Leon (twoelevenjay) contributes on Github

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For those of you who don’t know, GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system. GitHub offers both paid plans for private repositories, and free accounts for open source projects.

Over the past few years Github, along with it’s 1M+ contributors has been instrumental in my ability to build websites. Over this time I lacked the knowledge and / or confidence to give back. This was until last Friday June, 27th 2014.

WebDevStudios has a public repository on Github for adding Custom Metaboxes and Fields to WordPress via themes or plugins. I first heard of this open source project via my WP518 WordPress Meetup thanks to Matthew Banks who presented on using Custom Meta Boxes and fields with WordPress (Thanks Matt, you changed my life!).

I have tried plugins like Advanced Custom fields, open sources classes like My-MetaBox-Class and also writing my own code completely. All of these methods had their pros and cons. I found myself fantasizing about writing my own class that would handle this task exactly like I wanted. When I first tried the solution from WebDevStudios, I was like whoa, someone thinks exactly like me, and yay i don’t have to write this after all.

On a recent project  I was going to be making use of the file_list custom field type. This convenient little beauty effortlessly adds a field to a post type write panel that lets you upload multiple files like images. After adding the file_liist field I noticed that once added the images were not sortable by way of drag and drop. I was sure that if I added this feature it would save me time at some point later on in life. You can only imagine how excited I was that there might be a chance that I could give back to what was so freely given to me and contribute on Github for my first time.

So after a couple of hours of testing changes to the code,  I was ready to fork, commit, and submit my very first pull request.  The following evening I received an email on my phone informing me that my pull request had been added to the master. I had such a proud moment lol. I know it is a little on the cheesy side but anything that I want to do for long enough becomes very rewarding once it happens.

For anyone that takes advantage of WebDevStudios‘s Custom Metaboxes and Fields to WordPress (and I highly recommend that you do) give the file_list field a try, then you will be sharing an important milestone with me.

Google Trusted Stores for Woocommerce Extension Released

Google Trusted Stores for WooCommerce

UPDATE 08/01/2014: This extension has been acquired by another company. If you are interested in integrating Google Trusted Stores with your WooCommerce, please contact me at leon @ this domain, or got my contact page.

I created an exciting new plugin called Google Trusted Stores for WooCommerce. The plugin is designed to help with the demanding process of setting up a Google Trusted Stores account with WooCommerce.

Google Trusted Stores is a service that provides authentication of reliable shipping, customer service, and free purchase protection.

WooCommerce is one of the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugins. It is packed full of features, perfectly integrated into your self-hosted WordPress website.

Google Trusted Stores for WooCommerce Plugin enables Google Trusted Stores badge for woocommerce online stores. The Google Trusted Stores badge gives your site credibility from Google database information.

The benefits of the Google Trusted Stores with WooCommerce plugin are abundant. Not only does it combine the power of WooCommerce with reliability of Google Trusted Stores, but it also minimizes the time it takes to set up Google Trusted Stores. Google Trusted Stores for WooCommerce does things that require daily maintenance by automating them to specifications.

From my point of view, Google Trusted Stores for WooCommerce is really about giving the user something that is priceless, time to do other important things. I realize that in the development of eCommerce sites there is always something else to do and it is our goal to make things take as little time as possible. That is why I created this plugin and strive to make more that can save time and aggravation.

211J launches blog

211J on WooCommerce

Hooray!

I have formed a business around WordPress. You could call me the new kid on the block, since I have been at it less than 3 years. Some how in the beginning I knew enough to pick one eCommerce solution and stick with it. This choice allowed me to focus on a specialty and gain an edge in the field. Because that solution was WooCommerce I have had much success. This is why I decided to make my first blog about WordPress and WooCommerce and how they are the perfect combination.

Stay tuned for product reviews, code snippets, life advice, general rambling and much much more…