Site Diagnostics and Management Tools in WooCommerce

Posted OnOct 8, 2014     CategoryE-commerce     CommentsNo comment

In this section of the guide to the WooCommerce WordPress plugin, we will guide you through the system status and tools section of the plugin, which can help keep your website and plugin running to its full potential…

Step 1) Head to the Dashboard of your website and click on “WooCommerce”, and from the dropdown, click on “System Status”.

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Step 2) The first call to action you will see is “Get System Report”. Click the purple button to get a rundown as to whether your theme is working to optimum levels.

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Step 3) If you ever need to request support for your theme, cut and paste the report that is shown into your correspondence, so that they will know the current status of your theme and site.

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Step 4) Read through your system status report and familiarise yourself with it. If you see points you don’t understand and want to know more, input them into a search engine and read up. Alternatively, click on the Help section in the right-hand corner of the screen, or read the WooThemes documentation on the subject.

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Step 5) When you have read your system status, switch over to ‘Tools’ on the toolbar at the top of the page.

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Step 6) On the Tools page, the first section focusses on WooCommerce transients. From here, you can clear the cache for the transients in the shop, and all the expired transients from WordPress. Letting these add up can slow your site down after time, so it’s good to come back and clear them from time to time.

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Step 7) Using Term Counts will recount items in stock, which is useful if you are constantly changing/deleting items on your roster.

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Step 8) If people are struggling to gain access to certain admin pages, you can Reset the Capabilities to the default one so that they can gain access again.

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Step 9) Customer sessions can be cleared to ensure that your site is running at full capacity. As the warning below states, it is better to do this when there are no active carts in place, as it will clear these too.

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Step 10) WooCommerce pages are updated regularly, so to keep up with any changes, hit ‘Install Pages’ from time to time. Any pages set up already won’t be replaced, so there is nothing to worry about.

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Step 11) You can delete all your WooCommerce tax rates using this option, but do so with caution as it will delete all of them. Only use this if you absolutely have to.

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Step 12) Enabling Shipping and Template debugging will ensure that no bugs will take place in the shipping and template sections of your website.

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Step 13) If you ever need to uninstall your plugin or theme, enabling the Remove post types on uninstall option will delete all your products and order post data when you come to uninstall. Save your changes when completed.

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