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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.

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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.

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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 - 124 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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WooCommerce 2.2, “Prowling Pangolin”, has arrived

September 10, 2014 - 67 Comments

TL;DR: WooCommerce version 2.2 is now available. Visit your WordPress dashboard to upgrade, and be sure to update your WooCommerce extensions prior to updating WooCommerce itself. For further information on how to upgrade, please view our upgrade guide. Be sure to make a backup before you start.

Today marks the latest milestone in the growth and lifetime of WooCommerce. After months of developing, testing and tweaking (as well as some more testing), the team who brought you Peppy Penguin are proud to present Prowling Pangolin, the latest release of WooCommerce, the world’s fastest growing eCommerce platform. Can we get a woo woo?

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Entering the big leagues: WooCommerce at IRCE 2014

July 4, 2014 - 8 Comments

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A couple weeks ago the Woo leadership team parted ways at O’Hare after a week of exciting firsts at IRCE in Chicago.

September 2011 we launched WooCommerce with 6 themes and 9 extensions, we had no idea the journey this product would take us on. Since that time we’ve marveled at the progressive and exponential growth of WooCommerce. People often ask what the secret to the success is. It is hard to pinpoint a single element or roadmap to success but one thing I am certain of, we would not be able to do what we are doing without a incredibly talented team, development from amazing 3rd parties and the incredible WordPress community behind us.

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WooCommerce 2.1, the Peppy Penguin

February 10, 2014 - 83 Comments

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After an intensive month of testing and almost a year in development, it is my pleasure to introduce WooCommerce 2.1, code named Peppy Penguin, today. This new release is now available via the plugin page on WordPress.org and for you to update to right from your WordPress administration panel.

Please read this post before you update to WooCommerce 2.1 right away. As always, there are a couple steps you’ll need to take before it’s safe to update your live website. Your website is probably making you money, so you’ll wanna take a couple extra steps before updating to know that you’re not running into any trouble with this new version.

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WooCommerce Documents, Payment Gateways, Amazon, Oh My!

August 29, 2013 - 17 Comments

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This week we’re launching 4 new WooCommerce extensions (including a FREE Amazon payment gateway!). We’ve also got some significant updates to 3 payment gateways. First up is Amazon Pay, the first free payment gateway, brought to you by WooThemes and Amazon.

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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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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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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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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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6 new WooCommerce extensions and updates to 2 old favorites

May 23, 2013 - 30 Comments

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Today we’re excited to announce 4 new gateways including PayU Turkey which is our first Turkish gateway. There’s also Minimum Advertised Price – perfect if you work with manufacturers that put restrictions on how pricing can be displayed on your WooCommerce store. PDF Product Vouchers which allows you to customize and sell downloadable PDF vouchers for products such as tours, events, classes & lessons. And finally, updates to our popular Product Add-Ons and Product CSV Import Suite extensions.

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Welcoming May with 7 more WooCommerce extensions

May 2, 2013 - 31 Comments

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Following on from last weeks release, today we have 7 more WooCommerce extensions for you to enjoy. There’s splash pop ups, quickview, bulk variation forms and a Customer/Order XML Export Suite. Plus the much awaited RedSys (Servired) payment gateway for our friends in Spain. ¡Vamonos!

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