WooCommerce Top Extensions

WooThemes` WooCommerce has been around for only a short time compared to other WordPress E-Commerce einvonments,
WooCommerce is my WordPress E-Commerce environment of choice and that`s no secret.

Currently there are 80 official WooCommerce extensions but this amount is growing every week!
Below is my personal selection of recommended extensions and why;

Genesis Connect

This plugin replaces WooCommerce’s built-in shop templates with its own Genesis-ready versions.

I`ve been using the Genesis Framework for over a year and been waiting for this since WooCommerce 1.1 arrived.
It`s totally free but you`ll have to have the Genesis Framework.

For more information and the download visit wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-connect-woocommerce/

Piggy Lite / Piggy Pro

Piggy is a mobile sales statistics add-on for the popular WP e-Commerce, Cart66, Woo Commerce and Shopp plugins. When installed, Piggy allows access to a web-application on your iPhone or Android device that can be used to view up-to-date sales statistics for your WordPress e-commerce site.

For more information visit:
Piggy Lite on WordPress.org
Piggy Pro on BraveNewCode.com

WooCommerce Multilingual – run WooCommerce with WPML

This ‘glue’ plugin makes it possible to run fully multilingual e-commerce sites using WooCommerce and WPML. It makes products and store pages translatable, lets visitors switch languages and order products in their language.

This plugin allows customers/viewers to browse products in their own language.
To use this plugin you`ll need to have WPML.

WooCocommerce Multilingual on WordPress.org

WooCommerce Delivery Notes

This plugin adds Delivery Notes for the WooCommerce Shop Plugin. You can add company info as well as personal notes and policies to the print page.

There is not much to tell you except that I`ve done the Dutch translation for this plugin.

WooCommerce Delivery Notes on WordPress.org

Facebook Tab

This extension integrates with Facebook to create a tab on the left hand side of your page where customers can view your products and add them to their cart all from within Facebook. They are then taken to your site to complete their order.

This plugin makes life easier by integration your webshop with social media (Facebook).

Facebook Tab on WooThemes

Currency Converter

The Currency Converter Widget lets you offer a dynamic currency switcher for displaying product prices and totals.

An absolute must-have for webshops with customers around the globe.

Currency Converter on WooThemes

Google Product Support

The Google Product Feed extension allows you to easily configure data to be added to your Google Merchant Centre feed. This means your products will now appear on Googles product search.

Using this plugin you`ll draw more potential customers to your site.

Google Product Feed on WooThemes

Product Importer Deluxe

Product Importer Deluxe earns its keep by populating the Categories, Tags and Product tables in WooCommerce with Products details from a CSV file.

This plugin allows a CSV file with products to be imported and fill your webshop. Works great with already-present store software.

Product Importer Deluxe on WooThemes

Sale Flash Pro

Display a % discount or total amount off per product

Sale Flash Pro on WooThemes

PayPal Pro

This plugin allows users to do the whole pay process without leaving your site.

PayPal Pro on WooThemes

Table Rate Shipping

The table rate shipping module extends WooCommerce’ default shipping options giving you highly customisable shipping options. Define separate shipping rates location, price, weight, or item count. Wildcards may be used to match multiple regions too.

Table Rate Shipping on WooThemes

Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook review

The Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook is one of Packt Publishing’s cookbook series meaning that it contains recipes. This book contains over 80 different recipes to use extensions to add maps, image galleries, slideshows, audio  and video players, security, forums, shopping cart, guestbook and other functionalities to your site.  Each recipe is a articles with an idea and how to work it out (step by step), just like a regular cookbook.

Joomla! is an open-source award-winning PHP/MySQL based content management system (CMS). Since its available under the GPL license it`s free to download, modify and use it for your website.

This book is written for Joomla! 1.5 users without programming or webdesign knowledge. Basic knowledge of setting it up is recommended.

For basic Joomla! Knowledge I can recommend Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook which I reviewed earlier: Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook review.

Most of the content of this book is also valid for Joomla! 1.6, although not all extensions will work fine. The same counts for users of PHP 5.3.

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Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook


This month im going to review another book; Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook by Packt Publishing. The review will be published on  this site, like always.

The Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook is one of Packt Publishing’s cookbook series meaning that it contains recipes. This book contains over 80 different recipes to use extensions to add maps, image galleries, slideshows, audio  and video players, security, forums, shopping cart, guestbook and other functionalities to your site.  Each recipe is a small articles/paragraphs with an idea and how to work it out, just like a regular cookbook.

What you will learn from this book :

  • Implement access control list by creating groups and assigning permissions to groups
  • Create backups that can be restored on any other Joomla! site and relocate a site to another server without any hassle.
  • Add an Ajax contact form with custom fields using AiContactSafe extension and add Ajax search to Joomla! site using PixSearch extension.
  • Import hundreds of users from a CSV file enabling them to log in without registering themselves using UserPort extension
  • Integrate phpBB with Joomla! so that users from phpBB can access Joomla! and vice versa without further registration and by a single login using JFusion extension
  • Send tweets automatically upon publishing articles in Joomla!
  • Add project management functionalities to your Joomla!-based sites and get notified about new contents from time to time (for subscribers)
  • Add attachment to an article in a much easier way using Attachment plugin
  • Build a document repository for Joomla! using DOCMan extension for sharing files through your site or if you want to provide downloads
  • Add a Google Map in content articles to find your place.using Google Maps plugin
  • Display PDF documents inside Joomla! content items using Embed PDF plugin
  • Watch your visitors in real-time using JoomlaWatch extension
  • Improve banner ads on your site and add classified ads to Joomla! Site
  • Use Google Adsense with Joomla! contents
  • Preview the page on which you just altered the contents instead of preview button taking you to home page by default

For more information I recommend that you visit the official book page at www.packtpub.com/joomla-1-5-top-extensions-cookbook/book

Microsoft and HTML5 Video


Yesterday microsoft announced in this post that:

  • IE9 will support H.264.
  • Microsoft released an add-on for Firefox on Windows to support H.264
  • Microsoft will release a plugin for  Google Chrome on Windows to provide support for H.264.
  • Support will be provided for IE9 users who want to play WebM

What does this mean?

Why Google doesn`t want to use H.264 in Chrome – Microsoft will make a workaround.
With this workaround and WebM support I forsee a good future for H.264  and WebM.

Personally- at this moment  – I haven`t made a choice of codec yet. Maybe after reading the HTML5 Video ook, which I will be reviewing next week!