WordPress: 11 Things to Consider When Selecting a Theme

With seemingly thousands of Free and Premium WordPress themes out there, it can be tricky to pick the right WordPress theme for your business.

While launching a website seems easy, hardest part is finding a theme that meets your content requirement. There is not a single WordPress theme that would meet all the needs of all website owners. Every theme is built for a specific purpose and has its own strengths and weaknesses. Your job is to find the theme that meets your business’s needs.

While there are themes that do it all, they tend to be heavy and bloated because they are designed to meet the requirements of a wide range of website owners. In other words, they do everything but specialize in nothing.

Choosing these resource-consuming and feature-heavy WordPress themes is like getting operated on by a surgeon who has nothing but a Swiss army knife to perform all surgical tasks.

Finding the right WordPress theme requires more than just picking a theme based on look. In this article, we will provide some tips on what to look out for when choosing a WordPress theme. We will also recommend some free tools to help you check a theme’s credibility.

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WordPress: 15+ Best Premium Portfolio Themes

These WordPress Portfolio Themes are recommended for photographers, graphic designers, web designers, artists and whoever has something cool to show on a website!

If you didn’t know, a portfolio website is an essential tool that should be able to generate more business and increase your personal brand awareness. There is no doubt that TODAY, a portfolio website is definitely more important than a CV, no matter what creative industry you work in.

Portfolio websites (and therefore themes) usually have a striking image-based and categorized portfolio section, from where each project can be accessed and studied. Besides, huge importance is given to the “about me” page, where the artist should be able to display her skills, abilities, photo and social media feeds. They should also focus on the most important call to action: “contact us”.

Well, we hope you like our collection of WordPress Portfolio themes. Enjoy 🙂

 

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WordPress: 10+ Best Premium Recipe Themes

If you have a passion for cooking and want to showcase your recipes (or even turn your hobby into a profitable business!), here are 15+ WordPress Professional Themes you should take a look at.

Whether you plan to build traffic to your recipe blog, set up a membership-only website or even sell your own creations, a ready-made WordPress theme might help you go live fast and concentrate on what you can do best: cooking awesome stuff!

Here’s my selection of recipe themes – look at their demos and see if any of them fits your purpose. Remember, it’s a little investment as opposed to getting custom website development – start small and easy and once you start monetizing you will have more time to grow and add sections to your website 🙂  Continue reading WordPress: 10+ Best Premium Recipe Themes

WordPress: 10 Free Themes you Can Really Use!

Sometimes it’s easier (and cheaper) than you think. WordPress Theme Development companies do offer some of their themes for free to build their reputation (and increase their premium sales of course).

Here’s a collection of Free Themes for WordPress that you just can’t miss. From portfolio websites to furniture sales, from business to personal brochures, you’ve got a wide choice. Download for free, install, set up quickly and go live with $0…

Following themes are completely free of charge, as well as documentation and support. When you encounter the term “Lite” or “Light”, it might be a freemium model i.e. the theme is free but if you upgrade to premium you can get extra features.

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WooCommerce, Shopify, Wix: A Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Ecommerce Business

Almost 25% of retail sales are expected to happen online by 2026, so you should create a web store if you run a small business. With the right tools, any merchant can start selling online. 

A good ecommerce website-building platform will let you list products, process payments, and organize shipping without leaving your home or store. 

But with so many platforms – WooCommerce, Shopify, Wix, and more – choosing the right one can feel overwhelming.

This guide focuses more on the steps that are required to publish your first ecommerce website with any of these solutions, so you can hit the ground running and start selling today!

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WooCommerce: Retrieve Paid Orders Only

The wc_get_orders function is the recommended method for fetching orders in WooCommerce due to its flexibility, safety, and adherence to best practices. It offers several advantages over using custom WP_Query or database queries. It’s also HPOS compatible.

You can specify various arguments to filter orders based on properties like status (pending, completed, on-hold, etc.), customer (ID, email), date range, order IDs, payment method, total, custom fields and more.

Today, I’d like to talk about paid orders – at the moment there is no way to filter out free orders with a wc_get_orders parameter, so we need to find a workaround.

My solution uses the “payment_method” parameter, which accepts a payment method ID (cheque, bacs, afterpay, paypal, stripe, woocommerce_payments, ppcp-gateway, klarna_payments, etc. based on the payment gateway plugins you use). Clearly, an order that comes with a specific payment method is a paid order.

Unfortunately you can only select one payment method (as opposed to an array), so we also need to do some array merging. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: How to Reuse Zoom/Lightbox Scripts On Non-Product Images

WooCommerce product images on the Single Product page get the default Zoom + Lightbox + Photoswipe behavior. This is super helpful when the images are super important for sales conversion, and less helpful in other cases (in fact, here’s a snippet to disable Zoom etc. from the Woo product pages).

Now, the challenge that I had on this same website was that I wanted blog readers to also enjoy the same WooCommerce zoom / lightbox features on blog post images and screenshots. So, without reinventing the wheel, I’m now loading the WooCommerce scripts on pages like this one (single post), and on image click I trigger the lightbox!

You can test the feature by clicking on the image below. Enjoy!

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WooCommerce: How Hosting Impacts Scalability

Scalability is a vital factor to consider when setting up your WooCommerce store. It refers to the ability of your website to handle increased traffic and transactions as your business grows.

Essentially, it’s about accommodating growth without hampering site performance or user experience. If you foresee significant growth for your online store, scalability has to be one of your primary considerations from day one.

Hosting plays an integral part in ensuring scalability because as demand surges, server capabilities must keep up too. A scalable hosting solution will mitigate potential problems related to heavy traffic, and can upgrade resources accordingly to ensure smooth operation at all times.

If you’re a WooCommerce site owner and you are concerned about how well your setup can scale, read on for a rundown of the main aspects that matter when it comes to hosting, and the choices you have available.

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WooCommerce: Getting Started As An Expert – A Complete Guide

If you’re looking to start your own ecommerce store, no platform does it better than WooCommerce.

WooCommerce is your path to online selling success. It’s a flexible, open-source e-commerce plugin specifically built for WordPress websites. 

From setting up and customizing your shop, to mastering orders and sales tracking, this complete guide will walk you through becoming an accomplished WooCommerce expert.

Read on for all the info you need to get the ball rolling!

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WooCommerce: Customize Product Search Form HTML

The “Search products…” WooCommerce form usually appears in the website header and/or the Shop page sidebar based on your theme settings and widget setup.

It usually features an input form with a magnifying glass icon (unless your theme customizes it via CSS), without a visible search button, and on enter it redirects users to the search result page.

Case study: most WooCommerce Ajax Search plugins target the WooCommerce product search form input, so that when you start typing, the “instant search results” window pops up. However, I needed to disable this behavior on certain subsites/languages and the only workaround here was to add a class to the search form input, so that I could target it in my Ajax plugin selector exclusions.

Even if the above scenario is very unlikely, the challenge is still valid. So, how do we customize the HTML of the “Search products…” WooCommerce form (so, not the CSS, but the actual HTML output)? Let’s go!

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Alternative to PPOM plugin?

I currently use PPOM for adding a text field into a product page for customers to specify how they want a dedication in a book. I have no complaints with this function. It just works.

But I have 2 issues with using it. Firstly my site is heavy, and I am on a mission to slim down unnecessary plugins and code that could be slowing things down. It has many more features than the simple one I need. Secondly I find ThemeIsle’s spammy ads in the back end product data panel annoying.

So I would love a slimmed down version, if it was available, and I would pay for it. Any suggestions?

WooCommerce: Get Order Tax Percentage

You’d think WooCommerce had an easy way to get the order tax rate percentage, the same way as you can get almost everything inside the “order object” with a single line of PHP. Well, that’s not the case unfortunately.

The reason is that probably each order can have multiple tax rates, and that tax is not only applied to product prices, but also optionally to shipping, fees and more.

So, how do we get the list of tax rates in a WooCommerce order? Here’s a quick snippet that you can use – enjoy!

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WooCommerce: The Ultimate Guide To Printing on Demand

In today’s digital age, ecommerce has witnessed significant growth, offering numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive.

One of this space’s most popular and profitable business models is print on demand (POD). Did you know that the POD market is projected to reach a staggering $67.59 billion by 2032?

With its low, upfront costs, ease of implementation, and limitless creative possibilities, POD has become a lucrative venture for many online store owners.

In this ultimate guide, we will explore how to leverage the power of WooCommerce, a leading ecommerce platform, to set up and manage your print on demand store successfully.

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WooCommerce: How To Make Your Site Legally Compliant

Ensuring legal compliance is essential for WooCommerce businesses since it safeguards both the company and its customers.

Compliance with appropriate laws and regulations helps to avert penalties, legal disputes, and poor customer experiences – while establishing a strong reputation in the market. 

Moreover, legal compliance demonstrates professionalism and trustworthiness to your customers, fostering a trustworthy shopping environment. 

Therefore, investing the time and effort into making your WooCommerce site legally compliant is not only essential but also highly beneficial for your long-term success.

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WooCommerce: Elevating Your Store Experience With Visual Content

Ever considered the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” while designing your WooCommerce store? Well, you should! 

Whether you’re new to the world of eCommerce or looking to level up your online business game, this article is your roadmap to success. 

We’ll explore practical tips, advanced strategies, and even some challenges that come with creating eye-catching visuals.

All geared toward building an online store that will make visitors fall in love at first sight…

Shall we begin?

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WooCommerce: 11 Performance, Security, and Scalability Tips

WooCommerce websites need to be operational at all times: they must load quickly, be secure, and handle large traffic spikes. 

Achieving this can be a daunting task without the right strategy and expertise, particularly when dealing with a high number of visitors, as a single problem can result in hours of downtime and lost sales.

In this article, our special guest Martin Ronfort, founder of Dr Tech,  will share an overview of the strategies and processes that you can apply to your WooCommerce store and grow with ease

At Dr Tech, in fact, they manage thousands of WooCommerce stores – ranging from small businesses that are just starting out to stores with millions of requests and significant marketing campaigns – and deal with all the technical aspects such as hosting, loading speed, security, updates, backups, uptime, and scalability.

Let’s go, Martin! 

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