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How Saying “No” Wins More Work

Winning more work is what every company wants. They want to stop wasting time on proposals that don’t put money in the bank. Unfortunately, far too many freelancers and agencies enter talks with a prospect from the wrong angle. They default to saying yes, and only bother with anything getting close to a no when […]

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Storefront 2.2.6 release notes

Storefront 2.2.6 has been tagged for release and uploaded to WordPress.org. Here’s what’s changed pulled directly from the changelog: * Fix – Price slider widget styling. * Fix – Apply styles to `a.woocommerce-store-notice__dismiss-link` instead of all links in the store notice. * Fix – Fix hidden content when there are no reviews. * Fix -&ellipsis;Read the full post »

Performance: Switching to post_author to store order customer IDs

WooCommerce core uses a post meta called _customer_user to store the customer ID for orders. Since the meta_value field of the wp_postmeta table is not indexed, this means that all the queries that need to filter orders by customer ID are very slow. To address this, in PR #17895, we are exploring the idea of&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce 3.3 RC1

Today, the release candidate for WooCommerce 3.3 is available! 3.3 is a minor release with several improvements and some new features. 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 ship WooCommerce 3.3 on Tuesday, January 30th. To test WooCommerce 3.3&ellipsis;Read the full post »

How Passion and Innovation Became a Profitable Business and Online Store

It’s a one-of-a-kind tool that Drake producer, Noah “40” Shebib, raves about and Diplo can’t live without. Fans of Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Kanye West, Coldplay, and Justin Bieber have already heard Output’s work, whether they know it or not. So what is Output? Think innovative software and tools created for musicians, composers, producers, […]

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January 16th: Dev chat #17

The next chat will be on January 16th 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. Here is the agenda for the chat: 3.3 Release Candidate Modernizing the WooCommerce&ellipsis;Read the full post »

What’s new in WooCommerce Stripe 4.0: European payment gateways and a new credit card form

Stripe is a popular payment service provider for eCommerce stores worldwide, and we’re pleased to announce we’ve shipped a major release with a multitude of new features to enhance your experience of working with WooCommerce and Stripe. Payment acceptance using European and other non-U.S. payment gateways Fully PCI compliant credit card form on your checkout […]

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WooCommerce 3.3 beta 2

WooCommerce 3.3 beta 2 is now available. This beta release has a whole host of bug fixes and is ready for testing! To test WC 3.3 beta 2 you can use our beta tester plugin or download the release here. WooCommerce 3.3 will be released January 30th. The beta post explains all of the new&ellipsis;Read the full post »

How to Price Your WooCommerce Projects

Everything starts with the story you’re telling. One of the most overlooked aspects of pricing is the fact that it never happens in a vacuum. Pricing is always contextual. And to that end, the context for a WooCommerce project isn’t just the work that needs to be done. It’s about the customer, how they define […]

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The Future of eCommerce is Inclusion

Back in the 90s we’d talk a lot about eCommerce, but it seemed a bit unlikely to matter because not enough consumers had computers back then. Like Guy Kawasaki points out in his “Lessons of Steve Jobs” talk, there was a time in the last century when folks like Thomas J. Watson of IBM considered […]

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Top-Selling WooCommerce.com Extensions in 2017

We’ve had quite a year at WooCommerce, including three major core releases, launching new extensions such as Facebook and Fulfillment by Amazon, kick-starting WooCommerce Services, upgrading WooCommerce.com account management, hosting WooConf in Seattle, re-igniting our Affiliate Network, and more! Also this year, we shared more about the customers that typically find their way to WooCommerce.com. They […]

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An Introduction to GDPR Compliance for WooCommerce Stores

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018 — is your shop ready? What is GDPR and what does it have to do with you? I attended WordCamp Manchester and WordCamp Stockholm in the last months, and they had one thing in common: Lots of questions about GDPR. I heard […]

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The Three-Headed WooCommerce Project: Your Agency, The Freelancer, and Your Client’s Developer

With predictions of online shopping phasing out retail outlets in the next decade, people are increasingly jumping on the online store’s bandwagon. Developing a WooCommerce project requires time and expertise that sometimes might not be available at your agency when you need it, forcing you to look for help elsewhere, like freelance developers. If you […]

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The 3-Headed WooCommerce Project: Your Agency, The Freelancer, and Your Client’s Developer

With predictions of online shopping phasing out retail outlets in the next decade, people are increasingly jumping on the online store’s bandwagon. Developing a WooCommerce project requires time and expertise that sometimes might not be available at your agency when you need it, forcing you to look for help elsewhere, like freelance developers. If you […]

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WooCommerce 3.2.6 fix release notes

WooCommerce 3.2.6 is now available. This fixes various minor issues, and includes some more improvements to cart rounding. ~50 commits made it into this release. The full changelog is below. * Fix – CSV Importer – Fix ID mapping to existing IDs. * Fix – CSV Importer – Unslash header fields to avoid extra slashes.&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WooCommerce 3.3 Beta is here!

Today we’re pleased to announce that WooCommerce 3.3 is available for beta testing! You can download it here. Release highlights 3.3 is a minor release and will be launching near the beginning of next year. There should be no breaking changes, new functionality should exist in a backwards-compatible manner, and updating from any release since&ellipsis;Read the full post »

9 Things You Should Know In Advance To Estimate On A WooCommerce Project

It’s probably one of the most common questions you’ve been asked in your professional life: “How much would a new WooCommerce store cost us?”. Any of its variants count as well: “how much will you guys charge us to build that extension?”. If you’ve worked on a WooCommerce project, you get the gist. As someone […]

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WC 3.3 Image size improvements

Let’s face it, product images are a vital driving force behind sales. Combine that with thousands of WooCommerce-enabled themes out there and it can become difficult to have product images that look good out-of-the-box on all of them. WooCommerce 3.3 aims to improve that with some changes to image size settings and the rendering of images.&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WC 3.3 will look great on all the themes!

It used to be that you had to find specific WooCommerce-compatible themes for your store. In the upcoming release we have made big improvements in how WooCommerce handles themes that were previously unsupported, so now you can run WooCommerce with any theme! On themes that don’t formally declare WooCommerce support the templates will render inside&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WC 3.3 New Webhooks CRUD

We have been talking a lot about CRUD since 3.0.0, and the reason is because we want move certain features from the WordPress post database table to new database tables. This improves the performance and scalability of those features. Starting with 3.3.0, our webhooks will not use the posts and comments database tables anymore, and we&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WC 3.3 Download Logging Feature

WooCommerce 3.3 will include a new download logging/reporting feature to track who downloads what from your store (when selling digital products). The issue relating to this was initially logged here. This feature was contributed by @procifer during his trial (Automattic are hiring!). The pull requests for this can be found here and here. They add&ellipsis;Read the full post »

WC 3.3 Product backorders and stock management improvements

Managing the product stock status cycle in a store is something that many store owners spend a lot of time doing. Products are always coming in, getting purchased, running out of stock, and needing to be reordered. WooCommerce 3.3 has improvements aimed at making stock management less time-consuming and more natural and intuitive for store&ellipsis;Read the full post »

December 12th: Dev chat #16

The next chat will be on December 12th 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. December 12th is also the day the WooCommerce 3.3 beta gets tagged! There&ellipsis;Read the full post »

Join the WooCommerce Affiliate Program and start earning for all referrals

We’re pleased to announce that WooCommerce has now been added to the affiliate program on refer.wordpress.com! Earn 20% on all referrals by recommending the platform and extensions available on WooCommerce.com to your audience. Keep reading to find out more, then create a refer.wordpress.com account, and pick WooCommerce to start collecting cash. Program overview The WordPress.com Affiliate program now includes […]

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Myths, strengths, and weaknesses of open eCommerce

This is part of a series of posts highlighting talks from WooConf. Watch the video or read the points below.     It can be daunting to know where to get started, if you’ve not worked with or used open source software before: “Where do I turn when I have questions? How do I go […]

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Selling to international customers? How to cross borders with ShipStation.

Expanding product sales to a global customer base can be a great avenue to increase volume and revenue. But selling across borders brings a host of questions. One of the areas most impacted is shipping. Let’s dive right in! Quick WooCommerce settings General settings In selecting locations, you can choose to sell to all countries […]

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WooCommerce 3.2.5 fix release notes

WooCommerce 3.2.5 is now available. This fixes a few compatibility issues with WordPress 4.9, and a conflict with themes using product shortcodes. ~25 commits made it into this release. The full changelog is below. * Fix – WordPress 4.9 – REST API – Updated schema, sanitization, and validation callbacks to support correct data types. *&ellipsis;Read the full post »

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 »
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