WP e-Commerce crash course

November 18, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress has been used for any type of site out there, including e-commerce websites, and one of the biggest reasons for that is the WP e-Commerce plugin. If you’re thinking of trying it out but have no idea where to start, this crash course by 1st Web Designer should help.

If you have not ever created an e-commerce website before, then this crash course is best-suited for you. I am considering that you are totally an idiot when it comes to e-commerce websites. At the end we will also talk about how a developer can integrate e-commerce features in his WordPress theme. So I will say this tutorial will take you from beginner level and at the end you can continue with creating e-commerce websites with WordPress as a developer.

It can also give you a good idea of the plugin’s capabilities and limitations—no use trying to force it into submission when there are specialized shopping cart systems that can do the job in a less hacky way.

Still, let’s hope WordPress provides more functionalities that can push it in the direction of creating ideal WordPress-powered online shops in the same way BuddyPress paved the way for a WordPress-powered social network.

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WordPress Plugin: Import from Ning

April 19, 2010 | No Comments Yet

With hosted social network service Ning announcing that it will no longer support free accounts, people are scurrying to find a suitable alternative, and WordPress / BuddyPress is one such example. Seems like a good opportunity to capture that market.

Should you decide to go that route, Import from Ning makes the transition that much easier.

Allows users to import the users of a Ning community into a WordPress installation. When BuddyPress is installed, the plugin also gives the option of importing additional profile data into BuddyPress profiles.

Download Import from Ning

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Gravatar gets Profiles

March 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Beau Lebens' Gravatar profile

Gravatar took a big step over the weekend and announced support for public profiles, going from an avatar service to a business card and social network service in an instant.

Thanks to Automattic’s acquisition of Gravatar a few years back, WordPress.com users can enjoy editing their Gravatar profiles right within their dashboards. For everyone else, it’s just a matter of logging into Gravatar and going to My Account > Edit My Profile. There you can add your personal details and link up other web services and sites.

I think this is a great way to add value to Gravatar’s original premise that doesn’t sound too ambitious, but who knows what they’ll think of next!

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BuddyPress 1.2 installs on WordPress

February 17, 2010 | No Comments Yet

BuddyPress Test Drive site

The biggest roadblocks to adopting social network software BuddyPress have finally been eliminated. With the latest version 1.2 coming out, you can now install BuddyPress on WordPress and not just WordPress MU. That goes for any WP version. Consider this the official way to run BP following this one.

Another highlight of this release is a quicker, simpler installation process: just 3 steps detailed in the download page. Simply add BuddyPress from your plugins page and activate a theme for it.

Probably the most exciting part of this release is a new default theme, which you can see running on the official site and the BuddyPress Test Drive site. BP is looking cleaner and more flexible than ever—you can create child themes with BP too.

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Add Google Buzz to WordPress & BuddyPress

February 15, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Google Buzz Logo

WPMU.org lists 5 different ways you can integrate Google Buzz into your WordPress and BuddyPress site. Aside from a the Buzz This WP plugin and the Digg-like button, you can also display your Buzz stream and share BP profiles to Buzz.

  1. “Buzz This” Plugin for WordPress
  2. Make Your Own Button to Add Anywhere in Your Template
  3. Share Your Google Buzz Posts on Your Site with Google Buzz ER Plugin
  4. Add the Ability to Share BuddyPress Profile Links With a “Buzz This” Button
  5. Add “Buzz This” to Individual BuddyPress Activity Stream Posts

Although Google Buzz is facing controversy right now for privacy issues, it could become a huge social network overnight since it’s built right inside Gmail, and bloggers will definitely want to take advantage of that audience.

Update: see also this post by Mashable.

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Put yourself on the WordPress World Map

November 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

The WordPress World Map lets WP people unite get themselves on a custom Google Maps interface. You can sign in with your Twitter account (there should be support for WordPress.com, and WordPress.org as sign-on identities, but you can add your respective usernames on those sites to the profile) and add yourself as a user/blogger, developer, core developer, company, or fan. See folks who are in your area and check out which WordCamps are happening near you—probably the nifties feature thus far.

Great way to get a global perspective of the WordPress community. And this project would integrate well with the WordPress.org profiles.

Put the WordPress Philippines community on the map and register now!

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BuddyPress to ship with a theme framework; will WordPress be next?

August 25, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Social networking platform BuddyPress has modified its theme structure to contain by default a theme framework, basically a parent theme which custom themes can override with child themes.

In BuddyPress 1.1 there will be one single theme to handle everything. BuddyPress will ship with a theme framework that acts as a parent theme. The default theme will be a child theme based on this framework and contains only images and css. Building a new BuddyPress theme will be as simple as creating a child theme based on the framework. If you’re not familiar with child themes a quick google search will bring up lots of useful information.

This makes theme development for a relatively more complex CMS much easier. But what’s more interesting about this is there are several WordPress theme frameworks already out there, and it looks like the BuddyPress development team has taken a cue from that. My question is: should future versions of WordPress also ship with a default theme framework just like BuddyPress? For those who aren’t familiar with the benefits:

When building a new theme you don’t need to re-create every template file. You can override specific template files where needed. Most importantly though, your theme will update automatically with the latest functionality when the framework theme is updated.

In the meantime, however, check out these 3rd-party theme frameworks for WP.

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ABS-CBN buys 5% of Multiply.com

November 19, 2008 | No Comments Yet

ABS-CBN purchased 2,524,488 shares of social networking site Multiply. This amounted to to $5,000,000.93 or 5% of the company. You can read the reports from the following sites:

Some people may remember a prior partnership between the two companies last year. It looks like the Kapamilya Network is taking things to the next level.

Multiply is a remarkably popular service for Filipinos as it provides an all in one package for blogging and uploading various multimedia. ABS-CBN is notable for having promoted many of its TV shows online through Multiply profiles more so than subsections of its official website.

Clearly, the media company knows where to go where the buzz is, and whether or not this deal’s pros are outweighed by the cons, it’s interesting to see how a company that built its name through traditional forms of media is slowly discovering what we now call social media.

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WordPress App for LinkedIn adds your blog to your professional profile

October 31, 2008 | No Comments Yet

If you’re networking professionally at LinkedIn, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now add your WordPress-powered blog to your profile with the WordPress app. Just look for it in the Application Directory, add your blog URL, and you’re all set. Your recent blog posts will now be displayed on your profile.

Users of both WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) can use this app, so don’t hesitate! Why use LinkedIn? It’s a great way to build your professional network online.

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BuddyPress is a WordPress MU Social Network Platform

April 1, 2008 | 1 Comment

BuddyPress

If you enjoy all the features of WordPress, particularly its multi-user version WordPress MU, but would like to take it a step further and produce one of the hottest places to be on the web right now, a social network, then BuddyPress might be the solution you’re looking for.

BuddyPress is still essentially blogging software but “removes the main focus of WordPress MU away from blogs, moving it more towards the actual member themselves.” Instead of having blogging as its main feature, it’s now one features in addition to more detailed profile pages, private messaging, friends, groups, status updates, photo albums, and something called The Wire, which is basically where friends can leave messages on one’s profile page ala MySpace comments.

Rolling out a custom social network seems like the next logical step after blogging. In the Philippines, there are a lot of bloggers but there are more of us who more easily understand the likes of Friendster and Multiply. Others believe blogging is the next social network. And that our online social lives can remain scattered across different websites like Twitter and Facebook, too. Will BuddyPress draw in the crowds? Could it equal the likes of KickApps and Ning? We’ll find out soon enough.

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