WooCommerce: Rename “Read more” To “Out of stock” @ Shop

There is an unfortunate (IMO) add to cart button naming on the WooCommerce shop page / category pages / product loops. When an item is out of stock, the “Add to cart” (or “Select options” for a variable product type) button label will turn into “Read more”.

To be honest, that doesn’t really say much to the end customer. It’s quite confusing and doesn’t make much sense.

Today, we’ll see how to change that “Read more” label into something more comprehensible: “Out of stock”. A super easy trick. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: How to Start an Affiliate Program in 4 Steps

There are many different ways to reach potential new customers and grow your business. However, most of these methods cost money regardless of whether you achieve the desired results.

That’s where affiliate marketing comes in. It is a popular marketing model where you recruit third parties to drive people to your WooCommerce store and purchase your products. 

With the right motivation and incentives, these external marketers can be just as indispensable as an in-house marketing team. Even better, you’ll only pay for successful conversions

If you have a WooCommerce store, it’s easy to create your own affiliate program. Once your program is up and running, you can start signing up affiliate partners. These people will then do all of the hard work for you!

Every time a customer makes a purchase after following an affiliate link, the marketer will get a cut of the profits, and you get to keep the rest. It’s a win-win situation for you and your affiliate partner. Maybe that’s why affiliate spending is forecast to reach $8.2 billion by 2022!

In this post, we’ll discuss why using affiliate programs is one of the most effective ways to grow your business. We’ll then show how to create an affiliate program for your WooCommerce store in four easy steps. Let’s get started! 

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WooCommerce: Sell More With Upsell & Order Bump Plugins

You’ve certainly heard of upsells and order bumps before, but somehow everyone seems to have their own definitions for these terms, the product makers on this list being no exception. The WooCommerce plugin further confuses things by inexplicably categorizing recommendations made on the product page as upsells and recommendations made on the cart page as cross-sells. Therefore, we need to get our terminology straight. 

First of all, we’re talking about product recommendations here, but not the type that simply appears on product and cart pages regardless of whether the shopper has put anything into their cart (we have covered those already). That type of product recommendation plugin often goes by the name of “Related Products for WooCommerce.” It is a crude instrument that gets the job done but is not as finely attuned as the tools in this listicle. 

Keep that in mind: the product recommendations we are discussing here, whether they are upsells, cross-sells, or downsells, are happening during checkout (before you finish your order) or post-checkout (after you finish your order). Upsells are typically defined as attempts to sell a more expensive product than that which has been purchased or is in the cart. Downsells are defined as attempts to sell a less expensive product. Cross-sells are defined as attempts to sell an equal-priced product. 

Sometimes, people specify whether they are talking about recommendations during the checkout or post-checkout process by using the term “post-purchase upsell/downsell/cross-sell.”

Others, like Chris Lema — who has recently established himself as an authority in this domain — refer to order bumps as upsells/downsells/cross-sells that happen during the checkout process and upsells as any type of purchase (no matter the price) that happens during the post-checkout process. This is very common. People use the term upsell to refer to downsells and cross-sells all the time. Unless otherwise stated, we will operate with the definitions set forth in this paragraph. 

So, now that we’re clear on our terms, we can begin discussing the top upsell and order bump products available for WooCommerce. 

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WooCommerce: Top Multilingual Plugins

I have spoken about the need to internationalize your WooCommerce store before. There are all-in-one, country-based plugins that let you ensure your store is ready for a specific country’s audience (e.g. Germany, Japan, Brazil, Italy and the Czech Republic). 

But this isn’t exactly the right type of plugin for the merchant who is trying to service a truly international audience spread across various countries or continents. For this type of merchant, the first two steps are to add multi-currency and multilingual support.

Fortunately, just as there are many multi-currency plugins out there, there are quite a few WooCommerce-dedicated multilingual plugins to choose from. One of the plugins mentioned below even lets you do both!

In this listicle, we are going to compare the most popular multi-language plugins available for WooCommerce stores. Let’s jump right in.

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WooCommerce: Why & How to Bundle Products

Maximizing sales and revenue is every eCommerce store’s top priority. And a time-tested strategy to achieve this is – creating product bundles.

Bundling happens when you combine complementary products and sell them as a package – often at discounted rates. This helps you sell more items, increase your average order value (AOV), and thus, earn more profits. It’s also a smart way to clear surplus stock and increase sales of slow-moving items. 

The success stories of product bundles are proof of this. Sock retailer Soxy, for instance, raised their AOV by 358% after introducing product bundles. 

And that’s not it. Bundles benefit customers as well – they get more value by purchasing multiple products and save time and extra shipping charges, which further helps improve their experience at your store. 

But you don’t have to do this manually, you can easily start selling bundles using product bundle plugins. And given their extensive grouping and customization features, WooCommerce plugins remain a top choice for bundling products. 

We’ve done the legwork for you and compiled a list of the best WooCommerce product bundle plugins to help you create, sell, and leverage product packages on your store. 

Let’s begin!

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WooCommerce: Why Use Country-Based Plugins (Germanized, Japanized, …)

What do Germany, Japan, Brazil, and the Czech Republic all have in common?

If you guessed that, in each country’s case, local WooCommerce merchants benefit from a country-specific plugin; I’m talking about Germanized for WooCommerce, Japanized for WooCommerce, Brazilian Market on WooCommerce, and WPify Woo Czech.

If you’re in one of these countries, then you should definitely check the plugin in question out.

We’ve spoken about how WooCommerce is going global in past posts and about what you need to do to internationalize your WooCommerce store.

If you’re charting an expansion to one of the aforementioned countries, then you are also in the target market. 

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WooCommerce: Top Checkout Field Editor Plugins

If you haven’t thought about checkout page customization before, perhaps it’s time to start doing so. 

There’s no question that it’s a hot topic in the WooCommerce community since, admittedly, the default checkout page leaves a lot to be desired.

You don’t want to be behind the curve. Here at Business Bloomer, Rodolfo has put out 90+ different checkout page snippets that have been eagerly lapped up by the WooCommerce developer and merchant community. Seriously, these are some of our most widely read and engaged posts. 

But in addition to snippets, it’s worth checking out some checkout field editor plugins. Sometimes, instead of a specific tool with a narrow focus, you need a Swiss army knife. Think of snippets as the tools, and checkout field editors as the Swiss army knife.

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WooCommerce: Create Product Programmatically

No matter if this snippet suits your needs or not, it’s still interesting to see how you can create a brand new WooCommerce product programmatically / automatically when a certain even triggers.

In this case studio, we’ll see how to generate a brand new product, set its featured image, price, category, title and a download file as soon as an image is uploaded in the WordPress backend Media section. This would be super useful for photographers for example – simply upload a new image to the WordPress Media Library, and a new product is automatically created.

Of course, you can customize the code and use it with different triggers. For example, you may need to create a new product automatically when each phone product needs always a matching case product, just with a different title. Or maybe you want to tie product creation once an order is placed.

Either way, enjoy!

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WooCommerce: Top Variation Swatches Plugins

Variation swatches are kind of a no-brainer. While this type of plugin is not typically classified as essential, I would argue that it is if you’re trying to build a world-class online store.

I am assuming, of course, that you don’t want to go through the work that these developers have gone through smoothing out the folds and wrinkles that inevitably arise when building even the most innocuous extension to WooCommerce.

The fact of the matter is that colors and images are a lot more compelling than text on a screen, so – whether it’s your own store or a client’s – why pass up the chance to increase the likelihood of a conversion? 

All of these plugins let you get started briskly, easily, and freely; are available in premium and free versions; and, trust me when I say, there is a good reason for each and every one of them to appear on this list, whether it’s because of the feature base, price, or aesthetic preferences. 

So without further ado, drum roll please…

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WooCommerce: 6 Membership Plugins To Choose From

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” applies well to business. While customer acquisition is important, what’s even better is to drive repeat sales and increase your business by retaining your existing customers. 

An excellent way to do this is by offering memberships on your online store. By making customers a part of an exclusive club or giving them privileged access to content and offers, you can make them feel valued and enhance their loyalty towards your brand. 

Take it from the 76% of businesses that claim a subscription-based model helps them retain customers and create long-term relationships with them. 

And this is not it – by limiting access to premium content, you can also compel non-members to convert and purchase from you. 

Now, the thought of creating and managing memberships on your online store can seem scary, but WooCommerce membership plugins can make the job simple for you. With their ease of use, features, integrations, pricing, and support, these plugins are some of the most sought-after when it comes to memberships. 

This article will explore 6 WooCommerce plugins you can use to start a membership program in your store from scratch. But first, let’s take a look at the benefits of a membership website. 

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WooCommerce: Choosing the Right Bookings Plugin

If you sell rental products or your business revolves around bookings and reservations, you know that managing appointments manually is not a cakewalk. 

Getting on calls with clients, finding mutually available meeting slots, sending reminders, and avoiding double bookings – all of it can get taxing.

Moreover, it’s inconvenient for customers as well – in a survey, 59% of respondents expressed frustration with scheduling appointments over the phone. And 70% of them said they’d prefer booking online. 

These statistics tell us how important online booking is to run a hassle-free business and make it butter-smooth for the customers too. And one of the easiest ways you can start taking and managing bookings on your website is by using appointment booking plugins

There are a wide variety of plugins available. But WooCommerce booking plugins remain a top choice for many eCommerce businesses – given their easy setup, valuable integrations, and customization features. 

This article will explore eight such WooCommerce plugins that can help you automate and streamline your scheduling process. 

Let’s dive in!

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WooCommerce: Top Multi-Currency Plugins

Look around you.

The world we live in is a thoroughly globalized and interconnected one. Limiting factors such as space and time have been compressed by intercontinental supply chains and information technology. In short, we have inherited a smaller world. So I implore you, merchants of WooCommerce, to take your inheritance in hand and make the world your oyster. Begin selling your goods and services to an international audience as swiftly as you can. 

One of the first things you will require is a multi-currency plugin because, despite the fact that WooCommerce lets you choose between 100+ currencies, you can only enable one base currency at a time. To sell to an international audience successfully, you will need to do better than this. You will need to display the appropriate currency based on who is looking at your products or where they are looking at your products from. Multi-currency plugins, some of which are referred to as currency switchers, let you do that. 

So without further ado, let’s take a look at our top picks for multi-currency plugins. 

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WooCommerce: Top 8 Points and Rewards Plugins

While acquiring new customers is essential for every business, nothing can beat customer retention

Knowing your brand and having tried your products and services, existing customers are much more likely to buy from you after a positive experience.

One way to create a memorable experience for customers and nurture and retain them is to start a points and rewards system. This will not only help increase customer’s interest in your store, but the chances of winning points and exciting rewards will give them another reason to shop from you more often. 

In fact, in a survey, 58.7% of internet users said earning rewards and points was the most valuable aspect of their shopping experience. 

However, managing a rewards system manually and keeping a tab on the points can be pretty taxing – but this is precisely where WooCommerce points and rewards plugins come in handy. 

With their vast features and top-notch support, these plugins can help you create a loyalty program for your online store within a few clicks. Once it’s up and running, you can easily track the success of your program and manage customer points from one single dashboard. 

When it comes to points and rewards plugins, you can be spoilt for choice. But to make things simple for you, we’ve done the legwork and compiled a list of the best WooCommerce points and rewards plugins that can help you increase sales and customer engagement. 

Let’s explore them!

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WordPressopoly: WordPress Acquisitions Are Not a Game Anymore

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Is there a Monopoly version of WordPress yet?” – Cory Miller.

There is now, Cory, at least in png form. 

The WordPress ecosystem, and the unwalled WooCommerce garden contained within it, is experiencing a wave of consolidation, so much so that a webpage dedicated to tracking acquisitions now exists. 

Yesterday, LiquidWeb/StellarWP acqui-hired LearnDash LMS.

A few days ago, WooCommerce acqui-hired SomewhereWarm, the team behind some of the most popular WooCommerce marketplace plugins.

On September 8, 2021, Jetpack acquired Social Image Generator, which is a WordPress plugin that does what it says on the tin.

On August 30, 2021, Automattic acqui-hired Frontity, to further develop Gutenberg and full site editing.

The list of acquisitions is never-ending. And this wave won’t stop.

So, what’s really happening, and why?

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WooCommerce: Top Product Recommendation Plugins

If you’re running an ecommerce site and haven’t spent any time thinking about the product recommendation experience your customers are having, then it’s incumbent on you to start doing so immediately.

Just think where Amazon would be without its robust recommendation engine. Certainly not where it is today.

You might not be able to make recommendations as precise as those of Amazon (that’s almost a certainty when you lack access to the mountains of data Amazon is harvesting to make ever-relevant suggestions), but you might as well work with what you have.

What you have, after all, as a merchant using the WooCommerce platform, is the fruits of countless hours of labor spent on all manner of tools and plugins, including those focused on (no surprise!) product recommendations. 

Product recommendations can come in many forms. There is upselling, which involves attempting to sell a product that is more expensive than that being purchased; there is downselling, which involves attempting to sell a product that is cheaper than that being purchased; and there is cross-selling, which involves attempting to sell a product around the same price as that being purchased.

Upsells, downsells, and cross-sells typically take place during the checkout or post-checkout process. It is assumed that one or more items are already in the cart by the time the product recommendation is made. To be sure, there are many plugins that perform this sort of function, most famously CartFlows. However, in this blogpost, we are not so concerned with these kinds of product recommendation tools. Instead, we will focus our attention on those plugins that let merchants make recommendations on product and cart pages, regardless of whether the shopper has loaded the cart with anything. 

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WooCommerce: Top 7 Dropshipping Plugins (2021)

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The dropshipping industry is expected to rise by almost $557 billion by 2025. So, if there’s a time to kickstart your dropshipping journey, it’s today.

Apart from being one of the most profitable business models today, dropshipping also has a low entry barrier. You can easily create a dropshipping store with WooCommerce in a few clicks. 

However, managing and running an online dropshipping business is much more than just building a store. Luckily, you can use many plugins and extensions with your WooCommerce store to make your processes and operations more efficient.

If you want to take your dropshipping store to the next level and butter-smooth everything from inventory management and listing to product and supplier selection with plugins – this article is for you. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce Blocks: Hide Images Etc. From Product Grid Block

Business Bloomer enters the world of Gutenberg today, and we do it with a simple customization tutorial related to the “Product Grid” WooCommerce Gutenberg Blocks: currently these are “Best Selling Products“, “Newest Products“, “On Sale Products“, “Top Rated Products“, “Products by Category” and use the same base code…

However, all of them use custom code and not the default WooCommerce templates (and therefore we can’t take advantage of the WooCommerce hooks for the shop / product archive / product loop unfortunately), so we need to find a workaround if we wish to remove some of the default elements that come up with the product grid items: product permalink, product image, product title*, sale badge, product price*, rating*, add to cart button* in this exact order.

* As you can see from the screenshot below, actually, you can already remove the information with an asterisk from the Block settings. So, in this article, we will see how to remove the rest in case you don’t want it: permalink, image, sale badge. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: How to Set Up Mail & Phone Orders (MOTO)

MOTO (Mail Order / Telephone Order) payments are payment transactions you take while the customer isn’t with you in person. 

MOTO payments are a vital way for many businesses to process customer payments. They’re accessible, secure and can help you expand your customer base by removing payment barriers. 

But what exactly are MOTO payments? 

Well, in this article, we’ll explain exactly that. Plus, we’ll talk about why they’re worth using and how to get them set up on your WooCommerce store.

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WooCommerce: Hide Add to Cart If Already Purchased

We already saw how to hide add to cart for logged out users and how to find out if a user has already bought a given product – so I said why not combine the two snippets and figure out how to hide the add to cart button if a logged in customer has already purchased a product?

After that, however, I realized that the “woocommerce_is_purchasable” filter offered by the WooCommerce plugin makes the task much easier than just combining the two mini-plugins above.

So, here’s how it’s done – enjoy!

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WooCommerce: How to Improve Product Search

Personalized search and product navigation have a dramatic impact on ecommerce sales conversions, and for that reason alone, you should include them in your WooCommerce website build.

But how do you improve the standard search function model included with WooCommerce?

Well, reducing search times and quickly matching your customers to products are two great examples of how you can enhance the customer experience and the value of your brand.

Upgrading the WooCommerce product search function with an AI powered search engine is an easy way to dramatically improve your sales conversion rate; a quick win/win.

This article will explain how to upgrade the basic WooCommerce search and provide a genuinely interactive search experience for your website shoppers. Enjoy!

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