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Can my WooCommerce site be a catalog?

In the first installment of series of posts “Can my WooCommerce site do…”, I’m going to look at something that comes up often and sometimes inadvertently.

What happens if you want to showcase a product but don’t want people to purchase it? If this is for your whole store, I recommend looking at the Catalog Visibility Options extension we offer on WooCommerce.com. This has a great range of functionality for making your site into a catalog, including removing the actual e-commerce functionality. [edit to clarify – With my scenario, the cart will still appear on the menu and be visible if people navigate to /cart, or /checkout, or whatever the pages are set as.]

For one-off products, the answer is simple – don’t set a price for the product at all.

I have a product set up for this, the Catalog Product. This is a standard simple product where the price hasn’t been set at all, and this only uses the core WooCommerce plugin.

You can see the setup of this in this gif:

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(Direct link: http://cld.wthms.co/hVQCl8)

What you get is a great set up for showcasing a product using only the core WooCommerce plugin. I have chosen to tweak it slightly using the great Storefront Powerpack.

I mentioned that this happens inadvertently and we see people asking “why can’t my customers purchase this product!” the reason is what I have done – no price has been set. (If you want a “free” product, enter what that price is – 0, zero. Like in my Free Download product.)

What if you want to set up a pre-order, have a product “available” but not ready to ship? Take a look at Pre-Orders for that.

Thoughts? Does this help explain things a bit better? Is this useful?

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Can my WooCommerce site do…?

Possibly?

I get this question a lot each week working in WooCommerce.com Support. Each week I’m surprised as I sit back and think “Possibly…”.

These questions are often why products exist on this site, or that there is a certain scenario I’ve set up on the site (like the Germany/US Shipping Products).

Each week, I’m going to publish a post with examples of “Can I do…?” which will hopefully be taken from real scenarios I have been posed with.

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Stripe 4.0

It happened. We shipped Stripe Payment Gateway version 4.0.0 out the door.

This was a long time coming, and so much work by the team. Pubilc shout out to Roy for pushing this forward!

I’ve done two rounds of testing on this, so if you managed to break things, it wasn’t me!

You can read all about the update from Matty in the blog post, but there are so many heavily requested features such as 3D Secure, Alipay, and SEPA, joining Apple Pay and the Payment Requests which work on Chrome browsers.

I love Stripe, personally if you’re able to accept payments in one of the 25 countries where Stripe is available, it is such a elegant solution, go for it!

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GDPR and WooCommerce

If you are involved with anything online and have connections with Europe, you will have heard about the GDPR over the past while.

This has a big impact on selling online, so at WooCommerce.com, we are starting to collect information and do our part for making people aware.

My colleague Hannah, who is based in Stockholm has the first of our blog posts about this.

An Introduction to GDPR Compliance for WooCommerce Stores

 

 

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I will never stop learning…

This is the first line of the Automattic Creed, something I hold dear, and have practiced while working in WooCommerce.com support.

This site started when I joined, and then continued while I set up examples and scenarios for customers. I’m now going to be blogging semi-regularly, or whenever I have an interesting set up to share.

“Demo” Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash