the PayPal Express Checkout payment gateway for your wahm zone mini site is tightly integrated into the workflow, providing a seamless shopping experience for your customers. enabling this level of integration requires use of the PayPal API, for which you will need to generate access keys, and configure them into your web site setup. don’t worry, this sounds much scarier than it really is… generating api credentials to generate your PayPal api credentials, follow Read more [...]
if you’re running, or thinking of starting, a work-at-home business, you will hit a point where a Facebook page or Etsy account no longer serve your needs entirely. It is about this stage where your thoughts turn to creating a web site, so off you head to Google, full of enthusiasm, to research your options. shortly afterwards you return, feeling scared, dismayed or downright confused! you probably found sites that go into details about how many gigaflips and wotsit boxes you get, or signed Read more [...]
it’s an easy trap to fall into as a work-at-home parent; you’re facing a challenge in your business and everywhere you look it seems that potential solutions will require you to spend large wads of cash, or at the very least a lot of that precious resource we call “time”. You start to feel frustrated, isolated and alone, convinced that your “unique” set of circumstances make it impossible to achieve our goals. just remember this - there is nothing new Read more [...]
the wahm zone has something of a mixed heritage, and is the net result of an intoxicating sprawl of ideas and concepts. this cerebral cocktail has included an online mall, a community/support forum and a hosted web site management service. each of these components have battled to be the dominant one – in reality none of them are; they simply complement each other perfectly. it’s a social network, but it's not? if pressed to define the wahm zone in simple terms, I would Read more [...]
perhaps it is because I was born in the “nation of shopkeepers” that online commerce fascinates and interests me so much. whatever the reason, I am truly excited about the current wave that is just starting to hit our virtual streets; social commerce. I’m sure you’ve all heard about “social networking” by now, and are probably reading this via Twitter or Facebook. it has been a major shift in the way people use the ‘net, and like all new cultures and “paradigms” it is still struggling Read more [...]
you may not realise it (or maybe you do and just need the full story) - the wahm zone was founded on a vision. actually, no, not a vision, every man and his bloody dog has got a damned "vision" these days... let's start again! ok... the wahm zone was founded on an unstoppable urge to right a wrong, to solve a problem (that many people didn't even know could be solved) and to genuinely make a real bloody difference to the endeavours of hobby business owners. chances are (assuming that YOU are Read more [...]
just a quick note about some exciting developments in the zone... it probably goes without saying that I'm keen to see the community build, however I also want to see massive uptake of the mini site feature - it is after all a unique opportunity for part-time hobby businesses to create a web site. to encourage their uptake, the pricing of each mini site has been set low at $6 per month, $16.50 per quarter or $60 per year. however, there's more.... seeing as i'm far more interested in community Read more [...]
OK, so I know some of you will have set up groups rather than pages, and will very soon find out that the Facebook Like Box widget works with pages only... Do not despair, all is not lost! You just need to set up a widget with some kind of image, and set it so that when clicked, your mini site visitors are transported magically to your Facebook group portal thing... 1. Add a Facebook icon image to your media library ( 2. Grab Read more [...]
When you sign up for a wahm zone "mini site", you get a pretty well-established site out of the box - to see what I mean, check out the template site From this starting point, it's a simple case of working through the following steps to customise things for your specific business. The system is powered by WordPress software, so you will probably find the environment is very familiar. If you haven't created your mini site yet, click here to do so, and then carry on with this quick startup guide. Log Read more [...]