From Prison

I don’t know how I was chosen to be the one that was going to pick Bill up from the Prison. But I was picked to go get him. This was the time before iPhones, So I had to print out a mapquest.com directions on how to get there. I don’t remember where it was or the name. I remember it was up the 5 freeway, maybe just past the grapevine. 

I get going and am arriving early, So I pull over and check out a local nik nak store and Gas up. I get going after this and head to where I was told to pick up my dad. I get there and the guy tells me, oh you are late you have to go pick him up at the other facility now. Oh man, I thought I had everything timed correctly. To the right it is what a Prison looks like, to the left is what a college campus looks like. I see Bill to the left. 

He gets in and says, your late.

We get driving, I don’t remember any conversation besides the “your late.” He says that he is hungry, so we stop at Carls Jr. I don’t remember getting anything there, I don’t eat at Carls Jr. 

We start going again and I thought that we were driving home. Apparently we were going straight to the Half Way house that he was staying at. I don’t know if I had a map for it, or what. But thats where we go, it was right down the street from where he used to work. So I wonder if he knew where it was. 

Creating a Coming Soon Badge in Shopify

I didn’t want anything fancy, And I didn’t want to pay a monthly fee for something that I am going to use once or twice. So this is some quick code that will be displayed on the collections page.

So get into your product-grid-item.liquid file and where it says:

{% if sold_out and settings.collections_show_sold_out_circle %}
     <span class="badge badge--sold-out">
          <span class="badge__text{% if sold_out_text.size > 9 %} badge__text--small{% endif %}">{{ 'products.product.sold_out' | t }}</span>
        </span>
      {% endif %}

We are going to make it look like this: 

{% if sold_out and settings.collections_show_sold_out_circle %}
      {% if product.tags contains 'coming soon' %}
      <span class="badge badge--sold-out">
          <span class="badge__text{% if sold_out_text.size > 9 %} badge__text--small{% endif %}">Coming Soon</span>
        </span>
      {% else %}
        <span class="badge badge--sold-out">
          <span class="badge__text{% if sold_out_text.size > 9 %} badge__text--small{% endif %}">{{ 'products.product.sold_out' | t }}</span>
        </span>
      {% endif %}
      {% endif %}

This new added if statement will check wether the item is sold out and if it has the “coming soon” tag. So you won’t people to be able to order the said product and then it will show up as coming soon on the category page as shown above. For whatever product you want this to show up as, you tag the product with “coming soon” 

Using WordPress and Woo Commerce to Drop Ship

I have started a business and it involves Drop Shipping. Drop Shipping is where a customer buys an item from me, and then I order said item from a drop shipping supplier and ship it to the customer. Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it. Well there are already a ton a companies that are doing this, so getting into it late into the game is what makes it hard. I am not going to get into the product I am selling at the moment, I am going to start with why I choose WordPress and Woo Commerce to start my adventure.

It came down to one thing, money. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on trying this venture and having it failing. The only money that I had to put into this was for the domain name, and that came to $15 dollars. I already have hosting, thanks to dreamhost. With dreamhost I can host as many domains as I want to. I currently host five domains, none of which do anything of any nature. They also allow Let’s Encrypt’ion, for the domains hosted on my account. I don’t need to pay any monthly fees on the encryption. The Let’s Encrypt SSL is required for accepting Credit Cards from Stripe, which leads to. The Woo Commerce shopping cart plugin is also free, and has a plugin for accepting credit cards though stripe. Which handles the emailing of the people, the product inventory, etc etc.

So all in all, my initial investment into Drop Shipping is going to cost me $15, and that is just for the domain.

Now you might think, well yes you already have the web host to do this yourself. Well If you don’t have that, you can sign up for a years service at dreamhost for $119.40. Which isn’t too bad of an investment either. If you want to get into drop shipping, having multiple stores is where it is at. And hopefully your first few sales will pay for the hosting itself. They have other plans at $11 bucks a month which is also a good starter field.

Let me know your comments on this below, I want to get much more into detail about this as I go along.