This evening I fired up this blog after not looking at it for over 12 months. I was ready (and motivated) to write!
Alas, something had broken in my self-hosted WordPress installation and the usual tricks of getting back in failed.
Not deterred, I downloaded the latest version from wordpress.org and uploaded it over the top of my previous install.
Do you think I took a backup first? Of course not! I am invincible!
And so, if you go back over any old posts you’ll notice there are no images left. They’re all gone. Dammit!
At least I could rescue my database.
So I decided that, due to the sporadic nature that I even look at this site, I’d move it to wordpress.com so I don’t have to worry about backups and updates again. At least that’s the plan.
This is timely considering we’re working through the checkout and payment process of our own e-commerce plugin for WordPress.
Some interesting highlights:
- We have to support 4 types of shoppers:
- known-item purchases;
- category research, where users identify and buy products that best match their needs;
- bargain-hunting; and
- browsing for inspiration.
- We need to devote more time to search than I was initially considering
E-Commerce Usability Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox.
Another e-commerce plugin for WordPress – just what the world needs, right?
Well, I believe it does.
I’ve tried a few, and they suffer from:
- Old legacy code that you can’t understand
- They’re extremely difficult to customise
- Bloat (oh, did I say that already?) Continue reading
Call me slow – but I only just today discovered that WordPress has some built-in photo gallery functionality!
I’ve been using the NextGen plugin for quite some time now – but often the feature set is just too much for requirements. Continue reading