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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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Put a Little Woo in Your Next Newsletter

June 21, 2013 - 35 Comments

kim-gjerstadToday we have Kim Gjerstad, co-founder of Wysija, a newsletter plugin for WordPress as a guest… (Please note the below is not a sponsored post.)

We’re thrilled to announce our first collaboration with Woo. Our newsletter plugin now includes 12 newsletter email themes, all based on popular WooThemes.

Let me first step back a little, and introduce Wysija. Our plugin allows you to create newsletters, autoresponders and post notifications, all within your WordPress.

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Free WooCommerce Extension Roundup

June 19, 2013 - 23 Comments

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Commercial WooCommerce extensions are great. You get premium support and advanced functionality. But it’s always worth keeping an eye on the free offerings on WordPress.org. Occasionally there are gems to be uncovered.

With WooCommerce passing 1 million free downloads this week it seems like the perfect time to highlight some other useful free plugins.

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Hired: Patrick Rauland is a Woo Ninja

June 18, 2013 - 14 Comments

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Patrick – the new Woo Ninja

We’re incredibly happy that we’ve added to our talented Support team with the hire of Patrick Rauland. Patrick loves yoga and is, in his own words, “constantly trying to twist my self into a pretzel or do a one armed handstand”.

You’ll find Patrick in our help-desk helping you with all your WooCommerce questions.

Find Patrick on twitter and github.

Six zeros

June 17, 2013 - 79 Comments

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Friday marked a monumental milestone. After 52 releases, 35 official themes, 192 official extensions, a lot of hard work, and a whole bunch of community contribution WooCommerce has surpassed 1,000,000 downloads. Only 626 days from it’s launch!

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Rewarding your loyal customers

June 13, 2013 - 39 Comments

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As a store owner, customer loyalty is important to you. Customer loyalty leads to repeat sales and, ultimately, a satisfied customer. As individuals, we enjoy the feeling of receiving “something for nothing”. If I can spend on a product now and earn a discount which I can redeem at any future purchase, I’ll be more inclined to make the purchase.

How do we, as store owners, incentivise customers to purchase with us again?

This incentive is a three-part operation; selling a great product or service, ensuring a pleasant purchasing experience, and rewarding customers for purchasing from your store. You already offer a great product or service and WooCommerce already offers a pleasant purchasing experience, so what about the reward?

Introducing Points and Rewards for WooCommerce

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WooDojo 1.5.3: now supports Twitter API 1.1

June 13, 2013 - 48 Comments

twitter-bird-logoEarlier this week, Twitter announced that they are officially turning off version 1.0 of their API. This move has been made in favour of version 1.1 of their API. This version requires authentication for any request made to the Twitter servers, which means that all Twitter applications and code snippets would need to be updated to use this new version. This includes our WooThemes Twitter widgets.

While this has been a hot topic within the development community, with blackout tests being run on the Twitter API over the past few months, we had unfortunately dropped the ball on getting an update out to you all.

Today, we’d like to inform you all about WooDojo version 1.5.3, which includes support for Twitter API version 1.1.

Download WooDojo 1.5.3 Get help with setting up your API keys

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The version control flow for our own website

June 12, 2013 - 25 Comments

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On this blog, you regularly find posts announcing new products, themes, case studies and other news we’re proud of. There is one other development we’re very proud of, which we haven’t discussed much on this blog; the development of WooThemes.com. The development of our own website is something that we’ve revised completely over the past few months.

We’d like to give you some insight into what’s going on behind the scenes of this website. Who is working on the code? How do we deploy the code to our servers? What version control system do we use? And how do we manage all of this?

Parts of this version control flow also apply to our product releases. Within team WooCommerce we’re doing something similar and the development of our themes is currently migrating to the same flow as well. We’ve tried and refined this new flow on the development of our own website, which is why this specific project will be the highlight in this post.

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WooCommerce site submission contest on Facebook

June 11, 2013 - 9 Comments

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Since starting at WooThemes about two months ago I have found myself getting lost in the sea of WooCommerce users – staring into Google Analytics numbers it is amazing to think this thing just started last year. Behind each user name is a hopeful entrepreneur looking to take that next step towards the unknown. Yesterday I decided it is time that we ask our WooThemes Facebook community to share their WooCommerce sites and three would be selected as winners, the response was incredible.

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WooThemes themes now on CreativeMarket

June 10, 2013 - 2 Comments

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For the past few months we have been watching from afar as an exciting new marketplace community has emerged from the founders of COLOURlovers. Creative Market is home to thousands of handcrafted mousemade design products such as graphics, invitations, fonts and of course website themes. This array of quality digital assets is growing daily and is quickly becoming a popular site to visit for all your creative project needs.

Today, we’d like to announce that WooThemes themes are now available on Creative Market.

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Freepik: Free eCommerce icons

June 6, 2013 - 16 Comments

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Alejandro, founder of Freepik – a free engine tool that tracks and locates free vectors, ilustrations, psd and images without copyright infringement to make your work easier, recently came to us asking if we would be interested in sharing an exclusive icon pack with our our community, solely distributed on our site. Naturally, we graciously accepted the offer and asked if his team could put together an ecommerce flavoured icon set that would be useful to our WooCommerce users, designers and developers.We left the rest in their capable and experienced icon crafting hands

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WordPress and WooThemes management made easy

June 5, 2013 - 24 Comments

tom-ewerToday we have Tom Ewer, chief blog officer at ManageWP guest blogging on a subject we feel very appropriate for you our WooThemes community. (Please note the below is not a sponsored post.)

As a massive WooThemes fanboy it is an absolute pleasure to be published on this blog.

I’ve been a fan for a couple of years now — ever since I purchased and installed the awesome Canvas framework on my own blog. With WooThemes continuing to offer beautiful themes and extending their line of products into some pretty awesome plugins, things are looking rather rosy for those of us who await each new release eagerly.

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Keeping themes On Topic

June 4, 2013 - 24 Comments

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In today’s world, where the internet is filled with content and so many blogs trying to get their own piece of the signal, it’s important to ensure your content stands out from the rest as the authority on the topic you’re writing about. In short, it’s important to stay on topic.

Today, we’re excited to share a design that is close to our hearts and is a project we’ve been working on at WooThemes HQ. No frills, fuss or unnecessary elements are included in this design. Everyone, say “hello” to On Topic, our latest WordPress theme.

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Hired: Remi Corson joins Woo

June 4, 2013 - 10 Comments

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The New Ninja – Remi

As mentioned in our post yesterday, we’ve hired two new ninjas at WooThemes. We’re delighted to announce that Remi Corson has joined us this week as a Support Ninja. You’ll find him serving WooCommerce happiness in our help desk.

When Remi isn’t doing cool things with WordPress he’s playing the guitar, kitesurfing, kayaking, sailing or learning a new language.

Follow Remi on twitter and github.

Customer Happiness Report (May 2013)

June 3, 2013 - 11 Comments

As May ends we’re quickly approaching the halfway mark of 2013. The seasons are starting to turn around the world, and we here at WooThemes have continued to turn up the activity. Our favorite ecommerce plugin, WooCommerce, is also turning up the heat and growing faster and faster. We are quickly approaching 1 MILLION downloads of WooCommerce when we just celebrated 500,000 downloads at the end of January. Stay tuned for news on that.

I’m also happy to announce today that we’ve got two NEW incredible support ninjas. We thought it’d be great to introduce the two of them together with a little interview we did last week. So take a moment to meet Patrick & Rémi.

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The WooThemes Updater gets an update

May 30, 2013 - 48 Comments

We’ve just released the WooThemes Updater 1.1.0, a little over 6 months since it’s first release. A few bugs have been fixed up and we’ve added some new features in we thought you’d like to know about.

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