I am Parker.
Developer and maintainer of Add to Cart Pro!
Add to Cart Pro built from successful partnership!
While interacting with a client, I heard the phrase “needing to multiple products at varying quantities” and locked into a new project idea. Initially, as an open source project, I released a shortcode version of what was “Enhanced AJAX Add to Cart for WooCommerce” — with an equally disgusting shortcode — and started enhancing from there. With a working product, and application used for complete and satisfactory, the project went to the back burner. Even when Blocks were announced, and prototype created, I never felt the product was ready enough for release on live e-commerce stores.
But downloads & activations kept increasing! Customizations & feature requests coming in as if we were advertising! With a solid user base, we had reason to set dedicated time to Add to Cart Pro!
Over its last development sprint, being in pandemic mode, I was able to give this project some additional love among working at The Rite Sites. Still, Add to Cart Pro fell by the wayside, and kept becoming victim of scope creep. (multilingual — one day you will be mine!)
Well, through anxious times, and far too long staring at a blank homepage, I decided it was time to pull the trigger. Add to Cart Pro was officially announced January 11, 2021, with the free version of “Enhanced AJAX Add To Cart for WooCommerce” being bumped to 2.0 with the addition of the Single “AJAX Add to Cart” block on the WordPress.org version!
The Future of Add to Cart Pro
With the idea first being used from a wholesale order form for a warehouse business, this project has since been used on multiple custom builds by The Rite Sites. Maintaining the plugin with current versions of WooCommerce has always been a requirement of the project, and will be for the foreseeable future. We already have projects lined up that call for expansion!
As more blocks are created, they will be published, especially more stylized blocks like masonry, grid, or menu display types with no additional css. Other expansions include CPT and further customized queries of objects to display. There are no shortages of ideas coming, and with the coming expansions of the Block Editor, I want to bring some of the ease of page builders, to block side! But, we want to create page builder integrations as well. You can submit an idea for the project here.
Shortcode: what of it?
We still love you shortcode users! The shortcode is not going away, and has major plans for expansion in version 1.1 (or 2.1 of the free version) that will include a…. more intuitive…. way of reorganizing the elements displayed by the shortcode.
We have tested and the shortcode seems to work on page builders like Elementor and Beaver Builder, but have yet to try others.
We have making the “Group AJAX Add To Cart Buttons” a shortcode on our backlog and have multiple implementation ideas. I would like to hear from you! Invested reader! Do you want to see the group shortcode? Do you have a preference on the editing experience? Tell us here!