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What’s new in WooCommerce 3.2: Improved coupons and extension management

October 11, 2017 - 35 Comments

Since our last minor release back in June, we’ve been working on a multitude of improvements to improve the WooCommerce admin experience:

  • Apply discounts to orders using coupons, without the chore of doing manual calculations.
  • See which versions of extensions are tested with new WooCommerce updates, before updating.
  • Improved management features for WooCommerce.com extensions.
  • A simpler, unified shortcode for listing multiple products on pages.

To ensure this update is indeed stable, we’ve been doing plenty of testing on our side; releasing beta versions, testing our own library of extensions and themes, working with customers to do managed updates, and running 3.2 on WooCommerce.com. 👏

WooCommerce 3.2 is also a minor release, meaning it should be fully backwards compatible with 3.1 and 3.0. However, it’s still considered best practice, and recommended, to backup before updating.

We recommend viewing our documentation on how to update, making a backup, updating extensions, and finally updating WooCommerce via WP Admin.

Here are some more details on what’s new in 3.2!

Applying discounts to orders using coupons 🎉

Being able to apply coupons to orders was a popular request on our ideas board, and a common annoyance for store owners. In 3.2 we’ve made lots of improvements to our cart and coupons system to make this possible!

To use this new feature, simply edit an order, click the “apply coupon” button and enter a coupon code. The re-calculations will be done automatically.

The new coupon functionality in WP Admin
The new coupon functionality in WP Admin

You can also remove coupons from orders and have them re-calculate the totals for you!

Read more about this in our development blog.

Heads up! WooCommerce updates will warn you about outdated extensions ⚠︎

We’ve introduced some additional checks before updates run on the plugins screen in your admin dashboard. If an extension is detected as not being tested with the next version, a warning will be displayed. From that point you can either seek an update for the extension, disable it, or test it for compatibility.

WooCommerce updates will warn you about outdated extensions

Our hope is that this will improve general compatibility and incentivise plugin authors to keep things up to date with new releases.

You can read more about this feature here.

New WooCommerce.com extension management features 🔌

We’ve introduced an additional filter that allows you to easily filter your extensions by ‘Active’ to see those that are active on your site.

New WooCommerce.com extension management features

Once you’ve connected your site to your WooCommerce.com account you will also now see a new notification icon in the sidebar to inform you of any updates that may be available for your extensions.

You will also now see a new notification icon in the sidebar to inform you of any updates that may be available for your extensions

Additionally, for both agencies and developers, we have implemented a new feature on WooCommerce.com which allows you to share your subscriptions with your clients (great for multi-site subscriptions) removing the need to connect your clients site to your personal WooCommerce.com account.

For agencies and developers: share your subscriptions with your clients

An improved “products” shortcode

We’ve unified the product shortcodes into one single, consolidated products shortcode which supports the options of all legacy product shortcodes. https://github.com/woocommerce/woocommerce/wiki/Shortcodes-changes-in-3.2.0

…and more!

  • There are now more accessible enhanced select boxes on the checkout and in admin with improved keyboard and screen-reader support.
  • There is a new option to resend order details to customers on the edit order page.
  • The wizard has been revamped to help with shipping, payment gateways, and opt-in to services like automatic taxes and shipping labels. You’ll notice this if you setup a new store on WooCommerce in the future!
  • We added drag and drop sorting on the grouped product field to control display order of products on the frontend.
  • Search results in your store can now be sorted.
  • We added a new option to control the maximum depth of categories shown in the product category widget.

Features for developers ❤️

Developers can look forward to search helpers for products which use our CRUD system and avoid the need for direct queries.

We’re also included a few more helpful debugging tools, for example fatal errors will now be logged and can be viewed in System Status > Logs.

For a more complete list of new things, see the changelog.

You should also read the development blog to see what templates and functions have changed in 3.2.

Ready to update?

Ready to give WooCommerce 3.2 a shot? Review our documentation about how to update, make sure backups are in place, and then grab the update in WP Admin.

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Please note that we are not able to diagnose or solve potential issues via blog comments. The fastest way to get in touch with us is one of the methods listed above.

If you’re craving more technical details about this update, you can read our post on the develop blog!

What do you think of our latest release? Let us know in the comments!

Q&A with Thrive, a digital agency from the Gold Coast of Australia

June 9, 2017 - 2 Comments

The Gold Coast of Australia is a highly sought-after tourist destination with its sunny sub-tropical climate, perfect beaches, surf culture, and buzzing nightlife.

Tourism aside, it’s a major film production hub and – the home of Thrive, a digital agency integrating WooCommerce beautifully into their clients’ stores.

Read on for our Q&A interview with Thrive’s founder, including why they chose WordPress, some projects they’ve taken on and their advice for people new to WooCommerce.

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Why stores running on WordPress are winning

August 22, 2016 - 20 Comments

According to the most recent report from BuiltWith, 39% of all eCommerce sites are powered by WooCommerce and WordPress — over 1.5 million active stores. Add in the usage of additional eCommerce platforms powered by WordPress and the CMS’s own 17.6 million live sites (over 26% of the entire internet!), and, well… that’s a lot of sites.

Developers and store builders don’t just choose to work with WordPress because it’s free (although it is) or because “everyone else is using it” (although they are). There are some pretty convincing reasons why WordPress has climbed to the top of the charts, and why WooCommerce has soared in popularity right along with it.

Stores backed by WordPress have multiple advantages over those on other platforms. And these advantages allow them to work faster, spend less money, and ultimately become more successful than their counterparts.

Let’s take a look at a few convincing reasons why shops running on WordPress have a competitive edge — and why you should join their ranks, if you’re not already among them. 🙂

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The importance of keeping your store updated

July 19, 2016 - 13 Comments

If the sight of the “updates available” notification in your WordPress dashboard fills you with a sense of dread, you’re not alone.

"Not again..."
“Not again…”

Updating your WordPress plugins and themes or WooCommerce and its extensions can sometimes be an easy process — just a few seconds of waiting and you’re set. But it can also involve backups, testing, additional updates, and even support requests. Basically, the hassles no one likes.

But avoiding or putting off these occasional hassles can put your site at risk, and even potentially affect your customers. So while you may not always like to go through the process of keeping your WooCommerce store 100% updated, there are many reasons to do it.

Let’s take a look at why it’s important to update your store in a timely manner, starting with some background on why we update WooCommerce and its extensions in the first place.

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10 surprising things you can do with WooCommerce

June 22, 2016 - 6 Comments

Just starting out with WooCommerce? Or are you a seasoned pro?

Regardless of your level of experience with WooCommerce or eCommerce in general, its potential may surprise you. There are hidden features in the core plugin that may come in handy, powerful options enabled via extensions, and unrecognized productivity hacks you can try out to make your day easier.

The beauty of WooCommerce is that its potential for growth and expansion enables you — either as a store owner or developer — to build amazing things. And the more you know about the platform’s capabilities, the more you can create with it!

Our aim today is to give both you newbies and pros a look at 10 things you might not have known you could accomplish with WooCommerce. From on-page features to automation, here are a few tips and tricks you’ll love to be “in the know” about.

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WooCommerce 2.6 has shipping zones (and more!)

June 14, 2016 - 93 Comments

TL;DR: New features are available for WooCommerce – update via your WordPress Dashboard. To make the process as smooth as possible, view our documentation on how to updatemake a backup, update your extensions and finally update WooCommerce.

If you’re a developer looking for technical details, read the release post on the Develop WooCommerce blog here.

It’s been a few months since our last major update, and in that time, we’ve been working on a veritable smorgasbord of improvements to WooCommerce. For 2.6, we’ve:

  • Added shipping zones
  • Improved the cart experience
  • Created a new My Account area design
  • Added new options for filtering products
  • Made updates to the payment options available through the onboarding wizard
  • Thrown in some goodies for developers, including a new payment tokenization and the alignment of our API with the WordPress REST API

That’s a lot of stuff for you to explore in the release of Zipping Zebra, so let’s dig into the details.

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How to prepare your WooCommerce store for any release

May 25, 2016 - 21 Comments

With the release of WooCommerce 2.6 on the horizon, we imagine you’re all excited to explore the newest features available for running your online store. And a bit apprehensive, perhaps, to go through the update process once more.

The beauty of the open source world of WordPress development is that it allows virtually anyone to create virtually anything for this platform we call home. The downside is that it’s nearly impossible to predict what will happen when you put any given combination of those thousands upon thousands of creations in different environments under different circumstances.

We pride ourselves on thoroughly testing WooCommerce and its extensions, but the unfortunate reality is this: conflicts still happen. That’s why we recommend being prepared in advance for releases and major updates, so in the event of an issue, you can roll right back.

“But how do you get prepared?” We’re so happy you asked. Here’s how to efficiently set up backups and testing for your WooCommerce store so you’re ready for anything.

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It’s here: a simpler way to connect services to your store without leaving WooCommerce

May 4, 2016 - 26 Comments

TL;DR: We’re building a way to connect services to WooCommerce that makes use of hosted components to simplify the process and create a better experience.

If you’d like to get involved in testing, join us now.

If you want to know more, read on or check out our post on the developer blog.

A few weeks ago at WooConf, Matt Mullenweg gave a sneak peek at a project we’ve been excitedly working on. Now, we’re ready to share it with the world.

woocommerce connect

WooCommerce Connect is a big part of our vision for the future of WooCommerce. Right now, Connect has just started alpha testing as a feature extension. If all goes well, we hope to make it part of WooCommerce core and available to everyone.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into what we’re trying to accomplish with Connect, how it all works, where the feature currently stands and how you can get involved.

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WooCommerce 2.5: Dashing Dolphin means speed

January 18, 2016 - 21 Comments

TL;DR: WooCommerce version 2.5 is here – update via your WordPress Dashboard. To make the process as smooth as possible, make a backup, update your extensions, view our update guide, and then update WooCommerce.

If you’re a developer looking for technical details, read the release post on the Develop WooCommerce blog here.

It’s a new year and we have a new version of WooCommerce for you. The last version of WooCommerce focused on the onboarding experience to help store owners get up and running quickly.

This latest version focuses on getting the store itself to run quickly, and is aptly named Dashing Dolphin.

Let’s take a closer look at WooCommerce 2.5.

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Bookings 1.8 brings overnight bookings, buffer periods, and more

November 9, 2015 - 23 Comments

TL;DR Version 1.8 of WooCommerce Bookings has arrived. You can upgrade via your WordPress dashboard or download it from your My Account page. But first, be sure to read and follow the upgrade instructions. Enjoy!

Bookings 1.8 comes packed with a ton of new features that help your business run smoothly. Here they are in a nutshell:

What's new in 1.8?
What’s new in 1.8?

With this release, you can now accept bookings that span multiple days. We’ve also added the ability to offer discounts when multiple people make a single booking together, and add buffer time between each of your bookings.

WooCommerce Bookings is now better than ever.
WooCommerce Bookings is now better than ever.

Here’s a closer look at some of the great new features in WooCommerce Bookings version 1.8.

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10 WooCommerce extensions for holiday success

October 30, 2015 - 1 Comment

We’ve been talking about the holidays quite a lot lately. We’ve stressed the importance of being prepared, how to find out what your customers want, and the actions you should take to have a stress-free season.

Having said all that, if you don’t already have the wheels in motion for some holiday sales or events on your WooCommerce store, it’s not too late! In fact, you’ve still got plenty of time to come up with some stellar holiday tactics, thanks in part to WooCommerce’s flexibility and hundreds of easy-to-add extensions.

To give you the push you need to start your planning — or just to help you along, if your plans are well underway — we’ve collected ten of our favorite extensions for holiday success. From shipping add-ons to kind gestures, these extensions will help you attract more shoppers, ship more packages, and have the best holiday ever.

Interested? Have a look at what we’ve picked out just for you.

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WooCommerce reaches 10M downloads, powers 30% of online stores

October 2, 2015 - 9 Comments

It seems like yesterday that we reached 7 million downloads of WooCommerce. Actually, it was a few short months ago that we hit that big milestone. “How long would it take us to hit 10 million?” we all wondered.

Well, now we know: almost exactly four years.

That milestone arrived this week, much sooner than expected. And with it came another: WooCommerce is powering 30% of all online stores.

Woo for Woo!
Woo for Woo!

One of our co-founders, Mark Forrester, had this to say about the pair of momentous milestones:

This represents a hell of a lot to us.

Countless lines of code, including many community contributions, and much hard work from our core developers constantly improving the WordPress eCommerce experience. Tens of thousands of support tickets from all sorts of users with all sorts of queries, helped by our superbly knowledgeable Ninja squads. And mountains of data and interactions ensuring our growth team get WooCommerce in front of the right people, providing all the tools and content for them to sell all the things.

Looking back at our milestones on the blog, together with all WooCommerce stats, it signifies fast and colossal growth. A trajectory we plan to continue.

Woo!
30% of online stores are now powered by WooCommerce, earning a big thumbs-up from Hiro.

Let’s take a closer look at our rapid growth, plus a peek at what’s next for all things Woo.

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Point of sale with WooCommerce… at Lightspeed

September 16, 2015 - 2 Comments

If you have a retail store as well as an online store, you definitely know how time-consuming it is to sync inventory, add products to both systems, and compile reports from two different systems. In short: it sucks.

That’s why we have spent a great deal of time looking at integrating WooCommerce with Point of Sale (POS) systems. The first of these integrations, which we’re proud to release today, connects WooCommerce to Lightspeed POS.

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Announcing the release of the WooCommerce Lightspeed POS extension!

Read on to learn a little more about how Lightspeed and WooCommerce work together to synchronize your online and offline sales.

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Lessons learned from releasing WooCommerce 2.4

August 26, 2015 - 19 Comments

Just over two weeks ago, we launched WooCommerce version 2.4, the Helpful Hedgehog. From our standpoint, we thought the release went well. However, while we thought this was a pretty good release, we think we can do better.

In the interest of openness, we thought we’d share some of our observations from this release. We also wanted to share what we learned as we deployed 2.4, and we’re planning to do better for the next release.

Let’s start with what went well.

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WooCommerce 2.4: meet the Helpful Hedgehog

August 10, 2015 - 123 Comments

TL;DR: WooCommerce version 2.4 is here – upgrade via your WordPress dashboard. To make the process as smooth as possible, make a backup, update your extensions, view our upgrade guide and then upgrade WooCommerce.

Today, we’re marking another step in the WooCommerce journey: the release of WooCommerce 2.4, the Helpful Hedgehog.

In our last release, we focused on the front-end of WooCommerce and so named the update “Handsome Hippo.” With this update, we’re focused on making store settings more intuitive for store owners by creating a brand-new onboarding wizard, simplifying setup for standard shipping options and improving how WooCommerce handles products with many variations.

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Woo and SIDEKICK bring WooCommerce training to your website

July 15, 2015 - 14 Comments

Important update: As of August 2016, the SIDEKICK extension is no longer available for WooCommerce. However, you can still access the walkthroughs for WordPress and WooCommerce for free by visiting the SIDEKICK website or downloading the SIDEKICK plugin from WordPress.org.

Please contact support if you have any questions about this change. Thanks for your understanding!

At WooThemes, we believe in empowering users with our software. Together with our users and developers, we want to build the best possible eCommerce plugin with the best possible UX and UI. However, it’s not always easy for someone new to eCommerce to learn to use our plugin.

We’re always aiming at making it easier to use WooCommerce, whether it’s through improving the onboarding process or creating helpful educational content. At the same time, we are aware that there is a lot to learn, especially if you are new to selling online.

That’s why we’ve now teamed up with SIDEKICK to make WooCommerce walkthroughs available right on your store. With SIDEKICK, you can be fully trained on using WooCommerce and its extensions without ever leaving your office.

Watch the video below for a quick overview, then keep reading to learn more about why we decided to partner with SIDEKICK, and how these new walkthroughs can help you sell online faster than ever before.

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