How to Make it Easy For Customers to Login Via Social with WooCommerce

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Did you know that many consumers prefer social login when using an eCommerce site. 

How many times have you been to a site and had to create another login? It’s a matter of having to remember or store one more username and password each time you return.

Now, how many times have you been to a site that let’s you do this via a social login, like Facebook or Twitter? For some people, they don’t want to go this route, but for others it can just make like so much simpler.

That’s where the WooCommerce Social Login extension comes in.

With the WooCommerce Social Login extension your customers will link their store account on your site with one of their social media accounts for a faster and easier checkout. And that’s what we all want. Making it as easy to spend your money as possible. 🙂

They can be used on your Checkout or My Account pages for easy access.

From this screenshot you can see that it covers the most popular platforms.

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There are a couple of things to be aware of when using this extension.

1. If you want to use Amazon, you will need to have an SSL on your site.

2. To set up this extension, you are going to have to dig into your social accounts for some specific information. For example, with all of these except PayPal, you will need to have a developers account which anyone can register for.  Here is just one example.

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So instead of reinventing the wheel, WooThemes has some great documentation that will show you more of how to set it up or you can visit the extensions page to learn more about its benefits.

In a upgrade since this post was published, here are some added features:

  • Updated Login Buttons and added Disqus, Yahoo and VK
  • Widget Improvements
  • Improved Twitter/Instagram Login

11 Comments

  1. Dale Reardon on August 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Hi Bob,

    We are just setting up our Woo site with the Woo memberships plugin to control access. Do you know if these social logins will work with the membership plugin?

    Thanks,
    Dale.

    • Bob Dunn on August 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Mmmm, if you are talking about the recent new extension WooCommerce memberships, not sure. I am currently working with that so let me investigate and see if I can find a definitive answer for you 🙂

      • Dale Reardon on August 17, 2015 at 9:23 am

        Yes indeed that recent memberships plugin. We have it and have set it up and it appears very flexible and excellent.

        A shame the cost of all these addons keeps adding up!

        https://onlinebeginnershub.com

        Dale.

        • Bob Dunn on August 17, 2015 at 10:51 am

          Hey Dale, just heard from the people who developed both plugins… you are in luck.

          Since Memberships uses the WP / WooCommerce account and the WC checkout, it will work with Social Login.

          Social Login just basically replaces the WC customer registration. Instead of requiring email / password, they can validate an account with the social network, basically using a token instead of login information. It works with pretty much any WooCommerce plugin 🙂

  2. Helen Anderson on August 18, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I think this will make everything so easy. I saw facebook, google, twitter logins but login with Paypal and Instagram is something new to the play. Thank you for your informative article. keep posting,.

    • Bob Dunn on August 19, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Hey Helen, agree. And yes, I found those two intriguing as well, especially PayPal. I haven’t had the chance to use this myself, but I know a few clients who are loving it.

  3. Abhilash PS on August 26, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Great info you have shared! I never saw this much of extensions before. I like to add all these to my sites too. Login with Paypal is really surprising. Thank you for this article, keep posting.

    • Bob Dunn on August 26, 2015 at 6:04 am

      Yeah, the PayPal one is something you don’t see in a lot of these kinds of plugins or extensions.

  4. Ben Lobaugh on September 5, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Thanks for this tip Bob! I converted an old custom ecommerce site to WooCommerce and it is definitely nice to have the ability to capture customers info with a real account. This makes the signup significantly smoother!

    • Bob Dunn on September 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Hey Ben, you bet! Yes, it use to be people seemed more reluctant to go this route, but now it’s almost the norm. Cheers and thanks for popping by:)

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