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2 minutes | 10 days ago
Nexcess and Recapture Announce Partnership
Last week Nexcess, a leader in WooCommerce Managed hosting, announced a partnership with Recatpure, an abandoned cart and email marketing solution. The new service will be part of the value added bundles that Nexcess offers to its WooCommerce hosting clients. As quoted on their blog by Chris Lema, VP of Product at Nexcess: At Nexcess, our focus is SMB stores and the freelancers and agencies that serve them. That focus means we’re always innovating ways to make digital commerce better for our customers, including driving conversion for their ecommerce investments. As one of the best shopping cart abandonment and email marketing solutions on the market, Recapture is an easy and cost-effective solution that offers proven results and will be a tremendous asset in boosting customer lifetime value for the sites we manage.Chris Lema, VP of Product at Nexcess Recapture, at the time of this post, has recovered over $146 million dollars for their clients since 2015. Now integrated into the Nexcess hosting platform, shop owners will have access to it’s features for free initially with a scaling cost that works as profits grow for the store. Dave Rodenbaugh, co-founder of Recapture is looking forward to the partnership as he shares in the post. We’re proud to partner with Nexcess to bring our feature-rich solution to their trusted managed commerce platform. Merchants implementing Recapture will see an average of 10%+ boost to gross monthly revenue via abandoned cart recovery.Dave Rodenbaugh, Co-Founder, Recapture To learn more about this partnership you can read the post on the Nexcess blog.
2 minutes | 24 days ago
WooCommerce 4.7, Minor Release Before Black Friday
As we are on the brink of Black Friday, WooCommerce 4.7 is a smaller release that focuses on compatibility and stability. Most of the updates in this one are simply fixes. Being a minor update, it also allows for backward compatibility with the previous version. Just in case. Two Fixes and Improvements to Note More notable are: Updated product_cat/tag taxonomy template file names to product-cat, and product-tag.Excluded draft pages from the “Shop page” setting. There is also one new filter added and several files for template changes were added or updated. Also noted that there were no database changes introduced in this update. You can learn more over on the WooCommerce development blog.
6 minutes | a month ago
WooCommerce Community Chat #15 Recap
The WooCommerce Community Chat takes place monthly on the last Thursday on the WooCommerce Slack core channel. I will be recapping these here on Do the Woo. Woo Chat, October 29, 2020 Updates on Developer Resources The Inbox and Admin notes that first appeared in WooCommerce 4.3 will now be a default experience for merchants. Recently, a tutorial was published on how to work with the Inbox in the WooCommerce Admin. It was noted that for future versions of Woo, there will be updates to class names related to the Inbox that will affect the way developers will use Admin Notes. They will keep the materials updated as any changes land in WooCommerce core. Another update mentioned was the work to migrate documentation for WooCommerce admin components over to the Storybook format. This will make it much easier to experiment and learn about WooCommerce React components. Lastly, on the developer resources, they have received excellent and positive feedback. As a result they are currently working on similar walkthroughs and tutorials such as the one mentioned. A heads up: they are pulling together one that shows how to take advantage of the React/modern JS tooling that comes with WooCommerce Admin in an existing extension. You can expect to see that shipped over the next few weeks. Updates on WooCommerce Core Good news. WooCommerce 4.7, which drops on November 10th, has minor fixes and updates for the upcoming holiday to keep your store running smoothly. Note that it will include both WooCommerce Admin 1.6.3 and WooCommerce Blocks 3.5 & 3.6. The complete changelog is here. And if you missed it, 4.7 RC was released. And prior to that: 4.7 Beta 14.7 Beta 24.7 RC Also, the NPM packages for End-to End testing were released. WooCommerce API ClientWooCommerce Core End-to-End Test SuiteWooCommerce End-to-End Test UtilitiesEnd to End Testing Environment Note, this API package is still in development and you can find the documentation for implementing the tests here. A Question Q: What is the difference between the WC API Node.js Client and the new API package? A: When the new api package is complete, it should be a replacement for the existing one. Also this one is created with TypeScript and compatible with Node.js and React, and is easier to extend and use in any code base. Over the coming months they will be expanding the number of tests, adding to the utilities, etc. But you should plan to make future changes backward compatible with the current published versions. The Woo team hope these packages will help community developers with automated testing as versions of Woo core are released. WooCommerce Admin There were several notable changes in the last release, 4.6. Those were revisited in the chat. WooCommerce Blocks As mentioned previously, 4.7 will include Woo Blocks 3.5.0 and 3.6.0 versions. Most changes won’t be user-recognized because in those versions of blocks its mostly Cart and Checkout block improvements which still aren’t available to WC core only users. In the Blocks 7.0 version which is right around the corner is an account creation flow for the checkout box. Currently the Woo block team is focusing on integrating key Woo extensions with the Blocks. Also in the works is WC Subscriptions support. What will come out of this work will be the fact that they are building extensibility points that other extensions will be able to use. As they build out extensibility for these extensions, those will be published and you can learn how other extensions can use those same extension points. There is a focus on compatibility with WordPress 5.6, the Twenty Twenty One theme and PHP 8. You can expect the next release of Storefront (2.9.0) will be mostly compatible with fixes for WordPress 5.6 and PHP 8. Again, you can find the conversation on the WooCommerce Slack core channel.
3 minutes | a month ago
State of the Woo 2020
On October 13th and 14th, WooSesh, a virtual WooCommerce conference for builders, took place. It was two days packed with awesome content. To open the conference, a team for WooCommerce gave the State of the Woo. State of the Woo – WooSesh, a WooCommerce Conference There was a lot packed into the presentation, which covered the growth of WooCommerce in the past year and improvements to the platform, as well as what is around the corner for the Woo builder community. The topics and presenters were: Jonathan Wold – Intro [00.00]Allen Smith – Developer resources [05:32]Elizabeth Pizzuiti – Home screen and navigation [22:10]David Levin – The future of checkout [29:17]Clara Lee & Brent Shepherd – WooCommerce payments [35:30]Alana Weinstein – WooCommerce marketplace [48:27]Also, a theme developer from Bowtied share his experiences being part of the marketplace [57:36] A Bit of Conversation Around the State of the Woo If you missed it, yesterday we did our first show, Woo Perspectives, which is part of the Do the Woo podcast. I had my co-hosts join me to share their thoughts around the event, the marketplace, developer insights and the Woo home screen. Some great conversation there. Get All the Sessions And lastly, the event was free as a result of some very cool sponsors. A few of the videos will be available publicly, but if you want to see the sessions from the full two days, you can join WPSessions and not only have access to them, but the entire library of content Brian Richards has provided over the years. To sweeten the pot, Brian is offering 60% off to my listeners and readers. Just used the code: dothewoo.
2 minutes | 2 months ago
Subscriptions Now Available with WooCommerce Payments
WooCommerce has announced that subscriptions are available when using WooCommerce Payments. Subscriptions Supported Back in May WooCommerce first released their own payment processing gateway and since then it has started to grow into a viable option WooCommerce owners. Powered by Stripe, it brings the management of payments to your dashboard. And like Stripe, transaction costs start at 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction with no set up fees or monthly payments. On top of that you are now able to integrate subscriptions and capitalize from recurring revenue or other repeated services without the monthly fee. This addition is certainly going to open up the door to many merchants who had previously only considered moving to Woo payments. There are several benefits as I have mentioned, as well as the fact that most account will have deposits automatically transferred to your bank account daily, on a tow-day rolling basis. WooCommerce payments is currently available only in the U.S., but from their recent State of the Woo, it will be moving next to a group of English-speaking countries. You can put your a request in for you country over on their site. You can learn more about the new subscription integration over on their post.
2 minutes | 2 months ago
WooCommerce 4.6 is Released
In this release of WooCommerce you will find updates to the Admin and Blocks as well as some other fixes. What Stands Out Most of the fixes and improvements are incremental such as the new Home Screen that came with 4.3 only showed for new stores automatically and existing users as to opt-in. That Home Screen will be the default for all sites updating to 4.6. In addition, and in the same line of improvements, the old setup wizard was removed and any new install go through the new wizard setup. Sorting country name is working as should be and there are a few style improvements for notices if you are using the Twenty Twenty theme. Also, you are able to use non-ASCII characters when assigning products a tax class. A few new actions and filters have also been added and you can read more about this update and those over on the WooCommerce development blog.
2 minutes | 2 months ago
Mode Effect and Morrison Consulting Merge to Create a Full-Service eCommerce Agency
Mode Effect, a known WooCommerce and WordPress consultancy, has announced a merger with Morrison Consulting This grew out of a partnership between the two companies that led to a realization of a share vision for a full-service eCommerce agency. Their teams have been working together for three years. I asked Cody Landefeld, owner of Mode Effect, tell us what the merge means for your company and your WooCommerce offerings. We have expanded our ability to setup and maintain robust server environments for larger WooCommerce stores. After onboarding multiple 8 figure eCommerce stores, we have experienced engineers who deal with mission critical sites’ uptime and scalability.Cody Landefeld, Mode Effect Working across several eCommerce platforms, they are excited to bring a decade of eCommerce experience of consulting, development and management under a single roof with a larger and diversified team. You can lear more about the merge in their Press Release here.
3 minutes | 2 months ago
WooSesh Virtual Online Conference for WooCommerce Builders
WooSesh is a two-day, free, virtual conference focused on WooCommerce coming Oct 13 and 14, 2020. A Conference Helping Woo Builders Grow Their Business Although the broader audience for this conference is any business that has a site built on WooCommerce, they state that the ideal attendees include developers, freelances and agencies who build sites for clients or customers. Anyone whose business is built on WooCommerce could benefit from WooSesh, but the freelancers, agencies and other developers working with WooCommerce on a daily basis are the target audience. That includes both technical folks writing code, business people working with clients, and designers. A Woo Lineup of Speakers The conference brings some of the big talents in the Woo ecosystem, both from WooCommerce.com directly as well as a variety of other individuals. Recently, I had organizers Patrick Rauland and Brian Richards on the podcast where they shared a lot of great insights into virtual events and ended with a bit of what to expect at WooSesh. Day one is for everyone. If you use WooCommerce, you want to come to day one. We’re going to have some awesome WooCommerce people, and then a bunch of people from Woo as well as a whole bunch of people who use WooCommerce talking, and you don’t need any credentials. You don’t need to be a developer, or a coder or anything for day one. Day two. I like to make sure the event is deep enough for people who want to be experts. So day two is for people who have the ability to code. We’re going to go a little bit deeper into some things.Patrick Rauland, Co-Organizer During the two days you will get 16 speakers, 14 sessions and 1 workshop for free (a $799 value). WooSesh is free with the support from their sponsors WooCommerce, Avalara, Nexcess and Klarna. You can learn more register for your free ticket at WooSesh.com.
2 minutes | 3 months ago
SkyVerge Joins GoDaddy
SkyVerge, well-known for both their WooCommerce extensions and Jilt, a cart abandonment SaaS, has announced that they are joining GoDaddy, one of the largest hosting companies, worldwide. Moving Forward with GoDaddy After seven years, SkyVerge is ready for the next step. Having found a similar vision for open eCommerce, the two companies are joining forces to help take GoDaddy even deeper into the space. Both of our teams understand that the future of eCommerce is so much greater than where we are today, and we’re both committed to building tools that help everyday entrepreneurs thrive as commerce continues to shift online. SkyVerge will continue to support their existing WordPress plugins and Jilt. But in the post, they hinted that they would be building something new at GoDaddy. This news is breaking and will be updated. You can find the official post on SkyVerge here.
3 minutes | 3 months ago
FooEvents Surpasses 1 Million Check-ins
FooEvents recently revamped their Check-in apps and at the same time surpassed 1 million attendee check-ins since their release. FooEvents is an event and ticketing functionality built specifically for WooCommerce. Unlike platforms out there, they allow you to sell tickets without any commissions or fees. With the onslaught of virtual events in place, they obviously haven’t lost any groundwork due to the lack of in-person events during these challenging times. I asked Robin Pietersen, Co-Founder of FooEvents what advice he would give other Woo builders to reach their own milestones. “Listen to your customers, they know your product better than you do. WooCommerce plugins are by nature business solutions that generate measurable ROI for your customers. They most likely use it day in and day out to help run their businesses and as such, they have an intimate understanding of its inner workings and are deeply invested in your products growth and success. Developing a meaningful and responsive relationship with your customers will help ensure that each new feature, update, and product offering is validated prior to development and is met with purpose and enthusiasm.Robin Pietersen, Co-Founder of FooEvents You can read more about this milestone and the revamp here on their blog.
3 minutes | 3 months ago
WooCommerce 4.5 with New Onboarding Guide
With the release of WooCommerce 4.5 comes improvements and fixes, as well as a notable change in the onboarding guide. New Onboarding Guide with 4.5 As you can see from these screenshot, the first part of the onboarding guide now includes more information about the home screen which has seen changes over the last few updates. Improvements If you do not have an child SKU, creating manual orders will now fallback on the parent SKU. Increased security by storing the coupon codes with HTML entities encoded. Fixes When you have activated the hide shipping costs until an address is entered, it will stay hidden until the entire address has been completed. This fixes the previous problem of shipping costs displaying while the address was being entered. Before, when cancelling a PayPal checkout, any coupons were then invalid because they had been used in a previous order, the one cancelled. Now if you cancel a pending order, the coupon will stay valid for when you release that order. You can also read more about the release here including the merge of the REST API and any new, added filters.
4 minutes | 3 months ago
New WooCommerce Developer Resources Portal is Live
If you are in the WooCommerce Slack channel you might have heard discussions around the developer resources, or more to the point, where did they go? Well, the question was first addressed when Allen Smith came on as the new Developer Advocate. And today starts the rollout of the new resources portal. WooCommerce Developer Resources As you can see from the screenshot, this resource page is much better curated to help developers find exactly what they need. Of course there are shortcuts to give you even tighter accessibility to the resources. But this is only the beginning. As Allen Smith stated in the post, they have big goals for the future of this resource. We’re not stopping there though. Our goal is for this portal to serve as a gateway to all the information and resources a person needs to be productive developing with our platform, whether they’re a WooCommerce veteran or completely new to the WordPress and WooCommerce ecosystem.As we continue to iterate, we’ll switch our focus from discoverability to education and enablement. We’re putting effort into into creating authoritative guides that developers can use for building extensions and themes, integrating external applications with WooCommerce, and even simply understanding the technical concepts of how everything in Woo works. And to take it a step further, as new content is added to the portal, their plans are to share it on the Developer Blog as to keep everyone up to date on new additions. You can see the full post here and they encourage feedback. This is an important tool for Woo builders and make sure you help them along the way.
4 minutes | 4 months ago
WooCommerce 4.4 Centralizes Coupon Management and Updates Blocks
WooCommerce 4.4 was released and is considered a minor release. Coupon Management The coupon management has found its way under the Marketing tab. Following in a trend, it gives users access to additional, recommended coupon extensions and the WooCommerce knowledge base. By upgrading, you will still find the coupon option under the WooCommerce menu, but if you click that link it will generate a notice to inform users of the new placement and you can optionally remove the old menu link if you choose. The is a good move for users as it brings more logic to the interface while offering some added options to make store building ever easier. Block Updates Added consistency has been part of this update across all the WooCommerce blocks. Also, the cropping of images in those blocks will now reflect on the settings that you have for your WooCommerce specific images for better performance. There are a few other odds and ends that come with 4.4 which you can read about over on WooCommerce.com.
2 minutes | 4 months ago
Pragmatic and Angry Creative Merge to Capitalize on WooCommerce Services
On July 15, 2020, Pragmatic and Angry Creative officially merged with Angry Creative. Both agencies have been focused on the delivery of WordPress CMS and WooCommerce services for several years. The work they have done in both WordPress and WooCommerce has varied, with a total of 60 people combined from both agencies. The goal is to create a bigger agency under the Angry Creative brand focusing primarily on WooCommerce support and maintenance. When I asked David Lockie, Director at Pragmatic why they were moving in the direction of support and maintenance, he replied: Support and maintenance for WooCommerce sites is often more important and complex than for ‘normal’ WordPress sites. The production database must be preserved. There are often serious repercussions for downtime or degraded functionality and the codebase for a WooCommerce site is often bigger and more dependent on third- party integrations. All this makes that support work more important and therefore more valuable, so it makes sense for us as a capable business to paddle in that direction.David Lockie Though this will be their main focus, they will continue to accept projects for design and build when they feel it’s a good fit. This anticipation of exponential growth over the next five years is seen as a result of COVID-19 and how eCommerce is currently one of the few growth sectors. The rebrand of Pragmatic is expected to fall within the next six months.
7 minutes | 4 months ago
A Perspective on the Navigation Prototype for WooCommerce
Earlier this month, WooCommerce put out a call for folks to try a prototype for a new navigation concept. As they stated in their post: Last year we reached out to a handful of WooExperts and extension authors for initial feedback around some initial design sketches that explored this idea. The response was largely positive, so we’ve refined those concepts, and would now like to gather broader feedback via public usability testing. The testing has since closed as they received a lot of feedback. Chatter Around the Experience I did not run across a lot of chatter from those who had run through it, but I did find a few rumblings here and there. But they mostly came from within the community and I am imagining they were the vocal ones. Most were concerned about how this affected them and their own work with WooCommerce. But again, very few. Who Is This For? As with most things we see coming down the pike with Woo, and even WordPress, it generally focuses on the users, more specifically, enticing new users with a better experience. This makes sense to me. Allow me to explain from the perspective of someone who is both a user and very familiar with WooCommerce. Old Dogs, New Tricks Whenever something happens in the user experience, especially in functionality and design, we feel disruptions because it’s new. It’s different. Sometimes, it even seems cumbersome. Look at Gutenberg. But yet, being in the tech space, we know that things are inevitably going to change. We think it might inconvenience us as veteran users, or it may cause challenges as a product or service provider to Woo. And yes, it may cause some bumps along the way. But that end user is still the focus. And in this open source world we live in, we need to make it more attractive to outsiders to comfortably step into our space. How Did I Survive the Prototype? Let me preface this with how it worked. Basically you were given a task and you would need to accomplish it. Sounds simple, right? These were tasks you are used to, and, well, now you have to learn the new way. Myself, I cruised along pretty well. The only time I hit a bump was for several tasks I found the solution for in the sidebar menu. For one of them, suddenly it moved to another part of the dashboard, what you might call the body of the page. Was this bad UX? No. I simply had to readjust my thinking to flex that brain muscle a bit and not stay so focused on one area. The jist of it is that I had a certain way of doing things wired into my brain. I just needed to figure out what had changed, implement it, and move on. Final Thoughts I truly hope WooCommerce and WordPress keeps innovating. When it comes down to it, at their heart, they are simply tools. And yes, they will change. We need to pave the way for the new users and as old dogs to the system, be flexible, open up our minds and embrace the changes involved in learning something new.
3 minutes | 5 months ago
New Page Builds Service for Agencies Makes a Lot of Sense
When new services for WordPress businesses come out, I find myself often wondering, is there room in the market for one more. But when an established business adds a service that brings something unique to the equation, that catches my eye. GoWP Page Builds for WooCommerce GoWP is known in the space for offering maintenance services for your WordPress site. They added content edits a while back and, just recently, page builds. When GoWP released this new service, it intrigued me, so I reached out to Brad Morrison, founder and Chief Happiness Engineer at GoWP, and asked him what it can bring to a WooCommerce agency. We have found that if you want to grow your agency, you should be spending your time on the low-touch, high-value work that makes an impact on your bottom line — not the high-touch, low-value work like building out page designs. Brad Morrison It makes sense to me as it touches on a vital piece of all those working parts and gives particular attention to a part of the store that needs to be evolving and changing all the time, and not necessarily fitting into your agency’s timeline or goals. This iteration of their services has a natural fit in an agency’s workflow and profits. Given that they bundle this to work with unlimited page builds with an added layer of a dedicated developer, the bring a resource that will fit the needs of agencies looking to offload some of the busy, low-end work. You can learn more about their service here.
7 minutes | 5 months ago
A Look at WooCommerce 4.3
Although a minor release, the most noticeable improvement will be if you have been using the new homepage. The New Home Page in WooCommerce First off, if you are not clear where the homepage is, you may still be seeing the Dashboard. By toggling on the feature in your WooCommerce Advanced settings tab > Features, in the side menu for Woo, the dashboard now is labeled homepage. The homepage now looks like this. This new layout gives you three important elements that you likely want quick access to. Inbox Messages This is a collection of messages has been moved to a more prominent space that includes your subscription management, activity of extensions, store achievements and various content from WooCommerce core. There may be some contextual messages you prefer to hide which can be done in the advanced settings for the marketplace suggestions. Those are found in the left column. Stats Overview You will still find an overview on your WordPress dashboard, but a simpler overview at-a-glance is conveniently located here. Of course you can toggle any stats on or off. Store Management This is pretty slick as it gives you shortcuts to some of the most used settings. If you have been using WooCommerce for awhile, you may not initially find this useful or simple, just hard to get use to. But trust me, once you do, this is going to save time on your workflow. Some Block Improvements Included in this release is a new status for orders called draft. And the HTML editing has been removed from several of the blocks to prevent someone going in there and messing things up. Although I know many who say everyone who has a site should know HTML, the reality is that they don’t and in the wrong hands, well, need I say more? All of the Product Grid type of blocks will default to 3 rows vs. the single row following the update of columns going the same route. you can see the example in the Best Selling Products block. You will also find more filtering options for the Filter Products by Attribute block. There has also been improvements in the handling of taxes for the Filter Products by Price Block and some style and CSS tweaks as well. Lastly, these are the improvements that come with 4.3 around the WooCommerce core. improved concurrency handling for stock level managementadded a new Verify database tool to rebuild the database schemafixed CSV import and export tool bugsimproved template caching in container environmentsfixed erroneous behavior of add-to-cart links You can visit their official post to learn more about other added improvements including new hooks and functions here.
8 minutes | 5 months ago
A Refresh in the Do the Woo News Roundup
Since January 10th, I have been bringing you a weekly Do the Woo news roundup. On April 21st, I added the podcast in order to offer you either option. The Expectations of the Friday Roundup My intention was to bring you weekly news around WooCommerce as well as agency news, new products and services and events. This worked out okay, but only off and on, due to a couple of reasons. My hope was that the people in the community would submit news and between that and what I found myself, it would be enough for a weekly roundup. Well, it turns out that keeping watch in the space and scouring sites, feeds and Google alerts that I had set up produced limited content. And submissions of new products and services were few and far between. What is Woo News? Another part I have struggled with is what is the news that is fit to print? What do I see as news? New plugins and extensions, or what is happening with WooCommerce core— the people working with Woo and the growth of it beyond just the developers and extension authors? Interestingly, when I looked at other WooCommerce-centric blogs, even ones that called themselves news, or actually had it in the name, these news posts were nothing more than tutorials and product reviews. I saw very little of what I would consider news. Even searches in Google news would bring up items such as a special deal being offered for a bazillion plugins for only $29. You can probably see where I am going with this. What You Will See as Far as News There are two shifts I am making in the way I do the news. From Weekly Roundup to News When It Happens The Friday weekly roundup will end. Instead, I will find worthy news that I discover or, if submitted, fits my criteria. I’m not putting any solid parameters on what I will consider news, but I will know it when I see it. These will also be made available by way of the Do the Woo News podcast. There will be no set schedule. I am looking at reporting the news when it happens. (or shortly thereafter) New Products and Services Again, this will not be weekly. I will occasionally do a post with some new plugins, extensions or services, but not on a regular, weekly basis. Most of these will be by means of my own discovery, but I will still accept submissions. That is what you will be seeing (and hearing) when it comes to my Woo news. So stay tuned!
7 minutes | 5 months ago
Test the Prototype for a New Navigation in WooCommerce
The WooCommerce design team has been working on a prototype for a new navigation in WooCommerce. It’s streamlined to help store owners to save time by speeding up their workflow. Feedback is very important on this proposed idea and both store owners and developers are encouraged to walk through 10 minutes of interactive tasks and questions to provide feedback to the team. For your participation, you will receive the New Navigation as a feature plugin prior to the launch. To get started, check it out here. (The testing for this first prototype has ended) A Personal Note: I did go through it myself. I’m not going to give anything away, but I found it very interesting as well as more intuitive. Stuff just seemed to be in a better place. The logic made more sense as well. Of course, it’s very different than what we are use to. And I will admit as I went through it, and following the prompts, I did get hung up once for awhile. Finally I figured it out. But I could see how my brain was working at that point and I can’t say if it was just me, or something that needs to be looked at. Overall, it’s pretty exciting. I would encourage you to give it a whirl and will be curious to see how it is embraced by users and the community. Did I tease you enough to do it? Come on. I’m an old dog and I still love changes.
4 minutes | 5 months ago
Do the Woo Roundup: WooCommerce News – June 26, 2020
WooCommerce news, new products and services, company news, and events in the WooCommerce community. WooCommerce News New WooCommerce Home Screen Coming in the release of 4.3, you will find a new home screen for WooCommerce. Changes will include a: Inbox which is now in the activity panel as an option for the home screen.Stats overview where you can select up to six data points including total sales, orders or items sold.Quick access to store management with initial features such as editing specific settings or adding products. You can find more info over on the WooCommerce blog. Testing for New Navigation in WooCommerce The WooCommerce design team has been working on a prototype for a new navigation in WooCommerce. It’s streamlined to help store owners to save time by speeding up their workflow. Feedback is very important on this proposed idea and both store owners and developers are encouraged to walk through 10 minutes of interactive tasks and questions to provide feedback to the team. For your participation, you will receive the New Navigation as a feature plugin prior to the launch. To get started, check it out here. WooCommerce Blocks 2.8 Release Notes WooCommerce Blocks 2.8 was released and includes several improvements to the blocks including the most recent Cart and Checkout block. You can download the latest version on WordPress.org. WooCommerce 4.3 Release Candidate Still slated for a July 7th final release, the latest RC is available for testing. Products and Services NEW PLUGIN: WooCommerce Wholesale Pro This new plugin allows you to create either or both a public or wholesale area on your WooCommerce store. It allows a hidden area that only resalers can see with registration, B2B discounts and quick order, one-page forms. This is particularly useful for those whose current sites were not originally designed for use by both wholesalers and consumers. NEW EXTENSION – Google Ads ROI Optimizer This new plugin along with the SaaS platform enables eCommerce brands to build direct relationships with their repeat customers using AI/Machine-Learning generated discounts. The tool identifies eligible returning customers that inflate acquisition advertising costs and persuades them to shop directly in exchange for personalized discounts. A Deal on WooCommerce Managed Hosting If you are looking for solid WooCommerce hosting, Nexcess/Liquid Web is having a summer sale that that gives you 40% off 3 months of hosting with the code SUMMER40. The sales ends June 30th.
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