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wordpress_cronjobs_real_cronjob

Why we use and suggest real cronjobs for our plugins (and WordPress)?

In this article we'll explain benefits of using real cronjobs instead of interal WordPress cron. First of all, a couple words about why do we have a need for cronjobs in our plugins like Simple Auctions, Lotteries and Group Buy. Custom product types (auctions, lotteries and deals) in these plugins have start and end timestamp and we need to have reliable way to fullfill start and end timestamps for auctions, lotteries and group buy / ...
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post expirator plugin for wordpress

Using Post Expirator plugin for ending soon lotteries, auctions and group buy deals

Ever wanted to have category called ending soon or starting today which are automatically populated based on auction, lottery, deal end / start date? One client did it with a free plugin so he does not need to use widgets or shortcodes for that purpose. Plugin called Post Expirator does the trick - among other things it can change (custom) product category on selected date. Along with main features to modify, remove or completely delete ...
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Debugging in WordPress (WP debug tips)

One of the most important things when developing is a way to locate source of the problem fast and with as much details as possible - which file and more specifially line of code caused the trouble. WordPress has solid debug logger which can be complement with 3rd party plugins like Query Monitor and Debug Bar. First step is to edit wp-config.php file and set following constants: define( 'WP_DEBUG', true ); define( 'WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY', true ); ...
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wsa sms notifications

WooCommerce Simple Auctions with SMS notifications

Initial setup and requirements for WooCommerce Simple Auctions with SMS notifications In this tutorial we will explain how you can enable true SMS notifications for (your auction website powered by Simple Auctions): new bid, auction finished, auction won, outbid note, reminder to pay and reserve failed notifications. Developer also has specific integrations for many different plugins like WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, Event Espresso, Easy Digital Downloads, ClassiPress, AdForest, JobManager, Bulk SMS, WC Bookings etc. You ...
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ClassicPress Get Simple Auctions, Lottery and Group Buy running on lightweight WordPress fork

ClassicPress – Get Simple Auctions, Lottery and Group Buy running on lightweight WordPress fork

ClassicPress is WordPress long awaited fork of WordPress 4.9 without Gutenberg block editor, basically a lightweight fork of WordPress 4.9 with a few tweaks and improvements. It is under active development, has less bloat and has latest security patches. You will love overall simplicity and speed. Most popular themes and plugins that work with WordPress 4.9 are compatible with ClassicPress and there are forks of WooCommerce called ClassicCommerce and RankMath called Classic SEO (for more ...
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Hooks Visual Guide – WooCommerce Single Product Page Actions

Hooks visual guide will help you customize your WooCommerce pages by rearranging elements or adding additional features on single product page. Template hooks are convenient for customizing templates of our plugins like Simple Auctions, Lottery and Group Buy. Easily move and rearrange page elements like progress bar, buy now, texts, countdown timers etc. since all elements are hooked onto existing WooCommerce template hooks (both for single product and for product archive elements). Here is one ...
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WooCommerce Lottery – Give ticket for free when client purchase another item

We had couple of inquries for WooCommerce Lottery if it is possible to give ticket for free and allow clients to participate in prize draw when they purchase regular items sold on websites. This is possible and relatively easy to setup using our plugin. If you want to give users ticket number you will need Pick Number Mod addon for WooCommerce Lottery. Easiest and fastest solution, would be that you create new lottery product and ...
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elementor

WooCommerce Simple Auctions now with Elementor support

WooCommerce Simple Auctions supports Elementor fully from version v2.0. You can create single auction page and auction base page with Elementor using Elementor widgets that are specific for auctions. To edit auction templates with Elementor you need Elementor (free) plus Elementor Pro (paid) or PRO Elements (free). Screenshots below show Elementor widgets you can use for designing your templates: Easiest way to create your single auction page with Elementor is to create new template ...
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Adding lottery countdown timer and progress bar to product archive / loop

We got quite a few inquries to display countdown timer and progress bar not only on single lottery page but in product archive / loop. This is covered in our documentation, FAQ item no 12 but we also made handy little plugin which enables those two code snippets with just few clicks and no need to edit functions.php file. You can download it here. End result is shown on screenshot below. Plugin can be your ...
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WooCommerce Lottery resource and ticket limits – can user purchase 30 000 tickets at once?

Our plugin is basically limited with hosting solution that your WordPress installation runs on. There is no limit how many tickets can be sold at once or how many numbers can you list for lottery but usually on lower spec hosting (especially on cheaper shared hosting) you will hit limit around couple thousands ticket purchases - orders (around 3 000 to 5 000 orders). This would be same as if you would run regular WooCommerce ...
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How to access ticket system if you purchased Pick Number Mod addon?

Easiest way to access ticket system is to go to login with account you used to make purchase, then click on My Account, find orders link in left menu and you will notice Get Support button in row that shows your order for add on. Click there and open your support ticket. Please check this announcement. ...
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Icons missing in product list for auctions, lotteries and group buy / deals

We had a lot of inquries about missing icons in product type column WooCommerce product list. Users were asking why icons vanished in WooCommerce product list and how can they get it back. From WooCommerce 3.4.0 update, WooCommerce developers removed that column in product list (as a result of users' feedback). There is way to restore it back using this plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce-product-type-column/ so in case you are too missing this feature, download and activate this ...
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