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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Create your own WordPress Dashboard Widgets

June 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Did you know that you can tweak your WordPress Dashboard with custom Widgets? Take note that this is different from the Widgets feature you can use on your blog. WooCamp has a nice two-step tutorial on it:

  1. Copy the given code in the blog post
  2. Modify the given code for specific functionality for your widget

Easy-peasy! Another great way to customize the backend of WordPress-powered sites, especially if you’re using it as a CMS for clients and friends.

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How to create Widgets in WordPress 2.8

May 27, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Justin Tadlock has a nice tutorial on the new way to create WordPress Widgets in WP 2.8. You might remember that in the upcoming version of WordPress the admin interface for Widgets has been revamped, but the method of developing Widgets has been updated as well.

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the steps of setting up a widget, its settings form, and displaying it on your site. At the end of the tutorial, you can download an example plugin to build from. Of course, you can apply this to your themes as well.

According to him, coding a widget is much easier this time because you just have to extend the WP_Widget class. The tutorial also gets into advanced widget controls and display settings.

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