This is a complete documentation of the free plugin Sequential order number for WooCommerce which helps you convert your WooCommerce orders into a custom and sequential format.
Overview of the plugin
- Supports sequential order numbers for WooCommerce
- Enable custom formatting for order numbers in your store by adding a prefix and starting number for orders.
- Option to have order date prefixes for all orders
- Support Subscription orders.
- Compatibility with WooCommerce Subscriptions and WebToffee subscriptions plugins.
You can install the plugin either from the WordPress plugin directory or as a zip downloaded from the WordPress.org website. You can learn more about the installation procedure by reading the article How to install a free plugin from WordPress.
From the WordPress dashboard, navigate to WooCommerce >Settings > Sequential Order Number.
Following is the Sequential order number settings window. You can configure the settings as per your preference.
Number format settings
Here you can add a custom starting number for your store’s order number.
Order number format
Select an order number format with a combination of number, prefix, or date.
The prefix will appear at the beginning of the order number. For eg, if you enter ‘WT-‘ as the prefix with the start number as 100, then your first order number will be WT-100.
Order date format
The order date will appear after the prefix. Pick any of the date formats from the list of pre-defined formats as given below:
Select one or more date formats and use alphanumeric characters to separate them. For example, pick the date format [y]/[m]/[d] separated by ‘/’ to get the order date format as 21/07/28.
Order number length
Maintains a fixed length for order number padded with ‘0’ excluding prefix. For example, entering order number length as 7 with order number 123 and prefix ‘wt’ will generate a sequential order number as wt0000123.
Preview custom order number
Preview your custom order number with the newly input prefixes and date formats to know how it will appear for WooCommerce orders.
Apply for all orders
Enabling this option will change starting number and/or prefix for all the existing and new orders in your store. If unchecked, it will only apply to the new orders.
Enable the track order option to track the sequential order number. Insert the below-given shortcode to track orders.
WooCommerce offers this shortcode to link orders based on the order ID. You can add this shortcode as a post and use to track the orders.
Following is a screenshot of the order tracking page on a website created using the shortcode.
By entering the order ID and billing email corresponding to a specific order, you can view all the details regarding the order.
You need to enable this option for searching plugin-generated orders from the WooCommerce orders page. If you disable it you will not be able to search custom order numbers from the orders page.
Finally, click on the Save Settings button. As a result, the store’s order numbers will be updated.
Following is a screenshot of an order page containing sequential orders.
In the below screenshot, the values assigned for each field are as shown below:
- Starting number – 100
- Order number format – [Prefix][Date][Number]
- Prefix – WT
- Order date format – ‘[Y]-‘ Current year (2021) with a hyphen as separator
- Order number length – 6
To sum up, if order management takes up a lot of your time, then the plugin will be helpful in making it easier for you. If you are dealing with lots of orders in your store on a daily basis, you can save time tracking orders quickly.