Love WooCommerce, but want a little more?

Thanks to a recent crash course in extending the Orders system for WooCommerce, I can now offer custom WordPress plugin development work with WooCommerce. Want to map your order data? I can help design a custom map for embedding (using google maps)

I can also access WooCommerce orders to use the information in ways not built into WooCommerce itself, giving you more flexibility in how your customer data is used throughout your site. I’ve even developed a custom tipping system that integrates with WooCommerce to make after-order tipping a breeze

Services updated, and Mapping Services added

Thanks to a recent project working with google maps, I am now offering a few mapping and geographic visualization services for displaying your location data in unique ways.
Let me build a custom google map with markers showing your recent adventure, business locations, or even just a “you are here” map. I can even add a pop-up box with your custom info from a post, woocommerce order, or custom field.

Google Maps is a free service provided by Google, which can also let you add driving routes and more. I can even make the entire website or a single page display a full-width map, to really draw focus to your data and stand out from the crowd.

New! More advanced light video editing services

A holiday gift has now provided Austin Themes with a new level of video editing capabilities – A digital license for Adobe Premier Elements. I can now offer more video editing features, better effects, and more appealing advertisement videos.

What labeling do I need to put on my website?

Many fields and professions have very specific needs in terms of labeling and disclosures on your website. In any well-planned website launch, you need to consider what elements you need to add to your site to satisfy your particular legal requirements.

Obviously, from a non-legal perspective, this can seem very daunting. But, all you need to do is look for the standard that applies to your industry – then take it step-by-step, analyzing your website for the necessary changes.

Just a few Examples:
1. Adding a copyright and terms of use to your footer text
2. Adding a privacy notice in areas where it’s needed (EU, etc)
3. medical (HIPAA) website labeling and website security
4. FDA and FCC regulations
5. Real Estate disclosures

Many more industries have very specific requirements for what you put on the website, much like any traditional print design. If you have any doubts, consult a legal professional for more info

“So, What website style should I choose?”

This is a question any insightful budding website owner will have to ask themselves. With a myriad of styles out in the wildly artistic web, the decision comes with the double-edged sword of a range of creative web design styles coupled with the overwhelming nature of trying to find an example and style to match and promote your business.

Let Austin Themes help select a visual style for your website, then create your new web presence based on a few questions.

Although the terms may differ in some areas, I’ve worked with websites in the following styles:

  • Musician websites
  • Medical websites (Non-HIPAA)
  • Video Sites
  • Very traditional business websites
  • multi-column Blog Websites
  • One-Page websites with a Header, Sidebar, and Main content area
  • Single-Pane websites with simple website menus
  • Etc..

 

Places to find great, free WordPress themes

In the interest of finding the best option for a prospective WordPress website owner,  I feel it’s only fair to cover free WordPress themes in addition to touting Austin Themes’ web design services.  There are dozens of great websites out there, so it’s a only a matter of fine-tuning your expectations and finding a great theme that meets or exceeds them.

  • WordPress.org – It has to be said that WordPress.org’s own theme repository (IE, the themes accessible through your wordpress site’s theme search feature) is probably the best source. Not only are the themes guaranteed to be free (even if they’re lite versions of premium themes), but they actually maintain a fairly rigorous approval process for public themes.
  • SMthemes.com – a great resource for free themes from a diverse collection of authors. High-quality free wordpress themes that seem to be well picked for freebies.
  • NewWPthemes.com – another high-quality index of free wordpress themes, designed for a variety of industries and uses.
  • WPlocker.com – a good resource for free quality themes, with an emphasis on modernist responsive themes.

5 easy ways to secure your wordpress website, and what the latest wordpress hacking spree means for your site

If we’re honest, sometimes we all get a little complacent on the security front. Even the most security-conscious WordPress user re-uses a password, or occasionally writes it down on a note attached to the monitor.
Unfortunately, this latest round of WordPress hacking incidents shows us that the dark world of hackers still exists, and it’s always best to play it safe in terms of securing your WordPress site. Below are 5 easy tips for tightening up your WordPress website security

1. Change your Database Prefix
A wordpress website combines a database and files to create a rich, interactive experience. However, this leaves the site vulnerable to database hacking techniques. Use a plugin like the website defender wordpress security plugin to change this default, usually reducing comment spam and foiling a variety of attack types.

2. Remove or rename the default “admin” username (not the admin user!)
The recent WP hacking attacks have shown that the default username “admin” adds a lot of risk of your site being hacked. It’s recommended that you A) create a new username and select “administrator” in that menu, B) logout then log back in as the new username, C) go to ‘users’ then delete the “admin” account.

NOTE : Always keep one administrator-level user on your site at all time, or you’ll lose access to the site’s back-end administration menu.

3. Use strong passwords
Instead of easily-guessable passwords like “guest”, “password”, “password123″, use either a brief sentence with punctuation, or a string of random text and numbers (including an unusual character like ‘&’,’%’,’!’ if possible)

4. Don’t share usernames
Never give out your username and password unless you can trust a party 100%. It’s easy to create a new username and password for that friend, relative, or client, but it’s much harder to repair a hacked wordpress site.

5.Use a wordpress security plugin to find and patch security holes
There are a myriad of ways to easily patch up your WordPress websites, but one of the easiest is to let a plugin take the hard coding out of it. The same plugin referenced above, the WordPress security plugin by Website Defender automatically seals up a few issues in the code and the database to further reduce your WP site’s risk.

Now offering extensive WordPress custom post type work!

Through a personal experiment, I’ve ramped up efforts in my WP custom post type work. What does this mean for future wordpress development work? To start, it means that virtually anything from products to portfolio entries to video galleries can be added alongside the “posts” and “pages” menus in WordPress, and will be treated as their own new content type. Then, the new custom post type can be used in the front-end in almost any form imaginable (within the technical limitations, of course!). Request a bid today, or contact for more info!

new PHP / jQuery demonstration : a tool for generating random colors

After a couple of days worth of lull, I decide to take on a few spur-of-the-moment PHP website development challenges. In this case, what began as a color thumbnail generator written from scratch has evolved into a full-fledged HTML5 / PHP / jQuery random color generators.

Features:

  • Numerous features powered by Query parameters (“http://www.atwebsitedesign.com/colorgenerator/index.php?bg=white&lastcolor=555555″, for instance)
  • Most actions update a unique URL you can share with friends to let them see the great color scheme you’ve found over social networks, etc
  • Add new randomly generated color tiles
  • copy-and-paste hex color code output (more output formats to come!)
  • HTML5 (standards compliant)
  • The unique share URL imports your custom color scheme, clicked colors, and last color so you won’t be starting from scratch if you hit refresh.


To View It:

Click the big “View Demonstration” button to the right (or, if you can’t see it, click the article’s title until it’s just this article.)