Wikipedia states “WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. [..] Launched on September 27, 2011, the plugin quickly became famous for its simplicity to install and customisation and being free in nature. [..] In May 2015, WooThemes and WooCommerce were acquired by Automattic, operator of WordPress.com and core contributor to the WordPress software. [..] For the 2nd week of March 2015, Trends indicated that WooCommerce ran on 24% of e-commerce sites online with total downloads reaching 6.7 million.”
But as a Woo-lover and Woo-developer, numbers don’t really mean much. The more entrepreneurs I meet in town, the more website owners I speak to, the more social media addicts I “talk” to, WooCommerce is sure to become the biggest provider of Ecommerce functionalities in the next few months.
Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has just acquired WooCommerce, included its worldwide staff of 50+ people, for an amount that is close to $30,000,000. Now, that is what you call an investment!
With 7million downloads worldwide, we’ve decided to start a Dublin WooCommerce Meetup.
Upcoming WooCommerce Meetup: 12 August
The first event saw approximately 25 entrepreneurs attending, all from different backgrounds (web designers, developers, ecommerce entrepreneurs, WordPress enthusiasts). Realex Payments kindly sponsored venue and….. drum roll… free drinks!
Good news is – we’re running our WooCommerce Meetups every 2nd Wednesday of the month, in Dublin 2 (and specifically in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, 7 Clare Street).
Or next appointment is on Aug 12th (RSVP here by Aug 11). We’ll discuss:
- best practices for WooCommerce/WordPress website hosting
- hosting platforms: who is using what, for how much, and what the feedback is
- website speed: hosting and caching plugin recommendations
- backing up and security: tips and suggestions to keep our websites secure and 99% hack-proof
Why is this WooCommerce Meetup important to me?
The main obstacle being faced by web developers, graphic designers and website owners is… TIME.
You would agree with me if I said WooCommerce is easy and fast, however this only applies to basic ecommerce functionalities. There are hundreds of free and premium plugins, thousands of themes, millions of PHP snippets available to accomplish advanced tasks.
So, TIME is money and we wish we had some extra hours a day to run the whole process smoothly!
This month, we’ll discuss openly about hosting providers, hosting plans, website speed, backup and restore planning and whatever is related to the best practices of “starting with the right foot“.
If you charge a considerable amount of money to develop WooCommerce websites, or if you’re investing in your next WooCommerce website, it’s extremely important to select the best hosting options before starting with the development.
When is the next Dublin WooCommerce Meetup on?
As already mentioned, we’ll be meeting in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce at 8pm on August 12th.
We asked Blacknight, Letshost, SpiralHost, Digiweb and other companies to attend so we’ll see if they’re brave enough to attend and answer our questions!
For sure, there will be myself, recently appointed WooCommerce Meetup Organiser by WooThemes/Automattic, and several other entrepreneurs such as website owners, designers and developers. In the first event, 2 great guys drove down from Cork to attend – so there is really no excuse if you live in Dublin!
To register (it’s free of course, plus Realex Payments will get you a free drink afterwards!), visit http://www.meetup.com/Dublin-WooCommerce-Meetup/events/223649210 now.
Hope to see you there!