Until the middle of 2017, it wasn’t possible to install any plugins on WordPress.com. If you used WordPress.com, you got a very stripped-down WordPress experience. However, that has started to change recently, and users on higher-level WordPress.com plans can now install their own plugins.
Last week, I was helping out a friend with a WordPress.com site and stumbled upon their WooCommerce store. I hadn’t been into WordPress.com for some time, and was surprised by how different the experience was. I knew the “Posts” screen was different, but had no idea that WooCommerce also looks very different on WordPress.com.
I decided to take some screenshots. It was really interesting to see WooCommerce look like less like a WordPress plugin and more like a Shopify or
- Here’s a screenshot of the WooCommerce dashboard on WordPress.com:
- Here is the main Products overview screen:
- Here’s a screenshot of the editing screen for a single product:
- Here’s the main “Orders” screen on WordPress.com:
- Here is the “Promotions” tab:
If you’re a WooCommerce user, you’ll notice how simple and uncomplicated these screens area. The WordPress.com have given WooCommerce a radically simpler interface and removed a lot of the less frequently used features.
I don’t know if this design will ever come to self-hosted WooCommerce. But I love to see and test new user interfaces and thought that this WooCommerce design was well-worth commenting on.