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  1. 3 points
    The revamped MD API is going to be one of the best custom fields and settings builder in WordPress, and the new Floating Bars and other MD Optins tools will be a testament to its power. With minimal effort, creating as many floating bars as you need with advanced settings will be a breeze. Can't wait to release Alpha!
  2. 3 points
    MD5.0 is not just about huge new features, but refining the core of what makes a website authoritative. Take the new author box design, which isn't afraid to be more bold than its current design and list your links in a nice and subtle way. Why make the author box stand out more? Not only is it important to craft a post that is highly informative and detailed, but to also add credibility. With just a few lines, a good head shot and links to your most important pages on the Internet, you can instantly back up your post with the new Author Box coming into MD5.0.
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    Development is going well, these past two weeks I have averaged at least 4+ hours a day on MD5.0 (many days going over 9) and I am extremely relieved to have the most critical things left to do in a nice bulleted list on my whiteboard. Taking a couple day break around Christmas (you will probably see me here more), and will take that refreshed energy to knock out the rest of those items. Due to how massive a rewrite of MD this has been, I am releasing MD5.0 after a public alpha and beta test stage. Alpha will be a period where those of you who volunteer to test MD5.0 on blank sites can take it for a spin and find any bugs and send in usability improvements. The Beta period will be for testing existing sites (you'll want to use a staging site for this) and running the updater script needed to port data from the old format to the incredibly improved format. I am confident that this updater will go smoothly and move any options around without losing your settings. There will be a few small exceptions, but nothing flicking a few switches won't fix. The other big news of MD5.0 is that Page Leads will be formally deprecated and available as a Dropin. Because of what MD5.0 will now make possible with frontend site editing (coming around MD5.2 or 5.3), the Page Leads system will no longer be in the mix and replaced with an alternative far more powerful. See the above posts for insights into MD Optins, the new Site Design panel, developer tools, and other enhancements coming to MD5.0. As I wrap up the hardcore development groundwork, I will be moving to the sexier "flashy" features that this now makes possible and start back up the newsletter and blog to start hyping this incredible new iteration of Marketers Delight. Stay tuned.
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  5. 1 point
    The first demo Floating Bars are coming out, and deploying these things around your site will be a breeze with the above admin controls! MD5.0 is about templates, so alternative templates will be available just as writing your own custom HTML templates is easy to plug into this system.
  6. 1 point
    Yes, and I am asking you of anything specific in that outdated, yet shipped version of jQuery that you are concerned about. I did a little research and found an actively maintained plugin that allows you to change the version of jQuery: https://wordpress.org/plugins/jquery-manager/
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    Curious about the alpha testing. I'd like to contribute if you need some real life testing.
  8. 1 point
    Linking back is something I'm experimenting with but unless something changes in the next few weeks, I'll remove the button. As you know, the goal is to keep the email clean, and distraction-free, so if the button isn't leading to conversation about the content, I'll remove it. And yes -- I'd say 70% of my website traffic comes from the newsletter. I really don't know. It looks as good as any sidebar is going to look on mobile. Adding a button/right-pointing arrow to the header would be a slick way to 'Make Sidebars Great Again'. Will do. Thanks again for your support brother!
  9. 1 point
    I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years and took some time for themselves. I took a bit of an extended vacation with family and friends I haven't seen in a while, and fortunately got much of the MD5.0 development I talked about in my last post completed. I am running some tedious tests on my own and will open the Alpha testing period shortly thereafter, shooing for the end of January if not sooner.
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    Loving these updates! I have noticed in your recent issues you add a button or link back to the site in some way. I almost always click them because I want to see if there is more info about the verse you shared, or to see what other good stuff is waiting for me in your archives. Does most of the website traffic come from your newsletter? How can we make it great on mobile? I like this thinking, especially if your sidebar is valuable. A campaign I want to run in 2020 is to Make Sidebars Great Again (heh) with a feature that makes sidebars accessible through a button in the header menu. I think this will add a lot of value to sites and help bring the sidebar back again. Keep these updates coming! I am still reading your emails daily.
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    Hey MD fam -- I'm back with an update. If you care, read on, if you don't -- continue reading anyway 😎 So since my first post, I've been able to grow my email list by 20%, but the web traffic is pretty flat. To be fair, I haven't put any time or resources into driving traffic to the site, but my publishing schedule (and approach) for 2020 is a little more intentional, so I expect traffic to pick up. How am I using MD? 1. I've removed the 'subscribe' button from the header. Not because I no longer want visitors to subscribe, but because I want to direct visitors to pages that offer a little more insight into what Library66 is all about. 2. I no longer have a side-bar, therefore, the content spotlight widget is no longer in use. 3. I've also disabled the share function (for now) but I'll re-enable it shortly. 4. I've added MD font icons to the header. They look great and get a lot more clicks that text alone. 5. I'm using the Gallery-Block dropin for my 'Thank You' page. I've always loved the GB dropin, and once I figured out the best way to use it, I took the extra step of stripping it down by removing the button and pop-up feature. Take a look and see if you can tell me (with a straight face) that you don't love it. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve/optimize my site or make better use of MD's features, feel free to submit your feedback below. 6. I've disabled and removed the Rank Math SEO plugin. I might install Yoast this week, but I'm not sure yet. If you have any feedback on how I can further optimize/improve my site -- please comment below. Oh, and when you get a chance, let me/us know how you're using MD. Inspiration is always welcome.
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    To clarify the "live preview design" will be no more and instead we will use a simple design panel. I realize the risk I am taking at upsetting people with this change, but I think it stands to delight all of us who experience weird inconsistencies with the current designer. Here is a glimpse of the design options ported and reorganized to the new panel: Color options opened: The goal here is to know what is required for your site's branding and choose the few main colors involved, then let MD's smarter than ever design system update colors and other design elements based off that one decision. Because I am spending so much time on the precision of these new controls, I am making a bold gamble that no live preview is needed and you can trust that these options will take care of everything for you live. What is really great about the new Site Design panel is the Typography system, which has not only been refined to display more precise calculations but now shows default font sizes for desktop, tablet, and mobile right in the settings: Just like the existing design system, all spacing, site widths, and headline fonts are calculated based on the Body font size and line height which allows your site to build itself proportionally and relieve you of coming up with your own arbitrary values. Of course you can go in and set custom font sizes and other attributes, but much has been done to make the defaults as best as possible. I hope this gives you some ideas of what you will be working with. Like I said I took a risk but the new kinds of options and controls that can be added to our sites will make this transition worth it!
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