Instead of first receiving and then refunding the amount on orders which you cannot fulfill, you can follow a policy of first approving or disapproving the orders and then allowing your customers to complete the payment process on your WordPress Ecommerce website.
The feature is very useful for small business owners such as local grocery and departmental stores, especially during this time of pandemic when they quickly run out of stock and new stock takes more than usual time to come.
How To Approve or Reject Orders?
Simply install and activate the new WooCommerce plugin, Order Approval for WooCommerce on your WordPress site. Once the plugin is activated, move to your admin area dashboard WooCommerce -> Settings -> Payments Tab and turn on WooCommerce Order Approval.
This will enable you to manually approve orders made by customers on your eCommerce website.
How WooCommerce Order Approval Works?
- The customer places an order on your website
- The order is taken as a request and no payment is processed.
- Shop owner manually approves or rejects the order and the customer is automatically notified via email
- On approved orders payment link is sent to the customer whereas, on rejected orders, a cancellation mail is sent
Hence, your customer would be able to preorder things on your website and when their orders are approved, they will receive a payment link to complete their purchase. Currently, the plugin works with all default payment gateways of WooCommerce, there are no complex settings.