[Plugin update] Store Exporter Deluxe 1.9.2 for WooCommerce

Hi WooCommerce store owners, the 1.9.2 Plugin update is a minor Plugin release with improvements to our scheduled exports scheduling support, there’s WooCommerce Bookings support and fixed export filenames for FTP exports.

In this release you can now:

  • schedule exports to run daily/weekly/monthly/custom frequency
  • schedule exports to begin exporting at a given date and time (e.g. 31/03/2015 at 23:59)
  • use the Field Editor to override XML nodes
  • export WooCommerce Bookings details within Order exports
  • send scheduled exports to FTP with a fixed export filename
  • export Subscriptions from large stores using a fallback export engine with Volume Limit and Volume Offset support

Here’s the full changelog broken down.

Added

  • Added: Order Items Booking ID to Orders export
  • Added: Order Items Booking Start Date to Orders export
  • Added: Order Items Booking End Date to Orders export
  • Added: Scheduling section for Scheduled Exports
  • Added: Export daily/weekly/monthly to Scheduling section
  • Added: Commence exports from now option to Scheduling section
  • Added: Commence exports from date option to Scheduling section
  • Added: Override XML nodes via Field Editor for exports
  • Added: Notice to indicate where is_large_store flag is set within Subscriptions
  • Added: WordPress filter to override Order Shipping ID
  • Added: Time support to scheduling exports
  • Added: Support for custom Product Add-ons in Orders
  • Added: Fixed filename support for Export to FTP scheduled exports

Fixed

  • Fixed: Variable date ranges in Order exports
  • Fixed: Leading 0’s being stripped from numbers in CSV, XLS, XLSX
  • Fixed: Subscriptions exports for stores with the is_large_store flag set
  • Fixed: Links to WordPress Plugins Search using Term filter instead of Tag

Changed

  • Changed: Moved “Once every (x) minutes) to Scheduling section
  • Changed: Hide Add New button on Export screen
  • Changed: Error styling within Recent Scheduled Exports widget on WordPress Dashboard

Download the latest Plugin update from My Account, or via Dashboard > Updates within the WordPress Administration and for more information visit the Plugin detail page for Store Exporter Deluxe.

What’s ahead?

Now that PHPExcel is baked in I’ll be keeping an eye out for export issues arising from the new file generation engine. Development focus for the 1.9 series are:

  • multiple scheduled export support
  • [included in 1.9.2] scheduled export frequency scheduling (e.g. run export A at 5:00pm each Friday)
  • export an XML feed in RSS 2.0 format compatible with Google Merchant (we’re getting there but it didn’t make it into 1.9)

Happy exporting!

Plugin update: Store Exporter Deluxe 1.7 for WooCommerce

Hi WooCommerce store owners, the 1.7 Plugin update is considered a major update as we have added support for WooCommerce Subscriptions and added filtering support to Scheduled Exports.

Here’s a summary of changes in this release:

  • Added the new Subscriptions export type
  • Fixed scheduled e-mails not being received
  • Orders can be filtered by Order Status within Scheduled Exports
  • Fixes for stores using WooCommerce Checkout Manager Pro (ongoing)

Here’s the complete changelog:

  • Added: Subscriptions export type
  • Added: Support for Subscription Key in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Subscription Status in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Subscription Name in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for User in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for User ID in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Order ID in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Order Status in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Post Status in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Start Date in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Expiration in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for End Date in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Trial End Date in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Last Payment in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Next Payment in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Renewals in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Product ID in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Product SKU in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Variation ID in Subscriptions export
  • Added: Support for Coupon Code in Subscription export
  • Added: Support for Limit Volume in Subscription export
  • Fixed: Admin notices not being displayed
  • Fixed: CRON export not e-mailing to Default Recipient by default
  • Added: Export filters support for Scheduled Exports
  • Added: Filter Orders by Order Status within Scheduled Exports

Download the latest Plugin update from My Account, or via Dashboard > Updates within the WordPress Administration and for more information visit the Plugin detail page for Store Exporter Deluxe.

Approved Plugin Compatibility with WP e-Commerce 3.8

WP e-Commerce 3.8 official has hit the streets and is continuing to get love with the 3.8.1 Plugin update! Now is a great chance to cover the rollout of support for WP e-Commerce 3.8 within the free and premium WP e-Commerce Plugins available here on Visser Labs, many of which already do or now fully support the new 3.8 release.

Several Plugins already include support for WP e-Commerce 3.8 official carrying over from early 3.8 development releases (e.g. RC1, RC2, etc.) but due to changes between these builds I?m now going through and confirming working compatibility with WP e-Commerce 3.8 official. Those that do not yet include support for WP e-Commerce 3.8 will very shortly. Check the table below for progress; I’ll be updating thoughout the day.

Plugin Name 3.8 Support 3.8 Confirmed
Download Manager Yes Yes (1.0.3)
Nuke WP e-Commerce Yes Yes (1.5.3)
Offline Credit Card Processing Yes Yes (1.4.3)
Product Versioning Yes Yes (1.2.2)
Sales Widget Yes Yes (1.1)
Send to a Friend Yes Yes (1.2.3)
Related Products Yes Yes (1.4.2)
Visser Labs Plugins Monitor Yes Yes (1.2)
Add to Wishlist Yes Yes (1.6.4)
Custom Fields Yes Yes (1.0.3)
Edit Orders Yes Yes (1.0)
Facebook Like Button Yes Yes (1.5.1)
Facebook Share Yes Yes (1.3.1)
Manual Ordering Yes Yes (1.2.4)
Order Tracking Yes Yes (1.2.1)
Printable Invoices Yes Yes (1.4.3)
Product Categories Importer Yes Yes (1.5.5)
Product Importer Deluxe No No
Product Importer Standard No No
Product Enquiry Yes Yes (1.1)
Rebuild Sales Table (beta) No No
Store Reports No No
Wholesale Pricing Yes Yes (1.4)

I?ve added a WP e-Commerce Compatibility tab to each Plugin page for easy reference as to whether 3.8 support is available and confirmed also in the future as to whether the Plugin is backwards compatible with existing 3.7 stores; don?t worry, I?ll be supporting both for a long time yet!

PayPal Developer Days 2009 Perth Notes

DSC00385-polaThis is a breakdown of notes collected from PayPal Developer Days 2009 hosted at the The Sheraton, Perth. Thanks PayPal!

General

  • PayPal Australia are entering the general/online merchant gateway arena going up against established Australian providers like eWay, CamTech and SecurePay
  • PayPal now supports two-factor authentication by mobile SMS validation and members Security Key (unique 6-character security code)
  • PayPal Australia does not suport Virtual Terminal or Website Payment Pro
  • Website Payments Standard is targetted at “Mums and Dads” whereas Website Payments Pro (or the Australian equivalient) will be for large online merchants (e.g. DSE, Flight Center, etc.)
  • PayPal Partners program is coming to Australia soon… definitely in the works
  • Australian-based PayPal developers working for U.S. clients are encouraged to sign-up for the U.S. PayPal Partner program in conjunction to the Australian PayPal Partner program
  • Australian currency support for recurring/subscription-based payments is live, ideal for NFP (Not For Profit), charities, monthly-subscription services or scheduled billing
  • PayPal Express Checkout has proven greater conversion success, so says PayPal
  • General advice is to take care with accepting eCheques, block future eCheques under Account Settings

DSC00386-polaDeveloper Tips

  • PayPal are pushing their Express Checkout as an alternative for regular PayPal customers to filling shipping/billing details for each online merchant
  • PayPal has wizard-based widgets for low-budget clients requiring PayPal integration
  • PayPal has an API for mobile devices, the major requirement being the browser supports SSL (and yes, API support is for more than the iPhone… WinMo, Crackberry, Android, etc.)
  • Easier to use Name-Value Pair (NVP) for API transactions than SOAP
  • PayPal recommends setting up server certificate over use of signatures in API transactions

PayPal Certified

  • Currently over 200 Certified Developers worldwide, 5 PayPal Certified Australains at time of publish
  • PayPal Certified developers can proudly display the PayPal Certified logo in emails and website
  • Forum to exchange ideas, respond to merchant queries, interact with other developers
  • Marketing materials to assist developers in selling PayPal integration packages to clients
  • PayPal Developer Community is very much U.S. focused, Australian content/forum section in the works

PayPal Certified Developer Directory

  • PayPal Certified developers are listed in the PayPal Certified Developer Directory
  • Online merchants can use the directory to find local PayPal Certified developers
  • The listing page needs basic filtering, it’s currently just a ‘list’. Filtering based on local region (Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, etc.), expertise (e.g. PHP, ASP, .NET, WordPress, DotNetNuke, etc.) and hourly rate (e.g. fixed rate of $150 AUD per hour, quote available, etc.) would improve the directory’s value to online merchants
  • The directory gives a direct link back the Online Merchant Network (www.onlinemerchantnetwork.com) which has an unknown PR, yet the domain is 3 years old.
  • Australia is grouped under the Asia Pacific group catering for a very large region, Austalia should be on it’s own as developers are typically only familiar with their own local region

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Windows Vista continues to amaze me after I introduced multiple Windows Vista machines into a wired network environment using DHCP to assign local IP addresses. After a day’s exhaustive research I now have stable “Local and Internet” access on all workstations with consistent results.

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Must Haves for Email Newsletters – Footer

E-mail newsletters are a hit-miss opportunity to connect to existing customers and registered followers, ensuring you have the best equip newsletter template is a step towards bringing visitors back to your website.

I’m not going to walk you through adding these features to your e-mail newsletter campaign because there are so many different platforms available! This is a list of requirements (almost a checklist if you will) of what your e-mail newsletter should include.

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