E-Commerce Usability

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:
    1. known-item purchases;
    2. category research, where users identify and buy products that best match their needs;
    3. bargain-hunting; and
    4. browsing for inspiration.
  • We need to devote more time to search than I was initially considering

E-Commerce Usability Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox.

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A new e-commerce plugin for WordPress

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:

  • Bloat
  • Old legacy code that you can’t understand
  • They’re extremely difficult to customise
  • Bloat (oh, did I say that already?) Continue reading

Displaying a gallery description using NextGen Gallery for Wordpress

Been battling with the excellent NextGen gallery plugin for WordPress this afternoon.

I had created an Album, which is a container for mutiple Galleries. Simple enough. But then, once you had selected a Gallery, I wanted to display the Gallery description on the Gallery page above the thumbnails.

In the Manage gallery section you can type a description, but it didn’t seem there was any way to display that on the actual website.

So if you need to, open the file gallery.php which is inside the plugins directory, nextgen-gallery/view/gallery.php

Next, above the line
<div class="ngg-galleryoverview" id="ngg-gallery-<?php echo $gallery->ID ?>">
add this:
<h2><?php echo $gallery->title; ?></h2>
<p class="gallery-desc"><?php echo nl2br($gallery->description); ?></p>

This will give you an H2 with the Gallery Title, and then the description below it.