This snippet consists of many WooCommerce tasks: setting up a “WordPress Cron Job” (i.e. schedule a hook that runs on a specific time interval), getting the WooCommerce completed orders from the database, and finally sending a simple email to the store admin.
Complex, but as usual you can simply copy/paste and re-adapt it to your unique specifications. For example, I’m using it to send a survey email to each customer who has placed an order. There are thousands of applications, so this is just the start. Enjoy! Continue reading WooCommerce: Send Email to Admin Every 3 Hours (Cron Job)
If you use custom WooCommerce order statuses, or wish to target an order status transition that is not default (e.g. when order goes from “Processing” to “Completed”, the Completed email triggers – but what if you want to target a transition from “Processing” to “Custom Status”?), sending custom emails is quite complex.
First of all, they won’t show under WooCommerce > Settings > Emails (unless you code it, true) – second, no email will trigger. So, how do they do it?
Continue reading WooCommerce: Send a Custom Email on Order Status Change
A WooCommerce email notifications pops up – yet another new order, money, revenue, happiness. However, hold on a second – money is not technically in your bank account until you’re forced to give a refund. Even worse, until you realize not only you had to give a refund, but also getting the item back costs you a fortune. And who knows how many times this is going to happen, mostly when you ship physical products.
Fortunately, there are ways in WooCommerce to blacklist customers, deny purchasing from specific countries, block certain IP addresses and do whatever you can to save money.
In the era of Amazon and online shopping we constantly hear of scams and frauds, so this is definitely a topic that shouldn’t be underestimated. A small plugin investment or a few lines of code could actually make a big difference.
Besides, choosing the correct online payment methods (which should give you some sort of anti-fraud out of the box) and avoiding offline payments (bank transfer, cash on delivery, check) are important measures you should already have in place.
So, moving beyond the actual online payments, there is something else we could do to stop scammers placing an order (yes, even before paying or trying to pay). Prevention is better (and more affordable) than cure, right?
I’ve put together a list of WooCommerce plugins and settings you should look into from today on. And sooner rather than later. Enjoy 🙂 Continue reading WooCommerce: How to Blacklist Scammers, Emails, IP, Phones?
There are times when you sell free products to give customers access to a membership, an online course, or for other reasons. In this cases, you might not want to send them the “Order Completed” email, as the follow-up work is done by your email marketing software or they are automatically redirected to the resource upon checkout.
Of course, you definitely want to keep the “Order Completed” emails for orders that are not $0. Unfortunately, the method suggested by WooCommerce which “unhooks the emails” cannot be used together with a conditional check (in our case we need to verify if the Order total is $0), so a workaround is needed. Here’s the fix.
Continue reading WooCommerce: Disable Customer Order Email for Free Orders
When my blog readers become official Business Bloomer supporters, a few custom fields are conditionally displayed on the WooCommerce checkout (thanks to this snippet or this other snippet).
For example I show a custom user Twitter field. Thanks to the snippets, this is automatically saved into the WordPress User Profile page. But as I love to thank each Business Bloomer supporter on Twitter, I wanted to generate an additional email reminder (to myself, or to an assistant’s email address for example) with the Twitter username I should be thanking. You might need something like this if you need to send a new customer email address to a coworker. Or maybe a new address to a dropshipper…
So, how do you send a custom email with some user information, after such user completes the checkout and a new WooCommerce order is created? Continue reading WooCommerce: Send Checkout User Info to Email Recipient
A correct email address is worth a thousand dollars, some ecommerce expert would say 🙂 So, you don’t want your WooCommerce checkout visitors to mess up with that, do you?
What about adding an “Email Verification” field? In this way, we can make sure they double check their entry – and also show an error message in case they don’t match!
Let’s see how I implemented this for a freelancing client of mine – I’m sure you will be grateful!
Continue reading WooCommerce: Add “Confirm Email Address” Field @ Checkout
While working on a workaround for a client, I had to hide a hidden product from the cart, checkout, order received and emails. Hidden products already don’t show on the shop and category pages, but they do show on the cart if they’re added to cart “programmatically”.
A tough task, but as usual here I come with the solution 🙂
Continue reading WooCommerce: Hide Hidden Products From Cart, Order, Emails
While working for a freelance client, I did some research on the code that generates the “Order Totals” table. This shows on the Thank-you Page and also on the Email Receipt. So, what if we wanted to add a table row to the foot of such table? Continue reading WooCommerce: Add New Row @ Order Totals (Email & Thank-you Page)
Unlike your WordPress theme, you can’t just add CSS to your style.css in order to customize the look of the WooCommerce emails.
This handy PHP snippet is therefore the only viable solution. It’s a little tricky but once you get the idea, adding CSS to Order Emails is a breeze.
Continue reading WooCommerce: Add CSS to Order Emails
WooCommerce customizers: the Visual Hook Guide is back!
Here’s a visual HTML hook guide for the WooCommerce Emails. This visual guide belongs to my “Visual Hook Guide Series“, that I’ve put together so that you can find WooCommerce hooks quickly and easily by seeing their actual locations.
Let me know in the comments if this resource is helpful and how. Enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce Visual Hook Guide: Emails
Today we take a look at the WooCommerce Emails and specifically at how to change the subject of the Customer Processing Order email by adding the billing “First Name”. As usual, this is a matter of 3 lines of PHP code – feel free to copy/paste and customize it to your liking 🙂
Continue reading WooCommerce: Add First Name to Order Email Subject
We’ve already seen how to disable fields on the checkout page by using a simple snippet.
Given my ultimate goal of trying to do as much as possible without installing heavy-weight plugins, today we’ll take a look at how to move fields around inside the billing & shipping sections.
Continue reading WooCommerce: Move / Reorder Checkout Fields (Email, Country, etc.)
If you wish to print the payment gateway name on order emails (in its own paragraph below the order items table), here’s a handy snippet for you.
All you need to use is the “woocommerce_email_after_order_table” hook to pick the correct position, and then the “get_payment_method_title” WooCommerce function to return the payment gateway name. Enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce: Add Payment Method to Order Emails
Customizing WooCommerce emails via the WordPress dashboard is not easy and – sometimes – not possible. For example, you can’t edit or add content to them unless you’re familiar with code.
Well, here’s a quick example to learn how to add content to any WooCommerce default order email. In this case study, our goal is showing an upsell to get buyers to go back to the website and buy with a coupon code. Enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce: Add Content to a Specific Order Email
Once again, I’m trying to find WooCommerce anti-spam workarounds to avoid manual admin work like receiving hundreds of emails, deleting hundreds of fake orders and fake WordPress users.
In today’s “episode” I will try to clean the WordPress User database table after a failed order, because I’m really angry when “17PmU3MmKZS9ZAy7 17PmU3MmKZS9ZAy7” manages to register an account on Business Bloomer after a carding attack!
Please test this snippet on a dev/staging environment and not directly on the live site. Deleting a WordPress user is never a good idea, so you need to make sure everything is working as it should. Enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce: Delete Customer After a Failed (Spam) Order
We could call this the “WooCommerce Anti-Spam Without a Plugin” series, while I attempt to fight against bad humans and very bad bots who love attacking the Business Bloomer checkout page with spam orders and fake user registrations.
My first attempts were (1) My Account registration anti-spam honeypot, (2) Checkout anti-carding-attack honeypot, and (3) Reducing the number of admin emails, but I can tell that (2) didn’t work, and I got another carding attack on a $9 product last weekend. Bots are smart.
Today, I’d like to share another anti-spam snippet that I’m currently testing on Business Bloomer. Most carding attacks, in fact, end up with the purchase of a single product in the $1-$9 range – which means that limiting the daily sales for specific, inexpensive, products may do the trick.
My code counts the times each product has been purchased during the day – and if a carding attack occurs, the product won’t be purchasable any longer until the end of the day. Because we’re talking about cheap products, it’s no problem for me to disallow legit sales as well for 24 hours. Use at your own risk, of course.
We already covered how to “Limit Sales Of A Product Per Day“, but this time I’d like to apply that to an array of products – and specifically all those that are under $10. Enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce: Limit Daily Sales For Cheap Products (Anti-Spam)
Especially when you need to let other people (such as developers) log in to your WooCommerce website, you may want to protect the identity of your customers and your order details.
Of course, anonymizing your WooCommerce backend requires a complete database override – this change is 100% irreversible! Only run this code if you know what you’re doing.
The ideal workflow is the following: you give developers access to a staging/clone website version, you run this custom code to anonymize customers and orders, and have them do the changes. This is good for GDPR, CRPA and PIPEDA as well: third party people won’t see sensitive data.
One more note: I haven’t tested the code with thousands of customers and orders – feel free to leave a comment in case your (staging) website crashes. Enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce: Anonymize All Users & Orders
Here’s my personal attempt to fight against the WooCommerce My Account Page registration spam, without installing yet another captcha plugin.
I’m pretty sure this solution is not perfect, because spam bots are very “smart”, but it can help prevent most fake registrations.
The way I built it, is by adding a custom input field to the My Account Register form with an empty value. Hidden via CSS, this is not visible to the user – but it is visible to spam bots, which will try to post a value. The trick here is the validation check; an error will be generated if the input has a value, and therefore should prevent most fake registration to go through.
Take a look at the code, test it, and enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce: My Account Registration Anti-Spam Honeypot
By default, WooCommerce adds the “autocomplete” attribute to almost all checkout fields. For example, “billing_phone” has “autocomplete=tel”, “billing_country” has “autocomplete=country” and so on.
When logged out or if the logged in user has never done a purchase before, the WooCommerce Checkout page fields are possibly autofilled by the browser based on saved data / addresses.
Today, we’ll take a look at how to disable this autofill behavior, so that the customer is forced to enter data inside an empty input, and maybe in this way you can apply your custom validation or pattern, such as a specific phone number format. Enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce: Disable Checkout Field Autocomplete
If you registered your WooCommerce website on Google Search Console for monitoring your SEO efforts and search appearance errors, you probably got this “No global identifier provided (e.g. gtin, brand)” email notification at some stage. I got it too.
Search Console optionally requests you set a unique product GTIN structured data for all your products – I believe in case you wish to sell on Google Shopping – and therefore sends you this error notification whenever a product is missing this.
You could use a WooCommerce GTIN plugin from the WP repo, yes. Or you could be smart, and programmatically set the GTIN to the same value of the product SKU, as long as all your products have a unique SKU value. Today, we will cover the latter. Enjoy!
Continue reading WooCommerce: Fix Google Search Console “No global identifier provided” Error