A recent site speed and loading time analysis showed that the visitor statistic plugin I was using was taking up too much time to load, slowing down the site speed significantly, so I decided to look for an alternative.
Most recommended, with the most detailed statistics is the Google Analytics. Together with their Webmaster tools this is the a very powerful information gatherer, which you can use to analyze and modify your titles, descriptions and keywords to optimize your SEO.
What do you need to set up Google Analytics
A google mail account
Access to your files on the webserver OR (for locally installed wordpress)
Admin access to a plugin that can insert the Google Analytics code (I use the header & Footer plugin)
Our YouTube playlist with wordpress video manuals is slowly getting filled up nicely, but when you insert videos into your website you may have noticed that on mobile devices the videos shrink in width, but not in height. Luckily the latest CSS developments can take care of this 🙂
Embedding a YouTube video into your posts or pages in WordPress is (nearly) as easy as adding images. To ensure your YouTube video adapts the size to a mobile screen takes a few more steps, and some coding.
To embed a Youtube video you can watch the video below, to adjust the code for a responsive design please read the text under the video. Continue reading →
Do you have a private email linked to your website, but don’t want to use different applications and mailboxes to check your email adresses?
Here’s how you can import your email in Google email, and use Gmail to send from that mailbox.
There is a maximum of 5 external email addresses you can add.
Open your Gmail, and go to settings (the wheel at the top right)
Choose the Accounts and Import tab.
To import (receive mail from that mailbox) click on the ‘Add a POP3 mail account you own.
Fill in your mail address, and click next, you’ll get below screen:
Fill in the username, password and POP server to be used.
Other options are VERY handy:
-Leave copy on server. Means the mail will be available through webmail at all times, or can be imported to other server still. Not recommended because webmail boxes mostly have a limit, and will fill up quickly, better to import and save in Gmail.
-Alway use secure: if option is available: yes. You will have to change the port. Not always supported.
-Label incoming messages: recommended. You will instantly see what mailbox themessage was sent to.
-Archive: Unless you check your archive folders not recommended, you will not instantly see the new mail then.
Click ‘Add account’, and you’re done for the import!
To send mail using this account use the ‘Add another email address you own’ under Send mail
Name is free to choose, and not your login. fill in email address, and uncheck alias, and go to next step.
These settings can differ per provider, for Handmade In Europe sites we use SMTP port , with secured SSL settings. Click ‘Add Account’, and if all is correct you will be asked for a verification code, which will be sent to the e-mail address specified.
Check the email inbox for the verification code (I use webmail for this in a separate window so can leave the verify window open) , enter this in the window, and save.
Delay on incoming mails
Mind that Gmail checks every now and then, so incoming mails may seem to have a slight delay. After you added the email you can check when Gmail checked last, and force to check immediately.
We’re happy to announce a new plugin to the Handmade in Europe websites with which you can set up different views on your blog page. For now it is just the free version, with the paid version (coming up after testing) you can also set the view of your shop in different formats.
We use this plugin to display the blog posts on the front page of Handmade in Europe in a row of 4, and I’ve set it up on my own page at Heymesbalticamber. And of course here as well 🙂
As a shop manager you’ll have access to make your own view, here I’ll explain how to.
You can preview, and once you are happy we’ll have to change some settings for your blog page, please contact us to install the code for you once you are done.
To start: go to your dashboard, where you’ll find the Content view settings, and choose the ‘Add New’ list item.
You will be presented with below screen. Fill in the options.
By default the posts are not ordered. If you check the ‘Order & Orderby’ you’ll get the additional screen, set this to ‘Date Created’ and check ‘Desc’ to order by newest post first.
Once done go to the tab ‘Display settings’ at the top for the blog page view options.
I’ve set up all as Grid. You can choose how many posts you want in a row, if you have a full page available without sidebars you can go up to 4 posts.
You can hide the content, so only thumbnail photo and Title are showing, size of the photo (this will adapt to your page size), and you can select how much of the text you want to show.
On the bottom do not forget to check the Pagination Enable checkbox, otherwise you will not get the option to go to the next page.
Here you can also set how many posts per page you want to show.
There is an ‘Update preview’ button, with this you can see how your blog page view will look on your page.
Once you are satisfied, save your view, and you’ll get a shortcode which you can paste in any of your pages. This will then show your blog page view.
You can enter this on any page, you can also make more views, so for example if you would like to show the latest 3 posts on your about page you can make a specific view for this and add the shortcode on that page.
No images showing?
If you see no images in your blog page view you need to set a featured image.
Edit your post, and check in the bottom right, there is a ‘Set featured image’ link. Pick an image from your media library or upload a new one, set this as featured image, and you are done! (The Pro-version will try to get a photo from your post automatically).
You can also follow these instructions on our video tutorial:
If you want to use your view on your blog page please Contact Us, include your shortcode in the message, and we’ll set it up on you website for you asap!
Recently I had to change a big amount of items and posts.Nothing big, but they had to be assigned to a different category, and, since WooCommerce now has more options for shipping I wanted to change the profiles attached to a whole bunch of items.
You may have noticed that since the last updates international shipping has profiles so you can assign eg. big, medium & small profile prices, AND you can assign a price for when you forget to set a profile, really great stuff!
Anyway, I rediscovered how handy the bulk edit, help & screen options were in WordPress, and since these are not very obvious you can look at my screens.
A huge time-saver, the bulk edit option
Whether you want to change something on all pages, posts or products, the bulk edit is there for you. Select all posts, pages or products you want to change, or select all with the check box on top, select ‘Edit’ from the drop-down, and press apply. Continue reading →
Handmade in Europe is set up with the EU Vat compliance plug in, so sellers can set up downloadable products such as PDF tutorials and photo prints.
There’s a few things to set up in your WooCommerce settings, and then the rest is automatic, customers will be sent a download link on check-out, and all orders will be saved in a single VAT tax report for the EU VAT submission.
A few things to pay attention to:
Setting up EU VAT rates
Import EU VAT Tax rates
Just a single press on a button will import the current EU Tax rates. Visit your WooCommerce settings page, check the Tax tab, and under the Standard rates you will have a button ‘Add/Update EU VAT rates. Click once and they will all be added for you. Save. Continue reading →
It is that time of the year again… putting your webshop in holiday mode is a FAQ.
There is no single button to get this done, and depending on your wishes there are several methods to get your WooCommerce shop into holiday mode.
You can just put up a notice that you are on holiday on top of your shop, and add a note in the footer of the automatic mail that is send out when people order, this is just 2 steps, and will leave all listings available (good to retain Google ranking).
There is also the option to get all items out of stock for the period, you can leave them all visible, but there will be no buy-button. This might be confusing for visitors though, and people may not return.
On Handmade In Europe the categories have already been pre-defined so in the future we can automate a search on categories, and have these shown in different site sections.
In case you have different products you can make your own category menu appear on your shop page, this will work within your shop only, and will help your visitors to quickly find what they are looking for.
To start you need to be logged in to your site. If you visit your shop page click on the ‘Edit Page’ link at the top. Continue reading →
Ever wondered how to simply and quickly create a tiled photo gallery as on MY AMBER SITE?
We have a plugin for that with which you can quickly add photos, give captions and set a few other parameters, and then you can just add photos to your gallery, the plugin (Tiled Galleries Carousel Without Jetpack by Raja CRN) then takes care of the positioning, resizes photos so they will all fit in the rectangle. Just add photos, and that’s it!
You can watch our video on how to add a tiled gallery, or read on below:
To start, go to the page in which you want to insert your gallery, place cursor on the page, and press ‘Add Media’
You will now be taken to your library where you can pick photos, or you can upload new photos to your library. Continue reading →
Most of us when visiting a website or webshop want to have the pages loading quickly, anything above 3 seconds is already perceived as being really slow, and will score minus points on your SEO RANKING. The biggest issue of websites is mostly the images and videos that need to load.
To reduce the loading time and save space on your website it is recommended that you crop, compress and resize your photos. Often these are above 1000px and can take up several MegaBytes of space, especially when having professional products photos.
There is no need to have huge photos on your site, (unless offered for printing purposes), most of our own photos used are well under 100kb (= 10% of 1MB). Continue reading →