The State of WordPress 2012

We always enjoy Matt’s yearly round-up of how things are progressing with the world’s most widely-used Content Management System, WordPress.

While most of the presentation is geared towards wonky development details and stats, anyone looking to push what they’re currently doing with their WordPress site should find plenty of takeaways.

If you’re having trouble playing the video in this embed, try using the direct link.

BOZZ FIX: Fatal error: Call to undefined function thematic_canonical_url()

If you use thematic child themes and receive the following error on WordPress 3.4 & Thematic upgrades

Call to undefined function thematic_canonical_url() .. line 25 ..

the function was deprecated and is no longer necessary, but it may still be lingering in your child theme’s header.php file.

In your child theme header.php file, delete the following from lines 24-25

    // Creating the canonical URL

Now you should be back in business!

Comparing WooCommerce, Cart66 + Jigoshop WordPress E-Commerce Solutions

We’ve been following the progression of WordPress e-commerce plugins for some time now, our clients want to leverage their WordPress sites to convert visitors to customers.

To be clear, WordPress alone is not appropriate for medium to large scale web shops, for which we generally recommend a Magento-based solution integrated with WordPress for content management.

For smaller shops (less than 500 products), a few clear leaders in WordPress e-commerce solutions have emerged and deserve attention.  WooCommerce, Cart66 and Jigoshop.

How do we judge which solutions are best for our clients? We look for rigorous development cycles with updates and new features released constantly, a large user base and support community, a robust feature set and a future trajectory of being the most widely used and supported WordPress e-commerce solution.

After evaluating all three options, we’re going with WooCommerce.  We like the impressive feature set, the low-entry pricing model based on premium extensions, and this:


New WordPress Backup Recommendation

We’ve been using and recommending EZPZ OCB as a simple but effective solution for clients who would like to backup their WordPress sites.  Well today it looks like the project has been abandoned, the plugin files have been deleted from the WordPress plugin repository and there are discussion threads full of frustrated users.

As happens from time to time when a great plugin is left to die, we went through the latest options for easy one-click and automated backups and have settled back on an old favorite that has been updated with increasing frequency: BackUpWordpress

So far, so good.  It will perform daily automated backups of both source files and your mysql databse.  How do you like BackUpWordPress?  Any other open-source solutions we should check out?