A year at WeWork Gas Tower: A review of the Downtown LA coworking space

Just over a year ago, I moved into WeWork Gas Tower in Downtown Los Angeles. WeWork, a Silicon Valley-based company with 140+ coworking workspaces across the globe, is well-known within the LA entrepreneur community as having the most “premium” office space experience compared to all the other options out there.

So what’s all the hubbub about and how does it stand up after a year? Continue reading “A year at WeWork Gas Tower: A review of the Downtown LA coworking space”

Chrome will soon mark all non-SSL sites as “Not Secure” [updated: last chance]

Update: August 18, 2017

When Chrome 62 is released in October, Chrome will show a “Not Secure” warning anytime someone starts typing into a form field that’s on a non-https page. In addition, the browser (that just so happens to have the most marketshare!) will show a “Not Secure” warning immediately upon opening a non-https page in Incognito Mode.

In other words, it’s crunch time if you still have not secured your website with SSL so it shows “https” in the URL bar.

This also means that eCommerce sites shouldn’t just use SSL for the cart/checkout/thank you pages. All pages should be running within the SSL’s environment.

Not sure if your site is using SSL? Enter your homepage here: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/. You should get a grade of A if it’s installed correctly.

Need a new host that makes it easy to set up SSL? Check out the details about WP Engine below. Continue reading “Chrome will soon mark all non-SSL sites as “Not Secure” [updated: last chance]”

Starting an eCommerce company? Here are common pitfalls. [WP eCommerce Show Podcast]

Starting an eCommerce company seems easy on the surface. Slap together a quick website, uploading the product photos, set prices, and launch. Or even better: create a quick marketplace website in a particular niche that allows other people to sell products and you don’t even have to worry about inventory or support! Right?

As they say, “if it sounds too good to be true, it is.” Continue reading “Starting an eCommerce company? Here are common pitfalls. [WP eCommerce Show Podcast]”

Why we host with WP Engine

Hosting: every website needs it. When we start working with a new client, choosing a hosting provider is one important decisions that we make. For us, that decision is almost always to work with WP Engine.

But, the question that usually follows that is, “Why?”

Personally, I have attempted nearly every hosting situation possible for clients: shared hosting, VPS hosting with cPanel, Amazon Web Services with cPanel, Digital Ocean, you name it. Once I discovered WP Engine a few years back, I never looked back. Continue reading “Why we host with WP Engine”

Summer steal: get 20% off Easy Digital Downloads extensions [update: expired]

Ready to start selling digital goods with WordPress? Or is it time to super-charge your existing Easy Digital Downloads coupon?

Today until Friday (7/14), EDD is offering 20% off extension purchases and license upgrades with a special discount code. Continue reading “Summer steal: get 20% off Easy Digital Downloads extensions [update: expired]”

Throwback Thursday: the first website I ever built is (somehow) still online

When I was just 15 years old, a family friend asked me if I could build a new website for his band. I had never done anything more than tweak my Myspace profile HTML a bit, but… I said yes! Along the way, I learned the basics of HTML/CSS, FTP, project management, client management, and so on.

Eventually, I launched my first website for the band HoneyBoy Dupree. Yesterday, I found out that the website is still accessible on the web!

Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: the first website I ever built is (somehow) still online”

Going solo: returning to eCommerce development roots

Hey, it’s Scott.

Earlier this year, I founded Lumen Foundry with Peter Malick. Our services included inbound marketing, blogging, email marketing, marketing automation setup, web+eCommerce development, conversion optimization, and many other offerings related to inbound.

After a few months, we found ourselves working two separate mini-companies: one for inbound and another for web development. Complementary, but quite separate.

As a result, we’ve decided to part ways. Peter is now the CEO of Inbound AV, and I’m now the head of Lumen Foundry. It’s all amicable and friendly – there are even some clients that we’ll still help together 🙂

Continue reading “Going solo: returning to eCommerce development roots”

Don’t be fooled by this Github scam when hiring a developer

When we’re on the prowl for new developers to join our team or help out as freelancers, there’s a common scam we’ve run across multiple times in the past few months. It’s easy to fall for, and letting this slip by can mean hiring someone that doesn’t actually have the skills they portray.

Continue reading “Don’t be fooled by this Github scam when hiring a developer”

Your responsibilities as a site owner and the liabilities if you are hacked

We’ve all seen the headlines. “Yahoo confirms major breach — 500k accounts affected” … “JPMorgan Chase hacking affects 76 million households” … “Hackers selling 117 million LinkedIn passwords” … and the list goes on. Hackers are out there, scouring the web and looking for sensitive information they can use or sell for profit.

Even with these well-known companies being hacked, many site owners don’t take the steps to protect their own systems to thwart intruders. Many business owners may not consider the potential liabilities if a security breach does occur.

Every site is a target

There’s a common misconception that hackers only target sites with lots of traffic. Continue reading “Your responsibilities as a site owner and the liabilities if you are hacked”

Does your minimum order amount not include shipping+tax? Here’s the WooCommerce code.

If you run a WooCommerce store and require a minimum order amount before the customer can check out, you may have come across the WooCommerce documentation that includes code for this requirement. It turns out, this code includes shipping and tax in the “order total.” If you require a minimum order amount for the subtotal only, you’ll need slightly different code.

Here’s the code you’ll want to use in your functions.php code instead:

This code will ensure that the customers are meeting that minimum with just the price of the products they’re purchasing.

Different companies have different requirements and you can choose which is best for you. Despite Woo’s documentation only showing the ‘complete total’ code, I would recommend going the subtotal route instead since you’re not benefiting from shipping and tax fees.