Using WordPress to develop an eCommerce Website

For the past few weeks, I have paused all my work on Fiverr to focus on developing an eCommerce website for my friends. I have been using WordPress (not WordPress.com) to develop the website using Ferado theme by WooRockets and WooCommerce plugin.

There are plenty of guides to get me started. One good example is Setting up WordPress locally using MAMP so that my friends will only need to buy the website domain and hosting server after the website is ready. Once I have decided the theme to use (Ferado), I want to to customize it and to do that, the best practice is to Create a Child Theme. This is especially important if the theme has periodic updates and you won’t want the changes you made to disappear after the updates.

To help my friends cut down costs, I use themes and plugins that are free. Ferado was free just for one month at Envato but as a free user it means that I won’t be able to receive updates and support.

As an over precautious person, I backup my files and database before plugins and WordPress updates. For every customization I made, I pushed a copy of the theme and plugin folders to GitHub to track changes.

Till date, a few important tools I learnt using WordPress and SiteGround hosting are the PHP programming language (the dominant programming language in WordPress), PHPmyAdmin (for managing your database) and cPanel (for managing files for your website).

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Sweeter Achievement

Hardship to a Sweeter Achievement

Sweeter Achievement

I took up a two-week job in order to supplement my income from freelancing as it wasn’t sufficient to cover my expenses. I got an average of one order ($4) per week at Fiverr and so I thought I could take up additional job.  Two days ago, however, I received two orders (Admin & Excel) on the same day, to be delivered within 24 hours.

I usually research on the topic of interest prior to working on the required job so I know I’m running against time.  I did research while commuting to and from my temporary job. Then started working on the earlier order (yellow pages search) after my family dinner around 8P.M. I completed the first order around 10.30P.M. even though the buyer only bought a one hour work because I did some filtering to eliminate duplicated entries extracted from yellow pages and search for required details that wasn’t on yellow pages.

After a shower and some food, I began working on the second order (Excel for Mortgage Amortization) and completed it around 2A.M. It took longer then usual as it was an area I wasn’t very familiar with and had taken extra care to make sure I did not screw up the formulas. Initially I wasn’t sure if the pie chart that was requested is what the customer wanted but I received positive review right after I sent the Excel to the customer! I am glad I had met his expectations! I hope the customer for the first order will be satisfied too.

Even though I had to wake up at 6A.M. the next day, seeing satisfied customers make it all worthwhile. Through hardship, the achievement will be sweeter. 🙂

Tips from Customers

Tips from Fiverr

One of the happy moments of freelancing through the Fiverr platform is when you received tips from buyers when you least expected it.

Recently I received tips from two Fiverr orders and am really elated. It just motivates me to work even harder and provide even greater service to my customers.

Thank you so much to my customers and customers to-be!

Another Update of Fiverr Progress!

Orders in Apr 2015

Orders in Apr 2015

This week I received two orders for administrative tasks! There was no order before this since 14 Feb and I was getting worried. Glad orders came in again with positive feedback! 😀

Fiverr Apr 2015 Feedback

Fiverr Apr 2015 Feedback

On another note, I have been learning a new programming language when there wasn’t any order on the various sites – Ruby on Rails (RoR). It is an interesting programming language in which a lot of things are simplified. Shall update if I ever got my new site up and running! 🙂

First Review Received on Fiverr!

I just completed my second order on Fiverr today for some administrative work and reviewed my first review! 😀

After one month since my freelancer journey begins, I have started to see a rise in the messages I received on Fiverr during this whole week. One have resulted in the order I received today! Some are clarifications and some are work that I am not qualified for. Hope orders will start streaming in slowly!

Sometimes patience do give results. 🙂