Setting A Free Multilingual Store? Don’t Miss It!

Hello,

Welcome back to my blog and wordpress free plugin investigation.

Have a look at this website in progress

It’s created with a very interesting theme called Virtue Premium , woocommerce plugin and paidmembershipspro .
If you use the Virtue Free Theme and don’t need a specific support you can create a mono-language website store completely for free, except the Host costs.

This is the new website multilingual store I’m creating in these days http://www.wocmultimedia.biz


After many tests you can read in my previous post, I can say that so far this is the best solution to get a multilingual e-store based on wordpress.

How you can see it is based on Virtue Premium Theme which feature a plenty of options such as Portfolio grid and separate section, Testimonials, Staff, Revolution Slider, Cyclone Slider, just to cite some of them.
The home page is completely arrangeable at will.

In my website you will see a revolution slider fullwidth, featured products and latest posts from the blog but you can add carousel icon, etc.

What I love is the Dynamic Category Filter you can use in the Shop Page and in Portfolio page too

Clicking on Category name products bounce back and forward with selected results.

Besides these features you have to add a very professional support that worth the money you pay for the premium theme.
In fact, now I can state that this is the best or maybe the only solution to create a multilingual webstore using woocommerce (free) and qTranslate (free). Usually these 2 plugins don’t like each other better woocommerce is created to make use of their paid multilingual plugin, that I should have paid but they don’t give you lifetime license only yearly fee license.
That’s very stupid and I boycott them as much as I can. Woocommerce is a robust ecommerce plugin but they give only paid support and any of their themes or add-ons  is based on annual license fee. Also their kind of interfacing plugin with qTranslate is based on this philosophy and doesn’t warrant any complete compatibility.

But, using my skills and politeness I succeeded to get full collaboration from Ben Ritner the Virtue Theme’s developer and Michel Weimerskirch who developed this simple but wonderful plugin qTranslate support for WooCommerce (free).

Using these theme and plugins you can get now a true compatible solution for your multilingual e-store.
Of course you have to struggle a little bit to put all together but I got my e-store including an only members area separated from woocommerce.

If you like my website http://www.wocmultimedia.biz to create a similar store you need to use these parts:
WordPress 3.8.1
Virtue Premium Theme
woocommerce plugin
qTranslate plugin
qTranslate support for woocommerce plugin
paidmembershipspro plugin

Thank you for reading so far, stay tuned! I’ll come soon with news on more IT products.
Review by
Angelo Giammarresi
videomaker and multimedia producer
www.wocmultimedia.biz

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Setting a multilingual market in WordPress Jungle Plugins – New Updates!!!

Hello,

I wish you are a lot out there to read my blog and first, I want to make you my best wishes for the coming New Year’s Eve.

Here I am to tell you about my struggle to set an free online multilingual store with WordPress.

Well, the previous post ended with a plause to TheCartPress by Aroha Digital that I found enough good to set such a multilingual store for free.

The picture above show the home page with a sliding carousel including the product of TCP cart. The theme used is free too and is supplied also by them, it’s called BootStore free downloadable from wordpress or their site.
Insofar, if you are not very exigent and have a little knowledge of html, php and css my statement it’s still true.
Besides, it’s compatible with the free plugin qTranslate.
You can see in the picture below the backend product page with my 3 languages chosen.

So nice theme, friendly support but when Wp released its v.3.8 and update was needed, some troubles arose.
I have to tell for my professional fairness that the friendly support helped to solve mostly of the problems but if you are in a hurry cannot wait for them. I suggest you to give a try and see if with your server works fine too. I used PayPal standard and Aruba.it service provider that created me some file upload size limit but it’s another problem. If you are in Italy I suggest not to use Aruba they have lower price but a very bad service in shared hosting. You cannot use Easy Digital Download cart with Aruba do not waste time in trials I did for 2 weeks then I gave it up, their server don’t allow the minimum changes.

If you are working wit a single language there’s no problem at all to find alternative cart but a multilingual store it’s a very big problem to set for free.

I suggest you to spend about 12$ and get a glueing plugin called woocommerce-qtml that can make use of qTranslate and the most used woocommerce cart which also have a plenty of dedicated themes also available for free.

I’m not completely sure because I haven’t given a try but if you don’t want to spent about 89$ for WPML plus annual renewal fee this is a way to try.

I’ll tell you next week.
By now, I invite you to visit a website www.lavalleintelvi.it under construction I am making for my client.

In this case I’m using woocommerce and the Virtue Premium Theme by KadenceThemes.com the support is very quick and professional. The price worth for the many widget and option you have to control theme and cart in details, just to mention portfolio feature, slide in post/page, etc. click the link above to test a live demo.

Stay tuned, I have new tips for you soon!

Review by
Angelo Giammarresi
filmaker and multimedia producer
www.wocmultimedia.com

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Use Foxit Phantom PDF to Enhance Your Business Soon!!!

Hello,

welcome everyone.
Some months ago I wrote an article about creating and managing PDF files using a very powerful software, if you missed it clicking on the link below to read it Power Your Business With Foxit Phantom PDF!!!

Today, I’m back to you with this simple review of the new Foxit PhantomPDF™ Business 6.1 .
In this new version you can better manage and create your PDF files but let’s have a look at some shots I took a few minutes ago.

To better follow how review you can download a trial version from http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/#Foxit-PhantomPDF-Business/English

Step 1 – UI selection
After installing the software, you are prompted to start the program and the main UI (User Interface) is now ribbon styled with big a grouped buttons.

If you do not feel comfortable with this ribbon style can easily click on the View menu, scroll till UI Options and choose the Classic Style. See picture below.


Of course you can revert to Ribbon Style UI in any moment without having to restart the software. See Picture above.

Step 2 – Exploring some new features
After testing the classic style UI I reverted to Ribbon Style UI so to get a bit more acquainted with this new style already proposed in many other software.
At glance I saw that this new Foxit PhantomPDF™ Business 6.1 version isn’t just a simple update or a revamped version but it has more functions. Please, have a look at the picture below to see that one important added feature is the Text & Paragraph option set in the Edit Content group. In fact, you can now easily and with more precision than before edit the content. You can select a paragraph and change attributes as well as formatting or Font and so on. These features was missing in previous version or not working properly always.

Step 3 – Completing the PDF file
In the picture below can you see a new UI section labelled “Form”.

I found this section renewed and more practical than before. At glance you can choose among the several parts available to create a new form or customize an existing one.
In this short review I pointed out the easiness of use Foxit PhantomPDF™ Business 6.1 to modify, complete or create a new PDF file. Don’t forget that for a very little price you get a complete solution to create rich content PDF files to include new pictures, video, form, and security too. Only a little cons I found in it that you can easily manage layers positions and order but cannot edit layer or create new one. Anyhow in a range from 0 to 100 points Foxit PhantomPDF™ Business 6.1 I can assign a score of 95 points.

I Invite you to download the 30 days free trial version and give it a test, maybe you can love it too like me. I use Foxit PhantomPDF™ since five years ago first the Standard then the Business edition.

Stay tuned, I have new tips for you soon!

Review by
Angelo Giammarresi
filmaker and multimedia producer
www.wocmultimedia.com

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Procedura Step by Step per far funzionare Scanner HP 4400c con WIN 7

Hello, Ciao,

In questi ultimi giorni ho avuto lo stesso problema di molti di voi che non riescono a collegare vecchi ma funzionanti scanner e altri dispositivi con WINDOWS 7, a me è successo con uno scanner HP 4400c.
Ho letto un pò di risposte in giro molto farraginose e poi, dopo vari tentativi ci sono riuscito e funziona perfettamente.
Descrivo qua una procedura semplice, passo dopo passo utile anche ai cosidetti nerd o poco pratici di computer e che funziona sicuramente.

1-non collegare lo scanner, se avete provato ad installare lo scanner andate sul pannello di controllo e scegliere Dispositivi e Stampanti cliccare con il destro sullo scanner e eliminare dispositivo e software.
2-Pannello d controllo >Programmi >Disinstalla programmi, selezionare HP Precison scan e rimuoverlo se non l’avete mai installato passare al punto 3.
3-Inserire il CD originale oppure il file con gli ultimi driver per XP scaricato dal sito di HP
4-Installare il software dal CD > installa software > avanti > personalizzata > selezionare(spuntare) solo HP Precision scan >avanti e aspettare che il software sia installato
5- clicca chiudi e lasciare dentro il CD – ATTENZIONE non cliccare su riavvia computer ma premere il tasto start/windows nella barra in basso a sinistra
6- scorrere la lista dei programmi fino a HP Precision Scan e cliccarci sopra con il tasto destro
7-scegliere Proprietà > Compatibilità > Esegui il programma in modalità > Windows XP service pack 3
8-Applicare e chiudere con OK
9-Ritornare sul pannello dell’installazione e cliccare su riavvia computer lasciando dentro il CD-rom
10-Non collegare ancora lo scanner
11-Lasciate ripartire il CD-rom e cliccate su chiudi aspettate i ringraziamenti e poi estraete il CD-rom
12-ADESSO potete collegare lo scanner alla porta USB. Vedrete che WIN7 trova lo scanner e “aggiorna” i driver senza problemi, il procedimento sembra uguale ma la sequenza è importante perchè così WIN7 utilizza i driver precedenti per aggiornarli e non installa i suoi senza riferimenti.
13-Doppio clic sull’icona di HP Precision Scan e vedrete che lo scanner funzionerà come sempre ha fatto nella sua onorata carriera.

MI AUGURO CHE POSSA SERVIRE A QUALCUNO.
Ciao
Angelo

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Stop creating boring PDF but stunning ebook with FlipHTML5 in a few steps!!!

Hello Wonderful Readers,

Back to you with this interesting software I found out digging in the web chaos.
FLIPHTML5 is an easy to use software to create Flipbooks playable on any device. Let’s have a deeper look at it.
Go to fliphtml5.com and download the free standard version.

Step1 – Welcome screen

After installing, launch the program and this is the first panel appearing on your screen where you can start The Demo, manage your books online (we see it later), create a new project, and so on. I select Create New.

Step2 – Import File PDF – Quality Settings

Once you decide to create a new project, next step is to select the file to be imported and you can choose among different formats, I selected a simple tutorial in PDF. In the same dialog panel you can select the quality output I chose “high quality”.

Step3 – Select Converter Engine

In the same panel you are allowed to select between two different rendering process, the Inner Library or the Ghostscript based one.
I use the default setting, Inner Library, then click OK > Import Now

Step4 – Main Working Panel

Once the importing process is completed you are automatically switched to the main working screen.
Here you refine and optimize your flipbook. Let’s start with some customization.

Step5 – Theme Selection

The biggest button atop the left column is really inviting so click on it to get a pop-up panel with the different themes allowed for the chosen template. Make your selection and click OK.

Step6 – Template Selection

If the default Template isn’t to your liking there’s a chance you can find one fitting your desires in the tab Template. Click the tab to get the list of template to select from. Double click the template miniature to select which you like. Once more, back to main control panel you have to click on the flashing writing Apply Changes, also see picture below. If you don’t click this flashing button all of your variation are lost and not applied to the flipbook.

Step7 – Bookmarks Tab and Button

The third tab is labelled Bookmarks, click on it and see a list of imported bookmarks. If you don’t see any there’s no problem just create it or import your bookmark list created with a common wordprocessor. Once you are satisfied go on to step 8.

Step8 – Bookmarks Button

Clicking the Bookmarks button in the flipbook preview let you check how they appears in the final product. To modify colour background and text format use Design settings  on the left column.

Step9 – Page Miniatures

The Button before the bookmarks is dedicate to Page Miniatures, click on it to preview the quick page navigation in the book. Background colour is the same of bookmarks to ensure a constant style.

Step10 – Auto Flip

A nice feature is the AutoFlip function. You can set the flipping page interval in the left column. Once the reader click it automatically the book flip pages at regular interval and you can also add a background music loop.

Step11 – Sharing Features

Next to AutoFlip button is found the Sharing Button to share in all social networks or embed in your site copying/pasting the provided code.

Step12 – Rich Features – Editing Pages

The free Standard version doesn’t let you create a rich multimedia flipbook nor save the flipbook on local disk.
You can just preview the added value you get upgrading to Gold/Premium version. See for pricing http://fliphtml5.com/
Now Click Edit Pages to preview some features. The interface is very intuitive, just select from the menu or the toolbar what you want to insert.

Step13 – Video Player Settings

I select Insert video player then click and drag in the page a rectangle to activate the plugin. Automatically on the right appears a panel with different settings to choose from. A video can automatically start/Stop at flipping page or having a manual start. You can also change position to the video or rotate it to fit specific needs, add border, shadow and so on. You can insert Camera View, Vimeo, Youtube, local video (mp4,flv), animations, buttons, links, text and dynamic text, and much more. Go on next step for picture insert.

Step14 – Insert Pictures Slider

Picture insert can be done like other object, selct the type from the menu then drag a rectangle in the chosen page to activate the related settings. I selected Add Rotation Photo for 3D.

Step15 – Preview Effects

Click Select Image to make your selection then click OK to be back in the Editing Page panel.
In the settings can choose different Slide Show styles, double click the liked and set your adjustments then click Preview to check the result in realtime. When you are ready on topmost right corner click on save and exit to complete the flipbook preview. In this case you cannot save it, so just click and exit.

Step16 – Publish Online and Local

Free Standard version doesn’t allow you to save on local but you have a 10 Gb online to be used.
Sign Up or Subscribe then proceed to next step.

Step17 – Select Output Format

Once you Sign up or login you are prompted with the format selection dialogue. You have 3 possible output options but in this free version only HTML is working, so click on it and go on.

Step18 – Titling the book – Description and Publish

if you push the HTML button you got this dialogue prompt where to add title and description to the book before latest true publish step. I add the title “BootStore Theme – Fliphtml5 test” then clicked on Publish and waited until the process end.

Step19 – Share the Final Book

As soon as the book is ready converted you are prompted with a new panel to share it in several ways, have a look at the above picture. Have you got this panel prompt? OK, come on to last step.

Step20 – Viewing The FlipBook Online

Here we are, The FlipHTML5 book has done is job perfectly how promised and you can flip your book online. To see my test click here

I Invite you to download and test this software, at least you can handle your flipbook on your desktop and publish online for free.
Download FLIPHTML5 IT’S FREE!

Hey you, don’t forget using this software you can play the flipbook everywhere also on iPad, iPhone and Android.

Thank you for reading, I’ll be back soon with a new article about my research on WordPress and ecommerce plugins to set a multilingual store.
Stay Tuned!

Review by
Angelo Giammarresi
filmaker and multimedia producer
www.wocmultimedia.com

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Setting a multilingual market in WordPress Jungle Plugins – Part Five – TheCartPress!

Hello,

Sooner than imagined I’m back to you with this new report about Setting a multilingual shop using free plugins and a WordPress installation.
Last time we saw the incompatibility with woocommerce and qTranslate so I gave up this solution because unstable and I don’t want to buy the so acclaimed WPML . How you know I decided not to spend a cent to create a basic multilingual shop.
I went on searching and testing other about 10 carts which almost all failed ignominiously the attempt to have multilingual settings, they only work in English whatever the developer claims.

Just almost giving up I met a new cart, free claiming to have the features I needed and being compatible with qTranslate too.
Why not give it a try? So here’s TheCartPress plugin available in WordPress plugins repository.
First have a look at this picture below than we go on to explore in depth the Cart.

When I saw their website I found it simple and elegant so I tried the cart and created my test site homepage which you see above.
It took a little to understand TheCartPress functionalities but it worth. I cannot say it’s very easy to use all features at glance but it has some good features and really works with qTranslate.

TheCartPress includes an elegant theme at beginning was called Bootstrap eCommerce so who still have this version, I suggest to upgrade to new theme labelled Boot Store . It’s exactly the same bootstrap based theme but now is available in the WordPress repository and upgradable within a mouse click like any other theme.

What did I like of it? Simplicity, Elegant Look, Responsiveness.
We will anatomize the frontpage I realized to see what the main features are.

Step 1 – TOPMOST SECTION – The Front-end
The picture below shows three features of the Homepage but available across all pages: Logo – Tagline – Carousel
These features are inserted in the topmost area. You can easily manage these features from the back-end.

Step 2 – TOPMOST SECTION – The Back-end
How you can see, I first created a bootstore-child theme. Then, you choose Appearance > Theme Options here you can select your logo, hide/show description-Tagline.

Scrolling the page you can see other options such as Layout – Menus Style – Titles for Product Details Tab that you can easily set in any moment

Just below you find options for the carousel, make your selection at will, I set Opacity 0.7 and excerpt length 50 words.
Go to bottom page and save. Don’t forget to save changes!

Step 3 – TOPMOST SECTION – The Custom Header – Front-end
The two pictures below show two examples of using the Custom Header. To manage the it just go as for any basic wordpress theme to Appearance > Header and make your selection. Usually, suggested width is 1170 pixels. Suggested height is 120 pixels.

Header including Logo and Tagline

Header only version

You can also hide all: Logo – Tagline – Header either in frontpage or all pages so you get the picture below with the carousel and navigation menu toolbar. Default style have this toolbar on topmost and is dark but you can set a different style in the Theme Options Menus. I made some adjustment in the header.php file to have the menu bar below the Carousel in the frontpage. (see picture below)
The Carousel can features image, product post and more, besides within a mouse click you can exploit the Dynamic Options related to each product. We will see the use of it in next post, here’s enough to know that clicking the price button in the carousel slide you are redirect straight to product options. Don’t forget that Carousel can be shown/hidden in any page and can contain as many slides as you like. Is terrific, isn’t it?

Step 4 – THE CENTRAL SECTION – Front-end
How shows the image below in the central page there are 3 Columns for highlighted products

Step 5 – THE CENTRAL SECTION – Back-end
Go again to Appearance > Theme Options. Scrolling the page you will find the SHORTCUTS, 3 COLS options here is the settings for the 3 highlighted boxes: Left – Center – Right. Select your pictures, add Titles and Descriptions. Don’t forget to save changes!

Step 6 – THE BOTTOM SECTION – Front-end
In the footer section are available 4 widgetized areas you can manage from the Appearance> Widgets section.

Step 7 – FAST eCOMMERCE MENU IN ADMIN BAR – Front-end
The following pictures show two different menus located in the Admin Bar to fast access the main Cart features

and/or creating a new product.

Next will see TheCartPress use in more detail, but so far I invite you to download the Boot Store theme and TheCartPress plugin. Both work like a charm with WP 3.6.1 so don’t worry to update your website in case you haven’t already done.
Before farewell, I’d like to spend some nice words for the TheCartPress developers team. I have been in contact with them and when I made my first report they quickly gave me an answer. I found these people very friendly and well mannered in their replies, that I decided to cooperate and made the plugin Italian localization.
I think this plugin worth to be used, I suggest to give it a try, at least! Visit the http://thecartpress.com/ for more information and downloads.

You can see my test site for a practical application http://www.expo2015-italy.com/appshop

Stay Tuned, we have more to know soon!

Review by
Angelo Giammarresi
filmaker and multimedia producer
www.wocmultimedia.com

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Setting a multilingual market in WordPress Jungle Plugins – Part Four – New incompatibility!

Hi,
If you tried to use my previous solution to create a multilingual store with free plugins you must be stubborn like me to go on so far.

I described my best solution just 3 days ago, when I chose woocommerce+qTransalte+Qtranslate Slug+Shop Front Theme.
It worked since I tried to upgrade to WP 3.6 then qTranslate stopped itself cause not compatible or at least not testes yet.
I restored the database and WP 3.5.2. but since then nothing at all worked properly.
I made several test changing category or creating new products but nothing at all, when making a search by category no product is found.
I went on for half a day before founding a post in the support of Qtranslate that stated the plugin wasn’t working with woocommerce.

Back to the earlier solution
So I gave it up but not completely and turned back to my very early solution: EDD++qTransalte+Qtranslate Slug+Shop Front Theme.

EDD commerce plugin is a simple but stable plugin, it works with qTranslate and Shop Front theme. It’s free and basic to sell digital downloads. In a few minutes it is set to sell your stuffs with PayPal.
You can see in action at http://www.expo2015-italy.com/clipshop/

I went in contact with the sumobi support to fix some details I needed to be changed in the theme and this solution now works enough good. Of course, there are pros and cons.
Pros: It’s a free cost solution.  Full responsive theme!
Cons:
If you want a professional solution don’t have to rely upon qTranslate cause it’s unstable and I don’t know why but many strings, even are correctly internationalised written, are not translated by this plugin. You need to use Qtranslate Slug which in turn also doesn’t accept some strings in the button while some other can you pass the language shortcode, hard coding it in the string. Besides, EDD Add Ons are a bit expensive or overpriced on my humble opinion.
In any case, so far I sugest do not upgrade to WP 3.6 qTranslate and his companion aren’t tested for latest WP version.

This is the new free cost solution (of course you can test other free theme too) I can suggest you to set a multilingual store.
WP 3.5.2+EDD++qTransalte+Qtranslate Slug+Shop Front Theme.

Coming Soon with new tests. Stay tuned!
Angelo Giammarresi
filmaker and multimedia producer
www.wocmultimedia.com

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