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  3. Luuk

    Hi Alex, did you get my message? 

  4. I like seeing MDs landing page as the front page. Incidentally, the footer 'Blog' link still redirects to your landing page (marketersdelight.com) As far as my the Group Benefits Marketplace - it's separate from Raylosophy. I'm using Group Rewards Plus dot com for Los Angeles Groups and Businesses. The business proposition is pretty simple. I'll get group organizers (Los Angeles Fire Department, National Audubon Society, or a local Fitness Gym, etc) to sign-up for free access to deals, discounts, and offers from businesses that they want to get deals from. They'll tell me what they want, and I'll reach out to those types of businesses - customers in hand - to see if they're interested in offering a short-run, or long-term discount. Each group will have their own page, and businesses will be able to pay for placement on a group pages. The cost for each business will largely depend on how long they want placement and the size of the group. The plan is to set it up and hire someone to run the day-to-day. I'm also putting together a less intense version of this for startups and online businesses. Just staying busy.
  5. I am definitely curious about this one-part of Raylosophy? ----- An early one for me today. Looking to knock out a ton of client work by 10am, get some sun, then back on for some Premium MD projects, then find some time for MD Popups. Will update back with what I actually did when all is said and done. Created a testimonials page for MD using the Testimonials Dropin (link on showcase page). Will now have a quick and easy way to add testimonials to this page as they come in. I added a custom sidebar with links back to blog reviews too. Redesigned the Members area for simpler navigation, removed old resources, and added new Dropins listing. Check it out! Updated the design of the Changelog page Moved the blog to Marketersdelight.com/blog, put landing back to front page tweaked a bunch of copy, adjusted spacing on landing page Added Bitcoin as an accepted payment for MD... lets see how this goes!
  6. Skipping the beach and bbq's this (4th of July) weekend. Instead I'll complete an audit of my clients e-course. Finish reading 'Built To Last' by Jim Collins Continue setting up a Group Benefits marketplace where businesses/companies will pay for access to specific groups. It's like Groupon - with a twist. I already have 2 co's signed-up, now it's time to get this thing up and running. Time permitting (on Sunday), I'll create a few custom sidebars for my main site.
  7. Busy day in the MD Labs today.... Answered support Published the translations tutorial to the MD Blog (thanks @maikman!) Released MD4.9.4.1 Wrote and scheduled the newsletter for 4pm EST today Time to breathe!
  8. Hi Peter, thanks for posting to the forums. For future support questions I'd like to get your account verified here so you have full forums access but I am having trouble finding your information in my customers database. Can you private message me here the email address you used to purchase MD so I can link your accounts? Once we get your account verified I'd be willing to work you through a potential solution, but for now: changing the breakpoint size would require some CSS changes around the MD stylesheet which may be a messier approach than we need to take. If you can link to your site as well so I can see a better idea of what you are working with, maybe there is a better solution for what you are trying to do than change this functionality.
  9. Hi, I'm trying to change the breaking point at which the header menu toggles into the hamburger shape. Standard seems at a window size around 900px wide, but I want it to happen around 1200. I've searched in the theme files, stylesheets and so on but can't find a clue how to fix this. How can I accomplish this? Thanks in advance, Peter
  10. It's the 4th of July in the states and I have some downtime, so digging into MD Popups. Like I mentioned in the News thread I am looking to release this as its own update and rebrand the email, popups, and future features to MD Optins afterwards. I just want to keep the updates coming and get your hands on the awesome new popups builder in MD4.9.5. Edit: and a few hours later the live preview experience has been heavily refined and responds very quickly to your changes. It is so refreshing to see changes update instantly without refreshing, heh.
  11. Started the day by updating the Showcase, we'll see what comes next...
  12. I thought it might be fun to see what some of your daily workflows looks like and share mine, so let's use this thread to simply post what we are working on today. I'll start: today I went into the offices of a client and worked from there. I won't go into the details of the project but it requires me to build a totally custom theme, which makes this the first non-MD project I have taken on in years! I have already implemented some of what I've learned from building a theme from scratch in MD4.9.4 and have enjoyed taking a fresh look at the custom build process again. What about you?
  13. Alex

    MD Optins (4.9.5)

    Making a little progress daily and I've decided that the best way to release MD Optins is to do it one update at a time. The revamped MD Popups is nearing completion and MD4.9.5 ships all kinds of other great improvements which I am excited to share! MD Popups will ship with 6 custom templates and some very powerful custom template/HTML tools that will allow you to build your own if you wanted. Thanks to the new Popups system, I will be able to create a library of custom popup templates you will soon also be able to import into your sites to extend MD's awesome default popup templates. Will show more soon, but here's an idea of one of the templates in action:
  14. Let's go deep— Say you run into a situation where you need to change the name of a post type in your database, how do you do it? Changing the post type/taxonomy name in register_post_type() or register_taxonomy() will cause all of your existing content to disappear since technically by changing the name, we are creating an old post type. I just ran into this situation in a project so I figured I would document it here as an exercise. In case you didn't know, another word for Taxonomies is Categories. Part 1: Here is the taxonomy I am working with. It was incorrectly named so for organization sake, it will be best to rename it. I don't want to lose existing content so let's see how we can preserve them after I rename the taxonomy in register_taxonomy(). Part 2: Just as suspected, everything is gone after changing the name! I can stay calm though because I know my content is still somewhere in the database. So let's go there. Part 3: Logging into the web host/server, go to phpMyAdmin for my site's database and run an SQL query. I've used the queries from this Stack Overflow thread before so this will be a breeze. Even if working with the site's database is intimidating, this level of access is a major benefit of why we choose to work with WordPress, so we ought to take advantage of it for maintenance like this. I will fill in the old and new name across the entire database with this SQL query. All this does is search through the names of all of the taxonomies registered on the site and changes the old name with the new name, thus restoring content to the new name. Rename post type: UPDATE `wp_posts` SET `post_type` = '<new post type name>' WHERE `post_type` = '<old post type name>'; Rename taxonomy: UPDATE `wp_term_taxonomy` SET `taxonomy` = '<new taxonomy name>' WHERE `taxonomy` = '<old taxonomy name>'; Part 4: After getting the query right, you can usually run a simulation to be sure you are changing exactly what you want to change (you have to be very present here!). The results sent back 11 matches for changing the old name to the new name in the database, so I am going to execute the query. Part 5: The big reveal! I went to WP admin and checked out the taxonomy screen, and all of my categories returned! This worked and was easy to do, saving a bunch of time and a fun exercise to perform. Taking this effort to reuse existing content and not just huff and puff and recreate that same content will keep your database clean and your mind a little saner. I hope you learned a little something about working on your site at a deeper level!
  15. These are both version 1 features as the industry standard I am finding out is to make these kinds of elements as portable as possible. My design concepts for the actual interface are like nothing I have seen in any other tools and saving/importing Blocks and templates are a staple of how this new interface will work. Thank you for reaffirming those ideas here! Thrive is certainly a power tool but I hate how bloated it is. The few times I've tried it I have never been able to install it from the Plugins manager because it is too large for some servers to upload. I believe MD will be able to take the reigns and become known as the lightweight alternative, and while I am not looking to compete with them on a level of "infinite flexibility" (that's where ALL page builders become bloated), creating pages fast and being able to reuse templates and blocks around your site is the foundation I am building these new tools on. Your comments about Elementor are the most fascinating of your entire post and I want to thank you for putting such amount of thought into sharing your experiences. If Elementor is the industry standard then I have great conviction that MD can crush those standards. Sure, the infinite capabilities of Elementor is what will draw people to use and it why it succeeds, but the ever-growing of markup and resources its features takes is why I will not take it as a serious tool for anybody who cares for a high-performing site. Personally I find many of these tools encourage people to create things that are not necessary for the bottom line, or even practical purposes, and I am not in the business of giving you something that can play into your every whim (which does not always produce good ideas!) but one that will produce actual results whether it be converting more people to your email list, or developing a serious connection to your audience. By staying focused on those ideas and learning about what does make Elemenot great, I believe MD can be a tool that really offers something valuable and fixes the problems on the market today. Exactly—all of MD's tools are built for developers and non-developers and this is how it has to be to grow into something massive. Non-developers, of course, so effective websites can be easily created without touching code, and for developers so those same features can be extended for custom sites and even to release as Dropins. Your point about the blog loops is something I have taken seriously to heart and I think you will enjoy reading my response in another thread about that here. Great point, and I hope the MD demo site is at least a good start for this. ----- Thank you everyone for your feedback so far, it's been extremely valuable!
  16. Another idea for the builder: Additional options for the Main menu, in order to be able to build detailed submenus like Mickey Visit: ...as well as just simply edit how long a submenu line can be, in order not to have submenu items in two rows, like on my site:
  17. Haha! I think my hate for Gutenberg comes from the irrational side of my brain. The truth is, I'm finally used-to WP and really just want to publish content, but Gutenberg seems to get in the way. On your recommendation, I'll use a draft page to play around with Gutenberg. Maybe I'll learn to love it. Then when it comes to Really Simple SSL - I don't need it, but like I said, I'm all about supporting certain developers, and I use it to facilitate the SSL functionality I get from Cloudflare. Like Jason Fried (Basecamp founder) says in most of his books, stay lean for as long as you can, and don't hire people until it hurts not to have help in that particular area. You will have to hire/build a team, but stay lean for as long as you can.
  18. Thank you for sharing all of this Ray, and I have to say that this new iteration of Raylosophy is the best yet and I am really enjoying my membership. In fact Raylosophy is one of the best uses of MD I have seen, even in its simple form, because regular content is actually added to it. Forget any extra flare, you made it clear immediately what you have to offer and setup a simple payment process to turn it into a business. To see MD's cut and dry features being used to support a site with 350+ paying subscribers is the highest compliment you can pay me and I thank you for showing the way for the rest of us. This is surprising to hear! It can drive me nuts sometimes but since MD's enhancements I can barely see myself writing in Classic editor again. I install Classic editor plugin on some sites because Gutenberg is totally overqualified in some cases. I've talked about this in other posts but I think this editor can be a great longform content builder. My concern comes in as they try to shove every aspect of your website into the editor, which I believe is the wrong approach and why I am responding with the creation of the MD Builder. I will certainly be doing what I can to make Gutenberg work as that longform content builder in MD, but am not motivated to go over the top with it. I'd be curious to hear more about what your gripes with it are. I have never seen this plugin before but I love its simplicity. This plugin shouldn't be necessary but I have nothing against your reason to support the developers. I very much appreciate to hear this and love the advantages of a one man shop in my own personal life. However I am realizing that to bring MD's potential to its highest (which is my biggest care in life) and for every one of you around here to get the most out of the software for your businesses, staying as a one man team is not for the best. I love the potential for the community to grow and help each other here, so I think this will come together organically. Until then, I am having so much fun and can't wait to show you all what's coming next.
  19. Hello guys, Intro The fact is that I don't have experience and I don't know much about Visual Composer and Divi and Beaver builder but I just don't like them, in general, So for that reason, I will not criticize those but the rest I will. >> But I have a lot of experience with - Thrive page builder and Elementor PRO and Optimize press 2 and op3 ( surprisingly as well, even if it's not fully released yet ) So maybe somebody will be interested about op3. So let's dig in and... At the end of this post, I will make a final conclusion as I see it as a customer, a fan of this one-man show because Alex`s work is over all those years inspiration for me and so on ... and all those fantastic new features and designs for his clients .. just extremely cool in my eye Well, lets start: ___________________________________________________________________ Thrive Architect People use thrive architect for whole funnel websites, prebuilt. Somehow well coded, quite fast and definitely usable. Those libraries of whole presets of websites are really why people buy it. You have whole funnels ( Inspire from it or not? I don't know if it's possible.. !? ) best features of Thrive? Prebuilt marketing oriented blocks ( People use for formatting their blog posts), sexy table of the contest ( widely used by its users on their websites ). It has also nice video blocks, nice prebuilt designs of those mockups and shadows and u know what I mean .. It's quite sexy and marketing and optimization oriented, which is whole energy around Thrive products. I think that Thrive company just got it. Conclusion 1. Absolutely best: Funnel prebuilt-predesigned whole websites ( good to copy for MD if you had a team of 10 other people ) Ironically you can not use your header footer when you want to simply use the concrete site. So you must work in their interface to create a header ( which is a horrible experience ) 2. Prebuilt blocks for formatting blog posts 3. Some of the comparison prebuilt blocks, tables id say are also useful 4. Most sexy and highly usable table of a contest for non-coders ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Elementor as an Elementor Pro USER, I can say that this one is most ideal but still its a page builder. It has abnormal slow speeeeeeed. So does it has real usage? The sad fact is that is more kinda a toy, not a real gun. Theoretically, it has the best features. Everything you can imagine and don't need of course in reality but still! Most newbie-friendly interface ever, hands down, period. One day I said to myself: O.K., what is the best web design I have seen so far on the whole internet. My answer was simple: AdvisonEvolved.com. so I took Elementor PRO and I was able to copy it onto almost every detail. I was able to make that block where is that light grey text which is like changing on the home page. As I said onto every detail, 100 percent identical and as a newbie! Watch out me Trick is that is extremely slow. So it's not sexy even if you copy the whole design. Do you want to touch CSS? you want to make some sexy borders or underlines as MD has? You can talk to elementor staff for an ages and bombarding them on this topic, but cmooon They know when it comes to the code and CSS behind its just sh@t. ( TIP TO MAKE MONEY: Maybe one of you who is really good in CSS go out there for millions of installations of Elementor and go create simple ebook or video lessons how to make 1 primitive underline or 1px bottom border >wherever< you want with The Elementor, and I swear to you - for that 1 piece of knowledge I will pay 20 or 30 bucks and thousands of others, and I will buy such an ebook or course from you because I couldn't simply GET IT. CSS around Elementor is a real problem - solution? - big money. Period. ). But I was trying to go hard and trying even understanding selectors .. I went a little bit into studying CSS and what I found their CSS is completely fu:@d. One simply headline looks like neverending text you just give up and i think its right decision when you consider its slow anyways. Conclusion 1. User-friendly interface to create simply anything, full control about every part of your websites ( header and footer creating, wtf? it's amazing, any pop-up, blog layout ( just theoretically because you can play with CSS but still ) 2. It allows you to create anything really and has a big variety of prebuild stuff. Not that marketing and conversion oriented but still. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Optimize press ( 2.0, 3.0 ) British asset! LOL! The biggest failure in the history of page builders ( for me ) when it comes to their new product Optimize press 3.0 Op2 amazing, usable, integrated membership plugin was widely used and we all know why. Marketing oriented clean and fast. The number 1 priority of building sites. FAST and clean must say it 3. time... It had amazing designs for that year and stage of internet marketing and marketer`s needs. But I think those needs did not change so there is much more what to inspire from OP2 than from anything which is shiny nowadays... Maybe some of you agree with me... Amazing prebuilt templates for that time, and had that angle of funnels for sales pages, memberships sites, landing pages... However, interface and not possibility to end from the front. And i guess enjoying and partying of the team ( drinking, drugs and rock-n-roll ) Killed the company, not the backend interface its just my feeling, opinion and guessing I don't know why they did not accelerate when I consider here is one Alex and can beat with his progress as one guy .. million dollar company. brand and whole team .. Anyways, its none of my business Because they stated - they spent 1000` of hours of developing a new product called op3 Before!! >They claimed: For customers which have full access and upgrade of op2 ( which I paid 300 dollars for unlimited licenses - with no real usage lol i think plus some tax and subscriptions later on to having chance to get updated product ( plugin and theme ) lol they did shit in that time since then and I just wasted money because as I said they claimed they give to those active subscribers op3 for free. Did they give a new product for free? The first page straight from an email I got onto a checkout page. Put card details .. I did not even see the product? Just to have a look make sure subscribe .. Baam hundred of pounds Wtf? Never saw interface features single page created in it .. Just lmao. Well, I got inside and How is it? Ofc its fail .. its years behind it's not even scratching the surface they talk about giving out some funnel plugin which can go angle of clickfunnels. It would be nice but as I said its years behind bye bye British you are done... Assholes. That CEO James or who added me on facebook before they were launching op3 now I guess as a part of their branding and marketing activities to refresh their fan base .. Assholes really .. I have chance to not pay in July, ofc I will not pay. They disappointed the whole crowd I am guessing its the fail of the years ... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To make it fast long story short. There are many features which are usable and really smart to copy, but as I say to make it short from 1 customers view MD, thankfully Alex did enormous progress after years of its development and Its already complete engine and for me is and always be the only theme not just the number 1 theme. When it comes to custom design WordPress site, blog... But ... Let's dig in final thoughts: > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > The huge 1. MD would make great progress. If it makes bridge between people who don't want about index files ( any HTML knowledge ) as I and allows to people from cloud or somewhere implement demo pages, different ones .. as well as blog layouts ( and this is a big one ) If I had 4-8 different blog layouts ) not mentioning if I would be allowed to customize some size of boxes or something .. That be the number 1 asked feature by me. Something like a library. On another side, I understand what is MD about its speed and custom design so I don't know if something like this is possible. Because is the highest quality of code in Wordpress space. In my opinion Design as AdvisorEvolved.com and many others are the 20 thousand of dollars websites. I would value them as most valuable so ... I don't know if implementation, as I mentioned, would be ever possible. And just new blocks but not Gutenberg style. A hack I don't even know what to click in that interface lol and I am not joking. Which is weirder I don't even want to know Again something like a library of blocks whether is for blog posts or pages would be amazing 2. I think simple membership pages, designs and interface not integrations of plugins. Anyone can install plugin he wants for securing content etc. But some certain set of pages as a preset demo for membership would be absolutely huge. And its again about some demo pages so its almost 3. And when we stayed with those prebuild pages, layouts, and blocks ... There can be anything inserted into MD because everything that is already in MD is just so super cool. 4. And one simple forum post: For noncoders and those who don't even know CSS 1px bottom borders and underlines ,ANYWHERE, guide would be super cool too P.S. Sorry but English is not even my 2. language so ... And sorry for too much text. Its the way I think loud ...
  20. Memberful's a pretty good option if you want something simple. And moving away from 1:1 coaching/consulting towards something scalable and/or passive is ideal. For me, the idea is to focus on one small aspect of my consulting. I sold my service as "Monetization Strategies", however, more often than not, I found myself encouraging my client and trying to reassure them that moving forward and taking action is the only way to find out if their idea will actually work. We can do a ton of research, and we can validate our ideas, products, and service offerings, but at the end of the day - we have to just do something if we want to find out if the thing we're working on can become a real business. Those sort of conversations led me to start publishing content, behind a subscription. Anyway, good luck with your transition Ivan.
  21. +2 for what Ivan said. Also: Reusable template / code blocks + accompanying CSS that can be re-deployed to other pages (maybe a library created from some of your custom designed MD sites of those willing to share?) More hooks to choose from when using page blocks (e.g. Instead of having to create the page blocks in order they would be shown, I'd like to be able to reorder them AND choose where each shows up on the page) Pre-built templates that don't impact page speed a lot May add more as I use PB's more
  22. Here's a wishlist that would make my life far easier is playing about with the "content boxes", in a simple MD way: Creating multi-contentbox layouts (as an addon to pageblocks) like the layout Cam has, in order to build website like that, as well as something like the Strategyzer; Being able to clearly specify hover/mouse over effects, such as for a content box to change color or add a stronger hover on mouse over (like Strategyzer).
  23. Thanks for the recommendation of Memberful - while I researched membership software for WordPress before, I wasn't familiar with it. Like you, I'm trying to focus from consulting 1-on-1 on something more scalable!
  24. note: This is probably not going to be grammatically correct, but I'm just gonna freestyle this one. . . . . . . Back in January I began the long process of transitioning my business from a (fairly successful) Consulting biz to an Online learning co. The reason is pretty simple - I no longer want to trade time for money. While I enjoy working 1:1 with my clients, I'm a lot more interested in working smarter, and not harder, so.... Turning my website from a simple (static) contact portal to a legitimate (dynamic) website capable of presenting text, audio, and video content to my subscribers has been painless. I wanted my site to be lightweight, fast, flexible, and beautiful. Which is why I had-to go with MD. Without going into ever single detail (I'll save that for another time), I've successfully re-launched Raylosophy dot com as a content hub supported by subscriptions. 350+ paying subscribers later, and I'm still optimizing my site. I want to offer a distraction free...content focused...mobile & web optimized experience, and thanks to Alexs' laser focused pursuit of perfection - Marketers Delight is making my job a lot easier. Instead of worrying about which plugins I need to install, activate, deactivate, etc...I can spend that time testing the built-in features. Right now, I six plugins installed, and only 5 of them active. 1. Classic Editor - because I really hate Gutenberg. 2. Google XML Sitemaps - because its the smart thing to do. 3. Memberful - because I need to manage my membership site, and Memberful seems like the best option. 4. Really Simple SSL - because I want to support these developers, and every site needs to be secure. 5. Stripe Payments (inactive) - because I might not KEEP Memberful. Instead I might want to simply deliver my daily content via email, and keep each "newsletter issue" archived on the site - in which case I won't need something like memberful. I might go with using a PayPal link and a simple login page for anyone looking to access the site. The point is, I love plugins, but I love my supporters more - and providing the best possible experience is what I want to do. 6. Lastly, I'm using WP Offload Media Lite - because I (again) want to keep my site lightweight, and storing images and downloadable content on Amazon (s3) is the way to go. Okay, so this post is a little longer than I wanted it to be, but I've gotten so much value from the MD Forums that it's only right that I give a little back. Alex gives us so much with MD that I always have to remind myself that Kolakube/MD is essentially, a one-man-shop. Think about that for a sec. He's running software company by himself, and has a critical hand in the businesses of thousands of entrepreneurs. I'm grateful for MD, and my success is MD's success. Again - I apologize for spelling and grammatical errors, but I just wanted to get this out there. Ray.
  25. The more I study the landscape of the page builder market the more motivated I get to take it on with Marketers Delight! I see these tools battling out to see who can provide the most advanced features and design functionality, and almost all of them add a ton of bloat to your website inside and out. Many of these interfaces look like the developers are trying to recreate a Photoshop experience in your WordPress site where you can build everything from scratch one element at a time. This process works, but who wants to start from scratch every time? Of course that's where premade templates and blocks come in, and they offer a fast way to push out designs and can speed up the content creation process. But there is often so many customization options that editing a long page can become slow, and especially confusing navigating the layers and layers of menus. I get it, there is a definite need for these kinds of tools and the market shows that. But I have never enjoyed using these tools and think there needs to be a better way. With Marketers Delight I see an opportunity to slice into the market with a tool that is the best of both worlds—highly customizable and useful website features but actually lightweight and quick to use. Even one that doesn't remove the flexibility of the awesome WordPress API and template system, and one that even complements it! I recognize that many of you buy into MD because you want a product that has already made the best design decisions and comes with the most working features without you having to build it all yourself. That's why the MD Builder (or whatever I call it) will be solutions-oriented, opinionated, and does enough for you that you can create content faster than ever. So I leave it to you, and please contribute as your voice here could very much influence the path of the MD Builder—what do you find is missing from the page builder market that you would love to see done the "Marketers Delight" way?
  26. Alex

    MD Optins (4.9.5)

    The new version of MD Popups is no joke.
  27. Alex

    MD Optins (4.9.5)

    A huge part of the new MD Optins system is to make sure creating popups is fast and easy. The Popups Designer is getting a total UI overhaul and a whole new rethinking of the popups creation process. Instead of trying to build popup designs piece by piece you will be able to toggle through premade templates that all interact with the same text, image, and optin settings for a controlled and easier popup creation process. Even creating custom popup templates from the Designer will be made easier, and adding your own custom popup templates from your child theme will be as easy as using a filter and writing HTML and CSS (keeping things simple!). I will be releasing MD Optins with a few nicely designed popup templates and then open the doors to showing you how to create some too, and plenty more will be added later down the road too. You can see an early preview below for an idea of how the new Popups Designer will work. This doesn't show much, but hopefully gives you an idea of its flexibility in comparison to the current way: Screen Recording 2019-06-17 at 01.16 PM.mov
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