More power to the people

Written by Mark Forrester on February 16, 2012 Product News.

It’s been only 2 weeks since the release of WooCommerce 1.4 and our download stats have clocked over 65,000. We are all for keeping this momentum powering WooCommerce forward and that is why we are releasing another pile of powerful extensions today. What is important to note is that these aren’t payment gateway extensions either, all catering for different requests by the community!

Aweber Newsletter Subscription

The AWeber Newsletter Subscriptions plugin for WooCommerce gives you the abillity to easily integrate your WooCommerce site with your AWeber powered newsletters. Customise your checkout to include a subscribe option, or place the AWeber Web Forms widget in any widgitised area on your site to allow for easy customer subscription from any page. The WooCommerce AWeber Newsletter Subscriptions plugin also include a dashboard widget for displaying your subscriber statistics where it matters, on your WooCommerce dashboard.

Aweber WooCommerce settings

Developed by Gerhard Potgieter

Find out more about the Aweber extension

Catalog Visibility Options

Transform WooCommerce into an online catalog by stripping out the checkout facilities.

Wait, what? Remove eCommerce functionality? It may sound strange but when you think about it, if you take out the cart, checkout process and ‘buy now’ buttons, WooCommerce is actually the perfect platform upon which to showcase a catalog of products which aren’t currently for sale online. The added beauty of this solution is that when you do want to start selling, you can do so with the flick of a switch.

Remove prices and checkout facilities from WooCommerce
Remove prices and checkout facilities from WooCommerce

But this extension does much more than that. Rather than just taking the entire store offline, you also have the option restrict it to specific users levels.

You can also configure messages to replace the price / add to cart button components or just remove them completely.

Developed by Lucas Stark

Find out more about the Catalog visibility extension

Facebook Tab

I really like this extension that integrates with Facebook to create a tab on the left hand side of your page where customers can view your products and add them to their cart all from within Facebook. They are then taken to your site to complete their order. Seamless integration with the biggest social network out there! You can view a demo of this extension on our very own Facebook page!

Developed by dtbaker

Find out more about the Facebook extension

Notifications Pro

Consider a store with multiple suppliers, several drop-ship locations or multiple store managers, Notifications Pro allows you to set any number of general notifications or inventory control notifications to manage this in the simplest way possible.

Adding custom notifications is easy.

Perhaps you have a store with multiple suppliers. Simply set each of the suppliers a separate inventory notification – when the stock level reaches the defined quantity, Notifications Pro sends an email advising each of the suppliers of the low stock level – simple! You can even choose which products they receive a notification for.

Developed by Luke Carbis

Find out more about the Notifications Pro extension

Currency Converter Widget

A hugely requested feature that Mike has tried to cater for, factoring in the limitations of payment gateways. The widget makes full use of money.js and the Open Source Exchange Rates API allowing it to dynamically grab the latest exchange rates, and substitute displayed prices on the fly. All prices formatted by WooCommerce are updated, even totals. Checkout is still done using your store’s base currency, but the converted price is also stored for your reference.

As an added bonus, when a users checks out, the converted total will also be stored in the order so you know what price they saw.

Currency conversions are estimated and should be used for informational purposes only. Checkout/purchases still use the stores currency.

Developed in-house by Mike Jolley

Find out more about the Currency Converter extension

Export to .csv

With this extension you can export your customers or orders (from a date range) to a .csv file with the click of a button!

Export orders and customers to .csv

Developed by Ilari Mäkelä

Find out more about the Export to .csv extension

Dynamic Pricing Updated

The Dynamic Pricing extension released last week has also been updated with a nice new feature. It now includes an additional mode of discounting, as well as additional options for category based discounts. The new mode of discounting is Totals Pricing, allowing you to configure discounts based on the sub-total in the cart. This new mode is great if you want to create a discount, such as purchase $100 or more of goods and receive a %10 discount.

The additional advanced category pricing options allow you to configure how the category quantities are calculated. We now support calculating the category quantity totals based on individual cart line items, not just the entire sum of the category in the cart. This is useful if you want to apply product level discounts to an entire category, but require the discount only be applied to the cart items which meet the quantities you configure. This option makes it more efficient to apply an Advanced Product Pricing type rule en-mass to all products in a specific category.

Find out more about Dynamic Pricing

58 Responses

  1. Riaan Knoetze
    February 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Oh my shattered nerves.

    • Riaan Knoetze
      February 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Pity the FB sales page doesn’t work 🙁

      • Garrett
        February 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

        Agreed – hope you guys can fix this ASAP so we can try it out.

      • James Koster
        February 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

        Had a couple of reports saying the same thing. Possibly cache related (we can all see it ok). We’re looking into it though.

        • Riaan Knoetze
          February 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

          Nope, just accessed your FB page from a completely “clean” browser – still no shop…

          • Adii Rockstar
            February 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

            You need to first like the WooThemes FB page:

          • Riaan Knoetze
            February 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

            Doesn’t work – whether I like it not; I tried both…

          • James Koster
            February 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

            There’s a demo of a slightly older version of the extension here; Can you see this one?

          • Riaan Knoetze
            February 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

            Yep – the older one works 🙂

          • James Koster
            February 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

            Heh, well the only changes are css related so I think we can say there’s an issue with our server rather than the extension. Looking into it still regardless.

          • James Koster
            February 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

            Yep seems this is an SSL issue. An SSL certificate is required to use the extension and seeing as though we can all see the shop on our Facebook page, we assumed we had one! Looking to get one added to that server now, but the extension should work fine providing you have a valid certificate.

      • Ryan Ray
        February 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

        I can see the products when logged out of Facebook, if you want to see it ASAP try that. 🙂

  2. Garrett
    February 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Easily the biggest extension announcement ever! Love it.

  3. Riaan Knoetze
    February 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Just another note 🙂
    When using the Currency Convertor (already bought and tested – couldn’t wait!), the one thing that doesn’t get “converted” upon button press is the Price Slider – it still uses the base currency. Is this a bug or is it by design?

    • mike
      February 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Missed it. Will update it to include price slider conversion!

  4. Sarah
    February 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Wow, that’s all pretty fantastic! I can’t wait to get hold of a few of those!

    Will you be doing normal Aweber integration any time soon?

    • Gerhard
      February 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      Sarah, what do you mean by normal AWeber integration?

  5. Affan Ruslan
    February 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    U guys really did a very good job by releasing a bunch of extensions at a time. Great to extend the functionality of the WooCommerce

  6. Frank
    February 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Looks like some good added features – still looking for a straight to cart link and recurring any plans for that?

    • Ryan Ray
      February 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      What do you mean straight to cart? A customer adds a product to their cart and is taken right to their cart?

  7. Linda Harrison
    February 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Was looking for the Facebook tab & currency converter extensions, so that’s great to hear (although a little more expensive than I had hoped). It won’t say “WooMerch” when we install it on our Facebook pages will it? Can we change the title to say “shop” and use an icon of a shopping cart if we wish?

    I look forward to a multilingual extension soon..or perhaps you could build it into the plugin?



    • Ryan Ray
      February 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      You are definitely able to set your own title and icon, this is all set in the Facebook settings when you create the app for your store on Facebook. 🙂

  8. Linda Harrison
    February 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I just realised you have to have a Valid SSL to use the Facebook Tab. Is this really necessary? I use PayPal on the checkout on my website, can’t they checkout like this?

    • James Koster
      February 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      Yup afraid so. SSL is required for all Facebook apps.

      • Linda Harrison
        February 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

        Thanks for your response. I’m going to research SSL certificates a little more. I’m with hostgator and it advertises a “Shared SSL Certificate” – is this good enough? Or do I need a private SSL certificate? Sorry, I’m fairly new to this side of stuff.

        • James Koster
          February 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

          No I don’t think a shared certificate will be good enough. You’ll need a dedicated IP and secure certificate. You should be able to get this quite cheaply though!

        • Vince LaMonica
          February 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

          You might try as they have free SSL certs.

    • Chris
      February 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      @Lynda, the ssl requirement is on Facebook’s side, not the plugin. No getting around that unfortunately.

  9. Dave Porter
    February 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I think you guys need to seriously look at categorizing your extensions list 🙂
    Keep up the great work !

    • svenaldo
      February 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      The category filters are on the right in the sidebar 🙂

      • Dave Porter
        February 17, 2012 at 3:18 am #

        Cheers – I should have noticed that !

  10. rgregory
    February 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Where can I find out about Notifications Pro?

    I’ve got a client that has someone else ship his physical books, he also sells pdf downloads. He only wants the shipper to receive notices for the physical books. It sounds like Notifications Pro might be the answer, but there is zero documentation available and the developers name has no link so I can’t ask him.

    Where could I find the answer to this?

    Thanks, great set up plugins!!


    • James Koster
      February 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Hey, the documentation is coming soon.

      You can set up notification rules based on categories, shipping classes or individual products. So whether your books are set up as grouped products, or just in separate categories you should be able to do this just fine 🙂

  11. John Young
    February 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Need to get the USPS extension working ASAP. According to the WooIdeas board, should have been completed weeks ago. It’s a deal breaker for some US clients to not offer it. UPS would be nice as well.

    • James Koster
      February 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      They’re coming, I promise.

  12. zorem
    February 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Hi, thank you for great extensions, I checked out your facebook store front
    When you go into one of the items, there is no way to get back to the shop, the breadcrumbs disappear.

  13. zorem
    February 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    I am not clear how the Currency Converter Widget works, If my base currency is $ and a customer wants to shop in Euro, they end up paying in $?? what happens? even due you use online source for the current rate, the customer credit card might be charging them foreign transaction fee and this might be a problem since they will pay more then what they thought..

  14. Number55q
    February 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Am I the only one who’s both woocommerce shopping carts broke after the patch?

    • James Koster
      February 17, 2012 at 12:04 am #

      Haven’t had any major reports. Please post the issues you’re having on the forum 🙂

    • V
      February 17, 2012 at 12:19 am #

      not quite broken but they took a step back by allowing you to choose more quantity than is available, which was fixed in 1.4 (If there is limited stock, quantity input plus button won’t go higher)

      • V
        February 17, 2012 at 12:25 am #

        looks like it’s because I customized the template file. Now I have to go hunt down what customization is breaking it.

  15. Jon
    February 17, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    Thanks to Lucas for updating the Dynamic Pricing so quickly to include cart total discounts.

    One nice touch which may lead to more purchases would be a notice in the cart saying “spend x amount more to get an extra x% discount”.

    Even better would be for a table to display listing all the increased tiered discounts and the extra that needed to be added to trigger them.

    An example from another online store:

  16. Serg
    February 17, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    Woo! Huu! I love the Facebook tab! I just want it to say my store is up and running thanks to the updates and help from WooSupport:)

  17. Mark
    February 17, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Yipee… Facebook tab! More tools – thanks Woo Themes.

  18. Luke
    February 17, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Nice update! When is the custom product sort order coming? I am surprised such a feature wasnt included from the start.

  19. Cristian
    February 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I heard “somewhere” that an invoice extension was in the oven, is that true? And is that one close to be released…?

  20. Roxanna Whittington
    February 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Has anyone else been able to set up the aweber extension? When I authorize it, instead of taking me back to the set up, it takes me to Google Analytics for WordPress Configuration instead of aweber?

    • Gerhard
      February 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      Hi Roxanna, i checked it out and it’s a bug in the Google Analytics plugin, it is accepting requests on pages that it should not, workaround for now is to disable the analytics plugin and do the Aweber auth and then activating the plugin again after auth has been completed.

      I have contacted the analytics plugin owner to notify him about the issue.

  21. Ryan
    February 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    That Facebook Tab extension is looking really smooth, I can already see it on my shops facebook page!

  22. Ciaran Whelan
    February 22, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Fantastic line up for this week, will look at some of these asap. Love the Facebook Tab. Very good idea indeed. Is it possible in Facebook to have the main FB image on the sidebar link to the facebook tab to open? This way we can have an advert in that image location that will open the tab.

    On another note, I would love it if you add a wish list to your extensions, that way I can revisit after a week what I would like to have purchased.

  23. website design belgium
    February 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Thanks for such great Extension information!

  24. mississauga condos
    April 4, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    These are some great and innovative extensions, definitely makes e-commerce websites much easier to work with. Good Job!