WooWeekly #407: Search, Donations, Shopify

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Welcome back to WooWeekly, your weekly appointment with WooCommerce tutorials, tips and updates handpicked for you (and the other 16,408 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: Search By Custom Field

The default WooCommerce frontend product search returns results based on whether the search term is present in the product title, SKU, short and long description. But what if you also want to search inside a custom field? ~ Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: Donation / Fundraising Plugins

This article shares the best, easy-to-use, affordable WooCommerce fundraising and donations plugins you can use. Let’s get started! ~ Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

Creating an online store with WooCommerce vs. Shopify

As the two most popular platforms, WooCommerce and Shopify are often compared by sellers both new and experienced. In this post, we’ll examine how the process of creating the main parts of an ecommerce store differs between WooCommerce vs. Shopify. ~ 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.

Liquid Web: 25 Years Later

Liquid Web is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. In that time, it has grown to encompass high-performance managed hosting under its flagship brand, digital commerce cloud hosting and services under Nexcess, WordPress plugin development under StellarWP, and enterprise development under Modern Tribe. In addition, it owns iThemes, Restrict Content Pro, The Events Calendar, Iconic, KadenceWP, GiveWP, and LearnDash. It boasts 500k+ sites, 175k software subscribers, and 2.5M+ free version software users. 

How Many Top Ecommerce Stores are Powered by WooCommerce?

It’s a question I often ask, a scratch I just can’t itch. My view is that the WooCommerce ecosystem suffers from a lack of high-volume store visibility. We just don’t know who the biggest players in the space are. This is obviously to be expected from an open-source ecommerce solution that rejects the trappings of top-down systems, including more data gathering. However, that has not stopped some from trying to arrive at an answer. In a recent article I read about Shopify stock, Jamie Louko calculates that 20% of the top 10k online stores are powered by Shopify, while 9% are powered by WooCommerce. Somehow WooCommerce’s share seems a little high to me… I’d love it to be true, though. 

Sandbox Sites Return to WooCommerce

Select extensions on WooCommerce.com can now be loaded on a private test site that self-destructs after 30 days. Neat! Read more about it here. 

3. ICYMI: WooCommerce Articles

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: 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

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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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