The fun continues, WooCommerce 1.5.4, bundle and Merchant child theme!

Written by James Koster on April 17, 2012 WooCommerce.

We launched some great new projects last week and the WooLabs are keen to extend that excitement into this week too! Today we’ve 3 announcements for your enjoyment:

Perennial WooCommerce bundle

Both our Christmas and 100k WooCommerce bundles were met with fantastic responses helping many users dip their toes into the WooCommerce world at a bargain price. And now, with the vast number of extensions and themes presently available, we’ve decided we’re able to put together the ultimate ‘Getting Started’ bundle and offer it for sale permanently.

From today onwards you can purchase an amazing bundle of 2 themes (developer versions) and 5 extensions, plus a payment gateway of your choosing for just $250. That’s almost $150 of savings!

We’re extremely excited to offer this opportunity and lower cost barrier of users getting more intimately involved with WooCommerce. Find out more about the bundle and buy now.

Buy now – $250

Merchant Commerce

The Merchant Commerce shop page

Hot on the slipstream of last weeks theme release, we’re also launching Merchant Commerce – a child theme which integrates the Merchant parent theme with WooCommerce.

Users of our other child themes will know what to expect here. All core WooCommerce elements have been styled to match Merchants aesthetic and we’ve added some extra functionality allowing you to display your latest products on the Merchant homepage too.

View theme and purchase

WooCommerce 1.5.4

As well as todays awesome new child theme, we’ve been hard at work on WooCommerce core – 1.5.4 has been released today.

The new version contains many tweaks and improvements, several new features based on user-feedback, and a few minor bug fixes. It’s also been tested for WordPress 3.4 beta compatibility so when that drops WooCommerce will be ready!

One notible improvement is the variations interface. We’ve improved the layout of variation data to make it more extensible and more user friendly.

Variations have been tweaked

The variation bulk edit has also been simplified to make it less bulky:

Looking at the attributes panel you’ll also notice a subtle change; it’s been enhanced with the ability to add a new attribute right from the edit product page. Very handy!

On the frontend, we’ve added a new shortcode for displaying your product category thumbnails on any page. This is a useful addition we saw requested on many occasions.

Finally, we’ve improved a few core shipping methods based on user-feedback – a minimum fee option has been added to flat rates, and local delivery now lets you charge a fee per-item.

If your interested you can view the full changelog here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/changelog/

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22 Responses

  1. Laurent
    April 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Merchant Commerce is here ? That was fast πŸ˜‰

    • Ryan Ray
      April 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      Of course, ninjas are fast by nature. πŸ™‚

  2. luke
    April 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    This doesn’t seem to be fixed: http://woocommerce.com/support-forum/?viewtopic=77859

    It’s seems to be still defaulting sticking to price-lowest first.

  3. Eduardo
    April 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Great job as always, keep up the good work.

  4. ManusH
    April 18, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Merchant Commerce is lightning fast, I was expecting it next Thursday, but it is already here.

    BUT isn’t there a mis-calculation for that “Bundle”?
    Especially for the “2 Themes” part?

    Yes, those extensions should be worth $245 when you select 1-by-1, but those 2-themes won’t cost $300:
    Even if you buy 1 of the themes with the developer package it will cost ONLY $150 and also get the second one for 1 of the Bonus selections, and even left 2 Bonuses! As you can see, giving $300 for 2 themes isn’t a discount, it is $150 more, 2themes less than a developer package!

    You can get both 2 themes even with another 3rd theme for $70 in Standard package.
    That makes all those bundle + 1 MORE THEME cost $315, if bought seperately.

    So $250 for $315(not $545) isn’t a profitable choice, and even with 1 less theme.

    Of course the 100K-Bundle was far more effective but this isn’t close enough a Bundle!

    Just re-calculate, you can see for yourself…

    • Silencer
      April 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      Sounds logically; did we miss something?

    • James Koster
      April 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      The themes are developer versions. So yes we were probably a bit off with our value calculation when you factor in the 4-for-1 offer. We’ve amended the value ribbon on the bundle page to make things crystal clear.

      Still a great deal we think!

      • ManusH
        April 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

        Just for making the clearence to be in “crystal perfection”:
        if Woo’s Theme policy for Developer Packages is $150 for 1+3 bonus (as you mention as 4-for-1) then, HOW “only 2” themes worth also the same $150?

        it is 2 themes less then a Developer package and worth the same?
        and the user can select the Bonus themes as his own decisions, but in the bundle it is fixed that which themes are included…

        if the quantity is the half, then the price should be at least half as: $75

        that way the bundle cost a total of: 245+75= $320 .

        Nevertheless; All bundles are good, but some are better πŸ™‚

        • Silencer
          April 20, 2012 at 9:09 am #

          Crazy, you did hit the spot again. Transparency FTW!
          Woo, please change that on the bundle page. But now the bundle price doesn’t look so good anymore…

          • Magnus
            April 20, 2012 at 11:18 am #

            We’ve already adjusted the value of the bundle to $395. The two themes included are including PSD files.

        • Magnus
          April 20, 2012 at 11:22 am #

          Developer package is 1+3 themes, but regardless of how many bonus themes you receive, it is still a $150 value. We value 1 developer theme at $150, as you can’t purchase it for less than that. We’ve adjusted the value of the bundle to be only 1x$150.

          Obviously there are restrictions to bundles, which is why you don’t get 4 themes for $150 and can’t choose the themes and extensions πŸ™‚

          • Silencer
            April 20, 2012 at 11:57 am #

            ManusH pointed out, that for 395Γ’β€šΒ¬ – when bought seperately, you get all what is in the bundle + 2 more dev themes + free theme choices for the 4 themes.
            So apparently this bundle is NOT worth 395Γ’β€šΒ¬ as stated on the bundle website. Not sure how to calculate this though.

          • Magnus
            April 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

            If you buy all this separately, it will cost you $395, which is how we calculate the value of the bundle.

            If you buy it separately, you get to choose which themes/extensions you want and you get 2 extra bonus themes.

            If you buy the bundle you don’t get to 4 themes, only 2, and you can’t choose which themes/extensions you want, but you get it for $145 less that when buying separately.

          • Silencer
            April 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

            Magnus, you are absolutely right here.
            Just nitpicking anyway – its friday :).

  5. Ciaran Whelan
    April 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Fantastic work guys. But I would like to add something that possibly has been missed.

    When there is a free shipping option included with another shipping option. When a cart reaches a certain price, and then allows free shipping, then it would be good to see that any other option for shipping be hidden so as not to confuse the shipping options.

    • Ryan Ray
      April 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      I think that’s a good option we should consider, it essentially will force free shipping once it reaches the terms you’ve set.

      I’ll see that our WooCommerce guys hear you out. πŸ™‚

      • Ciaran Whelan
        April 19, 2012 at 3:30 am #

        Thank you Ryan, much appreciated. Something else that was missed is the functions of “Product Addons”.. they do not update the price live on the product page. Once the product is added to the cart, it only then updates the price. Not Good.

  6. Ciaran Whelan
    April 19, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    Just thought I would share the love, here is a reply I have made to WPEC Printable invoices by Visser Labs. Oh I am so over WPEC, it’s like terrible chewing gum stuck under my leather soled shoes!

    Excerpt below can be found here: http://www.visser.com.au/wp-ecommerce/plugins/printable-invoices/comment-page-3/#comment-57980

    Adrian,

    It is beyond me why some of you guys even bother to continue to use WPEC, it seems always so full of bugs every time. I always ask for support there, and quite often never get replies. I have since moved to WooCommerce as support is steaming ahead on nearly every question. I simply purchased the plugin that Agus built to import all your products to WooCommerce from WPEC. I never looked back.
    Besides, the variations and tax work flawlessly, and the printable invoices are exquisite to the point they donÒ€ℒt need to be hacked. Just thought I would add this comment as I was getting sick of always looking for fixes and workarounds for WPEC.
    Every week there is something new in WooCommerce, it makes WPEC look quite useless. Then again these are just my thoughts. I get all excited when I talk about Woo, not too sure why, but it gives me the warm fuzzies πŸ™‚

  7. Chris Hickman
    April 29, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    I am upgrading a client’s website to the new version and had to roll-back. The Free Shipping plugin stopped displaying and our UPS Module from WooThemes stopped functioning. I rolled back and everything is good.

    I saw the message in the changelog about changes to the shipping modules — however, I am not sure as to how WooThemes expects developers and end users to respond to the changes.

  8. R Krishana
    May 23, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    It’s very nice template.
    any special discount for summer?

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