WooWeekly #469: Sort by Featured | Black Friday Tips | Better Refunds

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Welcome back to WooWeekly, your weekly appointment with WooCommerce tutorials, tips and updates handpicked for you (and the other 18,413 subscribers) so that you can learn something new.

I’m currently away, so I’m writing this issue on the go. Not the best time of the year to go on holiday with Black Friday around the corner… but life wouldn’t be fun if it were always perfect.

Anyhow, here are this week’s WooCommerce tips – enjoy.

Rodolfo Melogli


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1. WooCommerce Tips & Snippets

WooCommerce: Sort By Featured Products @ Shop

In today’s case study, we will replace the “Default sorting” option with a workaround, create a new one with the same label (so that customers won’t notice it), set it as the default sorting option, and make sure it sorts by featured products first, and then by menu_order and title. By Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: Preparing Your Site for Black Friday / Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM) are just around the corner. Is your WooCommerce site prepared? I hope so! While time is running out, there are a number of things you can do to get ready. In this post, we’ll cover eight of the most important ones. By Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

When to use a plugin for product options in WooCommerce (versus variations)

WooCommerce has a built-in way to add additional options to your products. You can do this by creating a variable product in WooCommerce and adding variations for each combination of options you want to offer. On the other hand, you may have seen “product options” or “product addons” plugins that allow you to add extra options to your WooCommerce products. So why would you need such a plugin, if WooCommerce offers this feature out-of-the-box? By Maarten Belmans, Studio Wombat

How to Better Manage Refunds and Returns on a WooCommerce Store

In this guide, we take a look at the issues around returns and refunds in WooCommerce and cover some of the best tools for managing them as efficiently as possible. By Joe Fylan, CommerceGurus

The Better Way to Add a Guest Checkout in WooCommerce

If you’re looking to add and improve the WooCommerce guest checkout in your online store, this guide is for you. We’ll walk you through why adding a guest checkout option is beneficial, how to enable the WooCommerce guest checkout feature and how to improve it with the help of a plugin. By Gina Lucia, IconicWP


Advanced Product Fields for WooCommerce by Studio Wombat is the market’s fastest product options plugin. It allows you to easily add extra options to your products, such as text boxes, file uploads, swatches, date pickers, and more! Store owners can easily create product configurators and customers can effortlessly customize your products and select additional options and add-ons. The plugin is developed to be lightweight, yet feature-complete!

2. ICYMI: WooCommerce Articles

WooCommerce: Filter By Order Status @ My Account Orders

For some reason you can refine the backend orders table if you are an admin, but logged in customers can’t filter by order status under My Account > Orders! This is pretty bad, especially if you run a store where customers place many orders and the My Account Orders tab is full of entries. So, here’s the fix – you’re welcome! By Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: Disable “You cannot add another to your cart” Message

When a WooCommerce product is set to “Sold Individually”, you can only add 1 item to the cart. If you try a second time, you will get the “You cannot add another “%s” to your cart” error message, so that the customer is aware that there is already that product in the cart. Let’s disable it. By Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

How to add a date picker (calendar) to a WooCommerce product page

Many online stores need custom fields on their product pages so the customer can add options before purchase. One example of such a field is a date picker. In this tutorial, we’ll see how you can add a calendar to your WooCommerce product pages, so customers can select one or more dates. Store administrators can see the selected date on the order admin screen. By Maarten Belmans, Studio Wombat

WooCommerce: One Product Per Row @ Shop Page

By default, WooCommerce displays 4 products per row in the shop page. This is ok for almost any ecommerce website, however in certain cases you might want to change this setting in order to show full-width products (a.k.a. one product per row). By Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: Variable Product “Cumulative” Stock Quantity

When a variable product stock quantity is managed at variation level, the stock status is either “In stock” or “Out of stock” without any mention of the quantity. It would be cool, however, and in certain cases only, to show the total stock quantity for all single variations. By Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

WooCommerce: Super Simple EU Vat Number Validation (VIES)

As an EU merchant dealing with VAT customers, I often find myself doing manual checks on the VIES VAT number validation website. By studying the available options on various online forums, I found a super simple workaround that doesn’t even require signing up for an API. By Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer

How to Add Image Uploads for Your WooCommerce Products

Do you want to add image upload capabilities to your WooCommerce products? Then read this step-by-step tutorial to allow customers to upload images on your product pages. The uploaded images are added to the order and store administrators can download them from the order admin backend screen. By Maarten Belmans, Studio Wombat

WooCommerce: How to Split Variable Products Into Simple Products

By default, WooCommerce displays all your variable products as just that – products with multiple different variations on its shop page. However, you might need a way to display each product variation as an individual product on your WooCommerce shop page to improve customer experience, search functionality and increase overall sales. By Rodolfo Melogli, Business Bloomer


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