WooCommerce
WooCommerce
Woocommerce logo.png
Original author(s)Mike Jolley, James Koster
Developer(s)Automattic
Initial release2011 (2011)[1]
Stable release3.4.4 (July 25, 2018; 3 months ago (2018-07-25)[2]) [±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inPHP
Operating systemUnix-like, Windows
Typee-commerce
LicenseGPL
Websitewoocommerce.com

WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress. Launched on September 27, 2011,[3] the plugin quickly became popular for its simplicity to install and customize and free base product.

History

WooCommerce was first developed by WordPress theme developer WooThemes,[4] who hired Mike Jolley and James Koster, developers at Jigowatt, to work on a fork of Jigoshop[5][6] that became WooCommerce.[7] In August 2014, WooCommerce powered 381,187 sites (or 17.77% of e-commerce sites online).[8]

In November 2014, the first WooConf, a conference focusing on eCommerce using WooCommerce was held in San Francisco, California. It attracted 300 attendees.[9]

In May 2015, WooThemes and WooCommerce were acquired by Automattic, operator of WordPress.com and core contributor to the WordPress software.[10]

Usage

WooCommerce is used by a number of high-traffic websites such as Small Press Expo.[11] For the 3rd week of September 2015, Trends indicated that WooCommerce ran on 30%[12] of e-commerce sites and millions of active installs.[13] Ecommerce is rapidly growing worldwide and WooCommerce has over 39 million downloads as a plugin and is currently active on more than three million websites and is the most popular eCommerce platform in 2018.[14] WooCommerce has approximately 4% of the of the top million HTML pages.[15] In 2018, statistics show that the percentage of online stores that utilize WooCommerce through Wordpress.org's plugin is more than 30% of all stores.[16] WooCommerce has complete control of the market share with an outstanding 42% of all online stores being powered by Woocommerce. [17]

Since Automattic's acquisition WooCommerce has kept gaining market share, and has now become one of the leading E-commerce platforms on the Internet. [18]

Themes

With many Woocommerce-ready themes sold on third party websites it makes it difficult to exactly estimate how many themes can be associated with this Wordpress plugin, but here are some Woocommerce stats for the bigger theme providers.[19]

Extensions

WooCommerce has attracted significant popularity because the base product, in addition to many extensions and plugins, is free and open source. In 2018, WooCommerce has near 330 extensions and over 1,000 plugins.[22] In addition, there are thousands of paid add-ons for fixed prices. Many Premium Themes now offer capability with WooCommerce as well as plugins that make a theme framework compatible.[23]

Notable WooCommerce extensions include:

  • WooCommerce Bookings: Which allows users to sell blocks of time as appointments.[24]
  • WooCommerce Memberships: which allows the user to restrict access to certain parts of their Wordpress website, and sell access to these parts of the website.[25]

WooExpert Partner program

Instead of a certification program WooCommerce uses an official partnership program. WooCommerce recommends users to use these WooExperts for their WooCommerce projects.[26] Suppliers can apply to become a partner and by doing so will undergo a multi-stage application process that includes skill evaluation and an interview. Throughout the process WooCommerce aim to assess familiarity with WooCommerce core and extensions. The partnership program had either a Gold, Silver or Bronze level[27] until late 2017, when it moved to a flat "verified WooExpert" system.[28]

Revenues

A study conducted in 2017 by Todd Wilkins, Head of WooCommerce, suggests that WooCommerce stores would collectively account for nearly $10 billion dollars in sales.[29]

See also

References

  1. ^ "WooCommerce Has Arrived". WooCommerce. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "WooCommerce - excelling eCommerce". WordPress. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Perez, Sarah (27 September 2011). "WooThemes Launches WooCommerce To Turn WordPress Sites Into Online Shops". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "WordPress Themes, Plugins & eCommerce". WooThemes.
  5. ^ Imel, Ryan (28 August 2011). "Jigoshop team and WordPress community members share thoughts on forking". WPCandy. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Our forking views". Jigoshop. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Imel, Ryan (25 August 2011). "WooThemes forks Jigoshop into WooCommerce, launches WooLabs". WPCandy. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "WooCommerce Growth Revisited: Four Million and Counting". WooCommerce. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2015.[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ "Dedicated to store owners & WordPress developers wanting to learn the art of eCommerce using WooCommerce". Wooconf. November 2014. Retrieved 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  10. ^ "WordPress Parent Automattic Buys WooCommerce, a Shopping Tool for Web Publishers". Re/code. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "WooCommerce E-Commerce Usage". WebTechster. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Statistics for websites using Ecommerce technologies (The Entire Internet Tab)". builtwith.com. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ Warnimont, Joe (14 February 2018). "WooCommerce Review: The King of Ecommerce Plugins on WordPress". Ecommerce Platforms. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "WooCommerce Stats 2018: How Many Websites Use WooCommerce?". Barn2 Media. 2018-02-13. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "WooCommerce Stats 2018: How Many Websites Use WooCommerce?". Barn2 Media. 2018-02-13. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "WooCommerce Stats 2018: How Many Websites Use WooCommerce?". Barn2 Media. 2018-02-13. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "WooCommerce Stats 2018: How Many Websites Use WooCommerce?". Barn2 Media. 2018-02-13. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "WooCommerce keeps gaining Market Share". ProWoos. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "WooCommerce Stats 2018: How Many Websites Use WooCommerce?". Barn2 Media. 2018-02-13. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "WooCommerce Stats 2018: How Many Websites Use WooCommerce?". Barn2 Media. 2018-02-13. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "WooCommerce Stats 2018: How Many Websites Use WooCommerce?". Barn2 Media. 2018-02-13. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "[Infographic] 2017 WooCommerce Statistics". Holler Box. 2017-08-01. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "WooCommerce Genesis Framework for WooCommerce".
  24. ^ "WordPress Parent Automattic Buys WooCommerce, a Shopping Tool for Web Publishers". Recode. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Easy Membership Sites With WooCommerce Memberships - Patrick's Programming Blog". Patrick's Programming Blog. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "WooExperts - WooCommerce". WooCommerce. Retrieved .
  27. ^ "Becoming a WooExpert - WooCommerce". WooCommerce. Retrieved .
  28. ^ Scott, Robin. "WooCommerce Ends Gold, Silver, Bronze - Just WooExperts". Silicon Dales. Silicon Dales Ltd. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "WooCommerce Stores on Track to Surpass $10B in Sales This Year". WordPress Tavern. 2017-10-19. Retrieved .

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