Woocommerce get admin order note

In order to get admin order note, there is no office function to do that but you might want to do that to capture payment date in woocommerce. You can easily find the order note by doing the following,


looks pretty simple right? If you can't get it this way, all you need to do is to sql the database direct instead especially if you re on a multi language WordPress site.

$paymentdate = $wpdb->get_var( 'SELECT comment_date FROM  `wp_comments` WHERE  `comment_content` LIKE  \'%payment success%\' AND `comment_post_ID` ='. $post_id);

and these should gives you the information you need to do get your payment date if you ever need it.

Disable delete for Woocommerce order

I have some problem recently with Woocommerce order being deleted by Admin and we have no idea who did it. And that annoys me. Hence, i went ahead and disable Woocommerce delete for any order for all users. Pretty much i do not want any delete to happen for any order regardless it is intentionally or accidentally.

Disable Woocommerce Delete

In order to disable woocommerce delete for order, you need to hook in to the 2 action hook which is wp_tash_post and before_delete_post as shown below,

// disable delete entirely
function restrict_post_deletion($post_ID){
    $type = get_post_type($post_ID);
    if($type == 'shop_order'){
        echo "You are not authorized to delete this page.";
add_action('wp_trash_post', 'restrict_post_deletion', 10, 1);
add_action('before_delete_post', 'restrict_post_deletion', 10, 1);

what the above does is to get the post_id of the post you are deleting and see what type it is. If the type if a shop_order, do not allow them to delete by exiting the script entirely and show a message to the user so that they will stop doing silly things.

Woocommerce After Checkout Hook

Here is another Woocommerce hook that i used recently that is directly call after checkout but before an order is made, it is a Woocommerce after checkout hook. In this case, you can add more validation into it to prevent the order from being creating it. To do this, all you need to do is use the hook callĀ 'woocommerce_after_checkout_validation' which gets call after checkout validation is made.

  add_action( 'woocommerce_after_checkout_validation', 'remove_item_cart_session_expired' );
  function remove_item_cart_session_expired(){
    global $woocommerce;
    $data = WC()->session->get('mypersonalsession');
      wc_add_notice( __("<strong>ERROR:</strong> Code 1010 - Your session expired. Please reorder again", "test"), "error" );

In this case, the validation is already completed but my session has expired. So i added an error notice so that my team can look into the error code and figure out what has gone wrong with this particular order. Of course, i emepty the cart so that the order cannot be create!

Woocommerce After an Order Before Payment Hook

There are times when you want to do some action like sending the order info to another database or third party integration before payment took place. of course, after payment took place, you might still initial another type of hook which is not explain here, there are tons of them if you google around. However, before a payment is made and after a checkout is place, an order is created. This hook is often ignored and not mention around. And this is the Woocommerce hook i am going to demonstrate here.

2 Woocommerce action hook after an order is made

There are actually two action hook that you can use here which are


Both this hook, allows you to initial your custom function immediately after an order is made such as the one below,

  add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_order_processed', 'my_status_pending',  1, 1  );


  add_action( 'woocommerce_new_order', 'my_status_pending',  1, 1  );

Do bear in mind that the priority here is placed at the highest as compare to the default 10. If you just use the default priority, the chances of your payment getting directly marked as paid rather than going through the normal process of Woocommerce is high. It happens to me as i couldn't figure out how come all order are being marked as paid without going through any payment selected. It is all due to the action hook used above which you have to take note of the priority to prevent yourself losing money due to unpaid invoice marked as paid automatically.

New order hook

The argument parameter is marked as 1 which is the default since we only really need the order id of the hook as shown below,

add_action( 'woocommerce_new_order', 'my_status_pending',  1, 1  );
function my_status_pending($order_id){
// do your magic here

Do remember to NOT place any $woocommerce->cart->empty_cart() sentence within these methods as it will remove the item in the cart and leave other checkout method unable to proceed further. Leave the empty_cart instruction to the payment gateway to handle it.

Empty Woocommerce Cart before adding new item

If you happen to only wants to allow 1 item in your cart and remove all other cart item before adding one, this article might be your saver. Apparently there are a few article that uses a hook call 'woocommerce_add_to_cart' where it 'should' remove the item before adding it. But it doesn't work for newer version of woocommerce. However, there is another hook call 'woocommerce_add_to_cart_validation'. Therefore, if you would like to remove an item before adding a new item into your cart in Woocommerce, you should do something like this.

// before addto cart, only allow 1 item in a cart
add_filter( 'woocommerce_add_to_cart_validation', 'woo_custom_add_to_cart_before' );

function woo_custom_add_to_cart_before( $cart_item_data ) {

    global $woocommerce;

    // Do nothing with the data and return
    return true;

This will remove everything during validation before adding the item into wWocommerce cart. Try it!