Last summer I announced that I wanted to write a WooCommerce E-book. Since then Packt Publishing reached out to me and I worked with them to create an outline, write the manuscript, and revise the book several times. Ten months later the book is finally up for sale on both Packt Publishing & Amazon. God it feels good to press the publish button. 🙂
The book contains just under 100 “recipes” which are step by step tutorials to do common tasks in WooCommerce. These range from simple tasks like adding a simple product to the more complex tasks like adding social media icons to your product pages. Some of the more advanced include code snippets. Interwoven through the recipes are tons of tips and best practices which can save you tons of time if you run into a road block.
There's a full description on the WooCommerce Cookbook page.
Why I Decided to Write the Book
I wrote this post to announce the book (duh) but also share some of my motivation behind writing the book. The main reason is that there isn't a lot of distilled WooCommerce information. It's scattered everywhere and you have to search for it. You'll hear WooCommerce mentioned in passing at WordCamps and you'll get little tid-bits from someone who set it up for a client but rarely can you really dig in. And if you're picking a platform to generate thousands of dollars for you don't want want to have all of that information in one place? I wanted to filter through all of the information and deliver a curated list of tasks in WooCommerce.
The second reason is that it's a challenge and I love challenges. Precisely because one of the people I look up to said that he wouldn't write a book because of the enormity of the task that made me want to do it even more.
At some point I'll write a post recounting my experience working with a publisher. There are definitely some tips that I can share in that regard. For right now though take a look at the book and if you are thinking about using WooCommerce as your e-commerce platform you should take a look at the book. You can buy the book or read a sample chapter on the Packt Publishing website.
That’s so exciting! Congrats on the release!
Thanks so much Michael! Helps to work with an awesome team. 🙂
Great! I’m going to order my copy and am very curious about the contents! Good luck with the sales!
Just picked up my copy Patrick, will post on the WooCommerce Meetup in SF as well.
Thanks so much John. You rock! 😀
Congrats Patrick! Can’t wait to go through it.
Awesome job! I’d say that was a pretty short turnaround for a book. Excited to read it.
Congrats on the launch Patrick!
Congratulations on the release! I’m impressed you’ve successfully conquered the difficult task of publishing a technical book, but not surprised in the least. Can’t wait to have a read of the recipes! 🙂
Congrats, Dude! I can’t wait to read the entire thing. 🙂
Just bought your book and making my way through it as I’m blindly managing a WooCommerce store. I’m sure it will all be clear now that I have the Rauland intellect in my corner.
Hope all is well out west.
Thanks so much John! I appreciate your vote of confidence. I hope the book helps you. 🙂
I am fan of the cookbook style of books because they contain real rock solid practical learning resource. Thanks Patrick for giving us another cookbook. 🙂
I purchased your cookbook and just wanted to say thanks. Very practical examples.
My husband asked me how the hippos taste ; )
Thanks so much Sue!
The publisher wanted to put flowers on the cover (as is typical of programming books for some reason) but I thought a hippo for WooCommerce 2.3 Handsome Hippo was more appropriate. 🙂
Yes, it’s a better cover. Maybe next edition you can get him to wear a little woo toque or beanie.