Name Your Price plugins allow you to be flexible in how much you charge for your products – to such an extent that you let your customers choose how much they want to pay. You can set minimum and maximum price ranges, if you wish, or leave the price completely open-ended. You can even allow customers to set the price for optional extras within the product rather than for the entire product. Use Name Your Price to accept donations, build trust, or run special promotions.
WooCommerce is a very flexible and, at times, complex ecommerce plugin for WordPress. But sometimes it doesn’t give you quite the functionality you’re looking for out of the box so you need to start looking for extensions to help you accomplish what you want to achieve. One example of this is allowing your customers to create personalized or customizable products. Read more
This case study looks at the positive steps I took to decrease the number of deactivations on one of my freemium plugins. The steps are based around identifying the problem, analysing the data, and making changes to the product. There’s probably a clever acronym for this approach but I’m afraid I don’t know what it is. Read more
I wasn’t aware of these two tags for WooCommerce till I noticed one of my plugins was reporting as not tested with the latest version of WooCommerce. In your main plugin file, not the readme, you can add:
* WC requires at least: 2.5 * WC tested up to: 3.1
These declare the minimum version of WooCommerce that your plugin requires and the latest version it’s been tested against.
More information here.
There are a number of standard WordPress functions to help you add navigation buttons to your posts, notably
the_post_navigation which you can use on a single post to print links to the next and previous posts. However, next and previous are defined by publication date – but what if you want to get the next and previous posts according to some other parameter? Read more
This post takes you step by step through the process of adding a forum to WordPress. It’s a simple process to get up and running – in fact, it only takes one click to install a working WordPress forum. We’ll then look at some more advanced options. Read more
One of the most difficult aspects of theme and plugin development is not the development work but all the promotional stuff that comes after. Ultimately, for your product to become successful, people need to know it exists – so you have to tell them about it. Read more
This post came about as the result of a client’s specific need: they wanted to rent their gallery space on a weekly basis to artists who were staging exhibitions. The spec was simple enough: bookings should always start on the same day of the week and run in weekly blocks. My first thought was to use an existing bookings plugin – I thought that this requirement was bound to be covered by several plugins. However, I soon found that none of the main booking plugins for WordPress could accomplish what we required. Read more
You may have seen some discussion of Merlin recently. Merlin is described as a “highly configurable WordPress theme setup wizard built for theme developers”. From the short video I’ve seen, Merlin looks beautiful. It’s got some nice illustrations and slick animations, the content is brief and to the point, and the whole process looks very neat.
Inspired by Merlin, I started thinking about what I’d like from a theme set-up wizard. This post outlines the wizard which I’m calling Whizzie. Read more