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The Rise of WooCommerce | gplclub.org

Community | gplclub.org | Oct. 17, 2013

Since the incarnation of WooCommerce back in August 2011 , when WooThemes forked the WordPress eCommerce plugin JigoShop and hired it’s main developer Mike Jolley and designer James Koster, it has been on a solid upward trajectory. Back in 2011, with only 14,000 downloads of JigoShop and a few other new eCommerce plugins available, real eCommerce functionality on WordPress seemed a long way off. Looking at the same space today however it is vastly different, with over 1.5 million(!) downloads of WooCommerce it is easily the dominant WP eCommerce plugin, and with a thriving customer and developer community built around the plugin, WooCommerce is making a real dent in online commerce. With the excellent data provided by builtwith.com we’re going to have a look at the rise of WooCommerce, how far it’s come and if it has any more room to grow. BuiltWith provides insights into web technologies used on millions of sites and offers an in depth look at the top million, 100k and 10k sites.
The current count for WooCommerce installs their crawler has found is a little over 161,000. Compare this with their Magento count of 170,000 and the OpenCart count of 170,000 and you can easily see just how

5 min read GPL Club
Community | gplclub.org | Feb. 3, 2014

Build Faster WordPress Sites with Nginx - in Just 3 Lines!

A tutorial showing how you can use a shell script to get a new nginx server with WordPress installed in under 10 minutes!

Build Faster WordPress Sites with Nginx - in Just 3 Lines!

Community | gplclub.org | Feb. 3, 2014

In our last post on optimizing your WordPress site speed, we discussed how easy it was to set up your own SSD powered VPS with Digital Ocean WordPress hosting and reap the speedy benefits. This time though we’ll take it a step further; the status quo for a WordPress supporting stack is Linux, Apache, MYSQL & PHP, or LAMP. However, dropping the Apache part of the stack can be a very attractive option; whilst Apache is well suited for handling WordPress sites, performance can often degrade under high loads, it is inefficient in serving up static content and can quickly consume precious resources. There are a number of competing web servers but nginx is probably your best bet, conceived relatively recently in 2002 by Igor Sysoev, nginx was built from the ground up with the explicit goal of handling a large number of concurrent connections. In simple terms, whereas Apache creates a new process for each new connection (visitor/http request) nginx offloads requests to worker processes and allows for asynchronous resource allocation. What this means in practice is a much faster, more efficient server environment and in turn your website.
Sounds great, right. But how would you go about setting

11 min read GPL Club
Tutorials | gplclub.org | Feb. 21, 2014

Faster WordPress Websites - A 7 Point Checklist

A fairly comprehensive guide to the basic optimisations you should be doing for your WP sites, with plenty of resources for further reading. :)

Faster WordPress Websites - A 7 Point Checklist

Tutorials | gplclub.org | Feb. 21, 2014

Continuing with our tutorials on achieving faster WordPress sites we’re going to take a look at 7 important points you need to be getting right, or at the very least be attempting to. 1. Fast Hosting
All the optimzation in the world won’t do you much good if you’re with a sub-par web hosting provider, you need a solid foundation of a fast, reliable server that can also handle the occasional traffic spike. We showed how you could spin up your own nginx powered VPS with digital ocean , but if you’re not familiar with Linux systems administration you probably want a managed host of some sort. When you’re hosting WordPress sites it’s a good idea to go with a specialist WordPress host as they’ll have already optimised their infrastructure towards WordPress. Popular choices include; WPengine , Pressable , pagely , but as always do your research.
An important factor to consider when choosing a host is the geographical location of their servers, if your website has an international audience, for example a general interest blog, then this won’t matter too much. But if you have an eCommerce store or local interest site you’ll want to host with a provider who has a datacenter in your country,

1 min read GPL Club
Tutorials | gplclub.org | Nov. 13, 2013

Stop Paying for Shared WordPress Hosting - Use Digital Ocean!

It's now so easy to set up a super fast SSD that if you're still on shared hosting you should think again...

Stop Paying for Shared WordPress Hosting - Use Digital Ocean!

Tutorials | gplclub.org | Nov. 13, 2013

It’s very easy to be tempted by the HostGators, BlueHosts and GoDaddys of the hosting industry with their “unlimited” disk space, bandwidth and ludicrously low pricing. But are they worth it? We’d say not at all! Despite what you may read in the thousands of totally-honest-not-at-all-biased blog posts, written only to generate affiliate income, paying $3.50 [...]

Business | gplclub.org | Mar. 18, 2014

Advanced eCommerce Marketing with WooCommerce

We take an in-depth look into more advanced marketing techniques you can use to grow your WooCommerce based business.

2 min read GPL Club

WooShowcase - Awesome WooCommerce Example Sites

Plugins | gplclub.org | Jan. 20, 2014

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of our new site: wooshowcase.com , with the huge variety of CSS design galleries, Startup galleries and WordPress galleries we felt there was a niche need for a design gallery featuring just WooCommerce-powered stores. If you’ve built Woo sites before you’ll have no doubt found the lack of a curated list of well designed, influential stores a little frustrating. With only a small number of example studies published on the WooThemes blog it can be hard to convince, especially larger clients, the benefits and capabilities of WooCommerce. Until now that is; we’ve hand picked a selection of the best examples of WooCommerce sites, large and small, to inspire you and your clients! We’ll be adding more every week but feel free to submit your own for inclusion.

6 min read GPL Club
Plugins | gplclub.org | Jan. 1, 2014

Scaling WooCommerce - The 5 Largest Woo Stores

We take a look at 5 of the larger stores out there using WooCommerce..

Scaling WooCommerce - The 5 Largest Woo Stores

Plugins | gplclub.org | Jan. 1, 2014

As a follow up to our look into the rise of WooCommerce , and coinciding with the WC download counter hitting 2 million , we wanted to try and find the largest sites using WooCommerce both for fun and perhaps some inspiration! Despite being installed on roughly the same number of sites as Magento, WooCommerce stores are often smaller affairs selling fewer products with less traffic and revenue. However, if you look a bit closer you’ll find there are a few bigger players out there using WooCommerce that may change your mind on how much WordPress + WooCommerce can really handle. Previously we’ve seen two sites touted as examples of WooCommerce scalability; Soul Brother Records (20,000+ products), and more recently Kinder Books (54,000+ products). Whilst impressive in terms of SKU size (and data entry!), both stores seem to be relatively low traffic, niche sites. The following list we’ve curated focuses more on the overall size and influence (traffic, products, revenue, status) of sites. It’s by no means a fully accurate list of the largest sites – almost impossible with the unfortunately flawed tools available for external analysis – they’re some of the most valuable for examination we

1 min read GPL Club
Plugins | gplclub.org | Nov. 14, 2013

Generate more product reviews for your WP e-Commerce Store with Yotpo

There's very little less important in eCommerce than good, plentiful reviews!

Generate more product reviews for your WP e-Commerce Store with Yotpo

Plugins | gplclub.org | Nov. 14, 2013

Word of mouth marketing is the most powerful form of marketing for online retail businesses because above all other reasons, word of mouth is free. One of the best ways that online merchants can start to leverage word of mouth is through product reviews. One service which is taking product reviews to a new level [...]