Woocommerce is one of the most popular plugins for WordPress because it’s used by anyone wants to setup online shop without the need writing a single line of code.
Themes are one of the notable features that come with Woocommerce out of box. It comes with a default theme as well as you can download many out from WordPress.org theme repository and many theme stores online. In fact most of those themes on the WordPress repository and theme stores are fully compatible with WordPress.
Therefore this post is targeting people with custom themes made by themselves or got from somewhere but haven’t come with Woocommerce support.
Let’s start right away!
Go to Appearance -> Edit after logging in to the WordPress Dashboard where Woocommerce is installed.
Look for the functions.php file. For experienced WordPress coders you can create your own site specific plugin. This is where you can add custom code.
Let’s remove a Woocommerce sidebar action.
Use the code below in your themes functions.php or site specific plugin.
remove_action( ‘woocommerce_sidebar’, ‘woocommerce_get_sidebar’, 10 );
Save and reload the front-end of your shop page.
As simple as that.
Before we left off, in the first article of the series about creating web applications using WordPress, I recommended to search and install some plugins. The plugins are to save us a lot of time of coding. Those plugins are Advanced Custom Fields and Custom Post Type UI, both free but with premium features to pay for if needed.
However is our class, we will not need any premium feature. It’s our zeal to develop something that will allow us the opportunity.
Looking at the web application we shall build.
It’s always good to plugin before developing anything that will used by people. Because what we are building must be a solution to a problem.
For this tutorial we shall develop a web application where we can store and retrieve book keeping records easily, without using a pen and book. So the basic features of our application will to record our budget, Cash out and Cash In. Since other people like friends and family could also be suffering with book keeping, we shall also allow anyone to register for an account on our system, allow them to login and able to record and retrieve their records.
Which means we need a user management system but WordPress has one already. All we need is to show a registration and login forms to the user.
For that case we need a plugin. But which is that among the many that exist! Before I mention and recommend I would like to hear your opinion.
Thanks for reading and contributing!
In a bid to improve their service for Kenya citizens PayPal and Equity Bank Kenya have just announced improvements in their service.
PayPal is an online (internet based) payment service originating from United States of America. PayPal helps individuals and business/organisations to send or receive payments across different countries of the world.
However not all PayPal features are available in to the citizens of every country. For example, the citizens of Kenya’s neighbor to the West “Uganda”, is able to use PayPal features such pay for goods and send payments but is not able receive payments and pay for goods.
This has been different for citizens in Kenya, especially for the Equity Bank customers and US bank account holders. Even though of recent funds withdrawn from PayPal wallet to Equity bank Kenya had to take 8 days ( more than a week) to be deposited on the bank account.
This announcement made by both financial giants confirm the reduction of this delay by 5 days, to bring the delay down to a maximum of 3 days.
This is means more cash flow for the I.T population which largely earns from online money making like blogging, working on upwork and other freelance platforms.
This moves is also a step forward towards increasing the chances of investment by the locals who earn online.
For instance, in 30 days, a earner of 100 USD online in a period of 10 days, will have access to 300 USD in cash feasible to be invested.
It’s happening for the forth time in Africa, it’s a summit to learn and share a lot of information especially about web technologies, content management systems in particular.
Catch up the recap of the recent CMS Africa Summit 2016 in Kampala at Gems Cambridge International school below.
When you go to this event you could become an influencer in your niche. You could as well improve the market for your products and services. You could also discover new ideas and ways of executing them. My biggest take away was networking with many new people who love what you love.
Similarly if you attended as a participant there is a lot more to learn, competitions to participate in and win.
In 2017, CMS Africa Summit will happen on 10th and 11th March, 2017 in Abuja at FUNTAJ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
What’s amazing are the friendly prices of the attendance tickets. Imagine a full day ticket goes for 3000 NGN while a 2 day ticket is at 5000 NGN. Every ticket you get qualifies you to Entrance, Coffee Break, Certificate, and Workshop. What a cheap way to learn, educate, and network.
This year’s theme is empowering technology through opensource. I encourage you to come as individual, or team or group of friends, you won’t be disappointed.
Membership types are attend, speaker and sponsor. Click here to buy a ticket and learn more about the event.
A blog is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).
A conceivable simple concept.
The existence of blogs has now arrived in everyone. Blogs are read and also the traditional media take them seriously. I’ve also a blog that you are reading
When you post messages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Foursquare, CouchSurfing, DeviantArt, Ello, Flickr, Google+, LinkedIn, Meetup, SoundCloud, Tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube and all the other platforms, then you run also something like a blog.
If you are looking for an entry (status, check in, photo, video), you realize many things. It is not easy to search, archive or download your “own” data. It is often impossible to transfer your data from one platform to another. You can not evaluate “your” data.
You also’ll realize that it is not “your” data. Depending on the conditions of use of the platform you have issued many or all rights for your content to the company that operates the corresponding service.
My data is not worth anything anyway
If LinkedIn is purchased for US $ 26,000,000,000 by Microsoft, then Microsoft paid about US $ 60 per user (User 433,000,000). Do you have a LinkedIn account? Do you also have an account with other services?
I have accounts at 12 major services where I post occasionally content. If I expect US $ 60 per service, my data is currently worth around 720 US $ on average.
Your data is worth something!
At LinkedIn, users networked to do business. Please consider briefly what kind of data you are generating : texts, photos, music, videos, your fitness bracelet, your car, your bank card, your home automation and all the other stuff that creates data .
Do you also have a box of keepsakes from your childhood? Any tinkering, postcards, pictures, souvenirs and other things. Sometimes it takes 30 years or longer, until you look back into that box. Often to show them to your children. Maybe you don’t have a box and store everything to your memories.
In the age of online communication most memorabilia are made from bits and bytes and are stored on data storage media, on which you have little control. That means, even if you have no box, other people you do not know personally have a “collection box with your experiences”.
Private companies, and increasingly governments, collect treasures from historical data. They are used for predictions about the future. Based on these data decisions are made by SMART algorithms. Of course, Microsoft is only interested in the details of 433’000’000 business contacts and the raw data in the case of LinkedIn. Microsoft sells software, hardware and services for this target group and 26,000,000,000 will recoup a profit.
But back to your blog project.
A private blog
Now a private blog is of course not the solution to all problems related to data and not the ultimate archiving machine, but it is a bit “more ownership” than on the platforms with their services.
When I wrote the STOP BÜPF article (German), it struck me how important any blog can be, even if it’s a small one.
This tweet lead to some blogposts of Swiss providers.
An Schweizer Provider, ob Zugangs-, Web- oder Kommunikationsprovider jedweder Art:
Bitte ruft eure Kunden auf, zu unterschreiben!#StopBÜPF
— hmm (@vecirex) June 14, 2016
Swiss provider whether access, Web or communication provider of any kind: Please call on your clients to sign! # StopBÜPF
Finally it was possible to collect more than 50,000 signatures which is a base for a referendum against the law. BÜPF is a proposed law about censorship and surveillance in Switzerland. Have a look at this video to get an idea what could be possible afterwards (subtitles in English are available).
It’s a good feeling when you publish your text on your platform and then post the link to your platform in different services. The principle is called POSSE (Publish on your Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere).
In POSSE your content is stored on an environment over which you have control. If you refer for example to Facebook on your own blog, then Facebook “visits” your blog and copies the first words and an image and displays both in your status message. Similarly, it works on all platforms. When you offer an RSS feed, your data can be read in an external feed reader. However, the data remains under your control.
The consequence is (among others):
You are perceived. This can not prevent, because everybody wants your data and are curious what you have to say.
The longer you think about it, the sooner you’ll probably notice why it is good to have your own blog.
This is a small list of benefits:
- It helps you to learn new things
- You begin to think more clearly
- You learn to write better
- Your self-confidence grows
- You talk more structured about topics you wrote about
- You can make money (if you wish)
- You can support a good cause
- You need no prior knowledge
- It is a real challenge
- It’s free (or affordable)
- You learn always something about yourself, others and the issues about which you write
How to start?
The popular software for blogs is WordPress. It works well with many other programs too and all the known and unknown content management systems, but WordPress is simply practical and has become the de facto standard.
If you do not have a blog, you can set up a blog on wordpress.com for free in minutes. WordPress.com is also a service (from the USA) and your data will be stored on their hard disks, as in the platforms described above. But you’re the one who determined about your data. You can export them at any time and import them into a self hosted WordPress installation. At this moment you begin to take over any responsibility for your data. You can import the data also into many other systems (Joomla, Drupal).
The WordPress software is open source and is developed by a large community. You can download the source code from wordpress.org and install it locally or at a hosting provider of your choice. You can also at any time move your data to another place.
The farther you go away from “all around carefree” services, the more responsibility you transfer to yourself. It’s a bit like growing up. Suddenly you have a car / phone / bike / boyfriend / girlfriend / family / apartment / house / boat and you learn that you have to care so that it continues to work well.
A blog is therefore also a good exercise in “grow up”.
You need a blog and if you already have one, then please post but your URL as a comment.
Since a few weeks we are “finishing” these “little” house in 57, Rue du Pla, Fitou.
The last bit was the lower level. In former times, people lived there. There was a kitchen, a bathroom, a toilet and a spiral staircase to go up. The size of the room is 13 x 3 meter.
We removed everything, rebuild the toilet, built another staircase, and a wall as a separation of the long room. One part of the room will become the place with the washing machine and storage for wine and stuff. The other part will become a garage. We removed the entrance to widen the opening to get the car in. The opening is now 2.15 meter wide. Our Kangoo is 1.86 meter – wish us luck and stay tuned for the photo with the car in the garage :).
whole facade so far
Last week we did the ceiling in the upcoming garage.
and today I’ll start with the doors!
Tadaa – and now the best!
From Thursday to Sunday I’ll travel to Vienna to attend WordCamp Europe (#wceu)