Creating a text alert for a new order from WooCommerce

I recently built an eCommerce website using WooCommerce and a functionality my client was looking for, was the ability to receive a simple text message that they had a new order. WooCommerce automatically sends out an email when a new order is generated but my client didn’t want to be a slave to checking their inbox…a fair enough request I thought!

My first approach was to use a SMS plugin but it appeared there was no free way to achieve this simplest of tasks. So I got creative!

Creating a text alert for a new order from WooCommerce without using a plugin

  1. Start by creating a unique email address through your hosting provider. It can be as obscure as you like e.g textalert@company.com…the only emails this account will receive will be from WooCommerce.
  2. Log into your WordPress dashboard and navigate to WooCommerce  > Settings > Emails  > New Order. Add your newly generated email address.wooCommerce text alert
  3. Log into your newly created email account. The email account I used was powered by SmarterMail and through their settings I was able to set up an Event with an Action that would trigger whenever the inbox received a new message – ie an order had been generated. The way you do this will depend upon the email provider but SmarterMail makes the process very easy. The clever part comes in the configuration of the Action.  All cell phone numbers have an email address associated with them, all you need to determine what it is. is the cell phone number itself and the cell phone carrier.
    e.g a cell phone number of 123 456 78910 with verizon would have an associated email address of 12345678910@vtext.com.The Action should be configured to send a simple text message to the email address associated with the cell number

It has proved to be be a simple and effective way to receive text notifications of new orders

eCommerce website for Body Wipe Company

Launched today is a brand new e commerce website for Body Wipe Company

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The site sells all sorts of body wipes including a brand concept in wipes – Tat Towels. These wipes are specifically designed to moisturize and enhance older tattoos making them POP!

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The site has a hip look with no fluff. It was designed to keep the shopping experience as streamlined as possible, enabling shoppers to get in and out  quickly, with minimum clicks and fuss. It even gives them multiple options when it come to payment – credit card, Paypal or even payment through Amazon.  The site is of course mobile friendly.

Visit it at https://www.bodywipecompany.com/

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Mini Makeover for Burns Recovered Web Site

We have been providing pro bono web design work for Burns Recovered Support Group for over 5 years now and were delighted to hear, that late last year, they had won some additional pro bono marketing efforts though “Creatathon” The end result was a fantastic new logo.

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Just switching out the logo was not going to cut it so we gave the site a mini makeover. The color palette was updated to blue hues, the type face changed and the site generally given a more open feeling that was far more inline with the brand image.

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Here is what  Executive Director, Julie Peetz had to say

“We’ve had great feedback on the new look—the color scheme turned out great! I love the white space—it looks clean and fresh
Thank you so much!”

The Dance Workshop Website

Creating a new website for your small business can be a daunting task … what sort of look/type of functionality is going to work best for you, what is your budget and how do go about selecting a web design company? Generally, the first step is to take a look at what other similar business are doing…just to get some ideas and your own creative process rolling. If you find a site you absolutely love, it doesn’t do any harm to contact the web design company who created it – many design companies include a “designed by” link at the footer of the site…these are often quite small.

This is exactly how we connected with one of our newest clients, The Dance Workshop, a dance studio located in Monroe CT. They had seen a site we created for a Chicago based dance studio and reached out to us, the rest is history!

This week sees the launch of their new WordPress website.

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One of the main things they wanted to achieve with their new site was the ability to update it and this was easily achieved by building on the WordPress platform. We created a completely new look which offers and engaging experience to the user with plenty of photographs and information and is of course mobile friendly.

It is always interesting to look back and see the improvements..here is their original site.
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A Standing Desk

As a web and graphic designer I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer. As 2016 comes around, I am celebrating the start of my 16th year in business …that is a lot of time spent on my derriere! This year I resolved to do something about this and while abandoning my computer is not an option, I turned my attention to my workstation.

My answer…a standing desk.

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This great contraption come from Veridesk and allows me to switch easily from standing to sitting.

 

 

New Website For Senior Living Community

Redesign projects are always particularly satisfying for me, giving an old dated website a new lease of live with better functionality, is very pleasing all round.

One of our St Louis clients, The Fountains of West County, approached us needing a revamp of both theirs and a sister web site.

The first of these went live this week.

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We gave the site a fresh new look and took advantage in the redesign process to improve the site architecture making it easier for users to find exactly what were looking for easily. The site was built on WordPress and is mobile friendly.

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And for a peep back in time because who does love a good before and after, here is the original site.

 

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Blogging : A Personal PR Machine for your Small Business

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Little did I know when I started blogging on June 8th 2005, 10 years, 5 months and 3 days (or 3808 days) later, I would still be at it! I have written 651 posts organized into 37 categories…that’s a post about every 6 days.

For the last few years I certainly haven’t been posting with that frequency but when I first started blogging I posted nearly every other day. It really helped get me going, got the search engines interested and brought tremendous traffic to my site. Ultimately traffic led to sales so the time invested in writing was time well spent.

A blog is a Personal PR Machine for your small business. With it you can:

  • Promote
    Use it to introduce new services, staff members or even a change of address
  • Showcase
    Showcase projects or products or even something that just inspires you
  • Interact
    Engage with reader though comments
  • Establish Authority
    Validate your expertise within your industry
  • Feed Social Media
    Use posts as rich fodder for social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn
  • Create leads.
    Write clever keyword rich posts that the search engines will love
  • Announce
    Won an award, got a great client testimonial…shout about it!
  • Make money.
    If your blog is receiving a decent amount of traffic, embedding Ads can generate revenue.