Go on vacation, then come down with the flu the day after getting back and that tends to put out the fire when trying to catch up on work.
This week has been super-productive so far. I have a shoe store client for whom I’m integrating FoxyCart, a great little ecommerce system for smaller shops; today I added FoxyCart forms to about 30 products and finished the remaining cart setup, and tomorrow will be ready to build a checkout template.
I’m also integrating OptionCart for a BMW racing parts store – that’s nearly done. And a Plogger image gallery for the same company (which is now complete).
- Adding functionality to a large site for which I’m working as the developer only. I have a WordPress theme to build this week among other things.
- Finishing up a WordPress site for a dentist – tomorrow I’ll be creating a template for her online scheduling tool.
Whew. Time to make dinner.
I have a collection of 1 or 2-page documents for clients called Tech Tips reports – I’m writing #14 this morning – ‘How to change your cPanel password.’
Whew. I just launched the new version of the NOCO Hosting site. It’s been about a month in the making and a long weekend of coding, but I’m happy with it. I’m sending out a notice to all my hosting clients and an announcement about the new referral rewards plan.
I’d love to get my hosting list up to 100 clients. That’s the next big goal.
Today I’m working on the integration of the catalog application OptionCart in an XHTML/CSS site, for a client who sells BMW racing and performance car parts.
I’ve used OptionCart for quite a long time – we ran an online retail shop for 9 years and used OptionCart for the last 4 or 5. OC’s a front-end for Mal’s Ecommerce, another long-time vendor for us.
OC is nice because it’s easy to use and easy to drop into an existing website. We added sample categories, subcategories and 10 products last week, and that only took a minimal amount of time to set up. Today I’ve started on the actual integration – dropping in the PHP includes and customizing the look of the categories and products to match the rest of the site.
I wanted to have the current category name show up in the header section of the site, but OC didn’t provide a shortcode for that. No worries though, even with my rather limited experience in writing PHP, I figured out how to do it:
I created a div that I could position in the right place on the page, then put in some text that I want to surround the category name, which was a little snippet of PHP to display the variable on screen:
<div id="category-name">AKG Motorsports BMW <?php echo("$maincat") ?> Products</div>
Looks great! And only about 4 minutes to figure it out (don’t laugh, I’m not in any way a programmer).
I’ve been working on my hosting site redesign for a good part of the weekend. I wanted to launch it tonight and I’m so close to being done – everything looks fine in FF, Safari, Opera, and close enough in IE8.
However, the neat little jQuery login box is not working in IE7 and 6, and of course there are other problems with IE6. Not many, but just enough to cause a headache and a couple of hours of extra work. I’m so tempted to slap a ‘you’re using IE6 and you really need to upgrade to a modern browser’ label on the site. I’m not sure if I’m going to do that or not. But I’m really tempted.
I may finish it tomorrow night. I hope so. I’m going to just hide the login box in IE6/7 and replace it with a simple form. The other IE6 issues are positioning things and will take a little longer to work out (if I decide to go there at all).
I’ve been thinking about how best to redesign my hosting company’s old site for a few weeks now – lots of sketches to go along with the content refinements I’ve made lately.
Today I started converting aspects of two of the better sketches into Photoshop and I’m happy with how the combination turned out. I’ll begin coding this as XHTML/CSS later tonight…