Written: November 9, 2014
Most businesses have decided to offer online customer shopping of their products and services, something that we call e-commerce. Today there are literally dozens of ways to get your online shopping up and running. With WordPress having some 70,000,000 users it has become the number one Content Management System (CMS) in the world, so that has attracted top-notch e-commerce vendors to offer many choices for WordPress web sites. I’ve invited a speaker on this topic to present at the November 24th meeting of the Portland WordPress Meetup group.
In this WordPress MeetUp we will explore developing an e-commerce website using the popular and free Woo Commerce plugin. Shipping options, bulk discount and the various Woo Commerce Product settings will be covered along with incorporating the Shopping Cart pages into your website.
As with her previous popular presentation, “Safeguarding Your WordPress Clients,” Mary Ann will make time for questions at each step in the process and include opportunities for group discussion. After the presentation, slides will be available on a link to Prezi, but you will gain much more by attending in person.
Mary Ann Aschenbrenner is the President of Waterlink Web LLC, a Portland-based website design and development company focused on the needs of small and medium sized businesses. In addition to building successful websites, she tends honeybees, volunteers in her community and is always engaged keeping up to date in this every evolving field.
Tags: e-commerce, Meetup, WooCommerce, WordPress
Written: October 14, 2014
I discovered the Portland WordPress Meetup group a few years ago after filling out a free profile at www.meetup.com. The genius behind Meetup is that it helps connect your personal or business interests with other, like-minded people. Our Portland WordPress Meetup started out with just one meeting per month, and the audience was a wide range of people from first-time bloggers, to start-up business owners, to geeky developers.
Now our group has gotten into a monthly series of User and Developer meetings, so that attendees can fit into the group that fits their skills and interests. This October we’re having a record four meetings instead of the usual two, because another neat feature of Meetup is that any member can suggest adding a new meeting, assuming that they have a topic, speaker and location. So here’s what’s in store in the next two weeks:
Online our Meetup group now has some 1,313 members, although at a physical meeting you can expect up to 50 people attending. The meetings are free, except for your time, so why not learn something new about creating or updating your own blog or web site and attend one of our informative Meetups. There is always time for you to raise questions and get answers, on the spot without using Google.Tags: Meetup, WordPress
Written: October 7, 2014
Motion certainly does get my attention, which is why many web sites today have rotating images along with words to draw us in, tell a story, and ask us to click for more information. Such is this case with author Roland Smith, where we promote his latest books on the Home page using a rotating slideshow:
Once we get used to motion on a web page, then all other pages with no motion look kind of plain and out of touch.
I recommend starting with a slideshow on your Home page, then measure with analytics how many visitors actually click through and land on the Read More page, you may be pleasantly surprised. Another good promotional idea that Roland does is to post a blog for each new book, which then automatically updates his Facebook page status and Tweets. Write once, see everywhere, no that’s marketing automation working for you, saving you time from having to login to each social media platform and copy/paste content.
Written: September 14, 2014
The two largest cell phone operating systems are iOS from Apple and Android from Google, so you’re probably using one of these for your own cell phone. Both Apple and Google provide updates that provide new features and fix things like security bugs. The latest Android release was dubbed KitKat, or version 4.4.2 and it came out about a month ago or so. My oldest son had read up about the new features and encouraged me to upgrade, so I did.
My upgrade to KitKat was flawed, because all of a sudden my bluetooth headsets started to crackle and disconnect. The only way that I could make my bluetooth headsets work was to hold the phone two inches away from the headset, so that was certainly not practical. A quick Google search revealed that hundreds of other cell phone users were experiencing the identical issue as me, Android 4.4.2 had effectively killed their bluetooth capability. I phoned the 800 AT&T support and they suggested, “Oh well, just wait for another release to fix this issue.”
What, and in the meantime, how do I operate hands-free?
Not satisfied with that answer, I phoned up the local AT&T Customer Service on Barbur Boulevard in Portland. They told me to come visit the store for diagnosis. The local tech asked some questions, then decided to re-image the phone by installing their master version of 4.4.2, and as a side effect it would remove all of my Apps. I signed the consent form, and waited maybe 12 minutes.
He handed me the phone back, and then paired my bluetooth headset, it now worked just fine.
I was so glad that my local tech support guy at AT&T knew what to do in order to make my phone work again, because I always use my bluetooth headset and it allows me to keep my hands free for typing or driving. I learned not to always follow the advise from the 800 number.Tags: Android, AT&T