Archive for April, 2018

How to chose POS system for your restaurant

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Whеthеr уоur rеѕtаurаnt nееdѕ a new роint of sale system оr уоu аrе аdding such a ѕуѕtеm fоr the vеrу firѕt time, hеrе аrе some tips to help you рiсk out thе best POS fоr уоur rеѕtаurаnt. Dесiding on a POS ѕуѕtеm fоr a restaurant iѕ a big commitment. This оnе ѕуѕtеm will bе thе lifе blооd of the restaurants ability tо соllесt рurсhаѕеѕ bу customers. Thеrе аrе hundrеdѕ оf diffеrеnt systems out оn the mаrkеt thаt rеѕtаurаntѕ саn uѕе аnd thiѕ саn mаkе it diffiсult tо decide which one iѕ best choice. Cеrtаin ѕtерѕ should be tаkеn tо ensure thаt a rеѕtаurаnt will bе gеtting thе bеѕt ѕуѕtеm.

One of thе mаin thingѕ that a restaurant needs tо consider are thе nееdѕ of thе business. Some businesses аrе ѕmаll and therefore соuld uѕе a ѕinglе terminal оr a linked nеtwоrk system tо ѕаtiѕfу thеir demand. Othеr rеѕtаurаntѕ аrе lаrgеr and therefore nееd multiрlе terminals whiсh have a сеntrаl hub соntrоl their ѕуѕtеm. It iѕ also imроrtаnt tо find a ѕуѕtеm thаt will bе аblе tо trасk invеntоrу and еvеn make purchase orders. Aссоrding tо Infоrmаtiоn Wееk’ѕ “Whаt Tо Lооk Fоr In A Pоint Of Sаlе System”, a ѕtudу was done whеrе 93% оf ѕtоrеѕ ѕаid they hаd nоtiсеd invеntоrу decreasing due tо thеft аnd miѕсоunting by еmрlоуееѕ. POS ѕуѕtеmѕ thаt trасk inventory will grеаtlу rеduсе thе mаnаgеr’ѕ timе ѕреnt with inventory and will hеlр with invеntоrу lоѕѕ аnd ѕhоrtаgеѕ. These nееdѕ will dеtеrminе which type of ѕуѕtеm a rеѕtаurаnt needs tо be lооking at аnd by indentifying them first, it will ѕаvе timе аnd еliminаtе any wrоng сhоiсеѕ.

Sеtting a budgеt will аlѕо help a restaurant nаrrоw thеir choices. A rеѕtаurаnt should include all the hardware, software, аnd ѕеrviсеѕ thаt will bе nееdеd tо mаkе the system work. It iѕ a ѕmаrt idеа to try аnd get everything from оnе рlасе аѕ thiѕ саn сut соѕtѕ аnd will gеt rid of аnу “blame games” thаt might gо оn if ѕоmеthing gоеѕ wrong with the system. For the ѕоftwаrе, a rеѕtаurаnt has thе choice оf leasing wеb-bаѕеd software оr buуing it. Wеb-bаѕеd software is leased to a rеѕtаurаnt frоm a third party. This iѕ a good idеа fоr rеѕtаurаntѕ bесаuѕе thе third раrtу is able to bасk uр thеir ѕуѕtеm аnd save thеir filеѕ in саѕе the restaurant wоuld lose thеm fоr аnу rеаѕоn. InfоrmаtiоnWееk stated thаt ѕtudiеѕ found that 60% of businesses thаt lоѕе filеѕ will shut dоwn in 6 mоnthѕ аftеr thе incident. Buуing thе ѕоftwаrе will rеduсе thе соѕt, but dоеѕ nоt рrоvidе аnу bасkuр for thе rеѕtаurаnt’ѕ filеѕ unless the restaurant do it themselves or reach an agreement with the software supplier to set up daily backups of the files.

Trуing a demo оf a POS ѕуѕtеm is invaluable to a restaurant. Bу trуing a dеmо, thеу will lеаrn hоw thе ѕуѕtеm works and will ѕее thе pros and cons firѕthаnd. It will аlѕо ѕhоw thеm if thе ѕуѕtеm will fit intо thеir business with ease оr if it will be a сhаllеngе.

When picking a POS ѕуѕtеm, a restaurant wants tо mаkе sure thаt it is gеtting a gооd рrоduсt frоm a rерutаblе company. Thеу ѕhоuld rеѕеаrсh the соmраnу аnd mаkе ѕurе thаt they hаvе no рriоr рrоblеmѕ.

A tutorial on How to Create WordPress Child Theme

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

WordPress provides numerous themes to help the users. Besides, you can customize the themes to make it more palatable according to your needs. However, being a WordPress user, you must know how frequently you get updates on your theme. As soon as you update the theme, you will notice that all the changes you have done so far in your current theme are gone. Not updating your theme is not a good option too. Keeping your site away from updates also invites bugs and even hackers. That is when child themes come to rescue. A child theme is an identical theme of the parent theme.

Therefore, even if the parent theme is updated, you can still use your customized theme without compromising the security of your site. With a child theme, you can edit the CSS Stylesheet, PHP template, functions.php files along with image and JavaScript. Whether you are a coder or a designer, you can make changes in your WordPress with ease.

Advantages of Child Theme

Speed up development

A child theme is just an identical copy of parent theme such as its style, templates, and files. Therefore, you do not have to create a new theme from the start. With a child theme, you can make substantial changes in your theme without affecting the parent theme, which saves you a lot of unnecessary re-coding, and helps you to achieve your target sooner. Also, while coding in a child theme, if you forget to code for something, then you can always resort back to the functionality of parent’s theme.

Avoid any damage to your website

Skipping an update in your parent themes is dangerous. WordPress keeps updating its themes to increase the safety of your website and to fix an annoying bug. You will never know where you may land if you avoid any updates. With a child theme, you can retain all your parent’s theme modification and changes separately and update your parent themes without having to worry about losing your modification.

Usually, any update made to the theme gets waived away once the developer makes any modification to it. So, as a user, you may feel disheartened when your customized applications will be gone. However, you can simply avoid this by going for a child theme. You can make n-number of changes to the website without interfering with the theme.

Let’s know how to set up a basic child theme

Though, it can be done directly from the server; it is recommended to set-up everything locally followed by installing it as a normal theme by using the “Theme” menu. The whole process will be a hassle-free affair.

Create a folder

As a first step, you need to create a new folder for your child theme. You can get the theme inside the WordPress at location “wp-content/themes.” Give it a name similar to your parent theme and attach “-child” at last for easy recognition. Use any name you want but make sure it does not have any space in between.

Style Sheet

The design of the entire website depends on the code that is present inside the Style Sheet. Create a new text file and name it “style.css”. Then you have to paste the “stylesheet header” code at the beginning of the file.

Some terminologies may confuse you.

  • Theme Name: This is the prima facie that will represent your theme in the WordPress.
  • Theme URI: A Theme URI or an Author URI is important to make your theme get accepted in the WordPress theme directory. It represents the demonstration theme.
  • Description: It will show up when you will click on the theme menu.
  • Author: It’s no one but you, the creator of the theme itself.
  • Author URI: This contains the name of your website. You can put it here as optional.
  • Template: It is nothing but the folder name. As it is case-sensitive, you have to be little cautious. Otherwise, you will end up getting an error message.
  • Version: If you are getting started with your child theme, it will show up as 1.0 and will increase progressively with the number of upgradation your child theme takes.
  • License: WordPress themes get released under GPL license, and you shouldn’t change that for any reason.
  • Tags: These are relevant keywords that best describe your WordPress theme and help it getting visibility during search engine.

Activation

Before activation, you need your folder and style sheet to be ready with you. Once you have them by your side, go to the “themes” present under the “Appearance” section. Then click on the “Theme details,” and you will get the stylesheet header over there. Now, one last job is to click on the “Activate” button and you are done!

Few More things to do

Now the next step is to create the “functions.php” file as it will determine the look and behaviour of your website. The task is not hard; you have to paste the text “function.php” into the following code; 

<?php

//*Code goes here

As of now, the website will look more like a text type as you are using a parent theme. It’s time to inherit the information from that parent theme. All you have to do is to copy the code “@import url (“../twentyfifteen/style.css”)” into your “style.css” section of the child theme. The old way of copying several stylesheets will only make your website run slow.

Have we inserted theme image yet? Again, adding theme image is not a hard task either. Choose a big image of size 880 × 660 pixels, although it will be shown as 387 × 290. Go for a PNG image over JPEG and GIF. Name that image as “screenshot.png” and place it into your child theme folder.

Now, one question may strike your mind. Do you need to make a child theme every time your WordPress website demands a change? Actually, it depends. If the change you require is regarding colour or font size, go for a “custom CSS plugin” but if you have big changes in mind related to templates or anything in that magnitude, go for a child theme for sure without giving any second thought.

A tutorial on how to install WordPress

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

WordPress has emerged as one of the most highlighted and highly popular technologies being used for internet operations and application work. It is a free open-source based content management system that uses PHP and MySQL as its functional framework. In order to make your WordPress functional, it needs to be installed on a related web server that could be either a part of an Internet hosting service or a completely functional network host with its own internet rights.

Here, let’s have a look at the tutorial to learn the step-by-step installation of WordPress.

In this tutorial on how to install WordPress, I will highlight a complete step-by-step process on how to install WordPress simply and easily. The installation of WordPress on your computer can be done by just finding a “.exe file” of the application, online and installing it by running the downloaded version on your computer.

First, WordPress needs to be installed on your local device, and then the version of the locally developed website is uploaded to a live server.

Now, let’s learn the steps and the method of how to install WordPress on your hosting server.

How to Install WordPress on Web Server

After you have installed a valid version of WordPress onto your local server, i.e., in your computer, you can proceed with the installation of the same onto a live web server online.

Follow the below-mentioned tutorial where I will guide you on how to install WordPress on your live web server or the hosted server.

Let us start with the steps to follow, as mentioned below:-

  1. The first and foremost step to begin the process is to log in to your hosting account/Cpanel and create the MYSQL database as a base for your WordPress installation process. This can be done by using the scroll button to move down to reach the database section of your Cpanel account.

  2. On the second screen, now you need to enter the name of the database and click on the “Create” button. This creates an empty database that is needed for your WordPress installation process.
  3. Once the database is created, click on the “Go back” button. Don’t forget to take note of the database name which will be used later. This is an important thing to take note of, so make sure you remember it.
  4. The next step requires a user creation so that your database can interact with the WordPress. Reaching the page, now you need to enter a username and password. However, you can also click on the “Password Generator” button for allowing the Cpanel auto-create a default secure password for you. Once the entire process is complete, click on the “Create User” button to complete the final process.
  5. The further step needs you to add a user to the database that we have already created. For this, you need to select the database and the user, both. Once both are selected, click on the “Add” button to add the user.
  6. This step involves marking of the privileges or the access rights. On this screen, you need to mark the “All Privileges” box to offer an entire set of access and usage permissions to the database user. Now, click the “Make Changes” button, once things are done. With this, both the database and the user have been created. So, now it’s time to move on to the next phase of our WordPress installation tutorial.
  7. Move on to the WordPress and then download the latest version available for WordPress. Once the zip file is downloaded, extract/unzip it. The unzipped version is now ready to be uploaded to the hosting server. Now you can process the upload.

  8. You can upload your WordPress version using FTP. You can use FileZilla (FTP software) to transfer the entire set of files to your hosting server using. Or, your zip file can also be uploaded to the server with a right click on the zipped file and select the “Extract all files” option inside the hosting server, itself.
  9. In case, you wish to host all the files that are available on the root domain, i.e., performing a hosting linked with just a single domain; a different process needs to be followed. For this, you need to extract/upload all of your files to the “public_html directory” of your web hosting.
  10. Once, you have uploaded all your files; it’s time for some real touch with the WordPress. It’s time to commence the installation of WordPress on your server domain by moving to the next step.
  11. Once the files are uploaded, visit your host site in your browser for beginning the WordPress installation process. For example, if your website name is abc123.com then type abc123.com in the web browser. You will see the following screen:

  12. After reaching the related screen, enter the “database name,” “database username,” and the “password” that you had already created. Leave the rest of the fields untouched and then finally click on the “Submit” button.
  13. As the above process is completed, the “website title” and “administrative username” for WordPress admin panel will be needed. You need to enter all these details along with the password that needs to be entered twice. This step also needs your valid email id. Enter your email address and then click on the “Install WordPress” button. It will hardly take a minute for the entire installation process to complete.

  14. Once, you succeed in the complete installation process; you can see a login screen appear on the PC or laptop.
  15. Now, click on the “Log In” button to log in to the admin section of the WordPress. Once again, you will get another screen for entering the username and password. Enter the required details and once again click on the “Log in” button to enter your WordPress welcome screen.

Here you go!

You are now done with the complete installation process, and now you can start your work on the WordPress platform.