#Paypal express checkout and #Authorize.net

I heard from my partners in my dating business they wanted to add Paypal. Ok, sounded good.  We have been way behind the times on this.  So, when an email from Authorize.net came out saying they now were offering Paypal, I was asked to add this new service.  I ended up spending hours reading through documents and using sample code.

After about 2 days and reading all these documents, and calling Authorize.net, I finally realized that they are not integrated, Paypal and Authorize.net are separate payment gateways.  I had to contact Authorize.net to find out the only reason they are combined is for reporting purposes, so you can see all your orders in one space.  This can be important for enterprise companies.  It was totally confusing and convoluted, but I figured it out finally.

So, I set about getting Paypal to work.  You would think that it would be easy.  The reason we can not do a simple Paypal integration is we need to know if the order went through and update our database once the order has completed.  Anyway, took me more than 3 days to figure most of it out.  The documents are very difficult to understand.  Even understanding the most basic concept behind why the two companies had anything to do with each other was confusing.

So theoretically when we get Paypal orders they will now show up in reporting in Authorize.net



#Periscope For Business Is It Real?

I have been an avid following of Periscope.  I think that it is rocking great compared with Facebook for business.  I understand brands using Facebook and other social media to improve their brands.  However, Periscope and to some extent Meerkat are seemingly for the first time a way to market services and products, live!

So I think that Periscope is real for business, and there are a dozen ways it can be used, such as:

  1. Sending out a scheduled Periscope session with existing users to demo a product or service.
  2. Getting random visitors to find you on Periscope and listen in and follow if you are compelling.
  3. Getting better indexing or links on Google for your business.
  4. Getting additional twitter generated links on Google.
  5. Just being able to find a live community of people that you don’t have to pay for.

Please check out StartupPOP.com and our new StartupPOP.com Blast service we have not go live with it yet.  Please come to StartupPOP.com and get on our email list!  Have a great day.

Using #Gmail like the Old Outlook

Did you know you can send and receive email as any email address you want through a single Gmail account?

I have been a user of Gmail since the moment it went live around 2001 or so.  Over the years apparently Google added and added tons of features in Gmail and I just got behind the times.  So about a year ago when somebody told me that I could easily set up my additional email addresses through Gmail, I was very pleased.  Who wants to login to that system or this system.

Yet, over the years I keep running into people who either tell me they feel they have to use either Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird or other email programs that are often desktop for email consolidation and using one system.

So, whenever I point out to people that I use a single gmail account for all these email addresses, they always ask me how?

In fact, even though I see myself as a tech savvy person I often miss some of the details as well when setting these things up. For instance I had only set up the outgoing email or what we call the SMTP version of my email on Gmail and not the incoming.  What I had done for incoming was set up forwarding at the hosting company.  But it turns out this is not the only way this can be accomplished.

So, here is a site that explains exactly how to set up each of these processes:


You will see two scenarios.  You have to follow these instructions for both scenarios to set up both incoming and outgoing emails on Gmail.  What I find the best part of this is setting up emails I receive to be from specific domain names and you make a choice of who you want to send as…


StartupPOP Roadmap Book

In 2014 I wrote a book that is on Amazon called “Thinking Like a Start-Up”.  In 2015 I wrote a second short book on “How to give an elevator pitch for Tech Startups”.   I recently finished my third book, which I have not yet published about coming up with names for your startup venture.  As soon as this book is finished, I will let the tech community know about it.

Now I am starting to write a book about the Startup Roadmap.  I refer to a road map as a way to plan out your startup venture.  For startups, especially first timers, this is a critical planning task.  If you are interested in learning more about this book, following StartupPOP in general or want to know when this book is finally available.  Would love to find out from people if I should release chapters along the way on Medium and Pheed, independent publishing platforms.  If you think so, then let me know at dan@startuppop.com.  These chapters will be rough draft copies and will not be the exact final book chapters.



LuckyCharms18.com #Jewelry #ecommerce #website Goes Live

The website LuckyCharms18.com has gone live and is now lets the thousands of satisfied customers of the in store brand located at Sawgrass Mills at Sunrise, The Shops at Midtown Mall, Miami and Boca Raton based Town Center Mall to now be able to buy jewelry directly at the Lucky Charms 18 website.

StartupPOP.com, a startup digital agency, has created and built the e-commerce website Lucky Charms 18 for a gracious and satisfied client. Lucky Charms 18 specializes in evil eye jewelry, hamsa jewelry, kabbalah jewelry, red cord bracelets.

Lucky Charms 18 is a very successful South Florida based jewelry company with kiosks at 3 malls including Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, Florida.  StartupPOP.com, a digital startup agency and consulting company created this e-commerce site for our client at a reasonable price and within a reasonable time frame. Lucky Charms 18 was developed and implemented using Shopify, a cloud based e-commerce solution that many e-commerce companies are turning to.

What makers Shopify a great platform to build on is ease of setup, ease of use for the customer to manage the site going forward, has high end features out of the box, no hosting required. What you will need to build a Shopify site is an expert in both graphic design skills or e-commerce skills.  Contact us if you are considering building out a Shopify site, since we have the skills necessary to make it happen.

If you are looking to build or rebuild your e-commerce site and need expertise, then you should definitely consider contacting us.  You can reach us at dan@startupop.com.

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Buddypress Redeux

Sometime in 2011 I was asked to assist a friend in setting up Buddypress. Buddypress was a special plugin that, along with WordPress MU or WPMU would make your WordPress site into a social network.  It was a bit of a dream at the time, to be able to plugin this in and that in and get a basic Facebook.  It was not easy and there was a bit of trouble, because it was actually built on top of WPMU which was really many blogs in one.  So it was very convoluted.

I heard WordPress acquired buddypress a few years ago. Well, the 2011 version of Buddypress did not implement very well.  From what I remember we stumbled into it and found that we needed a developer to do this or do that. Eventually we lost interest in the project, because we were just trying to create a basic social site.

Many Buddypress plugin functions hardly worked, and you were really limited because at the time you had to use a special WordPress template that was Buddypress compatible.  In fact, you had to not only have a special template or create one yourself, you also needed to hire a programmer to get Buddypress to pretty do anything out of the ordinary.  So, what this meant is you ended up with a common looking Social site that was no different than Facebook, so nobody cared.  In fact the template issue was as big a stumbling block as the custom coding issues.

So, fast forward 4 years, and we are now popping the new Buddypress into action. Basically it is a whole different world. I know that WPMU became part of the standard WordPress build.  So, it is not really worth going into, but basically Buddypress can allow you to not only create a social site, it can be combined with BBpress to create a multi-blog site for your users, where every user can have their own blog.  Does not sound too important, but that was the basis of Buddypress in the beginning.

The big improvement, because I have been away from this plugin so long, is that you can pretty much choose any WordPress template to work with Buddypress.  Does not sound too important, but it makes it possible to design your social site anyway you wish if you are designer.  The end result is you can find that killer template, pay a small amount or get it for free, plug this and that new WordPress plugin in and you have a real social site.

I have worked on a bunch of custom social sites, so I know as well as anybody what it takes to build out a real social site.  Obviously you are going to have to sacrifice some level of customization to make Buddypress work for your concept, but if you are not that concerned about custom functions, this is pretty much going to do the job.

So, want your own Facebook or social app, you can configure Buddypress and WordPress and get something special. If you have a WordPress site already and want to figure this all out, let me know.