WooWeekly #362: Automate

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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!

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1. Brand New WooCommerce Content

WooCommerce: Create Product Programmatically

No matter if this snippet suits your needs or not, it’s still interesting to see how you can create a brand new WooCommerce product programmatically / automatically when a certain even triggers. In this case studio, we’ll see how to generate a brand new product, set its featured image, price, category, title and a download file as soon as an image is uploaded in the WordPress backend Media section. This would be super useful for photographers for example – simply upload a new image to the WordPress Media Library, and a new product is automatically created. Of course, you can customize the code and use it with different triggers. For example, you may need to create a new product automatically when each phone product needs always a matching case product, just with a different title. Or maybe you want to tie product creation once an order is placed. Either way, enjoy: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-programmatically-create-product/

WooCommerce: Why Use Country-Based Plugins (Germanized, Japanized, …)

What do Germany, Japan, Brazil, and the Czech Republic all have in common? If you guessed that, in each country’s case, local WooCommerce merchants benefit from a country-specific plugin; I’m talking about Germanized for WooCommerce, Japanized for WooCommerce, Brazilian Market on WooCommerce, and WPify Woo Czech. If you’re in one of these countries, then you should definitely check the plugin in question out. We’ve spoken about how WooCommerce is going global in past posts and about what you need to do to internationalize your WooCommerce store. If you’re charting an expansion to one of the aforementioned countries, then you are also in the target market: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-country-based-plugins-germanized/

WooCommerce: Top Checkout Field Editor Plugins

If you haven’t thought about checkout page customization before, perhaps it’s time to start doing so. There’s no question that it’s a hot topic in the WooCommerce community since, admittedly, the default checkout page leaves a lot to be desired. You don’t want to be behind the curve. Here at Business Bloomer, Rodolfo has put out 90+ different checkout page snippets that have been eagerly lapped up by the WooCommerce developer and merchant community. Seriously, these are some of our most widely read and engaged posts. But in addition to snippets, it’s worth checking out some checkout field editor plugins. Sometimes, instead of a specific tool with a narrow focus, you need a Swiss army knife. Think of snippets as the tools, and checkout field editors as the Swiss army knife: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-checkout-field-editor-plugins/

An Armada of Affiliates

One of the most important items on my to-do list was to revamp Business Bloomer affiliate program (I mean, I never did anything with it really, so anything would have been awesome). Today, I focused on Business Bloomer Affiliate Program. I’ve had this active for years but never did anything with it, so it was right about time to redesign it and rethink the whole strategy. Here’s a quick recap so that you (maybe) can do the same with yours or get some inspiration: https://rodolfomelogli.com/an-armada-of-affiliates/



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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. Back in Black: Black Friday is almost here once again, and this year’s may be bigger than ever. Make sure your store is ready for the hordes of website visitors that will inevitably follow. 
  2. Material World: Britni McCotter’s WooSesh talk made a splash last week. We all know that eCommerce has taken the world by storm in the last 18 months, but McCotter really put things into perspective when she mentioned that global eCommerce is set to surpass $4.2 trillion by the end of 2021. That’s almost the same figure as the GDP of Japan, the third largest economy in the world. China and the United States are next, and it’s only a matter of time (so get ready for it by enabling multicurrency, to begin with).
  3. Give it a REST: WooCommerce 5.8 was released on October 12th. Not a big release but one highlight is that the REST API now supports modified_after and modified_before fields for product, order, and coupon endpoints. 
  4. Check this Out: WooCommerce is calling for checkout usability testers! I wonder what will come of it. 
  5. The Core Issue: WooCommerce Admin is being folded into Core. Say hello to “a monolithic WooCommerce repository”.
  6. A Developer, SEO Expert, and Agency Networker Walk into a Bar: In a chat with Bob Dunn, John Doherty shares his wide array of experiences, running the gamut from development to SEO to agency networking. 
  7. Paralysis by Plugin Analysis: So many plugins, so little time. Seriously, where to begin when you have 59,000 plugins to choose from? Chris Lema has some advice


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3. ICYMI

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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  • 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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