WooWeekly #361: Ten

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Welcome back to our WooWeekly appointment – here comes a series of WooCommerce tutorials, expert thoughts and business-related stuff handpicked for you so that you can learn something new!

WooWeekly is put together by Rodolfo Melogli, founder at Business Bloomer, your go-to blog for WooCommerce tips and David Mainayar, co-founder at PeachPay, the backed-by-WooCommerce 1-click checkout solution. Bios below 🙂

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1. Brand New WooCommerce Content

WooCommerce: the Rise of the Biggest Ecommerce Platform

Paul Maiorana, CEO at WooCommerce, began his post about the platform’s ten year anniversary by sharing the first line of WooCommerce code ever written. I found it highly fitting – the first line of a pastiche poem that continues to be written to this day. Like any pastiche, WooCommerce, by virtue of its open-source philosophy, draws from a wide variety of sources and, like any inchoate piece of art, it is a long way from perfect. But, despite that, or perhaps because of it, WooCommerce has a lot to be proud of. So how did WooCommerce get to this point? Like Maiorana, I think some reflection is in order: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-biggest-ecommerce-platform/

WooCommerce: Sort Products By Stock @ Admin Dashboard

We’ve already seen how to sort frontend products by in stock first and out of stock last, but what about doing the exact same for administrators and shop managers in the backend? Sometimes shops have to deal with a lot of “sold” products and the products table becomes messy, so this is a way to sort by stock status (In stock -> Out of stock) on load. You can then use the column headers to sort by other data as usual, so this will only work once you access /wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=product page. So, here’s a very simple snippet for you. Enjoy: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-sort-products-admin-by-stock/

WooCommerce: 6 Membership Plugins To Choose From

While customer acquisition is important, what’s even better is to drive repeat sales and increase your business by retaining your existing customers. An excellent way to do this is by offering memberships on your online store. By making customers a part of an exclusive club or giving them privileged access to content and offers, you can make them feel valued and enhance their loyalty towards your brand. And this is not it – by limiting access to premium content, you can also compel non-members to convert and purchase from you. This article will explore 6 WooCommerce plugins you can use to start a membership program in your store from scratch: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-membership-plugins/

WooCommerce: Top 7 Variation Swatches Plugins

Variation swatches are kind of a no-brainer. While this type of plugin is not typically classified as essential, I would argue that it is if you’re trying to build a world-class online store. The fact of the matter is that colors and images are a lot more compelling than text on a screen, so – whether it’s your own store or a client’s – why pass up the chance to increase the likelihood of a conversion? So without further ado, drum roll please… https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-variation-swatches-plugins/

WooCommerce: Choosing the Right Bookings Plugin

If you sell rental products or your business revolves around bookings and reservations, you know that managing appointments manually is not a cakewalk. And one of the easiest ways you can start taking and managing bookings on your website is by using appointment booking plugins. This article will explore eight such WooCommerce plugins that can help you automate and streamline your scheduling process. Let’s dive in! https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-choosing-the-right-bookings-plugin/

Silence is golden

Today’s Friday and unlike every Friday since the beginning of September, I just got stuff done on my to-do list. I usually started the day with writing a post like this, and then do something with the little time I had left. Today I did the other way around. And it feels good that 4 hours went into “doing” as opposed to “writing”… https://rodolfomelogli.com/silence-is-golden/


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2. David’s WooCommerce Highlights of the Week

Here are a few notes written by David of PeachPay, WooWeekly co-author:

  1. Do the New Woo: Do the Woo has a fresh, clean look. It’s now an even greater pleasure to peruse the podcast episodes and news curated by the one and only Bob Dunn (who was spurned by WooSesh, for shame). 
  2. 4 + 23 + 15 + 6 = WooSesh: Speaking of WooSesh, it began yesterday to great fanfare! Make sure you catch at least a few of these talks if you haven’t already. There’s quite a bit to this conference: 4 days, 23 speakers, 15 sessions, and 6 workshops. 
  3. (Go)Daddy Cool: Marcus Burnette, GoDaddy’s resident WooCommerce expert (I hear they have a few of those ever since the Skyverge acquisition), is here for all those who missed WordCamp US 2021. He compiled timestamped links that correspond to each presentation
  4. By Mayoral Decree: WPMayor recently published a blogpost about Autonami, a WooCommerce CRM plugin. Quite informative about CRMs in general, and makes a compelling case for why WooCommerce merchants should consider using one. 
  5. It’s Greek to Me: TranslatePress recently published a piece expounding upon the importance of translating your checkout and cart pages. I fully agree that translating your site is a must in this day and age; it goes hand in hand with offering multi-currency support

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3. ICYMI

WooCommerce: Product Category Price Range

WooCommerce variable products display a price range by default, which goes something like this: $MIN-$MAX. Now, wouldn’t it be nice, on the Shop page or Category Widget, to show the price range for each category? Well, as usual this is a customization that can apply to certain online businesses only, so hopefully you’re one of them. Either way, this is yet another chance for you to learn PHP applied to WooCommerce. Enjoy: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-product-category-price-range/

WordPress: Growing Your Plugin (Part 2: Integrations)

In a word, ensuring your plugin plays well with others is no joke. That’s why you don’t hear many old-timers advising folks to make integrations and compatibility a focus, or at least that’s my hypothesis. But regardless of whether my suspicion is true or not, the fact that this is a neglected growth lever is beyond dispute. You don’t need to take my word for it either. Just ask Chris Lema, who recently stated as much in one of his blogposts (which I briefly covered in WooWeekly). The message is simple: it pays well to ensure your plugin plays well with others. Even if that sounds like bad poetry to you, it’s true: https://www.businessbloomer.com/wordpress-growing-plugin-integrations/

WooCommerce: Top 6 Multi-Currency Plugins

One of the first things you will require is a multi-currency plugin because, despite the fact that WooCommerce lets you choose between 100+ currencies, you can only enable one base currency at a time. To sell to an international audience successfully, you will need to do better than this. You will need to display the appropriate currency based on who is looking at your products or where they are looking at your products from. Multi-currency plugins, some of which are referred to as currency switchers, let you do that. So without further ado, let’s take a look at our top picks for multi-currency plugins: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-top-currency-plugins/

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  • Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as an independent WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

  • Co-Founder at PeachPay and with a background in economics, David has been obsessed with WooCommerce ever since he discovered its transformational potential for the entrepreneurial underdog. His mission is to help level the playing field for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as independent retailers. David loves travelling to central Europe, reading books by N.N. Taleb, and learning about ancient Roman and Napoleonic history.

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