More yummy WooCommerce treats

Written by James Koster on February 23, 2012 Blog, WooCommerce.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the delicious aromas arising from the WooLabs this week were due to the frantic cooking & tossing of Pancakes – but you’d be wrong! We’ve been cooking up tasty treats of a different sort which we’re happy to report are now ready for consumption.

This week we have five brand new extensions as well as some nifty updates to two old favourites.

Product Gallery Slider


The Product Gallery Slider is a lightweight extension which transforms your product galleries into fully responsive, jQuery powered slideshows. Users can still zoom in via lightbox and this gives them an intuitive way of flicking through product imagery quickly.

Buy now

Wishlist Member Integration


WishList Member is a powerful, yet easy to use membership solution that can turn any WordPress blog into a full-blown membership site.

Now with this Wishlist Member Extension for Woocommerce you can also sell any membership through any payment gateway installed on your site.

Best of all, you can keep selling all your other products as well. It’s a win-win situation.

Developed by Radomir van Dalen.

Buy now

USPS Shipping Method


USPS is the largest delivery network in United States, this plugin provide you real-time shipping rates by utilizing their API. The rate returned is based on product weight and volume.

Developed by Andy Zhang.

Buy now

Authorize.net DPM Gateway


Not to be confused with our other Authorize.net gateway which uses the AIM API, this version uses the Direct Post Method (DPM) API to help avoid complex PCI requirements.

The DPM gateway adds a payment form to your checkout process pay page which is posted directly to secure Authorize.net servers. As such no SSL certificate is required with this gateway.

Buy now

Payjunction Gateway


Founded in 2000, PayJunction provides transaction processing services for tens of thousands of businesses that process in excess of a billion dollars annually.Ò€ One stop shop. PayJunction will setup both a merchant account and gateway service for you. 24/7 customer support for accounts at no additional charge.

Download now

Min/Max Quantities 1.1

Users of this extension now have the ability to set a minimum / maximum order value as well as the order quantity.

The extension has also been updated to notify the user of these rules and indeed prevent them from adding products to the cart if the limit is breached.

Buy now

Sale Flash Pro 1.1

Once updated to version 1.1, users of our Sale Flash Pro extension will notice that there is now support for variable products.

It now looks at all children within a variable product, finds the highest discount and displays an “Up to x% off” message on the shop/product pages.

Buy now

Coming Soon

And that’s not all, we’ve some exciting stuff on the horizon.

WooCommerce 1.4.5

1.4.5 will include a bunch of fixes as well as some handy new features such as the ability to quick edit and bulk edit products.

Capital

Capital is a WooCommerce theme which has been designed and built with specifically selling digital products in mind and is scheduled for launch in the coming weeks. You can see a few more sneak peeks over on dribbble.

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69 Responses

  1. David
    February 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I think that all of this extensions should be free to all woocomerce subscribers.

    • Ile
      February 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      You can always make equivalent extensions by yourself if the the price is too much.

    • James Koster
      February 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      What’s a ‘WooCommerce Subscriber’? :-p

      • Jesse
        February 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

        It would be what they said they were going to offer us with the woocommerce addon subscription months ago but now seem to have decided that saying one thing and doing another is a-ok πŸ˜‰

      • Patrick Garman
        February 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

        That was going to be my question ha

  2. Leland
    February 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Lovin the USPS. Time to get sellin!

    • Ryan Ray
      February 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      1. Install WooCommerce

      2. Install USPS Extension.

      3. ?????

      4. Profit!

      πŸ˜‰

  3. DeepTitanic
    February 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Great drop Woo!

    Is there any plans for integration with any other membership plugins?

    I’ve settled on WooCommerce but haven’t made my mind up on my members plugin weapon of choice yet!

    • allmyhoney
      February 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      I am hoping Gravity Charge will drop soon. However its the recurring billing for me that is the issue – can this really be handled with woocommerce or should I say a plugin/gateway for woocommerce. It would be amazing but I fear its a bridge to far maybe.

      • DeepTitanic
        February 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

        What I hope, is that they continue making bridges between WC & the various membership plugins so we can choose which one to use.

        I need multiple paid subscriptions under one login – for a client who sells access to online lessons.

        I think wishlist does it from a quick look on their forums, I’m not so sure how well yet.

        Your Member does it (well), but doesn’t integrate with WC so you can’t mix the cart with real objects (they sell those too) – Extension Please!!!! ;^)

        I really just want to get a dev licence for one and be done with it … decisions decisions.

        as for recurring billing … I don’t reckon they’ll do it. It’ll be a gateway prob (or maybe I’ve got them on the brain)

      • Patrick Garman
        February 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

        @allmyhoney hit the last hurdle for subscriptions just recently πŸ˜‰ was trying to find a way to get clean shipping rates to calculate for individual products but as of now it just isn’t possible so shipping on the recurring orders will just have to be hard set per product (if they are shipped). While it won’t have immediate “membership” options theres going to be an API where you can check status and functions available to check subscription status . So this leaves it open to be built on top of or extend out into WP or other systems.

      • Shawn
        February 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

        What are you referring to in regards to recurring billing ? What are you trying to accomplish ?

        • allmyhoney
          February 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

          @Patrick – thanks for taking a look – loving the work you are achieving so far so interesting to see you clued into this also πŸ˜‰ A simple example would be someone offering say a simple product like a hosting plan. A user wants to pay on a subscription basis, monthly or quarterly. Firstly there is no quantity in this case. Secondly the payment gateway needs to be hooked to a merchant account in order to handle the recurring element. Right now even if gravity charge made the membership protection of wordpress pages pretty great πŸ˜‰ one would still need to checkout with the cart and then proceed to an account area where they would need to be able to change plan or cancel there plan etc. This is the part I would be looking for and well it might come but its a slightly different baby to a simple one time payment setup that is your standard ecommerce shop.

          • Patrick Garman
            February 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

            Subscriptions will fit that perfectly πŸ˜‰

            Now it won’t natively tie into a hosting panel or anything like that, but I’d like to someday (read: haven’t started anything at all and don’t have short-term plans yet) tie directly into various systems like hosting as you said and others. That’s why I’m building with an API at the start.

            Will tie directly into both Samurai and Braintree (soon to be released) which will be as far as I know the only WooCommerce gateways developed for saving credit cards on account. Samurai would allow you to integrate most merchant accounts directly into their Gateway and then you could use their credit card storage feature.

          • allmyhoney
            February 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

            Sounds very interesting Patrick – infact I am blown away a little now as I know the research it takes to get your head around the different offerings. I hear you about linking directly to hosting – I was not necessarily saying it needed to tie into a hosting environment but nice to see this is in the thought process.

            I have been researching recently around recurly as the handler of the subscriptions but of course I lose out on nice integration with wordpress and have to drop woocommerce also πŸ™ I am based in Ireland so braintree is not a runner here and well I must admit Samurai is something I need to look into – sagepay seems to fit well for UK and Irish people but again to handle the stored credit card I would recurly as sagepay dont allow you access this. Is this extension getting close to beta or is it in the architects lab deep in the castle of creation πŸ˜‰

          • Patrick Garman
            February 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

            Well if there isn’t an extension that fits for you but you know there is something that could be integrated just request it! Here are a few outlets that I know I watch…

            http://woocommerce.com/support-forum/?viewforum=150

            http://woo.uservoice.com/forums/133476-woocommerce

            Also if you post in WooJobs usually Jay or Mike lets us know. This is all on top of the direct emails I receive. Everything I’ve built was requested πŸ˜‰

          • allmyhoney
            February 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

            Well il keep an eye on your efforts around subscriptions. If you need a dummy to step through some testing just hollar mate πŸ˜‰

  4. Tim
    February 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    USPS… nice. Now for WC 1.4.5, will the ability for better import export tools also be included in addition to the bulk editing? When can we expect the new version?

    • Ryan Ray
      February 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      I know work is being done on our import and export functions, at least definitely on the import to make migration to WooCommerce easier. πŸ™‚

  5. Kate
    February 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    More extensions! I’m developing an addiction to buying Woocommerce extensions. Sometimes I even buy ones that I don’t really need, because I might need them in future.

    I bought Shopp while I was waiting for you guys to launch Woocommerce, but predictably Woocommerce was as great as I was hoping it would be and I haven’t used anything else since the launch!

    Please keep making stuff and I’ll keep buying it πŸ˜€

    • DeepTitanic
      February 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      me too!

    • Patrick Garman
      February 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      WooRehab perhaps πŸ˜‰

  6. Dale Wright
    February 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Yummy indeed!

    Can the front and back end of these extensions be demoed anywhere?

    • Ryan Ray
      February 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Hopefully we can work on this in the near future. Probably not one central location to see everything in action, would be chaotic to do that, but each developer can hopefully have a demo of their extensions up. We could then link to it from the single extension listing page. πŸ™‚

  7. chris gallagher
    February 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    im afraid im in agreeance with many other people here – as a long time subscriber to developer i think these should be free. its not really fair.

    • chris gallagher
      February 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      as in free to people paying subscriptions

    • Patrick Garman
      February 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      A little hiccup in those logistics though… most of the extensions are not developed by WooThemes, they are developed by third parties. WooThemes does support them through the forum and do test the plugins, but they don’t actually make them.

      So with free for subscribers, what would you do about the third parties?

    • Ryan Ray
      February 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      The theory is also that if you’re running an ecommerce shop, these extensions are minimal costs for your site.

      $50 for a payment gateway that can recoup it’s cost pretty easily, an extension that helps increase sales, etc… are justified costs for a shop.

      Plus this helps pay the developers who made the extension. πŸ™‚

      • chris gallagher
        February 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

        i think 30 dollars for a slider is far too steep – this should be part of the theme really. whilst i agree in principle about the third partys i think important gateways like sagepay should be provided as part of the membership and dveloped by woothemes nit third partys.

        otherwise you are limited to the likes of paypal or google checkout who will rob you blind every time you sell something. at least give us the option of one or 2 less comission heavy payment providers as partof it. seems like core functionality of these themes is split up to squeeze more revenue in

        • mike
          February 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

          Take a look at these free options http://woocommerce.com/extensions/free/

          And remember, these plugins are for *any* theme πŸ˜‰

        • Andrew Benbow
          February 24, 2012 at 5:03 am #

          The only way to go from no extensions and gateways to a huge range of gateways and extensions in a short space of time is to involve third party developers and we have to put food on the table just like everyone else.

          We don’t just write these things and forget about them, I was exchanging emails and logging in to a site only yesterday to help a WooThemes customer with a problem, probably 2 or 3 hours in total.

          I’ll be spending my weekend adding some new features to an existing extension (existing users have contacted me with feature requests) and finishing a planned extension.

          /my name is on the SagePay extension and others

        • Joe
          March 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

          i didn’t see anywhere where it said you had to pay 30 to use a slider in your theme, roll back your sleeves, break out the functions.php file and google nivoslider, to be honest the whole thing was actually so easy for me that i decided to take it a step further and register a custom post type for slide and package it all up in a plugin i can reuse on multiple clients sites.

          i also needed s3 a long time ago and rolled my own with that as well, great sdk they have i was signing encypted urls in no time.

          last i checked there are free versions of nearly every jquery slider known to man so im sure you’ll find something you like among the free stuff or roll your own as last resort.

  8. Garrett
    February 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Guys, love USPS integration but we really need dynamic label printing.

    Any thought on integrations with USPS, UPS or FedEx (in the USA)?

    Or via third party integrations like stamps.com?

    Thanks in advance

    • Mark
      February 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      Or shipworks. I would love to see shipworks integration with woothemes. But, for now I’m using PayPal gateway which works with it.

    • Ryan Ray
      February 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      Feel free to suggest your ideas on our idea board, just to be sure we don’t miss them in comments and others can vote on it! – http://woo.uservoice.com/forums/133476-woocommerce

  9. John
    February 24, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    From the thumb at the top, it seems this slider is exactly what i have been looking for – but on the order page, the example looks completely different.

    I think in order for you to sell this, it needs to be displayed properly (a working example) so we can see what it does – like the examples over at TF/CC etc

    • James Koster
      February 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      You can see a demo of the slider now on our Buro Commerce child theme demo; http://demo2.woothemes.com/buro-commerce/shop/pro-evolution-soccer-6/

      • John
        February 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

        Thanks for that…it doesn’t do what i thought it did though. From the thumb at the top of this post, i was expecting to see a scrolling display of images…?

  10. Cristian
    February 24, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    It seems like the slider add-on is incompatible with the cloud zoom…

    • James Koster
      February 24, 2012 at 1:46 am #

      Could you post on the forum so we can take a look, unfortunately that may be the case. If it’s not fixable we’ll add a notice (and can arrange a refund).

      • Cristian
        February 24, 2012 at 9:34 am #

        Done πŸ˜‰ I hope it can be fixed, I always wanted the cloud zoom to work on multiple images of the gallery…

        • Andrew Benbow
          February 24, 2012 at 9:38 am #

          I’ll be sending a new version of the plugin over the weekend, I’ve just finished coding that feature

          • Ryan Ray
            February 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

            Hot daayum! πŸ˜‰

  11. pedro67
    February 24, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I hope for a solution for recurring payments too. This can be a dealbraker if not possible

    • Patrick Garman
      February 24, 2012 at 12:41 am #

      Soon!

      • allmyhoney
        February 24, 2012 at 10:12 am #

        @Patrick, I have looked up both Braintree and Samauri and for both you really need to be in the states. Is there any gateway you could connect with for European customers? I know sagepay is a big UK and Irish gateway but unfortunately they do not allow access to credit cards so therefore charging cards is out – but I am struggling to see any in Europe who allow this task at the moment!!

  12. Carl Hancock
    February 24, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    Nice updates guys. I’m looking forward to working with Mike and the team on integrating Gravity Charge with WooCommerce.

    To those complaining about the prices and having to purchase extensions… WooCommerce is being given away for free. The extensions are one of the ways WooThemes is monetizing WooCommerce to be able to dedicate company resources to it’s continued development. I think users should just be thankful that the core product it’s is available absolutely free instead of complaining about extension pricing.

    If you don’t like the pricing for a certain extension, make it yourself. Or hire a developer to create it for you. However, I guarantee you that you’ll find the cost of the extension is going to outweigh creating the functionality yourself or hiring a developer to do so.

    • allmyhoney
      February 24, 2012 at 1:58 am #

      Gravity Charge sounds like an exciting extension for woocommerce – really cannot wait to try it out. I know giving away a beta release date is not a good idea but do you think quarter 1 is still on the cards. Will recurring billing be part of this or will this be left to the gateway developers to play with do you feel?

      • Shawn
        February 24, 2012 at 2:17 am #

        Recurring payments should be available with your merchant provider. Correct ?

        • Patrick Garman
          February 24, 2012 at 5:05 am #

          That would give WooCommerce no control over the payment. If you just want to do a subscription, sure use PayPal subscriptions or another provider but once it is setup WooCommerce is out of the picture.

        • allmyhoney
          February 24, 2012 at 9:52 am #

          @ Shawn, patrick is right here. Basically if you setup subscriptions through say paypal the following could happen. Lets say you charge VAT of say 21% and you have 100 subscribers – then in a few months this tax rate has to change to say 23% you need to be able to charge all these credit cards or debit cards so you need access here – paypal will mean you need to ask all these people to subscribe again – something quiet risky and something one would like to avoid. This is the reason offerings like recurly and chargify and so on exist because they offer these features, what patrick is trying to achieve is something along these lines with a gateway or a few gateways so this could be achieved and therefore handled in woocommerce – which of course would be amazing for people with recurring business models. At the moment these kinds of extensions are expensive to develop and I guess you can see why with the efforts needed to get it working to a professional level. After all customers have to trust this recurring element and be able to cancel and change between plans and add addons and so on. Cannot wait for this myself πŸ˜‰

          • Shawn
            February 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

            OK. I get it now. I know we offer the ability to manage contact details, credit card info and recurring billing within the gateway. You are allowed to recharge or modify the recurring details at any point.

            But adding this ability within WooCommerce would definitely make it easier.

  13. Mika
    February 24, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    Any news on a affiliates extension for Woocommerce?

  14. Andrew North
    February 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Yes, USPS! That brings me one step closer to switching over my business.
    Now get that UPS extension and i can make the switch!

    Thanks WooThemes.

    • Ryan Ray
      February 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      I believe it’s in the works, we’ll have it for you ASAP! – http://cl.ly/2F3T273J0O0w1d1S2e3K

      • Andrew North
        February 26, 2012 at 2:18 am #

        Great, looking forward to it. Thanks!

  15. Blake Barber
    February 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Just to let you know the PayJunction extension is not downloading. I click the big download button and it just refreshes the page.

    • Ryan Ray
      February 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      Hopefully is working for you now? So sorry about that!

  16. Tyler Tervooren
    February 25, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    Just so I understand…the plan is to get the Wishlist extension working to accept recurring payments (soon?) with certain gateways? Stripe seems like an obvious choice for this, yeah?

    • Patrick Garman
      February 26, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      I am not sure what all WishList Member does allow you to do but it will not be natively integrated into Subscriptions. That plugin allows you to sell memberships from how I understand it… about as much as I know there.

      Subscriptions in itself will only integrate with gateways that are able to use saved credit card data via WooCommerce. Stripe would be a good fit for that but it was not developed with this capability (although it could be fairly easily updated).

  17. Pete
    February 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Hi – i’m thinking about purchasing one of your wooCommerce themes. Is there somewhere i should be posting questions i have about functionality ?

    I have questions around the security of digital downloads and i’d like to know if there are any themes that keep the cart within screenshot at all times a purchase is made – ie: i click add to cart and i don’t have to scroll up to the top of the page to see that the cart has been updated ?
    eg: wooStore shows the spinner then a green tick after “Add to Cart” is clicked and you can see the spinner and then the updated cart if you are near the top of the page .. however if you are down the bottom you have to scroll up to see the updated cart. It would be great if somehow the cart could always be in view ??

    thx
    pete

    • James Koster
      February 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      You can post any questions (pre-sale) on our public forum or send us an email.

      Emporium has a fixed menu meaning your cart link will always be visible regardless of how far the user scrolls down the page.

    • ManusH
      February 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      Also, you can test all those themes in the WooPlayground:
      http://test.woocommerce.com

  18. Anshul
    February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Love woo commerce and all the awesome features but my biggest question is this: Can it handle a large store with hundreds or even thousands of products and visitors? I would love to see if anyone has examples of such stores currently operating on Woo Commerce.

    Besides that I am sold:)

    • Patrick Garman
      February 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

      WooCommerce is powered by WordPress. WordPress powers ~15% of the internet, including major websites. Assuming you have a capable web host if WordPress can handle it, WooCommerce can too.

      Don’t know of any major sites off hand that run it, but there are some in the works πŸ˜‰ Since WooCommerce is relatively new it will take a little bit to have major adopters. Call it a mix of corporate red tape and not wanting to be an early adopter.

    • Ryan Ray
      February 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

      As Patrick said, it’s not necessarily a limitation coming from WordPress how the site performs. It’s more so what server resources you have. WordPress is pretty light compared to other systems. πŸ™‚

      In our latest post about improving WooThemes.com you can read some interesting comments about users using WordPress to power sites that get 5 million pageviews. They aren’t running a HUGE server to do so either.

      With that said we’re always doing our best to make our themes and WooCommerce the lightest and fastest we can, and there are always things you can do to better optimize WordPress and your site. Things like minify some of your code and cache all of your site that you can, use a CDN, use appropriate image sizes, etc…

      For instance WordPress paired with the w3 Total Cache plugin will help a lot on page load time and server load. Of course it gets quite a bit more advanced from here, but it’s a good start!

      • Deep Titanic
        February 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

        I too think there needs to be a showcase of big sites running woo commerce …

        I feel that outside the community WP has a bad rep πŸ™

        I’m at the small end of the scale building ecommerce for small and sometimes medium businesses and I’m constantly having to defend wordpress from the standard accusations:

        “WP is for blogging”
        “WP isn’t a CMS”
        “WP cant do ecommerce”
        “I prefer a CMS I can tailor to my clients needs” (I hear that one a lot)

        Every time I have to speak to another company/dev then I get the same attitude – they always sound surprised when I tell them I using wordpress for ecommerce. Basically they’ve probably not used WP in the last 5 years so dont know whats possible now!

        So … Woo for the sake of the little guy we need the big guns out!

        :^)

        • Ryan Ray
          February 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

          We’re starting to build our inventory of WooCommerce in the wild. If you do have any to add to it, submit them here! – http://showcase.woocommerce.com/submit/

          I think the general knowledge on WordPress is starting to come around, but those are probably some of the major *now-not-100%-true* talking points that have surrounded WordPress.

          Initially though, at the beginning of WordPress, those were all true. I think the problem is that people still spout those points without realizing how far WordPress has come since then.

          Only if you are working and deeply involved with WordPress do you reach an understanding of it’s true and current capabilities. As time goes and WordPress grows more people will come around. If not, it’s our fault for not educating the masses. πŸ˜‰

        • Patrick Garman
          February 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

          You have two options:

          Keep building your own awesome WordPress sites and let the other developers waste their time.

          Just tell them that over 15% of the internet runs off of WordPress and that WordPress is the most commonly used CMS system out of all systems out there. Then ask them to give you a scenario they think can’t be done in WordPress and in three sentences explain how you would create a custom post type and by using that with post_meta and custom loops you are done.

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