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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
What if you could use a WooCommerce plugin to grow your customer base, increase sales, and get rid of old inventory?
Maria returns with a new post on our blog looking at the top Bulk Discount Plugins for WooCommerce.
While WooCommerce by default doesn’t have native functionality that lets you offer bulk discounts on your store, you can always use a bulk discount plugin instead. These plugins let you create bulk pricing rules on your WooCommerce site and encourage people to buy more units.
In this article, we’ll explore some of the best bulk discount plugins available for WooCommerce sites so you have an easier time deciding on the right one for your business.
Seen the 10 Best Bulk Discount Plugins For WooCommerce
Cart Abandonment is a big topic which we've covered in a number of blog posts.
A new(ish) plugin has come to my attention which is getting some excellent reviews. Called simply "WooCommerce Cart Abandonment Recovery" and made by CartFlows, the free version covers most use-cases for smaller stores.
The plugin captures the email address of users on the checkout page. If the purchase is not completed within 15 minutes, it starts sending an automated series of follow up emails that you can customize to match your brand.
The WooCommerce Cart Abandonment Recovery Plugin
Barry Pollard has written an excellent article about the Back/Forward Cache (aka bfcache).
What is the Back/Forward Cache and why does it matter so much? As its name implies, this is a special cache used to remember the web page as you browse away from that web page, so if you browse back to it later, it can load a lot quicker.
What's happening is that when a web page is restored from cache instead of fully loading, it skips all the layout shifts from load. This leads to a big CLS improvement!
Learn more about the Browser Back/Forward Cache
As a designer I really enjoyed Google's Adam Argyle discussing the incredible new possibilities coming to CSS in 2022.
Styling on the web has been moving fast, bringing rich features for container-based styles and layouts.
There are new options for managing color contrast, leveraging device vibrant colors, gradients, and new color spaces for mixing.
Plus it's easier to orchestrate stylesheets and select elements, with subgrid, inert, :has() selector, and much more.
With each major browser maker now working in unison to improve stability 2022 is shaping up to be a huge year for CSS.
Learn about the State of CSS in 2022
We've always worked hard on accessibility with our Shoptimizer WooCommerce theme, scoring 98/100 in the Lighthouse test. But as we've seen previously, that automated testing tools are not a panacea when it comes to creating a truly accessible site.
The a11yproject has created a checklist which uses The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as a reference point. The WCAG is a shared standard for web content accessibility for individuals, organizations, and governments.
The issues this checklist prompts you to check for covers a wide range of disability conditions. But as they make clear, there is no such thing as “perfect accessibility” or a site being “100% accessible.”
Study the Accessibility Checklist from the A11Y Project
Shoptimizer 2.5.5 Released
We released a minor update to Shoptimizer this week based mostly upon feedback on our new Sticky Add to Cart Module. We've hopefully squashed some interaction bugs and now include improved RTL support.
See the changelog and the update guides
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Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus