Thursday’s theme release & WooCommerce update

Written by Mark Forrester on December 8, 2011 Product News.

Today’s release is a beauty. A few months back we asked the talented Mr. Chris Rowe, who’s helped design a handful of our business, photography and personal themes, to design his first WooCommerce specific theme. Needless to say, he didn’t let us down and brought his usual attention to detail, clean styling, and crisp typography to the table to produce “Sliding”.

Sliding is a design that although hugely flexible in implementation I believe is tailor suited for online fashion stores. With a flexible slider designed for portrait shaped imagery your product line is presented professionally, whilst easily accessible. They key to any online store’s success is good photography and this theme shines with it.

The homepage also boasts horizontal sliders to fit in lots of products, whilst keeping the homepage relatively short and compact. The shop page however lists all your products in the typical grid format, and that layout could easily be applied to the homepage should you prefer it. Characteristics of other popular Chris Rowe’s designs can be seen, like similar blog post styling and the featured slider of Delicious Magazine.

You’ve still got access to the usual WooCommerce shortcodes to place sticky notes and flash sales banners on the homepage and widgetized regions in the footer to place more accessible information.

The Sliding homepage design. Beautiful.

Have a look at Sliding’s complete feature set here or experience Sliding in full on the demo before letting us know what you think.

2011 is almost coming to an end, but we’re still celebrating each new release with a 11% discount coupon. Use “SLIDING11” to grab 11% off Sliding today. Valid until 15 December 2011.

WooCommerce v1.3.1

Including many minor bug fixes and improvements to the core, all of which you read about in the changelog, the most noteworthy features of today’s release are the ability to re-order payment gateways and choose a default, as is shown below.

Ordering your payment gateways and picking a default one for your customers is now easy.

As well as a new “Shipping class” taxonomy for grouping products and an enhanced flat rate shipping system to give a flat rate  to each shipping class. An example of this would be grouping products under “T-shirts” and then setting flat shipping rates for that particular product group.

Shipping classes. Screenshot best viewed at full screen.

This is currently only available for flat rates, but eventually we will be applying the same logic to table shipping making it an even more powerful extension.

Download WooCommerce v1.3.1

New extensions

Today also see’s the release of two payment gateway extensions.

Suomen Verkkomaksut Gateway

Quite a name we know. Suomen Verkkomaksut Oy is the leading e-payment method provider in Finland. The Suomen Verkkomaksut plugin extends WooCommerce allowing you to take payments via their payment portal. You need to register yourself to Suomen Verkkomaksut portal and make a contract with them to actually use this module. You can only use EUR as the currency of your WooCommerce shop.

View this extension


With Stripe you can accept all Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Diners Club cards directly on your store. At the moment, you must be based in the US to receive payments; this involves both having a U.S. address, and having a significant shareholder of the company with a valid SSN.  Stripe has no setup fees, no monthly fees, no card storage fees, no hidden costs: you only get charged when you earn money. You can also setup automatic money transfers to your bank account from Stripe. Stripe will then automatically transfer the money to your bank account seven days after the payment was made.

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31 Responses

  1. Chris
    December 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    wonderful. i wish i had an ecommerce project i could use this on.

    • Christos Chiotis
      December 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

      What you just said is probably the biggest success of WooCommerce. Everybody wishes to have a project to use it!

      Thanks Woo guys for keeping your product up to date!

      • Chris
        December 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

        Very true. Frankly i used to dread using the other plugins —

      • Ryan Ray
        December 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

        Thanks so much for the kind words guys, love to hear this kind of stuff!

  2. Wildergrip
    December 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    This is beautiful! Well done woo! Well done indead!

  3. Hans
    December 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Nice theme!
    Small bug: Red ‘Sale’ button is over dropdown menu when viewing a product.

    • Jay
      December 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      Fixed 🙂

  4. Alejandro
    December 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Great! congrats for the new theme, its fresh and original

  5. pedro67
    December 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    something to woo-commerce

    Are you planning to include a function for recurring payments?
    Like somebody books your product with monthly payment?
    that would be great

    • Jay
      December 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

      Very unlikely. Subscription sites and eCommerce store are very different things.

      • Chris
        December 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

        Subscriptions are one thing, but recurring billing is another. Many e-commerce businesses have a product that needs to renew, whether it is a membership or a physical product.

        So, those who have been watching the idea board expecting the #2 top idea to implemented/developed should expect nothing?

        • pedro67
          December 9, 2011 at 12:07 am #

          as you can sell digital products like downloads, they could be valid a limited time. Examples are endless.

        • Jay
          December 9, 2011 at 12:51 am #

          Subscriptions = automatic sequential billing
          Recurring payments = automatic sequential billing

          Either way this functionality is largely dependent on the payment provider. Many don’t even offer it as a service which alone makes it difficult to integrate.

          I wouldn’t say ‘expect nothing’ as we are looking into it, but we feel there are other offerings which perform this particular task more efficiently than WooCommerce could at present.

          Keep an eye on Gravity Charge;

          • californiasurfboy
            January 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

            I have several non-profit organizations that require recurring payments for donations. SHOPP 1.2 will impliment this feature. Why can WooCommerce not impliment this feature when it is going through the same paypal standard account as shopp?

  6. pedro67
    December 9, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    wishlist integration?
    I might undstand your position here. You won´t like to get in competition with WISHLIST, as you seem to work together.
    So is it possible to combine Woo-commerce with wishlist or are the functions in conflict?

  7. Duane
    December 9, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    I’ve never heard of stripe before now. I like it!

    Does the extension follow the process documented on the strip website? Meaning, the credit card details are NOT stored anywhere within my database? Are they passed using that api so I don’t have to worry about any additional PCI compliance?

    It’s the same price as paypal standard. Pretty nice for the customer to never leave your site.

    • mike
      December 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

      It uses Stripes CURL API – CC details are not stored, just sent to stripe (hence the need for an SSL certificate on your site).

  8. Effect
    December 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    This theme is really nice, I do think, as shown in the images, that it is best suited for clothing shops.

  9. Matt Stigall
    December 11, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Love the theme! It’s beautiful!

    My only problem is when scrolling up and down on the website (on my Mac), when I get to the sliding galleries, scrolling up and down browses through the gallery instead of navigating the website.

    Is there a way to fix that?

    • Jay
      December 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      Tricky, this section is a div with a horizontal scroll bar (modified with javascript) so it’s behaviour is dependent on your browser. You could perhaps play around with the jQuery mousewheel plugin to see if you can disable the mousewheel on that section.

  10. jj
    December 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    i don’t understand why you can t have a slider like this on the woocanvas theme. Its good to put out lots of new themes, but this seems like such a basic thing to have on a shop homepage.

    i think that the most impressive aspect of this new theme is not the design–which i find ok, but not great–but the slider component which should be part of woocanvas, and part of the woocommerce framework in general. Instead of making theme after theme, the best components of all should be packed into one.

    It is another strategy, i realize, but i think a porsche is a porsche because all of the great components are gathered in one machine, rather than spread out over a whole product range. good breaks on the cayenne, nice styling on the 911, etc.–they bring it all together on each product. After all, its quality, not quantity that counts!

    something to think about.

  11. Zira
    December 13, 2011 at 11:54 am #


    hope you can help- I have short question regarding to woocommerce theme paypal payment .

    -after the visitor redirects from the checkout to paypal process (standard)i want to know if site owner can configure URL based acknowledgment if the process accomplished or if it failed (abandon or stopped)

    it’s important to me be able to track conversions in Google analytics.

    thanks !

    • Ryan Ray
      December 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

      Don’t believe this is possible out of the box.

      WooCommerce can redirect a successful payment back to a thank you page, but nothing that can tell if they abandoned, etc…

  12. Yanjie
    December 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Hi –

    Does this theme support Chinese language? Also regarding the woocommerce plugin, does it support a major payment gateway called Alipay?

    Thank you.

  13. yürüyen merdiven
    December 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    There’s no Alipay gateway yet. You can see a full list of available payment gateways

  14. jay
    January 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    This theme is very beautiful.
    I have 1 problem only, most of your in house theme is using the 4 column product display. The display image is too small, is there a way i can change it to the 3 column display like the abundance theme.

    I’ll buy this theme, if the 3 column is available. It is looking big and beautiful.

  15. jay
    January 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    i add this to my theme functions.php, still can’t set to 3 column

    function loop_columns() {
    return 3;
    add_filter(‘loop_shop_columns’, ‘loop_columns’);

  16. DOK
    January 30, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Shipping Classes… “eventually we will be applying the same logic to table shipping”

    Wait… by eventually, do you mean right away?


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