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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
WooCommerce announced exciting news this week with the release of their plans for a custom orders table.
Why is this important you may ask?
The key reason is scalability. By having dedicated tables (and therefore dedicated indexes, less busy tables, less read/write ops etc), the aim is to enable shops of all sizes to scale further without the need for expert intervention.
Having orders in custom tables should also allow WooCommerce developers to extend core more easily, as well as create and restore data backups.
Read more about custom order tables on the WooCommerce Developer Blog
Baymard has published some interesting research into UX for grocery eCommerce sites. Some insights include:
- Users rely heavily on features that allowed them to repurchase past items.
- Only half of grocery users in testing ever visited the product page. Most add products directly from the listings page.
- Checkout options are often far more complex than regular stores, and can include multiple fulfillment options, selecting the location, date, time, and confirming substitutions should the selected products be out of stock.
See the full article about Grocery Site UX on Baymard
We've updated our post covering various WooCommerce Upsell Plugins for 2022 to include the popular CartFlows product.
Upsells can help you increase your average order value by encouraging customers to go for higher-priced products. They are also great for improving product visibility on your WooCommerce store and enhancing the shopping experience.
We look at various free and paid options, and also cover our own Order Bumps feature, which is part of CommerceKit, the plugin included with Shoptimizer.
Take a look at the Best Upsell Plugins for WooCommerce
Justin Tadlock has published an excellent overview of WordPress Block Themes, which we'll see a lot more of after the upcoming 5.9 release.
There are currently only 35 block themes in the themes directory, but this number will grow over the coming years. The release of Twenty Twenty-Two will certainly encourage many people to experiment with Full Site Editing for the first time.
Note that if you're using Shoptimizer (or almost any other theme) nothing will change for the foreseeable future. But we are keeping a close eye on theme developments and are excited about what the future holds.
Learn more about Block Themes and Full Site Editing
Rodolfo from Business Bloomer has created a simple but very useful WooCommerce code snippet for store managers.
On every order confirmation email you receive once an order has been placed, it includes the remaining stock value.
Such an obvious enhancement and it makes you much more aware of when a particular product's stock level is dipping dangerously low.
Check out the snippet on Business Bloomer
I spotted this inspirational gallery of web designs from countries which use the cyrillic alphabet.
This includes some wonderful work from agencies and designers from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Belarus, Serbia, and Russia amongst others.
Check out some fantastic web design examples
P.S. If you missed last weeks sneak peak of our next Shoptimizer release here it is again.
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Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus