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A hot summer selection of new WooCommerce extensions

July 25, 2013 - 10 Comments

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Summer has arrived! Over here in the UK we’re experiencing a phenomenon of a heat wave, so, what better way to celebrate than with BBQs, cold beers, and new WooCommerce extensions, right?!

Hot off the presses this week we’re releasing some exciting extensions which offer;

  • RMA management (Manage, Sell, Facilitate Easy Returns and Warranties)
  • Automatic PDF invoice creation
  • Authorize.net reports (direct to you inbox)

Take a look and remember to let us know your favourite:

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Case Study: BobWP WordPress Online Classes

July 23, 2013 - 16 Comments

5 minutes with WordPress enthusiast and long serving WooThemes customer, Bob Dunn, talking about his latest online classroom helping people build better blogs.

BobWPI’m a WordPress trainer and coach. I ended up in my current field after years of running a marketing, graphic and web design business. For the last four years, I have spent my time doing one-on-one WordPress training and coaching online, teaching in-person workshops, speaking at WordCamps and other conferences, and, basically, live and breathing WordPress. After much trial and error, I finally found the sweet spot for the online Build Your WordPress Blog classes I had been planning.

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Ecommerce & WooCommerce: Stats, Trends and Tips

July 22, 2013 - 23 Comments

We’ve written a number of posts  highlighting ways WooCommerce is being used to help small innovative businesses around the globe sell their ideas.Today I’d like to present a brief overview of ecommerce growth figures and  trends with a few tips for our  current WooCommerce users to stay competitive in this growing market.  Since 2011 we have seen WooCommerce grow in ways we never imagined but we recognize we are one platform amongst many.

WooCommerce is part of a growing wave of ecommerce growth but just how fast is this market growing? What kind of growth can we expect for the future? With all this growth within the ecommerce space is there enough opportunity to go around?  Is the growth rate of users enough to support the growing number of businesses emerging?

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So you want to run WordPress on Nginx

July 19, 2013 - 33 Comments

There are some great managed hosting options available for WordPress, and it’s a hosting niche that seems to be growing quickly. WPEngine, Pagely, and Zippy Kid are usually the three big names you hear when Managed WordPress hosting is brought up in a conversation but sometimes you want a little more control over your website. While it is going to take a bit more than some guides on the internet to make your website scale to the extent those three providers could guarantee this is a great first start step for most sites out there.

This guide will take you step by step through every piece of your hosting environment and should leave you with a speedy stable website that is fairly secure as well. This process is very close to the same process I have used to help a handful of WooNinjas setup their own server.

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Inspiring Social Change for Mandela Day

July 18, 2013 - 6 Comments

Mandela DayFor those unaware, Mandela Day is a day of inspiration, change and movement for good in the world, inspired by Nelson Mandela. Those wishing to participate in Mandela Day are encouraged to take at least 67 minutes on Mandela Day to take action, inspire change and, as the ethical framework of the day says, to “act in service to one’s fellow human”.

Being a proudly South African company, WooThemes participated in Mandela Day and wanted to give back in a way that we can add sustainable value, while assisting our local community. We dedicated the afternoon to spending time crafting a new website* for Kuyasa, a community organisation located near Stellenbosch.

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Your Website’s Helping Hand

July 17, 2013 - 22 Comments

See You Later has now been retired. If you purchased the product, we’ll still be helping you with any issues you may have.

When launching your website, gathering interest is, arguably, the most important task. If no-one is interested in your website or what you are offering, it is a relatively safe assumption that the business would not be likely to succeed.

This realisation, for me, sparks off a few questions; How do I gather interest? Do I need to have my website up and running before I’ve even tested the market?

That takes an investment of time, energy and (possibly) large funding, which I don’t currently have. What do I do now?

Meet, See You Later.

See You Later is a WordPress plugin that helps you engage your visitors… even before your website is ready to launch!

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Introducing Yotpo Social Reviews for WooCommerce

July 17, 2013 - 17 Comments

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Justin Butlion
Justin Butlion

Justin Butlion is the Content and Social Marketing Manager of Yotpo. Justin loves to blog about ecommerce, online marketing, web development and entrepreneurship. Check out his latest posts or contact him directly at justin@yotpo.com.

More and more online stores are turning to product reviews as a way to leverage user generated content to communicate the best aspects of their products and services. One service which is taking product reviews to a new level is Yotpo Social Reviews which just launched its WooCommerce extension.

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Brian Krogsgard on WordPress, WooCommerce and Maintaining Client Websites

July 16, 2013 - 10 Comments

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with WordPress aficionado and WooThemes community member, Brian Krogsgard, for a quick chat and to discuss a few important topics around maintaining WordPress-powered websites for customers.

For those on non-video enabled devices (or internet connections that don’t carry video too well), below is the cliff notes version of the question and answer portion of our chat.

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How to Fight to Make Your Distributed Team a Competitive Advantage, Not a Weakness

July 15, 2013 - 10 Comments

walterThis is a guest post written by Walter Chen, a former big law firm lawyer, math and computer science graduate and more recently founder and CEO of iDoneThis – a simple team performance management system that we ourselves use at WooThemes.

What I’ve admired most about WooThemes is they built a multimillion-dollar business, 100% bootstrapped, outside of a tech hub.

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5 years old

July 9, 2013 - 118 Comments

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We seem to be on a roll with recent milestones. Today is another significant one; We’re 5 years old!

To be an online business and to make it to 5 years is an achievement in itself. To be 5 years old and to be experiencing our best growth month-on-month yet is testament to the team that powers our product offering and to you, our loyal customers.

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The most Memorable WordPress theme

July 9, 2013 - 23 Comments

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When setting up a website for your business, a personal blog or to help a friend to create an online presence, the most important aspect of your website is that it is memorable. Captivating content that remains on topic as well as, of course, an attractive design that is easy to navigate.

Today’s release is the set to be the most memorable theme release yet. Everyone, say a big South African howzit to Memorable, our latest WordPress theme.

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Customer Happiness Report (June 2013)

July 6, 2013 - 11 Comments

Here we are once again. June is over so let’s do a quick wrap up of everything we’ve been doing here. It’s definitely been another busy month, but what else would you expect from us? Obviously, we know July will be no different so checkout what we were up to in June real quick before July passes us by!

Starting out we released our latest theme, On Topic. One of my personal favorites, it was designed and built in house! We featured a couple of collaborative posts in an effort to share more awesome WordPress & WooThemes related products. First up we had ManageWP making it easy to manage your site, followed by Wysija who put a little Woo in their newsletter plugin, and finally from Tweaky.com who showed us how to create custom reports for your content & social media marketing.

Outside of that we posted some free ecommerce icons, launched our themes on CreativeMarket, ran a quick Facebook contest, showed you how we use version control on our own site, added support for Twitter’s new API into WooDojo, released the points & rewards extension, celebrated a huge milestone of 1 million WooCommerce downloads, had another roundup of free WooCommerce extensions, and finally had a classic WooCommerce extension drop. Whew, let’s take a moment now to take a deep breath and see how we did supporting all of this!

June Metrics
June’s Metrics

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American innovation using WooCommerce

July 4, 2013 - 7 Comments

 

4thjuly1In honor of Independence Day I wanted to write a bit of a tribute to American innovation – WooThemes style – by celebrating some of the amazing WooCommerce sites coming out of the USA. As a preface I should add that while I am based at WooHQ in Cape Town,  I am an American in my late late 20’s who was privileged enough to grow up in the exciting emergence of AOL, online gaming using my 56K modem, and eventually ecommerce (selling baseball cards online). From afar (in South Africa), I have seen the US economy and retail market struggle and, when go home for visits, I find my familiar hometown landscape changing constantly. Many of my favorite niche shops locally in Southern California have closed, while it is not uncommon to see areas well known for more niche creative shops become lined with monotonous and predictable large retailers. A new generation has emerged seeking authenticity, natural, honest and unique. A shift is taking place within the US and worldwide where people are re-enchanted with artisan creativity and personality in the marketplace.

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The Tools We Use – The Revised Edition

July 3, 2013 - 47 Comments

I often find myself looking at businesses and wondering; “what apps do they use to make things happen?”- it turns out I’m not alone. At WooThemes, we’re often asked, “which app do you code in?”, “what’s your favourite app for project management?” and other related questions about the WooEngine. After looking back at our original blog post on this topic, I found that as the WooTeam grew and our business evolved, so did the apps and tools we use to make the Engine hum. Today, I’ll attempt to answer all of the possible questions you may have around this topic.

Welcome to “The Tools We Use – The Revised Edition”.

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3 custom reports for content marketing and social media marketing

June 28, 2013 - 10 Comments

ned-dwyerThis is a guest post from Ned Dwyer, founder of Tweaky.com – the easiest way to tweak your website from $39 per tweak. Ned is passionate about digital marketing, startups and peanut butter. 

One of the biggest challenges for anyone working in social media or content marketing is reporting. It’s always a lot easier to start writing a blog post or engaging fans on Facebook than it is to wrangle with the beast that is Google Analytics.

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Woo Woo! The WooCommerce train has arrived, laden with 7 more extensions

June 27, 2013 - 8 Comments

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It’s that time again folks! Since we passed 1 million downloads our developer community has been busily beavering away at more WooCommerce extensions for your perusal.

This week we’re launching some pretty exciting functionality extensions that we think you’re going to love!

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