There is a reason that telemarketers still blow up your phone while you watch Law & Order: SVU reruns in your sweatpants while eating frozen dinners (that’s not just me…right? right?). Nothing converts like a phone call. On the phone the seller can communicate confidence in their product and talk their potential customer through the benefits it offers.
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Introducing Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress
Hot diggety folks! There’s a powerful new player in the arena of WordPress sidebar plugins. The Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress gives you several cool ways to manage the display of your sidebars and widgets:
Widgetize any page to create the page layout of your dreams.
Create as many custom sidebars as you want.
Insert any custom sidebar in any page or post content with shortcodes.
Replace existing theme sidebars with your custom ones.
Decide where to display your sidebars (pages, posts, archives, categories, taxonomies, etc.)
The Responsive Select Menu plugin lets you automatically turn your “WordPress 3 Menus” into an easy-to-scroll select box/dropdown menu. (A “WordPress 3 Menu” is a menu created through the WordPress admin area: Appearance > Menus. Many people typically use these menus in their top navigation spot, as well as other places.)
The Plugin in Action
Let’s go ahead and jump right into some examples to show you what it looks like.
Here’s a look at a normal top menu in a mobile device using the WordPress Twenty Ten theme.
With functions like add_rewrite_rule(), WordPress allows you to create your own URL rewrite rules via the WP Rewrite API, of the WP_Rewrite Class.
If you’re not sick of the word “rewrite” yet and that gobbley-gook sentence interests you, read on… :-)
Adding WordPress Custom Rewrite Rules
I can’t help you write your custom rewrite rules, but I can point you in the write direction (get it?) to make sure they work as desired.
Once you have your rewrite rules in you plugin or your theme’s functions.php, you then need to:
Visit your Permalinks (just visiting the page is supposed to flush rewrite rules)
If you manage a WordPress multisite network where you, as the admin, set up each site individually, there’s a new plugin that should save you quite a bit of time. NS Cloner – Site Copier gives multisite admins the ability to easily clone individual sites in your network within a matter of seconds.
I’m on a lot of marketing email lists, and I actually read a lot of emails. Recently, I received an email from a marketer and began reading the first line of the email. It read, “I didn’t sleep very well last night. No, it wasn’t because of a barking dog, a crying child, or my WordPress website had been hacked.”
Watermarking your images tends to serve one of two very important purposes. It can either discourage others from taking your images and using them as their own, or it can offer you a nice opportunity to advertise yourself if others do happen to take your images. In fact, you may even want others to take your watermarked images and place them far and wide wherever they like. It’s akin to free advertising.
Whenever Rémi Corson brings out a new plugin I tend to sit up and take note. Apart from being an all-round nice guy, he also develops pretty cool WordPress themes and plugins, like the WordPress donation plugin I reviewed back in July.
So when he told me about a new plugin he has developed for freelancers, I jumped at the chance to take a look. After all — I am one!
Freelancer Widgets Bundle
Getting email subscribers into your Aweber account isn’t hard to do if you know how to insert code into your site. But if you’re not familiar with HTML, adding email subscriber forms can be a chore.
Styling those forms can be even harder to do, especially if you don’t know how to edit your theme’s custom CSS files, or have a truck-load of money to pay a designer.
Elevatr is a new form plugin that does two things (and does them well):
helps you create custom email signup forms right in your post/page editor (currently integrated with Aweber and Mailchimp)
Nowadays, if you want to run ads on your website, that usually means signing up for Google’s Adsense service and running their banners on your site. It’s the default option and one that works well enough: it is open for anyone to join and pays out regularly. There are a handful of complaints, though, that people have with Adsense (some more justified than others):
Click revenue is low and getting lower
The ads aren’t always very attractive
You don’t have much control over what is published