ElegantThemes.com’s Divi WordPress Theme

ElegantThemes.com KNOCKED IT OUTTA THE PARK with this one!

If you have been looking at Worpress at all - you have undoubtedly heard of Elegant Themes. They make some beautiful themes and offer an affordable subscription plan…

Anyway - today I took their Divi theme for a spin and I have got to say - this is by far the best wordpress theme I have ever used! Their page builder kicks some serious ass!

http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/

A Fast & Easy Way To Personalize Your Website for Subscribers

The idea is too personalize a landing page that is being promoted via email and put a prospects name and email into a form for a special offer when they click the link in the email. No reason to have somebody retype their email address if we already know it. Same goes for their first name, if it’s already in our database it would be nice to  populate that data automagically.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mindvalley-post-get-variable makes it simple!

I am sure you have all seen links that look like this:

https://wordpress.forlifecoaches.com/a-fast-easy-way-to-personalize-your-website-for-subscribers?fname=YourName&[email protected]

Click it…

The code that loads these two simple variables is

[ get_var name=”fname” ]

[ get_var name=”email” ]

Add these variables from your newsletter system (they all have this ability) to links in your email broacasts just like you would do “Hello <>,” and customize your message on your sales page or even make it super simple for them to sign up for upcoming events or even get them onto another segment of your subscriber base.

Be creative and increase interaction and engagements on your website!

A Look @ Cart66

A Look @ Cart66

I can keep this REALLY short and sweet…

Cart66 blows wp-ecommerce away by leaps and bounds!

Installed it today for the first time and even the freebie (lite) version does some very slick stuff - try it before you buy it.

Excellence in Ecommerce - Cart66.com

Check it out –  for $89 you can deploy pretty much any type of sale, payment or membership subscription through your worpdress powered website in about a day. It took me about 90 minutes to configure it to sell a few products using paypal’s sandbox for testing and it simply works…

The easiest way to explain the way it works is this:  it sets up everything from the checkout button and beyond.

You build whatever you want for the front end using pages OR post.

That’s what I noticed about it first –  it doesn’t rely on the post in worpress but gives you the choice - that’s beautiful!

WordPress Multisite

WordPress Multisite

Here’s the story - a client wants to have different color schemes for different part of their website but the over all look and feel should not deviate between sites AND they would like to have users broken down into individual groups depending on which section they belong to and then they’d also like to be able to communicate privately between trainers, coaches and clients.

So I go to thinking about this and it seems to me the easiest way to achieve this is to use a theme framework that can be deployed on a multisite network.

 

Flex Squeeze supports multisites so we went with that for the framework (it has the added bonus of being one of the more visually appealing squeeze page frameworks).

Having setup a couple of sites using the built in network - the first one was http://www.life-coaching-101.com/wordpress/ that was developed to provide practical experience for students in my Website BootCamp class @ CTA.  It’s a basic setup/config just like any other site so doing additional networks is a joke.

Flex Squeeze just needs to be licensed for each new site in the newer network and then I can roll out new color variations by simple replacing one color code for another and uploading that layout right into the template - talk about rapid site development!

As next steps - I’ve starting futzing around with BuddyPress and will be modifying that to scale down it’s community functionality as we only need it for communication between staff and clients, they don’t need to talk to each other…

More on that when I get a bit deeper into it but at an early glance it should fit the bill for what the goals are

Event Espresso + Worpdress

 = Event Registration Made Easy

Event Espresso is billed as the premiere event registration and management plugin for WordPress.

Today I installed and deployed it on a client site and I gotta say - I like this plugin a lot.

Here’s why –

  • It’s FREE!
  • Compatible with Paypal
  • Emails Event Details to Registrant
  • Events can be live OR virtual
  • Events can be free or paid
  • Attendee list is exportable
  • Google Maps Integration
  • Really easy to setup and use

From finding the plugin to deployment on a live website took all of about an hour with two events
(actually one event, two price points, one for vendors to buy space and one for participants)

Bottom line is two thumbs up from me!

Definitely going to use this plugin again.

*there is a paid upgrade that adds all sorts of payment gateway options, nifty ticket printing, etc…

Read more on their site: Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registration and Manager Plugin

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