Shopify Connect for WooCommerce

In a previous post I talked about how Shopify & WooCommerce can be friends. I made a v1 of a plugin to accomplish this that I call Shopify Connect for WooCommerce.

It’s actually extremely simple. Basically I remove the normal add to cart buttons and replace them with Shopify Buy Buttons. You use the official Shopify WordPress plugin to generate the shortcodes and then put the shortcode in a meta box and that’s it.

For v2 I want to make a reverse shortcode so you can put the shortcode in the regular post editor and once you press save it removes it from the post content and puts it into a hidden meta field (just not sure how to it yet ūüôā ). I also want to rewrite all /cart urls to point to the Shopify cart so people can still use cart header icons and such that are built into themes.

You can download the v1 here. Let me know what you think.

Shopify & WooCommerce can be friends

A little while back¬†Shopify unveiled their WordPress plugin and while I think it was a great first step I would love to see it taken further. The plugin allows you to sell items on your WordPress site but it doesn’t really feel like you could make an entire store with it.

Shopify and WooCommerce both have great things about them. I love the freedom/customizability and the ecosystem of WooCommerce but I also really want a hosted solution and access to all the amazing partnerships/integrations¬†that Shopify has. What if you didn’t have to choose? You could pay $9/month to get access to everything you love about Shopify but also be able to run the site with WooCommerce and have total freedom to do whatever the heck you want.

I worked up a rough demo of what I would really like to see in a Shopify & WooCommerce integration. Check out labs.secretpizza.party and you’ll see a WooCommerce site running Storefront but all the cart/buying functionality is taken care of by Shopify. The demo isn’t perfect, I plan on utilizing the Javascript Buy SDK to develop the final solution (just using the normal buy embeds currently) but I think there is something here and I really want to explore it more.

Back to my blogging roots

Way back in 2009 I got one of my very first paying online gigs. It was writing posts for Mac.AppStorm¬†(they are still there). It didn’t pay all that much but I had so much fun doing it. I really enjoy blogging and so I’ve decided to start a new blog.

It’s called¬†practicalshopify.com. Basically I’m interacting with Shopify quite a bit on a daily basis at my new gig and I’m learning a lot so I thought why not try to share what I’m learning with others. It should be fun. If you are interested in ecommerce or Shopify you really should follow along.

secret pizza party

Anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes with me knows I loving coming up with ideas. Coming up with something new or taking an existing process and making it better really excites me. In the past things like lack of free time, insufficient funds, and a COI policy have kept me from acting on these ideas. Now with no legal/time restrictions and a freshly pilfered 401k I have all the pieces I need to do something fun.

So I’m starting a WordPress development company over at secretpizza.party. Not exactly sure what all I’ll be releasing but it will likely include some WooCommerce stuff as ecommerce is my passion lately. I don’t want anything about it to be boring so I picked a crazy name and had an even crazier¬†logo created. If you have any ideas of things you want to see created drop me a line and make sure to keep an eye on my blog for more information.

End of an Era

Today is a weird¬†day for me, it’s my last day at Automattic. I’ve been there for over 4 years, I’ve traveled over 100k miles all over the world for different events and I’ve made a crap ton of swag.

While I’m sad to be leaving I’m very excited to be taking a position at my brother’s company, teelaunch, and helping him grow it. My brother is the most driven and passionate¬†person I know and I can’t wait to see what we can build together.

Don’t worry I’m not leaving the WordPress community. I have big plans for a new WordPress/WooCommerce based company I’m launching and I have some crazy cool wapuu swag in the works.

I joined a button club

I’m always on the search for really neat things and I came across this great button club at inch x inch. Every month they send you really amazing buttons produced by busy beaver buttons and designed by some of the best designers in the world. The club is only $30/year and the profits go to various charities. I think its a really neat concept and if you are into well designed goods & charities you really should check it out.

dotcom vs dotorg

I work a bunch of events and I’m always trying to find ways to explain difficult concepts in an easy way. One thing that always confuses people is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

On my daily Dribbble search I came across a guy named Josh Quick who specializes in how-to type graphics and I got the idea to hire him to create a graphic to explain the difference.

I think it turned out pretty well and if you have a use for it please do whatever you want with it. It’s licensed under CC zero.

I’m obsessed with enamel pins

I love enamel pins. They are so hot right now and super cool. I was looking for pin inspiration and I came across a few resources I wanted to share.

First is this weekly column on Vice of really neat pins you need to be buying. There is some great stuff in there.

That lead me to PATCHGAME, who basically the authority on pins and patches. Getting featured on his channel basically guarantees sales.

My favorite suppliers

I’ve spent 1000’s of hours scouring the internet for cool stuff to make and during that time I’ve come across some pretty amazing companies who make custom items. I’ve decided to share my finds with you all on a new site I just put together, bespoke.supply. I’m adding stuff everyday so be sure to check back often and if you make anything cool please tell me about it.

WPA Style Posters

I’m in love with posters done up in WPA style. It would be really neat to do up a set with WordPress¬†related themes like proper coding practices or the using WordPress best practices.

New coat of paint on RegionallyFamous.com

I was bored last night so I thought it might be fun to learn a bit more about Shopify theming. So I hacked up one of the free themes to make it fit my store a bit better. I learned a lot and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Event Farm

Events fascinate me. I was doing my daily Dribble search when I came across this company called Event Farm. They are doing some pretty interesting work in the event space. I almost want to create an event just so I can use their neat platform. If you work in the event space you should really check them out.

Shop Logo Concept

It would be amazing if this was adopted as the merch store logo and also if you visited http://anydomain.com/wp-shop/ it redirected you to the WordPress merch shop.

Big Cartel is amazing

I’ve never used their product before but I came across their merch store today and I was blown away. I’ve never seen such amazing goods displayed in such an amazing way. Their site blows me away. The attention to detail, the photos, everything is just amazing. I don’t even know what to say. I would pay $482.93 to meet the people behind the Big Cartel merch store so if anyone knows who they are please let me know how to make it happen.