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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best warehouse management systems (WMS) for WooCommerce and highlight their standout features to help you find the right one for your eCommerce store.
WMSs offer a variety of features including inventory tracking, picking and packing, and receiving and putaway. It also gives a clear view of a company’s inventory at a given time and location and handles order fulfillment operations from the distribution center to end customers.
Discover the best Warehouse Management Systems for WooCommerce
Size is one of the most common variations for users to select before purchasing a wide variety of different product types, from apparel to beauty to hardware.
In Baymard's research all of the sites in their UX benchmark of the top 60 eCommerce sites have different size options for at least some of their products.
But, when presented as a drop-down menu, users during testing were prone to overlook the size selector entirely.
Changing the size selector from a dropdown to labels seemed to have increased usability and conversion benefits.
To do this on your own WooCommerce site see our guide to variation swatch plugins.
Read Baymards research on presenting size selections
Colm came across an interesting free content writing workshop which takes place on March 3rd. Hosted by Corey Miller, Rebecca Gill, and Lindsey Miller, it's geared towards freelancers and marketing agencies.
If content planning is something you'd like to start providing to clients this looks like an excellent 2-day overview of what you need to succeed. Areas they'll cover include:
- Persona development
- Topic research
- Outline creation
- Writing content briefs
- On-page optimization
Sign up for the free content writing bootcamp
Google said this week that the minimum threshold for all Core Web Vitals must be met in order to benefit from the associated ranking signal.
We've previously written about Core Vitals and how important they will be for your search ranking in a matter of months.
They consist of:
- Largest Contentful Paint (LCP): This should occur within 2.5 seconds of landing on a page.
- First Input Delay (FID): This should occur within 100 milliseconds.
- Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): Pages should maintain a CLS of less than 0.1.
See the full post on the Search Engine Journal Blog
I've been following the development of a SaaS product called Bannerbear over the past year closely. Bannerbear helps you auto-generate social media visuals, eCommerce banners, dynamic email images and more.
The social media images in particular are particularly useful for eCommerce stores. Those are the 'cards' which appear when a link is shared on Twitter and Facebook.
Bannerbear can automatically create a great looking, perfectly sized graphic, which includes the product name, price, and image in an attractive fashion.
The founder has fit the crucial $10k monthly revenue milestone which is a big one for any product makers.
In this post he explains how he got there, the mistakes he made along the way, and advice for others. It's well worth a read.
Read about Bannerbear hitting the $10k mark
To finish this week, I really enjoyed playing around with Tabbied, a creation from designers Sy Yong and Ye Joo Park.
Tabbied lets you easily create timeless and beautifully generated patterns or artwork to use for wall art, websites, print materials and more.
You can doodle with the pattern controls and create some really interesting patterns which would look as feature backgrounds on landing pages if you need something to brighten up a dull page.
You can download the customized result for free.
Give Tabbied a go and start creating
Latest Shoptimizer updates
If you've been using our Shoptimizer WooCommerce theme, we pushed a couple of nice updates this week in version 2.3.5, squashing a couple of bugs and adding some nice features. See everything on the theme's changelog page.
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