WooCommerce: Why Use A Product Configurator Instead of Variations

One of the biggest marketing trends in recent years is the increasing shift towards delivering customized and personalized product experiences to customers. 

Customers are increasingly looking for online and eCommerce stores that provide order customization options for gifting purposes and the ability to add their personal and unique touch to their orders. While 90% of the U.S. customers find the idea of personalization appealing – impersonal shopping experiences frustrate 71% of customers

Thus, as a WooCommerce store owner – it’s important to strive and meet the increasing consumer demands to prevent dissatisfaction, improve their shopping experiences and increase the overall sales.  

This article will see some easy yet impactful ways to deliver a personalized customer experience and order customization. But first, let’s see how it can benefit your WooCommerce store. 

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WooCommerce: How To Sell Restaurant Food Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has made millions of restaurants around the globe shut their doors and adapt to a different and much more convenient way of doing business – accelerating the online restaurant ordering system. 

Several third-party services like Uber Eats and Grubhub can help you get your restaurant menu online and take online food orders. However, their downside is that they come with a huge cost – and cut 20-30% from your earnings. Plus, they also come with a lack of control and access over your listing, user-friendliness, and menu design. 

Enter WooCommerce restaurant plugins. 

While the process of setting up your own online food delivery system may seem taxing – WooCommerce restaurant plugins make it easy and affordable with their quick setup, ease of management, and high versatility and customizability.  

Ciao Italia Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in the US, made the most out of WooCommerce Restaurant Ordering Plugin in the pandemic to let their customers order food from their homes and leverage curbside pickup. The plugin allowed them to design a one-page food ordering form – making food ordering and checkout quick and easy for their customers. 

Adam Tracksler, who developed the website, said they launched on day one, and the plugin allowed them to focus on the design and get their restaurant going and website running quickly amidst the pandemic – boosting revenue and saving infrastructure costs. 

Several other restaurants around the globe today use WooCommerce restaurant plugins to offer a comfortable and fast order and checkout process for customers and eliminate the need to pay a major chunk of their hard-earned money to third-party services

Let’s explore some of the best WooCommerce restaurant plugins to help you get 100% of your revenue straight from the customers and boost your business revenue. 

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WooCommerce: Save $$$ With Plugin Bundles

When creating and designing an ecommerce store, WooCommerce plugins are an excellent way to add new features and functionalities. But the struggle to find the right, suitable, and affordable plugins can be taxing and time-consuming – especially when there are so many to choose from. 

With such an overwhelming choice of plugins, purchasing and using them individually can get expensive as they often come with subscription fees.

On top of that, using too many plugins from different vendors can cause compatibility issues; not all WooCommerce extensions work flawlessly together, especially from different plugin developers. 

Besides, too many (bloated) plugins can slow down your website and have a negative impact on search engine rankings.

To avoid these issues altogether, some vendors offer “plugin bundles” or “club subscriptions”: with a single subscription you can get access to several, distinct WooCommerce plugins all at once – without compromising your store’s performance and safety or burning a hole in your pocket. 

So, let’s look at the top WooCommerce plugin bundles vendors and see if you can create a fully-functioning ecommerce store with a single purchase.

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WooCommerce: Add a WordPress Customizer Setting

If you’ve taken the ConfigureWoo online course, you’ll know that WooCommerce adds its own “WordPress Customizer” section called “WooCommerce”, indeed. From there you can manage some settings such as the store notice, product images, checkout fields and so on.

What if you want to add your own settings, and let yourself or your client toggle options or type input values, so that this can be applied to your current WooCommerce website? Well, that’s quite doable, so in this post we’ll see how they do it. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: How to Calculate Product Prices with Custom Formulas

WooCommerce is a powerful and feature-rich WordPress plugin. But despite the fact it’s got many features, there is always something missing for custom ecommerce businesses.

The problem with “all-you-can-do plugins” is the same as “all-in-one WordPress themes“: the more custom functionalities a piece of software has, the worse its performance gets.

Therefore, there is no need to pack every imaginable functionality into WooCommerce as it is easily expandable with other plugins.

For example, one particular feature is not available in WooCommerce out of the box: the possibility to use math formulas to calculate product prices.

This functionality is crucial for specific industries such as digital printing, custom-sized furniture, curtains, tiles, rollers and so on.

Curious to know how this can be implemented?

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WooCommerce: How to Customize your Store Without Coding

WooCommerce, with 25% market share for website eCommerce solutions as of November 2019, is the most popular platform for building online stores. It’s easy to get a basic setup running and start selling your products online.

WooCommerce also offers a lot of hooks and filters for further customization – the only problem is you need to understand a bit of PHP programming.

This is where the WooCustomizer WordPress plugin comes in. WooCustomizer offers all of these filters and more, all neatly built into one WordPress plugin so you can visually customize your WooCommerce store in an ‘easy to use’ and intuitive interface within the WordPress Customizer.

No more creating a child theme to manually add code snippets to your WordPress website, no more adding multiple plugins and increasing the chance of bugs coming up… Just a simple, one plugin solution.

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WooCommerce Workshop: DCU 2018 Slides

I had the pleasure to speak at the Dublin City University Business School in April 2018. I was kindly invited by Grace Fox, a lecturer who looks after the Masters in Digital Marketing.

The workshop title was “WooCommerce Workshop. INSTALL. SET UP. PUBLISH. SELL.”, aimed at helping students build an ecommerce enabled website with WordPress and WooCommerce.

During the 4 hours workshop we covered the following topics:

  • 1. Introduction: Things You Should Know Before Installing WC
  • 2. DEMO: How to Install WC
  • 3. DEMO: Walk-Through of the Most Important Settings & Payment Gateways
  • 4. DEMO: How to Publish Your Products & Test Checkout
  • 5. WooCommerce A.M.A. & Intro to Customisation

Here are the slides of the live demonstration I held.

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WooCommerce: How to Sell ANYTHING with WordPress (WP Dublin 2018)

I had the pleasure to speak at the Dublin WordPress Meetup in March 2018. The presentation title was “How to Sell A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G with WordPress + WooCommerce”, aimed at both beginners and more advanced designers.

Some of those who are only starting with WordPress didn’t know you can transform ANY WordPress install into an Ecommerce website in a matter of minutes.

Those who are pretty familiar with it, on the other end, they’re maybe entrepreneurs who want to set up a Marketplace, a Membership site, a Classified Ads platform or implement some of those Ecommerce features only Amazon and Ebay seem to be able to code with their million dollar budgets. Continue reading WooCommerce: How to Sell ANYTHING with WordPress (WP Dublin 2018)

WooCommerce AMA with Rodolfo Melogli (Ask Me Anything Woo #1)

I am Rodolfo Melogli, founder of Business Bloomer, WooCommerce development expert, WordPress freelancer, WordCamp speaker, content marketing geek and (like you) small business owner.

This is the first ever WooCommerce AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Business Bloomer. Rodolfo Melogli will be donating 72 hours of his time and will be available to answer your WooCommerce questions, live, from March 13th until March 15th 2018. Use the comment section below to post your WooCommerce questions.

So, which WooCommerce questions should you ask? Well, here are a few ideas: plugin suggestions, how-to, customization, ecommerce, content marketing, freelancing, speaking, SEO, CRO, business in general – as long as it’s WooCommerce-related!

You can ask your questions in the comment section below and have them answered during the live AMA.

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WooCommerce: How To Become an Advanced Developer?

Well, get ready for a 2,700+ words article: becoming a WooCommerce expert won’t take you just a couple of days.

A few months won’t be enough either.

If you want to join that very small group of advanced freelancers and agencies that exclusively work with WooCommerce clients and charge top dollar, if you want to become a WooCommerce authority and build a successful career, if you want clients to come to you as opposed to you chasing them, well – you need to digest and assimilate what I’m about to tell you.

In this (long) article I will help you understand what is advanced WooCommerce, and then break this down into 5 simple steps.

Five makes-a-lot-of-sense steps you should follow in order to complete your journey.

So, want to become a WooCommerce ninja? A WooCommerce wrangler? A WooCommerce guru?

Well, despite I dislike all those ninja-like “terms”, let me tell you a thing or two. Then, join me in the comments and let’s keep the conversation going. Continue reading WooCommerce: How To Become an Advanced Developer?

WooCommerce: Should I use WP Editor, FTP or “Code Snippets” to Customize PHP?

There are many ways to customize functionalities (via PHP) on your WordPress/WooCommerce website – and many developers totally underestimate the pros and cons of each different method. So, today I want to remind you what is the ONLY way you should be customizing WordPress from now on. Continue reading WooCommerce: Should I use WP Editor, FTP or “Code Snippets” to Customize PHP?

WooCommerce Customization Masterclass: WordCamp Dublin 2017 Slides & Video

I had the pleasure to co-organise the very first WordCamp Dublin this year. We welcomed 26 amazing speakers, 250 attendees, incredible sponsors and enjoyed a great venue and tasty food.

Just because organising, MCing, managing speakers and writing website content were not enough, I also decided to run a 45mins workshop titled “WooCommerce Customization Masterclass” and I have to say I received great feedback despite the lack of voice, sleep and energy (thank you)!

I spoke briefly about WooCommerce customization, my WooCommerce visual hook guides, the difference between snippets and plugins and finally demoed a few snippets to add, remove and move WooCommerce content to/from the Single Product Page.

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CustomizeWoo: a WooCommerce Online Course for Aspiring Developers

It’s live. And it’s alive and kicking.

#CustomizeWoo, my flagship Advanced WooCommerce Online Course for designers and DIY store owners, is now live.

In this post, I’m about to show you why I invested 151hrs 39mins 1secs of my time to build #CustomizeWoo and another 50+ hours to publish the updated version in June 2019, who I’m willing to help, and what the course looks like from the “inside”.

So, here’s the story. Here’s why #CustomizeWoo was born. Continue reading CustomizeWoo: a WooCommerce Online Course for Aspiring Developers