WooCommerce: How to Build a Multi-Vendor Website (Marketplace)?

Building the next Amazon is everyone’s dream.

Allowing sellers to use your online platform to reach wider audiences without holding stock, investing in shipping and warehousing and – let’s be honest – with a few dollars budget… is actually possible in WooCommerce.

The WooCommerce Multi-Vendor/Marketplace scenarios are many – not a surprise. And sometimes, a plugin is all you need to build an Amazon-alike website. Not bad for a small investment – you can focus on the marketing while the WooCommerce plugin does the rest.

However, building a full website, no matter its project specifications, is never easy. Many WooCommerce and ecommerce entrepreneur underestimate how much work, caution, attention, patience and money are needed to complete an online platform. Nothing is free – if something looks doable with a $79 plugin you also need to consider the cost of time, outsourcing, marketing and third parties (such as picking a reliable hosting).

Anyway, today we’ll take a look at the 3 best plugins for turning a WooCommerce website into a multi-vendor marketplace, including a simple PHP snippet that might just be enough for you. Continue reading WooCommerce: How to Build a Multi-Vendor Website (Marketplace)?

WooCommerce: Add Custom Field to Each Product Variation

Adding and displaying custom fields on WooCommerce products is quite simple. For example, you can add a “RRP/MSRP” field to a product, or maybe use ACF and display its value on the single product page.

Easy, yes. Unfortunately, the above only applies to products without variations (or the parent product only if it’s a variable product). So the question is: how do we add, save and display a custom field for each single variation?

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How do You Sell Gift Cards / Vouchers in WooCommerce?

Let’s be honest – if you run a B2C WooCommerce store and you don’t currently sell gift cards, this is the right time to get started.

If you do a quick Google search about “Gift Card Statistics”, you will probably notice a huge trend: gift card sales are on the rise (we’re talking billions), as well as the percentage of customers spending more money than the redeemed amount.

The good news is – you can enable gift cards with a simple click of a button or, alternatively, purchase a premium plugin to get a more efficient, automated, integrated system.

Either way, there is really no excuse: you should start selling gift cards (or “vouchers”) from today, or at least test it away. Sometimes – trust me – ecommerce marketing is pretty simple: see what works (specifically on Amazon and Alibaba), and copy it.

In this post we will analyze different solutions. We’ll see how to use a simple coupon code (oh yes, you can do that), as well as taking a look at the best free and paid plugins out there. Continue reading How do You Sell Gift Cards / Vouchers in WooCommerce?

How to Enable WooCommerce Customers to Request a Quote?

Not all WooCommerce websites are born equal. Sometimes a price and an add to cart button are just not enough.

B2B platforms, wholesalers and high-ticket businesses are usually quite flexible with their pricing and might need to give customers the freedom to request a quote.

Correct, WooCommerce can be used as a quoting engine as opposed to a standard ecommerce website (or both can be enabled at the same time if there are two different audiences).

As usual, there are different solutions. In this article, we’ll see how to use a simple code snippet to show a contact form on the single product page, we’ll see which free plugins are available on WordPress.org and – of course – we will also take a look at more advanced, premium extensions.

Either way, the beauty about WooCommerce is that with the click of a button you can customize the way it behaves! Continue reading How to Enable WooCommerce Customers to Request a Quote?

WooCommerce: “Is This a Gift?” Checkbox @ Single Product Page

A client of mine asked me to code a checkbox on the single product page called “Is this a gift?”. They noticed that their customers who want to gift the product to a friend get confused with the “Shipping to a different address” form in the WooCommerce checkout.

So, what about renaming “Shipping to a different address” into “Who is this gift for?” if a “gift” is in the cart? Well, this snippet does just that and you can adapt it / customize it to your specific case. Continue reading WooCommerce: “Is This a Gift?” Checkbox @ Single Product Page

How to Display WooCommerce Variations with Color / Size Buttons?

Displaying product pages nicely is the entrepreneur’s dream.

Good UX means a much higher probability the interested customer is going to add to cart and complete the checkout.

However, WooCommerce variable products come with annoying dropdowns for each attribute (color, size, style, etc. depending on what options you have set up). And as you’ve already got a hint of my personal opinion, dropdowns are UX-killers.

Today, we take a look at handy plugins you can use to display product options (variations) in a user-friendly way. I’ve used these on many websites and they’re pretty reliable. As usual, it’s just the click of a button! Continue reading How to Display WooCommerce Variations with Color / Size Buttons?

WooCommerce: Turn Address Checkout Field Into Drop-down

Talking about UX optimization, the WooCommerce checkout is where you should focus most of your time. The checkout page of an ecommerce website is one of the main reasons for shopping cart abandonment – additional hidden charges, lack of trust, confusion and also, too many fields to fill out.

Today, we will see how to turn the “Address 2” field into a dropdown. This is if you sell to specific areas and you want to minimize the writing time – why not let customers pick from a list instead? Continue reading WooCommerce: Turn Address Checkout Field Into Drop-down

WooCommerce: Display YITH Wishlist Buttons @ Shop Page

This week’s snippet is about one of the most popular WooCommerce plugins on the WordPress repository: YITH WooCommerce Wishlist developed by YITHEMES.

With over 500,000+ active installations, you can probably understand why this is extremely on demand. Having a “wishlist” on your WooCommerce website is a great idea: customers can save their desired products and get back later to complete the purchase.

One of the most requested customizations of such plugin is to display the wishlist buttons on the shop (also called product archive or product loop) pages, under each product’s add to cart button. And the fix is extremely simple! Continue reading WooCommerce: Display YITH Wishlist Buttons @ Shop Page

WooCommerce: How to Edit Product Prices in Bulk?

I’m pretty sure that during one of those Black Friday sales all you wanted to do was to apply a bulk discount to your WooCommerce products without having to generate a coupon code.

Let’s not forget that despite coupons are trackable and you can assess your marketing efforts with their usage statistics, requiring the user to take one additional step at checkout (entering the correct coupon code) reduces your sales conversion rate (the same applies with useless checkout fields by the way – less work to do, higher conversion rate).

In today’s post, we’ll see what are the 3 options I recommend in order to apply bulk store discounts. It pretty much depends on your product types (simple vs variable for example) and whether you want to do this via the settings or with a little bit of PHP.

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How To Become an Advanced WooCommerce 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 How To Become an Advanced WooCommerce Developer?

WooCommerce: How to Assign Free Shipping to a Single Product?

Believe it or not, the answer to this very frequent question is inside the WooCommerce settings… so don’t worry too much about coding if you’re not a developer!

From the WooCommerce shipping rates, you can select “Free Shipping” as a method but that would apply to ALL products – so how do you override the shipping settings and allow a single product to have free shipping? Continue reading WooCommerce: How to Assign Free Shipping to a Single Product?

What’s the Best Hosting for a WooCommerce Website?

As a WooCommerce user, WooCommerce blogger and WooCommerce developer I often hear this question: “What’s the best hosting for WooCommerce?“.

Well, first and foremost, there is no “best” hosting for WooCommerce (and WordPress in general). There are so many choices out there that defining the “best” is impossible. Besides, if there were a “best” hosting platform, there would be only one hosting company left in business. Continue reading What’s the Best Hosting for a WooCommerce Website?

How to Customize Storefront Theme in a Few Clicks (and without Coding)

This is a guest post by Towhidul Islam of Atlantis Theme – if you like the article, make sure to thank him in the comments!

With 100,000 active users, Storefront is dubbed as the “official WooCommerce theme” as it is designed, developed and maintained by WooCommerce Core developers themselves.

It follows the same WooCommerce philosophy – flexibility: the latest version has 48 Action Hooks & 61 Filter Hooks (Storefront Hook Reference by WooCommerce).

One of the most common questions while working with any WordPress theme is: “How I can tweak the look and layout of my theme?“. For experienced WordPress users, this is not an issue – but for users who don’t want to get their hand dirty with CSS and PHP, it can be daunting.

The good news is that there are Storefront plugins that solve this exact problem. And you don’t have to learn coding to modify the look of your Storefront themeΒ πŸ™‚ Continue reading How to Customize Storefront Theme in a Few Clicks (and without Coding)

WooCommerce: Check if Product Category is in the Order

We already saw how to check if a product category is in the cart, if a product ID is in the cart, and if a product ID is in the order… now it’s time to complete the series with the latest addition!

For this client, the scope was to do something on the “Thank You” page if a certain product category was purchased. For example, echo a “Thank you for becoming a member!” image in case the category “membership” was in the order.

Here’s the snippet, together with PHP comments so that you can understand how this is done. Enjoy! Continue reading WooCommerce: Check if Product Category is in the Order

WooCommerce: Per-Product Terms & Conditions @ Checkout

A freelance client sells two distinct products on the same website: a membership and an online course. Two different audiences, different formats and… different Terms & Conditions.

The goal was therefore to display the “Terms & Conditions” checkbox on the Checkout page based on the product in the cart. Once again, we’re going to use Conditional Logic. With that, the snippet is pretty easy to code!

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WooCommerce: Order a “Free Sample” @ Single Product Page

Recently I was on a coaching call with a client and the “Free Sample” challenge came up. Client has 400+ products on the website and had no intention of adding a free variation to each product manually.

So, I promised to myself I was going to study a different approach. And today you get it completely free. Needless to say, a comment and a social media share are much appreciated πŸ™‚ Continue reading WooCommerce: Order a “Free Sample” @ Single Product Page

WooCommerce: “Continue Shopping” Button @ Single Product Page

A freelance client hired me a while ago to display a “Continue Shopping” button on the Single Product Page, next to the Add to Cart. A simple way to send their users back to where they were coming from without clicking the “previous” button on the browser πŸ™‚

Here’s how it’s done, featuring an awesome WordPress function called “wp_get_referer()”! Continue reading WooCommerce: “Continue Shopping” Button @ Single Product Page

WooCommerce: Easily Get Product Info (ID, SKU, $) from $product Object

I’ve been wanting to publish this guide for a long while. As a freelancer, every day I repeat many operations that make me waste time – and one of them is indeed “How to get ____ if I have the $product variable/object?”.

For example, “How can I get the product SKU”? Or “How can I get the product short description”? Or maybe the product stock level, shipping class, tax class, price, regular price, sale price, and so on… hopefully this article will save you time πŸ™‚ Continue reading WooCommerce: Easily Get Product Info (ID, SKU, $) from $product Object