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Yep, you read it right! WPMU DEV is offering free memberships! This gets you inside to where all those fabulous themes and premium plugins are available for download, as well as access to the member support forum.
Join for free and without obligation you can keep and continue to use every plugin and every theme WPMU DEV provides forever on as many sites as you like. You will be asked for a credit card, as they do hope you will stay on as a member, but you can cancel anytime during your trial period and avoid any charges.
So if you have been wanting some of their fabulous themes, or help with a project, now is the time to get inside the minds and products of the WPMU Dev developers! Sign up today!
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WPMUDEV recently sent me a reminder about a free plugin they offer: Custom Sidebars. It is available to download for free from WordPress.org. I wrote about this plugin back in 2014, but wanted to put it out there for those of you that are new to the Adult Blog Builder website. The plugin lets you display different content to different users in your sidebar and footers.
With Custom Sidebars you can create as many unique sidebar configurations for your site as needed – show one set of sidebars to first-time visitors and another to members, set up sidebars for specific pages or categories, or for special landing pages, you name it – and trigger them to display as needed.
With this plugin you can customize every widget area by setting new default sidebars for a group of posts or pages easily, keeping the chance of changing them individually.
For example, you can change…
Sidebars for all the posts that belong to a category.
Sidebars for all the posts that belong to a post-type.
Sidebars for archives (by category, post-type, author, tag).
Sidebars for the main blog page.
Sidebars for search results.
It’s a must-have plugin, especially if you’re running a membership site and want to personalize the browsing experience for new and returning visitors. WPMU-DEV also offers a pro version of the plugin that is included free with a WPMU-DEV membership.
Tags: custom sidebars, personalize sidebar, widgets, WPMU-DEV
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Which WordPress themes are on sale? All of the Premium Press Themes are discounted when using Coupon Code: FEBSPECIAL2015
WOW! 30% discount off the original price. These themes aren’t just about a fancy design, as these themes let you build custom sites for specific purposes. There is a Coupon Code website, Directory website, Classifieds Theme, Shopping Cart theme, and a Real Estate theme. Now these can be adapted for a different product, but the foundation is already in place for you to get the theme installed and start setting up your website without having to do a lot of custom work and deal with a bunch of plugins to get the functionality you’ve been wanting.
Once you buy the theme, it is yours to use as many times as you wish. I’ve purchased their directory theme, and the staff has been top notch for support, plus there are some very clear, and detailed videos available to walk you through every step in getting your site set up. And if you still want or need help, there is a very active community forum on the Premium Press site. If you have been wanting an Adult directory, a main stream money maker, or just need a shopping cart site/program to sell DVDs or your grandma’s prized jam, now would be a great time to save some $$ to get that site up and running.
This Premium Press discount is valid from Jan 18th – Feb 28th 2015 and be sure to use Coupon Code: FEBSPECIAL2015
Tags: classified ads theme, coupon site theme, directory theme, PremiumPress, real estate theme, shopping cart theme, Wordpress
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The bounce rate. You see this stat in Google Analytics, but what exactly does it mean? Well, it’s quite simple actually. It’s the percentage of people that come to your site and then navigate away from it after viewing only one page.
Every single time a visitor does this it increases your bounce rate, in turn affecting your search engine rankings a little bit. High bounce rates are bad, but you must understand that every industry has its own average benchmark for bounce rates, so sometimes comparing to other companies is not always the best thing.
Keeping your bounce rate down is all about testing and implementation. It’s definitely a trial and error process, but you shouldn’t let that discourage you. In fact, let that motivate you into pursuing ever greater heights with your website. It’s a New Year, so set yourself a goal and try to reach that goal by implementing a few of the tips outlined in an excellent article by Brenda Barron that I found over on the WooThemes website.
Brenda goes over some things I hadn’t even considered as being something that could affect how long a visitor stays on my sites. I’ve listed a few of the topics discussed in her Understanding Bounce Rate article.
Grab Those Accidental Visitors
Clean Up Those 404 Pages
Speed Up Your Site
Ensure That Content is Relevant
So check it out, and get to work on keeping those potential buyers on your sites just a little bit longer, or at least long enough to hit a link to go buy something!
Tags: bounce rate, Brenda Barron, Google analytics, woothemes
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Just copy the list, and then go to your Settings > Writing and scroll to bottom where it says Update Services. Delete the one ping site listed (or all of them if you already have a bigger, older list) and then paste the list you grabbed from Dessky.com. Now edit the first line that goes to Feedburner to be a proper http://link for your website and then save! That’s all you need to do to have notifications of your new posts appear on more ping services. More services will result in search engines returning to your site faster to index your post.
Note: be sure each URL is on its own line and ideally a blank between each URL is a good thing as well, but not necessary.
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Talk about ending the year with an awesome “gift” for us WordPress users, the good folks over at WPMU Devlopment have put together an awesome collection of not 10, not 50, but 120 Premium WordPress Themes that you can download for free. Yep, you read that right … for FREE!
Once you are on the WPMUDEV site check out their post under Blog for Dec.4, 2014 for a snapshot image, theme description and links to demo the themes. Now’s a perfect time to find some fresh new themes to brighten up your sites and replace some old outdated themes that aren’t a responsive* design. And don’t forget to grab a few to start those new site projects for the coming year.
*Responsive designs will have your site looking perfect regardless of which electronic media a surfer uses to view it in. You’ll be looking great on a PC, Smart Phone, Ipad, and other similar devices.
Tags: free premium wordpress themes, free responsive themes, free WP theme, responsive themes, WPMUDEV
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Yesterday, November 18th, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced a project that will make SSL and encryption on the web completely free. They have created a non-profit organization called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) in collaboration with Mozilla, the University of Michigan, Cisco, Akamai and Identrust.
The ISRG are launching a project called Lets Encrypt which will be making free SSL certificates available for any website starting Summer 2015. But they go further than that. It has always been fairly technical to install an SSL certificate and so Lets Encrypt are creating applications for platforms like Linux and other web hosting operating systems that let you install and activate SSL for your web server with a few keystrokes.
So the net result is that, starting Summer 2015, not only will SSL for any website on the Net be completely free, but you will also be able to install and activate SSL on your site with just a few keystrokes and no payment.
Wordfence has put together a detailed blog post showing the impact of not using SSL with some additional details about this important announcement including the EFF’s video explanation of the project. This has a big impact on WordPress users because the net result is that SSL will be the default for all well maintained WordPress websites by late next year.
Help spread the word because this is a major change for many WordPress websites who currently do not use SSL.
Tags: Electronic Frontier Foundation, free SSL certificates, free web encryption, Lets Encrypt, wordfence
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Most people will decide to read your article based solely on it’s title. But are your titles as strong as they could be to get that all important click?
With the WP-Experiments-Free plugin you can test your titles and determine which is your best post title. Our goal is to get more clicks and generate more revenue, and I know we’re all really interested in making more money!
Use the process of A/B Split Testing to try different variations of your post titles to get a higher click through rate. It’s very simple to add multiple versions of an article title that will be randomly displayed in any post list. Each time the article is listed it is counted as an impression. Each time the article is visited it is counted as a view. This will easily let you see what percentage of impressions get clicked on for each title.
First step is to download the plugin WP-Experiments-Free to your hard drive. Unzip it and send it up via ftp into your wp-content/plugins folder. Now login to your blog and activate the plugin.
When you bring up your add new post page you will see the option to +Add New Title under the first title block. Try to come up with two or three variations of good titles that contain SEO Friendly keywords. Finish up your post and publish it. After you feel your page has gotten enough traffic, just log back in to your admin area and bring up a post in EDIT mode to see the click thru statistics. Once you’re satisfied that you have determined which title works best for your post, just delete the ones that didn’t perform as well.
If you want more in-depth methods of testing you can read a how to article on WPBeginner.com Split Testing Using Google Analytics.
Click here for more information on how and what this free split testing plugin can do. If you need to test more than just your post titles check out the developer’s homepage at WPExperiments.com for a pro version.
Tags: A/B testing in WordPress, free title testing plugin, split testing plugin, test your post titles, wpexperiments
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