WooWeekly #406: Populate Checkout, Product Filters, Shipping Labels

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Welcome back to WooWeekly, your weekly appointment with WooCommerce tutorials, tips and updates handpicked for you (and the other 16,388 subscribers) so that you can learn something new. Enjoy!

~ Rodolfo Melogli (Business Bloomer) & David Mainayar (PeachPay)


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1. Brand New WooCommerce Tips

WooCommerce: Populate Checkout Fields From URL

On top of adding products to cart via URL and redirect to checkout, there is a way to also fill out the Checkout page input fields within the same link. This could be super handy when you know the billing/shipping details of a registered or guest customer and want to speed up the order process. ~ Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: Why & How to Improve Product Filters

By improving product filters in your WooCommerce online store, you can help customers narrow down their search. This makes it easier for them to find the products they’re looking for. ~ Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: How to Print Shipping Labels

When you only process a few orders, how you handle your shipping labels won’t have a big impact. But as business grows, you need an effective way to create and manage the labels for all your orders. ~ Bradley Taylor, GoDaddy


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2. David’s WooCommerce Highlights

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

A Match Made in Heaven 

We found out yesterday morning that DigitalOcean, the cloud giant, intends to acquire Cloudways, the managed cloud hosting provider. It sounds like a match made in heaven, a case of vertical integration in the cloud. The two entities have been partners for almost a decade now and the move gives DigitalOcean a firmer foothold in the SMB space, just as many companies across a wide variety of industries — including hosting — are moving upstream instead. The acquisition provides DigitalOcean with a new platform and technology, but also a 30% increase in its global workforce. However, it’s important to note that Cloudways will remain a standalone business unit under co-founder & CEO Aaqib Gadit. 

Who’s Winning on the WooCommerce Marketplace?

It’s a question posed by Alex Denning, who always has something fresh and interesting to say about the ecosystem. According to Denning’s napkin math, 75% of WooCommerce sales go to 3 sellers: WooCommerce, Prospress (now owned by WooCommerce/Automattic), and SkyVerge (now owned by GoDaddy). Furthermore, the 5 highest grossing WooCommerce extensions (all grossing >$2M) are WooCommerce Subscriptions, WooCommerce Memberships, WooCommerce Product Add-ons, USPS Shipping Method, and WooCommerce Bookings — of which, ⅘ are made by WooCommerce. Despite these facts, Denning concludes that new listings can still get traction, with the average Marketplace plugin grossing roughly $10k-100k all-time. The best time to post a listing may have been 5 years ago, but the second best time is now, provided you establish that there is clear demand for your product. 

The Early Days of Ecommerce

If you want to learn more about the early days of WooCommerce & ecommerce in general, then I recommend checking out Colm Troy’s chat with Anna Maria Radu & Abha Thakor at Do the Woo. Why should you be interested in his take? Because Troy’s early experiences with computers, the Internet, and ecommerce have culminated in his creation of one of the fastest themes available to WooCommerce (Shoptimizer).

3. ICYMI: WooCommerce Articles

WooCommerce: Rename “Completed” Order Status

Now, wouldn’t it be cool if we could rename the “completed” order status label to something else? This would make everyone’s life easier. Well, thankfully with a few lines of code this is definitely possible… enjoy! ~ Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: How to Shop As a Customer

So, in this article, we’ll review the top Shop As A Customer WooCommerce plugins and their main features. But first, let’s see how shopping as a customer can benefit your business. ~ Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: Hide Weight & Dimensions From Additional Information Tab @ Single Product

Should you need to hide them completely from the frontend while keeping the list of attributes below them, thankfully there’s a PHP one-liner you can use. ~ Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Discounts

Since… today, Business Bloomer online courses are affordable for everyone. In this post, I’ll go through a quick PPP math example to give you some context, and then I’ll tell you how I implemented PPP discounts on my WooCommerce website. ~ Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

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  • Rodolfo Melogli

    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.

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  • David Mainayar

    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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