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Key Takeaways from WooSesh 2019

November 15, 2019 - 1 Comment

We just wrapped the second annual WooSesh, a virtual conference that included more than 1,500 WooCommerce store owners and developers. It was a lot of fun, and in this post, we’re going to share just a few of our top takeaways.

Let’s take a look at nine things we learned from WooSesh 2019!



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Level Up Your WooCommerce Skills at WooSesh 2018

September 28, 2018 - 5 Comments

Putting better eCommerce sites into the world is something that benefits all of us. Building truly remarkable sites is hard work, and we want to make it a little easier.

So, we have created an entire virtual conference called WooSesh – taking place this October 18 and 19 – to help you:

  • Improve your WooCommerce skills
  • Be inspired by new ideas
  • Forge meaningful connections that will help you build better eCommerce sites

The entire event is free to attend, you just need to register and make time to participate.

If you’re wondering if WooSesh is for you, here is an exploration of the four most common approaches to learning – ad hoc, focused, practical application and group – all of which will be present over the two-day lineup, as well as what else to expect at WooSesh.

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Three things we hope you take away from WooConf 2017

October 30, 2017 - 9 Comments

A little over a week ago, I traveled to Seattle along with designers and developers, freelancers and agencies from across the wide world of Woo, for WooCommerce’s annual gathering at WooConf.

For me, it was the culmination of 10 months of work that started early in January, when I came on board to plan the content. From 15 Skype calls to chat about what different people wanted from a conference to two days of talks, demos, and workshops, I hope that together we delivered on what I heard our community ask for.

Read on for three things we hope those who joined us onsite or via the live stream took away from WooConf 2017.

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What WooCommerce developers can expect at WooConf 2017

August 29, 2017 - 10 Comments

Conferences have a few important features, two of them being content and people. Yes, a great venue, beautiful city, and awesome swag all add to it, but at the end of the day it needs to count to invest time and money in going somewhere.

We get this. Excellence has consistently been top priority at WooConfs over the years, and 2017 will be no different.

Our schedule puts the spotlight on the best content delivered by people you’ll be glad you got to spend time with.

Here’s what you can expect at WooConf 2017.

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Why you need to pick a marketing channel

June 12, 2017 - 10 Comments

Owning a Cinnabon at the mall means you’re only competing against the cookie store that’s also in that same mall. People who like cinnamon will stop by your store, and people who like oatmeal will probably visit the cookie store. You need not do much marketing because you’re only competing against one or two stores.

It’s very different online — you’re competing against the world. There isn’t just one store that sells a competing product. There are dozens, maybe hundreds, and some have big wallets, such as Amazon and Walmart.

So if you launch your online store and neglect to do any marketing, you lose your customers to established competitors.

Read on for why you need to pick a marketing channel.

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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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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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WooThemes goes to LoopConf

May 13, 2015 - 8 Comments

Did you know that the entire WooCommerce development team attended LoopConf this past week? LoopConf is a WordPress development conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we had the privilege of attending the very first one.

We had an amazing time at Loop. There were great presentations, plenty of time for people to talk to us at our booth, and a fun afterparty. And of course, being in Las Vegas, the hotel was gorgeous.

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Look at that view!

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WooCommerce 2.3: Releasing the Handsome Hippo

February 11, 2015 - 37 Comments

I’m excited to announce the release of WooCommerce 2.3 Handsome Hippo. We named this release Handsome Hippo because we wanted to dedicate it to making WooCommerce easier to use. That means moving admin settings around, making the cart page more intuitive, updating the default email styles, and a whole lot more.

We decided to share a little of the behind the scenes of this release as well as some tips on how to transition your site for major point release. Enjoy!

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12 Lessons I Learned at PressNomics

January 30, 2015 - 1 Comment

Last weekend I attended my very first PressNomics. If you haven’t heard of it it’s a conference all about WordPress and business put on by Pagely. It’s a nice change of pace from a WordCamp where there are a lot of talks about the technicals behind WordPress. This conference focuses on the bigger picture and ways you can improve your business no matter what you do with WordPress.

For those of you who weren’t able to go I took some notes and I’m going to share the top 12 lessons I learned at PressNomics.

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Three Important Takeaways From WooCommerce Conference

November 13, 2014 - 7 Comments

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to spend 30 seconds after every encounter to find that one takeaway. You could be meeting someone new, attending a lecture, or organizing a conference. It isn’t about taking notes it’s about reflecting. By spending time reflecting you force yourself to prioritize information which is something we’re usually too lazy to do. And that’s what I’m doing here.

Last week we had our inaugural WooConf and since this was such a big undertaking it’s important to look back on what we accomplished so that we can make it even better next year. I’ve spent a lot of time mulling this over and came up with three important takeaways. All three are important but by far the number one reason is more important than all of the other takeaways combined.

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WordCamp San Francisco 2014

October 30, 2014 - 2 Comments

It isn’t everyday that WooThemers get see each other face to face. This past weekend a half dozen of us came together to attend WordCamp San Francisco, chat with our customers, and eat some amazing burritos (seriously – they were delicious). In attendance were Bryce, Cobus, Dwain, Danny, Marina, and myself.

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Woo at WordCamp Phoenix

January 23, 2014 - 2 Comments

Woo! A couple of us just came back after a very exciting and inspiring weekend at WordCamp Phoenix. Maria and I met up with one of our most talented extension developers, Brent Shephard, for some learning, presentations, and face to face time in Phoenix.

There was a lot of pink hair at WordCamp Phoenix.
There was a lot of pink hair at WordCamp Phoenix.

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