Woo Store Vacation


It might be difficult for a store owner to find a time and take a vacation, but when they do they need a plan for their online store.

Store Vacation plugin provides a robust and missing feature of the WooCommerce core out of the box by allowing the site manager to schedule a range of vacation dates and putting eCommerce functionality of the site on pause or hold mode for a certain amount of time.

Pausing your store disables the checkout but keeps your store online and accessible to visitors. You can pause or temporarily close your store by defining a few simple options within a minute or two. This means customers can see your products but can’t purchase them.

If you want to start selling products again, then you can unpause your store at any time by deactivating the Vacation Mode or schedule the plugin which does this behind the scenes for you automatically!


Store Vacation plugin has a premium version which comes with several additional benefits:

  • One-click store close.
  • Exclude list of user roles.
  • Exclude list of product types.
  • Allow Shop Managers to edit.
  • Unlimited date-time ranges.
  • Unlimited weekday hours.
  • Unlimited notifications.

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  • Plugin Settings
  • User-Friendly Datepicker
  • Shop page notice with Info style
  • Single product notice with Error style
  • Category page notice with Success style


Minimum Requirements

  • PHP version 7.2 or greater.
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater or MariaDB version 10.0 or greater.
  • WordPress version 5.0 or greater.
  • WooCommerce version 3.4 or greater.

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option — WordPress will handle the file transfer, and you won’t need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of the plugin, log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu, and click “Add New.”

In the search field type “Woo Store Vacation”, then click “Search Plugins.” Once you’ve found the plugin, you can view details about it such as the point release, rating, and description. Click “Install Now,” and WordPress will take it from there.

Manual installation

The manual installation method requires downloading the plugin and uploading it to your webserver via your favorite FTP application. The WordPress codex contains instructions on how to do this here.


Automatic updates should work smoothly, but we still recommend you back up your site.


Why you might want to put your store on vacation?

This feature would be helpful in case:

  • You are traveling or ill.
  • You are temporarily unable to run your shop.
  • You need a quick break to catch up on current orders.

Does vacation mode hurt SEO ranking?

Not at all! Unlike similar eCommerce platforms, the plugin is intended to keep your search engine rank intact and enabling this feature will not impact your place on SERP (Search engine results page).

Similar tricks such as increasing your delivery time with respect to the number of days you are taking a vacation are not necessary, and you may schedule your shop to be closed at any time.

Where do I find the plugin’s settings page?

  1. Log into your WordPress website dashboard.
  2. Navigate to “WooCommerce” » “Store Vacation”.

How do I set up my vacation dates?

  1. Navigate to “WooCommerce” » “Store Vacation”.
  2. Check the checkbox “Set Vacation Mode” to enable vacation mode in your shop.
  3. Enter the “Start Date” (first day) of your vacation.
  4. Enter the “End Date” (last day) of your vacation.
  5. Optionally, fill in a temporary shop announcement or vacation message.
  6. Click “Save Changes”.

What does “Disable Purchase” checkbox do?

Enabling this option will disable eCommerce functionality and takes out the cart, checkout process and add to cart buttons with disabling purchases for all users whether they’re logged in or not.

Why there is no message displaying on my theme!?

This is mainly because the theme author of yours has been overridden WooCommerce template files and modified the default order of the hooks in the shop and product view page — Consider switching to the “Storefront” theme.

How do I get help with the plugin?

The easiest way to receive support is to “Create a new topic” by visiting Community Forums page here.

Make sure to check the “Notify me of follow-up replies via email” checkbox to receive notifications, as soon as a reply posted to your question or inquiry.

Please note that this is an opensource 100% volunteer project, and it’s not unusual to get reply days or even weeks later.

Does this plugin supports WPML?

Yes. The plugin is translation-ready and has a config file to support both WPML and Polylang plugins fully.

Can I help in translating this plugin into a new language?

The plugin is fully translation-ready and localized using the GNU framework, and translators are welcome to contribute to the plugin.

Here’s the WordPress translation website →

How do I contribute to this plugin?

We welcome contributions in any form, and you can help reporting, testing, and detailing bugs.

Here’s the GitHub development repository →

Did you like the idea behind this plugin?

Please share your experience by leaving this plugin 5 shining stars if you like it, thanks!

Is there a premium version to upgrade?

Yes, there is!

Currently, the key features offered by the premium (paid) version of the plugin are:

  • One-click store close.
  • Exclude list of user roles.
  • Exclude list of product types.
  • Allow Shop Managers to edit.
  • Unlimited date-time ranges.
  • Unlimited weekday hours.
  • Unlimited notifications.

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April 14, 2020
Awesome plugin and great support. Does exactly what it says, so there is no need to shutdown WooCommerce completely. The back end stays up for management even when customers can't place orders.
February 3, 2020
The installation and set up if this plugin was amazingly simple. I am very pleased that I found Woo Store Vacation, I needed to temporarily suspend shipping for medical reasons. However, I wanted my customers to know my physical store remained open. The message feature worked perfectly.
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Contributors & Developers

“Woo Store Vacation” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.4.2


  • Added language configuration file to support WPML/Polylang.
  • Compatibility with WooCommerce 4.2.0


  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.4.1
  • Compatibility with WooCommerce 4.1.0


  • Multiple code standards improvements.
  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.4.0
  • Compatibility with WooCommerce 4.0.1


  • Delay purchasable filter to run AFTER all other hooks have completed preventing from getting overridden by a third-party extension.
  • Compatibility with WooCommerce 3.9.2


  • Compatibility with WooCommerce 3.9.0


  • Updated language file.
  • Fixed fatal error while submitting store vacation dates via a non-Latin calendar.
  • Altered vacation notice z-index value to prevent overlap with core notifications.
  • Refactored and re-organized underlying code in plugin settings page/ controls.
  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.3.1
  • Compatibility with WooCommerce 3.8.1


  • Minor changes.


  • Updated WooCommerce hook names.


  • Fixed miscalculation of strtotime method.


  • Compatibility with WordPress 4.9.
  • Fixed miscalculation of strtotime method.


  • Added custom datepicker stylesheet file.


  • Updated language file.
  • Added button text and URL fields to the plugin settings page.


  • Updated language file.
  • Added start date to close the shop immediately.
  • Added color picker controls to customizer background and text color.
  • Compatibility with WooCommerce 3.X.


  • Updated language file.
  • Refactored main class code.
  • Updated hooks for shop and single product pages.


  • Added screenshot images.


  • Fixed time calculation bug with strtotime method.


  • Initial release.