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.

 

Automatically Restore Stock Levels After Cancellation with WooCommerce

If you’re selling physical products with your WooCommerce store, you already know that accurate inventory counts are really important. You need to know how many t-shirts you have on hand, or if it’s time to restock specialty items after a big sale. With WooCommerce, it’s easy to see how much you’ve sold on your store and watch stock levels. 

When an order is cancelled or refunded, is there a way to have the stock level restored automatically on a WooCommerce store?

When an order is cancelled, what happens? What do you do when you have to issue a refund for an item that didn’t fit? Maybe you manually update stock counts after every cancellation of refund. But that’s more work than you have time for, and it leaves too much room for counting errors.

Fortunately, the WooCommerce Auto Restore Stock plugin automates post-cancellation stock updates. Simply install and activate the plugin on your WooCommerce store. Now your stock levels will automatically adjust when a customer cancels their order, or you cancel and refund for them.

WooCommerce Auto Restore Stock

Offering Free Products on Your WooCommerce Store

Did you know that offering free products or downloads can be a great way to increase your growing business? It might seem counter intuitive at first, but a great free offering can help get your name out there. It creates an opportunity for new customers to get to know you, and sing your praises, and then tell others about your products.

If I offer free products on my store, how do I remove unnecessary fields to make the checkout easier for those customers?

Continue reading “Offering Free Products on Your WooCommerce Store”

Using Glew on Managed WooCommerce Hosting

When it comes to online purchases, store owners regularly live without the data they need. Now that you have Google Analytics set up, Managed WooCommerce Hosting further solves that problem for you by integrating with it via partnership with Glew.io. Glew helps you make the most out of the data you collect, so you can make the right decisions as your business grows.

With this service, you  get the most out of your customer data, and the work happens off site. This means all the data crunching never has a chance to impact the performance or speed of your store. Glew is connected with your Managed WooCommerce Hosting store as part of white glove onboarding, so current data from your store is already there, waiting to be viewed!

 

Let’s connect Google Analytics and Glew. 

 

  1. Log into Glew from https://liquidweb.glew.io/ with the credentials you received as part of your welcome email series. You will need to have Google Analytics integration set up on your Managed WooCommerce Hosting store prior to connecting with Glew.

2. Navigate to Store Settings > App Integrations > Google Analytics

3. Click on Grant Glew Access. 

4. Click Connect Google Analytics. You will need to be logged into the Google account where you Google Analytics is set up.

5. Select All Web Site Data for your listed Managed WooCommerce Hosting site.

What else can Glew provide? Glew will automatically create common customer segments, such as First Purchase and Full Price Customers, or Big Ticket Spenders, allowing you to start analyzing your customers’ behavior right away. 

Glew automatically creates product segments:

Additionally, you can create custom segments and export them directly to MailChimp. You can also download a .CSV and import it into your own content management system.

Glew enables you to view reports showing:

  • Revenue
  • Gross Profit
  • Orders
  • Products Sold
  • Average Order Value
  • Refunds
  • Visits
  • Conversion Rate

Reports can be accessed anytime by logging into your Glew account and you can schedule reports to send to you automatically.

You can easily enhance Glew by integrating with commonly used apps such Google Adwords, AdRoll, Bling Ads, Facebook Ads and Mailchimp.

Setting up Google Analytics Integration with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

Data is critical for store owners and Google Analytics is the standard for eCommerce. Integrating Google Analytics with your site can often be time consuming or difficult for some, but we’ve solved that for you in with our Managed WooCommerce Hosting product utilizing the WP Disable. You can link referrals to purchases, add transaction information to your Google Analytics data, and it offers enhanced eCommerce event tracking.

 

Add Google Analytics to your Managed WooCommerce Hosting store.

 

  1. First, you’ll notice that WP Disable is displayed as Optimisation.io, in the wp-admin sidebar. Click on Optimisation.io

2. Click the tab titled Offload Google AnalyticsThis where you will enter your Google Analytics UA code.

3. Now, enter your Google Analytics code. You may choose to load this code into the header or the footer. Either option is available. In this example we show you how to set it up in the header.

Next, learn how to connect Google Analytics with Glew for even more data.

Using Jilt with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

All online store owners face potential lost revenue due to cart abandonment. We are very proud to offer Jilt integration with Managed WooCommerce Hosting as a way to address this problem, and we believe it will increase your store conversions and help you bring in more revenue. With Jilt, you can send personalized recovery emails encouraging your customers to complete their purchases. You can also establish an automatic schedule and then analyze these emails, to see which ones have the most positive impact on your business.

 

Doesn’t that sound great? Now let’s get you started with Jilt.

 

The initial Jilt integration will be completed as part of our white glove onboarding process before you start using your Managed WooCommerce Hosting store. You will receive your unique credentials as a part of this process.

  1. Once you have received your credentials, log into Jilt.

2. Your easy-to-navigate Jilt Dashboard will look like this:

3. Once logged in, it’s time to create your first campaign. This will let you recover abandoned carts in your store. You can decide how soon you email someone after they’ve left their cart behind, and how many times you want to email.

4. Not sure how you want to set your first campaign up? No problem! Jilt offers templates, so you can get started quickly and learn as you go.

5. Once you have created your first campaign, customize the emails to your potential or current customers.

Additional information on getting started with Jilt is available at here.

Using Beaver Builder with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

More than 500,000 sites have been designed and built with Beaver Builder. Each site looks unique and more importantly, the code used is lightweight, which means your store will load quickly while looking great. Managed WooCommerce Hosting includes Beaver Builder at no charge as part of our commitment to helping you grow your store. The best part? It works beautifully with Astra Pro.

 

Start using Beaver Builder now, with some easy first steps.

 

Beaver Builder is fast, functional, and intuitive. In order to get the most use out of Beaver Builder, right from the start, we recommend that you start by watching this official demo, which provides a step by step walk-through. Once you’re ready, try a few of these common and easy to use functions for building your page.

  1. Choose a template to customize, or build a page from scratch by selecting the blank template.

2. Add multi-column rows, adjust spacing, add backgrounds, and more with the Add Rows function. Simply drag and drop the representative icons onto the page.

3. Drag and drop modules into the layout to add various types of content:

4. Use Edit Content to mouse over rows, columns, or modules to edit and interact with them.

5. Edit content by using action buttons located around heading and content sections. You can move, edit, duplicate or delete rows, columns and modules.

6. Use the easy-to-find buttons on the top right to open the content panel and add new row layouts, modules or widgets.

7. Use the same buttons in the top right to publish changes, save a draft, or revert back to the last published draft.

8. Within the Modules panel,  choose between many different content and media options, which can be to clicked and dragged into your page layout. Choose as many or as few as you need to build your page.

Using PDF Invoices with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

Over 100,000 sites run the WooCommerce PDF Invoices and Packing Slips plugin. We knew this was the best way to attach PDF invoices to every order, so we’ve made sure it’s available to everyone using Managed WooCommerce Hosting.

With the WooCommerce PDF Invoice and Packing Slips plugin, you can:

  • Fully customize the look and feel of the invoice template using HTML and CSS.
  • Make invoices downloadable from the My Account page.
  • Define invoice numbering with custom formatting.
  • Create invoice and packing slips in many different languages.

 

Set WooCommerce PDF Invoice and Packing Slips to automatically attach invoices to each order notification with the instructions below.

 

  1. From your wp-admin dashboard, click on WooCommerce > PDF Invoices. The WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips General tab looks like this:

As you can see, there are templates available to use, and you can customize even further within this page.

2. Choose how and where you want to attach your PDF invoice and what common elements you want to display, on the Invoice tab.

3. Customize what you wish to display on the packing slip that will accompany your customer orders within the Packing Slip tab.

There are many ways to customize your PDF invoices and packing slips. Additional information for common tasks can be found here.

Using Pretty Links with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

Long, wordy links can make it difficult for you to share products in a way that is easy to remember and looks good in promotional material. To help, we’ve provided the Pretty Links plugin with your Managed WooCommerce Hosting so you can easily create short links for all your products. These short and pretty links make it easier for people to remember and your link more inviting to click.

 

Create and use Pretty Links for your WooCommerce store with these steps.

 

  1. Click on Pretty Links in your wp-admin sidebar.

2a. Click the Add Pretty Link button from the settings page or the admin menu for Pretty Links. Set the target URL (the long link you want to shorten), the Pretty Link, and the title.

2b.  Additional advanced options are available. Select the Tracking box to make sure you can see how many clicks your Pretty Link gets:

3. View the links you have created and how many clicks each link gets on the main Pretty Links page:

Read more about expiring your Pretty Links here.

 

 

Using Astra Pro with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

Speed is important, but did you know that many WooCommerce themes can actually slow down your store? This is why many people end up using the default store theme from WooCommerce. While the default theme is fast, it also means your site looks like everyone else’s.

This is why Managed WooCommerce Hosting provides you with a lightning fast theme called Astra. It works well with WooCommerce, and allows you to create unique stores that match your style. To make sure you have all the value possible with Astra we’ve gone further and added the Astra Pro plugin.

 

Let’s walk through how you use Astra and Astra Pro on your store.

 

As stated, Astra is a fast, performance-based theme and Astra Pro is a the plugin that extends the Astra theme to provide additional features. First, you will need to enable the additional features. Log into your store’s backend and navigate to Appearance > Astra > Addons.

This area allows you to enable and use elements like Custom Layouts and Header Sections. It also means you have the ability to customize your store appearance to suit you, rather than being locked into the same layout as everyone else. 

For more information on Astra Pro Addon , as well as recommended settings for Beaver Builder, please read the articles below.

What is Astra Pro Addon

Recommended Settings for Beaver Builder in Astra.