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  1. 8 points
    This is going to be a brutally honest article of self-reflection and a glimpse into the state of MD and where we are going as a product and community. I'll start by getting the hard part out of the way: I have been extremely unfair to the MD community. Marketers Delight as a software product is incredibly stable and robust after years of development and being battle-tested on thousands of sites since 2015. For years I have been a one-man shown, balancing the product development, community engagement, and a booming freelance business (all MD sites), and throughout that time I have had ups and downs in regards to my work balance and goals for MD. My metric for success and contentment about the product, whether I wanted to admit it or not has been revenue, which has been going up every year and will only continue to do so. But one metric that was not growing relative to the potential of MD and my high ambitions for the product is how much easier it has become for you to do the same advanced things I can do with MD, and implementing more of your requests that fall in line with the goals of the product. While MD has become increasingly capable over the years and many people are creating excellent websites, the development cycle and community have been growing at inconsistent rates—and it all starts from the top. For example, why aren't more of you building successful freelance businesses with MD as I have been? Why aren't more of you creating Dropins and extending your site's capabilities with MD's wonderful APIs? Why aren't more of you motivated to use MD's excellent content features to create the new standard of blogging and audience interaction? The answer to all of those questions is simple: I have not been showing you the way! Sure, I have been throwing out new features in each release and giving you an idea of what they are and how to use them, but more real world examples and more engaging tutorials have been missing. There are many deep concepts built into MD that by simply explaining them further to you can unlock the know-how you need to make better sites and even start a web design business of your own, but the truth of the matter is I have been hoarding that knowledge and money. Instead of writing more tutorials and articles, I have been struggling to find my voice and afraid of the blank screen. Instead of passing on 4 and 5 figure jobs to the most competent of you, I have created a waiting list and over extending myself to write code that is locked away one site at a time rather than releasing those features in a way that can scale to every one of your site's—a feat MD is damn good at! I have made many personal strides over this life-changing summer and broke out of the gray that has kept me rooted in a battle against myself, and my proof is that I am able to deliver these words to you now in a manner as prolific as the way I used to write years ago when I began my first blog (those of you who have followed my work since age 15 should hopefully hear a familiar voice speaking to them right now). Of course words are not enough to prove what I am saying here is different than the similar claims I have made in the past, that is why I am taking an action that I never had the courage to take on before and will be the difference between MD's success and a boost to your own success: I am no longer for hire as a freelance web developer. Many times I have told myself this but have been allured by not only cool jobs, but jobs with high price tags. To make the deal even better, every job I have taken since 2015 has been built on Marketers Delight and what an amazing privilege it has been. Many of those jobs have improved my skills and understanding of websites and have directly benefited MD through bug and security fixes, but after so many projects and becoming a master of WordPress (I am not afraid to say this) these jobs no longer provide the same level of benefits to MD that my time spent directly developing MD would. Even worse, my indifference and mixed feelings have taken a toll on some of the clients I have been unbelievably fortunate to work with, and much of that grief I've created in myself has trickled down here into how well I help you in the MD forums. That is why once I finish my current obligations and do a great job for who I am working with, I will no longer be accepting any web development work and will instead be channeling that immense effort and energy into developing the MD product, growing our community, and training those of you who wish to fill the void I am leaving and take on some great projects that can give you some life-changing income. The future of Marketers Delight is highly modular—importing and exporting templates of all kinds with an easy interface and with all the right optimizations. The future of Marketers Delight is engagement—I will show you what I have learned about creating engaging websites not only in the past but how we can BLAZE a new path for what the future of websites should be in a world that is built for social media. The future of Marketers Delight is present—you will hear from me regularly and together we will build websites that add a fulfilling aspect to our lives and even money in our banks. The next evolution of Marketers Delight starts October 15th, and if you've read this far I just want to thank you for using my product as your means for creating your online business and for accepting me as an imperfect person trying to do right by my business. Thank you for your time, - Alex Mangini
  2. 4 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!
  3. 4 points
    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:
  4. 3 points
    Wasting no time after Marketers Delight 4.9.4, I am swiftly moving to the next initiative: MD Optins. I have been dreaming this feature out single the release of MD4.9, which added the Integrations panel, and I am so excited to finally get a move on this project! MD Optins will merge the old email forms and popups features as well as introduce enhanced email form functionality (checkbox consents, other form fields), a few new email service integrations, and a special new kind of optin form that will really make a difference in your conversion rates. Just about every update since MD4.9.4 has been preparing us for this stage, and I expect to move very fast on the completion of this feature thanks to those updates. My head is still two updates ahead, but MD Optins will add features to your website that will really make your email marketing far more effective. Here's an early look at the reorganized admin panel. While much simpler, you will be able to perform amazing website actions from here. Understand that as MD gets simpler, your capabilities expand astronomically. I will keep you updated here and am open to any feedback and questions throughout the development process.
  5. 3 points
    The Design Options are also impressively simple and will allow you to create many combinations of good-looking Floating Bars. Let's take the following settings for example: They produce the following results, a nice Floating Bar with a simple image and perfect vertical alignment (even if you removed some text) with just about the default settings intact. My next goal was to recreate a custom floating bar I made for a client site with a particular breakout effect. By changing a few settings, we now have the following Floating Bar. Notice the breakout image effect and slightly shorter content box: The only difference? We adjusted the content and CTA width, and added a breakout effect to the image: But now let's say we want to use an email form instead of a button. We go to the CTA tab to quickly change out to an email form: But the result is a little squished, since an email form is usually longer than a button: No problem! We can go back to the Design tab and tell this Floating Bar to use the full width of the browser rather than the max site width: The result is much better when using larger image and wide email forms, and is arguably more readable: ----- I hope you enjoyed this quick demonstration! The Floating Bar feature, along with the rest of MD5.0 is coming out incredibly and I am proud of what this new software will be able to accomplish on your sites with minimal resources. The goal of building a full Optins system into MD is to obviously give you powerful lead capture tools yet also keep your site running fast. As always, no jQuery or other wild scripts will be loaded to power these tools which is unheard of for how advanced these kinds of tools are. Because MD is built with simple technologies, you can rest assured that it will work on any web host of any power (even shared hosting) and is all in one lightweight package, the MD Theme (which may weigh even smaller by the time MD5.0 is done, yet with 1,000% more power). If you have any feedback or questions, now is the time for having your say about how these features come out!
  6. 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.
  7. 2 points
    *phew* building an optins/popup system is not easy and I can see why there are so many massive companies out there who charge you a monthly fee to enable popups on your website. I don't think any elements of your site should be a rentable feature, and the complexity overhead on that is way too much for, again, a single element of your entire website. MD Optins will come with some seriously kickass and flexible optins that match your site, and will be open enough to create your own and even to import new templates from the future popups library coming to MD.com. Gotta get through this hurdle now for a lot of time, money, and complexity saved in the future...
  8. 2 points
    As of this moment, MD Optins is officially in Alpha. ...but MD5.0 as a whole is just shy of Alpha status. Alpha testing --> Beta testing --> Launch!
  9. 2 points
    I'm seeing awesome progress! Love the new floating bar.
  10. 2 points
    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.
  11. 2 points
    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.
  12. 2 points
    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.
  13. 2 points
    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!
  14. 2 points
    First, thanks @Alex for the blunt honesty. Very few people are capable of doing so and it requires not only humbleness but also a certain form of maturity, not to say wisdom. I am that type of very detailed-oriented person (combined with a perfectionist personality - shame on me), and it was a nightmare for me to choose the right Wordpress theme. I went for MD after MUCH hesitation. MD seemed so much developer-oriented to me. As you understand, I am not a technical guy. I can say MD has given headaches, regrets and even anxiety on multiple occasions. On other occasions, I could see "the light". I can only see today the extreme power of MD. MD is NOT perfect. It is NOT complete. There are other very competitive themes out there. But knowing @Alex's new decision to focus exclusively on MD, I can only see an extremely BRIGHT future. The days I discovered The STREAM, I immediately thought it was just USELESS. Who wants that, knowing that we're all running after time and already have too many distractions? After much thought, I think there is such GREAT potential in that unique feature. I have shared many ideas in my posts about it in this forum. I think you all know about Telegram or What's App. The Stream could be juste another way of doing the same if enhanced: Sharing audio with an integrated audio (or even video) live recorder, triggering discussions, managing multiple threads, etc. But I'm going down the road of details and specifics here. This is just my way of sharing my appraisal for @Alex and excitement for MD. I am a MARKETER. I am a copywriter. I just think MD could be a killer tool if it integrated ALL the ideas I shared about The Stream, about Time-delayed Content, etc. YES, I'm being selfish here. LOL. Seriously, selfish is not my style. It has never been. I am just so dead convinced that MD could be put on hot rods (is that even English? ) if it integrated some unique marketing features. MD could be so much business oriented, not in the usual way, but in offering some features not found everywhere else. Hard to explain. May be just a big feeling on my side. All I know is that @Alex has the capacity to listen to his users and this is certainly his best asset. Having a horde with him! Let's make MD rule and reinvent marketing and blogging!
  15. 2 points
    Thank you, Alex, for interessting and honest post btw! I knew you are gonna make it!! And stuff like Stagnation, pause or not so many updates are ook! LOOK... You imidietly got to the point where you go for an interface...And that is all that matters for those who are not devs ( me for example and several millions of people!! ) So u just made many people happy! I mean, In my eyes - best move what you can go for .. You can make just a few demos for the start ... ( You can INSPIRE FROM GENERATE PRESS - SITE LIBRARY, OR ASTRA THEME ) .. 2 best demo-install-interfaces out there ...You already did so many websites in those years .. You can enjoy copy many of those, I mean creating similar ones in terms of all kind of features you ever used and - easy! BECAUSE that is the only way how to,,TEACH OTHERS,, how You did it .. see my point? Just dont feel guilty!! You did the great work but spent a lot of time in the world of code and yes now is right because you know about it so you can be aware of stuff and overcome this challenge with an interface and easy LOOK at this: You mentioned freelancers. You named it up there well. If you spend time in for creating something special,... with special feature I will name 1: Filter for blog posts like for categories .. if some demo will contain such a thing .. you can charge and make it paid demo .. charge 100-200 if you want to have such a feature like freelancer .. I would buy all of those paid demos if useful like i am mentioning Why not? It can be very beneficial for ebverobyd you can have more fun. You can escape from that world of code - warcraft haha :)) and just be proud of yourself that you 1. got it. 2. made it. 3 people are happy, better business .. All good! don't feel guilty people in your age not running one man show businesses but sucking Lolipop :DD You can do it! We all know if u just create something similar to GeneratePress system I am sure you will manage! Gp is an amazing theme too btw. It's like 2. best after MD ANYWAY. Dont forget! MD Blog theme - Blog layouts .. And if you check Astra a GP if you already don't know them I mean if you haven't seen them yet. They have also something called premium modules and if you activate it you have advanced option straight in the customizer ( both of these themes having stuff as header option like MD but many features and they are actually super cool, sticky stuff, nice animations, width transparent. They have options like use the main menu as a header before it's under and logo in the middle .. ) Lots of interesting things they have AND? Guess what .. none of these not even scratching the surface on MD in terms of overall designs. I am sure you can make huge success and create massive engagement around MD. 100 percent, because I am sure u can come up with more and more designs which are cmon let's be honest absolutely unique. If you had also more advanced options so your theme would be even more flexible. It can be done in the next years and I think is best what you can do if you wanna stay in the business. You deserve success and YES, Your MD horde Deserves to know. But don't stress cmon anything out there is perfect so what? :)) (Wave)
  16. 2 points
    That was a lot of honesty and transparency Mr. Mangini. On behalf of myself and the business I've run (largely on MD) — thank you. Oh, and I think you just wrote ↑ your mission statement my friend.
  17. 2 points
    We create online businesses to serve specific needs through a specific voice that is calculated and stays on brand, though unfortunately at the expense of all the other wacko ideas and deep thoughts that may be valuable elsewhere. That's the value of having a personal blog and if you are lucky to own yourname.com, can create a body of work that lasts a lifetime. Over the past week I've been reworking my own personal site in a way that fulfills any urges I have to write other kinds of content. It's not that I wouldn't share this kind of content anywhere else, there's just no better place to put them! Many of us (myself included) are trying to build the most complicated sites and see how far we can stretch MD and WordPress, so this personal site allowed me to experiment with scaling down to build a website. Let me tell you, MD made creating a pretty cool site super easy. Features I have activated throughout the site: Connected to MailChimp in the MD integrations panel Showing one email form in multiple parts of website from one settings screen Enabled the Stream to create a micro-blog Enabled the Bookshelf to create a reading list page Like and share buttons on blog and stream posts Custom sidebars on Stream page (though disabled right now for future plans) Changed some design settings in MD > Site Design and wrote minimal custom CSS to tone down default MD styles ...and none of this required any plugins! In fact, I only have one plugin enabled: The All in One SEO Framework (premium version). I can't believe a site like this exists and is so fast, and using MD's features was just a joy! Not to gush too much of course, it's rare I can use MD in a relaxed environment without stressing about the flaws or getting lost in where I want to take it next. Do you have your own personal sites you have made with MD? Reply here or post your own thread about it!
  18. 2 points
    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!
  19. 2 points
    Started the day by updating the Showcase, we'll see what comes next...
  20. 2 points
    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 points
    +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. 2 points
    The new version of MD Popups is no joke.
  23. 2 points
    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
  24. 2 points
    I have been preparing to unveil a new content strategy and released the revamped MD blog design tonight. It's still a work in progress but has greatly consolidated 100+ articles into a clearer way for you to navigate. Go check it out, you might find something new as the new template now holds a lot of previously unlisted tutorials.
  25. 1 point
    The layout controls available in the Popups Designer are seriously smart (cue background coffee shop music). Screen Recording 2020-02-17 at 06.24 PM.mov
  26. 1 point
    Great stuff. Love what I'm seeing. Especially the floating bar is just what I've been waiting for.
  27. 1 point
    Not only is it helpful to be able to rapidly create and edit Floating Bars, but also to quickly position them on the right pages. Here we see the global deployment options with various display settings locked into a very simple panel, with page by page display options also in the works for dealing with exceptions, or only working on single page locations.
  28. 1 point
    Yes, that 2 style button will actually be a core feature in the revamped MD Popups maker. The ability to chain popups together will be a breeze and I can't wait to have you test it when the Alpha version is ready.
  29. 1 point
    Hello Alex! I hope you are doing well, First of all all the best in new year and quickly what i am all about: I am trying to achieve 2 lines button with MD i see its normal i see you have it in popup ( 2 lines - marketing styles button ) i see it in welcoming mat on mickyvisit website... Any chance to get access to code? P.S. i will wait becasue when i observe what s going on here on forums, bugs, errors, issues so i wish you good luck with all of that first and then if u be so kind, i would apreciate it my man! Regards!
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    Curious about the alpha testing. I'd like to contribute if you need some real life testing.
  32. 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!
  33. 1 point
    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.
  34. 1 point
    Guys, Community, @Ray, @Alex MD stands for MARKETERS... delight. M-A-R-K-E-T-E-R-S! What I am doing here is igniting a kind of brainstorming thread that might be extremely beneficial to ALL OF US. Here is my question: WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE TOP 3 MOST EFFECTIVE PRACTICES / TOOLS TO INCREASE YOUR MAILING LIST? In other words: What are the most beneficial tools in MD today to build your list? And especially how to bets use them?
  35. 1 point
    Making a clear offer up front and going over-the-top to strengthen its value Creating consistent, engaging content to go along with it Repeat From the beginning when you visit MD.com you see that I am selling a WordPress theme called Marketers Delight and from there you can read about everything it offers and read into its benefits. From there every other blog post, stream post, download, offer, and every other piece of content that follows it supports your purchase. You aren't just getting one download, but many supporting pieces that adds a lot of extra value. The most sales and highest levels of engagement the MD email list makes is when I am emailing about a new version or release. General content and new tutorial newsletters do okay, but nothing gets my list more excited than something new that is ready for them to use. Basically, value value value and then repeat. Now this doesn't build my email list but it does strengthen it. The highest quality email list you can build is a list of those who have purchased something from you. The trust is already there since they have purchased from you, now it's just on you to keep adding value and not mess up, really.
  36. 1 point
    As of late I have been practicing my new writing habit on my personal blog and have been having a blast. At the end of every night I have committed myself to writing something new for the MD website or my blog and each night I feel as I have gotten a little better. I am fortunate to own the .com domain to my name so I have been using it to put the rawest, most real thoughts and experiences from my life there and I can tell it is only going to get weirder (crazier?) as time goes on. While I try to make these posts somewhat interesting and readable for others, I am ultimately writing for myself despite how incomplete they often feel. I have an inkling that I put myself at risk sharing such personal things here on the "business" forum, but I am not asking for anybody's judgement and my track record speaks for itself as imperfect as it may be. Here are the new blog posts that have come up since I declared this new writing habit... enjoy? How I Used Tobacco to Quit Marijuana - September 26, 2019 How I Reclaimed My Voice After Years of Gray - October 30, 2019 Results From the Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush (Ongoing Cleanse) - November 4, 2019 The Pain You Carry is the Life You Live - November 6, 2019
  37. 1 point
    Thanks for the support brother. Good call on the teaser styling, it looks a lot better now.
  38. 1 point
    Library66 is easily my favorite newsletter and always the first email I check in my inbox every morning. I haven't thought of the Stream for this purpose and I LOVE it! I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being the most highly visited page on the site. Very well designed and love the images you found (or made?) to design these widgets. You have always been an expert with the Content Spotlight on your sites! Very curious to see how you use Share Notices. It's my dream to make these kinds of optin forms/templates a breeze with MD; version 5.0 should get us there. ----- I'd like to make a suggestion to make the blog teasers listing typography more attractive. Here is the styling I did to make the make the subtext more complementary rather than dominant over the headline: The simple styles: .blog-teaser .small-title { font-size: 22px; line-height: 31px; margin-bottom: 6px; } .blog-teaser .byline { display: none; } .blog-teaser p { color: #777; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25px; } Keep up the great work and really excited to watch this project expand.
  39. 1 point
    Moved to General Discussion. A good distinction here! As MD's email functionality increases it will be important to distinguish which functions should go into MD and others left to the email service. Since the thank you page is most likely going to be created from WordPress, it makes sense this feature is here, and also makes your lists more flexible if used across multiple sites. In the future I see other fields like "Already Subscribed?," and the "Please Confirm your email" page making it into this feature set as well.
  40. 1 point
    I was blessed to have stood on the frontlines with you these past 6 months and I can testify to everyone here that this is incredible news! I can see why some folks here are sensing a bit of guilt and unfair pressure you are putting on yourself... but, I can can also testify that when reading between the lines, you are just revealing your dedication and passion for MD and how much greater an impact it could have with this major shift in focus beginning Oct 15th. As individual creators and collective members of the MD community, it is important that we hold ourselves accountable to dive in deeper and become our own master of MD/Wordpress. And ALSO that we help keep Alex accountable to show us the way, as he has expressed his passion for! You don't have to start your own freelance business... but, WHY NOT?! I personally am inspired to do just that. As an example, I have built a music business founded on the context of personal development. My highest ticket item in my sales funnel is actually physically BUILDING out my client/fans passion on the internet using a self-hosted wordpress and the MD theme. How much could that be worth to you, to them? They sky is the limit and I have the utmost confidence knowing that Alex is in my corner if need him, but ultimately that he is leading the charge! Thank you for your transparency and all that you do Alex... looking forward to diving in deeper with MD! With Luv and Gratitude, ~/\/\~
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    Glad to hear - would love to see the site you are working on! MD will be taking the Dropins concept much farther in the neat future. For anyone else wondering, Yoast adds a title and description setting for custom post type archive pages in the "Titles & Description" admin settings. So for any Stream, Bookshelf, Videos, or other pages you can change the meta right from those settings.
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    Sounds good, Alex! Nobody is perfect, so why should you be? You're amazing in your own extra ordinary and creative way. Remember that. I'm greatful I've found MD and you. It works for me. Keep up the good spirit.
  43. 1 point
    Spent a few hours today restructuring the MD5.0 theme files to make different components more accessible and MD's internal libraries easier to navigate. Not only is clean file organization necessary for ease of development but it is imperative a theme as far reaching as Marketers Delight is structured properly so all of the aggressive features and enhancements coming in this version are sustainably built. The new root file structure of MD5.0 will look like this: A few notes: The content folder has been renamed templates, and all of MD's template files will now live here. This will make finding all of the files eligible to be overwritten from your child theme easier. Don't worry—if your child theme has the content folder in it MD5.0 will still read those files. The css folder has been moved to the root as well and this will make finding different sections of MD's CSS templates easier too. In a nutshell, the style.css file in the root directory is generated from all of the template files in the css folder, which have been broken down into parts. For example, all of the CSS for buttons, columns, spacers, text formatting, menus, etc. all live in their own file. This makes finding specific blocks of CSS easier, and because these files are dynamic, we can use PHP to output dynamic settings which then print to the static CSS file. I will explain this CSS system more in depth as it is very cool, but I anticipate you will have a lot of fun with these template files! This was done in MD4.9.4, and the scripts.js file is also located in the root directory. It makes sense to be here and goes well with style.css, which holds all of your site's frontend CSS. Apart from some serious internal rearrangements MD5.0's main features will be the Optin capabilities shown off here so far. The Popups feature is getting an overhaul and is becoming far more flexible and getting loads of new templates. Admittedly the first version of the new interface I came up with is pretty uninspiring (screenshot below), but I am happy to have made progress on a way more uplifting and easier to use interface. I am slightly embarrassed to show this screenshot off, but it will be great to compare it to the inspired design which I will tease here shortly. 😛 More updates coming soon! MD5.0 is going to be a massive hit!
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    MD4.9.5 is now available! This is a simple update that adds a direct integration with MailerLite, meaning you can now connect your site to this popular email service to embed code-free email forms and popups with Marketers Delight. A big thank you to @MasterHealer and others for requesting this feature and I hope it makes your workflows a lot easier. I wrote a stream post to go along with the update so you can read that here. Otherwise MD4.9.5 is waiting for you in your WP admin right now!
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    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?
  46. 1 point
    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.
  47. 1 point
    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.
  48. 1 point
    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.
  49. 1 point
    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 ...
  50. 1 point
    In preparation for MD4.9.4 I have created a Troubleshooting page you can use to help work through any problems you might run into during upgrades and other use cases. It is only a start, but something that I hope gives you more confidence to work through any issues that might be slowing you down. Feedback appreciated!
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