What is HIPAA compliant hosting?

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You may have seen HIPAA compliance appear  in your search for a secure web hosting provider, but what exactly is a HIPAA server? What is HIPAA, for that matter? You may also be wondering if you  need to be using a HIPAA compliant server? These are all great questions!We first need to start with the term HIPAA, as it’s quite a vital piece to understanding when a HIPAA compliant server is necessary. Continue reading “What is HIPAA compliant hosting?”

Is there a way to stop bots from being able to crawl add-to-cart links on my site?

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Having search engines crawl add-to-cart links and other unwanted pages can damage your SEO rankings. Add-to-links can cause more specific issues because those pages are not cached, and this can also increase your CPU and memory usage as they are hit repeatedly.

Fortunately, it is very simple to adapt your site’s robot.txt file to make sure Google and other search engines are only the crawling pages you want. You can these lines of code into the site robots.txt file, specifically to address the add-to-cart links:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /*add-to-cart=*

When you add these lines to the robot.txt file the file is not saying that any search engine that hits the site cannot index your add-to-cart links.

We also recommend that you adapt your robots.txt file to disallow indexing of the cart, checkout and my-account pages, which can be done by adding the lines below, to the same file.

Disallow: /cart/
Disallow: /checkout/
Disallow: /my-account/

Upgrading from the Legacy Storm Private Network

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Please note that this article is considered legacy documentation.

The recently announced deprecation of the Legacy Storm Private Network has prompted several questions, the most frequent of which being: How to upgrade and am I affected? Fortunately this announcement only affects a handful of our thousands of clients, those being customers who started using the Private Networking back in 2013. If you’re not sure, you’re welcome to open a ticket and be certain.

Regarding the upgrade process, we’ve made that as easy as possible and accessible to anyone with access to the manage interface. This how-to will walk you through the steps you need to follow to get detach from the current implementation and get connected to the new, improved version.

Continue reading “Upgrading from the Legacy Storm Private Network”

How can I add external/affiliate products to my store?

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If you sell products as an Amazon, or other company affiliate, then you probably want to mark those products as external or affiliate products. This is something you can do within a default WooCommerce install, and it requires no special plugins or code.

First, add your new product, then choose External/Affiliate product from the Product Data dropdown menu.

In this section you can set the external URL, any special button text, and the price.

Example:

How can I use ACF Pro to add custom tabs to WooCommerce products?

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Advanced Custom Fields Pro is a plugin that allows you to do a number of things. However, in this tutorial, we’re going to walk you through how to add custom tabs to WooCommerce products.

Please note that this tutorial is a bit of a developer tutorial. You will be adding some code to your theme’s functions.php file and adding another php file to your theme. You also need to make sure that you have the Advanced Custom Fields Pro plugin installed and activated on your site.

The first thing you need to do is create a new file in your theme’s folder. We’ll call it acf-fields.php. We’ll add the following code to the file.

This code is what creates the ACF repeater fields and thus creates the tabs on your WooCommerce product.

Next, you’ll need to add this code to your theme’s functions.php file. This will set up the tabs in your theme.

With both files being uploaded to your site, you will now have ACF custom tabs on your WooCommerce products.

When I search the users section in wp-admin for customers, I cannot search by first name or full name, but only by email address. How can I change this?

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By default, WordPress will only let you search by email address or username on the Users page, which can make it hard to find information quickly. Installing the Full Name Search in WP-admin plugin will allow you to search by a customer’s first name and full name.

How can I set my store to notify an admin when a new customer account is created?

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Keeping track of customer accounts is important, and if you want a site administrator to receive a notification that’s a simple task. You can add this code snippet via the Code Snippets plugin (recommended), or manually by pasting it into your theme’s functions.php file:

Just change “admin” with the username you want the emails to go to.

Happy Modding!

Is there a way to display the stock status in a dropdown for product variations on my store?

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If you have products that tend to sell out, or that you typically sell in bulk, it might be beneficial to display the available product quantity. This can ensure your customers have the ability to order the quantity or volume they need.

Displaying your stock availability is as simple as adding a quick code snippet to your theme’s function.php.

Happy customizing.

How do I add custom fields to the registration form on my store if I am using Product Vendors?

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As the internet evolves, so does the information you need from customers when they register with your store. It’s likely that a default registration form will cover everything you want to gather when some signs up. For example, having social media usernames can help you keep in touch, but those fields are not automatically part of the default form.

It’s also important that you be able to add the same information if you manually create a user within the dashboard itself. Adding and modifying a bit of code in your theme’s function.php file will allow you to do both.

Let’s break down this code a bit.

Lines 1 to 50, adds the two new fields to the taxonomy in the Product Vendors form. This allows you to specify their Facebook or Twitter URLs as to manually create or edit a vendor in the WP-Admin.

Lines 51 to 76, validates and saves the fields in the database.

Lines 78 to 91, adds the same fields to the registration form. You can show this on a page by using the shortcode:

[wcpv_registration]

The fields will appear after the Vendor Description fields. These are shown at the end of the form right before the Submit button.

Lastly, lines 93 to 98 saved the fields in the vendor taxonomy.

Of course this is a simple example with two text fields. You could easily add any kind of fields you want, even more than 2.

This is just a simple example with two text fields, as you can imagine you can add any kind of fields, and as many as you want.

 

How do I enable multiple products to be added to cart on my store?

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Online shopping is one of the great conveniences of this age, and anything you can do to make purchasing easier is appreciated by your customers and likely to bring in more revenue through your store. An easy way to enable more sales is allowing customers to add multiple products to the cart, without having to leave their current page.

Offering this functionality is as simple as installing the WooCom Add Multiple Products plugin and using the newly added widget.

In addition, you can use this shortcode to add the input form to other pages:

[wamp_product_input]

From there, you can then choose which individual products this ability applies to via your settings page.