Hotflips wooCommerce WordPress theme

May 2018 - June 2018
Goals
  • Create a fresh WordPress theme without losing any of the old data and category structures
  • Implement custom pages in a timely manner
  • Transfer thousands of products in Drupal to WordPress

Project Overview

Hotflips has been around for over 10 years. Their Drupal site got the job done, but not so elegantly. It was outdated, slow to load, and most importantly: not so user friendly. After years of user requests, they decided to give their shop a refresh. The technology of choice was WordPress with wooCommerce due to its ease of use and flexibility.

My job was to implement the new design from scratch while keeping the old product data intact.

Process

The overall process was typical, aside from the data transfer part. The biggest challenge was transferring the existing data from their old Drupal site.

The designs came from sketch files, so I did my regular process which involves coding and styling one page at a time based on the design. Once all of the views are done, I go through and make sure they work across all browsers and all of the desired features are working. Once the main designs were finished, the next important step was making sure the product price filters were in place.

AJAX price filters
AJAX price filtering for wooCommerce/WordPress isn’t too difficult, but it did require some tweaking and testing. Sometimes, custom PHP and JavaScript is needed to get things to work. In this case the process was fairly straightforward thanks to great WordPress plugins and some modifications I made.

Transferring product data
The client wanted as much price data transferred as possible. Transferring this data by hand wasn’t feasible, so we needed to automate the process. Many WordPress plugins exist, but there weren’t many that could transfer data the way we wanted. We thought about writing a custom script to do it, but we eventually found something that worked for us and was able to use a plugin after all.

Technologies Used

This project was done on the sage 9 starter theme, which includes Webpack, Laravel Blade, SCSS, and ES6+ JavaScript compilation out of the box. Some modifications were needed to get wooCommerce views to work with sage 9. After that was set up, sage 9 worked great.

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Demo 1
Converting jQuery Blog Post Component To Vanilla JS

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Demo 2
Converting jQuery Navbar Code to Vanilla JavaScript

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Demo 3
Defining Reusable Column Extends with SCSS

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