Migration to Managed WooCommerce

Liquid Web is here to support your migration needs into our Managed WooCommerce Hosting platform. Whether you are migrating from an external or internal source, our in-house team of migration experts transforms the data migration process into a simple task. To ensure the smoothest and best possible data transfer, we have a quick overview and a few points for your consideration.

 

Our first step includes taking a copy of your live site (known as the origin site) and migrating it over to our Managed WooCommerce Hosting platform. Rest assured, when performing the migration, the only changes made to the site will be to assist in the movement. Within this timeframe, it is advised to avoid making changes or updates to the site as it will extend the migration timeline and could result in data loss. Changes and updates are included but not limited to themes, designs, contents, products, blog posts or WordPress versions. The initial sync process should result in no downtime for your live site.

Once the initial sync is complete, our Migration Specialists perform a series of basic tests to the site. During this time, our team will send information on ways to test out your new site to ensure that all aspects have carried over correctly and are in working order. Before going live, it is essential to take the time to thoroughly review your site and if at any point you do find a discrepancy our specialist is there to assist.

The third and most exciting step is the push to go live. We will coordinate the best date and time for the final sync of your site. This last sync will ensure the latest data on orders, products, and customers transfers to your new server. Upon completion of the final sync, you will be asked to update the staging domain’s name and DNS record. With a little DNS propagation time, you will begin to see the new site populate!

With the updating of DNS and the site name, you are now entirely done with the migration process. In subsequent steps, we will create a ticket with our Product Team to connect your store to our partnered applications, Glew and Jilt. Credentials to these valued applications will be sent out in an email, after which, our product team can suggest performance optimization methods to get the most out of your eCommerce store.

 

Knowing the details behind the migration process aligns us with our next step in creating a migration request from your Liquid Web control panel! Once completed, our Migration Specialists will be in touch to schedule the migration and answer any questions you may have.

 

Is there a way to stop bots from being able to crawl add-to-cart links on my site?

Having search engines crawl add-to-cart links and other unwanted pages can damage your SEO rankings. Add-to-links can cause more specific issues because those pages are not cached, and this can also increase your CPU and memory usage as they are hit repeatedly.

Fortunately, it is very simple to adapt your site’s robot.txt file to make sure Google and other search engines are only the crawling pages you want. You can these lines of code into the site robots.txt file, specifically to address the add-to-cart links:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /*add-to-cart=*

When you add these lines to the robot.txt file the file is not saying that any search engine that hits the site cannot index your add-to-cart links.

We also recommend that you adapt your robots.txt file to disallow indexing of the cart, checkout and my-account pages, which can be done by adding the lines below, to the same file.

Disallow: /cart/
Disallow: /checkout/
Disallow: /my-account/

How can I add external/affiliate products to my store?

If you sell products as an Amazon, or other company affiliate, then you probably want to mark those products as external or affiliate products. This is something you can do within a default WooCommerce install, and it requires no special plugins or code.

First, add your new product, then choose External/Affiliate product from the Product Data dropdown menu.

In this section you can set the external URL, any special button text, and the price.

Example:

How do I enable multiple products to be added to cart on my store?

Online shopping is one of the great conveniences of this age, and anything you can do to make purchasing easier is appreciated by your customers and likely to bring in more revenue through your store. An easy way to enable more sales is allowing customers to add multiple products to the cart, without having to leave their current page.

Offering this functionality is as simple as installing the WooCom Add Multiple Products plugin and using the newly added widget.

In addition, you can use this shortcode to add the input form to other pages:

[wamp_product_input]

From there, you can then choose which individual products this ability applies to via your settings page.

How can I use ACF Pro to add custom tabs to WooCommerce products?

Advanced Custom Fields Pro is a plugin that allows you to do a number of things. However, in this tutorial, we’re going to walk you through how to add custom tabs to WooCommerce products.

Please note that this tutorial is a bit of a developer tutorial. You will be adding some code to your theme’s functions.php file and adding another php file to your theme. You also need to make sure that you have the Advanced Custom Fields Pro plugin installed and activated on your site.

The first thing you need to do is create a new file in your theme’s folder. We’ll call it acf-fields.php. We’ll add the following code to the file.

This code is what creates the ACF repeater fields and thus creates the tabs on your WooCommerce product.

Next, you’ll need to add this code to your theme’s functions.php file. This will set up the tabs in your theme.

With both files being uploaded to your site, you will now have ACF custom tabs on your WooCommerce products.

How can I set my store to notify an admin when a new customer account is created?

Keeping track of customer accounts is important, and if you want a site administrator to receive a notification that’s a simple task. You can add this code snippet via the Code Snippets plugin (recommended), or manually by pasting it into your theme’s functions.php file:

Just change “admin” with the username you want the emails to go to.

Happy Modding!

Is there a way to display the stock status in a dropdown for product variations on my store?

If you have products that tend to sell out, or that you typically sell in bulk, it might be beneficial to display the available product quantity. This can ensure your customers have the ability to order the quantity or volume they need.

Displaying your stock availability is as simple as adding a quick code snippet to your theme’s function.php.

Happy customizing.

How do I add custom fields to the registration form on my store if I am using Product Vendors?

As the internet evolves, so does the information you need from customers when they register with your store. It’s likely that a default registration form will cover everything you want to gather when some signs up. For example, having social media usernames can help you keep in touch, but those fields are not automatically part of the default form.

It’s also important that you be able to add the same information if you manually create a user within the dashboard itself. Adding and modifying a bit of code in your theme’s function.php file will allow you to do both.

Let’s break down this code a bit.

Lines 1 to 50, adds the two new fields to the taxonomy in the Product Vendors form. This allows you to specify their Facebook or Twitter URLs as to manually create or edit a vendor in the WP-Admin.

Lines 51 to 76, validates and saves the fields in the database.

Lines 78 to 91, adds the same fields to the registration form. You can show this on a page by using the shortcode:

[wcpv_registration]

The fields will appear after the Vendor Description fields. These are shown at the end of the form right before the Submit button.

Lastly, lines 93 to 98 saved the fields in the vendor taxonomy.

Of course this is a simple example with two text fields. You could easily add any kind of fields you want, even more than 2.

This is just a simple example with two text fields, as you can imagine you can add any kind of fields, and as many as you want.

 

How do I enable multiple products to be added to cart on my store?

Online shopping is one of the great conveniences of this age, and anything you can do to make purchasing easier is appreciated by your customers and likely to bring in more revenue through your store. An easy way to enable more sales is allowing customers to add multiple products to the cart, without having to leave their current page.

Offering this functionality is as simple as installing the WooCom Add Multiple Products plugin and using the newly added widget.

In addition, you can use this shortcode to add the input form to other pages:

[wamp_product_input]

From there, you can then choose which individual products this ability applies to via your settings page.