WooCommerce has lived on our site for quite some time, so don’t freak out.
A little backstory. During WooConf, I wrote a post titled I’ve Been a WooCommerce Guy Since Day One. It told the story of my use of WooCommerce since its release and how it has always found a home here on this site. And I shared how I have sold 13 different services and products using Woo. It’s always been there for me.
Recently, as we pivoted our business and this site, Woo was with me when I was selling sponsorships for our podcasts. At one point, I decided to create a shop page here with some of my favorite WordPress plugins for online stores, websites and blogs. Essentially, they were affiliate links that were scattered throughout our blog posts. Uniquely, each one was set up as a product and linked to their site. We also shared the link of the post where we wrote about it here on the blog.
It was all good.
A Little Bit of Give
In the new year, as we reach out to our readers, listeners and the WordPress community to help us continue with our business—which is this site— I have found the GiveWP plugin looming large in my thoughts.
Now Comes BobWP.shop
As this all came together, I made the decision to create a second site where the shop will now sit. We are channeling our donations and support through GiveWP instead of WooCommerce. Yes, the Woo guy made that decision.
But my life of Woo if far from over. No siree, Bob.
What is BobWP.shop?
BobWP.shop is going to fill several needs for us.
Our Shop Will Have a Life of Its Own
We want to keep our site here filled with content, including posts, videos and podcasts. Sure, we still count on affiliate links to bring in a chunk of our income, but all of the plugins I have shared in our shop will now be in their own special place on the new site.
Up front and center.
It’s Still Not Just a Bunch of Links
When I mentioned a plugin or extension, I frequently linked to a post we had written about it. This was a benefit because it gave the potential buyer a chance to dig a bit deeper into what the plugin could do for them. To carry through with that policy, only premium plugins that have a corresponding post here will be listed on our shop site.
A Testing Ground for WooCommerce
Besides this site running on WooCommerce for so long, we have some demo sites where I test things and create our tutorials. But BobWP.shop will be a WooCommerce-focused site to test it all. A site focused just on Woo and the chance to try some new things on a live site.
A Chance to Check Out Liquid Web Managed WordPress Hosting
The final piece? We are running that site on Liquid Web. Yes, BobWP is still on WPEngine and I don’t foresee that changing. I have run sites over the years on several other hosts as well, getting a taste of what they do and how they work, from the simplest shared hosting all the way up to managed hosting. Liquid Web is one I haven’t had a chance to test. And their new WooCommerce-centric hosting has me intrigued. So there’s that.
Why Am I Telling You All This?
I just wanted to share what’s up here at BobWP: GiveWP moving in to help us with our BobWP Backer program, WooCommerce taking the reigns on our new site, and Liquid Web holding the fort down while we test some new stuff.
Yes, we will still be doing a lot of posts on WooCommerce. Yes, the podcast will start soon. And yes, WPEngine is alive and well here at BobWP.
So check out our new site, BobWP.shop. If you ever need one of the plugins there, consider clicking through so we can make a few bucks and keep our content coming your way.
After 60 years on this planet I have found the best way to survive is to be flexible, open-minded and never stop learning.
That’s just the way it is.