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November 28th: Dev chat #15

The next chat will be on November 28th at 17:00 UTC in the #core channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack. If you don’t already have access to the group, you can request an invite at the bottom of the WooCommerce developers page. Our host this time will be Patrick Garman. Patrick is a partner at&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce Explores the Possibilities and Challenges for E-Commerce in the Gutenberg Era

The next release of WordPress (5.0) will introduce the new Gutenberg editor and contributors plan to keep it rolling towards the eventual goal of providing a full site building experience. Nearly every WordPress theme and plugin developer will be impacted by the change and many are starting to look ahead (more…)

WooCommerce 3.2.4 security/fix release notes

WooCommerce 3.2.4 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites as soon as possible. Versions 3.2.3 and earlier are affected by an issue where cached queries within shortcodes could lead to object injection. This is related to the recent WordPress 4.8.3 security release.&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WC 3.3 Order screen changes, including a new preview function, ready for feedback

As part of the 3.3 release cycle we’ve been working on adding some features to the order screen, and improving general appearance. First let’s take a look at the current order screen and point out some issues. Problems: Status icons are only used on this screen, and have little meaning or context. Action icons are similarly confusing,&ellipsis;Read the full post »

MailChimp for WooCommerce: Holiday Tips

Pumpkin spice is back in stores, and that means it’s time to get cracking on your holiday marketing plan! When it comes to driving revenue, the holidays are often the most hectic—and most important—time of year. There are tons of ways business owners can capitalize on the season, from retargeting ads to acquire new customers, […]

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Preparing WooCommerce for the arrival of Gutenberg

Dedicated WordPress users have probably heard about Gutenberg, the revolutionary new editor currently in development as a feature plugin and scheduled for inclusion in WordPress version 5.0. It transforms the way we edit content of our WordPress websites by providing a richer “block”-based experience. Put simply, a block is any single element of content – […]

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Watch the State of the Woo! After You Give WooCommerce Your Name and Email Address

If you didn’t watch the live stream or attend WooConf in-person, you’re in luck as videos from the event are starting to come online. The first talk highlights is the State of the Woo by Todd Wilkens, Head of WooCommerce. Wilkens shares stats, provides an overview of projects the team (more…)

WooConf: State of the Woo

This is the first part in a series of posts highlighting talks from WooConf. You can watch the talk or read some of the points below.     WooCommerce has been amazingly successful over the last five years. The plugin itself has more than 32M downloads, more than 3M active installs, and over 600 contributors […]

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Insights from the WooCommerce Marketplace: Successful Extensions are Built on Understanding Customers

When WooCommerce launched in 2011, we launched something alongside it: an online marketplace where builders could buy extensions to customize their stores. Over the years, the WooCommerce Marketplace grew from the original nine extensions to nearly 400 products, and from a few developers to nearly 40 companies actively creating, updating, and supporting extensions. For the […]

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November 14th: Dev chat #14

The next chat will be on November 14th at 16:00 UTC in the #core channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack. If you don’t already have access to the group, you can request an invite at the bottom of the WooCommerce developers page. Here is the agenda: Contributing to WooCommerce follow-up WooCommerce 3.3 Theme support to&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce 3.2.3 fix release notes

The WooCommerce 3.2.3 fix release is now available. You can download it from WordPress.org or as an automatic update in your administration panel. ~13 commits made it into this fix release. The main reason for doing it is to fix a conflict we’ve been seeing with shortcode based plugins and the shop page due to&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce 3.2.2 fix release notes

The WooCommerce 3.2.2 fix release is now available. You can download it from WordPress.org or as an automatic update in your administration panel. ~81 commits made it into this fix release.This release fixes up a bunch of minor issues, makes some small verbiage tweaks and code improvements, and adds a few hooks for devs. The&ellipsis;Read the full post »

Three Things We Hope You Take Away from WooConf 2017

A little over a week ago, I traveled to Seattle along with designers and developers, freelancers and agencies from across the wide world of WooCommerce, for WooCommerce’s annual gathering at WooConf. For me, it was the culmination of 10 months of work that started early in January, when I came on board to plan the […]

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New Dispensary Details Plugin for WooCommerce Adds Cannabis Details to Products

Two years ago, WordPress developer Robert DeVore launched WP Dispensary, a free marijuana dispensary menu plugin for WordPress, and has since built an accompanying theme, additional free add-ons, and six commercial extensions. DeVore is aiming to make WP Dispensary a complete online menu software solution for dispensaries and delivery services. (more…)

From day 1 to successful homeschool bookstore on WooCommerce

Charlotte Mason revolutionized education 100 years ago and is still having an impact today, especially in homeschooling. A British educator from the late 1800s, she left an impressive legacy in the form of extensively documented materials for home education. I think Charlotte Mason would have loved simplycharlottemason.com, the passion project of two homeschooling families and […]

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October 31st: Dev chat #13

The next chat will be on October 31st at 16:00 UTC in the #core channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack. If you don’t already have access to the group, you can request an invite at the bottom of the WooCommerce developers page. The dev chat will focus on community contribution. If you are looking to&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce Retires Canvas Theme, Recommends Customers Migrate to Storefront Theme

WooCommerce is retiring its Canvas Theme after seven years. Canvas was one of the most innovative themes on the market when it first launched in 2010, giving customers the ability to modify their sites’ design and layout through an extensive options panel. It sold for $99 before the product URL (more…)

Saying Goodbye to Canvas

We’ve come to a difficult decision: as of today, we’re no longer selling Canvas. WordPress is constantly evolving, and Canvas is no longer a good option for site builders using newer versions of WordPress – we don’t want to recommend a theme we don’t think will serve you in the future. We’ll continue to provide […]

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WooCommerce Stores on Track to Surpass $10B in Sales This Year

The third annual WooConf, the official conference for WooCommerce, is underway today. It started off with a keynote by Todd Wilkens, Head of WooCommerce, providing an overview of the project’s accomplishments over the past year and a preview of what’s to come. #wooconf — @woocommerce 😊👍 pic.twitter.com/8l07LgLd1y — John Kent (more…)

WooCommerce 3.2.1 fix release notes

The WooCommerce 3.2.1 fix release is now available. You can download it from WordPress.org or as an automatic update in your administration panel. So far, we’ve only stumbled across a handful of issues, most of which are pretty small. That said, since there were some calculation issues in the cart, we’ve decided to push this&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce 3.2 Adds Ability to Apply Coupons in the Admin, Introduces Pre-Update Version Checks for Extensions

WooCommerce 3.2 has arrived a week ahead of the plugin’s upcoming WooConf Developers Conference in Seattle. The release went into beta at the end of August and an extra week was added to the RC testing phase to give store owners and extension developers ample opportunity to prepare for the (more…)

What’s new in WooCommerce 3.2: Improved coupons and extension management

Since our last minor release back in June, we’ve been working on a multitude of improvements to improve the WooCommerce admin experience: Apply discounts to orders using coupons, without the chore of doing manual calculations. See which versions of extensions are tested with new WooCommerce updates, before updating. Improved management features for WooCommerce.com extensions. A […]

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WooCommerce 3.2 has been released

Today we’re excited to release WooCommerce 3.2 into the wild! 3.2 has been in development since July, and has had over 1610 commits from 98 contributors. 3.2 is a minor update. All changes should be backwards compatible with 3.0 and 3.1 sites, but we do still recommend ensuring extensions and themes are compatible before upgrading by testing&ellipsis;Read the full post »

October 17th: Dev chat #12

The next chat will be on October 17th at 16:00 UTC in the #core channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack. If you don’t already have access to the group, you can request an invite at the bottom of the WooCommerce developers page. Here is the agenda: WooCommerce 3.2 post-launch feedback WooCommerce 3.3 plans WooCommerce Order&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce 3.2 RC2

WooCommerce 3.1.0 RC2 is available for testing. This includes a few small fixes. To test WooCommerce 3.1.0 RC2, you can use our WooCommerce Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip). Think you’ve found a bug? Please post in detail to Github. The final version of 3.2 is due for release&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce 3.2 RC1

Today, the release candidate for WooCommerce 3.2 is available! 3.2 is a minor release with several improvements and some new features, including the ability to apply coupons on the orders admin screen. Shipping a release candidate (RC) means we think we’re done but we’d like your help testing in case we’ve missed something. We hope to&ellipsis;Read the full post »

Automate WooCommerce with Zapier and increase efficiency

Business ownership is a steady stream of satisfying milestones and ever-expanding to-do lists. Whether a budding WooCommerce entrepreneur or a seasoned store owner, you’re likely on the lookout for ways to cut a few corners and knock off tasks from your list. Automation is one surefire way to boost efficiency. Read on for tips on […]

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How store owners can automate their online business

Running a successful business is tough. There are transactions to track, products to update and restock, new customers to onboard, support tickets to manage—and the list goes on. Plus, with your store open for business 24/7, the pressure is on to deliver a top-notch experience for customers around the clock. Luckily there’s a way for […]

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Important update: WooCommerce 3.2 will now be released October 11th.

We have a small number of remaining open issues that need to be fixed before we can tag and send out the release candidate (RC) for WooCommerce 3.2. When we ship an RC it means we think we’re done, so it is important that all known issues are fixed before that happens. To ensure a&ellipsis;Read the full post »

The power and purpose of knowing your customers

“What got us here won’t get us there… I want to have design leading the way. A lot more user research. A lot more mockups.” – Matt Mullenweg At WordCamp US 2016, Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word outlined a vision for WordPress being design-led. Since then, WooCommerce has doubled down on our efforts to […]

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WooCommerce 3.2 Beta is here!

Today we’re pleased to announce that WooCommerce 3.2 is available for beta testing! You can download it here. Release highlights 3.2 is our second minor release this year. There should be no breaking changes, new functionality should exist in a backwards-compatible manner, and updating from 3.1 or 3.0 should be a hassle free! Here is&ellipsis;Read the full post »

What WooCommerce developers can expect at WooConf 2017

Conferences have a few important features, two of them being content and people. Yes, a great venue, beautiful city, and awesome swag all add to it, but at the end of the day it needs to count to invest time and money in going somewhere. We get this. Excellence has consistently been top priority at […]

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New version check in WooCommerce 3.2

WooCommerce 3.2 will be released with a new version check feature. If you have active plugins that have not declared compatibility with the latest version of WooCommerce a variety of helpful warnings display when you try and upgrade WooCommerce. These messages will advise you about how you can safely upgrade in a way that prevents&ellipsis;Read the full post »

August 29th: Dev Chat #10

The next chat will be on August 29th at 16:00 UTC in the #core channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack. If you don’t already have access to the group, you can request an invite at the bottom of the WooCommerce developers page. Here is the agenda: 3.2 beta Coupon & cart improvements Extensions version check&ellipsis;Read the full post »

Coupon and cart improvements in 3.2

For WooCommerce 3.2 we set out to tackle some long-standing issues with our coupon and cart classes to both improve test coverage, and make calculations more stable. For anyone who has looked under the hood at the cart and coupon classes in core you’ll know that they are very deeply coupled and coded in a&ellipsis;Read the full post »

Four principles for successfully handing over a store to your customers

Sometimes we’re under the impression that finishing a WooCommerce development project is the end of the road, but that’s really just the beginning. When you hand over a site it’s the start of that store’s life cycle and, as a developer, you likely will not be the most important person on the store anymore. The […]

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Dev chat summary – August 15th 2017

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from August 15th (agenda, Slack archive). WooCommerce 3.2 update: Last thing to work on is the Webhooks CRUD The discounts/coupon API work is merged into master. Dev blog post coming this week. Asked developers to check against master coupons for compatibility due to the refactors. Asked for more&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce 3.1.2 fix release notes

The WooCommerce 3.1.2 fix release is now available. You can download it from WordPress.org or as an automatic update in your administration panel. ~35 commits made it into this fix release. The full changelog is below. * Fix – Importer: Prevent multiple placeholders being created when mixing IDs and SKUs. * Fix – Importer: correctly set&ellipsis;Read the full post »

August 15th: Dev chat #9

The next chat will be on August 15th at 16:00 UTC in the #core channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack. If you don’t already have access to the group, you can request an invite at the bottom of the WooCommerce developers page. Here is the agenda: 3.2 progress SelectWoo If you have anything to propose&ellipsis;Read the full post »

selectWoo – An accessible replacement for select2

The select2 library makes it simple for anyone to add full-featured, good-looking dropdown menus to their site. According to Wappalyzer, at least 850,000 websites are currently using select2. WooCommerce uses it in many places to enhance the look and usability of stores. It is an excellent and popular library for making custom dropdown menus, but&ellipsis;Read the full post »

Transfer WooCommerce.com subscription purchases to clients or other users with a click

Until yesterday if you needed to transfer a WooCommerce.com subscription to a client or another WooCommerce.com user you had to submit a ticket and one of our Happiness Engineers would transfer it on your behalf. But no longer! You can now self-initiate a WooCommerce.com subscription transfer which can then be accepted or rejected by the user […]

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Meet our longest serving Woo Happiness Engineers

Part of the celebrations around our ninth birthday have taken stock of how Woo has evolved and grown over the years. Because support is a foundational part of our business and service, what better way to pause and review than through the voices of three of our longest serving happiness engineers. Stuart Duff, Sven Hutchinson, […]

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WooCommerce in Botswana: An interview with Ziigie.com

WooCommerce is used by store owners from all over the world – store owners such as Tshegofatso Tlhong. Tshego is a young woman from Botswana with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and is also the managing director and founder of Ziigie.com. We sat down with Tshego to find out more about how WooCommerce is helping her […]

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Revolution and evolution: The power of WordPress and WooCommerce

Imagine you live in a major city but WordPress is virtually unknown. Websites with presence are run by the government, there’s no WordCamp or meetup or startup culture, and people think you make keyboards when you say you’re a computer engineer. Now imagine that same city five years later. A multitude of diversified voices can […]

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Get up and running faster: Product importer, shipping service, extension management

Since our 3.0 release in April, we’ve been working on a slew of improvements to make it faster and simpler to get up and running with WooCommerce: Save time with the new, built-in import/export feature to add and update product information Manage WooCommerce.com subscriptions directly in WooCommerce Ship products more easily in the US and […]

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Cheers to our lucky golden ticket winner

Our annual Golden Ticket Competition picks one lucky person for a trip to WooConf, on us! This year the WooCommerce Developers Conference is in Seattle, and we’re pleased to announce our winner is Kevin Eulenberg. Woo! Kevin  is a  frontend developer , UX interface designer , co-founder of Froux.co, passionate musician and vinyl lover and, of course, fan of open […]

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Why you need to pick a marketing channel

Owning a Cinnabon at the mall means you’re only competing against the cookie store that’s also in that same mall. People who like cinnamon will stop by your store, and people who like oatmeal will probably visit the cookie store. You need not do much marketing because you’re only competing against one or two stores. […]

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Q&A with Thrive, a digital agency from the Gold Coast of Australia

The Gold Coast of Australia is a highly sought-after tourist destination with its sunny sub-tropical climate, perfect beaches, surf culture, and buzzing nightlife. Tourism aside, it’s a major film production hub and – the home of Thrive, a digital agency integrating WooCommerce beautifully into their clients’ stores. Read on for our Q&A interview with Thrive’s founder, including why they […]

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Four fresh businesses powered by WooCommerce Bookings

From a rentable photo booth to ice cream delivered by van, here’s how Bookings is being used in unique (and inspiring) ways.

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3 amazing things you can do with WooCommerce Bookings

WooCommerce Bookings isn’t just for making appointments. Find out how you can use it to sell your time, rent products, and more.

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