- Basic knowledge of WooCommerce and WordPress.
- WooCommerce is already installed and configured.
- You have some products already loaded into WooCommerce.
- You have a smart device connected to the internet available.
WooCommerce is our go-to for WordPress eCommerce sites and wow, we have seen our BodyCommerce customers build all sorts of sites that look amazing selling from Surfboards to Flowers. That is pretty widespread, so it goes without saying that these sites probably have many different requirements and timelines, especially when it comes to getting notified of a new order coming in. Today we will show you how you can get live WooCommerce New Order Alerts on your mobile device with every sale without even needing any additional 3rd party plugins for FREE. This will work on both your favorite Apple and Android devices and only takes a few minutes to set up.
Email alerts are great for learning that there is a new order in the books, but this can sometimes be a little slow and would often be limited to one recipient at a time. Wouldn’t it be easier to have a dedicated device, or even multiple devices, that gets pinged every time you make an online sale on your WooCommerce site? Once you have your WooCommerce New Orders being pushed to your mobile devices, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!
Let’s quickly take a look at what types of WooCommerce stores could benefit from getting New Order Alerts almost instantly.
What types of businesses could benefit from instant WooCommerce New Order Alerts?
So now that we know why it is important to get our WooCommerce New Order Alerts on our mobile device, let’s take a look at how it could impact different types of eCommerce sites.
Service Based Businesses
How to set up WooCommerce New Order Alerts using Order Alert
Step 1) Download Order Alert on your Mobile Device
Install Order Alert for FREE.
IMPORTANT: Allow both Notifications and Access to the camera when prompted.
Step 2) Generate an API key
Head back to your WordPress install.
Go to WooCommerce > Settings > Advanced > REST API > Add Key
Description: Give it a descriptive name, it does not really matter what it is.
User: Select the WordPress user for whom this key is, this could be any active admin user.
Permissions: Set to Read/Write
Click on Generate Key
IMPORTANT: Make sure the permissions are set to Read/Write, it will not work when setting up the app if this is not set correctly!
Step 3) Connect Order Alert to the API key
If you have not yet done so, enable notifications, this is very important.
When prompted to add a new store, tap continue.
Agree to the terms and conditions, then continue.
Allow access to your device camera, then scan the QR code on your WordPress site.
Confirm the email address for the assigned user and enter your WooCommerce install URL then continue.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to use the same email address for the user selected when creating the API key as well as using the URL for your site where you created the API key.
Step 4) Test!
Set order Status to Complete
Add an Item to the Order
You should a notification on your phone that a new order was placed pretty much instantly!
PRO-TIP: If you don’t have any products in your database to test with, check out this tutorial on Importing WooCommerce Sample Data.
Ding! Ding! All done 😁
See, getting your WooCommerce New Order Alerts on your Mobile Device is super easy and it is almost unbelievable that it is free! This is a huge value add for your clients and just makes your a rockstar dev for coming up with solutions to problems they probably did not even know they had. That is what it is all about, bringing value to our customers. If you want to even further extend the value you bring to your eCommerce clients, definitely check out our plugin BodyCommerce with over 61 custom modules and enhancements that will help you continue being the rockstar dev you are!