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Verify Your Bigcommerce Store in Pinterest

How to verify your Bigcommerce store in Pinterest

You want to verify your Bigcommerce store in Pinterest so you can include it in your Pinterest profile. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

I found it wasn’t as straightforward as I had expected. So here’s what I did to finally make it work.

This article is taken from my fairly popular post on Google+. You can view the whole post below or read the post on Google+ if you’d like.

Basically, the premise is this:

You can’t just upload the HTML verification file to Bigcommerce and have it show up in your root like Pinterest expects.

Instead, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Start the verify your site process in Pinterest
  2. Take the verification HTML file Pinterst gives you
  3. Rename (add an underscore to the beginning of the filename) and upload the verification HTML file to your /template directory in Bigcommerce
    1. You’ll need WebDAV for this.
    2. Here’s how to do it: How do I connect to my store using WebDAV?
    3. If you’re on Linux, you may need to grab CrossFTP and follow the steps in my previous article Edit BigCommerce Stores With WebDAV in Linux
  4. Create a new webpage with Bigcommerce
  5. Tell Bigcommerce to use your verification file as a template for that new page
  6. (Possibly) tweak the URL a bit in Bigcommerce so it matches what Pinterest will be looking for, and then let Pinterest know so it can verify your site.

So I don’t repeat myself a ton, here’s the full Google+ post:

If you’re stuck, read the comments as well. I promise it works ;)

Making Invoices Easier to Pay With Stripe

For a while now, my clients have been able to view and pay their invoices online. I have used the fantastic invoicing service Curdbee for that.

I create the invoice and an email with a link to the invoice gets emailed to the client. The client reviews the invoice and can choose to pay right from the invoice.

They have the option to pay using their PayPal or Google Wallet accounts. Since not everyone has a PayPal or Google Wallet account, they can also pay by credit card via the PayPal and Google Wallet websites.

It’s a system that works and I’ve heard no complaints.

However, I decided that the current invoices needed to be easier to use. What prompted the change?

A Good, Not Great Solution

I never really considered the way my invoices worked as a great solution for 3 main reasons.

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Edit BigCommerce Stores With WebDAV in Linux

BigCommerceBigCommerce is my hosted shopping cart of choice and I recommend it to most of my clients.

Recently, BigCommerce announced that they are phasing out FTP support in favor of WebDAV.

This mostly won’t affect store owners, but it will have an impact on those to manage a BigCommerce store — web designers and developers who need access to the store’s template files.

The instructions BigCommerce currently have on their website for setting up WebDAV are geared toward those running Windows and Mac OSX. Unfortunately, there’s a sizable percentage of developers who work on Linux. For those using WebDAV on Linux, the details currently on the BC site will not work.

If you use Ubuntu (or any other distribution that uses Gnome, I assume), getting setup with WebDAV is pretty simple.

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I work with CMS’s every day, and have for several years. But today Statamic¬†CMS launched to the public and I’m giddy not unlike a school girl.

So why am I so excited about Statamic? Why should you consider it for your next client project?

What Is Statamic?

At its most basic, Statamic is a flat-file CMS. This means there’s no database, unlike 99% of the CMS’s out there.

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Better Site Pagination

Pagination navigation is a set of links that allow users to navigate through paged content.

Pagination navigation is common on blogs and forums. It’s usually in the form of numbered page links that appear at the bottom of each page, and may also include previous/back and next/forward links, as well as links to the 1st and last pages.

Let’s look at why pagination is needed, things that make pagination difficult to use, and how to fix them (best practices).

The Reasons For Pagination

Most blogging and forum software enable pagination navigation by default for posts or topics that go beyond what a single page could reasonably contain.

The value of pagination (breaking content into pages) is understandable. A blog or forum topic could have many (even hundreds) of pages worth of posts or discussions. Trying to load all of this into a single page would cause excessive strain on servers, excessive load times in browsers, and would likely crash browsers, servers, and the user’s system.

So pagination of some sort is often needed.

WordPress’ Plugins and Themes directories make good use of pagination. It’s easy to use and setup in a way that’s easy to understand.

However, there are some problems with how pagination is currently handled on a majority of blogs and forums.

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