Replacing Images in WordPress

This little plugin is a personal favorite and a real timesaver. In fact it’s something that could even be built into the WordPress core it’s so useful.

It’s called Enable Media Replace and is a free plugin.

Have you ever added an image to your WooCommerce site and it’s not quite right? Maybe it doesn’t fit with its surroundings or you’ve just changed your mind about it.

Well the process normally in WordPress is to first delete the old one and then upload a new with the exact same name.

This little plugin adds a new field to the Media Library, ‘Replace Media‘ which allows you to do the job in one fell swoop.

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So install Enable Media Replace and save time updating your images today.

Remember you can purchase our WooCommerce theme Captiva today over on themeforest. If you’re a WooCommerce newbie we also provide a free installation service to get you up and running with your own WordPress powered online shop in no time!

Increase your store traffic with Yoast WooCommerce SEO

Traffic is the lifeblood of an eCommerce website. Without traffic, you’re out of business – it’s that simple. The Yoast WooCommerce SEO helps grease the wheels of traffic generation for your WooCommerce store. Today we take a look at just why we think it’s a must have plugin for your WooCommerce store.

After the launch of our new WooCommerce theme Captiva (learn more about it in our Introduction to Captiva post) we’re launching a new blog post mini series taking a look at the best plugins to turbocharge your WooCommerce powered store.  One of the biggest challenges for any eCommerce website is traffic. The internet is littered with millions of dead eCommerce websites that have floundered due to a lack of traffic. You can have the best products in the world at the most competitive prices and still experience massive failure unless you have enough qualified customers landing on your product pages and taking their credit card out and clicking the checkout button.

The science of how to convert traffic to customers is a whole other topic (and one we’ll be spending quite a bit of time on in the future) but your first priority as a owner of an eCommerce website should not be to worry about conversion. That’s a secondary problem. First, focus on traffic – it’s all that matters. Building traffic is something we’ll also be coming back to you in a future post series. For now, we would like to recommend your get yourself a copy of Yoast WooCommerce SEO.

What is Yoast WooCommerce SEO?

If you used WordPress for more than 5 minutes you’ve probably heard of the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. It’s pretty much the gold standard for WordPress website on page search engine optimization (SEO). Joost de Valk is one of the worlds leading SEO experts and has built a very successful business off the back of providing some of the best free plugins to the WordPress community and his SEO expertize. Yoast WooCommerce SEO is a premium WordPress plugin that extends and enhances the free WordPress SEO plugin for WooCommerce powered websites.

So what does it do and why should I buy it?

  • It’ll improve the OpenGraph and Twitter Card enhancements you’ve come to love from the SEO plugin, allowing you to register for Product cards on Twitter.
  • It’ll make sure stuff that doesn’t belong in the XML sitemap, doesn’t go in the XML sitemap, and stuff that should be in there, does go into it.
  • It allows you to use the highly configurable breadcrumbs from Yoast SEO over the breadcrumbs from WooCommerce.
  • It allows you to make sure the WooCommerce content block on the edit page is always above the SEO block.

 

Screenshot of Yoast WooCommerce SEO plugin admin screen.

Screenshot of Yoast WooCommerce SEO plugin admin screen.

Make no mistake, if you’re running a WooCommerce store and are serious about building traffic to your store, this really is an invaluable plugin.

We’ll see you soon for more plugin recommendations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ajax Filters for WooCommerce

We recommend the excellent YITH WooCommerce Ajax Navigation plugin to allow you to add filters that once selected update your product results without reloading the page.

This is a great feature as it makes your product sets feel snappy and responsive as the results load instantly.

The plugin works as a widget which works with attributes that you’ve already assigned to your products. You first assign attributes to a product – in this example two colors:

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Next, create a new ‘YITH WooCommerce Ajax Navigation’ widget. It accepts the following customizations:

  • Title: the title of the widget
  • Attribute: the Product Attribute you want to display
  • Query Type: the query type.
    • AND – If a user selects two attributes, only products with match both attributes will be returned
    • OR – If a user selects two attributes, products which match either attribute will be returned
  • Type:
    • List – Common visualization. An unordered list of attributes
    • Color – A list of blocks in which you can define the color
    • Label – A list of blocks in which you can define the label contained
    • Dropdown – A select in which you can define the label contained

widgetChoosing ‘color’ in this example gives you to option to assign a swatch to each attribute.

The other options are lists, labels and dropdowns. You can see an example of how we’ve used all of these features in our Captiva theme on the sidebar.

So what are you waiting for! It’s free so install it and make your product results feel snappy and instant with this excellent ajax navigation plugin.

You can purchase Captiva today over on themeforest. If you’re a WooCommerce newbie we also provide a free installation service to get you up and running with your own WordPress powered online shop in no time!

Managing WooCommerce settings with Captiva Theme Options

Todays video tutorial is a follow up to yesterdays initial Introduction to Captiva Theme Options. Today we dig a little deeper into how to manage WooCommerce settings within the Captiva Theme Options panel.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re huge fans of WooCommerce 🙂 Within the core of WooCommerce there are just enough settings to not put off first time users to get a store up and running quick smart with minimum fuss. Compare this to Magento where you’ll need about a week to figure out some of the basics! WooCommerce subscribes to the same ethos of WordPress itself which is to keep the core as light as possible and use plugins and extensions to customize things to your specific requirements.

With that in mind, we’ve baked in some additional configuration options for WooCommerce within the Captiva theme that help store owners to finely tune their WooCommerce store as quickly as possible.

When creating our WooCommerce theme options we tried to group settings into categories that we felt would make sense to store owners. These categories are:

  • WooCommerce General Settings – these are settings that are not specific to one WooCommerce page template. Think of these as global WooCommerce settings that use a series of WooCommerce hooks and filters under the hood to change and tweak WooCommerce behavior. This includes things like Catalog mode, price and category display and credit card icon display.
  • WooCommerce Product Details – these are settings all to do with the single item view or as we like to call it, the Product details page. This includes things like whether you would like to display a Size Guide, your Returns policy, social sharing icons and your up sell title.
  • WooCommerce Product Listings – these are settings that change your product listings view which includes things like the number of items per page, the number of product columns, grid/list layout and whether you wish to display Shop announcements (which is unique to Captiva via our Captiva Toolkit plugin).

Remember if you like what you see in today’s video you can purchase Captiva today over on themeforest. If you’re a WooCommerce newbie we also provide a free installation service to get you up and running with your own WordPress powered online shop in no time!

If you prefer to go through the install and setup process on your own, be sure to read the documentation that comes with the theme and check out our other Captiva videos over on our Youtube channel.

Anyway on with today’s video tutorial – we hope you enjoy it!

Captiva WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Well it’s been a busy month at CommerceGurus towers – we’ve launched our first WooCommerce theme, Captiva on ThemeForest and we’ve been thrilled by the reception it has been getting.

From the outset, we wanted to create a modern WooCommerce theme with style, functionality and unmatched versatility.

It can be used for any kind of business and brand with fantastic customizable options which allow you to change layouts, typography and colours so that it matches your brand perfectly.

Captiva


Powered by WooCommerce

woocommerce-productsWe wanted to make it easy to get selling right away.

We’ve designed Captiva with WooCommerce in mind so whether you’re selling shirts or sombreros you’ll have the power of a system that fuels 15% of eCommerce sites on the net.

With a large community behind it and hundreds of plugins  it’s a great choice to power your shop.


Easy Layouts with Visual Composer

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Visual Composer and the result below

We incorporated Visual Composer so you have drag and drop control over elements. Need two columns or three? Five rows or none? You’ll have fine grain control over the content so it’s just how you like it.

Beautiful Pages

We spent the time fretting over the small details so you don’t have to. All our product pages are beautifully designed and we’ve made sure that common templates such as About Us, Services and Contact have a gorgeous ready-made layout so you’ll be up and running quickly.

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Plus lots more…

We’ll be exploring in more detail over a series of blog posts lots of more features including our mega menu and how to use the theme options to customize Captiva.

You can purchase Captiva today over on themeforest. If you’re a WooCommerce newbie we also provide a free installation service to get you up and running with your own WordPress powered online shop in no time!

An Introduction to Captiva Theme Options

Today’s video tutorial will introduce you to one of the most important parts of the Captiva WordPress theme, the theme options panel.

About the Captiva Theme Options panel

Most commercial WordPress themes today (and many free themes now too) will ship with some form of Theme Options panel. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of huge, bloated theme options panels as I believe it introduces a much higher learning curve to using a theme. But they do have their value and do help customers who have limited technical skills to make changes to their site quickly without having to learn how to code. I think there is a balancing act to providing just enough theme options to let customers control the things that matter most to them, while letting the theme designer and developer solve the bigger design challenges that make the theme unique in the first place. That’s been our ethos since we started building Captiva. We also listen carefully to what our customers are asking for when it comes to releasing new versions of Captiva and extending the theme options based on customer feedback.

Remember if you like what you see in today’s video you can purchase Captiva today over on themeforest. If you’re a WooCommerce newbie we also provide a free installation service to get you up and running with your own WordPress powered online shop in no time!

If you prefer to go through the install and setup process on your own, be sure to read the documentation that comes with the theme and check out our other Captiva videos over on our Youtube channel.

Today’s video provides a short introduction to the more general aspects of the Captiva Theme Options panel and how to make big global changes to your site like your layout preferences, typography and color scheme. Tomorrow’s video will introduce you to more in-depth options covering WooCommerce specifically.

Enjoy the video folks!

 

 

 

 

How to setup WooCommerce Mega Menus with the Captiva theme

In todays video tutorial we walk through the process of creating a Mega Menu for your WooCommerce shop with our brand new WooCommerce theme, Captiva.

The concept of a “Mega Menu” has become one of the most popular features on eCommerce websites over the past few years.

Mega Menus are a great way of letting your customers see the full breath and depth of your catalog without having to click around lots of different sections of your shop.

Setting up a WooCommerce Mega Menu with the Captiva theme

WooCommerce does not provide a way of creating mega menus by default. But seeing how popular they have become, we took the time to create a pretty simple way of creating a Mega Menu within the Captiva theme. The video below walks you through the process from start to finish.

Before watching this video

Some things you have done before you watch this video

  • Setup WordPress and WooCommerce
  • Purchased and installed the Captiva theme. Not purchased it yet? Get it now from themeforest.
  • Install the demo data xml that comes with the theme

Once you’ve done the 3 tasks above, everything in the video below should make sense. Just in case you’re wondering there’s no audio on this tutorial. Let us know if you’d like us to add audio to our future video tutorials.