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WordPress WooCommerce and IPad Sales Presenter

There is a nice little application for the IPad that also works on the IPad Mini and IPhone, the app costs around $20/£20 and allows you to create Sales Orders to be taken off line, so what has this business application really got to do with WordPress?

With 4G – 3G and the falling costs of data packages it is possible that you can present you products almost anywhere with WordPress, WooCommerce online and in a browser, I first thought there was not much call for an off-line Sales Ordering system for a lot of people, but then considering poor signals and the cost of Data Roaming it might be worth a look.

What if you sell products and services and are often in areas with poor internet access, are you are thinking it would be nice to have your products off line and on an IPad, be able to add Customers and take Orders in the middle of nowhere, places like events, County Show or a covered market in a Car Park or basement area, or maybe you sell climbing equipment and up a mountain in the middle of nowhere you just want your product catalogue available at your fingertips in any situation, then this could be a working solution .

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Sales Presenter

Sales Presenter from Blue Alligator is a smart application only for the IPad from the Itunes Store, so it is a smooth off-line product catalogue all finger swipe and tap, for your £20/$20 when purchasing the app you get a free cloud account where you can upload your data, you just create the product, customer, catalogue files etc: in Excel save as csv and upload.

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How Does Sales Presenter Work

Sales Presenter is not for your customers but for you, this is ideal when you or your associates want to present your product on a personal basis to the client or cusomer, it is also used by large companies for their traveling sales people or to take orders at events and exhibitions.

You get a “Free” cloud account with space from Blue Alligator when you register this can be before you purchase the application, this gives you all the functions for an off-line Sales catalogue, there is a small monthly fee if you want more features, extra images and variable pricing structures, but the free version will get you started.

In your cloud account you can upload all your catalogues, products and Customer details as csv files, download orders and upload to a folder your product display images, these look great on the IPad and a double ‘tap’ will show a larger image that can be dragged around.

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Once you are all set you can enter your key codes from Blue Alligator into your IPad settings and download your product catalogue, you can even have different companies like the WordPress Multi-Site on the one IPad Instance.

The Plugin

There is nothing out there at the moment to create the files from the WordPress admin, I am working on a plugin to generate the files in the correct format for uploading to Sales Presenter.

This is still a work in progress, there will be a Freemium Plugin and a paid Premium plugin later, for now lets have a preview of some of the features via screenshots!

There is an admin screen to set various defaults and create and download the files, main settings hold information on your blue alligator account.

Locations are required by Sales Presenter you must specify at least one location and at least one Sales Person.

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Sales Presenter requires other information in the files like the Unit of Measure selectable on the Products Screen, price streams, stock quantities, barcode and lots of other fields.

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Customers and Sales People

Extra fields are added on the Admin User Screen for Sales People and Customers if you want to take your Customers from WordPress to Sales Presenter, sales presenter can also create new Customer off-line and you can get these back in the Order File.

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Lots of other features will be added to the plugin based on demand, if the plugin takes off then it will be worth spending the time on it!

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If this document contains programming examples, www.DigitalRaindrops.net grants you a nonexclusive copyright license to use all programming code from which you can generate similar functions tailored to your own specific needs.

All sample code is provided by http://DigitalRaindrops.net for learning illustrative purposes only.

These examples have not been thoroughly tested under all conditions. www.DigitalRaindrops.net, therefore, cannot guarantee or imply reliability, serviceability, or function of these examples.

All programs contained herein are provided to you “AS IS” without any warranties of any kind. The implied warranties of non-infringement, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are expressly disclaimed.

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This website is a tool to support and promote WordPress and Artisteer theme development, please support, share and give credit for any benefits you gain from the tutorials on this website.

WordCamp Edinburgh 2012

This was my first WordPress WordCamp, I was not sure what to expect, or what level of WordPress user the talks would be targeted at, what was I going to get out of the whole WordCamp UK experience.

My reasons for attending were along the lines of exploring what others are doing with WordPress, a chance to meet and talk with other developers, WordPress users, and to see what lessons could be learnt from others experiences with WordPress.

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Digital Raindrops Colorizer

We thought we would use the WordPress Twenty Eleven theme and the the Farbtastic color picker to colorize our theme from the website front page instead of the admin area.

We have been looking at the $_SESSION variable, so we thought we would bring the functions of our popular Color Fun child theme to the front end, we wanted the visitor to be able to change the colors, preview the changes and grab the generated styles.

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WordPress Twenty Eleven Pluggable

In April 2011 we wrote a post on pluggable functions, since then we have been looking at other functions like post classes, which we used in the first release of our photo blogging theme.

While loitering over on the WordPress Support Forum, trying to answer a topic on resizing the headers “the penny dropped”, the twentyeleven_setup() function in the parent theme is pluggable, so we can now do so many changes in a single function.

Our Child Theme

In our child theme we wanted to enhance it by using the header functions for a logo, so the admin could choose or upload a logo, so we only wanted a 120px by 120px logo image in the header.

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The theme in the image is downloadable from another posts so we are not going to go into the code here, do watch the pluggable functions video ,download the theme and play with the code.

Best Viewed HD and Full Screen to read the code!

By copying the themes twenty eleven setup function from twenty eleven to the child theme we could change so much more without needing to remove filters and actions in our child theme.

We could use the Header image as a logo at 120px by 120px, removed the parents headers, removed the post classes, removed some of the image sizes, added new image sizes, and uploaded our own headers (logos) folder.

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Child Theme Video Development Playlist

Notices

We do require your feedback to improve our themes and tutorials, please leave your comments good or bad.

Code disclaimer information

If this document contains programming examples, www.DigitalRaindrops.net grants you a nonexclusive copyright license to use all programming code from which you can generate similar functions tailored to your own specific needs.

All sample code is provided by http://DigitalRaindrops.net for learning illustrative purposes only.

These examples have not been thoroughly tested under all conditions. www.DigitalRaindrops.net, therefore, cannot guarantee or imply reliability, serviceability, or function of these examples.

All programs contained herein are provided to you “AS IS” without any warranties of any kind. The implied warranties of non-infringement, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are expressly disclaimed.

Membership

Registration and Membership is no longer required for downloading files or interacting with Digital Raindrops, posting a comment or topic in the forum does use Captcha to reduce spammers.

This website is a tool to support and promote WordPress and Artisteer theme development, please support, share and give credit for any benefits you gain from the tutorials on this website.

Free WordPress PhotoBlog Theme

Following on from our recent posts on creating different layouts using the post class, we thought it would be fun to apply the layouts to a Photo Blogging Theme.

Photo Blogging and photography themes need to be quite plain, as the visitors come to see the images and not the theme, so the theme must be clean, functional and secondary to the content.

Raindrops Photo Blog

This is our theme simple wide, white, neutral colors that will allow the images to talk to the visitors, we have incorporated Google fonts into the header, our social media widget, and nine different content layouts, the theme is functional in one of our theme sandboxes, you can view the theme here.

This is the default layout, here you can see the top menu and the social media widget, notice that we have removed the header, this theme will not display a header or logo image, just the Google font and the different layouts should be enough to impress the visitors.

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The layouts are the same as the post class theme, the differences are the size of the images and the letterbox size, you can view the other layouts in the videos that can be found on the other post, watching these will give us a look at the different setups.

Getting Started

You must be running a version of WordPress that has the twenty eleven theme in the themes folder, this is a twenty eleven child theme and needs the parent theme to be present, the theme is supplied “as is” and is for learning about WordPress, it is fully functional and may be used un-supported by Digital Raindrops and without any warranty.

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Download the theme, upload and activate it from the Admin > Appearance > Themes, there are a few more things we need to do to get started, start with Appearance > Background and change the value to white ( #FFFFFF )

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Featured Images

WordPress will not update existing featured images, so we will need to either use a plugin to re-size the images, or select or upload new featured images, the letterbox image requires that the featured image is at least 800px wide, when you upload a photo into the content area, this can also be set as the featured image.

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Theme Setup

From Admin > Appearance > Theme Setup, we can set the layouts for the Home page, archive page, search page, also we could change the Google font here if we wanted, just by finding the font name via the link and typing it into the Google Font Name text box.

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Category Layouts

Each Category can have it’s own layout, there are eight layouts to choose from, these are set from Admin > Posts > Category then edit any category, set the layout and save.

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Column Views

Here is one of the content layouts, this one is two over three then left aligned thumbnails, all thumbnails are linked to the post so the visitor can click on the image, title or the read more link, notice the small icons we have built into the new layouts.

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Dark Option

This theme will also work with the dark option, here we can see the letterbox images and the icons that match the theme, we changed the background here to #010101

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Social Widget

We have also built in our social widget right into the theme, just drag it to a sidebar and fill out your social media account names.

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Notices

We do require your feedback to improve our themes and tutorials, please leave your comments good or bad.

Code disclaimer information

If this document contains programming examples, www.DigitalRaindrops.net grants you a nonexclusive copyright license to use all programming code from which you can generate similar functions tailored to your own specific needs.

All sample code is provided by http://DigitalRaindrops.net for learning illustrative purposes only.

These examples have not been thoroughly tested under all conditions. www.DigitalRaindrops.net, therefore, cannot guarantee or imply reliability, serviceability, or function of these examples.

All programs contained herein are provided to you “AS IS” without any warranties of any kind. The implied warranties of non-infringement, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are expressly disclaimed.

Membership

Registration and Membership is no longer required for downloading files or interacting with Digital Raindrops, posting a comment or topic in the forum does use Captcha to reduce spammers.

This website is a tool to support and promote WordPress and Artisteer theme development, please support, share and give credit for any benefits you gain from the tutorials on this website.

WordPress London Post Class

We created this theme as an extension to our post on the WordPress Post Class function after our talk at the #wpldn meetup group, we have extended the theme with a couple of new layouts, adding the date icon.

As well as the post class functions we added an extra two menus one in the header and one in the footer, these have been styled to match our demo theme, we used some of the code from our extended category posts to set the content choices, we are supplying the demo theme for educational reasons as we do not consider it fully finished.

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Resize the Twenty Eleven Theme

We have seen a number of solutions to resize the WordPress twenty eleven theme, there are a number of considerations when resizing the theme, like the built in headers and content area, we thought we would add our own solution to the mix.

Changing the header height is not that hard to do using a function and the after_setup_theme hook, but what if we want a wider theme, the headers will still show but will be stretched, the default header will still be the parent themes header, so lets look at the steps we take in changing our child theme.

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Keyboard Navigation for WordPress Posts

One of the topics on the WordPress Forum asked about adding a snippet of JQuery to a theme, the snippet of code was to navigate the posts using the left and right arrow keys.

We were able to quickly create a child theme and test the code and it works well, we thought we would share the solution and child theme with our readers.

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Live CSS Stylesheet Editing

Sometimes we may have a small style change we want to try for our live website, it would be nice if this could be done without editing the stylesheet, saving, adjusting, saving again, and forgetting what the values were before we started.

Well there is a non-destructive way we can test our changes, without changing a single line in our stylesheet, without having to edit or upload our changes.

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