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Make It Easy For Customers to Login Via Social


How many times have you been to a site and had to create another login? It’s a matter of having to remember or store one more username and password each time you return.

Now, how many times have you been to a site that let’s you do this via a social login, like Facebook or Twitter? For some people, they don’t want to go this route, but for others it can just make like so much simpler.

That’s where the WooCommerce Social Login extension comes in.

With this extension your customers will link their store account on your site with one of their social media accounts for a faster and easier checkout. And that’s what we all want. Making it as easy to spend your money as possible. :)

They can be used on your Checkout or My Account pages for easy access.

From this screenshot you can see that it covers the most popular platforms.

social login on woocommerce

There are a couple of things to be aware of when using this extension.

1. If you want to use Amazon, you will need to have an SSL on your site.

2. To set up this extension, you are going to have to dig into your social accounts for some specific information. For example, with all of these except PayPal, you will need to have a developers account which anyone can register for.  Here is just one example.

woocommerce social login facebook

So instead of reinventing the wheel, WooThemes has some great documentation that will show you more of how to set it up or you can visit the extensions page to learn more about its benefits.


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WordPress Share Buttons: The Good, Bad and Bigger

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If you know me well, you know that I am a huge fan of making sure there are share buttons on my blog. I have never once removed them. But I have changed them over time.

It’s a subject everyone has an opinion on. The debate has been endless. Some designers shudder at those ugly buttons. Bloggers say it looks like I’m begging for shares. Others claim that all you do it for is for social proof.

Well, blah, blah, blah.

Why do I have them? I want to make it as easy as possible for my readers to share my content, if they feel inclined to. Did you see that word? Easy.

But again, I have had ongoing arguments with many on this. Some come back at me and say, Well, if you content is good enough, people will take the time to share it. So when I land on your blog I will read the post, then copy the title, go to Tweetdeck, open a new tweet, paste it in, then go back to you post, copy the URL, go back to Tweetdeck, paste it in, and if I feel real generous, I will add your Twitter handle. NOT!

Sorry folks, it’s not going happen, no matter how much I like you and your post. I just don’t have that extra time. I

So where does the bigger come in?

Well, recently I changed mine again using  the free plugin Mashare. It’s cool. I like the size of the buttons. I like the total shares combined. I like how it looks on mobile. I just like it. And to be honest, when I added it to this blog and my Judy’s blog, well, we saw our numbers of shares go up.

The plugin is very easy to set up. First you will need to open a free account at SharedCount.com in order to have this plugin run accurately. I am good with this but I know that having a third-party handle the numbers might be a deal breaker for some of you.

There are some great features here, and one very interesting one. I will let you find it yourself and ponder on it.

mashare general settings

Under the Visual tab you get even more features like the Location & Position. Your position options are pretty typical, Top, Bottom, Top and Bottom and Manual. What I do like is how it pulls in all your post types and gives you additional options and control as well.

mashare location and position

But wait. That’s not all. The Visual Style & Template gives you even more control.

mashare visual style and template

Then there are the button options. You will see that with the free plugin you only get Facebook, Twitter and Subscriber. At first I was a bit dismayed by this, but as you will see next, I just purchased an add-on. Also, let’s face it. Too many buttons call for too many choices and decisions. Keep it simple.

Mashare social networks

As with any feature-filled free plugin, this one has the options to purchase some add-ons. Now I don’t know about you, but with all that I got with the free version, I certainly wasn’t going to blink an eye about purchasing some extended features I might want.

mashare addons

I did want the option of a few more social networks, so I snagged the Mash Networks add-on. And you can see from the screenshot below, what additional options it gave me. Also, the thing I like about this plugin is you can control what buttons show and which one’s you want to appear on the expanded view when clicking the “+”.

mashare network addon

So that’s it. If you are contemplating adding share buttons to you blog, or thinking of changing them up, you might want to check out Mashare.

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Facebook. The Restaurant.

facebook as a restaurantLike a lot of people on this planet, I do spend some time on Facebook. But I can admit not nearly as much time as most. You could say I have a certain attitude about it. We will save that for another post.

But I would like you to picture this. Think of what you say, share and do on Facebook. Would you do that same thing if you sat at a restaurant table, say, with 10 friends.

Would you:

Each pass around your plate so everyone can get a closeup view of what you are eating?

Unfriend someone in the middle of a rather controversy conversation and ask them to go and sit at another table?

Pick up your toddler, bare-ass naked and pass him/her around for everyone to see?

Take off your shoe, plop your foot on the table, and share with everyone the strange colored scabbing infection that you have been wondering about?

Talk about your next workshop you are putting on and boldly ask everyone at your table to share it with everyone else in the restaurant?

Go play a video game and constantly ask all your friends in the restaurant to also play the same stupid game.

Ask a question to everyone at your table like, “What is your favorite color?”

Give you your initials, the year of your birth and what county do you live in to a total stranger just so they can tell you “What Menu Item You Are”.

As you can see this list could go on and on… but you get the point.

Do you have something to add?

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How We Relate to Each Other on Social Media

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Yes, I use social media. And depending where we find each other, things happen.

You are my friend.

I like you.

I follow you.

I put you in circles.

You end up in my network.

We have people in common.

And like a child, I share.

I comment on what you say and or I reply.

I also will often retweet.

Sometimes what you say is a favorite of mine.

But if you are bad, I will report you, unfollow you, or even block you.

You may no longer be my friend.

On the other hand, we might connect.

We may get introduced.

But if you go too far, I might find what you do is inappropriate.

You end up being the worst, you are spam.

And so is the tangled web we weave on social media.

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Pressgram – Publish Your Photos to Your WordPress Site

The best way to publish filtered photos to your WordPress-powered site.

pressgramThose are the first words you will see when you go to their site.

Pressgram was released today and there has been a lot of talk and buzz about it. John Saddington is the brains behind this new free app and if you have a WordPress blog or website, an iPhone, and love to share photos, you need to check this out.


Because of photo ownership. When you post your photos on Facebook or Instagram, well, you are posting them on their platform and as a result, you can lose ownership of your images. But Pressgram is different. Watch this video:

I will be writing my own review soon, as well as creating a photo blog. But in the meantime I cannot explain it any better than Pressgram themselves.


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How To Embed a Facebook Post

WordPress makes it easy for you to embed a tweet into a post or page. But did you know you can do the same thing with a Facebook post?

Simply find the post you want to embed.

find facebook post

Once you click on embed a new window will open. Just copy the code that is highlighted in blue.

embed facebook post code

Go back to you post, click on the “text” tab and past the code in where you want it. And thanks for the tip form Kyle Alm in the comments, it’s best to publish the post in the “text” mode to make sure your code doesn’t go wonky.

facebook post in WordPress post

And the result will be this. Notice how you can interact with the post here by liking it, etc.