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More extensions, more power

Escrito por Mark Forrester on março 1, 2012 Product News.

It seems every thursday WooCommerce just gets more and more powerful thanks to our community of WC developers and  the efforts of our in-house team. Today sees the release of 7 extensions AND WooCommerce 1.5.

WooCommerce 1.5

1.5 is another noteworthy release and what better way to highlight some of it’s new features than with some screenshots.

Configure the external product button text.
Define flat rate addons for users to select.
Manage downloadable product permissions within orders
Purchase notes - provide customers with additional information after purchase
New WooCommerce Right Now widget

There’s lots more to 1.5 that is viewable in the changelog, and no better time to try it if you haven’t yet. If you are an existing user you are free to upgrade immediately, of course as with any plugin upgrade we advise you backup your site for peace of mind.

New Extensions

We have a wide variety of extensions dropping this week from a payment gateway to a South African shipping rate calculator to Freshbooks integration.

SAPO Domestic Parcel Service

SAPO Domestic Parcel Service is South Africa’s largest parcel delivery network, offering counter to counter parcel services. With this plugin you can calculate shipping rates for your customers to anywhere in South Africa based on their cart weight.

You have the option of including handling fees, be able to work out shipping costs as a whole order or per item in the order. In addition you can also specify if shipping insurance should be added to the shipping costs.

Developed by Gerhard Potgieter

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Amazon S3 Storage

The Amazon S3 Storage plugin for WooCommerce enables you to serve digital products through your Amazon AWS S3 service. Amazon S3 Storage is fully automated allowing you to simply choose a bucket and object through dropdowns on the product page to link to your digital product.

Using Amazon S3 storage to serve your digital products give you room for better scalability, offers more reliability, specially when serving big files, and greater download speeds for your customers.

Developed by Gerhard Potgieter

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jPlayer product sampler

The jPlayer Product Sampler plugin for WooCommerce is a music and video player that enables your customers to preview digital music and video files before they buy them. You simply upload a sample file in the backend and jPlayer Product Sampler will take care of the rest.

You have full control over positioning the player on the product page through the smart built in hooks WooCommerce offers you. jPlayer Product Sampler also support jPlayer skins, it comes bundled with a few but should find one that’s not there you can simply upload your skin to the skins folder and the plugin will take care of the rest for you.

An example mp3 jPlayer

jPlayer Product Sampler support HTML 5 playback as well as Flash, should your preferred playback method not work for a client it will automatically fall back to the other method.

Developed by Gerhard Potgieter

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Email Attachments

The plugin allows you to upload files to a specific folder which is created by this plugin. You can change the folder or move it at any time without loosing data/files. These files can be independently selected to be sent as an attachment/attachments with the following (automatically generated) emails by WooCommerce:

  • Processing Order Email
  • Completed Order Email
  • Invoice Email

Developed by InoPlugs

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QuickBooks Integration

The QuickBooks Connector Extension for WooCommerce seamlessly transfers orders, customers and inventory to your QuickBooks software. No more wasting time tirelessly rekeying customers and orders into QuickBooks and gone are the days of struggling to keep your online inventory up-to-date with current inventory counts and prices. The QuickBooks Connector Extension handles all of this and more!

QuickBooks Product Sync

Developed by Sixty One Designs.

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Finally, a payment gateway not from the stone age. Braintree offers an all-in-one merchant and gateway solution to process your credit card transactions. Through Braintree you are able to accept Visa, MC, Discover, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB. Braintree offers a secure way to store your customers credit card data in their Vault. If you opt for this feature you can fully utilize the vault in WooCommerce by allowing your customers to save their credit card for future transactions — no need to enter it twice! This means an easier checkout for your customers which in turns means faster sales.

Developed by Patrick Garman.

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Freshbooks Integration

FreshBooks is a web based invoicing system with a wide array of features.

Imagine being able to have an invoice automatically mailed (real snail mail and all!) right to your clients whenever they order through your WooCommerce powered store. Or if you have joined the 21st century and use email you can have the invoices automatically emailed to the customer.

FreshBooks will allow you to keep track of when the customer views their invoices online and it gives you the robust reporting tools that accountants just love.

Developed by Patrick Garman.

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44 Responses

  1. Fred
    março 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    WOW! Keeps getting better every Thursday. Very nice!

  2. pedro67
    março 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    nice – also the audio player. But how about recurring payments? Nothing yet? This is really a dealbreaker guys

    • Patrick Garman
      março 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      With a feature so large, obviously it will take time to complete. It is being worked ok.

    • James Koster
      março 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      We have this discussion every week 🙂 Patrick is working on a subscriptions extension. Expect it when it arrives.

      • pedro67
        março 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

        ahhhh yeeahhh – hope.
        Wir are stuck right now in a heavy modificated CANVAS theme with recurring payments and listed payments per client.

        We could not take Woo Commerce for now, because of this missing features. We plan to finish work the next week. Can you give us a signal, if we might hope to get it until then?
        So we could wait with the workaround some days.
        Thanks a lot

        • Patrick Garman
          março 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

          The signal – I am going back and forth between creating the last few features for 1.0 and testing them. So it is close enough that I can test it and it works (mostly). However not stable enough (shipping & tax) to release to the wild.

          • allmyhoney
            março 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

            its a biggy alright and super to hear its being worked on by your goodself 🙂 is it still just braintree and samurai in terms of merchant gatways for now? im still struggling to find a gateway in ireland uk who handle the credit cards in the way needed.

          • Patrick Garman
            março 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

            As of right now, yes. However… that is just because I’d rather concentrate on the subscriptions than try to fit a gateway in too. Once it is done I’ll see if we can’t get an irish gateway supported!

            Sorry for all the delays!

          • allmyhoney
            março 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

            ha 🙂 delays – its amazingly fast so far to even think this is possible so soon. Fair play. I look forward to the update. I might send you an email on a related topic… thanks again,

      • Stephen Wayne
        março 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

        Apologies, totally off topic but I have no idea how or where to get help with this. I am working on 3 Woocommerce sites currently. I tried to update the plugin and it broke. I’m about to purchase numerous extensions and will then be able to post your support forum (which btw is labeled as a public forum but you need to be a member to post to it- so its not quite public) My client wants to be adding products and is pissed. I posted the error at the bottom of the comments 2 days ago and don’t see any other way to contact Woo. Please help, thanks!

  3. Garrett
    março 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Huge! Quickbooks alone is a huge differentiator. That’ll save thousands in manual labor to transfer.

    These are big. Really big. Great job guys!

    • Sixty One Designs
      março 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks Garret! We’re excited to see QuickBooks Integration launch today as well. Let us know if you have any questions about what it can do.

  4. Bradley Allen
    março 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks a lot WooThemes! I set up a shop for a client using the external products feature. After each WooCommerce update, I was manually changing the text of the purchase button. I’m really happy to see this update in 1.5: “Configure the external product button text.”
    Keep up the great work! It’s exciting!

  5. Laren
    março 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Trying to use other languages with WordPress + Woocommerce but it crash.
    I can only use it after deactivate the plugin.

    It happens also with this new version.
    Hope you can fix it.

    Good job with the updates btw!

    Bad english = not my first language

  6. Holly Knott
    março 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Wow, indeed. You folks sure have been busy. Thanks for offering these. The downloadable products extension appeals to me.

  7. mark
    março 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    The Quickbooks extension is great! I have a customer who was requesting this!

  8. Maya
    março 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Quickbooks?!? Really?
    Woo, you guys are rocking my world right now…

    • Maya
      março 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Actually, does it link to Quickbooks POS (Point of Sales) That is where my client stores their inventory.

    • Tim
      março 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      Quickbooks! Woo Woo…

      I have the same question as Maya. Does it work with the Quickbooks POS?

      • Sixty One Designs
        março 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

        Hi Tim – It currently does not work for Quickbooks POS. We are beginning work on updating the extension so it does. It will likely be a couple of weeks before it’s complete.

        • deeptitanic
          março 3, 2012 at 3:23 am #


          Would this work in the UK?


          • Sixty One Designs
            março 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

            The extension should work for QuickBooks US/CA/UK versions 9.0 or newer. QuickBooks used to maintain separate interface languages for each one of those, but as of 9.0 they merged them all into one, so you should be good.

        • Tim
          março 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

          Great news. Thanks.

  9. Dustin Taylor
    março 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Does the Freshbooks integration work for recurring invoices?

    • Patrick Garman
      março 2, 2012 at 7:43 am #

      It will only create invoices for orders in WooCommerce, I do see where that may be helpful but am hesitant to make it a direct feature with WooCommerce losing quite a bit of control there.

      However once subscriptions is done, orders could be recurring right from WooCommerce and FreshBooks invoices would be created through that.

  10. Andrew North
    março 2, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Aaargh. You guys are killing me here! I was soooo hoping for a UPS extension.. but no. Great new extensions though, some are very useful for me.

  11. rusti
    março 2, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Can someone tell me what the “Email Attachments” plugin is for? 🙂 I’ve been trying to figure it out, but can’t.

    Great list guys, and great update to the core. You continue to push out a great product list week after week, just fantastic. I’ve never really been a fanboy before, but I keep looking for reasons to use this stuff. Luckily I’m opening my own online store in June!

    • InoPlugs
      março 2, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      You can add attachments to your customer emails which eg is useful if you’d like to attach legal texts, refund policies, free ebooks, documents, etc. to your woocommerce mails. This way you don’t need to code/write everything into the html mail itself.

      We’ll add some feature soon (support for admin mails, bbc for admin) and if there’s enough request we’ll also add support for per product attachments (eg manuals, etc.).

    • David Decker
      março 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      This is needed in some countries for legal reasons – so for example in Germany and other countries in the European Union. It’s required in Germany to have refund policies send in text form in order confirmation mails etc. So it’s essential for some shop owners and a very welcomed extension 🙂

  12. Ciaran Whelan
    março 2, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Fantastic line-up guys. Really good to see support for Freshbooks and Quickbooks. With the development of POS and Online for Quickbooks it will get close to being similar to the marriage of Vend and Shopify.

    Really impressed. Every week I have my Google callendar set to remind me to log into the WooBlog and see what we have in our weekly Christmas stocking.

  13. deeptitanic
    março 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I would like to +1 this … Any epos system integration would be amazing!

    I’ve had to say no to a client because I couldn’t do this.

    The only trouble is .. clients always have their own existing systems .. wouldn’t it be cool if we had a selection of different methods of integrating woocommerce with a variety of epos systems much in the same as with payment gateways.

    Thanks guys!

  14. deeptitanic
    março 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Oh yeah and most importantly 😉 that they work in the UK!

  15. Chris
    março 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    QuickBooks, yes! Maybe finally i can convince that client to leave Volusion…

  16. Johnny
    março 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Nice. So are we getting any closer to or integration? 🙂

  17. Kevin
    março 4, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I don’t know if this belongs here, but I just updated to 1.5 and now the back-end of my site can’t be accessed. I get a http error 500. Can anybody help?

  18. Tim
    março 5, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    With integrations for Freshbooks and QuickBooks released, could this mean that integrations with Xero and Vend may be in the pipeline?

    • Ciaran Whelan
      março 5, 2012 at 3:26 am #

      Now you talking Tim….. 🙂
      If we had the extension of Vend, this would be the ultimate for the bricks and mortar store that already runs Vend for their POS. I have a few clients that have Vend as their shop systems. Unfortunately they keep asking me about Shopify so they can setup an Online store to integrate. I just keep telling them to hold off until something like this becomes available for WooCom.

  19. Stephen Wayne
    março 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Apologies, I posted this on the 1.4 release post, oops.

    When updating, I get this error:

    Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error
    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in …public_html/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php on line 1727

    Can this be fixed or should I remove the files and reinstall – what would that do to my database/site?

    • Stephen Wayne
      março 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      I followed some advise I found elsewhere and deleted the “upgrade” directory from wp-content. However I still cannot activate the plugin…

      • Deep Titanic
        março 8, 2012 at 1:02 am #

        Did you have any woocom extensions live when you upgraded?

        If you have local pick up delivery extension running at the time then it will break (or at least it did when I upgraded)

        If thats the case then ftp your site and delete the folder. 🙂

        • Stephen Wayne
          março 8, 2012 at 1:20 am #

          Yep, I had All-In-One SEO Pack For Woocommerce installed. Which should I delete from FTP? Woocommerce or the extention? I almost did that but thought replacing Woocommerce files might not work, not sure if files in the plugin have settings or if its all in the database

          • Deep Titanic
            março 8, 2012 at 1:41 am #

            Hey just so you know I’m a woocom noob too!

            All I know is that if you had the woocommerce extension called “WooCommerce Local Pickup Shipping Method” active when you upgraded then it screws your site.

            I went into the plugin folder using FTP and deleted the folder and my site was fine again.

            I think that it was integrated into WC

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    abril 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

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