of the orders. This way the customers can easily check the status of their orders.

The WooCommerce Shipment Tracking plugin does provide the real-time status updates on the tracking links. This is something that can be really appreciated.

Cost of the plugin

Before making the decision, you should note that almost all the features available in the WooCommerce Shipment Tracking plugin are available in the Free version of the PluginHive Shipment Tracking plugin. So, if you have decided to pay for a plugin then it is better to go with the PluginHive Shipment Tracking Plugin as it just costs $59.

Whereas the WooCommerce Shipment Tracking will cost you $49 which is not a value for money deal. Moreover, this plugin does not have a Free or Basic version. Another important thing to know is that you can try the free version of the PluginHive Shipment Tracking and can later decide to move on to the premium version of the plugin.

Which one should you choose?

Deciding the right shipment tracking plugin for your WooCommerce store might seem to be a tough job. To make it easier, you just need to evaluate the plugins based on the parameters listed in this article. These parameters may depend upon your WooCommerce store’s needs. For example, if you want to provide the tracking links from the local shipping carrier, then the PluginHive Shipment Tracking plugin proves to be the right choice. This plugin offers a huge range of functionalities that will definitely help you ease your order or shipment tracking requirements.

If you have any query regarding this article or the integration of PluginHive Shipment Tracking plugin with your WooCommerce then feel free to share your views in the comment section below. We will be more than happy to help you understand how this plugin can work together in fulfilling your shipping requirements.

Or in case you are wondering what more does the PluginHive Shipment Tracking plugin serve, I would request you to kindly visit the official product page here. If you need assistance regarding our plugins, you can also contact our support team. We are always happy to help.

About the plugin…

WooCommerce Shipment Tracking Pro

  • WooCommerce requires at least 2.6 up to 3.2.
  • The license entitles 1 year of support & updates.
  • No monthly fees or yearly subscription.
  • Extend support & updates after 1 year at 50% discount.
  • Protected by 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
Last Updated On September 21, 2018