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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a weekly roundup of eCommerce articles, handpicked by us.
We’ve had a couple of questions about the WooCommerce thank you page or confirmation screen, with people looking to edit the default.
I think many stores are missing a trick here. There’s a number of features which could be very valuable to display on this screen. From sharing your purchases, signing up to a newsletter to displaying product guides, we’ll go through some ideas and then show you how to add them to your own WooCommerce shop.
Let’s make this screen work harder and get additional leads, signups and survey results. Read the tutorial here!
Wondering about alternatives to WooCommerce? I looked at loads of opensource eCommerce platforms upon which you could build your store.
These are all completely free, with source code you can access and change. All of them are self-hosted so you'll need to have your own web server first of all before you can go about installing any of these.
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After four months in development version 3.7 of WooCommerce is now ready and contains 1290 commits from 22 contributors.
New features include a Product Blocks plugin, and a minimum PHP requirement of 5.6. There are also a number of performance improvements and an auto-coupon code generator which allows you to create a unique discount value with one click. Read more about WooCommerce 3.7 here.
Remember! Don't just click that update button without following our WooCommerce update guide first - it could save you a lot of trouble.
Big news this week is that Automattic has acquired Tumblr for a seemingly knockdown price in the region of only $3 million. Originally bought during the tech bubble by Yahoo for $1 billion, Tumblr has gradually seen its market share shrink in recent years although it still has in the region of 370 million monthly visits.
It'll be very interesting to see what WordPress features become integrated with Tumblr in the coming months.
Read more details about this acquisition over on Post Status.
If you're drowning under customer support emails it may be a good idea to take a look at some of the helpdesk solutions out there. They can make your life a lot easier with features such as threaded replies, satisfaction surveys, and knowledge bases for commonly asked questions.
We cover the major options here, and tell you which ones have free plans.
A great podcast episode by EcomCrew, the guys chat with Dana Jaunzemis about women in eCommerce, accounting at a micro-level and essential data points to look out for in your business.
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Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus