When developing a new REST API that has so many conditions, it can be frighting. However, when broken down into parts, supporting the core features is achievable.
When I started working on CoCart last year, it was just a prototype. This was version 1. I wasn’t new to using a REST API but new to creating a REST API.
It was around the same time I stopped working as a contractor to put more time to build a better version. One that was more open for developers to request specific parameters, filter in new data and have the ability support popular WooCommerce extensions or 3rd party plugins.
In order for me to do a free and a premium version of CoCart the API needed to be more flexible. It would not have worked on the current API and with the changes made in WooCommerce since the release of my prototype, it was a necessary decision to move away from extending WooCommerce’s REST API to being a REST API of it’s own.
CoCart v2 was released on 3rd July, 2019 and by the time I launched CoCart Pro on the 23rd August 2019, almost half of my user base already upgraded to version 2 which is the minimum requirement in order for CoCart Pro to work and in just a little over a month I already have my first 10 customers.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the results and I already have my first customer review.
Just wanted to say thank you for creating this plugin! I’m currently developing a new Ionic app which uses WordPress with WooCommerce as its base store and needed something to interact with WooCommerce powerful abilities and extensibility via some sort of API and yours fitted perfectly.
Keep up the good work!
This completes the first milestone. More features and support is currently in development and I can’t wait to share more details on them soon.
Just like to say a big thank you to my first 10 customers and I look forward to the next 10.
Before now, WooCommerce authentication method was left open so any 3rd party REST API could use there authentication method. This gave no limits for users to authenticate with CoCart.
However, due to the added restriction for just their REST API, (which could change in the future as WordPress will provide a more generic version) CoCart could no longer authenticate the WooCommerce way on either version of CoCart’s API.
But have no fear as today version 2.0.5 provides a small update to re-enable WooCommerce’s authentication method again for CoCart.
CoCart users can now authenticate the #WooCommerce way again. ?
On top of the update, I’m going to show you how to authenticate the WooCommerce way.
The guide below is assuming you are making requests with HTTPS.
First if you haven’t already created any keys you will need to go the advanced section in your WooCommerce settings.
From there you need to press Add key button. Then select the user who will be using the key. Set the permissions to READ/WRITE so all of the CoCart API is accessible. Enter a description if you wish and then press Generate API key button.
You will then be presented with your consumer key and secret which you will need to copy before moving away from the page as warned to the user in the screenshot below.
Once you have your key created you can then make any authenticated request with CoCart like so.
If you would like to understand more about authenticating with WooCommerce read the authentication section in their REST API documentation.
I’m pleased to announce that CoCart Pro has now launched and it could not have come at a better time. Over 30% of the user base is now using version 2.0 of CoCart which is the minimum requirement to use CoCart Pro and CoCart has just passed 6000+ downloads.
I also like to thank those who have tested the beta’s, provided feedback and reported bugs found during it’s development.
It has been a great help to get the product ready and I have awarded you with a discount via e-mail as a thank you.
Support will be provided via Slack. There you can contact me directly via DM when needed and use the other available channels to discuss with other users and developers, provide feedback, share ideas or even showcase what you have built with CoCart.
An invite will be sent to the customer via e-mail to which you must accept in order to receive the support.
Why Slack instead of e-mail? Well for one so I don’t get a full inbox, two, Slack is the perfect tool to communicate with my customers anywhere. We can see each other online and have a live conversation which is far more engaging than e-mail.
For those who like to get on the best deals at launch, you can do just that.
For a limited time, you can get the lifetime tier for a one time purchase that will allow you to use CoCart Pro on unlimited sites, receive lifetime support and free updates.