First, we came across this tip after one of our editors (looking at you Jeff!) from Australia happened to need custom made window blinds for his brand new home he had purchased. Being a tech-savvy person he knew all about the DIY options available online and browsed the web for his window coverings until ultimately arriving at My Direct Blinds from Google Search.
“Being a tech writer, and programmer for a WordPress website, I instantly recognized that this was a WooCommerce / WordPress website I had landed on.” Said Jeff.
“Curiosity got the better of me”, Jeff said.
He frantically right-clicked and viewed the page source.
“Confirmed, It’s a WordPress website…”
“I was quite impressed with the overall design, and since there were a lot of product options to configure the window treatments on their website I knew they would of had to of spent a lot of money on a custom implementation.” Said Jeff.
Upon browsing the page source code however, he discovered that it was likely not a custom implementation. He saw that they were using the WooCommerce Extra Product Options plugin to help their customers configure their products.
“Not bad…” Jeff was thinking.
“The plugin was only $25 on CodeCanyon”, said Jeff.
This is a prime example of business happening to save a large amount on development costs thanks to the open-source community contribution-based WordPress ecosystem.
We reached out to the director, Aaron of My Direct Blinds to hear his story.
WPArena: Hi Aaron, thank you for taking the time out of your day to chat with us about your WordPress website.
Aaron: No problem, my goal is that other businesses might see this interview and discover that it does not always take tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop a website, especially one that might need some sort of a custom calculation software like a window furnishings or flooring business.
WPArena: Agreed, the open nature of WordPress does allow for some great achievements.
Aaron: Being technical in nature myself, I was always great at problem-solving and learning new things but I never took the time to learn how to program. I was always focused on trying to make money, I simply didn’t have enough time to dedicate to learning how to program. But with a WordPress plugin, I didn’t need to know how to code. I simply installed it and configured the product options as per my product requirements. The plugin did the rest and worked seamlessly with the theme that I also bought from CodeCanyon.
WPArena: That’s great Aaron, so you saved tens of thousands on developer wages by configuring the website yourself?
Aaron: I had hired a freelancer for
This article was written by Editorial Staff and originally published on WPArena.