A look inside WooCommerce 3.0 “Bionic Butterfly”

WooCommerce 3.0 has arrived. Originally planned as version 2.7, WooCommerce releases are now adopting semantic versioning, whereby major releases (those with API changes or the potential to affect extension compatibility) will receive a new major version number (eg. 4.0, 5.0), whilst minor releases and patches will receive point versions (eg. 3.1, 3.2).

So, 2.7 has become a major release 3.0, which contains many new features and improvements.

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What Google’s change to a mobile-first index means for your business

In November 2016 Google announced they were rolling out a major change in the way they index websites. It affects all website listings in their search engine results pages (SERPs), and has significant implications to how your website will be ranked in the future.

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New Obama Foundation website built with WordPress

Political persuasions aside, it’s great to see that the new website for the Obama Foundation has been built with WordPress. The website uses the latest WP REST API introduced in WordPress version 4.7.

It’s also good to see that the custom WordPress theme is using ZURB Foundation as it’s front-end framework, which is also my framework of choice when building websites.

The site integrates with the jQuery Cycle plugin to run the photo galleries pages – I love the Kids photo gallery.

The website integrates with Typeform for collecting feedback from citizens on their hopes and dreams, as well as the people and organizations that inspire them.

www.obama.org

Tomorrow

The web design world is ever changing. Every day, new technologies are born and existing ones evolve. It’s important to keep abreast of the latest news and trends because skills and working practices need to be continually updated if you want to remain relevant in this business. If you don’t rise with the tide you sink.

For me every day is different from any other before it. I always start out with three priority goals for the day. I do many other things of course, but those three are the most important. Most days I will tick them all off, some days I might only complete one, that’s ok.

One of the aspects I enjoy in my job is the uncertainty of not knowing what’s next. Whether that’s how I’m going to solve a challenge in a project that I’ve never encountered before, or even what my next project might be.

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How to cope when a competitor steals your ideas

How to cope when a competitor steals your ideas

During a recent meeting a business owner was complaining about how one of their competitors had ripped off the design to one of their marketing flyers. Everything had been copied – the layout, colours, and text. The owner had put considerable time and effort into producing the flyer and they were angry at the transgression.

You might think, oh it’s just a flyer, a piece of paper with some ink on, it doesn’t matter. To the owner it mattered a lot. Intellectual property and copyright protection is a complex subject, and in the majority of cases a small business is unable to afford the legal costs to take action against a competitor, least of all for something like the artwork on a flyer.

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Pass the bucket

Pass the bucket

Unsplash is a great source of free, high-resolution photos. There are some very talented people on there submitting quality work.

I came across this photo by Steven Wei which I thought I’d share because it’s messing with my head, and I can’t remember the last time a photo had that effect.

I love the saturated, richness of the colours (whichever way that’s been achieved – exposure, filter, Photoshop); the way the two lines of red apartments lead your eye into the center; and the detail in the buildings that’s impossible to absorb at once. The illuminated night sky draws your attention despite the noise surrounding it.

The perspective is the thing that’s disorientating me. My eyes travel around the photo – across the bottom, up the left, and along the top – and that’s when I get a little queasy because everything is now upside down.

Is it just me?

A compassionate act

I recently observed an act of compassion that left an impression on me, an act that nobody except myself and the two people involved would ever know about.

As I was parking my car on the street I noticed an elderly disabled man in a wheelchair about 50 metres away coming towards me. He was moving extremely slowly, inching forwards, and appeared to be having difficulty turning the wheels.

A woman was walking towards me on the other side of the street, she looked over to the man and crossed the road. They spoke briefly, she took the chair, and proceeded to push him along. They passed me as I was getting out of the car.

I smiled.

I wish I’d said hello and taken a moment to talk with them. It was the most memorable thing that happened to me that day.

It should be how we all act. I am writing about it so I won’t forget.

Working in the margins

I’m not normally one for resolutions. If I want to do something I usually just, well, do it. A new year is, however, an opportunity to take stock. To look at where you are, what you do and how you do it, and where you want to be a year hence.

During December I worked a lot on my business – thinking about the type of work I do and the direction I wanted my business to take. Time off over Christmas allowed me to reflect further and to crystallize my thoughts.

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Success and failure

What does success mean to you?

Is it your own definition, or someone else’s dressed up as your own?

Success in what you’re doing right now, and the rest of today, and the rest of your life?

What will it look like?

How will it feel?

Is it what you want or what you need? Are you able to tell the difference?

How will you know when what you’re doing is a success?

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A personal service

There’s plenty of advice for businesses to know what they are good at and who their customers are. Finding your niche and specialising in it. To gain a reputation within that sector.

For me it’s about helping clients get more leads, sales and customers by making best use of the internet. It’s about providing a high quality, personalised service. Taking the time to understand their businesses, and in building long-term relationships with the people in them. Adding value, and working together to help them achieve their goals.

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