Product Update – AutomateWoo 4.4

It’s been a big year for AutomateWoo! As you’ve probably heard AutomateWoo joined Prospress in June! I’m excited to finally announce that AutomateWoo 4.4 is shipping this week!

New feature: Date based rules

This release adds powerful new ways to segment your workflows with thirteen new date based rules. Each rule is based on a specific date field such as a customer’s last order date, an order’s creation date or a subscription’s next payment date. Every rule has several comparison options to choose from such as is in the last X days, is not in the last X hours, is after a date or is in a date range. These rules build on the existing rules system and can therefore be used in combination with the 70+ rules already included in AutomateWoo.

I believe there are many use cases for these new rules and I’m excited to hear about how you use them. Here are few ideas we had when developing them:

Prevent abandoned cart emails if the customer has ordered in the last X days

Prevent abandoned cart emails if the customer has ordered in the last X days

Prevent the same follow up email from sending if it was sent in the last X days

Prevent the same follow up email from sending if it was sent in the last X days

Reward subscribers who signed up in a certain time period

Reward subscribers who signed up in a certain time period

Prevent review request email if the customer has left a review in the last X days

Prevent review request email if the customer has left a review in the last X days

Restricting a promotion to recently acquired customers

Restricting a promotion to recently acquired customers

All new rules:

  • Customer – First Order Paid Date
  • Customer – Last Order Paid Date
  • Customer – Account Created Date
  • Customer – Last Review Date
  • Order – Created Date
  • Order – Paid Date
  • Cart – Created Date
  • Subscription – Created Date
  • Subscription – End Date
  • Subscription – Trial End Date
  • Subscription – Next Payment Date
  • Subscription – Last Payment Date
  • Workflow – Last Run Date For Customer

View the documentation for more info on date rules.

New feature: Change Subscription product & coupon line items

For stores using WooCommerce Subscriptions, AutomateWoo 4.4 adds the ability to add and remove subscription products and coupons via automated workflows. This makes it possible to create advanced subscription lifecycle systems that would normally require custom development.

The feature consists of four new actions that can be used with any of the existing subscription triggers or rules in AutomateWoo. We think there is a lot that can be accomplished with these new actions such as:

  • Giving loyal subscribers a discount on their subscription after the first 12 months
  • Adding a bonus/gift products to a specific renewal, like a reward for the 12 month subscribed
  • Creating a sequential subscription, where customers receive a different product for each renewal, like access to the class materials for an educational course or a meal kit based on that week’s menu
Subscription - Add Product

Subscription – Add Product

Subscription - Remove Product

Subscription – Remove Product

Subscription - Add Coupon

Subscription – Add Coupon

Subscription - Remove Coupon

Subscription – Remove Coupon

For more info please refer the documentation on Subscription – Add / Remove Product Actions and Subscription – Add / Remove Coupon Actions.

Dropping support for WooCommerce 2.6

AutomateWoo 4.4 drops support for WooCommerce 2.6 making the minimum required version 3.0.

In version 3.0, the WooCommerce codebase was significantly changed (we think for the better) which required extensions to add a large amount of compatibility code in order to support both newer and older versions. WooCommerce 3.0 was released over 18 months ago and our reports show that only 4% of sites using AutomateWoo are running WooCommerce 2.6.

By removing support for WooCommerce 2.6 we will be able to develop new features faster simply because there will be much less code to write. We also expect there will be significant performance benefit as we remove legacy code and utilize the new APIs in WooCommerce core.

Ready to update?

As this is a large plugin update, we recommend you test and/or monitor any workflows that are critical to your store after updating. For the full list of changes in AutomateWoo 4.4 please refer to the changelog. If you think you’ve found a bug, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you are running any custom code for AutomateWoo we highly recommend testing that your code still behaves as expected after updating. Did you know you can install AutomateWoo on a testing site without it counting to your activation limit?

Features suggestions and voting

In other news, we launched an ideas board where you can request and vote on the features you want added to AutomateWoo and Refer a Friend. Votes are going to heavily influence what features we work on going forward. The top request at the moment is for a Customer Birthday Trigger.

The ideas board is also a great way to discuss how a feature should actually work and you can even get notified when a feature you need is completed!

Subscriptions for AutomateWoo.com licenses

In case you missed it, earlier this month we started selling AutomateWoo as a yearly subscription with the aim making it easier to manage your AutomateWoo.com licenses. It’s now possible to set your licenses to renew automatically rather than go through the checkout process to renew. You can also now upgrade and downgrade your licenses from the account area.

The terms of existing active licenses have not changed! Automatic renewal has been disabled for licenses created before November 2018 to match the previous license system. They will also continue to receive the 25% renewal discount, for life, regardless of whether auto renew is enabled or disabled.

You can learn more about this in the new docs for account management.

Thank you for using AutomateWoo!

About the author

After developing custom WordPress themes and plugins for several years, Dan Bitzer wrote the first line of code for AutomateWoo in 2015. He hails from Australia but loves to travel and work abroad.