We all know that not being able to satisfy the unique demands of a customer is the easiest way to drive customers away. The following statistics show you the growing trend in the gaming sector, and why customization will really boost sales. The Entertainment Software Association 2018 annual report states that:
- 63 per cent of U.S. households surveyed include at least one frequent gamer.
- 65 per cent of homes own a video game-playing device, while 48 per cent own “a dedicated game console.”
- 47 per cent of gamers are between 18 and 49 years old.
- The average guy who plays games is 35; the average woman is 44.
- 59 per cent of those who play games on a regular basis are men; 41 per cent are women.
- The average gamer has been playing video games for 13 years.
That is were the Woocommerce Product Configurator comes in. It is the only tool that responds to this crucial need. It gives you the ability to offer custom ps controllers on any WooCommerce store with flexibility. It also allows your clients to customize and visualize the final product prior to purchase. When it comes to product customization, Woocommerce Product Configurator conquers it all, because it is one of the best tools used to customize the most complex products in existence. The configurator can allow the configuration of a wide variety of available game controllers and accessories.
Sourcing images to build the custom ps controllers configurationThe Woocommerce Product Configurator plugin works like a layering system, where each layer (representing a specific option) is a transparent png file. The combination of images linked to each selected option will render the final preview. In other words a layer represents a transparent png image. If you are looking for images to use for the various parts of your product (like the components and the options of your custom game controller configurator), you have at least these two options:
- You can either look on creativemarket.com (or similar platforms) to purchase PSD mockups that includes the layers needed. Before purchasing the PSD mockup check out in the mockup descriptions, if you are allowed to edit the colors or designs. Then you can now give the PSD mockup to your graphic designer, for him to add all the different colors you want to the layers.
- You can hire a designer or a freelancer to create the perfect set of transparent images for your needs. We highly recommend this option, because you can tell the graphic designer exactly what you want.
Building the custom ps controllers configuratorA configuration is an arrangement of parts or elements in a particular form, figure, or combination. A configurator is the tool used to create a configuration. These terms will be used in this article to illustrate how to build a custom ps controller configurator. Let’s start by defining the concept of “parts”. Parts simply means the different elements that forms a product. In this case for example, the different parts that forms our ps controller, are the body, pads, and buttons. The construction of the product with the different product parts is what we call a configuration.
Now we can set-up the custom ps controller configurator by going to the plugins configuration page and defining the components (customizable parts of the game controller). In the configuration settings, you will name the components, and set the icons (images) accordingly:
Next, the components have options, which are the different variations of a component. You can click on “Manage options” to configure them. In this case, our options will be the different “Colors” of each component
Using conditional rules to dynamically generate the end user selection menu
You can use conditional logic to pre-determine what the user will have as options to choose from. For example if the user selects the option « A » then only the options « B » should appear. Or if user selects component « B » , only « C » should be visible. That is done in the “conditional rules” section as seen below:
Additional featuresWoocommerce Product Configurator also has additional features in the form of add-ons which are sold separately:
- Multiview add-on: helps the shop manager setup multiple views and angles for a product. He can create several views separately e.g. front, back, left side, right side.
- Custom text add-on: allows the shop manager to setup a customer text field which the customer can use to add custom color and font text to the product.
- Upload image add-on: allows the shop manager to setup a customer image upload field which the customer can use to add one or multiple pictures on his custom product that will show up on the preview area.
Additional skinsYou can also have additional skins. A skin enhances the look and feel of the editors final display. In other words, it is what the customer sees and how comfortable they are using it to build their product. If you want to display your configurator in a special way, we can create one specially for you at an added cost. We have one other “skin” sold separately.
Skin layout 1
Skin Layout 2After settling on the skin that best fits the display of your ecommerce shop, you can decide to add further descriptions to the ps controller options.
a) Adding detailed descriptions to the custom ps controllers optionsYou can add a description to each option which will show in a pop-up form upon mouse-over at the front end.
b) Allowing customers to save designsWhen your customers build their product they may want to save their personalized products for future usage. You have the possibility to allow the user to save their designs in the front end and return to finish up or view later. You can set it up from the settings page. Setting up the plugin is quite flexible, all you need to make an option available or not, is just a click away, and you can get it at an affordable price.
The free version gives you access to the basic features of the plugin. Basically every product that can be personalized can work with the product configurator. You can also create as many configurations you want on your shop. There is no limit to the number of configurations you can create. Isn’t that awesome?
But we can go further to say that you can do more with the premium version of the Woocommerce Product Configurator. Like creating conditional rules which allows you to automatically show or hide some options or components based on the customer selection. Or the possibility to allow the selection of multiple options within the same component.
You can also create linked products. Which allows you to link existing products to an option in order to trigger everything related to the linked products once the order is made. In case you want to change the position of your configurator, it is possible to display it on the page of your choice. You also have the choice to hide or show the add to cart button on your configurators page. These and much you can do with the plugin. You can install the free version and try it.
Check this tutorial on how to install the woocommerce product configurator (if you are having difficulties in the process). Did you know that game controllers are not only used for fun? They can do serious work too. In the health sector, according to an interview made by bbc.com “ The design of the controller makes it easier for surgeons to intuitively “rotate, pan, zoom or fly-through a patient’s virtual anatomy” in order to properly prepare for invasive surgery. In the military service also a trainer said “ the younger military operator has hundreds of thousands of hours [experience] on game-style controllers, so the training and take-up time for becoming proficient is minimal.” These examples are to show you that you can extend your product to other sectors. Solving a problem and at the same time giving them a personalized product.
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ConclusionBuilding custom ps controllers is easy and flexible with the Woocommerce Product Configurator. All these few changes to your product pages can make a huge difference on your revenues. All you really need to do is to read this article attentively and follow all the steps required. Namely, learn how to use the woocommerce product configurator tool and create your configurations. You will then be ready to make shopping fun for your customers.
By giving them the platform to express their wants, to visualize their dreams, to have the unique custom ps controllers they want. All in a flexible process, whereby they don’t get frustrated. You can also view the demo version of this working example of the custom ps controllers configurator here.
Try your hands at it. It will help you visualize the final result you should be offering your clients. No matter the type of the product you sell on your Woocommerce WordPress shop, our online product designer is able to give you a tailor made solution. You can also check other products that were customized with Woocommerce Product configurator in our list of case studies or watch a video of how it works. If you have any questions or comment please leave them in the comment section below. We will be glad to read you. Don’t hesitate to share it with someone who might need it.