WooCommerce Sucks? Here’s Our Review

June 21st, 2017
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WooCommerce is a free ecommerce plugin for WordPress. However, its only free with basic functionality. If you need more than a basic store, have some unique functionality or abilities, want to customize the experience you will most likely need plugins. While there are some free plugins the majority of them are not. Most plugins are $79-$200 a year and only good for that website. Many people don’t realize this until later. They see free and install it, start setting it up and then realize they have bought 3-9 plugins to get the functionality they need. Shopify is about $29/month and comes with secure hosting, so a year or Shopify is $348. This is important to note because unless you really need something custom, have the funds for development, need to own the site completely, Shopify is the better and more economical solution.

Also do you have a developer or can you code? WooCommerce is best for someone that has access to developers or coders to actually customize and make the site function how they want. Keep this in mind as a cost, even if you are coding, that is still time you could spend on something else. That is another hidden cost of WooCommerce, but really any ecommerce platform will require some work and configuration.

Security wise I have to wonder. So many WordPress sites run with about 10-30+ plugins which to me is insane, so if you add on WooCommerce and then several more plugins, to me that spells a disaster waiting to happen either with a broken plugin, bugs or security holes. As you know, you have to keep WordPress up to date for security reasons, so there is always the chance something might break from a plugin. So you need to have backups, and maybe have to code or have a developer to help with any issues. Not only that but keep in mind your plugins for the store basically have to be up to date more or less, so you are most likely going to pay for the yearly updates to the plugins.

I’m not trying to bash WooCommerce, but I think people really need to evaluate their needs first. Find out what you really need in an ecommerce site (the functionality), what your resources are and see if its actually economical to use it. Because even with paying for plugins you have even got web hosting or SSL (https), something Shopify comes with. I mention Shopify because they the #1 online e-commerce solution with great customer reviews. WooCommerce is great if you have the time and/or money for development and need something totally custom for a unique situation, want to control every aspect and have the funds for putting it together. But in all honesty the odds that you will get by with the free version is very unlikely. The free initial install and setup of the basic plugin is what gets you into the WooCommerce ecosystem, once you are in you will start to put down money and if its more than $348 a year for basic things that Shopify can do, well you might of been better off with Shopify.

Why segregate single restrooms by gender?

December 7th, 2016
Posted in Uncategorized

It doesn’t make sense to have a bathroom that only has 1 toilet to be only used by male or female. If someone needs to go they need to go and since only one person can use the commode in a bathroom like that, why keep the mens and womens facility separate. Just have the bathroom as gender neutral for whoever needs to go. I understand for bigger restrooms that have multiple urinals or toilet bowls sure, keep them separate if you want. Although I know there have been cases where the lines are just way too long and people need to go and I remember hearing about some lady getting in trouble for using the guys restroom.

Why does Wal-Mart lock up all the Battery Chargers at Night?

December 6th, 2016
Posted in Uncategorized

I know Wal-Mart lockups all the batteries at night behind a metal gate (one that even managers don’t have access to) to prevent theft, but you would think they would leave the battery chargers, cables and other accessories available for people to purchase. When all the auto parts stores are closed, a Super Wal-Mart would be handy for people to get there equipment at late hours.

Reviews on Google are untrustworthy, since they can be Deleted

December 5th, 2016
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It’s very common for owners of a business to delete and remove reviews on Google. So therefore reviews and ratings on Google Maps or Google search are not really valid. The owner of the place can flag any review and inappropriate and it might take sometime but Google will review it and most likely remove it.

Windows Sleep / Hibernate mode and programs not responding

December 4th, 2016
Posted in Windows

One thing that is totally annoying about Windows sleep mode is that so many applications crash or wont run right after you wake the computer back up. Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, etc) and Spotify are great examples of programs I have to end task on and then reopen. :/ I used to always shutdown my computer, but realized it was just a nice timesaver by keeping the computer on and letting it go to sleep. Although it does use more energy (not a lot as it shuts things down), but I dont have to reopen programs to get back to my last stopping point.

Often times the sound on my computer is all cracklely or static sounding. However, I did find out the way to fix that was to disable it and reenable it.