Installing WP-CLI on XAMPP for Windows

Globally installing the PHAR involves the same procedure as manually installing PHPUnit or Composer on Windows.

1. Install XAMPP for Windows into e.g., C:\xampp

2. Append ;C:\xampp\php to your PATH environment variable
( Start –> Control Panel –> System –> Advanced System Settings –> Environment Variables )

3. Download wp-cli.phar and save the file as C:\xampp\php\wp-cli.phar

4. Open a command line (e.g., press Windows+R » type cmd » ENTER)

5. Create a wrapping batch script (results in C:\xampp\php\wp.cmd):

C:\Users\username>  cd C:\xampp\php
C:\xampp\php>  echo @php "%~dp0wp-cli.phar" %* > wp.cmd
C:\xampp\php>  exit

6. Open a new command line and confirm that you can execute WP-CLI from any path:

C:\Users\username>  wp --info
PHP binary:            C:\xampp\php\php.exe
PHP version:           7.0.1
php.ini used:          C:\xampp\php\php.ini
WP-CLI root dir:       phar://wp-cli.phar
WP-CLI packages dir:   /.wp-cli/packages/
WP-CLI global config:  
WP-CLI project config: 
WP-CLI version:        0.23.1

7.(optional). For MingW32 (that comes with Git for Windows) shell environment, save the file as wp (in C:\xampp\php ;without .phar extension)

bash: wp: command not found
bash: phpunit: command not found
bash: phpcs: command not found

Your own RetailMeNot in few minutes

Have you ever thought how the RetailMeNot is working?
How do they earn, and where from they getting all of these promotional offers?

If so, then welcome to my world, world of WordPress and… not so fast 🙂
(being a little bit more serious, please go though this quick guide below)

Behind RetailMeNot there isn’t any big mysterious secrets, website like theirs you can setup in few minutes using the most popular WordPress CMS, and the powerful Clipper application theme from AppThemes.

Clipper Coupons Theme

What the hell is WordPress?!
Well, if you asked that question, you probably will need a bit more of time than mentioned few minutes in the title of this article, and if you are totally new to website building, you might need also help of some web developer, „WordPress Web developer” to be clear 😛 Google for it, or click the contact tab on this website.

And what about Clipper?!
Clipper is a powerful application theme for WordPress CMS. It was built having in mind simplicity, so with just a few clicks you can create a „clone of RetailMeNot” website… maybe not so much a clone as they both looks differently, but functionality is very similar, looking at the Clipper features list, it’s probably much way better, more advanced (see product page).

Look, look at me…
Psst… you can use child theme to make it looks similar to RetailMeNot, there are already few ready made child themes 🙂 yes, I know, probably its a Yet Another New Word for you with blurry meaning… don’t worry, you will get it all 🙂

Where from pull content?!
OK, I have created website using WordPress and Clipper, say Yay! I have it! I have a nice looking website! 🙂
But wait, wait a moment… my website is nearly empty?! I have added some promotional offers that I have found over the internet, but it’s not enough, my website is still nearly empty?! Where from I can get promotional offers to fulfill my website?!

Where is money?!
Ohhh, and I almost forgot the most important point… where is the money?! How I’ll earn? Isn’t it all about earning money?

Well, yeah, I’m glad you asked 🙂 because that’s what I was working within last years, and would like to share with you, so you can do your business easier, much easier 🙂
But… before I’ll make you bored showing my products that you might need, I would like quickly show you the business model – easy, you almost there…

(to be continued 😉 ) btw. it seems to be my first tutorial alike post written in such „open” way 🙂

Available integrations with affiliate networks:
Commission Factory, CJ Affiliate, Daisycon, Rakuten LinkShare, ShareASale, Tradedoubler, TradeTracker, Visualsoft

CJ AffiliateCommission FactoryDaisycon

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[WordCamp] Gdańsk 2012 – Overview

WordCamp Gdańsk 2012

I had this pleasure to visit WordCamp in Gdańsk this year. It was my first meeting, so until end I was not sure what to expect by presentations, which level, and type of people which will visit it as well.

I guess there is written already few relations from meeting, but unfortunatelly in Polish language, so in a few words I would like to share with others (non Polish) what about was presentations, and what catched my attention…

Check out agenda items (in Polish).

What was going on WordCamp in Poland?!

1. Daniel Dudzic „WooFramework” – speech was too general, no concretes, some people could find useful info about action hooks… as he explained later he was prepared that conference will visit mostly noobs.

2. Tomasz Dziuda „GravernWP Framework” – generally about features, how to start use it, experiences as group of people which started their career with Joomla, and things which they missed after moving to WordPress. In product itself I didn’t liked handling settings with JSON, in my opinion it should be changed to serialized array(s) in „WP Options” with filter hook to modify/extend settings.

3. Adam Selin about servers – informations which we should analyze while choosing server when 'shared host’ stopped to be enought for us. Spoke about configuration and optimization, present benchmark results and how Varnish can decrease server load.

4. Marcin Pietrzak „Clean after yourself” – he didn’t said or show anything new, but reminded to all of us how important is cleaning, which problems may cause poorly written plugins, and show it really good on a example issue which they had on own website.

5. Marek Kowal „WordPress in – good speech about scalability and migrating to WordPress, explained clearly many various solutions and their positive and negative points. Speech was based on experience taken by handling 5mln blogs… as in previous speech about servers – the power of Varnish.

6. Łukasz Więcek „Earning on plugins” – many useful informations organizing plugins, how to separate plugin for free and paid version, pricing, and distributing in WP repository. Pointed list of things which we souldn’t do, to live with WP policy and moderators in harmony.

7. Michał Stanowski „Migrating blogs” – this one presentation get some negative feedback with which I’m not 100% agree. From my point of view, the bad point of presentation was that he didn’t mention at beginning default WordPress tools for exporting and importing data, and possible issues with serialized arrays by using 'hardcode way’ which he presented.

8. Michał Żuk „E-commerce on WordPressie” – [CANCELLED]

9. Łukasz Rysiak „Google Analytics” – shows the technics of getting from GA something more then just information about traffic, example with tracking customer in cart, checking how many users really read articles, bounce rate, etc.

10. Paweł Pela „Annoying clients” – ways of filtering clients and orders based on examples from own life. Definitely some of them will need to implement, to escape mentioned requests like „building second facebook for 20 bucks” ;P

11. Arkadiusz Podlaski „Positioning WordPress” – roadtrip with SEO plugins, their correct configuration, ways to promote, microformats, etc. There was as well controversial summary „Links are more important than content” – I have to add „Life is brutal” ;P

12. Kim Gjerstad „Building a business around Wysija – good speech, part which catched most of my interest was about used ways to promote plugin, to ask client to „Rate”, „Share”, „Like” etc. after solving his issue, providing support.

13. Arkadiusz Stęplowski – remainded about good practices and mistakes we we often make

14. Katarzyna Karus „Usability in practice” – interesting comparison of 2 worlds User vs. Programmer, designing interfaces, helper tools

15. Cezary Buliszak „Accesibility” – about designing websites for people with disabilities, how website interact with 'reader tool’, and mention ways to improve website accesibility without spending extra time

16. Konrad Karpieszuk „How much we earn?”it’s this what everyone was waiting for;) Konrad shows results from survey made on WP Zlecenia, data was sorted by various ways, and after all… looks like I’ll need to up my hourly rate;P

Hope to see you all on WordCamp WrocLove 2013!

P.S. I’ll need to finally organize some time to change layout of this blog ;P