If you have ever wanted to change the word “Howdy” in your WordPress Admin bar (the black bar at the top of your website that can be seen once you have logged in), there are a couple of ways you can do this.
My brother Andrew and I are working together on a project to build premium WordPress Plugins with the focus on User Management, WooCommerce, and some other cool integrations to boot!
Without a shadow of a doubt, this initiative was inspired by the amazing WordPress Power couple – Jason & Kim Coleman, founders of the popular membership plugin – Paid Memberships Pro.
We have two divisions of this project Yoohoo Plugins as well as Yoohoo themes. While Yoohoo is not our full-time gig, we are working hard whenever we have the spare time to make sure these plugins/themes really add value to our users and help make their site making experience so much better!
As mentioned before, if it was not for the amazing support, inspiration, and education we received working at Paid Memberships Pro, I don’t think we would have come this far. Not even close.
At the moment, one of our more popular plugins WP Zapier has really started gaining traction. With the skills I learned making tutorial videos for PMPro I was able to make this video to help promote our plugin.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race.
Even though our plugins are gaining popularity and traction, we have seen that progress is slow, which is fine. Wait. More than fine. Perfect in fact. We love what we do and what we are working on. If there is something that I have learned about online businesses is that it takes time, energy and commitment to succeed.
So for us, we plan to show up (when we can), be consistent, do our best and pivot if we need to 🙂
In this particular case, our customer wanted to use this Add On to capture billing details from his members when checking out with the Off-Site Payment Gateway – PayPal Express. But, wanted to disable the billing details for his Free Level (the Add On above would have inserted these billing fields into both the free and premium levels).
There is something deeply satisfying with Code and the ability to form, mold, hack and debug your way to a solution. Especially a solution which produces desirable results that turn into awesome reviews!!
In an online video, not so long ago, I heard a quote that went something like:
The Programmers, developers and coders of today are the modern Wizards and Rock Stars of our age. – Will I Am (I think..)
Back then, I thought: “Well that was a bit much.”
But I have to admit, there really is something quite magical about turning some lines of seemingly odd and encoded digits and figures into solutions that help make peoples lives better.
If you want to learn to develop cool, new things why not try:
Recently I wrote my first ever coding gist from scratch! I know, it really isn’t such a big deal but for me it was really nice to experience some progress being made of my developer skills.
I have tinkered with pre-written gists, made edits to some to suit my own preferences but never have I made one from scratch.
In the below gist, I basically hook into the a part of the Paid Memberships Pro code that handles the different currencies of the plugin and adjust the layout of the Danish Krone. This was inspired by one of our members who needed the layout of the currency to look a little different to how (PMPro) handle currency layout by default.
Creating this gist involved me, looking for the location of the currencies, figuring out where to hook into the code and then of course, writing a function that will ultimately change the default currency layout to that of our client’s request.
No big deal, right? Sure. If you are a developer!
Perhaps, this calls for a bit more of an in depth step by step guide on how I did this and the process I followed? If you think so, let me know in the comments below.