About Fabio Porta

Nemo (Fabio) has been involved in web development and design since 2006, when launched his first website. He joined the ThirtyBees project since the early stages, and strives to provide tutorials and guides to help using the software too.

Advanced product configuration

2019-10-30T07:44:09-06:00October 30th, 2019|

After seeing how to create a simple product in the last article, let's now dive deeper into more advanced configuration options for thirty bees products. Product Features In thirty bees, product Features represent static characteristics of the products, such as height, width, or even color. These cannot be changed by the user, but are purely informational. From our main product view in the back office, let's click on Features: This is the list of all of the features that are currently available. It's possible to save a pre-defined value, or use a customized one (just text, basically). Let's actually add a new [...]

Creating Special Products

2019-10-23T07:23:46-06:00October 23rd, 2019|

Today we will have an overview of two special types of products thirty bees natively supports:  virtual products and products pack.   The Virtual product type Virtual products are the go-to solution for anything that does not require shipping, and usually includes a file that can be downloaded as well. If you are familiar standard products, you might be wondering what's the difference between attachments and virtual products: while attachments are always available, virtual products' files cannot be accessed before buying the product. This means virtual products are the ideal solution if you are selling software, plugins, or even ebooks. Let's set [...]

Creating products

2019-10-07T07:03:21-06:00October 7th, 2019|

In part one of this mini-series, we will go through all you need to know in order to add new products in thirty bees. Basic Product Information In thirty bees, we can create a new product directly from the products list. Let's access it by clicking on Catalog from the left hand menu. This page lists all of the products added to the shop, both enabled and disabled. The list can be filtered by category, using the yellow button above it, or various properties for each product, through the search filter. Let's create a new one! Click on the large Add [...]

Creating a wholesale website

2019-10-02T06:50:12-06:00October 2nd, 2019|

In today's article we will explore how to manage wholesale customers, and create targeted products, pricing, and more!   Creating a wholesale customer group The first step is to create a customer group to hold all of the wholesale customers. From the main menu, let's click on Customers, then Groups. Let's add a new one! In the next tab we can choose the options for this new Group. Apart from calling it Wholesale, I will leave all of the options as default. As you can see, it's possible to apply a global discount on all products for members of this group. This [...]

Creating and managing customers

2019-09-27T07:14:51-06:00September 27th, 2019|

Today we will have a deeper look at customer accounts in thirty bees. We will see how to set them up from the back office and customize the shopping experience for them.   Creating customer accounts from the Back Office in thirty bees In thirty bees, customers can of course register their new account either by checking out or by manually reaching the registration page in the front office. There are times when merchants need to create accounts for their customers too though, such as for those who accept phone orders, or offer any other kind of indirect shopping experience. thirty [...]

Setting up Carriers

2019-09-16T08:26:23-06:00September 16th, 2019|

Today we will see how to set up shipping in thirty bees, and what kind of options we have to customize and fine tune carriers and prices. Preparing products Before messing with any shipping options, it's important to understand that many of the carrier settings will be affected by how each product's shipping options are configured. Let's access a product, and tab to "Shipping": The first three options are seldom used without third party modules, as the standard carrier system only considers each item's size for the limits, rather than summing them all up, so we can freely skip them. The [...]

Understanding order statuses

2019-09-11T08:34:06-06:00September 11th, 2019|

As a merchant, it is important to have a streamlined process to handle order submissions, to facilitate the shipping process and deliver as quickly as possible. Let’s have an in depth look at thirty bees’ order statuses’ inner workings and see how they can help us organize and ship orders in the most efficient possible manner. What is an order status? To understand what statuses are, let’s reach the Orders page in the back office to start with. What reads under the Status heading represents the state the order is currently in, and it’s meant to inform both the merchant and [...]

Using the new HTML Block

2019-09-04T07:29:11-06:00September 3rd, 2019|

One of the core features of thirty bees is the ability to add any custom html code anywhere on the site, directly from the back office. In this tutorial we will take a deeper look at the HTML module, and see how to use it to customize our shop without having to hire a professional to do it. Locating the HTML Block configuration The HTML Block module comes pre-installed with thirty bees. As soon as we access the back office, we can find it at the very end of the menu bar, on the left hand side of the page: Should [...]

Using the wishlist in thirty bees

2019-09-02T07:52:37-06:00September 1st, 2019|

Creating wedding or baby shower registries with thirty bees   If you need to add a Wedding or Baby Shower registry to your web shop, then thirty bees is the perfect solution, coming with a full-fledged wishlists system out of the box. Today we will see how to install, use and customize it to fit our business needs. The first thing to do is install the Wishlist module, from the back-office’s Modules and Services panel: After it’s successfully installed, let’s reach the front office, login as a customer, and in the My Account page, we will see a new link reading [...]

Displaying Product Count and Price Ranges for subcategories in thirty bees

2018-08-23T07:54:58-06:00August 4th, 2017|

In this quick tutorial, you will learn how to add the product count, as well as the price ranges, for subcategories in ThirtyBees, to give your customer a better understanding of your catalog. Step 1 - Retrieving the product count for each subcategory The best approach when adding new functionalities to thirty bees is to use overrides. Let's add a new one for the Category class, which includes the function that retrieves subcategories in thirty bees. Create a new file named Category.php inside override/classes, and open it up in your favorite code editor. Then, let's start by adding some simple override [...]

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