This page contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions related to Woo, WooCommerce.com, WooThemes.com.
- What Is WordPress?
- What Is A Theme?
- How Do I Install My Woo Theme?
- How Do I Customize My Woo Theme?
- Do Your Themes Work On WordPress.com?
- How Do I Get Support For My WordPress.com Theme?
- What Themes Does WooCommerce.com Use?
- How Do You Provide Support?
- Do You Have A Phone Number?
- How Do I Purchase A Product?
- I Haven’t Received My Receipt Or Login Details?
- I Can’t Log In To My Account!
- I Can’t Find My Products, Help?
- How Do I Buy A Product With My Existing Account?
- Which Payment Types Do You Accept?
- I Can’t Checkout, Help!
- Is It Possible To Upgrade My Purchases?
- Where Do I Download My Purchase(s)?
- How Do I Cancel My Account?
Theme Package Questions
- What Is The Difference Between The Theme Packages?
- How Long Will I Receive Updates And Support?
- Do My Theme Packages Ever Expire?
- Does My Theme Purchase Include a PSD File?
- What’s The Big Deal About The PSD File?
- Can I Test A Theme Before Purchasing?
- I Can’t Find My Theme, Is It Retired?
- How Do I Access Your Free Themes?
- What Are Subscription Keys For?
- How Many Sites Can I Use My Key On?
- How Does Activation Work?
- Are Subscriptions Valid For A Lifetime?
- I Made A Purchase Before the Changes. How Long Is My Subscription Valid?
- Can I Upgrade My Subscriptions after Purchasing?
- How Do I Renew My Subscription?
- How Much Does It Cost To Renew My Subscription?
- What Do I Receive When Renewing My Subscription?
- What Happens When My Subscription Expires Or Is Deactivated?
- How Do Keys Work with a Multisite Network?
- How Do I Deactivate My Key/Transfer To Another Site?
- Can I Transfer a Key to My Client?
- My Product Is Free, Do I Need To Renew?
- What’s the Difference between a Product License and a Subscription?
- What Happens to Licenses that were Purchased before the Switch to Subscriptions?
- Are Auto-Renewals Enabled on My Purchases?
- How Do I Enable Auto-Renewals?
- What Payment Methods Can Be Stored?
- Can I Store More Than One Payment Method?
- How Do I Disable Auto-Renewals?
- Can I Enable Auto-Renewal on One Product but not Others?
Plugins and WooCommerce Extensions
- What is the difference between a WordPress plugin and a WooCommerce Extension?
- How Do Tiered Subscriptions Work for Plugins and WooCommerce Extensions?
- Is Buying A WooCommerce Extension A One-Time Charge?
- How Many Products Can WooCommerce Handle?
- Does WooCommerce Charge Any Fees Per Transaction?
- Can I Trial a Plugin?
General Woo Questions
- Do Your Themes Work With The Latest Version WordPress?
- Can I Translate A Theme?
- What Browsers & Operating Systems Are Supported?
- What Versions of WooCommerce Are Supported?
- Can I Remove The Woo Footer Credit?
- How Often Are Themes Updated?
- How Do I Update My Theme?
- Do Your Themes Work With Plugins?
- Can I Use My Theme On Multiple Sites?
- Can I Use Your Themes For Client’s Sites?
- Do Your Themes Work With WordPress Multisite (WPMS)?
- Can I Change The Logo?
- Do Your Themes Work With BuddyPress?
- Do You Have Dummy Content?
General Questions ↑ Back to top
What Is WordPress? ↑ Back to top
WordPress is a content management system (CMS). It’s simple yet powerful software that helps you create, manage, and share your content on the web. Currently, WordPress has two flavors, WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted). While we have themes for both, all themes from Woo only work with the WordPress.org (self-hosted) software. You can find themes on our theme page.
What Is A Theme? ↑ Back to top
A theme, synonymous with template or skin, is a ready-to-use layout and design that you can activate on your WordPress site. WordPress handles all of the content for you (posts, pages, comments), while the theme transforms that content into a beautiful and clean layout for visitors to enjoy. Many themes come with configurable options via the WordPress Customizer.
How Do I Install My Woo Theme? ↑ Back to top
How Do I Customize My Woo Theme? ↑ Back to top
This is a question that depends on what you want to achieve with your theme. Things like the ability to upload your own custom logo and add a background to your theme, etc. are built into WordPress and controlled by the Customizer.
Outside of our theme settings, you need a basic understanding of HTML and CSS to tweak the layout and style of your theme. To dig deeper, PHP knowledge specific to WordPress is also helpful. The WordPress Codex is a great place to start learning.
Finally, when you are ready to customize one of our themes, a child theme is the best approach. A child theme is a place to house customizations and modifications to its parent theme. Be amazed by what you can do with a child theme, a basic style.css, and a functions.php file. Here’s our tutorial on child themes. There are many resources out there for creating child themes; it only takes a quick search!
Do Your Themes Work On WordPress.com? ↑ Back to top
The themes you get from Woo work on self-hosted WordPress installations made possible by WordPress.org. If you have a WordPress.com Business Plan, you can also upload your own Woo themes to your site by going to My Site → Themes, then use the Upload Theme button.
Do I Receive Support for the Theme I purchased on WordPress.com? ↑ Back to top
What Theme Does WooCommerce.com Use? ↑ Back to top
How Do You Provide Support? ↑ Back to top
The best way to get help with WooCommerce.com products is to search for answers in our Documentation. We’re creating and maintaining resources that help you to help yourself.
If you need additional assistance, you can go to the Help Desk to start a live chat or submit a ticket directly related to the product you need help with.
Product support via phone is unavailable at this time, brief initial support is available via Facebook and Twitter – the team may direct you to submit a ticket for full support. Please read our Support Policy for further information.
Do You Have A Phone Number? ↑ Back to top
We don’t, as mentioned above – all support is text-based, this way you can refer back to it later if needed. If you have pre-sales or support questions, contact us here!
Pre-purchase/Accounts Questions ↑ Back to top
How Do I Purchase a Product? ↑ Back to top
Find the product you wish to purchase, click the Buy button, and select your subscription or package. You’ll then be taken to our checkout page where you can log into your existing WooCommerce.com account to use saved information or register a new account. The checkout process is below the register area.
I Haven’t Received My Receipt Or Login Details? ↑ Back to top
The e-mail is sent the moment your payment is approved, and that should be almost immediately. If you don’t receive an email receipt or login information soon after, please contact us and we’ll check on your payment and account.
I Can’t Log In to My Account! ↑ Back to top
If you are having trouble logging into your account, please contact us and we’ll sort it out.
I Can’t Find My Products! ↑ Back to top
If you don’t see your purchased products on the My Account page, please contact us. If you have another WooCommerce account or bought a product on behalf of a client, be prepared to provide that information.
How Do I Buy A Product With My Existing Account? ↑ Back to top
Ensure that you are logged into the correct account before going to the checkout page. If you aren’t logged in, or you’re logged into the wrong account, please log into the correct account before starting the purchase.
Which Payment Types Do You Accept? ↑ Back to top
We currently accept all major payment cards and use Stripe.com as our payment gateway: Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Discover, Diner’s Club, and American Express card. All prices are in charged in US Dollars (USD) and this will be exchanged to your local currency by your bank or card issuer.
I Can’t Purchase Anything. There Is An Error During Checkout! ↑ Back to top
Please contact us, and we’ll be happy to find out what happened.
Is It Possible To Upgrade My Purchases? ↑ Back to top
Yes, all extensions on WooCommerce.com have the option of a single site, 5 sites, 25 sites subscriptions. You can upgrade any existing subscription and at the checkout page, you will be asked to pay the difference between subscriptions. To upgrade your plugin or extension, see How to Upgrade.
Where Do I Download My Purchase(s)? ↑ Back to top
Once your order is complete, a download link is shown on the Order Received page, and you will also receive an email notification with a download link. You may also visit our site at any time to download your purchase(s). Go to your account page and click the Downloads tab to find all available products. Viewing downloads on our site is also a great way to see other info, such as the current version of your product, when that version was released, and the Changelog for each update.
How Do I Cancel My Account? ↑ Back to top
If you can log in and access your account, you are using WordPress.com for the Login process. Closing your WordPress.com account will close the linked WooCommerce.com account. If you haven’t connected WordPress.com or you are unable to access your account – please contact us to help delete your account.
Theme Package Questions ↑ Back to top
What Is The Difference Between Theme Packages? ↑ Back to top
WooCommerce no longer sells a theme package. However, in the past, the Standard Package included the theme (.zip file). The Developer Package included the theme (.zip file) and a PSD (Adobe Photoshop) file for the homepage layout. The All Themes Package gave access to all themes in the catalog, including all child themes and all PSD files.
How Long Will I Receive Updates and Support? ↑ Back to top
You receive updates and support for as long as your subscription is in effect. Refer to our Subscriptions section.
Does My Theme Package Ever Expire? ↑ Back to top
You stop receiving product updates and support when your Subscription has expired. You can still use your theme; it will still work. Refer to our Subscriptions section.
Does My Theme Purchase Include a PSD File? ↑ Back to top
What’s The Big Deal About The PSD File? ↑ Back to top
The PSD files (original design in Photoshop format) came in handy when making structural and design changes to a theme before jumping into code. This option was usually selected by design agencies and freelancers who need to mock up an initial site design (jpg, gif, png or psd format) to present to clients. They then didn’t need to get their hands dirty in PHP/HTML/CSS before having the exact design brief in hand. Lots of our themes depend not only on styling colors/typography in CSS but also on background images. Using PSD files allows for quick tweaks to these images. You can, of course, re-create images if you know your way around Photoshop, but for novices, this should set you in the right direction.
Can I Test A Theme Before Purchasing? ↑ Back to top
Yes, you can review theme demos or access each from its product page. If you have questions on how our themes work, you can read our Theme Documentation for more information. We also have a 30-day money back guarantee that allows you to try the theme. If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase, we are happy to issue a refund.
I Can’t Find My Theme, Is It Retired? ↑ Back to top
You can find the full list of retired themes at Retired Woo Themes
Subscription Questions ↑ Back to top
What Are Subscription Keys For? ↑ Back to top
All products from WooCommerce.com have keys, and an active subscription allows you to access product updates and our support team.
We have User keys offered as in a single, 5-site and 25-site package. We do not have Developer Keys/Licenses with a higher level of support.
How Many Sites Can I Use My Subscription Key On? ↑ Back to top
As of November 2016, one valid subscription key can be used on an active site and a staging/test/development site. This allows you to test your extensions in a live and development environment simultaneously, without the need to swap or activate, deactivate and reactivate. If you have a 5-site subscription, then 5 active sites and 5 test/development sites. If you have a 25-site subscription, then 25 active sites and 25 test/development sites. We classify each “site” as an activation URL.
What is classified as an activation URL?
- Subdomains are separate sites – a key activated for
https://docs.woocommerce.comdoes not cover
- Sub-directory sites are separate sites – a key activated for
https://woocommerce.com/site1does not cover
- Protocols – Due to how we handle activation URLs, the
http“version” is not the same as
https– this could count as a new site, or one would be classified as the dev/staging/test site and one would be classified as live.
- One Development site:
dev.woocommerce.com/ + One Live site:
woocommerce.com= One (1) full subscription key used.
How Does Subscription Activation Work? ↑ Back to top
To activate a subscription, you need to enter your key on the site(s) for which you want access to updates and support. A key, or keys, is/are good on as many domains as you bought a subscription for. All themes come with unlimited domain usage. You have the option to activate/deactivate this key as many times as necessary.
Are Subscriptions Valid for A Lifetime? ↑ Back to top
No, each key is valid from the date of purchase and for as long as your subscription(s) is/are in effect.
I Made A Purchase Before the Changes. How Long Is My Subscription Valid? ↑ Back to top
If you purchased a product before August 1, 2013, which included lifetime support and updates, you had the option to grandfather your purchase under these terms before August 1, 2015. Everyone who qualified was sent five notices — one at 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 2 weeks and on August 1, 2015. A link to auto-grandfather was also available on qualifying accounts until August 1, 2015. The deadline has long passed.
“Lifetime” referred to the lifetime of a product, not a purchaser/buyer’s lifetime.
Can I Upgrade My Subscriptions After Purchasing? ↑ Back to top
Yes! To upgrade your subscription, copy your existing key from the My Subscriptions page, then go to the product purchase page to select Upgrade an Existing Subscription and enter the key. This charges you only the difference between your current subscription price and the upgraded price.
If your original purchase was grandfathered for lifetime support, you remain on these terms if upgrading your subscription.
How Do I Renew My Subscription? ↑ Back to top
If auto-renew is enabled, your subscription renews on the due date and your card is charged. Email notification and receipt are sent to confirm you paid for another year.
You are sent a renewal reminder email 60, 30, 14, 7 and 2 days prior to the subscription renewal date. You can also find renewal information on the My Subscriptions page. These emails are also sent if auto-renew is disabled.
How Much Does It Cost To Renew My Subscription? ↑ Back to top
Subscriptions are billed annually at 100% of the purchase price. Coupon codes or other promotional discounts do not apply to renewals.
What Do I Receive When Renewing My Subscription? ↑ Back to top
Renewing your subscription entitles you to support and updates to your product. This ensures compatibility with newer versions of WordPress and WooCommerce, as well as bug fixes and new features and enhancements to the product.
What Happens If My Subscription Expires Or Is Deactivated? ↑ Back to top
If your subscription has expired or did not auto-renew, you can still use the product on your site for as long as you like but you can no longer access the file for download or receive support or updates for the product.
Many of our store owners download their product(s) before the expiration of their subscription to keep a copy on file, if they know they cannot or will not renew.
If you are having trouble with the product, go to the product page and check the Changelog to see if an update may help address the issue. When a product is not working, updating should always be the first step when troubleshooting.
How Do Keys Work with a Multisite Network? ↑ Back to top
On a WordPress Multisite, all plugins are stored in one location. When you update your plugin in the Network Admin, all sub-sites receive the update. To access support and updates, you need one subscription key for each site where the plugin/extension is activated.
How Do I Deactivate My Key/Transfer To Another Site? ↑ Back to top
To deactivate your key and reactivate on another site, deactivate the key from WooCommerce Account Dashboard – My Subscriptions. You can then activate on the new site to start receiving support and updates for that URL.
Note that you no longer need to follow this process to use a subscription key on a test site or in a development environment – the key will work automatically.
Can I Transfer a Subscription to a Client, Co-worker or Friend? ↑ Back to top
A single site subscription can be transferred. If you and the recipient both have a WooCommerce.com account, follow the instructions at Transferring WooCommerce.com Subscriptions. The recipient must have a WooCommerce.com account and can sign up for one at Create an Account.
Multisite subscriptions. You can request that all 5 or all 25 subscriptions be transferred to a single account. Otherwise, open a new ticket and allow us to assist you at the Help Desk. Or have the client open their own WooCommerce.com account and purchase their own subscription/key.
My Product Is Free, Do I Need to Renew? ↑ Back to top
No. Free products are automatically renewed to ensure your key continues to work and that you have access to support, updates and the downloadable product. If you only have free products, you need not store a payment method for renewals.
What’s the Difference between a Product License and a Subscription? ↑ Back to top
Licenses were purchased manually each year, while subscriptions are automatically renewed until you choose to cancel. Other than that, subscriptions work much the same as licenses.
We made this language change in February 2016 to better reflect what we want to provide our customers. Rather than a one-time purchase, we wish to create an ongoing relationship with our customers and felt that the term “subscription” better captured our intentions.
What Happens to Licenses That Were Purchased before the Switch to Subscriptions? ↑ Back to top
Existing licenses are now active subscriptions, but we have not turned on auto-renew for these. To ensure your subscriptions stay active, please add a payment method and enable auto-renew on your existing subscriptions.
To keep the language consistent, license keys are now called “keys,” but all active products continue to work without needing to activate a new key.
Auto-Renew Questions ↑ Back to top
Are Auto-Renewals Enabled on My Purchases? ↑ Back to top
For purchases made after February 2016, auto-renew is enabled by default.
For purchases made before February 2016, you have the option to enable auto-renew on a per-product basis.
You can review renewal settings by visiting the My Subscriptions page in your account.
How Do I Enable Auto-Renewals? ↑ Back to top
For purchases made prior to February 2016, automatic renewals can be enabled by visiting My Subscriptions.
Follow the prompts on this page to add a stored payment method for automatic billing. Once your payment information has been added, you can toggle auto-renewal on from the right side of each product listing.
What Payment Methods Can Be Stored? ↑ Back to top
Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Discover, Diner’s Club, and American Express. More information at Cards and Payment Types accepted by Stripe.
Can I Store More Than One Payment Method? ↑ Back to top
How Do I Disable Auto-Renewals? ↑ Back to top
To disable automatic renewals for a product, visit the My Subscriptions page and toggle auto-renewal off from the right side of the listing.
Can I Enable Auto-Renewal on One Product but not Others? ↑ Back to top
Yes, you can toggle this on and off per product, regardless of whether products were purchased as part of the same order.
Plugins and WooCommerce Extensions ↑ Back to top
What is the difference between a WordPress plugin and a WooCommerce Extension? ↑ Back to top
An extension is a WordPress plugin that requires a base plugin to work and function. In this case, you must have the WooCommerce plugin installed to use WooCommerce extensions.
We practice a lean product development approach at Woo, which means we do not believe in adding unnecessary features. This would cause extra product bloat and potentially slow down a site. This is why we build WooCommerce extensions separately. This allows you to customize your site to only include features you need to run your online shop.
How Do Tiered Subscriptions Work for Plugins and WooCommerce Extensions? ↑ Back to top
When buying a plugin or WooCommerce extension, you can choose how many WordPress installations for which you wish to receive support and updates. Each installation requires a key. There are single, 5-site or 25-site subscriptions for your plugin. Read more at Subscription FAQs.
Is Buying A Plugin or WooCommerce Extension A One-Time Charge? ↑ Back to top
When purchasing a Woo product, you are purchasing a subscription to receive updates and support. Subscriptions are billed annually. Please see the Subscription Renewals section for more info.
How Many Products Can WooCommerce Handle? ↑ Back to top
Can WooCommerce handle thousands of products? Yes! This is dependent on both WooCommerce and your web host. WooCommerce by nature needs more memory than a basic WordPress install, and this isn’t typically an issue with a decent host. We have optimized WooCommerce, and continue doing so to make it better. WooCommerce can handle a big site with lots of orders, and our own site is proof of that.
Does WooCommerce Charge Any Fees Per Transaction? ↑ Back to top
No. The only fee you pay at Woo is your yearly subscription fee for the extension. It’s normally only the payment gateway you use that charges a fee per transaction, and fees vary by the payment gateway. You can find rates on their sites to make the best choice for your shop.
Can I Trial a Plugin? ↑ Back to top
We do not offer a trial or test version of our plugins/extensions. This is why we offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If you find the product does not work the way you need, we can issue a refund.
General Woo Questions ↑ Back to top
Do Your Themes Work With The Latest Version of WordPress? ↑ Back to top
Yes, it is our duty to keep themes updated and working with the latest version of WordPress. Currently, our themes are developed and fine-tuned for WordPress 4.0 or higher, and any version prior to that may encounter problems with theme functionality.
Can I Translate A Theme? ↑ Back to top
Yes. All of our themes are localized using GNU gettext functionality. That means each of our themes includes a (.po) file with all of the English terms we used, enabling users to only edit one file to translate our themes to any language in the world. For more detail, read our tutorials on Translating Themes or Translating WooCommerce Extensions.
What Browsers and Operating Systems Are Supported? ↑ Back to top
We test all our themes with the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. On operating systems, our themes are tested with the latest version you use and to work with a proper WordPress installation. We don’t support older versions of Internet Explorer. Please consider upgrading to the latest version for optimal performance and experience or switch to a different browser. The Web will thank you!
What Versions of WooCommerce Are Supported? ↑ Back to top
We support the latest minor release and the previous two before that. The versions are in the SemVer format (
Major.Minor.Patch) which started in version 3.0.0. For example, if the current version is
3.7.xthen the oldest WooCommerce version we support is
3.5.x. Ideally, you are running the latest version of WooCommerce and are staying updated with the most secure version of WordPress.
Can I Remove The Woo Footer Credit? ↑ Back to top
Yes! You can remove any credit link in the footer, which doesn’t violate our Terms & Conditions. See documentation at: Remove Woo Footer Credit.
How Often Are Themes Updated? ↑ Back to top
We update our themes any time we discover a bug or there is a new feature we feel should be added. View the Changelog on your Downloads page to check the latest version.
How Do I Update My Theme? ↑ Back to top
If you are running a WooCommerce.com Storefront Child Theme then ensure your site is connected to the WooCommerce.com account which purchased it, then activate the purchase. When your site is connected, any theme updates will be available on the Themes page or via the WordPress Updates page. In every theme package, we include a changelog.txt that includes all changes for each version. This Changelog is also available via your Downloads page and the documentation for each theme. It’s worth reading to understand if the changes are valuable to you and your site. Of course, we recommend staying updated.
If you haven’t made modifications to theme files, then you can overwrite your existing theme files. If you have made modifications to your theme, you need to study the Changelog to see which files need updating. You can also compare your old modified file against the updated file with a good HTML Editor or use an online tool. We have details about how to fix outdated theme templates in the documentation. We suggest using child themes to save and preserve modifications as this saves you the headache of comparing files and worrying about overwriting customizations. More at Best Practices when Customizing a Theme.
Do Your Themes Work With Plugins? ↑ Back to top
Yes, most plugins should work with our themes. However, we can’t guarantee they all will. There are some plugins that conflict with the code used in themes and cause them to function improperly. There are thousands of plugins available, and it would be impossible to test every single one with our themes. If the plugin has been coded to WordPress standards, it’ll work 99% of the time.
Can I Use My Theme On Multiple Sites? ↑ Back to top
Can I Use Your Themes For Clients’ Sites? ↑ Back to top
You’re welcome to use themes this way without violating our terms. We do need to point out that your personal Woo membership isn’t transferrable to your customers – that means we are unable to support your customers for you. Your team needs to act as the Help Desk for your customers, or they need to purchase an additional theme from us to access Woo support. If you have questions about licensing, you can check the GNU site that explains how our GPL v2 license works and in-depth conditions related to redistributing our themes: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
Do Your Themes Work With WordPress Multisite (WPMS)? ↑ Back to top
Can I Change The Logo? ↑ Back to top
Do Your Themes Work With BuddyPress? ↑ Back to top
Our themes aren’t specifically developed to include BuddyPress integration. But with the release of BuddyPress 1.7, they’ve made BuddyPress work better with all themes. We’ve not tested our themes with BuddyPress, though you should now have better integration.
Do You Have Sample Content? ↑ Back to top
Yes, of course. WooCommerce has its own set of download, set up, and test with your theme. Go to our Theme Demo Content page now! (The WooCommerce sample data was previously called dummy data)