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Mass Products Exporting, Importing, Transferring with WooCommerce

I recently worked with a client who had over 1,200 products, about 200 of which were Variation Products (products with multiple options such as size and color). This database has dozens of product attributes that serve purchasable variations as well as attribute filtering, along with the typical category and tag taxonomies. I was challenged with…

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Handling Phone Orders, Re-charging Orders, Post Purchase Up-sells or Cross-sells

An interesting set of questions recently came up: How best to take phone orders, change new orders just in, or append add-on items or orders to a customer’s account using stored payment. This is akin to performing a post purchase up-sell or cross-sell administratively. The process may vary slightly between payment gateways. Your gateway should…

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You had me at Storefront–Benefits of using the official WooCommerce theme

Storefront* is the official open-source theme for WooCommerce powered stores. WooCommerce site administrators revel in the fact they can integrate the World’s most powerful eCommerce software with their existing site and design. Do consider this alternative, as there are significant benefits to implementing the official theme and making your site’s design work with it. Storefront…

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Architecting Million Dollar Projects

I was inspired by a webinar I recently attended, Architecting Growth–How to Crush Million Dollar Projects by Pantheon – a geek friendly managed host for enterprise WordPress and Drupal clients. This webinar is presented by their co-founder and discusses much of what they’ve learned providing infrastructure for larger scale projects. This presentation covers their content management…

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WooCommerce Plugin Development

Most of the customization of WooCommerce is achieved with your design and content, WooCommerce settings, and your usage of the official WooCommerce extensions*. Beyond that, you may find yourself in search of a more unique or custom solution. After all, customizability is a huge selling point of WooCommerce as an eCommerce platform. Custom functionality belongs…

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Speeding-up WooCommerce Sites

Performance is a priority for all website administrators these days. Particularly with content management systems (CMS), web admins tend to employ a wealth of powerful theme frameworks (ex: page builders) and functional plugins on top of their base design and content. These in combination offer amazing features, but can pile up and take a toll…

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Understanding Automation for eCommerce Stores

I highly recommend the article Understanding Automation for eCommerce Stores* from the Official WooCommerce Blog*. It was written by Beka Rice on February 6, 2018. Key takeaways for automating your store: Automation do’s and don’ts Importing products and inventories Capturing abandoned carts Amazon Fulfillment / drop shipping Self shipping labels Post purchase techniques   Open Article*  …

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The Official Hosting for WordPress and WooCommerce Sites

While the WordPress.org open source project by Automattic has always been easy to host and install, the WordPress.com hosting service by Automattic* has come a very long way and could be considered the best option for hosting your WordPress sites. WordPress.com represents the largest WordPress hosting service that exists and offers a wide range of…

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WordPress Design Hierarchy

In an earlier blog post, I wrote about Plugin Strategy to maximize the power of the core WordPress system by closely connecting functional customizations to core APIs. I’d also like to share that WordPress core – and by extension WooCommerce – cleanly optimizes design output in a very maintainable hierarchy. The components to this design…

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