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  • Subscriptions using Stripe Checkout

    Selling subscriptions is not for the faint of heart. Yes, even with Shopify. Third party Apps, e.g. Recharge and Appstle, are functional silos. To complicate matters further, there is an entirely new Shopify Customer Portal design that Apps cannot currently run in, only the legacy portal that the theme controls. I gather that Shopify is…

  • I’m pleased to announce that my application and onboarding process with Codeable has completed. I invite folks to check out my links with them: Caution: Per Codeable’s policy, I cannot work outside of Codeable with those to whom I’m introduced or have worked with on Codeable. In these cases I’m required use their system exclusively.…

  • Fixing Jetpack Contact Form SPAM

    We have so many contact form plugins within the WordPress community. We also have several CAPTCHA systems available for these plugins, usually via Google reCaptcha or Cloudflare Turnstile. It’s all a lot to take in, and these plugins and services can add a lot of weight to a small site. Sometimes I prefer to use…

  • Jetpack CRM implementation

    I recently migrated into Jetpack CRM free edition (no premium add-ons used). This is a great free plugin with significant premium add-on capabilities, supported by the same company as WordPress.com and WooCommerce.com Here’s my experience with it so far: I like how the admin menu offers regular main menu item mode versus individual main items…

  • WooCommerce to Shopify migration

    Sometimes I get quote requests for migrating a WooCommerce store over to Shopify. I can provide a ballpark figure after getting clarity in some areas, namely: Ballpark cost estimates Item Hours Cost Setting-up the Shopify store settings (locations, shipping, policies, payment methods, consulting with client) 2 $250 Applying style guide (color sets, fonts, menus, header,…

  • WooSesh 2023 presentation on Block Theming

    Registration for WooSesh 2023 October 10th-12th is now open 🙂 This is a free three-day annual event operated by WP Sessions. It features excellent speakers and topics for WooCommerce Store Builders. Don’t miss this event if you work on or own a WooCommerce powered storefront. My presentation on Block Theming is scheduled to air at…

  • Beware of hosting company practices

    I had a troubling exchange with a hosting company yesterday that I feel is worth sharing. A new client with a smaller site has been paying ~$60 monthly for a 4GB (RAM) virtual private server. It’s large for her use (compared to the 2GB server that I run my own sites on). She pays for…

  • Cart and Checkout Blocks are going mainstream

    We have newer WooCommerce Cart and Checkout experiences powered by WordPress Blocks, AKA Gutenberg. These have been available for years via the WooCommerce Blocks beta plugin and were wrapped into WooCommerce core starting in version 6.9 from September 2022. Plugin compatibility has been consistently improving ever since. As-of the recently released WooCommerce 8.0 this is…

  • PHP 8.2 is rolling out now

    All sites should be running PHP 8.0+ by now given PHP 7.4 lifecycle ended late last year. PHP 8.0 will hit EOL later this year and sites should be upgrading at this time. PHP 8.1 was released in December 2021 and was succeeded by PHP 8.2 in December 2022. PHP 8.1 speeds-up WordPress 3.5% according…

  • Why you need to keep your Shopify theme up to date

    Update: I’ve discovered the achilles heel of Shopify. Having worked with Shopify over the past six months, I’ve observed how important the theme is to the storefront. It’s a highly opinionated design and feature layer that contains design settings and custom code. Update from October 16th, 2023 I took a peek at five stores that…

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