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Four Good WordPress E-Commerce Plugins

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Hello from Allan at MindVisionmedia.net again, I hope this post finds you well.

I get a lot of inquiries about which plugin or program to use for WP e-commerce. I have used several myself and installed and set up several for clients as well and there are 4 that really stick out for user friendliness and cost to get started. I would consider all of these to be from simple to moderate in technical detail and ability. Almost anybody can set one of these up in no time depending on how many products you have and the specifics you need for each.

Be sure to check with your hosting company to make sure they have enough WP support to run your e-commerce option. These are all free and offer other features, options and add-ons that you can purchase to enhance your online store and the control features you have.

ecwid-logoThe first is Ecwid, this free plugin offers a handy e-commerce widget that is easy to implement on any page or post through the use of a shortcode.. The set up at Ecwid.com is friendly and easy as well providing more options than one would expect from a free service. Once you have your products created and all of the settings configured, it is just a matter of dragging the Ecwid e-commerce Plugin widget into the sidebar of your choice or add the store to a page of your choice using the provided “shortcodes”.

The free plan includes all standard e-commerce features, and paid plans start at $15 per month and grant you more advanced features such as discount settings and inventory control. Check it out and see if it’s the right e-commerce solution for your WordPress site or Blog.


Online ShoppingNext we have Shopify, get your online retail plan going with this stylish and versatile e-commerce solution. What I like about this one is the ability to customize the look and feel pretty much however you want. I have worked on and seen some pretty nice “looking” online stores using this one.

They offer over 100 templates and even have an iPad Point-of-Sale feature that syncs all of your online and brick and mortar products, inventory, orders etc making it easier for business owners to manage their business.


WooCommerceProbably one of the most known free e-commerce plugins for WordPress  is WooCommerce. This is another option for your online store that offers great themes ($) to help you customize the look and feel of your business.

You get all the basic features including order management, shipping and tax adjustments, customer account area, sales reports, inventory management options, coupon options and a whole lot more. If you are looking for a plugin that is popular, this is it. A quick note to consider though is that not all hosting companies offer full WordPress support which can impact whether or not you can run WooCommerce on your server. Check with your hosting company to see if they support WooCommerce before you get all exited, I have had personal experience getting one all setup and the hosting company couldn’t run it properly.


 

WP ECommerceThe last one is WP e-Commerce. A bit of a trend setter, this e-commerce option was one of the few solutions for WordPress years ago before a lot of the others were developed. Of course this one has everything you need as do most, control over inventory, shipping, discounts, orders, multiple language and currency options, Google Checkout and a lot more, free.

You can buy other features and add-ons to enhance the product but you can definitely get started and go a long way with the free version. These guys were around before all of the options available today so they have had the advantage of finding out what works and what features to provide for those who choose to use this e-commerce option, tried and tested.

So if you are trying to configure an online store or shopping cart, set up an e-commerce site, sell stuff on your blog etc, these 4 WordPress e-commerce options provide enough versatility and comparison to help you make a good decision for your needs. Again just a reminder to check with your hosting company to make sure your choice will work on your current server configuration. Enjoy and happy selling!

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Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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WordPress Responsive Theme – Where’s the CSS File? | MindVisionMedia.net

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Responsive Theme updates impact thousands of users, cause broken themes and child themes as core files are changed and hidden from access.

Where's the CSS File?Hi folks, @allanmvm from MindVisionMedia.net here to discuss the recent updates to the #ResponsiveTheme and the many inquiries I am receiving from frustrated and confused users. WordPress Responsive Theme – Where’s the CSS File?

As most of us know, using a child theme is supposed to be a good thing, right? Some would argue but the concept makes sense, work on a copy instead of ruining the original,a common sense approach most can digest.

Typically theme developers make updates to their themes to rectify security vulnerabilities and bug fixes that are needed to enhance or protect users f the theme. CyberChimps however is making changes that are impacting users in a negative way of late. In the last 6 months alone, the Responsive Theme has gone through major changes to core files and recently the main style css file was hidden from access in the themes dashboard theme editor.

Even with a child theme, many discovered a broken site or blog after updating the parent theme. and new users are lost when trying to create a child theme with the latest versions.

In another attempt to assist the many users contacting me about this issue, I have created a short but clear video that sheds some light on the matter. I show where the style css file has been moved to in the latest version, and I also show 2 additional methods of modifying the theme without even creating a child theme at all.

My video tutorials on child themes for the earlier versions still apply if you are using older version 1.9.3 or earlier of which a lot of people are still using believe it or not, especially in other countries.

Check out the short video here:

I hope this short tutorial helps diminish the headaches being felt by many users especially our Newbies (hang in there Newbie, help is on the way)

Visit MindVisionMedia.net to find out more and get help with other issues regarding WordPress Responsive Themes.

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Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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WordPress Your Sitemap and Google | MindVisionMedia.net

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WordPress Your Sitemap and Google | MindVisionMedia.net:

Hello to all from Allan at MindVisionMedia.net and I hope this post finds you well.

Few realize the importance of your sitemap when it comes to Google. The sitemap, for those who are not familiar, is a file that tells Google or some other company, what pages to “fetch” or scan on your website from time to time and it represents a tree or directory to the pages most important in your site to your visitors. This file has(usually XML) ahs more than one purpose, it assists in updating the search engines and helps people find you based on your content. This process involves repeated scans or “fetches” by Google which are set at an interval you can modify if needed.

sitemap3The other purpose of directing your visitors to the pages they want or your sites map, is performed by the same file but displays in a browsers window as the result of a link or button being pressed. One function performs behind the scenes with Google and the other performs on screen as a tool or guide to find your content.

There are many sitemap Plugins that zip out a sitemap for your site or Blog, but you’ll want to edit or take the time before-hand to set up some limits before creating the sitemap. The most common form is an XML file but some programs offer a choice of XML or HTML. I use an HTML version for my site visitors and an XML version for Google.

The power of the sitemap is in adding instructions that tell the search engine when and how to check for updates in your content, by date, frequency, by category, by specific page or post, etc. The point here is to make sure you are not including pages that don’t relate to your target market directly and maximize the intent of the sitemap to make these Google fetches targeted and effective.

sitemap2You don’t want Google indexing your contact page, image galleries, pages not complete yet or made public, or your privacy statements when there are other more pertinent pages or posts that directly relate to your target niche. Look at these scans by Google as wasted because Google scanned  unnecessary content for nothing, Nada, zilch, of zero benefit to you or I or more importantly, our site.  This includes any information (pages, posts, media file pages, etc) that don’t help your search ranking or your seekers find you for the information they need.

Another negative affect to having Google fetch a bunch of extra pages or every page in your site is the impact on your sites resources! That’s right, each fetch generates queries in your database. Your query limits could possibly be affected, compiling any other burdens on the database currently by having a bloated sitemap in combination with a high fetch rate. You may be faced with a slow loading or inaccessible site as a result and in some cases for large sites, you will have to adjust the fetch rate for Google’s Bots, to reduce the time between automatic fetches and minimize the burden on your resources.

A good sitemap will only have the pages or posts most relevant to the content, keyword, niche combination, thus maximizing Google’s efforts to index your relevant content which will in turn improve your relevancy in searches. It really is a science, a symbiotic thing when it all works together and for the big guy’s, who have marketing firms, web development companies or teams working on site refinement, SEO and Analytics, the end result is amazing, we see their presence everyday. But for the small guy or gal managing their web presence alone, it can be daunting and time consuming. Just when you think you’re done, there is something else you need to do to refine your site even more to compete.

Best Practice:

  • Always edit and maintain sitemap to give clear instructions to Google Bot
  • Target your niche in searches and only add relevant content in sitemap that you want indexed
  • Adjust Google fetch rate according to your update frequency and available resources.

So don’t neglect, or entrust your sitemap to some free plugin entirely, examine your site’s map and you will often notice references on there that are not needed. A little refinement goes a long way and has several benefits as you can see.

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Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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Best WordPress Plugin for Revision Removal

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WordPress | Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin

Do you have a ton of revisions but don’t know what to do?

Optimize-Data3Not often do I write a review but this caught my eye. You might recall that I briefly mentioned a couple of plugins in a recent post about WordPress Revisions eating up resources in your database. Obviously, the revisions feature is a necessity in a CMS like WordPress or any other. I love the feature and have had to use it on more than one occasion.

There are sites that use it quite frequently and deliberately. But having a setting that allows you to decide for yourself, based on your individual needs, i.e. you are a writer or run an article site or magazine site, etc, or you rarely write anything, would be a great addition the arsenal of WP.

Having used several database management plugins, I have discovered my favorite and just have to let people know more about it. Once you set this thing up, one click gets rid of all the extra revisions that fall outside your parameters in an instant. It even gets rid of transients, spammed items and unused tags as well as keeping a log file.

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For example, I had over 115 revisions on just one page in my site because I was testing out some new plugins and layouts, ah, thats kinda overkill on the revisions I think guys. Anyway, I digress, Back to the story, somewhere in a town in the Netherlands lives and works a man, a web developer, artist and partner in a web development company in Eindhoven called CAGE Web Design, Rolf van Gelder is his name. Rolf created a plugin called “Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions” (current version 2.7.7).

I mean the name of this plugin just screams simplicity and it actually does what it says which deserves credit these days. The setup and settings are easy and give you good refinement on what you want to keep in terms of revisions. I only keep (2) revisions no matter what I am editing!

It keeps the clutter down and a load off my database which is always good with a large site like mine. And as you will see below, it saved a ton of space in my database for MVM. Rolf thought of everything, it even lets you choose the tables and rows in the database you want to exclude or include, he did a really good job, KUDOS Rolf from the States!

Optimize-Data1You saved me a ton of resources on my overloaded database and increased my caching and load time, both front and back while editing. If you haven’t heard of this one, you might want to check it out. Its available through your WordPress Plugin Dashboard,  just search for the name.

The “total savings since first run” in the picture below indicates how much total space this plugin saved out of my database allocated to “revisions”! Twelve and a half MB is a lot for a database so just consider how many revisions you have since you upgraded WordPress, it could be as much as me or even more!

Here is a link to the developers site,
Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

By
Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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