If you run a WooCommerce store, then you’ll want to follow this list of WooCommerce blogs, podcasts and resources to succeed in 2020.
What is WooCommerce?
WooCommerce is an eCommerce plug-in for WordPress. If your website runs on WordPress, WooCommerce allows you to easily set up an online store that integrates with your website.
If you wish to see how awesome an e-commerce store can look using Woocommerce, check out our growing list of the best e-commerce stores built with Woocommerce.
Wait, is Woocommerce WordPress?
- WordPress (sometimes called WordPress.org) is a content-management system which is open-source and developed by the WordPress Foundation
- WordPress.com is the free hosting/blogging service run by Automattic Inc,
- WooCommerce plugs into the WordPress software, which is also run by Automattic Inc.
The more important thing is if you’ve built your brand website on WordPress, can easily use WooCommerce to start your store.
What are the best blogs to learn about WooCommerce?
There’s an old question about it on Quora, and there are a few scattered posts and lists around the web. We decided to go through and build a resource for those who want to find the best WooCommerce resources without going to outdated, derelict or missing blogs.
13 of the Best WooCommerce Blogs to Follow in 2020
1. The Official WooCommerce Blog – WooCommerce Updates & Resources
If you’re working with WooCommerce, you definitely want to least check in on the official WooCommerce Blog.
In addition to product updates, there are entries about using subscriptions for recurring WooCommerce revenue and the best customer loyalty extensions for WooCommerce. An invaluable resource!
Business Bloomer is run by Rodolfo Melogli, and his site is very, very comprehensive. There are video lessons, tutorials and resources. In 2018, he did an AMA which went on for several days. He also has a series of instructional videos on YouTube, as well as a CustomizeWoo course on customising your store with code snippets, instead of relying on WooCommerce plugins.
3. Yith Blog
Yith makes high quality free wordpress themes and plugins for WooCommerce, as well as being the #1 independent seller of WooCommerce plugins.
With a name like Elegant Themes, you better have an elegant theme. Well, they do! They have an entire section on WooCommerce, as well as offering their flagship WordPress theme and page builder, Divi.
Don’t let the simple design fool you – Chris Lema’s blog is packed with useful insights and crucial details about running a WooCommerce store.
Like many others in this list, Chris Lema covers both WooCommerce and WordPress and offers consulting services for both.
6. Do the Woo – WooCommerce Podcast & Resources
Do the Woo is WooCommerce podcast, but they also have a detailed blog with insightful WooCommerce resources.
BobWP used to be where Bob Dunn used to post about WordPress ecommerce, and the interviews and tutorials are still available on the blog. He’s evolved to feature the WooCommerce podcast covering WooCommerce news and interviews with moves and shakers in the space.
Remi is a WordPress developer who works at Automattic.
Remi Corson’s WooCommerce blog offers useful WooCommerce and WordPress info, including code snippets and recommendations.
CommerceGurus have straightforward tutorial posts, such as guides on how to send abandoned cart emails. I particularly liked “Life as a WordPress and WooCommerce themer” – slides from a talk at a meetup – as well as their guide to WooCommerce product images.
One of those “what it says on the can” names – WPBeginner is a starting point for newbies looking for simple, clear introductions.
ThemeLocation’s blogposts have a very useful “how to X” format. Scan through their archives and you’ll likely find something that you don’t know how to do, and learn something in the process.
11. Premmerce Blog
The Premmerce Blog used to do weekly WooCommerce news round-ups. These days, as they’ve evolved towards offering plugins, themes and agency services, the Premmerce blog is useful for identifying useful WooCommerce plugins like their Permalink Manager as well as articles evaluating WooCommerce against competitors like WooCommerce vs Shopify or Magento.
Like many others in this list, Premmerce not only covers WooCommerce, themes and plugins, but also offers agency services.
12. Pootlepress blog – WooCommerce Tutorials & Articles
One of their most valuable articles is a 100 WooCommerce Tips and Tricks page.
13. WPLift – WordPress & WooCommerce Tutorials & Articles
WPLift has a particularly robust, regularly updated WooCommerce section, as well as covering Weekly WordPress News.
14. (Bonus!) WisdmLabs Blog
WisdmLabs is an open-source software development company that has contributed some of WooCommerce’s most popular extensions. Geared towards designing creative solutions for WordPress and WooCommerce, they also write extensively about the two platforms. From detailed WooCommerce optimization guides to handy DIY checklists to snippy customization hacks, you’ll find a ton of resources on their blog.
That’s it for now!
There’s a lot of reading to do if you want to really get immersed in WooCommerce and understand how it works.
The best way to do this is not to just read everything (you’ll be overwhelmed), but to set up your own test store (it’s free!) and experiment as you go, leaning on the readings to contextualize things for you.
You may also find these resources helpful:
- ReferralCandy’s Ultimate Guide to WooCommerce Marketing, including
- How to Set Up a WooCommerce Referral Program for your Store, as well as
- 4 Incredible Examples of Successful WooCommerce Referral Programs
- The Best WooCommerce Referral Plugin for Stores on WordPress (hint: It’s ReferralCandy)
- Should you use Affiliate Marketing for your WooCommerce Store?