EP13 – WordPress Ecommerce Plugins – WPwatercooler


WordPress Ecommerce Plugins – Today we are joined with Sé Reed, Chris Lema, Wes Chyrchel, Scott Bolinger,
Dave Jesch and our host Jason Tucker

Holy War of E-Commerce Plugins

WooCommerce http://www.woothemes.com/woocommerce/
Shopp https://shopplugin.net/

Sé did a 4 hour conference on Shopp, she had previous issues with it and learned quite a bit from this talk. Her fave thing is when it makes cart pages it makes virtual pages not custom post types.

Dave talks a bit about virtual pages ins Shopp

Scott says that Shopp is complicated and the 4 hour webinar would help with learning it.

Se talks about the method of teaching Shopp that they did in the webinar.

Scott and his company likes Woocommerce and how simple it is to use.

Se thinks that Woo, WooCommerce and WooThemes is a bit bloaty.

Chris has gone years not receiving an emailed from Shopp, he received an email from them and he thinks they are ramping up on their marketing.

Chris also like Easy Digital Downloads by Pippin. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-digital-downloads/

Chris also mentioned how Woo has made the theming cleaner and most of their options are unchecked to save you time in turning on just what you need.

Chris mentions that caching that is agressive can mess with things, Scott mentions that he had recent experience with this and his host WP Engine stepped in and helped resolve these issues. http://www.wpengine.com

Chris is a big fan of Woocommerce but if you are doing online downloads and such Easy Digital Downloads may be the way to go

Jason asked about the simplicity or complexity of the backend for the site owner.

Chris says Ecommerce is complicated and its a challenge to make it simple.

Sé talks about what she does at the Small Business Development Center and dealing with Paypal.

Chris like how lightweight Cart66 is. https://cart66.com/

Wes brings up YAK and how light weight the plugin is. This uses posts and pages and is very easy for his customers to work with. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yak-for-wordpress/

Sé says that Shopp is using CPT and also using an importer to import and export content.

Sé says “it depends” is the go to answer when it comes to E-Commerce and what solution to use.

Wes brings up magento, we all gasp.

Jason brings up using Gravity Forms as a way to create a small and simple shopping cart. http://www.gravityforms.com/

Dave says that doing a Gravity Forms cart would work well for small but the more complicated this will fall apart fast. http://www.gravityhelp.com/other-resources/

Dave rewrote the import tool to import 600 items into Shopp from excel.

Chris talks about an importer for WooCommerce that deals with many forms and formats of data.

Sé talks about Winter time in the LBC

Dave is interested in looking at WooCommerce

Scott talks about Extensions on Woocommerce and how expensive it can be.

Sé mentions Behemoth when it comes to Woocommerce, Chris defends Woocommerce saying she’s wrong about that. Sé says she was talking about the back end of the site not the front end.

Scott talks about how simple it is to add the template tags into your existing templates to work with WooCommerce.

Sé talks about how starting simple and working your way up instead of having to

Jason mentions WP E-Commerce and everyone freaks out. Jason has used it in the past and didn’t have any problems with it. Sé talks about how hard it is to move out of some systems. http://getshopped.org/

Wes says that WP E-Commerce is very inconsistent and just didn’t work back when he used it a few years ago.

Dave says that when he used it last there were many bugs and issues with the code.

Sé mentions doing updates and having issues.

Dave would rather have a good user experience and use something that works well for him and his customers.

Sé wants the cart to work as well as WordPress itself does.

Wes wants the ECommerce solution to just work, no late night phone calls and just trouble free.

Chris mentions a new service called CloudSwipe that is a semi hosted solution and all the SSL certs and PCI compliance. http://cloudswipe.com/

Sé mentions Foxycart http://www.foxycart.com/

We’re now on Stitcher.com http://stitcher.com/s?fid=31145&refid=stpr

Chris Lema – http://ChrisLema.com
Dave Jesch – http://davejesch.com
Scott Bolinger – http://presscoders.com
Sé Reed – http://sereedmedia.com
Wes Chyrchel – http://crowdedsite.com
Jason Tucker – http://tucker.pro

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WordPress Plugins http://goo.gl/NEnM1m
WordPress Themes http://goo.gl/iQUnqK
WordCamps http://goo.gl/AHPXUE

Please watch: “Beaver Tunnels – WPshowandtell”



EP199 – How to get hired at a WordPress focused company – WPwatercooler


This week on WPwatercooler we’ll be discussing how you can get hired at a #WordPress focused company.

Russell Aaron



Jason Cosper
Developer, Engineer

WP Engine


Chris Ford

http://Chris Ford
Creativity Included

Start with branding first

Dave Jesch
Software Architect

DesktopServer – Create locally installed WordPress Websites

ServerPress, LLC

DesktopServer – Create locally installed WordPress Websites

Chris Lema
Developer, Marketer

Chris Lema

Sé Reed
Developer, Marketer

Sé Reed Media

Jason Tucker



Sarah Wefald
Developer, Designer, Marketer

Zeek Interactive

Home Page

Bridget Willard



Steve Zehngut

Home Page


Home Page

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Please watch: “WPblab EP65 – Nonprofit Marketing With WordPress w/ Nathan Porter”



WordPress and Reverse Proxy


As WordPress continues to grow and attract more enterprise organizations, a new set of challenges are surfacing based around integrating existing sites and applications. One of the key requirements for many enterprise sites is the ability to use a CMS for managing content. Find out how WordPress can play nicely with other sites and become a component of a larger solution.

Speaker: Edmund Turbin

Edmund is a London based Solutions Engineer at WP Engine originally from Jersey City, NJ. He has professional experience as web developer and has been advocating the benefits of content management systems for over 10 years. He has worked with numerous proprietary and open source CMS platforms at media, publishing and advertising companies and has a passion for usability and simple content creation workflows.


WPengine – REALLY Quick Demo


Just a quick demo of WPengine for my friend Elena. If others find it helpful cool 🙂

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or email support@paulnicholson.zendesk.com
Both ways will add you to my support ticketing system so I can’t fail to see it.

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WordPress Managers – Check your Site for PHP 7 Compatibility


#wlearn #wpqb #wppluginshowcase

Upgrading to PHP 7 can significantly improve the performance of your WordPress web site.

However, it’s important that the plugins and theme in use on your site are PHP 7 ready.

In today’s lesson, you will install a plugin on your WordPress web site, to see if the setup that you currently have passes the PHP 7 tests.

The plugin is made available by the managed WordPress hosting company WP Engine, but it’s designed to work for hosts other than WP Engine as well.

This tool does not upgrade you to PHP 7, it simply suggests whether your site, in its current state, is compatible or not.

This is not an end all be all test, but a very good indicator of PHP 7 compatibility.

To get started installing this PHP checking tool, first login to you WordPress Dashboard.

Step 1

Click the Plugins menu option to see if you need to perform any plugin upgrades.

Do so if needed unless you have a very good reason for not doing so.

Step 2

Next, go to Plugins, then Add New.

Step 3

Do a search for: PHP Compatibility Checker

Step 4

Click Install Now, then Activate.

Step 5

Under Tools, click on PHP Compatibility.

Step 6

While, in general, you probably do not want unused plugins and themes on your site, if you do have them and want to keep them, choose the option to Scan all plugins and themes as opposed to just scanning the active ones.

Step 7

Then click the Scan Site button.

A couple things worth noting here…

The plugin does not execute any plugin code, so it does not check for runtime PHP 7 compatibility. For that reason it may indicate everything is fine, but further testing may show otherwise. Just be certain to browse your site after upgrading.

Sometimes there are false positives as well.

This means that the plugin may indicate a problem when in fact there is not one.

This happens for a variety of reasons.

You can see a list of plugins that may create false positives by clicking the whitelist link.

These include the popular JetPack and WooCommerce plugins.

So, if you have any of these whitelisted plugins installed and get any warnings or errors for them, then you can still follow through with the upgrade to PHP 7.

How you actually upgrade differs from host to host.

If, after the test, you have errors in plugins not on the whitelist, follow the suggestions made by the plugin.

The suggestions may include upgrading to newer versions, or possibly eliminating unneeded plugins, or finding compatible plugins that do the same job.


If you aren’t yet setup with WPEngine, you can use my affiliate link here: http://www.WPOptimizedHost.com/

(Note: My family will be compensated by WPEngine if using the link above. You will not be charged any extra though. The commission comes from WPEngine’s profit. In fact, that link will include discounts during promotions. Thank you for your support.)

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Affiliate Marketing | How to Promote WPEngine Successfully


Affiliate Marketing | How to Promote WPEngine Successfully for $200 Commissions

To join WPEngine’s affiliate program, visit http://blogtojob.com/go/wpengine-referral

I’ve been selling online profitably since I was 12 years old. Back then, I only bought on craigslist then sold on eBay and vice-versa. Pretty soon, I discovered there were better ways to make money.

Last year, I got in late to affiliate marketing. One of the first services I promoted was WPEngine. WPEngine is an awesome web hosting service I use myself. They’re super fast, secure, and offer 24/7 tech support from Austin, TX. Incredible value for $29/month!

They also pay $200 commissions when you share your unique link with someone and that person buys. In this video, I show you how to make successful referrals over and over again!

In my first two months, I managed to make just shy of $4,300. That’s the fastest I’ve ever made that kind of money on a new product ever and I’ve been doing this stuff for a long time.

Below are some key highlights of the video:

0:00 – Introduction
0:10 – What is WPEngine?
4:06 – The WPEngine Affiliate Program
6:17 – How to Sign Up for the WPEngine Affiliate Program
9:13 – Where to find your Unique Link for Promoting WPEngine
11:35 – Sales Data from Me and Pat Flynn
14:00 – How I promote WPEngine on Quora
20:15 – How I promote WPEngine on Youtube
22:33 – How to Get Coaching from me at https://clarity.fm/zachpinn

Thanks for watching and best of luck!


WP Engine PHP Upgrade Assistance | Tech Support Eavesdrop


In this Tech Support Eavesdrop session, I am working with WP Engine and getting a PHP 7 upgrade for one of my web sites.

#wlearn #techsupporteavesdrop


If you aren’t yet setup with WPEngine, you can use my affiliate link here: http://www.WPOptimizedHost.com/

(Note: My family will be compensated by WPEngine if using the link above. You will not be charged any extra though. The commission comes from WPEngine’s profit. In fact, that link will include discounts during promotions. Thank you for your support.)

Photo Credit: http://stokpic.com/project/woman-standing-on-red-rocks-celebrating-success/

Here’s my resume: https://www.keithlock.website/