WooCommerce Looks Really Different on WordPress.com

WooCommerce Looks Really Different on WordPress.com

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:

woocommerce dashboard on WordPress.com

  • Here is the main Products overview screen:

woocommerce products on WordPress.com

  • Here’s a screenshot of the editing screen for a single product:

woocommerce single product on WordPress.com

  • Here’s the main “Orders” screen on WordPress.com:

woocommerce orders

  • Here is the “Promotions” tab:

woocommerce discounts on WordPress.com

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.


  • Steve Burge

    Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.

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