Best WooCommerce B2B WholeSale Plugins

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Best WooCommerce B2B WholeSale Plugins

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WooCommerce is best known for powering online shops for retail customers. Less people know that it’s also hugely popular for wholesale stores selling to trade users.Best WooCommerce B2B WholeSale Plugins (list below)

If you want to use it as a WooCommerce wholesale plugin – either as a private store or a wholesale area to run alongside your public shop – then it’s a bit trickier to get your head around. Strangely, there are no wholesale plugins in the list of official WooCommerce Extensions. However some excellent wholesale plugins from reputable companies are available.

Best WooCommerce B2B WholeSale Plugin

1. Dynamic Pricing (by WooCommerce)

Dynamic Pricing

One of the key elements of a wholesale store is that it has different pricing from retail customers. There are 2 ways to achieve this:

  1. Create duplicate versions of your products for each group of customers.
  2. Use a dynamic pricing plugin to charge different rates for the same product to retail and wholesale customers.

Option 1 is simple to set up and uses core WooCommerce features, so you don’t need any extra plugins. However if you have lots of products then it’s not ideal to have to maintain 2 versions of each product, in which case option 2 is worth considering.

There are several WooCommerce pricing plugins that let you charge different rates depending on user role. While there are wholesale-specific versions of these plugins, I recommend WooCommerce’s official Dynamic Pricing extension. This is far more flexible and sophisticated than anything else out there.

You can create a ‘wholesale’ user role and use the plugin to charge different prices depending on user level. It lets you add bulk discounts so that wholesalers pay different prices depending on quantity ordered, or total order value. You can give a discounted rate for specific product categories. This means that if you had a separate wholesale category, you could apply a global discount for this category.

WooCommerce role pricing

The downside

The only downside of the Dynamic Pricing plugin is that it’s quite complex to set up. This is largely because of the sheer number of options. You need to read the documentation carefully and plan the logic for your wholesale pricing structure.

Used correctly, this is a powerful plugin that gives you fine-grained control over pricing in your WooCommerce wholesale store.

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2. WooCommerce Private Store & Password Protected Categories (by Barn2)

WooCommerce Password Protected Categories

I know this post is about the top 6 WooCommerce wholesale plugins, but I’m going to include 2 in this category as they’re quite similar. WooCommerce Protected Categories and WooCommerce Private Store offer simple but effective ways of locking down a WooCommerce wholesale area.

It’s surprising that password product categories aren’t part of the WooCommerce core, but you need a plugin for this.

You can use password or user role protected categories store to create a protected wholesale area within your overall online store. This lets you have public categories for retail customers as well as a private wholesale area.

The WooCommerce private shop plugin creates a completely hidden WooCommerce store, protecting your entire store.

Here’s an overview of how to use either WooCommerce wholesale plugin to create a private trade area.

Creating protected wholesale categories

By installing WooCommerce Protected Categories, you can easily password protect any product category or make it visible to specific user roles only.

You can add one or more passwords for each category and give the passwords to your wholesale users. They can then enter the password to unlock the category and view and order the products within it. Alternatively, you can create a wholesale user role with the free User Role Editor plugin, and use WooCommerce Protected Categories to lock down your wholesale categories so that only logged in wholesale users can see them.

Once you have protected a WooCommerce category, all its products and any sub-categories automatically inherit the same protection. This lets you create multi-level navigation structures within your wholesale area, so you’re not limited to a single wholesale category.

The plugin comes with options for controlling the visibility of your protected categories. For a wholesale store, you’ll want to set it to hide protected categories from the public areas of the store such as the main shop page, menu and widgets. That way, B2C customers will never see your wholesale products and you can add a ‘Trade Login’ link to your main protected category to help B2B wholesalers find the hidden area.

WooCommerce Password Protected Categories

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Private WooCommerce categories

WooCommerce Protected Categories also lets you mark categories as ‘private’. This works in the same way as private pages or posts (which are built into WordPress itself). Private categories only appear to logged in users of the correct level. By default this is administrators and store managers, but you can modify your user roles to let other roles access your private categories.

For example, you could create a ‘Wholesale’ user role (see below) to give trade users access to private categories. This is a good option if you want your wholesalers to have individual logins for your website instead of password protected categories.

Create a private WooCommerce wholesale store

The private shop WooCommerce plugin lets you hide your whole store so that only wholesale customers can access it.

There are just a few settings. Just select a page to use as the wholesale store login and choose a password, or whether you’d like to automatically unlock the wholesale store for logged in users. If you like, you can customize the text on the wholesale login page too.

Everything else happens automatically. The private shop plugin hides all elements of WooCommerce from public view. Only wholesale customers who have entered the correct password or logged into a user account, they can see the hidden B2B store. The plugin protects your main WooCommerce shop page, product categories, products, tags, menu items and widgets. Your WooCommerce wholesale store is also hidden from search engines, sitemaps and the WordPress search.

WooCommerce Private Shop Settings WordPress

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3. WooCommerce Wholesale Pro (by Barn2)

As an online store owner, if you sell to both retail customers and wholesale customers then you’ll need a way to add a wholesale area to your existing WooCommerce store. This way, you can make wholesale ordering easier for your B2B customers and deliver a quick and seamless shopping experience that’s tailored specifically for them.

Create a wholesale store in WooCommerce

The WooCommerce Wholesale Pro plugin is the easiest way to create a wholesale store alongside your public-facing store in WooCommerce. 

It lets you create a hidden area that only wholesale users can see complete with wholesale registration (with or without admin moderation), B2B wholesale discounts, and product-specific pricing for different wholesale user roles.

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In addition to this, the plugin integrates seamlessly with the WooCommerce Product Table plugin allowing you to create quick order forms in just a few clicks. This way, customers can quickly add all of the products they’d like to purchase to their cart at once and proceed to the checkout page.

Using the WooCommerce Wholesale Pro plugin, you can create an unlimited number of wholesale user roles, each with their own pricing. This is useful for when you want to incentivize different wholesale buyers with exclusive discounts. For example, you can offer Silver Wholesale buyers a flat 10% off whereas your Gold Wholesale buyers might qualify for a flat 15% off their total purchase. You have the option to set either global or product category-specific percentage discounts. However, if you’d like more control over product pricing, you can also add wholesale pricing for individual products.

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The WooCommerce Wholesale Pro plugin lets you create wholesale-only product categories in WooCommerce which means only your wholesale customers can see certain products. However, you can also choose to use the same products in your public-facing retail store and wholesale store.

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Check out our complete guide on how to build a WooCommerce wholesale store in under 15 minutes for step-by-step instructions.

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4. WooCommerce Product Table

WooCommerce Product Table

The standard WooCommerce category layouts are quite limited for wholesale stores. They tend to provide a grid of products – perhaps 2 per row – with large images. If you have lots of products then customers have to scroll down a long way and navigate between multiple pages to view an entire category.

This is great for WooCommerce retail shops. The visual layouts and large images help to engage customers and draw attention to each product. However, it’s less appropriate for WooCommerce wholesale stores because trade customers usually already know what they want to order. They make repeat orders and want to quickly select products from a grid and add to the cart from a single page or online order form.

Display wholesale products in a grid

The WooCommerce Product Table plugin is ideal for wholesale stores. It creates a compact grid of products and can be used as a one-page order form. The table can include ‘Add to Cart’ buttons so that wholesalers can order without ever seeing the single product page.

You can use product tables to display your whole inventory in a catalogue-style format. All products can be listed as a single table, or you can create separate tables for each category.

WooCommerce Product Table Example

The plugin comes with in-depth documentation and video tutorials showing you how to configure the tables to suit your needs. It’s very flexible and you can control details such as which columns appear in the table, the number of products per page, the sort order and much more. You can also choose which categories display, which is useful if you have separate products for wholesale and retail customers.

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WooCommerce Product Table

Trusted by over 5,000 stores worldwide, WooCommerce Product Table is the fastest and most flexible way to shop.

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5. User Role Editor

WooCommerce user role

You might want your wholesale customers to log into the website before they place an order. To do this, you would need to create a unique user role for trade users.

This is made easy by the User Role Editor plugin. This is a free WordPress plugin that lets you modify the default user roles and create new ones.

Create a new user role called ‘Wholesale’, ‘Trade’ or similar, and select the privileges that they should have. You can have a single user role for your wholesale users, or multiple roles.

Once you have created a wholesale user role, you can add your trade customers as WordPress users with this role. How you use the new role is up to you. For example you could use the Dynamic Pricing plugin to charge different rates to this role. You could also use the WooCommerce Password Protected Categories plugin to create private categories that are only visible to wholesale users.

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6. Gravity Forms

WooCommerce Gravity Forms

You also need to consider how you will add wholesale users to your website. There are a few options:

  • You could let wholesale customers place orders as guests, without having to log in. If you use the WooCommerce Password Protected Categories plugin then you can keep things simple and provide a hidden wholesale area of your store without having to maintain individual logins for each user. This reduces admin time for you.
  • You could create a ‘Wholesale’ user role and manually add each trade customer to your website (via Users > Add New in the admin), selecting the correct role for them.
  • You could add a ‘Wholesale Application’ form to the website. People can then apply to become a wholesale customer for your store.

If you decide to let people sign up via your website then Gravity Forms is the best WordPress plugin for this.

Using Gravity Forms as a WooCommerce wholesale plugin

You can use Gravity Forms to create a professional-looking wholesale application form and choose what happens when someone submits it. It’s easy to use and you can add as many fields as you like to the form. This can include contact information, text fields, dropdown lists, check boxes, radio buttons and more. The built-in anti-spam measures let you avoid getting contact form spam from the application form.

You can use Gravity Forms’ User-Registration add-on to automatically create a user on your website (with the required role, e.g. ‘Wholesale’) when someone submits an application. This saves you the hassle of manually creating each wholesale user and they can get started with ordering from your wholesale store straight away.

If you’d prefer to approve each application first, you can set the form to email you when someone submits the form so that you can do the rest manually.

With over 1 million users, Gravity Forms is the world’s bestselling WordPress forms plugin. While it has many uses, it’s perfect for creating wholesale application forms.

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