Do you use affiliate product sales on your website, or links out for product sales that give a commission? You should add a disclaimer on your website stating this. Affiliate program managers llike ClickBank will actually reject you for not having one.
If you are running a WordPress website, you can’t go past WP Legal Pages to help you create all these important pages. This WordPress plugin comes with pre-made templates ready for you to use on your site, including the 19 below:
Linking policy template
External links policy template
Terms and conditions template
Refund policy template
Affiliate disclosure template
Affiliate agreement template
Earnings Disclaimer template
Double dart cookie template
FTC statement template
Medical disclaimer template
Testimonials disclosure template
Amazon affiliate template
California Privacy Rights
What’s New: The latest version allows you to add affiliate disclosure to any post or page having affiliate links. All you have to do is tick the checkbox for affiliate disclosure.
ADDED BONUS: Use the coupon code LEGAL20 before the end of September and receive a $20 discount off the base price. Offer ends September 30. Be quick!
As a lot of our clients know, we are big fans of two ecommerce platforms. The first being WooCommerce by Woothemes. A great WordPress based plugin that allows you to sell products on your WordPress website or blog, with tremendous flexibility and customisation ability. It has become my first choice for WordPress based eCommerce solutions. The second being Shopify, the all in one amazingly tidy shopping cart. Although with a heftier outlay, the Shopify system does include pretty much everything you need to get started, including hosting and basic themes.
Which one is better?
Well that depends on your brand, your product and your audience. Both definitely have their pros and cons, although if looking to setup shop yourself and you don’t see yourself as being very tech savvy, Shopify definitely makes things easier in my opinion. The WooCommerce solution can become extraordinarily amazing, although some good knowledge of CSS and HTML will help.
Now for the BIG NEWS!
So I am reading through my emails, and as a Shopify partner, I try to ensure I am across all things Shopify. Then I spot “Shopify + WordPress” in one of the subject lines. Nooooooooo way! Get outta here!!!! Is this a typo?!?
Nope, I read right. Shopify has created a plugin for WordPress that will allow you to semi-integrate the Shopify system into your WordPress website. This might not sound great to some, and not perfect, but let me tell you why I think this is awesome….
WordPress is the basis of some truly amazeballs websites and blogs, and many of the website you use and love are most likely based on the WordPress platform. By being able to integrate Shopify through a plugin, it means not having to have an amazeballs websites and a Shopify store, it means it all becomes one. Much better!
The point of sale options, shipping and payment methods and usability of the Shopify system are at the forefront of online shops. It works great, the code is fast and tidy and the support is better than most other options out there. Taking these advantages into your WordPress website for selling products is just a godsend. You can also utilise Shopify’s ability to sell on social media and from your iPad!
From an SEO point of view, I believe many clients find it difficult having to have two sites to manage. On one hand you have your beautiful blog, and on the other you have your shop. Unfortunately, unless you keep your themes super bland and simple, it is very hard to make the two look the same. You will also be up against yourself for the number one spot on Google search. Having two listings could be good, but it’d be better to have an integrated solution right up top.
Of course there is a downside, but it is not as bad as you may think. Stop groaning.
Having the plugin means using Shopify and signing up to one of their eCommerce plans. At the moment, $9/month is the cheapest. It also means creating products in the Shopify admin not the WordPress panel. This could be seen as an additional cost, which it is, although you’d be paying something similar for a correctly setup, secure and managed WordPress/WooCommerce store.
The other downside is that since this is so new, there are limited themes for the shop pages. Shopify have release three themes in partnership with Themezilla, Themify, and Ultralinx. You can read more about the themes and the Shopify plugin for WordPress here: www.shopify.com/blog/113145925-introducing-shopify-for-wordpress
It can be a difficult decision, although if you already have a WordPress website that you love and use, maybe the Shopify WordPress plugin is the way to go. If you already have a Shopify site, would you consider selling your products on another site to increase your web presence?
There are many options out there, although as I mentioned earlier, we are very happy at Xmedia Digital Solutions to work with WooCommerce and Shopify. If you would like to discuss this all in more detail, be sure to contact me through the contact form. My direct contact details are all there.
Do you have an online shop already? What platform do you use and what made you choose it?
Filezilla is a great FTP tool for managing your hosting files. I use this as my weapon of choice when uploading and downloading website files. What can be a bit tricky sometimes is accessing web hosting that is not yet associated with the intended domain name.
Domain Name not Pointing to Hosting
All this means is that new web hosting has been set up for the domain, although the domain name DNS records are not yet pointing at the new hosting. This could be due to having a recently purchased domain name which wasn’t bought at the same time or from the same vendor as the hosting.
It also regularly occurs when new hosting is sourced to replace a website. We often create new websites on new hosting packages, and when the new website is completed and the client is happy with it, we point the original domain name to the new hosting package and within minutes or hours the new site will be live.
What is a staging or temporary URL
A staging or temporary URL is the address your web hosting can be found at. For example, if your cPanel username was dwdw1007 and the server address was cp34.ezyreg.com you would be able to access your site at cp34.ezyreg.com/~dwdw1007 (notice we used the “~” character before the username).
How to Access Website in Filezilla
Now when we use Filezilla, we usually use the server address assigned, something like ftp.yourdomain.com but if we did this when the domain isn’t pointing to the new hosting, it wouldn’t work. Here is what we need to do.
Once you have setup an FTP account in cPanel, go into Filezilla and use the following details to login:
PASSWORD: your cPanel password
As you can see above, we are using your cPanel login to access the server. You can use this or the new FTP account details you just created, just make sure you use the “cp34.ezyreg.com” host name.
Sometimes you will find this will not work. It may connect and state “connection established” but may hang when trying to get a directory listing. Try this instead…
Go to Site Manger. You will find this under the FILE menu.
Now create a new FTP account, and where there is a drop down menu for encryption, select “Only Use Plain FTP (insecure)”
This is not the ideal selection although may get you access to the server space you need.
Let me know if this worked for you. I have my fingers crossed for you!
Ever wanted to create your own website rather than paying the big bucks for an agency to do it? If so, you have most likely Googled the how to and what works best and come up with WordPress as a great option. Spot on! It is a great option, especially for small business owners and startups that want to develop their brand.
What is a WordPress website? A WordPress website is a content management system, or CMS for short. It allows you a lot of customisation and flexibility while still being easy to use. It is definitely the most popular CMS on the planet at the moment. It can be used for blogging, landing pages, eCommerce shop sites and more. It relies on themes, templates and add-ons that they call plugins.
Let’s get started! First you will need to install the latest and greatest version. If you have your own hosting, have access to the server via FTP, and a text editor, you are ready to get started.
If you need hosting setup, contact Xmedia Digital Solutions for a domain and web space. I would definitely recommend a cPanel hosting option, it makes things a lot easier to manage!
Ok, so you have decided to get your own hosting, or you have already got it, now what?
Step 1: Visit www.wordpress.org and download the latest version of the WordPress CMS in a ZIP file.
Step 2: Unzip the file you just downloaded into a folder on your computer.
Step 3: Your WordPress website install will require a database to keep its data on. You will need to create a SQL database on your web server, as well as have a user name and password to access this. If you are using cPanel hosting, it is very easy using the MySQL Wizard.
Step 4: Once you have created your SQL database and username, edit the file in your unzipped wordpress folder named wp-config-sample.php in a text editor such as notepad. (We like to use Notepad++).
It will read something like this:
// ** MySQL settings – You can get this info from your web host ** // /** The name of the database for WordPress */ define( ‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’ ); /** MySQL database username */ define( ‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’ ); /** MySQL database password */ define( ‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’ ); /** MySQL hostname */ define( ‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’ );
You will need to change the following fields with the relevant details. Keep the inverted commas.
‘database_name_here’ ←This is where you put your SQL database name ‘username_here’ ←This is where you need to put the user you created to access the SQL database. ‘password_here’ ←This is the user password to access the SQL database.
If your SQL database is not hosted on the same server, you will need to change ‘localhost’ to the address of where it is hosted. A port or socket number may be needed as well, check with the hosting provider.
Step 5: Once you have edited the file with these changes, save it as wp-config.php in the same folder. Delete the sample version or save over the top of it.
Step 6: Now we are ready to upload it to our web server. Use a FTP client such as Filezilla to upload it into the directory you want your website to be in. You can put it in subdomains and folders, but remember this is where your site will be accessed.
Step 7: Once it has completed the upload, it’s time to run the installation script. This can be done in a web browser now by typing in the web directory the installation is located in, followed by /wp-admin/install.php
For example, if your WordPress files are located in the folder ‘blog’ on your web server, you will need to type in: http://www.yourdomainname.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php
Step 8: All going well, you will now be presented with the WordPress Welcome and Information Needed page. Enter the name of your website along with a chosen username and password. Make sure you correctly write down your username and password and double check the email address you enter. These will be needed to log into your site.
Step 9: After being shown the Successfully Installed page, you will be asked to log in to your new WordPress install. Do this with the username and password you just created.
Step 10: This is the fun part, your new WordPress install waiting for you to customise!!
This is your dashboard. From here you can see the status of your site, add posts and pages, install plugins and themes and modify a multitude of options. Take a look around using the menu on the left of the admin screen. When you want to look at your site as it currently looks, hover over the site name at the top left of your screen and then click VISIT SITE.
The pages for your website are created and stored under the heading pages in the left hand menu. If you are planning on blogging, you can do this from the section posts. To change the look and feel of your site, go to appearance, followed by themes. Here you can select a new theme, upload something new you found at Themeforest.net or try customising what you already have.
It is pretty simple to get started with WordPress. The difficult part is creating a site that is both search engine and user friendly as well as one that is future proof, fast and reliable. As always, if you have any questions, you can comment below or use the contact form to get in touch with us.