If you own a WordPress e-commerce website, there is a probability that you are utilizing WooCommerce.
This is because it is one of the most recognized open source e-commerce plugins for WordPress – arguably the best content management system at the moment.
This powerful e-commerce plugin was developed by three WordPress enthusiasts in 2008. Their vision was to create a plugin which is easy to utilize, plus versatile and, eventually, trusted.
Released on September 27, 2011, WooCommerce is designed for large to small sized stores.
Because of its free base product and the ability to be installed and customized with ease, the plugin gained popularity rather quickly.
WooCommerce covers 42 percent of all the e-commerce websites. It comes with a remarkable choice of payment solutions alongside lots of useful tools (especially for SEO).
One of the most prominent features are the built-in analytics. That provide shop-owners with neat data analytics to aid them tracking and monitoring the flow of users of their website.
It was initially developed by WooThemes, a WordPress theme developer.
They were responsible for hiring some developers from Jigowatt – James and Jolley Koster – to work on a Jigoshop section which eventually became WooCommerce.
By August 2014, WooCommerce was already powering over 300,000 websites.
The skyrocketing popularity led to the first WooConf held in November 2014 in San Francisco. The conference placed emphasis on e-commerce utilizing WooCommerce, and there were 300 individuals in attendance.
Not much later, in May 2015, WooCommerce as well as WooThemes, were both purchased by Automattic — the major contributor to the core WordPress software.
Now, the expanding number of online retailers using WooCommerce draws in lots of traffic.
Some of the biggest sites using this e-commerce solution include Small Press Expo and Internet Systems Consortium.
In fact, statistical data shows that it was used on over 30 percent of e-commerce websites and had millions of active installations. No wonder, as this WordPress plugin covers absolutely all needs an online merchant might have.
It has attained recognition not only for its numerous plugins and extensions but because it is free and open source. Also, there are numerous add-ons which can be paid for at a fixed price.
Numerous premium themes now offer compatibility with WooCommerce alongside plugins that ensure a theme is compatible with the main WordPress framework.
If you desire to find out more, check out this infographic below which shows some interesting facts about WooCommerce and what it is all about.
All around the globe today, people are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first WordPress release, affectionately know as #wp10. Watching the feed of photos, tweets, and posts from Auckland to Zambia is incredible; from first-time bloggers to successful WordPress-based business owners, people are coming out in droves to raise a glass and share the “holiday” with their local communities. With hundreds of parties going on today, it’s more visible than ever just how popular WordPress has become.
Thank you to everyone who has ever contributed to this project: your labors of love made this day possible.
But today isn’t just about reflecting on how we got this far (though I thought Matt’s reflection on the first ten years was lovely). We are constantly moving forward. As each release cycle begins and ends (3.6 will be here soon, promise!), we always see an ebb and flow in the contributor pool. Part of ensuring the longevity of WordPress means mentoring new contributors, continually bringing new talent and fresh points of view to our family table.
I am beyond pleased to announce that this summer we will be mentoring 8 interns, most of them new contributors, through Google Summer of Code and the Gnome Outreach Program for Women. Current contributors, who already volunteer their time working on WordPress, will provide the guidance and oversight for a variety of exciting projects this summer. Here are the people/projects involved in the summer internships:
- Ryan McCue, from Australia, working on a JSON-based REST API. Mentors will be Bryan Petty and Eric Mann, with a reviewer assist from Andrew Norcross.
- Kat Hagan, from the United States, working on a Post by Email plugin to replace the core function. Mentors will be Justin Shreve and George Stephanis, with an assist from Peter Westwood.
- Siobhan Bamber, from Wales, working on a support (forums, training, documentation) internship. Mentors will be Mika Epstein and Hanni Ross.
- Frederick Ding, from the United States, working on improving portability. Mentors will be Andrew Nacin and Mike Schroder.
- Sayak Sakar, from India, working on porting WordPress for WebOS to Firefox OS. Mentor will be Eric Johnson.
- Alex Horeth, from Germany, working on adding WordPress native revisions to the theme and plugin code editors. Mentors will be Dominik Schilling and Aaron Campbell, with a reviewer assist from Daniel Bachhuber.
- Mert Yazicioglu, from Turkey, working on ways to improve our community profiles at profiles.wordpress.org. Mentors will be Scott Reilly and Boone Gorges.
- Daniele Maio, from Italy, working on a native WordPress app for Blackberry 10. Mentor will be Danilo Ercoli.
Did you notice that our summer cohort is as international as the #wp10 parties going on today? I can only think that this is a good sign.
It’s always a difficult process to decide which projects to mentor through these programs. There are always more applicants with interesting ideas with whom we’d like to work than there are opportunities. Luckily, WordPress is a free/libre open source software project, and anyone can begin contributing at any time. Is this the year for you? We’d love for you to join us as we work toward #wp20.