WooCommerce v1.1 & More Extensions

Written by Mark Forrester on October 13, 2011 Product News.

Mike and Jay are working tirelessly around the clock, ensuring some great momentum with more significant upgrades to WooCommerce and more extensions that we are pleased to report on.

Product category images made possible in WooCommerce Version 1.1.

WooCommerce Version 1.1

The most important feature of Version 1.1 is that it is fully compatible with the beta versions of WordPress 3.3, ensuring no hiccups and complete peace of mind when it comes time to upgrade.

Noteworthy new features:

  • Allow users to add thumbnails for product categories that can be reserved for brand logos, or generic product images.
  • Optional product dimension fields can be filled in to provide further product information.
  • Drag and drop term ordering so that variation options can be sorted.
  • Filters for tax rates, and a hook for payment complete order status.
  • Hard crop option for product images.
  • Ability to change product permalinks to include category.
  • General JS & CSS revisions for faster, more stable usage.
Download it now from your WordPress backend or on our WooCommerce page.
Adding product category images made easy.

New Extensions

As like last week we have been working on even more payment gateways. WooCommerce can now take payments via DIBS with the DIBS Form extension, and with the eWAY (Australia) extension one can use the Australian payment gateway eWAY.

We also have released the Disability VAT Exemption extension for store owners selling to charities or customers with disabilities whom are exempt from paying VAT. The extension adds a simple form to the checkout process which allows the customer to enter details which are attached to the order, and exempts them from paying VAT.

The exemption form at checkout

Lastly, we’ve released a newsletter subscription extension that allows you to easily integrate with MailChimp and CampaignMonitor via bespoke options screen in the WooCommerce settings.

The extension adds a dashboard widget which displays recent subscriber activity and a sidebar widget for placing a signup form in your sidebar or any other widgetised area. On the checkout page a subscribe checkbox is also inserted automatically.

The Newsletter dashboard widget



42 Responses

  1. Jan Bosman
    October 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Aweber integration in the works, maybe?

    • Adii Rockstar
      October 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

      Maybe. Their API isn’t the best though, which complicates things.

  2. Alex
    October 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    In the next WooCommerce update would it be possible to consider enabling custom fields on products so that we can customise and include additional details/features to product pages. Also the ability to add pdf files to products so that users can download supporting data sheets/product information on the product pages would be awesome!

    • Jay
      October 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

      We’ve had a lot of requests for this and it’s something we’ll be looking into. I believe it to be a fairly niche feature though so will most likely arrive as an extension.

      Dont forget to add / vote up your ideas on our ideasboard; http://ideas.woocommerce.com/forums/133476-woocommerce/topics/134100-how-can-we-improve-woocommerce-/filter/top

    • Fred Romano
      October 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

      You can just add a .pdf in the product description details section. As for custom input fields, I think they are working on that. It’s something I suggested in the Woo Ideas forum that is now “planned”!

    • Joe Black
      October 15, 2011 at 5:21 am #

      You should just add pdf files to the products by making a zip or rar archive. Not only do you have greater protection against corruption by using an archive format you can bundle things.

      A knowledge base tab for products would be a pretty cool feature down the road though, make it kinda like a simple support forum where ppl can answer each others questions and share tips/etc. Building a community around your products is always a plus.

  3. Jon
    October 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    Great to see the categories can now get an image and you can show subcategories on a page. This is actually a big help for the design I had in mind.

    They don’t show up though if there is only another subcategory under that and no products in that category as well.

    I’ve made a post on the support forum explaining this in more detail, thought I’d mention it here too for the benefit of others http://woocommerce.com/support-forum/?viewtopic=56929

  4. Matt
    October 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Exciting. Glad to see yall are cranking ahead!

    I’m curious about the product image hard crop option. Since images are currently hard cropped I assume this will allow you to keep the original image aspect ration. Correct?

    I hope this is the case. I will be selling art and photography and cropped images are no bueno.

    • mike
      October 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      Thats correct. Use in conjunction with the ‘Regenerate Thumbnails’ plugin if you’ve uploaded some images already 🙂

  5. Simon
    October 14, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Mike ..thanks for the info regarding the Regenerate Thumbnails’ plugin. its exactly what i needed

    • Larry BI
      December 8, 2011 at 2:52 am #

      I agree this plugin is awesome..

  6. Ryan Oelke
    October 14, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    What’s the advantage of using the Mailchimp extension versus just using the standard Mailchimp plugin, aside from the nifty dashboard widget? Does it allow customers to subscribe at the time of purchasing/creating their account and hook into Mailchimp?

    • Jay
      October 14, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      Yup there’s an opt in (or out, you can specify this in the admin) checkbox during the checkout process 🙂

      • Ryan Oelke
        October 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

        awesome! that sounds GOOD 🙂

  7. Jim
    October 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I tried to use mailchip.its easy but it has limitation to the adress book

    October 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    awesome!!! i like MailChimp. i will try woocomerce 1.1 now..thanks woothemese so much!

  9. Matt
    October 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Regarding the mailchimp extension. Can you place multiple signup forms on one page? One in the sidebar and one in the footer for example.

    There have been issues with this previously when using mailchimp generated code and people have reverted to iframes to include more than one.

    • Jay
      October 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      Just double checked and this seems to work fine. You will see a ‘thanks for subscribing’ message on both forms but I guess that’s not a big deal.

  10. Fred Romano
    October 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Great stuff guy! Would be awesome if you could include HTML markup on the product category description field. Any chance of that?

    • Jay
      October 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Hey Fred, try adding this for your functions.php file;

      remove_filter('pre_term_description', 'wp_filter_kses');
      add_filter( 'pre_term_description', 'wp_filter_post_kses' );

      • Fred Romano
        October 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

        Cool that worked, why not implement this into the code and make it standard? It would make sense – no?

  11. Matt
    October 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Just a heads up. I, along with others, can’t get hardcropping to work now after the plugin update.


  12. Taylor
    October 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Maybe membership and protected content in the future?

    • Sersland
      October 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

      I would love to see this added 🙂

  13. Takis
    October 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    i agree membership is a logical move…

  14. Michael
    October 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    I am a madmimi fan but mailchimp is also relaible…

  15. Larry
    October 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Mailchimp has better templates than madmimi

  16. John
    October 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I’m really liking WooCommerce so far and excited about the possibilities. Great work guys!

    Does anyone have recommendations for a member management solution that would work well with WooCommerce. More specifically, something with a member database and recurring payments through PayPal? Has anyone done anything like this with WooCommerce?

  17. Joe
    October 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    are you able to add an import & export items to/from an excel spreadsheet? that would simply things greatly.

    • Matt
      October 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

      This would be a welcome feature. My site is currently in Shopify which allows an export csv of all products.

    • Melissa
      October 19, 2011 at 4:09 am #

      A product import and export function is an extension that I would be gladly willing to pay for. Please add my vote.


    • Francis
      October 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      I’ll add my request for product import/export via excel!

    • Bultas
      October 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

      Missing CSV import/export is reason, why i dont use woocommerce yet. Very important feature for my clients.

    • Sambo
      October 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      I too would like this greatly…

    • rolo
      November 10, 2011 at 1:13 am #

      I’ll add my request for product import/export via excel too!!!

      • Sarah
        November 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

        Add my vote. Lack of export to excel is preventing me from using this for my website redesign.

    • Michael
      November 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      I am also very interested in a product import feature for woocommerce. I am very happy with its design but looking for a way to upload potentially 100+ photos (each as a product) on a daily basis. Manual creation is a possibility but looking like a time consuming task. We are creating SKU’s based on the file name as well, so I just need to duplicate my original product and load the thing up. Is this possible? I would be happy to purchase an additional extension with this functionality!!

  18. Nando
    October 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Any news or roadmap to get woocommerce multi-language full support? Its a most have feature.

    Keep the good working,

  19. Andrew kl
    October 18, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    its ideal for an e-shop.. thnaks

  20. Ben Jo
    October 23, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    thats a very useful for an online shop…..thanks a lot..

  21. Brice
    October 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Are you planning a integration with Woo Commerce and the Listings Theme if, so what is your time frame? This would easily put you ahead of the other directory theme competition. Thanks for you work and your themes!

  22. Carlos FG
    November 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    The Regenerate Thumbnails plugin will boost my sales… without exra cost.. thanks a lot…