e-Commerce with WordPress and PayPal

I recently completed work on a new website, Petra’s Jewelry, which is a online store for a woman who sells handmade beaded jewelry. To create the store, I used WordPress and the the WP e-Commerce plugin. This plugin allows you to add products, maintain your listing of products and product pages, and submit payment through PayPal Express Checkout. The creators of WP e-Commerce describe it as an industrial strength elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and…

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Links: Techmeme and Doodle polls

Two innovative sites (new finds for me) that you may find useful: Techmeme: this site aggregates posts from multiple influential blogs related to the latest in technology; an online resource for understanding hot topics of discussion in the blogosphere Doodle: this site can be used to poll or survey your friends on a single question. For example, if you wanted to determine the best time for a group of people to meet (see this example), your friends would visit the link you send them and…

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New web host

Just a quick note to announce that I have changed web hosts. My previous web host, Steelpixel, who hosted me from August 2006 through October 2007, announced that they are going out of business since all their control panel data was lost. I must note that Josh of Steelpixel did a good job finding a host willing to take over the business and honor my previous hosting terms. The new host is RailsPlayground, a web host which is geared towards developers… [specifically] Ruby on Rails/Ruby,…

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Links for Sept. 7

There are no social networks: There is only one social network. My social network. Naming Schemes: interesting sets of names for hard drives, computers, servers, etc. The Beauty of Sketch Design Efficient CSS with shorthand properties: Shorthand properties can be used to set several properties at once, in a single declaration, instead of using a separate declaration for each individual property. As you’ll see, this can save a lot of space in your CSS file.

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Bookmarks using xFolk

I have rewritten the markup for the list of bookmarks on my links page according to xFolk, a draft Microformat specification. Before I implemented xFolk, my list of bookmarks was a simple unordered list with each list item coded as follows: <li><a href=”http://9rules.com”>9rules</a>: a community of weblogs on a variety of topics</li> Implementing xFolk involved the addition of the class xfolkentry to the list item, the addition of the class taggedlink to the link, and the addition of a span with the class description to…

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Why use Microformats?

Microformats are a set of human- and machine-readable data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Basically, they involve using the addition of standardized class names, rel attributes, and design patterns to XHTML markup to solve simple, specific, documented problems. I have implemented several Microformats on this site, and at this point you may be asking “why use Microformats?” In response to this question, Andy Mitchell of whymicroformats wrote: Microformats can be used to let users easily extract people/event information from your website for…

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