Booking plugins for WordPress

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

Whizzie: a WordPress theme setup wizard

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

Adding ecommerce tracking to Easy Digital Downloads

One of the most frustrating aspects of selling products online is the fact that you can’t always tell who you’re selling to or where they’ve come from. As a personal goal this year, I want to improve how I market and promote my products and the first place to start, I think, is by improving my understanding of who’s arriving on my site and what they’re doing when they get there. Step one of that process is to set up ecommerce tracking on Google Analytics. Read more