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Not happy with your WordPress host? WPQuasar will move you for free

Posted on August 24, 2020 by WPQuasar Online tagged with , , , , under How To

With so many different WordPress hosting companies out there, the level of service and support also differs greatly. Read on to see how WPQuasar can migrate your site to our cloud for free as part of the on boarding process.

Step 1: Backup

Regular site backups are important at the best of times, but before any change of host is attempted a backup of your site is a must. If your current host has a backup feature we can use that, but we will also capture the site data with our backup tools.

Step 2: Migrate

With the site data backed up, we will upload it to a new WordPress instance on the WPQuasar cloud. This process is semi-automated and might involve changes to files that reference the domain name.

Step 3: Test

With the content and database data running on WPQuasar, we will perform a test of the migrated site in a staging environment. You will be given a custom staging URL under the wpquasar.dev domain.

Step 4: Switch

Once everyone is happy the migrated site has been tested and is performing well, we can switch over the domains DNS records. We will show you what to do here.

At WPQuasar our engineers can perform a site migration at either the system or plugin level, depending on which migration path is the best option for  your site.

 


WooCommerce settings for Australia: Currency and banking

Posted on May 25, 2020 by WPQuasar Online tagged with , , , , , under Insights

WooCommerce is a popular WordPress plugin for e-commerce. It takes an existing WordPress site and turns it into a full-on e-commerce portal in minutes.

However, like many WordPress plugins, they do not install with the correct settings for Australia. The defaults are usually set to what is required in the US or Europe (or wherever the plugin was developed).

The good news is updating your WooCommerce settings for Australia is a snap and in a few minutes you’ll be ready to sell to Australian customers.

Currency

First, login to your WordPress administration are and navigate to WooCommerce -> Settings in the left navigation pane. There you will see “Base location” and “Currency” settings. Update these to your location in Australia and Australian Dollars, respectively.

Localise your WooCommerce settings

Set your online store’s location and currency

Bank details (direct deposit)

Many businesses allow customers to make an electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment, otherwise known as direct deposit, into a bank account before delivering the product or service.

WooCommerce supports direct deposits as a checkout option. Click the “Payments” tab on the top of the settings page and then click on the “Direct bank transfer” option. Make sure “Enable Bank Transfer” is enabled and enter your preferred title and description. The customer will see these messages when they make a payment so if you have anything specific you want to tell a customer you can enter it here.

WooCommerce bank deposit settings

WooCommerce bank deposit settings

Further down the page you will see “Account Details”. Enter in your bank account details:

Account name: The name of your account
Account number: Your bank account number
Bank name: The bank (in this case ANZ)
BSB: The bank’s BSB number
IBAN: An international banking code not used in Australia
BIC / Swift: An international banking identifier for international transfers. E.g. ANZ’s is “ANZBAU3M”.

With that done you’re ready to start taking orders from Australian customers.

Further localisation and integration

Requesting a bank deposit after an online order is a batch process which can involve manually checking to see if a payment has cleared. We will continue this blog series with more ways to configure WooCommerce for Australian customers and business requirements.


5 WordPress personalization plugins worth a closer look

Posted on February 5, 2019 by WPQuasar Online tagged with , under Insights

Ever visited a site a site only to leave thinking the content was not relevant to you? The concept of “personalization” aims to bridge the content relevance to visitor type gap. And the good news is WordPress supports personalization as much as the big boys of content management.

We won’t go into native personalization features in this blog, instead here are five personalization plugins which help add a personal touch to your WordPress site.

1. Personalization by Flowcraft

Personalization by Flowcraft allows you to use a shortcode to specify a “condition” you create to show personalized content, from images and posts to custom widgets. Its authors are confident you can personalize “practically everything on the website”.

A premium version is available which extends the free plugin’s feature set.

URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/personalization-by-flowcraft/

2. If>So Dynamic Content

As its name suggests, If>So Dynamic Content will dynamically generate content in response to different visitor profiles and interaction with the site.

The plugin features a visual editor so no coding is required.

URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/if-so/

3. PureClarity

Personalization can be applied to any type of content, including e-commerce content. PureClarity has developed a WordPress plugin for its AI-driven personalisation service. If a known visitor is presented with a relevant offer, the person is more likely to transact. Well at least that’s the theory.

The plugin integrates with WooCommerce online store.

URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/pureclarity-for-woocommerce/

4. Logic Hop

Logic Hop is another cloud service which collects information about site visitors which can be used for content personalization.

The Logic Hop WordPress plugin personalizes content using shortcodes and widgets, and its core functionality can be extended add-ons for third-party services.

URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/logic-hop/

5. Unless

Unless is a cloud-based personalisation service. The WordPress plugin allows you to segment visitors into audiences and deliver tailored content to each audience.

The plugin works in combination with the Unless dashboard. Track your campaigns with Unless analytics.

URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/instant/

So there you have it, WordPress content can be personalized to suit your various audiences and customers.

Good luck with your personalization journey and serving up more relevant content.


These 100+ WordPress plugins are already available for Gutenberg

Posted on January 29, 2019 by WPQuasar Online tagged with , under Insights

WordPress 5.0 saw the introduction of a new editor and page designer, dubbed Gutenberg. Let’s take a look at how Gutenberg is attracting new and existing WordPress developers.

Following the biggest change to WordPress editing in its history, Gutenberg is now rapidly building up a sizeable ecosystem with more than 100 plugins and add-ons now available for the new editor.

To see the continuously updated list of plugins related to Gutenberg, simply surf over to its tag page at: https://wordpress.org/plugins/tags/gutenberg/

 

There you will find most of the plugins which work with Gutenberg in some way, including ones which disable Gutenberg altogether.

For updates on Gutenberg, see it’s WordPress page here: https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/


Meet Ninja Shop, the new (karate) kid on the open source e-commerce block

Posted on August 21, 2018 by WPQuasar Online tagged with , , under News

Without mentioning the market leader, we’d like to introduce you to Ninja Shop, a fresh approach to selling online with WordPress.

Open source has a long history of e-commerce applications since the dawn of the dot com boom. In recent years, the popularity of WordPress has made it an attractive platform for e-commerce plugin developers. And now this includes Ninja Shop.

Ninja has an impressive arsenal

Ninja Shop takes a soup to nuts (or should we say star to nunchaku?) approach to e-commerce features by bundling everything into one subscription.

Without getting too deep into the specific features, with Ninja Shop you get the ability to:

  • Sell physical and digital products
  • Host unlimited products and transactions
  • Accept online and offline payments
  • Offer buy now and multi-cart purchases
  • Control shipping and sales tax
  • Create membership sites
  • Offer product variants
  • Sell subscriptions
  • Run flash sales and coupon promotions

As part of the regular plugin, which leads us to our next point…

The Ninja has focus (and one subscription fee)

All the “features” of of Ninja Shop are included as a set of plugins which are included in the standard subscription.

The subscription, dubbed “Ninja Shop Connect”, includes all the add-ons which can be activated or deactivated in the Ninja Shop plugin dashboard.

Starting at 9USD per month, a Ninja Shop Connect subscription gives you access to all the features and add-ons with automatic and regular updates.

We say “starting” because the subscription fee does increase to $9+(0.9% of monthly revenue) when you start selling, but only after you reach $500 a month in revenue.

And, if you’re worried about skyrocketing expenses, don’t because the monthly fee is capped at $99 a month. Complete mindfulness!

Get started by stealth

Don’t let all that talk about subscriptions distract you from sneakily installing Ninja Shop for free from your WordPress plugin dashboard.

Ninja Shop is like any other open source plugin, but if you’re ruthless in your focus you will want to snatch a subscription for only $9 a month with Zen-like calm.

The subscription gives you all the features and access to support when you need it.

This new, unorthodox and agile approach to WordPress e-commerce by Ninja Shop might just be a real kick.

Be prepared for everything that comes your (online) way with Ninja Shop: https://getninjashop.com