WooCommerce has come out with a major update to their popular shopping cart for WordPress. WooCommerce 2.0 was released on March 4, 2013, and has site owners scrambling to upgrade. However, site owners must understand that this was a major upgrade, and WooCommerce has put together a guide to aide in a smooth transition to 2.0.
We have restructured the templates of our WooCommerce themes. This will provide better compatibility for future WooCommerce Upgrades and third party WooCommerce extensions. This update mainly involved in backend changes. As requested by many users, we’ve added the product description and additional information tabs in product single page.
Here are the major features you can look forward to when updating to 2.0.
- Improved Stock Handling
- Email Template Editing
- New Tax Options
- Multiple Download File Support
- Brand New Order Screen
- New Product Panel
We have made this decision so we can use all the awesome new features WordPress 3.5 introduced and can drop some of the old legacy code that we still had for compatibility reasons. This will result in a faster WooCommerce Plugin, a much more stable code base for the future and allows us to make even better extensions.
Before you update your live website to WooCommerce 2.0, please use a test environment for all your testing. You can use the test environment as a sandbox to simulate the update and make sure your website will continue to work after you update it to WooCommerce 2.0.
WooCommerce offers powerful features, enterprise-level quality, and a fully scalable shopping cart that addresses the full range of your eCommerce needs.
- PayPal Standard Gateway and Mijireh Checkout to facilitate you accept credit card payments
- BACS, Cheque and Cash on Delivery as simple offline gateways
- Follow-up emails auto-responder
- Flat rate shipping
- Free shipping either by default or coupon enabled
- Cross-sales and upsells widget
- Multi-location shipping including international delivery, regional delivery and pickup
- Google Analytics integration for eCommerce tracking
- Reviews for discounts
WooCommerce has great security, Reporting, tax and shipping options, promotions, SEO, and developer-friendly options. You can download the plugin from the official plugin directory.