In this weeks edition of News To Use, we’re going to have two “guests” with us ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฉ
Feel free to comment with your encouraging words as you ๐Ÿ‘‚listen for their contributions ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ

5 WooCommerce Hosting Posts We ๐Ÿ’“Enough to Share with YOU:

Yes, we know we should get ourselves out of client’s sites and post more on our own site, but our heart is the WooCommerce Store Owner. So, we love to bring to YOU! content from around the innertubes that other folks have already written! Here’s 5 posts that are specific to YOU! the Store Owner. Enjoy!

๐Ÿ† #5 is a great shipping post from Cloudways

Ecommerce Shipping Guide: Cost Calculations, Strategies, Methods, and Best Practices

๐Ÿ† #4 is SiteGrounds New Dashboard

SiteGround’s New Client Area & Tools are LIVE (and, we like it!)

๐Ÿ† Coming in at #3: Is BIG NEWS from WPEngine & Google Cloud

Google Cloud Platform hardware optimized for WordPress

๐Ÿ† #2 (presented by a budding 11 year old) is from LiquidWeb

5 Examples of Brands with Great Multi-Channel Marketing Strategies


Back to School sale – Learn WordPress! Get 40% off 3 months of Managed WordPress hosting and a WP101 Lifetime Membership Included (Valued $99)

๐Ÿ† Last (but never least) is #1 & it’s from Kinsta on how to update WooCommerce
(presented by an eloquent 7 yr. old)

From Kinsta: Updating WooCommerce: A Safe and In-Depth Guide

6 News Articles from WooCommerce Plugin Authors ๐Ÿ“ฐ

Aren’t these WooCommerce Plugin folks great? We get to use their tools and then show them to you. Then we BOTH get to read their juicy wonderful blog posts! Here’s 6 posts from WooCommerce Plugin related sites from around the globe!

๐Ÿ†#6 Is OptinMonster’s NEW ๐ŸŽ WooCommerce Integration

New WooCommerce Integration + Campaign Dashboard Ready to Go!

๐Ÿ†#5 From WPFusion: Drip+WooCommerce ๐Ÿ‘

WPFusion: (if you’ve never heard of or read about WPFusion, we would encourage you to read up on it and consider all the ways that WPFusion can become the GLUE for increased conversions in your store)
Connect WooCommerce to Drip with WP Fusion

๐Ÿ†#4 from the Seasoned and Trusted Folks at AffiliateWPโ—

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ… Christmas isn’t the only season that drives sales. The Holiday Season does come up though every year so YOU need to be ready! ๐Ÿ’ก

Mandy and the team over at AffiliateWP have published an excellent article about knowing your audience and creating the right seasonal offers and relevant creatives to drive more sales to your WooCommerce Store!

AffiliateWP: (keep this post handy! think beyond Christmas and Holidays!)
Strategies for leveraging seasonality in your affiliate program

๐Ÿ†#3 from the Great Team over at Barn2K we see the Viability of a PRIVATE store

Barn2K: (there is tremendous value in creating EXCLUSIVITY! This post shows you HOW!)
How to Create a Private WordPress Client Portal

๐Ÿ†#2 From the Trusted & Reliable Staff over at WPRocket: Images & SPEED ๐Ÿš€

Fast Loading WooCommerce Images from WPRocket

WPRocket: (there might be many other factors slowing down your site… This post covers the images! WPRocket can help with all those “other factors” as well)
How to Optimize WooCommerce Product Images for Faster Load Times

๐Ÿ†#1 (of course) ๐Ÿ˜ has to come from WooCommerce

WooCommerce’s Announcement of 3.7 Update:

Make Your Store Faster and More Flexible with WooCommerce 3.7

5 WooCommerce ๐ŸŒฑGrowth & Marketing News

Some of the best tips come from WooCommerce Plugin and WooCommerce Theme Authors. And then there’s the tools that all of us running WordPress use that actually GROWS ๐ŸŒฑour WooCommerce Store!
So, from around the innertubes, here’s a few just for YOU to USE!

๐Ÿ†#5 is from the GREAT PixelYourSite

PixelYourSite: (this is one of those tools that everyone should have already bought and purchased the day you started your WooCommerce store!)

Track Google Ads Conversion on WooCommerce

This article is actually a help doc from PixelYourSite that we reference quite often regarding how to Track Google Ads Conversion on WooCommerce

๐Ÿ†#4 is SOCIAL PILOT (our preferred choice for social tools!)

15 Must – Try Social Media Promotion Ideas

Improve your WooCommerce social media strategy

๐Ÿ†#3 RafflePress’s Emails Integration Plants GROWTH SEEDS๐ŸŒฑ

Fun Fact from RafflePress:
As you are reading the docs on RafflePress to grow leads in your WooCommerce Store, don’t forget this toggle right here:

This integrates your contest w/ Constant Contact, Drip &over 500+ other email marketing services.

๐Ÿ†#2 WooRise: As an external service, WooRise will grow your Customer Base as well ๐Ÿ‘

WooRise: Similar to RafflePress, but offered as an external service is WooRise.
Again, what do YOU need to remember: ๐Ÿ’ก CUSTOMERS are the lifeblood of your store. Without those customers, you simply can NOT grow!

๐Ÿ’กWooRise couponcode = YEAH (1/2 off yearly plans!)

๐Ÿ†#1 Retailful’s Abandoned Cart POWERS

Retainful: Recover Abandoned Carts in WooCommerce

Mails can be well-timed with this abandoned cart recovery app. Boost sales using the benefits of well-timed emails because timely actions can reap you immense benefits!

Experiment with numbers and time intervals that should be set for abandoned cart recovery. Thereby increasing conversion rates for abandoned cart recovery by setting up well-timed emails.

Don’t forget to read up on Retainful’s benefits here
…And also Retainful’s write up here as well:

WooCommerce Theme News ๐ŸŽจ

We love ๐Ÿ’“, Love ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“, LOVE ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“ write ups about theme announcements. WooCommerce Themes are the seems that keep your wallet held together and the foundation from which

๐Ÿ†#4 Woostify Theme Gets More Good Looks

Woostify: ๐Ÿ‘€
“…..This part is a big change in this version because in the past we divided Product card option to different layout and add divide option for each of them.
But in 1.3 version, we decide to organize them into some groups such as product image, add to cart button, quick view, etc. Therefore, you can change the add to card and the quick view by different way and mix them to the layout as you like…”

Woostify WooCommerce Theme Update
Woostify WooCommerce Theme Update: PRETTY AWESOME, RIGHT?

Since we ๐Ÿ’“using and seeing new and unique WooCommerce Themes, we know you will probably want to go read up on this some more yourself. Here ‘ya go:

๐Ÿ†#3 Sujay, Brainstorm Force, and Astra SPEED THINGS UP

Astra: Astra 2.0 reduced customizer loading time by 60.71%

Astra 2.0 reduced customizer loading time by 60.71%

We are positive that you fully understand the uncompromising importance of a fast loading site, so you can read more on their announcement over on the WPAstra announcemtn post here: ๐Ÿ‘‰

๐Ÿ†#2 A Great Write Up about Customizing the Checkout Page via XLPlugin

CommerceGurus: Simon is going to go through one of the many options used to customize your Thank You screen which you present to your customers using XLPlugin’s “Next Move” Option ๐ŸŽ‰

The main customize screen
click/tap image to read the whole post

Or follow along with the reading here from CommerceGuru’s writeup:

๐Ÿ†#1 is from SukiWP

SukiWP ๐Ÿ’“
We love working directly with theme authors to put together the correct elements of a proper WooCommerce Theme.

We’ve seen a lot of themes trying to do this concept recently, but David over at SukiWP really does it correctly. And, here’s what we’re talking about:

So, what you are looking at above is the Custom Blocks area of the Suki Theme. The title of my block that I’ve created is named Specific ‘Product One’ Reviews. And, yes. I named it that on purpose ๐Ÿ‘

So, now I’ve got a “Block” with a curiously genius name, right? You can fire up whichever Gutenberg Block you’d like. But then here’s the great part about that really-specific-named block (or any other block you’d like to create)

…you can now position that block wherever you would like โ—โ—ANYWHEREโ—โ— all without know one line of code. No hooks, no filters, no php, no breaking your site, nothing! nada! zip! zilch! No code!

๐Ÿ’กNow, I’m not going to show you where I put all of those blocks in a live link (just yet).
I want YOU to go experience it for yourself. However if you’ll notice, I did name that example block Specific โ€˜Product Oneโ€™ Reviews, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, where would you want to put those product reviews for a specific product?

EVERYWHERE! On a blog post, at the top of the product page itself, in a dedicated reviews page, or anywhere else sprinkled throughout your site! And, that’s one of the many magical aspects of the Suki Theme!

Under no circumstances am I going to use a {cough} popular page builder, load up a bunch of ‘templates’, then attempt and try to make a page with the {cough, cough} popular page builder, or ever mess with ANY page builder at all!

All I do is simply use the native Gutenberg editor, create a reusable block, then tell that block when and where I want it to appear!

I know we all love page builders. Moving forward though, especially with WordPress 5.0+ and the Gutenberg editor, we are going to have to skip these themes that rely on page builders.

You need to start adopting a theme that keeps your site loading fast, and gives you incredible options which will stay current with WordPress and carry your business forward for the next several years!

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  1. Please tell me these up-and-coming voiceover artists aren’t also honing their WooCommerce development skills. Nobody will be able to compete with that power-combo.