The Week in WooCommerce (April 25-29)

WooCommerce 6.5 RC available for testing. Blockified product pages. Custom tables and premature optimization. Where are all the WooCommerce alternatives?

WooCommerce 6.5 RC is out, so as you know — it’s time to test.

I had a couple of great conversations on the podcast this last week. First a chat with Colm Troy from CommerceGurus took us on a trip back in time with someone who has been working with WooCommerce since the early days. Colm actually built some of the first themes for Woo.

Following up on Colm, Ben Ritner from KadenceWP not only shared his journey with blocks and themes but also how he has a very tight focus on WooCoommerce. In addition, he gave us some great insights about the “blockifying” of the WooCommerce product page and what he hopes to see there in the future.

Woo has enjoyed a huge first-mover advantage and an established market share. Challengers can't spend enough to market their way in, and going dirty seems to backfire.

I also pulled out a thought from Carl Alexander on how he perceives custom tables and where they matter, or don’t matter, when it comes to premature optimization.

And lastly, if you missed it last Friday, I offered my two cents on the question, “Where are all the WooCommerce alternatives?” This came out of a discussion on Twitter from some Post Status members as well as an earlier tweet asking this question.

There is some food for thought here. And my experiences may shed light on a different way to look at the question. Woo has enjoyed a huge first-mover advantage and an established market share. Challengers can't spend enough to market their way in, and going dirty seems to backfire. You can be sure that a future Do the Woo podcast will be talking about this in greater depth.

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