Changing the number of product columns in WooCommerce 2.1

Some people asked me this question on Twitter and I always pointed them to the support forums we’ve got. When this question got asked for the 10th time this week, I figured I had to check if this was actually any different in WooCommerce 2.1 now. Turns out, it’s not. It still works the same as it did in previous versions.

Hi! In new WooCommerce 2.1.2, how can I change the number of shop columns? All fixes that I can find on Google are not working in this release.

Well, here we go. Let’s debunk this myth that it’s no longer working by showing some examples. Continue Reading…

While I’m sitting in the departure area at Schiphol Airport, sipping on a Starbucks drink, I suddenly realised that it was over three weeks since my last post here. So far so good with my blogging resolutions

And now there’s a special of the Dutch Webdesigner Magazine being published, with two articles by me in it. To top that off, I’ll be speaking at WordCamp Norway this weekend. People will visit this site and will see a very inactive blog, so this is just a quick update that I’m still alive and will get into blogging more soon.

If you are at WordCamp Norway this weekend, come say hi and we’ll have a chat. I’d love to talk to people using WooCommerce, or about any subject really.

Looking back at a great 2013

It’s the last day of the year, which is a great day to look at I have achieved and what happened this year. In my 2014 resolutions, I gave some parts away already and most events that I’ll mention in this recap already have explaining blog posts published.

Today is also the last day in the month December, which ends the Blogging for Benjamin competition. In the month December, I have published 31 posts (including this one), which leaves me in a 3-way tie with Patrick and Mike. Well done guys, we surely published a ton of great content in this month, keep up the good work!

Without further ado, here are my highlights of 2013. Continue Reading…

Blogging after the Blogging for Benjamin competition is over

The Blogging for Benjamin competition is coming to an end. In just two days time, we celebrate the end of another year. At the same time, our blogging competition is ending too. But our blogs live on, with a bunch of new content and ready for a new year.

It sure was a bit of a struggle to write and publish 31 posts this month. At first I started with a nice backlog of scheduled posts, but work and other things quickly made it impossible to keep that schedule going. I think that most posts I’ve published this month were mostly written on the same day. Continue Reading…

Why do you want my newsletter?

MailchimpFor a couple weeks now, I have a newsletter signup form in both my sidebar and in my comment form. I didn’t expect many people to subscribe, so it was basically just a test. Besides having the forms available on obvious positions, I didn’t do much promotion for it. So you can imagine I was a bit baffled when I saw there were already over 50 people subscribed to my newsletter (after weeding out the obvious spammers).

To all of you expecting a stunning designed and well thought out newsletter, I’m sorry. Nothing like that is going to happen. I want my newsletter to be a really personal message that I can directly push to your inbox. Continue Reading…

WordPress plugins should do one thing and do it well

I mentioned the Unix philosophy ‘Do one thing and do it well’ in yesterdays post already, the User Switching plugin was a prime example of a WordPress plugin sticking to it.

In the past, I’ve discussed easy to use and expand plugins. Patrick Rauland posted about adding functionality to lean plugins yesterday as well. It clearly is a hot subject, but what exactly is this all about? Why should WordPress plugin developers care about keeping the number of features in our plugin as low as possible? I like to explain why this is important and a couple best practices to make this happen. Continue Reading…

User Switching is a little gem of a WordPress plugin

A couple days ago, I saw this tweet by John Blackbourn. I’m following John for quite a while now, not in the last place because I’m a fan of one of this free WordPress plugins. Enter User Switching. This little plugin is a real gem in the plugins directory. Not only does this plugin do just one thing (which I’m a fan of), it does it really well.

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to test with multiple user accounts on the same WordPress powered website? Incognito windows and using multiple browsers only gets you so far. This plugin offers a one click swap between user accounts, logging you in as the selected user. It also comes in hand when you need to actually see what a user is seeing when they report an issue. Continue Reading…

Merry Christmas to all of you

Today was a really tough day to come up with a blogging idea, but at the same time there is plenty to blog about. It’s Christmas today and everybody is spending time with their family and loved ones. All over the world, there are tables filled with food and presents underneath the Christmas tree.

Christmas is one of the few holidays that is celebrated in very similar ways all over the world. It has a couple required ingredients; a Christmas tree, dinner with family and often times there are presents involved. It makes me realise how good our life really is, with having the luxury to celebrate Christmas. I’m sure not everybody in the world has the opportunity to celebrate it in a such an extensive way like we do.

I hope all of you have a great Christmas and have been able to celebrate with your family and loved ones today. Our Christmas dinner has just finished and my mother in law did an amazing job; I’m so stuffed. The remainder of tonight will be filled with playing games and just relaxing. Tomorrow we have another day where the Dutch officially celebrate the second day of Christmas. This is usually just a day to relax some more and enjoy the leftovers of todays Christmas dinner. Continue Reading…

Let’s clean this shit up!

With all the crowdfunding going on in the WordPress community lately, I like to highlight a really amazing crowdfunding event that took place in The Netherlands in the past week. It has nothing to do with WordPress, but is such a great event and unique in its size in the world. Serious Request is an event where three DJs get locked in a ‘glass house’ for a week, where they produce radio and don’t eat for the duration of the event.

Let's clean this shit up

People can request songs for money that goes to the charity the event selects every year. There are also several thousand people in the country who start their own project to collect as much money as possible for the event. To give you a quick idea of how big this event is, since 2004 this is an annual event and raised over 51,5 million euro.

Today was the last day of the event, the three DJs just left the glass house and raised a whopping total of € 12,302,747! This is an incredible amount of money raised in only 6 days in a country where just under 17 million people live. Continue Reading…