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| WooCommerce

One of the most important elements on a product page is user generated content. This can take the form of pictures, reviews, star ratings, etc. All of this is called social proof. Social proof is a huge factor in someone else's purchase decision. Getting someone to buy a product from a random website is very hard. If you have a few reviews, that eases people's fears and they'll be more likely to buy.

You want to have reviews for your product. Even negative reviews can be good for your credibility. In a study by Reevoo, 95% of consumers think your reviews are fake if they are all positive. So you shouldn't be too quick to delete or block those negative reviews!

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| Tools
How to Install Linux Xubuntu Under Your Windows OS

Do you have to reboot your computer to switch it between Windows and Linux now and then? Then you know that those reboots slow down your productivity.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install a Linux operating system Xubuntu under your Windows OS using VirtualBox and save yourself some time.

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error 1045 phpmyadmin

After installing a local WAMP server and trying to access your phpMyAdmin, you may encounter the error:

#1045 Access Denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES).

This may happen if your root@localhost database user was not granted the necessary rights to access the database. Or if you provided a wrong password.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to solve this error for the WAMP local server using phpMyAdmin.

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| Podcasts
Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Nick Croft has just published the "Genesis Explained" book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress.

Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins.

Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com.

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WooCommerce Explained

Today, I'm delighted to announce the official launch of "WooCommerce Explained".

This book will teach everything you need to know to make a WooCommerce site. And, it will do it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach.

We've partnered with Patrick Rauland for this book. Patrick was project lead at WooCommerce and currently helps to run WooConf, the official developers' conference.

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web and is capable of selling anything, whether it's physical products, digital products or services. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you! This book is over 250 pages long and is packed with WooCommerce knowledge.

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| Web Design
Use Font Awesome in Photoshop Designs

The old-fashioned technique to create icons used to be manually cropping images to work as icons.

This was extremely time-consuming. Now Google's Font Awesome icons solve this issue.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to place a Font Awesome icon in your Photoshop web document by simply typing in the icon's name.

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| WordPress
WordPress and WooCommerce as oEmbed Providers

You probably know that WordPress makes it easy to embed social media in Posts and Pages.

But did you know that you can easily embed snippets from WordPress posts and WooCommerce products in other content, using just a URL?

Here's an overview of how WordPress allows you to share posts on other sites (and even your own site).

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| WordPress
wordpress video thumbnail

WordPress makes adding videos easy. However, many WordPress users don't realize that they can make their videos more attractive.

In particular, it often helps to add a preview image to your videos. An eye-catching preview image can really draw attention to your video. If you allow the preview image be chosen automatically, you can often end up with a snapshot taken at a bad moment in the video.

Please note, this will only work with videos that you have directly uploaded and stored in WordPress. This won't work with WordPress YouTube, WordPress Vimeo, or WordPress Wistia videos.

This tutorial will show you how to add a custom preview image to your WordPress videos.

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Magento 2 Logo

Are you planning to add a website to your brick-and-mortar store? If Yes, then running your site on Magento could be one of your best choices.

You have several options to install Magento. In this tutorial, you will learn what you need to know before installing it.

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| WordPress
Create Password Protected Posts in WordPress

Did you know that WordPress offer the ability to password-protect the posts that you write?

This feature doesn't require a plugin and is a core feature of WordPress.

In this short, I'm going to show you how to create protected posts. Each WordPress post will need it's own password, so this won't work for protecting a whole site.

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| Podcasts
Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Pippin Williamson runs several of the most successful businesses in the WordPress world including Easy Digital Downloads and AffiliateWP. But instead of looking to sell, he's buying a park. And opening a brewery. And looking to build a company that will last a lifetime.

If you want to hear about Pippin's story, check out this interview with Indie Hackers and his 2017 Year in Review. If you want to hear about his life outside of business, this is the podcast for you. Click here to find out more about Pippin's park and click here for more on his brewery

My apologies for the audio on this episode - Pippin lives out in the countryside and the internet was glitchy.

Follow Pippin on Twitter at @pippinsplugins and check out all his products at Sandhillsdev.com.

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| Drupal
Give Your Drupal Articles More Visual Appeal with Boxout

A boxout is a design element used mainly in magazines to enclose related information to the main article while retaining some type of connection. You can use it to add extra links related to your content or a small bio.

The "Boxout" contrib module helps you add this design element to your content directly in CKEditor. In this tutorial, you will learn how to do just that. Let’s start!

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| WordPress
Review of the Best WordPress Checklist Plugins

If you really care about your WordPress content, you know that it's a constant struggle to maintain high standards.

It's not easy to create consistent, high-quality posts. Without a careful approach, you'll find your site has a different approach from post to post, and you'll soon end up with lots of messy content.

One solution is a WordPress checklist plugin. These plugins enable you to decide the requirement for each post before you publish.

We downloaded and tested all the checklist plugins for WordPress. Here's our review of all four WordPress checklist plugins ...

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| WordPress
WordPress - Fatal error: Allowed memory size

Does your WordPress site show a message similar to this?

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 19456 bytes) in wp-admin/includes/theme.php on line 81

If your answer is "yes", this tutorial is for you.

We've helped several of our students with similar issues so we decided to write a tutorial to hopefully help someone else out as well. 

Before starting to read this guide, it's worth understanding what PHP errors are in WordPress.

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