You know what day it is?

Written by Mark Forrester on November 10, 2011 Product News.

As has been the case the last few Thursdays, and most likely the next few to come, you have probably come to expect some WooCommerce goodness to drop. Today see’s the release of an incremental WooCommerce plugin update, that certainly packs a lot of punch for a version 1.2.1, as well as the release of 7 extensions.

WooCommerce v1.2.1

One of my favourite features of this new version is the re-shuffling of downloadable and virtual products. Gone are the specific product types dedicated to them, now you just tick a checkbox to confirm a product is either downloadable or virtual. What this importantly means is that a variation can now be downloadable/virtual too making it that much more flexible.

The new product variations interface. Easy as ticking a box.

You also have the ability to add an external/affiliate product to your store, just add the product ‘URL’ and rather than using the “Add to Cart” it takes you to the external source – removing tax + inventory, yet still having the flexibility of the product titles, content and images.

We have more shortcodes also available making adding products to posts/pages/templates  even easier and more hooks encouraging third party development.

View the full changelog here -

Payment Gateway Extensions

Fifteen. That’s the number of payment gateways that already exist for WooCommerce. Today see’s that number grow to eighteen!


eWAY users will be happy to know we now support both their UK and New Zealand subsidiaries thanks to Andy Zhang.


We are also catering for the IFmb – a Portuguese payment gateway thanks to an extension developed by our very own support ninja Tiago Noronha.

View the IFmb Portuguese Extension

iDEAL Mollie

Why stop there. We now also support the iDEAL gateway by Mollie – the Netherlands most popular online payment. Developed by our Dutch friend Coen Jacobs.

View the iDEAL Mollie Extension

Product Importer Deluxe

A lot of people have been asking for a tool to allow them to import mass products from CSV files into WooCommerce – as of course it’s a tedious process adding hundreds, if not thousands one by one. Visser Labs who recently developed the Store Credit extension have come to the rescue with the hugely impressive extension.

This user-friendly Product importer, with clear step-by-step instructions helps you import Categories, Tags, Products and other Product details into WooCommerce. After successfully importing tens if not potentially now hundreds of thousands of Products, Product Importer Deluxe is now available for WooCommerce store owners to use.

Product Importer Deluxe earns its keep by populating the Categories, Tags and Product tables in WooCommerce with Products details from a CSV file.

View the Product Importer Deluxe Extension

 Min/Max Quantities

This neat little extension was built in-house by Mike and allows you to define a minimum and maximum threshold, per product for the quantity in which it can be ordered.

The fields added to the product data form.
Min/Max Quantities Extension

Cloud Zoom

Last, but definitely not least, today we release an extension, developed by Andrew Benbow, that is useful for online stores that are selling products that require detailed, large scale imagery to showcase it. Hover over the featured product image on a product listing page and a pop-up appears with a close zoom detail of it.

Professor Cloud’s Cloud Zoom script is a hugely popular jQuery plugin used on various popular eCommerce web sites. Now you can enjoy that functionality in WooCommerce.

The Professor Cloud Zoom extension inaction on a product page.
View the Cloud Zoom Extension

25 Responses

  1. Zach
    November 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Affiliate URLs – SWEET!

    • Michael Visser
      November 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

      Going to cook up a few CSV templates to make things easier for store owners to fill in their Product details as well as a guide on making the most of our importer. Should be ready in the morning. 🙂

  2. Sambo
    November 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    I love Thursdays!!

    • Jay
      November 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      So do we! 😀

      • Chris K
        November 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

        @Jay – When will we be seeing the Gift / Addons option you were working on 😀

        • Jay
          November 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

          Scheduled for next week. Applying the final polish in the next few days 🙂

          • Chris K
            November 11, 2011 at 11:29 am #

            Woop 🙂

  3. Garrett
    November 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Love these! Moving past payment extensions = good stuff. We can now start to visualize a more creative, powerful platform.

    Looking forward to next Thursday.

  4. Chris K
    November 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Thursday is now as good as Friday 😀

    Time for some weekend fun!

    Also bought the import/export tool woop 🙂

  5. Vince LaMonica
    November 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Can I highly recommend that you use a shopping cart system for these extensions? I’ve had to call my credit card companies every time I buy from you, since you’re overseas and trigger fraud alerts. So if, when you had the 50% off for club members, I bought 6 [and i think i did!] extensions, each one had to be purchased from a different card if the price was the same. I ended up using 4 cards [my debit and 3 CCs!] and then having to unblock all 4 via phone calls to their security center.

    I’d like to purchase the Cloud Viewer and the data importer, but I really don’t want to have to go through the hassle again [and that’s a darn shame].

    I am very happy about the URL feature in WooCommerce. This will help build an AmazonStore replacement.

    • Ryan Ray
      November 11, 2011 at 5:22 am #

      Definitely understood Vince, very sorry for the trouble as well. You shouldn’t have to go through that to purchase from us. 🙁

      • Gerry Humphrey
        November 14, 2011 at 3:04 am #

        I would love to be able to “load up” credit into my account via PayPal and then pay from that “credit.”

        It would also let me budget better by being able to load up a couple months of club subscription fees, understanding that is not linked to the “months” but just a credit.

  6. Chris
    November 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Lots of great things. Cloud Zoom is perfect.

  7. Andy Joe
    November 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Ok guys… Time for a flood of child themes! I’d like to see you take on your whole suite until you’re ready to build commerce into the framework! Most importantly, time to support Sealight!!! Pretty please with sugar on top!!!

    • Ryan Ray
      November 11, 2011 at 5:28 am #

      I know we’re currently working through our most popular business themes. Sealight should hopefully get there sometime. 🙂

  8. Paul Hastings
    November 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Uber glad to hear all the great stuff yall have been doing! Woot!

    I just checked the WooCommerce Codex but didn’t see anything marked as “new” (maybe they’re new, but since they’re not marked differently my eyes are just glossing over). Is there a list of all the new hooks and shortcodes that we can see?

    Keep up the awesome work!

  9. blueshark design
    November 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Thursday is good, but even better finding this update for WooCommerce on a Friday (and Cloudzoom especially..) keep up the good work!

  10. Saul
    November 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    NICE!!! Funny thing is I have a client asking about the zoom image function this second and I am moving their current eCommerce site to WooCommerce. WOO HOO!!!

    Thanks Guys!!!!

    • Jay
      November 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      Ninjas have awesome timing 😀

      • Saul
        November 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

        I did purchase the extension but it is not working. The Image Zoom is not showing on the website. I have tried a lot but no luck. Any special tricks besides enable?

        • Jay
          November 12, 2011 at 1:16 am #

          Try posting on the forum and we’ll help you out there 🙂

  11. Dirk
    November 12, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    When can we expect WooCommerce for Listings?

    • Magnus
      November 14, 2011 at 11:46 am #

      We don’t have any ETA on that yet as we are focusing on parent themes first and then child themes for business themes. Listings is going to take a lot of work.

  12. Serg
    November 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Love Thursdays! Is the product importer available included for monthly club subscribers?
    Great job guys!

    • Magnus
      November 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm #


      Unfortunately only WC themes are available in the subscriptions. Extensions need to be bought separately for now.