WooWeekly #367: TGIBF

Hello there, how you doing?

Here in Sicily all is well. Today’s news is that Lorenzo has been diagnosed with hernia – my little boy requires surgery asap. I’m happy we found that out early enough, as things could have gone badly. Let’s hope we can find a decent surgeon though, mission impossible down here.

Anyhow, welcome back to WooWeekly, your appointment with WooCommerce tutorials, tips and updates handpicked for you so that you can learn something new!

WooWeekly is put together by myself, 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. If you wish to spread the word about WooWeekly you can tell friends and colleagues to sign up at wcwkly.com

So, let’s get the party started… enjoy!


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0. TGI(B)F

Yes, thankfully this Friday is Black! You’ve surely heard of TGIF, so TGIBF sounds just about right. WooCommerce, YITH, IconicWP and all the other vendors are running incredible sales, so this is the right time of the year to take your WooCommerce purchases off the wish list!

Of course, Business Bloomer has a Black Friday offer too, but is limited to readers of this newsletter and won’t be made public. I prefer offering value to those who show interest in what I share every day as opposed to giving away bonuses to coupon-chasers 🙂

Here are the two BF offers:

  1. for Woo LEARNERS: holidays are fast approaching and online courses are the best way to learn something new or deepen your WooCommerce knowledge. The Business Bloomer bundle already gives you access to CustomizeWoo + TroubleshootWoo + ConfigureWoo courses for a discounted total ($397 + $297 + $97 = $̶7̶9̶1 $597). Get another $200 off today with coupon… [cut, newsletter only]
  2. for Woo VENDORS: since we’ve started selling sponsorship slots for WooWeekly, the response has been amazing. STAGE slot booked until January 2022. Many ORCHESTRA and BALCONY slots taken as well, including a brave vendor who got March 2022 already. Today’s your only chance of the year to get a little discount and advertise your product in front of 15,000+ newsletter readers. Get $200 off ORCHESTRA slot with coupon… [cut, newsletter only]

1. Brand New WooCommerce Content

WooCommerce Snippet: Rename “Read more” To “Out of stock” @ Shop

There is an unfortunate (IMO) add to cart button naming on the WooCommerce shop page / category pages / product loops. When an item is out of stock, the “Add to cart” (or “Select options” for a variable product type) button label will turn into “Read more”. To be honest, that doesn’t really say much to the end customer. It’s quite confusing and doesn’t make much sense. Today, we’ll see how to change that “Read more” label into something more comprehensible: “Out of stock”. A super easy trick. Enjoy: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-rename-read-more-out-of-stock-shop/

WooCommerce Tutorial: Google Ads, Merchant Center, Adsense, Facebook Pixel Integrations

While organic strategies like SEO are great for increasing traffic and conversions for your store, sprinkling some paid advertising into your marketing efforts can give it a much-needed push. Paid ads offer an excellent way to increase your WooCommerce store’s reach, exposure, and sales. But whether you display ads on your store to earn extra revenue or create ad campaigns to market your products, managing ads can be challenging and time-consuming. Fortunately for you, there are some fantastic ad automation plugins that can help you create, run, and track ad campaigns, all from scratch. This article will explore some WooCommerce plugins that you can use to automate your advertising campaigns. But first, let’s take a quick look at how these plugins work: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-ad-automation-plugins/

WooCommerce Tutorial: How to Bulk Edit Product Categories

Using WooCommerce product categories is one of the best ways to help your shoppers find what they need quickly and improve their experience at your store. However, the real struggle begins when you have to edit these categories – adding new products, removing items or overwriting them into a new one for example. Performing these actions on one or two categories may not hurt, but editing a large number of them individually can be a challenge. Luckily, there are multiple ways you can bulk edit your product categories to save on time and boost efficiency. In this article, we’ll dive into how you can edit product categories en masse using WooCommerce’s default settings. For more advanced editing options, it’s best to go for plugins – so, we’ll also explore some great plugins you can use for this purpose. Let’s begin: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-how-bulk-edit-product-categories/

WooCommerce Tutorial: How to Start an Affiliate Program in 4 Steps

There are many different ways to reach potential new customers and grow your business. However, most of these methods cost money regardless of whether you achieve the desired results. That’s where affiliate marketing comes in. It is a popular marketing model where you recruit third parties to drive people to your WooCommerce store and purchase your products. Even better, you’ll only pay for successful conversions. In this post, we’ll discuss why using affiliate programs is one of the most effective ways to grow your business. We’ll then show how to create an affiliate program for your WooCommerce store in four easy steps. Let’s get started: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-start-affiliate-program/


THANK YOU, ORCHESTRA SPONSORS!

Do the Woo is dedicated to helping guide, connect and elevate the WooCommerce Builder Community. Learn how to grow your Woo business by listening to your peers and colleagues on the Do the Woo podcast. Get biz tips on the Woo BizChat Podcast and discover tons of content on our community site. If you build products or services for WooCommerce, or sites using WooCommerce, the Do the Woo Builder Community is for you.

Consortia is a creator of premium WooCommerce plugins and extensions, each of which is designed to improve the eCommerce management experience for developers and online store owners. Our products focus on giving users better tools for store maintenance, bulk order management, cost and profit tracking pricing, and order and sales reporting. Our best selling products include the Bulk Table Editor, which helps users easily set up sales and bulk update important product values, as well as other popular extensions including Cost & Reports, Bulk Category Editor and Roles & Rules B2B

Shoptimizer is a FAST WooCommerce theme that comes with a ton of features all designed to help you convert more visitors into customers. It’s built for speed and conversions and is based upon real eCommerce research we’ve validated to generate millions of dollars on some of the biggest WooCommerce stores in the world. It includes the CommerceKit plugin which takes WooCommerce to the next level, with ajax search, order bumps, and much more. Grab a copy today for only $49!

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We are AG creates WooCommerce plugins that offer payment processing solutions for WooCommerce store owners. We then ensure these solutions work well for you, both now and in the future with prompt updates and support where necessary.

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2. David’s WooCommerce Highlights

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

  1. Come One, Come Wowmall: Say hello to Wowmall, the second fully block-enabled theme compatible with WooCommerce (being preceded in that regard by Responsive FSE). Free and flexible, this theme is hopefully the second of many more to come. 
  2. Recurring Rodomontade: Yes, it’s not the first of its kind. However, Autoship Cloud claims its recurring payments plugin goes head to head with WooCommerce Subscriptions & YITH WooCommerce Subscription. In fact, Autoship Cloud goes so far as to claim it has built the best WooCommerce subscriptions plugin out there.
  3. WooCommerce Gang Affiliated: AffiliateWP, a leading WordPress affiliate program plugin for WooCommerce, is currently 60% off. 
  4. You Have to Hand it to Her: Kathy Darling, author of several WooCommerce plugins and a USA Women’s National Team handball athlete, sat down to chat with Jake Goldman for a Torque Social Hour session.

3. Bloomer Armada Headlines

Here are the latest news regarding Bloomer Armada, Business Bloomer’s private WooCommerce community.

  1. Membership: 2 Supporters, 1 Fan and 1 Partner came on board this week! Thank you all, and enjoy your WooCommerce perks before you forget! Speaking of Black Friday, Bloomer Armada vendor discounts (Woo, YITH, Iconic, etc.) last all year round, so that you don’t need to worry if you don’t have cash flow right now.
  2. Mentorship: great WooCommerce questions and requests on our private Slack channel this week! A thread on product visibility by user role, another one on displaying custom fields on the shop page, a quick fix to add pagination to the WooCommerce
    shortcode, and more. Joined us on Slack yet?
  3. Rebrand: I’m working with a graphic designer to get a new logo/identity for Bloomer Armada, hope something nice comes out of it!

THANK YOU, BALCONY SPONSORS!

WP Frontend Admin’s Restaurant Management free course will show you how to create a Restaurant Management platform using WordPress, WooCommerce, WP Ultimo, and WP Frontend Admin. Restaurants will register on your site, create their own sites, pay you a monthly fee for their site, and they will be able to sell food online, manage orders, and register team members. They will manage their sites using a beautiful frontend dashboard, you can use a custom design for the dashboard to simplify everything and show your custom brand.

Want to sponsor for as little as $97 for 4 issues? Find out more at wcwkly.com/sponsors 


4. ICYMI

[WooCommerce Snippet] Fix “Sorry, This File Type Is Not Permitted for Security Reasons” For Downloadable Products

In WordPress, you get the “Sorry, This File Type Is Not Permitted for Security Reasons” error when you try to upload certain files to the Media library. Similarly, in WooCommerce you may get the same error when you try to upload a downloadable product download files. Why is that? Well, by default WordPress only allows certain file extensions to be uploaded to the site. For example PNG, JPG, PDF, PPT, DOC, MP3 and MP4 are within the allowed file types – the reason being they are “safe” and won’t contain malicious code that could create problems within a WordPress install. The thing is – I’ve started selling my first downloadable product (a mini-plugin) here on Business Bloomer and I needed to upload a ZIP file (the mini-plugin), a JSON file (a Code Snippet export file for those who don’t like plugins) and a TXT file (the plugin’s raw code for those who like to play with PHP). All went smoothly for the ZIP upload, but as soon as I tried uploading the JSON and TXT files I got the “Sorry, This File Type Is Not Permitted for Security Reasons” error. Panic? Not really. It’s only a matter of finding the right code to change this default WordPress behavior. So, say hello to the “upload_mimes” filter, which allows us to do just that. Enjoy: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-fix-sorry-file-type-not-permitted/

[WooCommerce Tutorial] Top 8 SEO Plugins to Grow Your Traffic

Having an amazing website with top-notch content that ranks on the fifth page of search results is every website owner’s worst nightmare. And the key to avoiding this is to optimize your website for search engines. But here’s the catch – SEO can often be complicated and confusing for website owners, especially if you don’t have prior knowledge or a strategy in place. The good news is there’s a wide range of WordPress SEO plugins that can simplify the job for you. With features like content analysis, keyword tracking, and SEO audits, these plugins can help you optimize every part of your website effortlessly so you can gain more visibility online. Like with many plugin categories, if you go looking, you can get lost in a sea of SEO plugins because there are simply so many of them. But we’ve done the legwork for you and prepared a list of the eight best plugins to supercharge your website traffic. Let’s dive in: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-top-seo-plugins/

[News] WooCommerce + Elementor 3.5 = Enhanced Building

WooCommerce website builders are under increasing pressure to design the most user-friendly, engaging, and convenient ecommerce experiences for customers. However, the technology can be somewhat restrictive on its own, which is why so many designers turn to third-party tools, like Elementor. A well-known website creation platform, Elementor first introduced its WooCommerce integration in August of 2018. Back then, the goal of many designers was on creating the most aesthetically appealing product and archive pages. Now, the priorities of ecommerce shoppers and website developers have evolved. Adapting to the new focus on unified visual branding and enhanced user experiences, Elementor is now introducing a selection of new updates to its WooCommerce functionality. The new features of Elementor Release 3.5 could transform the way you design ecommerce sites: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-elementor-integration/

[Business Development] I keep failing

I’ll be short because I really need to sleep. It’s 2.17am and my wife and son fell asleep a few minutes ago. We’ve had a strong cold for the last week, and it’s been difficult to look after both, especially Lorenzo, as we really didn’t know what to do given it was his first time with fever and a blocked nose. But that’s not the point. What’s bugging me this week is that I didn’t and I couldn’t find the time to get work done, especially now that Black Friday is coming and I really wanted to publish a new online course. Yep, I keep failing. Every day. https://rodolfomelogli.com/i-keep-failing/

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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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