Nov 12, 2013

Using Namecheap as your Domain provider with Blogger

Our advice for anyone with a blog on +Blogger is that the moment you feel you'd be sad if you ever lost your blog, it is time to buy a domain name for it. Sure, you can buy one before you've even written your first post, but definitely buy one before you'd be sad.

That being said, many of the domain registrars out there love to either through lots of extras at you (GoDaddy) or often don't provide the tools that you need to manage your domain effectively. Because of this, we've arrived at Namecheap as the domain registration provider that we use and recommend (we don't receive any compensation from them). Their prices are good, their tools are robust, and there is very little upsell.

The problem? Their interface is clunky at best. So what we've done here is to walk you through the steps, visually, for how to set up your Blogger blog's custom domain with Namecheap after you've purchased your domain.

Nov 11, 2013

Setting up Pinterest Rich Pins for Big Cartel sites

Pinterest recently announced new functionality for "Rich Pins" for Pinterest for different types of pins (product, recipe, movie, or article).

While our last post dealt with setting up rich pins for a Blogger blog, we've had a number of folks ask for instructions for how to set up these rich pins for their Big Cartel site. And we aim to please!

Step 1: go to the Advanced section in your template editor

Step 2: edit the Product page to use "Custom"
(this will keep the existing code but allow you to add additional code

Step 3: at the top of the HTML for the Product page, add the following code:

<meta property="og:title" content="{{ | escape }}" />
<meta property="og:description" content="{{ product.description | truncatewords: 50 }}" />
<meta property="og:type" content="product" />
<meta property="og:url" content="{{ store.url }}{{ product.url }}" />
<meta property="og:site_name" content="{{ }}" />
<meta property="og:price:amount" content="{{ product.default_price }}" />
<meta property="og:price:currency" content="USD" />
<meta property="og:availability" content="instock" />

Congratulations! Test out the new code for any specific product url with the validator and you should be good to go!