Introduction to OneClick Chat to Order: Just Another WooCommerce Plugin – Earlier in 2019, I was developing an ecommerce site for a client. He wanted to have a feature with which his customers can contact him before proceeding to order, or to order the products directly via WhatsApp.
I had several options that time, from free to paid plugin versions, but none of them could satisfy what my client needed. So I decided to build a custom plugin my own just to fulfill what he needed.
The plugin was ready and perfectly suited the online store. Instead of just making it a private project for the designated client, I decided to release it for public.
But I felt like there’s still some options needed before submitting it into the WordPress repository. So after throwing in some more basic features, the plugin was ready to be downloaded from the repo for free up until now.
Introduction to OneClick Chat to Order
Here’s the basic features available on OneClick Chat to Order upon the initial release:
- Option to add WhatsApp button only on single product page
- Option to show floating button with custom message and tooltip
- And some more basic features
The original intention was to show the WhatsApp button only on single product pages. It worked globally, so when you set it up on the plugin setting page, the button will be available on all single product pages without the ability to hide it on a specific product page.
Around Februrary 2019 when any bugs fixed, I was vacuum in its development. The reason why was because I was so busy with some projects.
In terms of number of users, the plugin was apparently growing, from dozens to a thousand. Many of them started sending me messages, asking for features addition.
But none of the features were included into my update list because I barely had time to develop them until WordPress took down my plugin from the repo.
There was complaint about trademark from Facebook since I used the word “WhatsApp” in the original name; OneClick WhatsApp Order. So the plugin was taken down until the name set to be changed.
On November 2019, the plugin was fixed and re-opened again in the repo. So it’s available again up until now, but the feature requests kept flowing in into my inbox.
Since then, I began to spare some time to build some ideas on the development, most of them were based on the requests.
On April 2020, when the COVID-19 attacked and forced us to work from home, I began to intensively develop the new features.
Since version 0.1.3: April 12, 2020, the plugin contained some more options that can override Thank You page / Checkout completion page and add a WhatsApp button to send complete order details, options to show WhatsApp button on Cart and Shop loop page, options to change labels in the message, options to convert customer’s number into clickable WhatsApp link, and options to hide button on Desktop and Mobile respectively.
I didn’t stop there. Several days later, I added some more features such as:
- Full options to individually hide or show WhatsApp button on every page
- Individual options to exclude some labels in the message and managing button click target
- Replaced icon depedency to make it faster in terms of loading speed
- Options to set button text and custom message for individual product, including option to individually hide / show WhatsApp button on single product page
- Options to individually hide button on shop loop, cart, and thank you page on mobile and desktop
- Option to include source page URL in the message when the floating button is clicked
- Option to include product variation on Cart page (only one variation from each product)
- Option to include coupon code in the Checkout put (that will include coupon code details in the message)
Many of the plugin users asked me why I kept the plugin free (though some of the features are normally available on the paid versions) and didn’t make several features included as a paid add-on or paid features. Moreover, I also give premium quality support for each user that needs any help of the plugin.
But for me, the donation would be enough (that’s why you see the donation button on some pages on the plugin setting page).
I always want to increase the advancement of the plugin, so it can be available for free for everyone. So if you have some dime to spend, you can always donate or buy me a coffee to support the advancement and development. 🙂
Alright, you can get this plugin for free on WordPress’ official plugin repository:
The working sample can be found on this OneClick demo site.
If you’re looking for an overview and a how-to start guide, you can watch this video:
If you have any features request, just head over to this page and send me your inquiry.
Furthermore, to keep this plugin free, I spent cups of coffee building it. If you love and find it really useful for your business, you can always