WooCommerce Product Search

Posted by kento on November 14, 2014 9:20 am

Enhanced Product Search for WooCommerce

The WooCommerce Product Search extension brings Search Relevance and Instant Search Results to WooCommerce. The extension helps to improve and control the relevance of products in search results and adds facilities that supply instant results helping visitors to find products faster.

Instant Search Form

Key Features

  • Increase Sales with Relevant Results
  • Instant Search Results
  • Search Weights based on Keyword Matches
  • Product and Category Search Weights
  • Shortcodes, Widgets and Template API

Search Relevance and Instant Search Results

The relevance of search results is substantially improved with powerful controls that introduce Search Weights to WooCommerce. These have an important impact on product search results, where products will rank higher according to their relevance, based on keyword matches in product titles, excerpts, contents and tags. In addition, new controls are provided to increase the relevance of individual products along with those of whole product categories.

Introducing Search Weights for WooCommerce

Introducing Search Weights for WooCommerce

The extension also provides a live search facility, where product search results are shown instantly to visitors while they type in their search query. This reduces the time that potential customers require to find products and can increase sales substantially.

The extension comes with a shortcode, widget and template API function that allows to place the search facility virtually anywhere on a site.

Have a look at the live Demo to see the instant search in action and read all about this great extension’s features on its Documentation pages.

This extension is a must-have that helps your customers to make a purchase decision. It is available on WooThemes.


Posted by kento on June 4, 2014 4:43 pm

Here’s a brief look at the new Banners section in Affiliates Pro and Enterprise.

More details on this section and how to use it are on the Banners documentation page.

New Import and Export Extension for Groups

Posted by kento on May 18, 2014 10:22 am

Groups Import ExportGroups Import Export is an extension for Groups, providing import and export facilities.

  • Import Users : Users can be imported and assigned to groups in bulk from a text file.
  • Export Users : Users can be exported in bulk, including all users or users that belong to specific groups.

This extension is now available in the Shop.

WordPress Subversion Repositories and GitHub

Posted by kento on May 15, 2014 10:17 am
GitHub Octocat

So you have a plugin’s Subversion repository hosted on WordPress.org and want to use GitHub to coordinate your development efforts. Let’s have a look at how we can set this up.

New Affiliate Plugin for WordPress

Posted by kento on May 4, 2014 11:56 am

Affiliate Menu

The new Affiliate plugin helps Affiliate Marketers to include marketing resources on their WordPress sites.

Included in this toolbox is an automatic keyword linker, a feature that substitutes occurrences of keywords you define with your related affiliate links.

Let’s assume for example that you help to promote a new book called The Foo of Cooking. You already have an affiliate link to the site where the book is sold, so that you get a commission on each sale that you refer. To have your affiliate link appear anywhere you mention The Foo of Cooking, you simply define a new keyword and relate your affiliate link to it:

New Gravity Forms Integrations

Posted by kento on February 18, 2014 4:03 pm

Affiliates Gravity Forms

Affiliates Gravity Forms

This extension allows to record referrals for form submissions and to create affiliate accounts for new users based on Gravity Forms.

  • Let new users sign up as affiliates when they register through a user registration form handled by Gravity Forms’ User Registration Add-On.
  • Grant commissions based on form submissions and synchronize with payments. For each form, referrals can be recorded for submissions that have been referred by an affiliate.

For more details on this integration with the Affiliates plugin series, see the Affiliates Gravity Forms plugin page.

Groups Gravity Forms

Get Groups Gravity Forms

This extension allows to add users to groups automatically, based on form submissions.

A new Groups settings section is provided for each form, where automatic group membership assignments can be determined.

  • Group Memberships based on Form Submissions
  • Group Memberships for User Registrations
  • Group Memberships for Payments

Read more about this integration with Groups on the Groups Gravity Forms plugin page.

Restricting access to comments in WordPress

Posted by kento on January 16, 2014 11:05 am

Groups Restrict Comments Pro

Sometimes there is the need to restrict who can post or read comments on a site. Here is an easy answer to questions like …

How can I limit who is allowed to post a comment?

How can I restrict who is allowed to read comments?

If you need to limit product reviews to customers who have purchased a particular product, or if you want to allow only specific group members to be able to view and participate in discussions on a site, then the standard WordPress discussion settings won’t get you far.

The new Groups Restrict Comments Pro extension for Groups allows to restrict who can post or read comments based on a user’s group membership.

Whether it’s limiting who can post comments to premium users or to allow customers who have bought a specific product to post reviews, the discussion settings provided by WordPress alone are very limited and do not cover for such use cases. It’s similar with restricting who is allowed to read comments, as you can’t easily set things up with WordPress alone for cases like “this group of users is allowed to read comments on that post type” …

This extension allows to determine who can post or read comments based on group memberships, per post type and also per individual post.

See Groups Restrict Comments Pro for more details.

New features for the Affiliates plugins

Posted by kento on December 20, 2013 3:16 pm

The Affiliates plugins have been updated with a few interesting features. Besides making sure that all works smoothly with the currently latest WordPress 3.8, there are a few important and useful additions. The latest versions 2.5.0 of the Affiliates, Affiliates Pro and Affiliates Enterprise plugins now feature:

  • Commission totals are shown for each affiliate in the Affiliates > Manage Affiliates section.
  • A new dashboard widget has been added, that shows the total accumulated amounts for all affiliates by referral status. The widget includes the complete referral history by default and is also capable of displaying the summarized totals for a specific number of days back to present.
  • A new shortcode [affiliates_earnings] has been added that lists the monthly earnings for affiliates. This is a useful addition that allows affiliates to see how their performance has evolved. In newly generated affiliate areas (under Affiliates > Options), this shortcode is now included automatically. Existing affiliate areas can be updated by including the shortcode manually.


Posted by kento on November 29, 2013 2:28 pm
Documents Menu

… a documentation management system

The new Documentation plugin is intended to provide sound basic structures for a documentation management system.

Leveraging WordPress’ framework and internal structures, the system provides a completely new section to manage documents independently from normal posts or pages. Documents are complemented by their dedicated document categories and document tags, which allows to keep the documentation structures separate from the more blog-oriented posts or CMS-like pages. It can be used to build a dedicated documentation site, a subsite for documentation in a multisite network or other creative deployments.

This plugin has been built to provide a solid and extendable solution, which efficiently covers the requirements for an organized way to manage documentation that is provided online.

The Documentation plugin is free and you can download it from WordPress.org or install it directly from your WordPress dashboard. Go to Plugins > Add New, search for documentation and click Install Now for the Documentation plugin.

Time brings new Plugins

Posted by kento on September 29, 2013 10:01 pm

Time is an illusion we maintain and use as a framework to get a grip on change. Why mention that? Apart from its really really deep implications, it’s been a while since I’ve posted an ‘official’ entry on the blog here. Much has happened since the last one, so here’s an update – I surely won’t include all of it, but hey … here are a few notes on plugins worth mentioning:


Besides a few updates on Groups and related plugins, the now almost oven-fresh Groups Newsletters plugin allows you to target and communicate with your users based on their group membership. It’s also good as a simple and flexible newsletter system, of course.

Groups is now on GitHub, if you like to fork around, be my guest ;)


… is more popular than ever and that has various good reasons. Here’s a selection of new plugins crafted here that are very useful:

WP e-Commerce

… is still a standard for e-commerce solutions based on WordPress. We’ve had a very popular extension exclusively for users of Affiliates Pro and thought that it’s really time to give back more to the community. Hence, you can now use the Affiliates WP e-Commerce Integration with Affiliates, Affiliates Pro or Affiliates Enterprise.

Contact Form 7

A similar situation as with WP e-Commerce, you now have the completely free integration that works with all flavors of the Affiliates plugins available to download on the Affiliates Contact Form 7 plugin page.

Updates and new Affiliates extensions

Posted by kento on June 30, 2013 3:24 pm

The new 2.4 releases of the Affiliates plugins bring several improvements and fixes, including better filter sections, improved notifications in Affiliates Pro and Affiliates Enterprise, along with new options and views for tiers in the Enterprise release.

The Enterprise package now also includes Affiliates MS which allows to run a centralized affiliate system on a WordPress Multisite Network.

Six new extensions bring features including conditional shortcodes, shortcodes that show related product information for referrals, an integration with MailChimp and more.

New Ready! Ecommerce Integration

Posted by kento on June 1, 2013 10:57 am

The Ready! Ecommerce plugin seems to be getting popular and it was quite easy to integrate it with the Affiliates plugin.

If you’re interested in an affiliate solution for your shop based on Ready!, you can give it a try: Affiliates Ready Light is a free solution that works with all versions of the Affiliates plugin series.

A free affiliate program for Ecwid

Posted by kento on March 20, 2013 12:25 pm

Ecwid is offering a really cool and easy to handle shopping cart that you can set up within a few minutes.

Their system allows you to deploy a fully featured e-commerce solution within a single HTML page. It doesn’t get easier than that!

The premium integration with Affiliates Pro for WordPress and Ecwid has been around for quite a while now, but for those who just get started with their store and are looking for a free and efficient affiliate program, I’m happy to announce that a free integration with the Affiliates plugin is now available: Affiliates Ecwid Light.

Groups Forums Performance

Posted by kento on February 21, 2013 9:47 pm

Groups Forums claims to be a powerful and yet light-weight forum system for WordPress sites. Ok, the plugin is rather innocent regarding these claims, it’s me who thinks it does quite well ;)

Let’s see how it performs compared to bbPress and Simple:Press. Just to be clear, this post and the results exposed are intended to shed some light on how much these plugins will actually slow down your site. Godaddy provides a nice tool called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler), which allows to create performance reports for sites, and the following data has been obtained with it on three different test sites, each with the Twenty Twelve theme, running WordPress 3.5.1 and the absolute minimum of plugins and with no caching plugin installed. The tests have all been run on installations hosted on a HostGator shared hosting account. These are the plugins that were active on each test site when running the P3 performance scans:

  • Groups, Groups Forums and P3
  • bbPress and P3
  • Simple:Press and P3

The performance scans were done manually on pages relevant to forums – totaling 41 visits in each case. No other posts or pages were present and on the test sites for Groups Forums and bbPress, some widgets related to forums and topics and the default Meta widget were shown in the sidebar (Simple:Press doesn’t provide any widgets related to forums or topics OOTB, the only widget active on its test site was the Meta widget). In each case, three test forums were created, 100 test users, and the following test topics:

  • Groups Forums : 120 topics and 3152 replies
  • bbPress : 60 topics and 60 replies
  • Simple:Press : 9 topics and 5 replies

Have a good look at these numbers when comparing the results ;)

Plugin Impact

The Plugin Impact, defined as Percent of load time on your site dedicated to plugin code and indicated by P3 under these conditions for each is:

  • Groups Forums : 45.5%
  • bbPress : 68.4%
  • Simple:Press : 92.9%

Here’s the Detailed Breakdown for Groups Forums …

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