WooCommerce Weekly Review #6: Translations, WordCamp Switzerland & avoiding legal warnings


WooCommerce was a hot topic at WordCamp in Switzerland. Progress is being made with the system translations and there are lots of useful new extensions. This and more in our Weekly Review.

WooCommerce @ WordCamp Switzerland

In mid-September, the Swiss WordPress community met for WordCamp Switzerland 2015 and we were there as a sponsor. The emphasis was of course on WordPress itself. But discussions in the corridors and at our stand often turned to #WooMattic and the bright future of WooCommerce.

There was also some criticism regarding the subject of ecommerce, particularly concerning the issue of legal certainty. Some freelancers were saying they would no longer take on WooCommerce projects, because the legal situation is too uncertain. “When in doubt the finger of blame may be pointed at me, the contractor, when it comes to legal warnings etc.” was the sort of thing we heard.

In Germany, restrictions for shop owners are particularly high. But Switzerland also seems to be affected by the issue. It’s a shame that this issue has created a bottleneck in the open source environment and that it deters some smaller providers and freelancers.

WooCommerce also had a role to play during Contributor Day: We forwarded the German language translation to translate.wordpress.org for the first time (more on that later). At this point we would like to once again thank the organizers of WordCamp Switzerland, for a very successful event.

Translations of WooCommerce now available on WordPress.org

That brings us to our next topic. We recently interviewed Jens Nachtigall on the topic of “Translations for WooCommerce”. The only way to optimize the quality of the German language version is by using new, skilled volunteers and by coordinating with the community.

Until now, Transifex was the tool of choice, but from now on the international translation of WooCommerce is entirely on http://translate.wordpress.org/locale/de/default/wp-plugins/woocommerce. You can read more about that decision here .

translate WooCommerce
The current translation status of WooCommerce on WordPress.org

What’s the significance of this step? Unifying the translation process of WordPress plugins and themes is vital. However, putting this into practice will remain a challenge as long as so few people are actively involved in the translation.

Important information: If you want to help translate WooCommerce into German (or into another language), you can find more information in this post.

Customer-friendly service with WooCommerce – very practical

Nicole Kohler from WooThemes wrote a great blog post about the topic of “implementing customer-friendly gimmicks with WooCommerce“. As well as presenting some very creative ideas she also suggests the relevant plugins and other solutions.

Here are a few snippets from the collection:

Some products require detailed documentation. The post also includes handy tips on this topic. (Image: © WooThemes)

Avoid legal warnings for your online shop (in Germany)

eRecht24 has published an infographic “7 steps to a watertight online shop”. Even more interesting than the graphic is the post itself: For newcomers to the subject, it offers a good overview of what you need to consider when running your own online shop in order to avoid encountering legal difficulties.

“7 steps to a watertight online shop”. (© abmahnung-internet.de)
“7 steps to a watertight online shop”. (© abmahnung-internet.de)

This knowledge surely needs to be deepened – a textbook on the subject would do the job. But there is nothing wrong with using your initiative and asking yourself how many of the seven pillars you already abide by.

Source: https://www.abmahnung-internet.de/abmahnwarner/abmahnung-online-shop.htm.

What else went on…

  • A plugin designed to facilitate the export of WooCommerce in Google Shopping.
  • WooThemes reports on a POS link to WooCommerce. The underlying system “Lightspeed” doesn’t play a big role here in Germany, but the post serves as inspiration for similar projects.
  • This tutorial will show you how the order of the address fields can be changed in the ordering process.
  • There are new guidelines for the name of plugins on WordPress.org. (WooCommerce) extension developers should familiarize themselves with these guidelines.
  • As a small online store, am I also affected by the ECJ ruling on Safe Harbor? Lawyer, Thomas Schwenke has the answer.

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