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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Shipping was charged twice for my product by the WP e-commerce plugin when shipping was set to ‘flat rate’.
I googled it and found that this problem has been recorded, but with no solution posted and the discussion closed.
Turns out it’s not a bug, it’s just a configuration issue. I incorrectly entered a base shipping charge as well as a product-specific shipping charge.
The solution is to set all charges to zero in the Settings – Store – Shipping – Shipping Modules – Flat Rate – Settings screen.
Set the shipping charges you want in the product-specific screen.
Then, of course, test thoroughly to ensure you have the charges you expect.


On Tuesday 4th November I gave a talk on the People’s Stage at the Dublin Web Summit. ‘The Dos and Don’ts of Consulting’ was my theme. After nearly twenty years at the coal face, I figure I qualify as an expert.

I had great fun.

Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, it was brilliant to give it a bash in a safe environment. The People’s Stages are small and frequented mostly by passers-by, who avail of the free chairs while they plan their day.

I expected most of my audience to be either distracted or half asleep. If I huddled over the podium, muttering into my notes, they would probably start snoring. I knew I could do better. I’ve been lucky enough to see fantastic speakers who know how to hold their audience – Joel Spolsky, Herb Sutter, Cindy Gallop.

Channelling ‘gripping-speakers-I-have-seen’, I created short, one-or-two-word slides with lots of pictures, and memorised my talk so that I could fix attendees with a beady eye.

It was a real triumph. By the end of my allocated seven minutes, most of those sitting in front of me were looking up and giving me their attention. A couple of the volunteers laughed at some of my jokes, and the sound engineer said in astonished tones as I left the stage “That was really good!”

When an earnest audience member approached me afterwards to point out a suspected anomaly in my content, my happiness was complete.


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