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Introducing Product Finder for WooCommerce

March 7, 2013 - 24 Comments

With the current boom in eCommerce and the recent launch of WooCommerce 2.0 (which makes it really easy to sell your products online), the web is seeing an increasing pool of eCommerce websites selling larger and larger ranges of products.

With a large range of varying products, the most important factor in your customer’s time spent on your website is that they can find what they’re looking for quickly and easily, ultimately resulting in a purchase.

Today, with this in mind, we’re launching Product Finder, an advanced search extension for WooCommerce.

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Hello WooCommerce 2.0!

March 4, 2013 - 308 Comments

In my memory, it seems like yesterday when we decided that our next release would be a major release. Instead of releasing version 1.7 with just new features, we decided to rewrite a large part of our code that we always wanted to change and go for a 2.0 (code name: Daring Dassie) release. Today is the day that marks the start of a new era for WooCommerce.

WooCommerce 2.0 is here (now available via WordPress.org) and it is a major release. We have rewritten large parts of our code base, we have added new features and have made it better capable to handle everything you need for your online store.

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Last call for testing, WooCommerce 2.0 coming March 4th

February 22, 2013 - 48 Comments

If you haven’t tested WooCommerce 2.0 yet, or haven’t prepared your website yet, now it really is the time to start doing that. Today we have tagged the second Release Candidate in our version control (you can now download it from GitHub) and this marks the last week of testing. If is it as good as we think it is (and no critical bugs are found), the final version of WooCommerce 2.0 will be released on March 4th.

This second Release Candidate also marks the moment where our support ninjas will start helping you resolving issues with WooCommerce 2.0 on your test installs. As with the previous beta and RC releases, we still do not recommend you run this version of WooCommerce 2.0 on a live website though, so please only use it for testing purposes.

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Preparing your website for WooCommerce 2.0

February 8, 2013 - 66 Comments

With the release of WooCommerce 2.0 right around the corner (if you can, please help us test Release Candidate 1), it is time to start preparing your website for this new version of our plugin. There are a couple changes that you need to keep in mind before you update, so you can run the update as smooth as possible once it is available.

As part of preparing your website for WooCommerce 2.0, I will show you how you can test for compatibility issues in your website before actually doing the update. You might have a plugin that is causing a conflict, or your theme is not compatible with WooCommerce 2.0 because it hasn’t been updated for a while. It is always better to find those problems now, before you run into them on your live website.

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13 nifty, free WooCommerce extensions you might not know about…

February 7, 2013 - 37 Comments

There hasn’t been a WooCommerce extension drop in a couple of months and there’s no secret as to why. Team WooCommerce has been working relentlessly on making 2.0 (download RC1) awesome and ensuring compatibility with our already 100+ strong catalog of extensions.

So to stem any cases of WooCommerce extension withdrawal you may be suffering, we’ve rounded up some cool plugins that you can download from the WordPress.org plugin repository for free.

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WooCommerce 2.0 final testing, Release Candidate 1 is here!

February 4, 2013 - 54 Comments

I have some good news for all of you waiting for WooCommerce 2.0. This afternoon, we have tagged the current development build as Release Candidate 1, indicating that we think it’s ready to release. Unfortunately, we’re not perfect so we need you all to test this RC1 before we make it to the official release. This starts the final stages of testing before the final WooCommerce 2.0 release is here. If you haven’t tested it yet, now is the time!

As always, we do not recommend you run this version on a live website unless you know what you are doing. Although this is a Release Candidate, there still might be bugs in this release and we do not want to break your website. Please test this version on a subdomain install just for testing purposes. As with the beta releases, we still do not support this version. WooCommerce version 1.6.6 is the only version we provide support for.

When you think you have found a bug, please check the list of issues to see if it hasn’t been reported yet. If it is not reported there yet, please report it and be as thorough as possible. Do list the hosting environment you are running this on and be as detailed as possible on what plugins or theme you are using. We need all the details of your bug report we can get, which will make it easier for us to fix the bug.

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WooCommerce has a lot of downloads

January 28, 2013 - 38 Comments

That’s a lot of people using WooCommerce! When humanizing a statistical figure of 500,000 we realise how massive our eCommerce plugin has grown in 16 months. It’s transformed our business, and according to all your feedback enabled businesses all around the world.

With that said we are celebrating this milestone in true Woo fashion.

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Case study: Designgrotten

January 8, 2013 - 19 Comments

My name is Thomas Clausen and I run designgrotten.dk a danish site selling beautiful and affordable industrial design. I have a full-time job on the side as a project manager, and I have 3 kids.

This of course is a time consuming setup running a couple of jobs and also having three kids. But it’s possible, to a large extend, thanks to WordPress and WooCommerce. I absolutely love these two: WordPress a scalable foundation, and WooCommerce a beautiful way to sell stuff using custom post types and taxonomies.

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WooCommerce 2.0 beta 2 is here

January 3, 2013 - 52 Comments

The past two weeks have been filled with spending time with family and friends, but a lot of people have squeezed in time to test the first beta of WooCommerce 2.0. We’re really happy with all the feedback we’ve been getting, thanks for all the testing!

All of the bug reports, combined with a lot of people contributing code, have enabled us to release the second beta today already. This second beta contains a lot of bug fixes and smaller tweaks, but there are a couple changes that I like to highlight in this post.

This post contains everything new in the second beta of WooCommerce 2.0. For the full list of new features in WooCommerce 2.0, please read through everything in the beta 1 announcement or read the full changelog on GitHub.

As always, let me stress this one more time: Do not use this version on a live website, as it’s not stable enough yet. Things might break if you use this on a live website.

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WooCommerce 2.0 beta 1 is ready for testing

December 20, 2012 - 72 Comments

Today I am excited to announce the availability of WooCommerce 2.0 beta 1. As you might have seen in our earlier post where we explained what was going to happen the next few months, WooCommerce 2.0 will be the next big release of our plugin.

Because WooCommerce 2.0 will introduce so many changes and new features, it is important to properly test all of this before releasing it. That’s why we are going through the full testing stages before releasing the final version. First stop is this beta release. This beta release should not be used on production websites as the software is still in development.

I can’t stress this enough: Do not use this version of WooCommerce, unless you know what you are doing. If you use this beta version on your production site, it is possible things will break. We do want to invite you to take this first beta for a test ride, help us make it a better plugin and that is what this post is all about.

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Jack of all trades – Presenting “Hustle”

December 13, 2012 - 58 Comments

Hustle is a jack of all trades WordPress theme and today we get to introduce it to you.

Designed in-house by Cobus Bester it shares characteristics with the spacious, clean styling of the Shelflife theme that he designed at the start of 2012, and that went down a treat with our community.

The Hustle product rollover effect.
Hustle has plenty of white space to help focus a user’s attention on your content, and with circular placeholders for your post imagery it really adds a level of polish to your post displays.

We continue to emphasis the quest we are on at WooThemes- to add heaps of functionality to all our new themes via plugins, rather than bundled in the theme itself. This allows you the option to have a super lean and lightly-coded theme, or add further power under the bonnet by enabling our plugins. The theme provides perfect styling for the plugins, tailored specifically to the theme.

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Case Study: Utique

November 30, 2012 - 7 Comments

By Hilton Moore – Kri8it Senior Developer

I’m a senior developer at kri8it. We’re a digital agency that has long standing relationships with our clients based on great work and we are big admirers of building child themes off of Canvas.

We have used Canvas for a number of high profile clients and the way the framework is written, with all the hooks and extra features, really makes it a great base platform on which to build a system that can handle any scope, functionality and scale.

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WooCommerce Subscriptions 1.2

November 19, 2012 - 18 Comments

Take recurring payments with WooCommerce and this powerful extension.
A new version of WooCommerce Subscriptions was released last week, version 1.2.

With it came a bunch of great new features to put more power in the hands of store managers wanting to sell subscription products. We hope this post will help store managers get the most out of these new features.

The Low-down

If you don’t already know, WooCommerce Subscriptions is the recurring payments extension for WooCommerce.

Version 1 was released back in June. That first version did little more than act as a middleman between WooCommerce and payment gateways which could process a recurring payment, like PayPal & Stripe.

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WooCommerce themes mean business

November 15, 2012 - 22 Comments

Since WooCommerce launched over a year ago, the platform has come to be the eCommerce solution we all know and love. We have, since, launched a collection of themes specifically geared to work with WooCommerce and to help you sell your products and services online.

While these themes were specifically WooCommerce-focussed, sometimes you’d want to use the design for something more, or even without WooCommerce. From today onwards, we’ve made this a whole lot easier to do.

Building Better Business Themes

Looking back on discussions we’ve had on this blog in recent months, one core focus has been apparent: delivering happiness through innovation and ensuring that our product offering works for you, the WooCommunity.

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Case study: Joco Cups

October 12, 2012 - 25 Comments

A case study by Ben Collier, on developing a site for some close friends wanting to sell reusable coffee cups… with a difference.

With the current market for reusable coffee cups saturated by cheap plastic moulds – Two surfing friends decided they could do better job and developed a high end, glass alternative focusing on sustainability and design. After over a year of meticulous product development the finished product was ready to market.

Talented designer, Jimmy Gleeson was enlisted to create all aspects of their branding and packaging, including the design of an ecommerce website. My role was to bring the design to life and develop a website that was functional from the front-end through to the back-end. Enter WooCommerce.

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We’ve re-designed. Everything.

October 1, 2012 - 161 Comments

After a long weekend of data imports, and beta testing we can finally present to you the brand new WooThemes.

Now powered by WooCommerce

We’ve completely moved away from our notorious, custom built management system “WooMember” to our own freely available WordPress plugin – WooCommerce.

WooMember was built prior to WooCommerce and geared towards dealing with single product checkout. Since the arrival of WooCommerce to our product offering it has become evident that we need to cater for multiple product checkout. Instead of investing further time into our dated infrastructure, we made the decision it was time to put WooCommerce to the ultimate test.

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