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How to Prepare Your Store for Holiday Traffic

October 2, 2018 - 12 Comments

For eCommerce sites, the holidays come around quickly. It may feel a way off, but significant changes to your site can take a while to implement and sign off.

If you want to get the most out of your holiday period, now is the time to make changes to ensure the stability of your WooCommerce site.

What’s more – you want to make sales! Now is your last chance to improve your conversion rate before the holidays hit. Finally, a lot of your annual revenue may rest on this time of year. You need to know what to do if it all goes wrong.

Here’s our advice for how to be fully prepared for the festive season.

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Speed up Your WooCommerce Site with These Jetpack features

March 15, 2018 - 4 Comments

There’s more than one factor that determines whether or not a shopper makes a purchase from your store — product selection, pricing, shipping speed, and so much more.

But there’s one major factor that determines whether or not shoppers even make it to your product pages in the first place, and that’s site speed.

As we covered in the past, your WooCommerce store needs to be as fast as possible to gain potential customers and keep them on the site. There are a lot of ways you can optimize your site for peak performance, like choosing reliable hosting and updating your plugins. There are also tools you can use to speed things up, and Jetpack is one of them.

Today we’re going to look at a handful of Jetpack’s features that help increase site speed, and how they can specifically help WooCommerce stores retain more shoppers.

But first we’ll give you a quick introduction to Jetpack, just in case you’re not familiar with it.

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How to create and use backups with WooCommerce

May 18, 2017 - 15 Comments

Backups — it’s a daunting word, isn’t it? Just hearing it probably makes you think of your valuable time wasted on a bunch of complicated, manual processes involving databases and FTP directories.

But all of this is a myth we’re happy to bust. The truth is this: thanks to modern plugins, it’s now fast and incredibly easy to make backups for WooCommerce — and restore them if the need arises.

You already know you need to be making backups of your store and its data. But what you might not know is how to create and manage those backups without giving yourself a headache.

Today we’re going to show you how. Read on to find out how you can get your store backed up for any situation with Jetpack, and how to properly use those backups in the event of an emergency.

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The Benefits of Jetpack for your WooCommerce store

May 26, 2016 - 9 Comments

Jetpack is one of the most versatile free plugins available for WordPress. Its built-in offerings range from statistics to a content delivery network to automatic social sharing of new posts, and much more.

If you’ve used WordPress for a while or are familiar with it outside of the realm of your online store, chances are you’ve had an encounter or two with this powerful plugin. But have you tried using it in combination with WooCommerce?

In combination with WooCommerce, Jetpack can bring store owners easily-integrated attack protection, downtime alerts, content sharing, and a slew of other features designed to make your life easier. It’s the equivalent of strapping a rocket to your store — but a lightweight one. 😉

Let’s explore why we think Jetpack is well worth your while, and how it can help you soar to new heights. We’ll start with a quick overview of why we here at Woo use it, and chose it to power our Shipping and Tax services.

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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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WooCommerce Security: The 7 Things You Should Do First

February 15, 2016 - 12 Comments

While security measures are built into WordPress and WooCommerce out of the box, there are a few basic things new store owners should be doing to keep their customers, team, and data safe in the event of those worst-case scenarios.

Here are the seven things all new WooCommerce store owners should do first.

New store? Quickly detect fraudulent transactions with NS8 Protect.

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6 Awesome Features That Will Sell You On Jetpack

January 7, 2014 - 26 Comments

jetpack by wordpressTell me if you’ve heard these phrases before. Maybe you’ve even uttered them yourself: “Jetpack is so overrated.” “Jetpack isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” “Jetpack is bloated beyond belief!”

A lot of people hold onto these beliefs about Jetpack but I’m here to tell you that these statements couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, Jetpack packs a serious punch, offering up features aplenty that serve the needs of all WordPress users. Bloggers looking for simple tools and developers looking for robust options will both be pleased by this plugin.

For those who don’t know, Jetpack is a plugin created by Automattic. It features numerous “modules” that can be activated in order to benefit from their features.

Today, I’m dead set on convincing you to use Jetpack for the first time (or to dust it off and give it a try once again). Will you accept the challenge?

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