WooCommerce Without Product Images

This is an edge case, however it may happen that a B2B business requires no product images and doesn’t want to use the WooCommerce image placeholder either (this shows on shop/category pages and the single product page when no featured image is added).

This interesting question was asked by a Club member in our private Slack channel, so I didn’t hesitate for a second and looked for a quick fix (2 lines of code). Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Send Cancelled Order Email to Customers As Well

As per the WooCommerce settings, “Cancelled order emails are sent to chosen recipient(s) when orders have been marked cancelled (if they were previously processing or on-hold)“.

What’s not 100% clear, however, is that this email notification goes out to admins only (and additional email addresses, if entered in the email settings). Which means, the customer receives no cancelled order notification. So, let’s change this, and let’s add the customer email address to the list of people that receives this WooCommerce email.

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WooCommerce: Send Pending Order Email Automatically

The “Customer invoice / Order details” WooCommerce email notification is often used for manually sending payment requests to customers – it’s not automatically triggered like other WooCommerce emails. You can access it from the individual order screen under the “Order Actions” section.

In certain cases, however, you’d want to make it automatic. And I don’t know why it’s not like that by default. So, let’s fix it: if you create a manual order from the backend, set it as pending, add some products to it and “Save”, the email notification will trigger on its own thanks to the snippet below. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Display Shipping Class @ Single Product Page

In certain cases, you may want to show the name of the current product’s shipping class. This is helpful especially for B2B stores, or when the shipping class name is very descriptive and helps the customer with their shopping choices.

Of all the places where we can print the shipping class, I chose the “Product Meta” section, which already shows the product SKU, Tags and Categories – this code will add another line called “Shipping class”, together with the name of the class (if any, of course). Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Hide Sale! Badge If Product Is Out Of Stock

If a product cannot be purchased because it is out of stock, why would you want to tell people that it’s on sale – only because it has a sale price?

That would probably clutter your shop and maybe get the customer to click on the wrong item just because it was standing out, only to find out they can’t purchase it!

So, let’s fix this little “design bug” in WooCommerce – let’s make sure the Sale! badge gets hidden in case the product is out of stock. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Populate Billing & Shipping When Adding A New User @ WP Dashboard

If you do a lot of manual work such as creating WordPress users for a B2B WooCommerce site (because they can only shop if they have an account, and you’ve disabled registration on the frontend), you may want to populate some Billing and Shipping fields so that you can save some time.

For example, imagine if all customers are based in Florida, USA; you could automatically populate their billing country, billing state, shipping country and shipping state!

So, let’s see how to approach this. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Add Shipping Rate Description @ Cart & Checkout Page

Each payment method on the WooCommerce Checkout page comes with a description right below the label. What if we could achieve something similar for the shipping rates, so that we can explain to the customer the difference between each method?

This question came up today in our private Slack channel for Woo developers, and we were able to write a quick snippet that does the trick. Here’s the complete code – enjoy!

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WooCommerce: No Default Shipping @ Checkout Page

We already saw how to disable the default payment gateway in the WooCommerce Checkout page, so that users are forced to click on one of the options.

Well, we can do the exact same with the shipping methods!

In this way, customers will be forced to actually click on one of the shipping options. This is helpful when you don’t want to have a default shipping, and when your customers often “forget” to pick the correct one and ask to change it once the order has been placed.

Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: No Default Payment @ Checkout Page

When you land on the WooCommerce Checkout page, one payment option (radio button) will be selected by default. this is defined based on the last payment method (logged in customer), or the payment gateway sorting (logged out customer).

Often it happens, however, that customers forget to change their payment selection, and therefore end up checking out with the wrong payment option. Which means, more admin work.

With this simple snippet, we will inject some JS in the Woo Checkout page, so that on load, all payment method radio inputs will be unchecked. Super easy!

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WooCommerce: Read-only Checkout Fields

Especially for B2B sites, it’s likely that customers are managed by the store admin and are not allowed to change their billing/shipping address unless they request to update it.

But even if you’re simply curious, there is a way to turn each checkout field into read-only inputs. In this way, the saved billing and shipping address will load, and the logged in customer won’t be able to change any data before checkout.

A little note: country and state are dropdowns, and this means adding the “readonly” attribute won’t stop you from changing the selected value. However, if we turn all fields to input type “text”, this problem will go away. And this is why you find two statements in the snippet below; first we turn the field into a text input, and then we make it read-only.

Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: How to Reuse Zoom/Lightbox Scripts On Non-Product Images

WooCommerce product images on the Single Product page get the default Zoom + Lightbox + Photoswipe behavior. This is super helpful when the images are super important for sales conversion, and less helpful in other cases (in fact, here’s a snippet to disable Zoom etc. from the Woo product pages).

Now, the challenge that I had on this same website was that I wanted blog readers to also enjoy the same WooCommerce zoom / lightbox features on blog post images and screenshots. So, without reinventing the wheel, I’m now loading the WooCommerce scripts on pages like this one (single post), and on image click I trigger the lightbox!

You can test the feature by clicking on the image below. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Remove “(optional)” From Checkout Field Labels

If a WooCommerce checkout field is set to “not required“, its label will get the “(optional)” suffix. Considering the required fields get the red “*” suffix, you may want to get completely rid of the (optional) string.

Sure, you could be using CSS to hide it… but as usual this is not ideal. With CSS display:none, the string loads and then you hide it; with PHP you avoid the loading in the first place.

So, let’s see how this is done – this snippet is also running on this same website so it should definitely work!

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WooCommerce: Product Archive For Shipping Classes

In WooCommerce you have publicly accessible product archives for product categories e.g. “all tables“, product tags e.g. “all casual” and product attributes e.g. “all medium“. URLs are available to you and you can even define their custom permalink slug base via the settings e.g. /product-tag/, /product-cat/, etc.

What’s interesting though, is that there are many more “custom taxonomies” that are registered in WooCommerce, however they don’t seem to have their own archive, because it’s been decided they were not useful.

But what if you want to see, as a customer, all the shop products belonging to a specific shipping class? We’ve seen, for example, how to split the cart into packages based on shipping class – so it would be super helpful to customers, in such a case, to view all the products belonging to each shipping class at a given URL.

So, let’s do that!

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WooCommerce: Split Cart Into Packages

There are a million plugins out there that allow you to make the most of WooCommerce “cart packages” – this is a short way to say that you have the chance to assign cart items to multiple “packages“, so that the customer can pick different shipping methods for each package.

For example, imagine you sell products that are only available for “pick up in store“, and others that are shippable. By splitting the cart into 2 packages, the customer can place both product types in the same cart, but will be able to choose “Local pickup” for package 1 only, while for package 2 they’ll select one of the available delivery rates.

Splitting the cart into multiple packages is as easy as looping through the cart items, and assigning them to its own package array based on shipping class. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Set Different Currency For Manual Orders

Business Bloomer website sells in USD only for the time being, as that seems to be the standard for WordPress plugin / products stores.

However, I prefer to invoice clients in EUR (I also switch PayPal and Stripe keys on the go). Which means, I needed to find a way to “set” a different currency whenever I create a manual order (which, by default, is in USD). So, here’s the fix!

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WooCommerce: Decrease Product ‘Total Sales’ Upon Refund

Every time an order is placed on your WooCommerce website, the purchased products’ total_sales counter increases thanks to a core function. It’s then easy to retrieve the value and maybe show the number of sales on the single product page, which is great for social proof and sales conversion rate optimization.

The big problem – and don’t ask me why this is not into core – is that if you need to refund an order (or cancel it), the total_sales counter will not reset / decrease, which is odd.

Today we’ll fix this, so that your products are always up to date with their sales counter and you can be more confident in showing the correct values. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Conditionally Display Content to Customers [Shortcode]

Today’s customization will feature a custom shortcode that you can use to display content only to logged in customers: [customers-only]content for customers here e.g. video iframe[/customers-only]

This is perfect for membership sites, LMS platforms, paywalled content.

In my case, only premium Club members with a ‘CLASS’ pass can watch upcoming WooCommerce masterclasses and past recordings, so I needed the shortcode to hide the video to logged out users or logged in customers without a pass.

By wrapping the video iframe HTML inside the shortcode, I can show the video to logged in customers who purchased a given product ID, or alternatively show an error message, which you can see in action here, in the “The recording is now available!” section: https://www.businessbloomer.com/class/behind-the-scenes-how-i-run-business-bloomer/

So, how did I do it? Find out below, and hope you can use it too!

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WooCommerce: Create Order From Contact Form Submission

So, I’ve built my own event management system for WooCommerce.

My objective was to embed a form on the event registration page, and then programmatically create a free WooCommerce order for that customer – so I can track the number of attendees (orders) and follow up with email automations (customers).

You can already see the system in action on the How to Contribute to WooCommerce Core” event page: you can clearly see an email input and a “Register Now” button inside the “You’re invited” section. That’s the form – actually a Fluent Forms plugin contact form.

And then there is a simple snippet that hooks into the Fluent Form submission, and conditionally generates a WooCommerce order.

In this post, you’ll learn about a quick way to create a Fluent Forms form on your WordPress site, about the “fluentform/validate_input_item_input_email” hook, and finally about the wc_create_order() WooCommerce function that, of course, let us generate an order automatically. Enjoy!

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