Custom WordPress Voicemail Message

This morning I watched a clip from last night’s Tonight Show and on it Jimmy had Sting sing a custom outgoing voicemail message on to one lucky audience member’s phone. I was so neat and fun.

It got me thinking. What if in exchange for a small donation to the WordPress Foundation you could get a Core Contributor on your voicemail. A fully custom message would be too much but they could prerecord a few different fun WordPress related messages that could then be added as your outgoing message. Wouldn’t that be fun? Someone please make it happen.

Translating Swag

Currently, most of the WordPress shirts in the swag store are pretty minimalistic. I’ve always thought it be fun would to create a WordPress shirt design that was a bit more complex, and actually had some text on it. Once this design was created it would be really fun to translate the text of that shirt into a ton of different languages (based off the languages with the most WordPress installs). Our current swag doesn’t really do anything to really demonstrate how diverse of a userbase WordPress has and I think it would be neat if it actually did.

Failed Swag Store Concept

This morning I had a crazy thought (which is not that rare of an occurrence). For a long time it has bothered me that the swag store is hosted on Shopify and doesn’t have a neat domain. The current set up is for practical reasons (our fulfillment company uses Shopify) but it still bothers me.

Today I came up with an idea that could have brought the Swag Store back to WordPress (well, sort of) pretty easily. So WordPress.com has some ecommerce options, one of them being a Shopify integration. Since I knew that Hello Merch (our fulfillment company) uses Shopify I thought I had something here.

My first hurdle was finding the right theme. After talking with Kathryn I found out that some themes have a grid page type which would make creating the frontpage product grid much easier. So I ultimately went with Forefront, which I really like.

I then ran into a snag that I couldn’t resolve. Everything was working and looking pretty good. The way the Shopify embeds work is you can point the “Buy Now” button to either the checkout page or the cart page. If you point it to the checkout page then the customer can only buy one thing and they can’t change the quantity. If you point it to the cart page they can add more items but only from hellomerch.com, you can’t press the back button and add more items from the new store concept. So it works as it was designed for, as an option to push people towards your main site or allow them to purchase one item quickly. The problem was that wasn’t how I wanted to use it.

Since limiting customers to purchasing one item is lame I abandoned the concept. Its bums me out but I learned something new today which is always a good thing.

If you a curious about it, you can check it out here.