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Last call for testing, WooCommerce 2.0 coming March 4th

February 22, 2013 - 48 Comments

If you haven’t tested WooCommerce 2.0 yet, or haven’t prepared your website yet, now it really is the time to start doing that. Today we have tagged the second Release Candidate in our version control (you can now download it from GitHub) and this marks the last week of testing. If is it as good as we think it is (and no critical bugs are found), the final version of WooCommerce 2.0 will be released on March 4th.

This second Release Candidate also marks the moment where our support ninjas will start helping you resolving issues with WooCommerce 2.0 on your test installs. As with the previous beta and RC releases, we still do not recommend you run this version of WooCommerce 2.0 on a live website though, so please only use it for testing purposes.

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All your content on one beautiful screen with The One Pager

February 20, 2013 - 109 Comments

When setting up your website, the one screen that is always different and unique is your homepage. Today, we place our focus on this screen with “The One Pager”, the latest offering in our WordPress themes catalog.

The One Pager, designed by Gary Murray, is a multi-purpose WordPress theme, designed to display all of your main content on your homepage in a clean and flexible layout.

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Preparing your website for WooCommerce 2.0

February 8, 2013 - 66 Comments

With the release of WooCommerce 2.0 right around the corner (if you can, please help us test Release Candidate 1), it is time to start preparing your website for this new version of our plugin. There are a couple changes that you need to keep in mind before you update, so you can run the update as smooth as possible once it is available.

As part of preparing your website for WooCommerce 2.0, I will show you how you can test for compatibility issues in your website before actually doing the update. You might have a plugin that is causing a conflict, or your theme is not compatible with WooCommerce 2.0 because it hasn’t been updated for a while. It is always better to find those problems now, before you run into them on your live website.

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13 nifty, free WooCommerce extensions you might not know about…

February 7, 2013 - 37 Comments

There hasn’t been a WooCommerce extension drop in a couple of months and there’s no secret as to why. Team WooCommerce has been working relentlessly on making 2.0 (download RC1) awesome and ensuring compatibility with our already 100+ strong catalog of extensions.

So to stem any cases of WooCommerce extension withdrawal you may be suffering, we’ve rounded up some cool plugins that you can download from the plugin repository for free.

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WooCommerce 2.0 final testing, Release Candidate 1 is here!

February 4, 2013 - 54 Comments

I have some good news for all of you waiting for WooCommerce 2.0. This afternoon, we have tagged the current development build as Release Candidate 1, indicating that we think it’s ready to release. Unfortunately, we’re not perfect so we need you all to test this RC1 before we make it to the official release. This starts the final stages of testing before the final WooCommerce 2.0 release is here. If you haven’t tested it yet, now is the time!

As always, we do not recommend you run this version on a live website unless you know what you are doing. Although this is a Release Candidate, there still might be bugs in this release and we do not want to break your website. Please test this version on a subdomain install just for testing purposes. As with the beta releases, we still do not support this version. WooCommerce version 1.6.6 is the only version we provide support for.

When you think you have found a bug, please check the list of issues to see if it hasn’t been reported yet. If it is not reported there yet, please report it and be as thorough as possible. Do list the hosting environment you are running this on and be as detailed as possible on what plugins or theme you are using. We need all the details of your bug report we can get, which will make it easier for us to fix the bug.

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Case Study: The Pootlepress Menu Pack for Canvas

February 1, 2013 - 17 Comments

Beautifully designed WooThemes Canvas menus with a single click.

Hi! I’m Jamie from Pootlepress. At Pootlepress, we build the majority of our websites with WooThemes products and we see a big opportunity to build further plugins and child themes on top of the WooThemes platform.

One of the things we get asked for the most from our customers is to add CSS customisations to the Canvas navigation menu. With this in mind, we thought it would be really cool to create a number of beautifully designed menus that could be easily selected through the Canvas theme options panel. So we built the Pootlepress Menu Pack for WooThemes Canvas.

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New customer resources

January 30, 2013 - 13 Comments

Today we reveal 2 new pages we’ve been quietly brainstorming, developing and populating over the past few weeks. Both are resources we hope inspire and equip our community with tips and tools to get their sites supercharged, whilst connecting them with the correct people for some expert guidance.

Customer stories

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WooCommerce has a lot of downloads

January 28, 2013 - 38 Comments

That’s a lot of people using WooCommerce! When humanizing a statistical figure of 500,000 we realise how massive our eCommerce plugin has grown in 16 months. It’s transformed our business, and according to all your feedback enabled businesses all around the world.

With that said we are celebrating this milestone in true Woo fashion.

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Teaching with WordPress just got easy

January 21, 2013 - 146 Comments

It’s been months in the making – from brainstorming to technical speccing, designing and developing to beta testing, bug fixing and interface refining – and we’re finally at the point where we can proudly present to you our latest WordPress plugin.

Meet Sensei

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Applying ourselves with Appply

January 10, 2013 - 145 Comments

2013 kicks off with a theme we’ve spent the large part of December/January giving our utmost attention.

Appply is a bold and spacious theme sharing similar characteristics with our own site, whilst boasting a modern edge that will give your site a fresh 2013 feel. Designed by Chris Rowe you’ll also notice lots of his tried and tested styling elements you might remember from themes like Function and Whitelight.

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Case study: Designgrotten

January 8, 2013 - 19 Comments

My name is Thomas Clausen and I run a danish site selling beautiful and affordable industrial design. I have a full-time job on the side as a project manager, and I have 3 kids.

This of course is a time consuming setup running a couple of jobs and also having three kids. But it’s possible, to a large extend, thanks to WordPress and WooCommerce. I absolutely love these two: WordPress a scalable foundation, and WooCommerce a beautiful way to sell stuff using custom post types and taxonomies.

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WooCommerce 2.0 beta 2 is here

January 3, 2013 - 52 Comments

The past two weeks have been filled with spending time with family and friends, but a lot of people have squeezed in time to test the first beta of WooCommerce 2.0. We’re really happy with all the feedback we’ve been getting, thanks for all the testing!

All of the bug reports, combined with a lot of people contributing code, have enabled us to release the second beta today already. This second beta contains a lot of bug fixes and smaller tweaks, but there are a couple changes that I like to highlight in this post.

This post contains everything new in the second beta of WooCommerce 2.0. For the full list of new features in WooCommerce 2.0, please read through everything in the beta 1 announcement or read the full changelog on GitHub.

As always, let me stress this one more time: Do not use this version on a live website, as it’s not stable enough yet. Things might break if you use this on a live website.

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Happy Holiday Sale

December 23, 2012 - 107 Comments

Can you believe 2012 is almost over? It’s been a huge year for us at WooThemes – we’ve grown, matured and learnt some valuable business lessons. The team have operated most of this year at 110% so we are all looking forward to a little downtime before kickstarting 2013 with some big releases.

Before we enjoy some festive family time we’ve decided to offer you one last Christmas present.

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WooCommerce 2.0 beta 1 is ready for testing

December 20, 2012 - 72 Comments

Today I am excited to announce the availability of WooCommerce 2.0 beta 1. As you might have seen in our earlier post where we explained what was going to happen the next few months, WooCommerce 2.0 will be the next big release of our plugin.

Because WooCommerce 2.0 will introduce so many changes and new features, it is important to properly test all of this before releasing it. That’s why we are going through the full testing stages before releasing the final version. First stop is this beta release. This beta release should not be used on production websites as the software is still in development.

I can’t stress this enough: Do not use this version of WooCommerce, unless you know what you are doing. If you use this beta version on your production site, it is possible things will break. We do want to invite you to take this first beta for a test ride, help us make it a better plugin and that is what this post is all about.

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Case study: Shultzilla

December 14, 2012 - 14 Comments

Howdy. I’m Jeremy Miller of JAM Creative, a digital communications and branding agency based in New Orleans, LA or NOLA for short. I run JAM Creative with my lovely wife, Aimee Miller. Together we also run a side business called SHULTZILLA, a NOLA-inspired t-shirt shop. We print fun t-shirts that poke fun at what we call the “Colloquial Jibba Jabba” of New Orleans. We do some silly things down here in NOLA, and we love it.

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Jack of all trades – Presenting “Hustle”

December 13, 2012 - 58 Comments

Hustle is a jack of all trades WordPress theme and today we get to introduce it to you.

Designed in-house by Cobus Bester it shares characteristics with the spacious, clean styling of the Shelflife theme that he designed at the start of 2012, and that went down a treat with our community.

The Hustle product rollover effect.
Hustle has plenty of white space to help focus a user’s attention on your content, and with circular placeholders for your post imagery it really adds a level of polish to your post displays.

We continue to emphasis the quest we are on at WooThemes- to add heaps of functionality to all our new themes via plugins, rather than bundled in the theme itself. This allows you the option to have a super lean and lightly-coded theme, or add further power under the bonnet by enabling our plugins. The theme provides perfect styling for the plugins, tailored specifically to the theme.

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