How to move domain without losing SEO or subscription payments

I recently rebranded this website, moving from one domain to a new domain. In doing so, I had three major concerns:

  1. I’d lose all the SEO value I’d built up over the years for the previous domain – and therefore all the traffic I get from search
  2. I’d no longer be able to collect recurring payments for plugins purchased from the site on the old domain
  3. Users would not be able to get automatic updates for new versions of products

This is a step-by-step account of everything I did to ensure that my worst fears weren’t realised.

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How to add WooCommerce custom fields to a product

In this post, I’m going to walk through the entire process of adding WooCommerce custom fields to a product. Custom fields (also called product addons) include text fields, select fields, checkboxes, and so on. They allow the user to enter additional, personalised information about a product.

Take a look at the product below. As well as the standard WooCommerce product page elements, like title, price, quantity and description, you can see some additional fields like ‘Add a name’ and ‘Add a charm’.

For this product, the customer can enter their own information and make their own choices about the final product. They do this through custom fields.

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WooCommerce Name Your Price

A WooCommerce Name Your Price plugin allows you to be flexible in how much you charge for your products – to such an extent that you let your customers choose how much they want to pay. You can set minimum and maximum price ranges, if you wish, or leave the price completely open-ended. You can even allow customers to set the price for optional extras within the product rather than for the entire product. Use Name Your Price to accept donations, build trust, or run special promotions.

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How to customize products in WooCommerce with extra options

WooCommerce is a very flexible and, at times, complex ecommerce plugin for WordPress. But sometimes it doesn’t give you quite the functionality you’re looking for out of the box, like being able to customize products in WooCommerce, so you need to start looking for extensions to help you accomplish what you want to achieve.

One example of this is allowing your customers to create personalized or customizable products using extra product options. To achieve this, you’ll need a WooCommerce products addons plugin.

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Add WooCommerce tags to your plugin

I wasn’t aware of these two tags for WooCommerce till I noticed one of my plugins was reporting as not tested with the latest version of WooCommerce. In your main plugin file, not the readme, you can add:

 * WC requires at least: 2.5
 * WC tested up to: 3.1

These declare the minimum version of WooCommerce that your plugin requires and the latest version it’s been tested against.

More information here.