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What Are the Top Websites Powered by WooCommerce?

Sometimes your prospective web design clients need a little extra convincing.
Well, I have used the “NYT trick” quite a few times (don’t tell me you haven’t done that at least once)… which goes like this:
“If the New York Times is using WordPress there must be a reason or two, no?” *facepalm*
So, the same applies to WooCommerce. Is WooCommerce scalable? Is WooCommerce just for small businesses? Is WooCommerce hard to maintain? Or is it that lots of great websites (28% of them apparently) are powered by WooCommerce, including big ones?
The Showcase Page has its own showcase page, which currently hosts approximately 100 top websites:
They have filters you can use to select the business niche, very good screenshots and – of course – links and useful descriptions of customization.
You can try to submit your own WooCommerce project here in case you believe it’s worth a mention:

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What Are the Must-Use Plugins for a WooCommerce Project?

Ah, if only there were a “simple” WooCommerce project! We would all use the same plugins, copy and paste the same content and the world would be all the same
So, let’s be clear about this question. There is no must-use plugins list for WooCommerce, as each website is custom and therefore needs different functionalities.
Having said that, many WooCommerce developers use a few identical plugins on almost every project, and this post contains an answer to that.
Most Voted Must-Use Plugins Yoast SEO (free) Contact Form 7 (free) WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration (free) WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips (free) Akismet Anti-Spam (free / donation) WP Rocket (link to WooCommerce integration) ($39/yr) Gravity Forms ($59/yr) WP Smush Pro iThemes security (free) WP All Import + Woo Add-on ($139 one-time) Imagify (free) Wordfence Security (free) Booster for WooCommerce (free) Really Simple SSL (free) WP Super Cache (free) SendGrid (free) Once again, make sure not to use them ALL –..

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WooCommerce: Add an Icon to the Add to Cart Buttons

Ecommerce is all about user experience, and making it easier for people to add to cart and checkout smoothly. Reducing the number of checkout fields is a great idea for example – as well as graphically communicating your number 1 objective: “please add to cart now!”.
So, how do you add an icon (or an HTML symbol) to the add to cart buttons in WooCommerce? This can be done in two ways – via CSS if you want to show Fontawesome Icons or via PHP if you prefer to use a simple HTML unicode symbol.
Let’s take a look at both methods!
PHP Snippet: Add an HTML Symbol to the Add to Cart Buttons – WooCommerce You can find the list of HTML symbols here: Basically, by using some HTML entities, you can print a symbol on the screen such as –> € <– (FYI, I just used “&”, “euro” and “;” without spaces to print the symbol).
In this example, I want to show a simple symbol called “raquo” (don’t forget to add the “&” and final “;” to actually generate the..

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How to test WooCommerce Geolocation?

Great question, isn’t it?
How do you make sure your shipping, taxes and currency settings are working properly when they depend on geolocation and you can only test from a single world location?
WooCommerce uses a free geolocation service called MaxMind. By default this is active via the settings but can be disabled. The set of functions (or class) that WooCommerce uses is in the /includes folder, and it’s called Class WC_Geolocation.
Why WooCommerce Geolocation If you have enabled “geolocation” in your WooCommerce settings (see image), shipping, taxes, currencies and conditional content will be chosen based on the user IP address.
WooCommerce snippets like this can print content on screen based on IP address. Also, plugins such as the currency switcher can automatically geolocate the user in order to function.
Geolocation Testing Tools A couple of Google searches, and the answer is right there! There are at least 3 decent website services (freemium model) that allow you to test y..

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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.
Before we pick a customization method… There is no doubt if you’re about to customize a WordPress website, and even more importantly a WooCommerce website, you need a child theme.
Building a child theme can take about 10 minutes – you only need to create 2 files with a few lines of CSS (style.css) and PHP (functions.php).
PHP Customization Method 1: WP Editor WordPress contains a built-in editor that allow you to edit theme files directly from your browser. You can access the WP Editor from the WP Dashboard > Administration > Appearance > Editor.
Even if you have a child theme, using the WP Editor for PHP customization is not a good idea. In fact, the changes you make to the functions.php file are ins..

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How Many Products Can WooCommerce Handle?

One of the most frequently asked questions by a mile, the exact upper limit of product handling by WooCommerce is always a major worry.
Well, that’s the wrong question to ask.
The correct one is: “How Fast Can Your WooCommerce Website Go?”. Or even: “Is WooCommerce Scalable”?
Well, has a specific knowledgebase page on “scaling”, and it’s no surprise one of the most important things they mention is “we’ve seen instances of shops with 100,000+ products listed, handling thousands of transactions per minute“.
So, if you concentrate on optimizing your website speed, database queries and page loading time, there won’t be a problem with the “number of products“. In plain English, WooCommerce can handle unlimited products – as long as your website is not slow.
Also, make sure to select a proper hosting, as that’s where most scalability problems come from.
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How do You Charge Customers in Their Own Currency?

If you got here it’s because you’re looking to increase your sales conversion rate. Correct, if I’m based in Europe I’d love paying in Euros, while if I was based in US, I wouldn’t fancy the same.
There are many WooCommerce currency switcher plugins out there, but there is one that stands out from the crowd.
About the Currency Switcher for WooCommerce by Aelia Not only you can define different pricing for different currencies manually, but you can also enable the automatic update of prices based on Open Exchange Rates, WebServiceX or Yahoo! Finance.
Manually changing prices by currency on a per-product basis What’s more, the plugin automatically detects the website visitor country (geolocation), and changes the currency accordingly.
You can also disable/enable payment gateways depending on the currency chosen/detected.
The other great news is that the Currency Switcher for WooCommerce by Aelia integrates with many official plugins, so you don’t need to worry about compatibility.

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How to Redirect Users to a Custom Thank You Page?

I believe this is the wrong question – and in a moment I will explain you why.
The right question to ask should be: “Is it a good idea to redirect WooCommerce customers to a custom thank you page?”. And the correct answer is: “No”.
Why you shouldn’t redirect to a custom thank you page There are two main reasons for this.
Unless you’re an expert coder, redirecting to a custom thank you page (here’s a snippet to achieve WooCommerce redirection upon purchase by the way) will mean losing the order details summary.
In plain English, your custom thank you page will not display the WooCommerce order details. Unless you code this, of course.
Second, most tracking and reporting within WooCommerce, Google Analytics, and other WooCommerce integrations only work on the default thank you page. In plain English, if you redirect to a custom URL, the conversion will not be recorded into Google Analytics if you use the recommended WooCommerce Google Analytics plugin.
What should you do instead Th..

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WooCommerce: Display “FREE” Instead of $0.00 or Empty Price

In older versions of WooCommerce free prices used to display as “FREE!” and products with empty prices were not publishable. Now they changed this around, but I still believe “FREE” looks much better than “$0.00”. Is much more enticing, isn’t it?
Well, here’s how you do it – as usual it’s as simple as using a filter provided by WooCommerce.
Display “FREE” if WooCommerce Product Price is zero or empty PHP Snippet: Display “FREE” if WooCommerce Product Price is Zero or Empty – WooCommerce /** * @snippet Display “FREE” if WooCommerce Product Price is Zero or Empty – WooCommerce * @how-to Watch tutorial @ * @sourcecode * @author Rodolfo Melogli * @testedwith WooCommerce 3.2.2 */ add_filter( 'woocommerce_get_price_html', 'bbloomer_price_free_zero_empty', 100, 2 ); function bbloomer_price_free_zero_empty( $price, $product ){ if ( '' === $product->get_price() || 0 == $product->get_price()..

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Should I use PayPal or Stripe?

Yet another million dollar question… not! In fact, the answer is pretty damn easy: you should use both payment gateways on your WooCommerce checkout (sorry about the spoiler). And here’s the proof.
Go to a local shop… Fill up your shopping cart with lots of great products. You’re so excited you didn’t even check the price tags.
You get to the checkout, the employee scans all your products, you’re given the final bill and then says “We only accept coins, is that ok?”
Uhm, that looks like a pretty obvious checkout abandonment to me.
Now go to your WooCommerce store… Case study 1. Add lots of products to cart, go to checkout, then after all this effort you notice the ONLY payment method is PayPal.
“But I don’t have a PayPal account” – thinks the user. Cart abandonment it is. (YES, they can pay with a credit card even if they don’t have a PayPal account, but go tell the user…).
Caste study 2. Add lots of products to cart, go to checkout, then notice that the ONLY payment method is St..

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