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Ryan Ormrod - Bespoke WordPress and WooCommerce solutions

Avoid manually importing products by having an eCommerce specialist / eCommerce developer manually or automatically import products for you instead!

WooCommerce development services

As an experienced WooCommerce developer I provide a full range of WooCommerce services, including: Website Development, Plugin Development, Theme Development, WooCommerce Maintenance and more.

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WooCommerce bespoke product import solutions

Avoid manually importing products by having an eCommerce specialist / eCommerce developer manually or automatically import products for you instead!

Find out if you may need your own solution or somebody to manually import below:

Do you need a bespoke product import solution?

Ready for a new solution?

You’re probably ready, if you’ve landed an amazing eCommerce project, but you’re thinking, product permutations are in the thousands… what should I do?!? You could import your products manually at 5-10 minutes per product. Hire somebody else to import the products. Or have a bespoke product import script developed!

Let’s start building

One of the blue + two of the green = yes

  • 1You’re an online store running WooCommerce
  • 2You’re developing an online store using WooCommerce
  • 3You have over a hundred standard products to import
  • 4You have fifty or more products with product variations to import
  • 5You have never imported products before
  • 6Your WordPress product import plugin does not cater for your needs
  • 7If yes, you may need a bespoke product import solution for WooCommerce!
  • 8If no, you may need somebody to manually import your products for WooCommerce!


Let’s start building

Ready for a new solution?

You’re probably ready, if you’ve landed an amazing eCommerce project, but you’re thinking, product permutations are in the thousands… what should I do?!? You could import your products manually at 5-10 minutes per product. Hire somebody else to import the products. Or have a bespoke product import script developed!

Let’s start building

WooCommerce Development Services

Are you ready to confidently deliver a bespoke WooCommerce solution to your clients?

Case Studies

I’ve worked with WooCommerce for many years and have developed some very advanced bespoke WooCommerce solutions for my clients.

Online clothing company - eCommerce store

I worked on very large eCommerce homepage for a startup company based in the United Kingdom. The challenge was that the business model of the company was based on fabric shapes being applied to multiple different clothing types, such as: hoodies, rucksacks, etc. This led to over 18,000 different clothing combinations with each needing its own product variation in the database.

The homepage

The homepage was fun and colourful and showed off all of the different styles of fabric, clothing and shapes that were available. There were many call to action buttons that launched the main product configurator to start the customer off on their journey.

Product listings

Each product variation was listed as a standard store would list them. Each product variation graphic was installed as a separate media attachment and available to Google under normal constraints.

Single product page

The single product page would usually be found after making all required selections in the product configurator. A customer was able to tweet an image of the design that they created as well as make a purchase or customise their design further by adding a name. Each single-product page was also available to Google for SEO purposes.

Product configurator

The product configurator was a multi-step system, with the ability to zoom and preview each of the 18,000 product variations. For example, a customer would select a colour and a clothing type i.e a red hoodie and this would be displayed. Next they could select a fabric design and shape, think: polka tractor (fun?). Lastly they could select the size and hit the final button to be taken to the single product page.

Challenges

There were a number of considerable challenges to make the entire process work correctly as originally conceived.

Challenge #1 – How to generate an image for each clothing item and with each possible design?

I was given a base photograph of each clothing type in each possible colour, and each fabric design as a separate image. In order to create a preview of each possible product design, I created a PHP script that would accept parameters for colour, clothing type, fabric, image size, etc. The PHP script would determine where to position the fabric and shape design by knowing the clothing type in the specified colour. It would then output the new image using the image size parameters. This was used in the product import script to give each product variation an image of its own.

Challenge #2: But what about inserting the products into the database?

I was too busy for my calendar at the time, either that, or I did not fancy inserting 18,000 products into the database manually which would take between 5-10 minutes each! So, I created a script that inserted all of the clothing types in each colour with a price and a featured image of the product. Next the script determined all permutations (all the different types of fabric to display), and added them as product variations to each clothing type and utilised the image script to setup a featured image for each variation. This was done for each available size, with different prices.

Verdict: Success, it all worked!

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