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Hi there, hope you're having a great Wednesday!
To take a break from all the Coronavirus news, it's Colm and Simon here from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked mid-week roundup of eCommerce articles.
Searching for the best WooCommerce POS plugin to take physical orders on your WooCommerce store?
WooCommerce handles everything about eCommerce out of the box, but what if you want to remove the "e" and also use your store for in-person commerce?
With a point of sale (POS) plugin for WooCommerce, you can create sales and manage orders from a front-end system on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
In this post, we'll share a little bit more about how a WooCommerce POS plugin works. Then take you through the five best WooCommerce POS plugins.
See the best WooCommerce POS plugins
On Tuesday, WooCommerce released version 4.0 of their plugin. This is a major release with 743 commits from 21 contributors. The major changes include a new admin interface, a much better performing action scheduler which should help stores with many orders, and new onboarding experience.
You should follow our updating WooCommerce guide before performing this change on a live store.
I've tested this release locally and haven't encountered any issues yet with Shoptimizer but I've read that quite a number of plugins aren't compatible yet. It's better safe than sorry and holding off for now or testing first on a separate staging site - never live.
See everything included in version 4.0
We quietly launched a new landing page for an exciting new product we're developing called CommerceKit.
User generated content is something we're very interested in and can really help small stores improve sales and conversions.
We know how busy store owners are running an eCommerce website. An automated solution which asks your buyers for reviews (both for products and for your site) without you needing to do anything could be very helpful.
So sign up for updates, we'll keep you posted with screenshots and sneak previews of what we're building. There will be a big discount for early customers also.
Sign up for CommerceKit updates
I was interested this week to learn about the new 3.5 release of WP Rocket, the popular caching plugin for WordPress (see a review of it here).
They're launching their own RocketCDN which is a logical next step if you want a really fast website.
Loading your site assets from the nearest CDN to the user (be they in the US, Europe, or Asia) provides a noticable feeling of speed and gives a much better experience.
The 3.5 release also includes mobile preloading and the ability to remove jQuery Migrate - so that's one fewer request.
Read about WP Rocket 3.5
With the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus, more and more people are staying away from crowded offices and working from home. For anyone new to remote work, Justin Tadlock from WP Tavern has written a nice article on the topic.
It includes tips on staying focused and setting daily goals. It is certainly a huge shift for people not used to working in this fashion but could lead perhaps to better long term societal results. So many of us really don't need to commute on busy trains and motorways to get to an office on a daily basis to get work done.
Read about remote work for newcomers
Latest Shoptimizer updates
If you've been using our Shoptimizer WooCommerce theme, we pushed a minor update in version 2.0.4, squashing a couple of small bugs. See everything on the theme's changelog page to get up to date.
That's it for this edition. Simply reply to this email if you have any questions or suggestions, we read every message. Have a great week and best of luck with your projects!
Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus