We absolutely love Square and so far we’ve been pretty impressed with WooCommerce. Together they make it incredibly easy to establish an online storefront. We have no hesitation in recommending this combo to clients. And WordPress goes without saying; it’s the world’s most popular content management system.

If you go the WooCommerce / Square route (and we think you should) we strongly recommend a minimal installation. Stick with the absolute minimum plugins to get the job started. Start with just WooCommerce and WooCommerce Square.

But why skip all the extra goodies?

  1. Extra plugins can bring extra headache. Every plugin slows your site, adds a level of security risk, and potential conflict with other plugins. A typical WooCommerce install comes with heaps of extras… Jetpack, WooCommerce Services, maybe Mailchimp and some shopping cart layouts, and other goodies. If you’re just starting, you won’t even know what this stuff does and whether you need it. And if things aren’t working, you won’t know what’s messing you up.
  2. WooCommerce and WooCommerce Square may be all you need. They typically are. So you just saved yourself a ton of headache.
  3. Add plugins as you need them, and test everything to make sure your site still works. We like several that seem to play nicely together and seriously enhance WooCommerce: WooCommerce Subscriptions, NextMove Lite – Thank You Page for WooCommerce, and WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips. These really jack up your store with nice features. They are a little more complex to set up, but hey, isn’t that why you’re not hosting with some giant company that doesn’t support your efforts? We support whatever it is you’re up to online*, so that’s why we’re talking, right? 🙂

As much as we love how easy it is to integrate Square into your WooCommerce online store, we do want to point out one little quirk…

Square sometimes forgets it’s connected to WooCommerce. Or maybe it’s WooCommerce that does the forgetting. It’s a known issue, and one that we’ve raised with both Square and WooCommerce. We’ll keep you posted on what they say, but in the meantime, some more good news.

We take customer care very seriously.

We water our garden every day, and now we’re checking our eCommerce customers’ stores everyday. If Square and WooCommerce aren’t talking, we set them straight. And if you ever did want to fix it yourself, here’s how easy it is:

  1. Log into WordPress
  2. Go to WooCommerce Settings
  3. Select the Square tab
  4. Choose your business location from the dropdown list
  5. Allow WooCommerce to log you into Square
  6. Hit save after WooCommerce returns you.

That’s it! Like I said, I love Square and WooCommerce. If this is as bad as it gets, then galdarn!

*I think for legal reasons I’m probably supposed to say something like “within reason, and within the law.”

Mike founded OrganicHost to provide green solutions for the Internet’s underdogs… small business owners, nonprofits, and farmers. Read more about Mike and the whole OrganicHost team here.