WooCommerce Weekly Review #1: Membership pages, MeetUp Switzerland and WooThemes history


The discussions regarding paid content – as an alternative for advertising-financed pages – is gaining momentum. Whatever the point of view on the matter: membership portals and products in eCommerce are an exciting business model. Read about this and other topics in our Weekly Review.

Launch of WooCommerce Memberships

WooCommerce Memberships is a new (fee-based) WooThemes extension that allows the release of content to registered users or to sell that content to members. According to the developer, the plugin is capable of handling a variety of different projects using flexible design options in the member or login areas. In effect, membership pages, exclusive customer segments, premium content modules and much more can now be implemented.

The following are just some of its new functions:

  • Creation of various paid or unpaid membership projects
  • Customers can purchase and pay for a membership, manage or expand it
  • Additional functions like trial memberships or member-only discounts (an exciting marketing tool)
  • Products, pages or partial content can be hidden behind the login threshold
  • Membership can be awarded as part of a product purchase (basically as a bundle)
  • “Invite only” memberships
  • and lots more.

WooThemes offer plenty more information and details about the functional scope of the new plugin on the relevant product page an in this blog post. The latter also contains some use case examples in terms of what specific scenarios can be implemented.

Session with Mark Forrester at WordPress.tv

Mark Forrester, co-founder of WooThemes, talked about the WooCommerce success story in his session at WordCamp Europe in Seville. He offered interesting insights into a company that developed into a leading eCommerce provider at lightning speed – and all that on the basis of Open Source.

You can have a look at the complete session on WordPress.tv.

Swiss WooCommerce MeetUp in Zurich

As we reported here, WooThemes and the community are currently trying to create local meet-ups on the topic of WooCommerce. As a follow-up to the meet-up in Cologne, another event was organized in Zurich. Daniel Baur offers some insights in this blog post.

We hope that regular WooCommerce meetings and groups will be established in both Zurich and Cologne and other cities.

Hiding “Similar Products” in WooCommerce

WooCommerce comes with the default function “Similar Products” on all product pages. But that function does not necessarily always make sense.

Depending on the sector and the products for sale, it may be meaningful to ensure a slim-lined representation on the product pages to avoid distraction (e.g. during the order process).

says Jan Hoffmann in his blog. He even provides a code snippet with which you can disallow the display. That snippet can be integrated i functions.php. There are some plugins that offer the same option, but the option via snippet is definitely more efficient.

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