Bulk Update Pricing in Shopify

Short answer, not possible, long answer, App developers are working on it.  But what does this mean right now, for those of us with Shopify ecommerce stores looking to update pricing for the new year?  It means we have two options, either do it by hand manually on each product, or subscribe to a $7.99 per month Shopify App.

Shopify Bulk Pricing Update App

Shopify Assistant is currently the only App that I’ve found that allows bulk pricing updates.  It highlights the ability to swap inventory among collections and bulk update pricing by percentage or set dollar figure.  In addition, it allows the update to be made into a task, so that you can schedule a price change.

Please note, there are some reviews that mention bugs, like a continually running task.  So while not as automated or integrated as I’d like to see, it’d have to do and well worth the price if you have thousands of products that need to have their prices changed.

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W3Total Cache, Cannot See Latest Post Fix

Getting the most out of your website requires tapping into all options, which includes making your website as fast as possible.  My my case, I was trying to speed up one of my WordPress powered sites, using the W3 Total Cache plugin.  It really has made a huge difference and according to Google Page Speed tests, it’s doing awesome.  But, I ran into a little problem, I could not view the latest post on my homepage or in my categories.  But I found a fix.

My WordPress site in question used a static page to host the latest posts.   This is a pretty popular setup, especially among custom themes.  In my case I was using DIVI 2.0, by Elegant Themes, and modified the homepage to my liking, including the Blog format.  But, while W3 Total Cache was doing it’s job, it was also not allowing the latest post to appear to non-admin viewers.

To fix the hidden post problem, you can either quit using a static homepage or you can disable ‘Page Caching’ in the W3 Total Cache General Settings tab.  In my case, not using a static homepage was not an option, so I simply turned off page caching.  Leaving everything else constant, like browser caching, minify, and others, simply turning off Page Caching fixed my issue.  Now all is well in the world.

Shopify Abandonaid – Abandon Cart Application

It’s been 6 short months since I’ve switched my main eCommerce store over to Shopify from my self hosted WordPress store.  Overall it’s been a very pleasant experience that I would recommend to most anyone.  Just don’t do what I did, start sooner rather than later.  But as you grow, you start trying to capture all the small little sales you might be missing, which lead me to Abandonaid by Coolence.

The application comes with a free 7 day trial, which I am currently utilizing.  To install, simply visit the Shopify App Store page and hit the install button while you are logged into your store’s admin.  After authorizing it to install on your eCommerce page, you then authorize payment of $10 per month, immediately following your free trial period.  Should you chose not to use the Shopify App, just uninstall before the 7 day trial period ends and you should not be charged.

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Shopify Robots.txt File

For the past 3 months I’ve been developing, building, populating, and promoting a Shopify ecommerce store.  I transitioned from a self hosted WordPress website, utilizing Premium Press to sell product to Shopify.  The transaction has been as smooth as can be expected, but it’s caused me to raise a lot of questions.  Specifically, it’s forced me to ask the question, why is Shopify disallowing my Blogs in the Robots.txt file?

Thankfully, the answer is that I just don’t know what I’m talking about.  I simply do not know as much about web marketing and SEO as I thought I did.  The Robots.txt file on all Shopify stores looks incorrect, but it’s done properly to save your ecommerce store from yourself.  Allow me to explain why it’s important to block Shopify blogs and collections in the Robots.txt file.

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Switching Theme And Thumbnails Aren’t The Right Size

I recommend changing themes on your website at least once per year.  It keeps the creative juices flowing and will help renew your interest in a project.  One problem with changing WordPress themes is that different sized thumbnails may be required, depending on the theme layout.  Changing a theme will not necessarily change the size of the thumbnails, based off of a set ‘featured’ image.  Thankfully, there is a plugin to help with this.

To resize your thumbnails, for a new theme, there is a plugin called Regenerate Thumbnails.  This WP plugin will force a regeneration of your featured images thumbnails, to allow consistency throughout your new WordPress theme.

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Font Rendering On Laptop Is Best In IE

It’s been bothering me for awhile, font rendering in the latest version of Google Chrome and FireFox have been awful.  On popular sites like Google Plus or almost any other website that uses a Google font, ends up rendering poorly.  Oddly enough, Internet Explorer was doing a great job of rendering the fonts and looked best out of the big 3 browsers.

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PayPal Charges $1.00 For Updating Credit Card

My credit card I had linked to my PayPal account was recently about to expire.  Therefore, I went in and updated my information, which in this case was simply changing the expiration date on the Mastercard.

I noticed on my bank statement that I was charged a $1.00 fee from PayPal, however there were no details.  Usually, when authorizing a credit card with PayPal they notify you that there will be a small charge, accompanied by a 4 digit number to confirm.  This allows you to prove that the card is in fact yours.  I was not notified of a charge, nor where there any codes to enter into PayPal or attached to the transaction.

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Bad Behavior Blocking PayPal Callback

I’ve been struggling with registration spam on one of my retail websites.  Currently it’s running a shop based on WordPress, so I have access to a plethora of plugins to assist with this issue.  I had been using Stop Spammer Registrations, along with re-Captcha, which only worked for so long.  Somehow the spammers just keep getting through, so I took the next step to fortify with Bad Behavior.

Bad Behavior is a WordPress plugin that helps stop spammers before they even access your site.  To assist the plugin, it makes a call out to the http:BL API, which is available for free.  Once you get the API setup, simply copying it into the plugin is the extent of the setup for normal operation.  However, I ran into an issue with getting my transactions confirmed, because I believe it is blocking the callback IP from PayPal.

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Engaging In Simpler Designs

snow-wpI’ve spent some time the past few weeks playing around with the new TwentyTwelve WordPress theme.  So far I’m absolutely in love with it’s simplicity and I have to ask, is a love of simplicity in design a sign of getting older?  No longer am I concerned with magazine style wordpress themes, billowing graphics, or cutting edge design, instead provide me with a blank slate and let the content design the site.

Don’t get me wrong, elegant designs still have an impact in my day to day developing process.  Elegant Themes(affiliate link) is of course my choice for custom WordPress themes, which provide my commercial selling websites with the modern look that visitors crave.  However, I just don’t feel these themes work with my content driven websites, I’m not selling anything.  I would prefer the focus be less on the theme and more on what I have to say, not that it’s particularly important.

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Using The New TwentyTwelve WordPress Theme

The latest WordPress update has been released, however it does not ship with one of it’s greatest benefits, the TwentyTwelve theme. This all new theme is amazing by any standards and features the abilities of many paid premium WordPress themes. Why TwentyTwelve is not included in the latest download, I’m not sure, so finding it is the first step to upgrading the looks of your WordPress blog.

The TwentyTwelve theme can be found in the WordPress.org theme repository. Find the theme directly by clicking this link to download(as of this posting the latest version is 1.0), then install like any other WordPress theme. Setting the theme up is a bit more involved, although stock can fulfill a lot of a blogs basic requirements. The fun comes when you decide to setup static front pages.

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