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WooCommerce Meetup June

This month we are going to be hearing from two superb characters, Elliot and Brent.

1. A peak behind the curtain of WooCommerce Extension Development | Brent Sheperd

The classic 1939 Wizard or Oz movie featured an unforgettable scene. After an adventure in search of a way home, Judy Garland, playing the hapless Dorothy, arrived to find the great and powerful Oz. Upon meeting the great Wizard, Dorothy smelt a rat and pulled back a green curtain. She was surprised by what she found.

In this talk, Brent Shepherd, the original developer of WooCommerce Subscriptions, will play the hapless Dorothy and pull back the curtain on what goes into making one of the largest and most popular WooCommerce extensions.

He'll share the story of the 3 year adventure behind the extension in a way that is accessible (and hopefully entertaining) to both non-technical and technical folks alike. Just as Dorothy was surprised by what she found behind the curtain, you may be too.

2. WooCommerce Growth Hacking | Elliot Taylor

"I had a call with a shop owner who was already setup on WooCommerce. They were taking sales but weren’t hitting their growth targets... They were spending lots on Facebook and Google ads but weren’t getting returns. What did I suggest? Split growth into on-site and off-site. Or more crudely: Increasing conversion and growing traffic."

Elliot will share advice on growth hacking for WooCommerce and how to take your store from exiting to awesome.


A big thank you PayPal who are sponsoring this month's meetup, and hosting us at their office in Richmond.

See you on Monday and please honour your RSVP so we can cater and host you well :)

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  • Clive V.

    I found this a useful Meetup, both for the presentations and the discussion beforehand.
    (If possible, it would be nice if the slides could be uploaded here.)

    1 · June 23, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    think I rsvp'd in error somehow .. can't make this unfortunately. sorry about that have undone now. See you's at another one

    June 22, 2015

    • Nicoletta R.

      Many thanks for your presentation

      June 23, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks - nice one

      June 23, 2015

  • Eva P.

    Thx to all, great session!

    2 · June 23, 2015

  • Nicoletta R.

    This was my first Woo meetup. I found the combination of store owners and developers a good mix to understand Woo better. Until next time!

    3 · June 23, 2015

  • Elliot T.

    At the meetup (not the last the one before!) I was asked about costs and why do developers always ask "What is your budget?" - Well I've written a post about it. If you have feedback please use the comments on the post - thanks:

    1 · May 26, 2015

    • Adrian

      some might say if you haven't determined a budget, you are not ready to run a business ;)

      1 · June 22, 2015

  • Albert

    Can't make it due to distance, but looking forward to the next one :)

    June 22, 2015

    • Marina P.

      No worries Albert, thanks for letting us know and see you next time :)

      June 22, 2015

  • Neel P.

    Hi Marnia & Co, unfortunately I can't make it due to distance, but look forward to the next one! Have fun all!

    June 22, 2015

    • Marina P.

      No problem. See you in July :)

      June 22, 2015

  • Josh

    Brilliant idea! Would love to hear some talks on hosting combined with ssl.

    1 · May 1, 2015

    • Marina P.

      We've bumped hosting to next month, but this Monday has a great line up. See you there :)

      June 16, 2015

  • Piccia N.

    Really sorry I couldn't come last time after all, it was mostly because Hammersmith is simply too far for me so here's to hoping this month's meeting is somewhere less West! :)

    1 · May 22, 2015

    • Marina P.

      Hi Piccia! It's Richmond for this next one, then from July we have secured a regular venue centrally :)

      1 · June 16, 2015

  • Gabor J.

    Yes, awesome idea! On Post Status slack there was a pretty awesome discussion on 30th April about hosting WooCommerce / hosted WooCommerce (much like

    I also recently had the pleasure of debugging a WC site hosted on WPEngine, and despite WPE's reputation, I was not impressed with how things were.

    1 · May 1, 2015

    • Gabor J.

      Thing is, it's hard. I understand why WPE does things the way day do, so it's never a case of "if you do this, you're wrong, and this is the right way of doing it". Think of it this way:

      You need to get 40 metric tons of coal from New York to San Francisco, and do it really fast because the deal is over in 24 hours. You can either get the coal on a train / truck, and haul it there, in which case the coal's going to be there, BUT you're not going to get there within 24 hours, OR you can hop on a plane and get there in about 6 hours, BUT you can't take the coal with you.

      It's ALWAYS a game of compromises. The question is really: "can host X cater for MY needs?"

      1 · June 12, 2015

    • Marina P.

      Sooooo hosting has been bumped to next month (see email), but two great talks for Monday! See you guys then :)

      June 16, 2015

  • Rich S.

    Great idea. Yes, hosting is so often an after thought with WordPress sites, and WooCommerce in particular.

    @Gabor, interesting. I have had no issues at all with WooCommerce sites on WP Engine. One of the reasons I like hosting with WPE is because, WooThemes use WPE too.

    1 · May 1, 2015

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