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Developer Tutorials: Payment Gateways

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Tutorial Tuesdays
With the upcoming release of the AppThemes marketplace and the introduction of our framework and payments API, we’re going to focus a little more on creating tutorials for developers.

Whether you want to create a plugin for purchase by other AppThemes customers or you just want to super-charge your AppThemes enabled site, these tutorials will be just what you’re looking for. In fact, we think that code junkies will be so jazzed about these developer-focused tutorials, that we created a special section on our docs site. The list is small now, but we’ll adding more every week. Check back regularly.

So this week’s Tutorial Tuesday will focus on a trio of tutorials about developing gateways for the AppThemes payments API. Payments is already in Vantage and we’re migrating it to ClassiPress and Clipper at this very moment. Soon, it will be available in JobRoller, too. Once all the themes have the payments API, one gateway plugin should work in all themes. Imagine your gateway plugin working in Vantage, Clipper, ClassiPress and JobRoller. Wow!

Here are the tutorials…

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Custom Fields for Registration and Vantage Pricing Plans

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With the release of Vantage 1.1, expect to see a lot of Vantage tutorials. Some of the new features are really useful and we want to make sure that you get the most out of them. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the new payments set up in Vantage.

Setting up Payments in Vantage

Setting up Payments in Vantage: Payments SettingsPricing plans is one of the exciting new features introduced in Vantage 1.1. Pricing plans and the implementation of the new payments API are going to give more choices to create the payment models that work best for your site. This is a huge tutorial so we split it into two parts.

Part one covers settings for listings and payments in Vantage. Part two of the tutorial shows you how to set up pricing plans. The tutorial provides several different examples of plans that you can use on your site. If you’re going to charge for listings on your business directory, you’re going to want to read these tutorials as soon

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All About the Updater Plugin

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With the anticipated release of Vantage 1.1 coming this week, we have prepared and released our new AppThemes updater plugin. The plugin is going to make updates easy and a simple. Dave has created a full blog post about the updater. We suggest giving it a quick read to see what the updater is all about.

This tutorial Tuesday is going to be sweet and simple. We’re going to show you how to install and use the new updater plugin. Dave has a nice written tutorial with instructions on how to install the new AppThemes updater plugin. Once you have it installed, check out the video created by Vantage developer Josh Ronk. In the video, Josh shows us how to use the updater plugin to update a theme.

These tutorials are very brief. But that’s because the updater is that straightforward and uncomplicated. It’s also the best way to update all our themes. So hop on over and check it out then download your own copy of the AppThemes updater plugin.

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Auto Post Listings to Facebook, Twitter and More

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Tutorial Tuesdays
We have one tutorial today, but it’s a really good one thanks to a tip from AppThemes user orangemedia.

You Gotta Be Social!

dlvr.it TutorialWant to jump start marketing and traffic generation for your ClassiPress, Clipper, JobRoller or Vantage site? Well, you’re going to need to be very active on social networks. Tweeting new ads, listings and coupons help announce new content on your site and attract new visitors.

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Restyle Your Vantage Site with a Child Theme

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We have a couple of useful tips for Vantage owners in today’s post. And another tip from Dave that will help you avoid the default WordPress error page. Let’s dive in.

How to Create a Child Theme for Vantage

Vantage child theme tutorialWant to take control of your Vantage site? How about giving it a good ol’ remodeling with new backgrounds, colors, fonts – the whole deal? Well, if you have enough HTML/CSS knowledge, giving Vantage a completely new look is well within your hands.

In our first tutorial about creating child themes for Vantage, we will show you how to make a basic child theme. We’ll also show you how to make some simple CSS changes with your new child theme. These tools alone will be enough to totally overhaul the look and feel of Vantage. Make it your very own. Change it to fit your branding. The choice is yours.

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How Indeed and SimplyHired Can Add Data to Your JobRoller Site and Money to Your Wallet

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Raise your hand if you like making money! Let’s see…1, 2, 3, 20, everyone? Hey, in the back – you don’t have your hand raised. This Tutorial Tuesday we’re going to look at job feeds and how you can make some income using them with JobRoller.

Indeed and Simply Hired Data Feeds for JobRoller

Indeed and Simply Hired are two, very well-known employment sites. They aggregate job listing data from thousands of sites from around the world. What you might not know is that all of this data is available to you. Even better, Indeed and Simply Hired will pay you to publish their job listings on your site.

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Have a Child Theme? You Need to Read This!

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Tutorial Tuesdays
This Tuesday, we have some important information that affects users and developers of child themes. So let’s get right to it.

Introducing Wrappers

Click to read tutorialThe new AppThemes framework uses a file called wrapper.php. Wrapper provides a nice tidy place where the html, head, and body tags live. Since these tags are no longer in header.php or footer.php, it reduces the need to make repeated calls for get_header() and get_footer().

While it is more efficient, we need to warn you that the new wrapper file can break existing child themes. The good news is that you don’t have to do a lot to fix it. Dave Cowgill has created a tutorial introducing the AppThemes wrapper.php file. The more technically inclined might want to read Scribu’s post on wrappers.

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A WordPress Security Tip & Customizing the AppThemes Importer

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Tutorial Tuesdays
It’s another week and another installment of our new feature: Tutorial Tuesdays. We are generating at least one tutorial a week, sometimes more. Along with new tutorials, we will highlight some archived tutorials that are worth another read. This week, we start with a little security tip.

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Customize the Design of JobRoller with Child Themes

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Tutorial Tuesdays
About a month ago, we started an internal campaign to produce more tutorial content. Everyone at AppThemes is contributing to the effort. The result will not only include some great articles on how to use our themes but also some fantastic insights into WordPress from one of the best teams in the business.

To help get the word out, we’re introducing Tutorial Tuesdays to the blog. Tutorial Tuesdays will be run down of all instructional from the previous week. We will also highlight some important content from our archives and occasionally link to tutorials from other sites.

And now, on to the tutorials…

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Video: Creating a Listing in Vantage

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We would first like to announce that the response to Vantage has been phenomenal. We are really encouraged by how much people like the theme and have posted some very supportive comments. Thank you everyone. We look forward to adding even more features to Vantage as soon as possible.

Quite a few people have asked us about the checkout process after an end-user creates a listing in Vantage. It’s not possible to see this with the demo, so we thought it would helpful to create a video.

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