Success – a Business and Consulting Services WordPress Theme

We’re delighted to launch our latest WordPress theme called ‘Success’ – a beautiful WordPress theme targeted at financial, business and professional services companies.

We worked really hard at creating a vibrant color palette so your firm will have a striking look – with, or without photographs. With clean typography and subtle animations, we didn’t go over the top but wanted to convey a professional presence you’ll be very proud to show off to clients and customers alike.

We’ve discussed the layout and design with real businesses in the sector, collecting their feedback to create a look and feel with accurately reflects a real business – there is no dummy text or poorly written English.

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With a one-click installer you’ll be up and running within minutes with everything set up for you just like the demo site. With WooCommerce support, RTL (right-to-left languages) and the WPML plugin we’ve left no stone unturned.

So browse through our demo site and buy Success today on Themeforest for only $59. With world-class support we’re always on hand to assist with any questions you might have.

 

What we’ve been up to – plus WordCamp 2016

Phew, it’s been a busy 2016 – so much so that our blog has tended to get neglected. That’s all set to change in the next few months with an exciting new project due to launch but mum’s the word until then. Here’s a round up of what’s been happening over the last 6 months.


November 2015

cg-broker

We built the incredibly popular business and finance theme, Broker – the response from customers has been just overwhelming positive, we’re thrilled to have helped so many small firms. Check out the demo or purchase Broker on Themeforest for only $59.


February 2016

cg-factory

We followed up Broker with the release of our industrial theme, Factory. We wanted to target a different niche and with stunning typography and a bold color scheme, it became an instant best seller. Check out the demo or purchase Factory on Themeforest.


June 2016

cg-fintech

Just in time for Summer, we released Fintech – a theme for startups or any professional service business who want a super-sharp look. Check out the demo or purchase Fintech on Themeforest.


WordCamp 2016 in Vienna, Austria

We’re so excited about going to our second WordCamp after the fantastic experience we had in Seville last year. There’s another stellar line up of speakers and we can’t wait to meet up with fellow WordPress bloggers and developers from all over the world.

We’ll be gone from Thursday 23rd June until Sunday 26th June. Normal service with theme support will resume on Monday, the 27th.

If you’re there be sure to get in touch through either of our twitter handles, @simontomkins and @colmtroy or through the company account, @commercegurus

Suave WooCommerce Theme Launch – plus Sample Sites

A catchup post this, but back at the end of February we launched Suave – a classy WooCommerce theme. The response has been fantastic with 50, yes 50, five star reviews and an average rating of 4.96 on ThemeForest.

With over 550 sales it’s proving to be a big hit and we’re so excited to see what it’s being used for.

We’ve seen some beautiful implementations so far, here are a couple that really took our fancy.

asoundeffect

A Sound Effect

Asbjoern has done an amazing job with his site, a huge library of independent sound effects at ridiculously good prices.


naturpharma

NaturPharma

A full width implementation with beautiful image choices, and a natural green color scheme which really ties the branding together. The video of a lavender field gently swaying is a great touch at the bottom of the page.


schroll

Schroll KitzbĂĽhel

A gorgeous dark version of the theme is used to sell jewelery and watches. The yellow badge of the logo contrasts nicely with the charcoal grey and the product images still pop impressively throughout.


highres

High Res Media

Outstanding photography in this one, as you’d expect from a site showcasing the skills of a photography and video production company. Based in Arizona in the US, if you’re selling your home these guys are guaranteed to make it look fantastic.


Would you like your Suave implementation to be featured in a follow up post? Just drop us a line 🙂

You can buy Suave from ThemeForest for just $58 with 10 ready made demos so you’ll be up and running in no time.

WooCommerce most popular eCommerce platform in October 2014

You can see some pretty interesting eCommerce data with builtwith.com regarding platforms and their level of growth, month by month.

I’ve graphed WooCommerce and compared with Magento and Shopify as of October the 6th, 2014:

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In just 6 months, from March 2014, another 121,801 WooCommerce sites have been indexed which is a staggering number. This is no doubt fuelled by the popularity of WordPress which is believed to power more than 12 million sites worldwide.

The global list of eCommerce platforms looks like this:

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WooCommerce 2.2 Feature – Automatic Refunds

The latest version of WooCommerce, version 2.2 mostly changed things under the hood – feature-wise there wasn’t a whole lot added. One interesting new addition though is the option to provide automatic refunds.

Patrick Rauland, a developer who works on WooCommerce explains how it works here:

Quick Tutorial: Translating Captiva

With eCommerce truly global it goes without saying that there is increasing demand for online shopping in your own language.

It’s a question we get asked a lot – “How do I go about translating Captiva?”. This is a quick run through of the steps to take.

1. Add a Language Pack to WordPress

WPMU Dev have done a terrific job in summarizing this step so check out the process!

2. Translate Captiva’s English strings

Now that WordPress is running in your language you’ll need to translate the English strings in Captiva to your own language.

This is done using the included ‘.po’ file within wp-content/themes/captiva/languages

  1. Install Poedit.
  2. Download the captivalang.po file from wp-content/themes/captiva/languages
  3. Open in Poedit and save as nl_NL.po (in this example – Dutch). Your language file name needs to match one on this list. Updatethis is an easier place to find your language code
  4. Translate your strings.
  5. Save your new nl_NL.po AND nl_NL.mo file and upload them to the /captiva/languages folder
  6. Add this to wp-config.php:
    define (‘WPLANG’, ‘nl_NL);
    The name MUST match your .mo file precisely (including being case sensitive)

3. Video Tutorial

You could also check out this excellent tutorial by AJ Clarke on the translation process.

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!

Give your customers a superior looking invoice

Friday’s WooCommerce featured plugin is ‘PDF Invoice’ – a marked step up on the default WooCommerce one both in looks and functionality.

Features include:

  • Invoices are generated automatically for each new order
  • Tightly integrated with WooCommerce and its functionality
  • Invoice PDF documents get attached to standard WooCommerce emails
  • Detects currency that is used in your store as well as other settings
  • Works perfectly out of the box – just activate and you are ready to go

You can add your company name and address to each invoice and it comes with a built in numbering systems which makes a lot more sense then the default which jumps around if you add new pages or posts.

Additionally, the developers have spent a good deal of time on the layout options and you can choose to show the net amount, tax rate and tax amount on each line.

WooCommerce PDF Invoice is just $25 and is available here.

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!

Fighting fraud with a new plugin from WooCommerce

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WooCommerce today launched a very interesting plugin designed to help store owners fight fraudulent transactions on their store.

A recent report from Cybersource, a unit of Visa estimated the fraud cost for online retailers to be $3.5 billion or 0.9% of online revenue in 2012.

An online retailer loses, on average, $9,000 to fraud for every $1 million in revenue – a number that really adds up as your store grows.

This new WooCommerce Anti-Fraud plugin is designed to recognize fraudulent transactions and catch them as they occur by scanning and displaying a score for each transaction made, based on a set of advanced scoring rules.

So for example if the customer’s IP address does not match their billing country this increases the risk and therefore the score.

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Once the score goes over a tipping point you can automatically cancel, hold or get a notification regarding the suspect transaction.

The Anti Fraud plugin is $79 from WooCommerce and you can get more information about it here.

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!

Keep Captiva up to date with the Envato Toolkit

We try to keep our WooCommerce theme Captiva up to date by regularly releasing updates which include bug fixes, compatibility resolutions and new features.

Here is a quick tutorial on keeping Captiva and indeed any other theme on ThemeForest up to date.

1. Download the Envato WordPress Toolkit

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We’ve included this with Captiva so you probably won’t need to worry about this step – it will be pre-installed. But if you are looking for it you’ll need to download it from GitHub as it’s not available in the regular WordPress Plugin Repository. Then go to Plugins > Add New and upload the zip file.

Activate the Envato Toolkit Plugin and an option for it should appear on the dashboard left hand side menu.

2. API Key

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Next you’ll need to create an API key to connect your WooCommerce site to your ThemeForest account. Login to ThemeForest, hover over your username and click on “My Settings” and click on “API Keys” on the left hand side menu. Generate a free API key from this screen.

3. Update Captiva

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Now when you click on the Envato menu item you can enter your ThemeForest username and API key you’ve just generated.

On the following screen there should be an option to automatically update Captiva to the latest version.

And if you want to do this manually?

You can of course simply unzip the latest version of Captiva and upload it, overwriting the old. But make sure you’re using a child theme! If not, modifications you’ve made to any files will be lost.

Captiva Theme Options are saved to the database so don’t worry – they won’t be overwritten with any update.

Speeding up checkout with an address autocomplete plugin

It’s vital in eCommerce to ensure a customer can quickly enter their billing details and get through the payment process with as little fuss as possible.

That’s why I’m interested in this address autocomplete plugin for just $11 which uses Google’s Places API to quickly return location results as soon as you start typing.

The idea is primarily to save time but it’s also useful to prevent typing errors, e.g. a zip code entered incorrectly in a rush.

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It works like this:

  1. The plugin regroups and hides the components of the address : address_1, address_2, city, state, postcode, country.
  2. It adds a new “Address field” based on Google Places API.
  3. The user begins to type the address and Google completes it.
  4. The user chooses the correct address among Google suggestions.
  5. The hidden field appears, automatically filled with data.

Note: As of 18th September this plugin currently isn’t compatible with WooCommerce 2.2 so if you’re running this, it would be better to wait for an update.

You can checkout the Google Address Autocomplete for WooCommerce plugin here.