If you’re running a WordPress site and have recently upgraded to version 3.1, you may have come across a strange problem since the update: your category pages keep redirecting to the home page.
The standard approach to addressing WordPress problems like this is to turn off all your plugins and turn them back on one at a time. This is a tried and true method of resolving issues, but it’s time consuming too. Is there a shortcut? Well there is if you know which plugins are not compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
We have discovered a number of WordPress installs that have had this problem, and all were resolved by deactivating the plugin called Simple Tags. If you have this plugin installed and have experienced the category redirect problem, we suggest you deactivate this one first, before having to go through the full suite of your plugins and turning them on again one by one.
One of the things that many people overlook in their ecommerce websites are the buttons. A quality, professional looking button set can add an extra dimension to a ecommerce web site’s design. Even if you have a great looking site template that you or your web designer has spent a long time customising to suit your business, if you have default buttons, inconsistent looking buttons, buttons of different sizes and colours or just buttons that don’t look that enticing, you could be losing potential sales without even realising it.
This is easy to fix by downloading a button set for your cart? The short answer is not necessarily – because downloadable button sets don’t always provide buttons for some of the popular add-on modules that people add to their cart.
To help solve this problem, we’ve put together an ecommerce button set for one of the popular shopping carts you can install yourself on a Geekz business web hosting package: zen cart.
This free zen cart button set comes in four different colours: black, green, hot pink and red.
The full list of buttons available in each file are: button_add_address, button_add_selected, button_add_to_cart, button_back, button_buy_now, button_cancel, button_change_address, button_checkout, button_confirm_order, button_confirm_send, button_continue, button_continue_checkout, button_continue_shopping, button_create_account, button_delete, button_download, button_goto_prod_details, button_in_cart, button_login, button_logoff, button_more_reviews, button_next, button_prev, button_read_reviews, button_redeem, button_return_to_product_list, button_reviews, button_search, button_send, button_send_a_gift_cert, button_send_another, button_shipping_estimator, button_sold_out, button_sold_out_sm, button_submit, button_TellAFriend, button_unsubscribe, button_update, button_view, button_write_review, search_small, small_edit
How to install the free zen cart button set
First download the button set that you want from one of the links below and uncompress them. They are saved as a ZIP file, which is the most common form of compressed file on the Internet. If you don’t have a program to uncompress these files, go to the Winzip website and get a trial copy of their Winzip program. This is a free trial and well worth buying at the end of your trial.
The buttons are in PNG format rather than zen cart’s default of gif so you will need to go into your includes/languages/english/button_names.php file using FTP and change all of the .gif file extensions to .png in order for these buttons to work. Once you have done that, to install the button set just upload these buttons in to the includes/templates//buttons/english folder of your cart to overwrite the buttons you have on your template. If you only want to use these buttons as the fall back buttons where you do not have your own template specific buttons, then copy them into includes/templates/template_default/buttons/english instead.
Free Zen Cart Buttons: Geekz Download Links
Red button set from Geekz
Black button set from Geekz
Green button set from Geekz
Hot Pink button set from Geekz
We will post other button sets on this blog in the future – if you’d like a button set for a particular cart that you are using do contact us and let us know your suggestion (current Geekz web hosting customers get priority in the votes).
If a standard user creates an account in your WordPress site, after the registration process is complete or after they return and log back in to your site, by default they will see what is called the Profile page. By default, this page looks a lot like your WordPress admin backend, with none of your site branding on it. What can you do about this?
You could hack the code to force the login process to redirect back to the page of your choice, and there is plenty of help on how to do this on the WordPress forums. But the problem with this approach is as soon as you need to upgrade your WordPress version or make a duplicate of your website on another domain, you’ll need to do it manually. Otherwise, your code hacks will be lost. That means a lot of hard work, comparing files and updating code – every time the core of WordPress changes. If you want to promote your website or are building your blog website to help promote your main shop or information site, then that’s too much hassle that you don’t need.
Fortunately, there is a free WordPress plugin available that makes light work of this task. It is called Theme My Profile. What this plugin allows you to do is to either provide a different look for your profile page if you wish to display it, or block it altogether and redirect people to a different page of your choice (for example, a custom my account page). You can create different pages or block the profile page by user type. (We don’t recommend using it for admin users as you could end up blocking yourself out of admin by mistake).
You can see this plugin in action at our Australian Clothing and Fashion Directory website (and at the same time, submit your website for a free link if it’s fashion related). And if you’re a Geekz business web hosting customer in the fashion industry, please contact us for a little discount offer on your first year’s membership
There’s been a lot of talk this week about the fact that the last wholesale IP addresses using the current addressing scheme have been given out, which means that at some point in the future ISPs will have to start allocating addresses in a new format called IPv6. The old and the new IP address formats are not compatible with each other, but this does not put your website under threat. Here is why.
What is an IP address?
IP stands for “Internet Protocol”, and an IP address is like your computer or web server’s telephone number on the Internet. When the current IP address format was set up, the designers of the scheme never envisaged the mass number of users that exist today, with applications like Facebook bringing more and more people online. IP addresses are allocated to countries and subsequently to ISPs by the authorities that oversee Internet standards. When someone connects to their ISP via their computer, they are typically allocated an IP number that is later re-used when that person disconnects their computer from the Internet (e.g. when it is turned off).
One of the issues for IP addresses is that businesses use fixed IP numbers for their domain names and company connections, so that their computers are always allocated the same number. This helps other computers on the Internet find their websites and use a number of IP-address specific services used by businesses. As a result of such reservations, the maximum number of IP addresses available worldwide has effectively run out. The last wholesale IP range has now been allocated, meaning every possible usable range
of IP addresses is now allocated to someone, somewhere.
If the Internet has run out of IP addresses, how will anyone find my website?
The good news is that although all IP addresses in the current range are allocated, there is a new format of addresses available called IPv6 that offers many more possibilities. Most ISPs in Australia are now at various stages of testing this, although progress is slower than one would expect for something so important. Both ISP and home Computers and Networking equipment need to be upgraded in order to support the new format, and it’s not compatible with the current scheme. This means it’s not a simple matter of ISPs just upgrading their current equipment to support it.
ISPs have enough unallocated addresses in the current format to last at least another 6-12 months or more without any changes at all, so both ISPs and hosting providers face no real immediate threat to customers using the Internet or finding websites. What’s more is that even when the new IPv6 format is available mainstream in Australia ISPs will continue to provide support for the current IP address range for a very long time, and as businesses move their “reserved” website or corporate IP addresses from the current IPv4 scheme to the newer IPv6 one, then the freed-up addresses are likely to be recycled.
No need to panic: there’s plenty of time left yet before IPv6 is mainstream in Australia
It’s a bit like digital TV: it’s been coming for a long time, but the old format TV still hasn’t been turned off.
It could therefore be many years before end users are forced to change their equipment or that hosting providers start allocating websites with IPv6 addresses. Australian ISPs should be ashamed that they are moving so slowly, but it’s not bad news for you, the end user. Your business website and new business web hosting space is still safe.