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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
Barn2 has written a guide on the 5 fastest WooCommerce themes in 2023, and we're delighted that our own Shoptimizer theme is ranked at number one!
Your website's speed directly impacts your conversion rates and sales. If your site loads slowly, your business will lose revenue.
Even though your theme isn't the only factor that determines your site speed — factors like your web hosting provider, plugins installed, the number and sizes of images and uploaded files, and others matter too — it's one of the most important.
Barn2 used Google Pagespeed, GTMetrix and Pingdom to assign a score to each of the themes tested. You can see a detailed summary of the results in the post itself.
Discover the 5 Fastest WooCommerce Themes in 2023
There's a big change coming to WooCommerce for new stores. It won't affect existing ones.
The Cart and Checkout blocks will become the default experience for all new users in the upcoming November release.
The Cart and Checkout shortcodes will continue to be available in WooCommerce Core for existing stores that have customized checkout flows requiring them, and for any new stores that have specific needs not yet possible with the Cart and Checkout blocks.
Third party support for blocks is still seriously lacking so many payment gateways won't work with blocks at present, but this should evolve over the coming months.
It's possible to test your current checkout to see if it works with blocks through this guide, but please ensure you only do this on a separate staging site - never on a live store!
Read more about WooCommerce's Cart and Checkout Blocks
Google has released the first video in a new YouTube series called “SEO Made Easy” to teach people how to improve their website’s performance in search results.
In the inaugural episode, Martin Splitt from Google’s Search Relations team explains how sites can customize the way their brand name appears in Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs).
This series aims to provide simplified, actionable video lessons to help websites succeed in Google.
Check out Google's "SEO Made Easy" YouTube Series
Rodolfo from Business Bloomer has come up with an interesting new custom shortcode which may be useful for many store owners.
He calls it a "Trending" shortcode - a list of the bestselling products on the store over the past, say 7 days.
You can change 7 days to any time period you like, for example 2 weeks, or the past month.
And you can adjust the number of items displayed from 10 to anything you wish.
Learn How to Create a "Trending" WooCommerce Shortcode
This is a beautiful gallery of stunning looking presentations (or decks) which serve as a perfect inspiration showcase if your business needs to pitch to potential clients.
It includes examples of Brand Guidelines and Style Guides which could be an ideal "upsell" to certain customers who require an entire brand refresh.
Explore the wonderful deck.gallery
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