This case study looks at the positive steps I took to decrease the number of deactivations on one of my freemium plugins. The steps are based around identifying the problem, analysing the data, and making changes to the product. There’s probably a clever acronym for this approach but I’m afraid I don’t know what it is. Read more
I wasn’t aware of these two tags for WooCommerce till I noticed one of my plugins was reporting as not tested with the latest version of WooCommerce. In your main plugin file, not the readme, you can add:
* WC requires at least: 2.5 * WC tested up to: 3.1
These declare the minimum version of WooCommerce that your plugin requires and the latest version it’s been tested against.
More information here.
There are a number of standard WordPress functions to help you add navigation buttons to your posts, notably
the_post_navigation which you can use on a single post to print links to the next and previous posts. However, next and previous are defined by publication date – but what if you want to get the next and previous posts according to some other parameter? Read more
One of the most difficult aspects of theme and plugin development is not the development work but all the promotional stuff that comes after. Ultimately, for your product to become successful, people need to know it exists – so you have to tell them about it. Read more
You may have seen some discussion of Merlin recently. Merlin is described as a “highly configurable WordPress theme setup wizard built for theme developers”. From the short video I’ve seen, Merlin looks beautiful. It’s got some nice illustrations and slick animations, the content is brief and to the point, and the whole process looks very neat.
Inspired by Merlin, I started thinking about what I’d like from a theme set-up wizard. This post outlines the wizard which I’m calling Whizzie. Read more
One of the most frustrating aspects of selling products online is the fact that you can’t always tell who you’re selling to or where they’ve come from. As a personal goal this year, I want to improve how I market and promote my products and the first place to start, I think, is by improving my understanding of who’s arriving on my site and what they’re doing when they get there. Step one of that process is to set up ecommerce tracking on Google Analytics. Read more
By default, WordPress allows you to filter posts and pages by a couple of different parameters: namely, by publication and by category. Let’s say though that you’ve added a new meta field to your post or you’ve even created a whole new post type with all kinds of new meta fields. It would be nice to be able to filter your post type by one or more of those meta fields. Read more