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  1. 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.
  2. 2 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 2 points
    It's been few days since I low-key released the massive new MD 4.8 design system. I decided to slowly roll this update out so I could work with the few brave souls of this forum who have been watching this update unfold. Thanks to you guys taking action, I've been able to monitor how existing site's interact with MD4.8 and feel confident to make the grand announcement to everybody else. Even better, you were gracious enough to share the bugs you found in the update and that's what this new version is all about—cleaning up some loose ends. A special thanks to @camerondare, @V3King, and @Richard Brown for reporting bugs and helping me make the first maintenance release of the MD4.8 series possible! MD4.8.1 is waiting for you in your dashboard and has the following changes: Adjusts content box drop shadow on Teasers layout, adds drop shadow to pagination and archives title if enabled Fixes spacing issues on mobile and desktop with the aligncenter class Fixes links color in Content Spotlight widget Fixes save error on Email Widget Adds bottom margin to the archives title Corrects display bug with Pro Share floating icons Based on how much has changed, I'm glad to report that these bugs are fairly minor and no serious issues have come up with the MD4.8 upgrade. Thanks for all of your support, and be sure to watch the redesigned MD blog for new tutorials and content!
  6. 2 points
    The next focus for Marketers Delight is to finally deliver some easy design/customization options, and thanks to the great MD4.7 I've been running at full speed building these new features out. You know - things like changing site colors, fonts, menu colors, etc. without needing to go into your child theme or write CSS. (of course MD will always be developer friendly) Take a sneak peak of one small possibility so far (video link): https://cl.ly/282Q3d2Q3u43 So far I'm pleased with the direction things are going and staying diligent to only add what's necessary for maximum results. Less is more; all that good stuff. As you can see from the video I'm targeting site elements like the header, main menu, content box, sidebar, footer, and the most important elements within these sections. After working through thousands of sites (many hundreds of MD, maybe more) I'm focusing on what is most commonly changed in site designs and honing in on getting the most out of each new settings control. Nailing the right design tools will end up saving us time when first setting up new and take away tending to some of the more tedious elements of good design - ESPECIALLY styling menus (always a headache). I'm also trying to think and build for the future as well as the present, and have found it interesting to design these tools in such a way that they can be launched from individual posts/pages (like nearly every other MD feature) instead of global. I'll keep moving along, and will keep you updated on my progress and when to expect these to be finished. I'm calling this MD4.8, and there will be tons of other improvements design/optimization improvements alongside these new design controls. Let me know some of most common design changes you make to your own sites and see if they would be useful to add to MD.
  7. 2 points
    Hey, great question. I'm working on the announcement post now and testing the last details and bug fixes I can find. That being said, I'm shooting for a soft launch this weekend (around Friday) to release to everybody who wants to update, then make a formal announcement to the email list on Monday. Very pleased to hear you will be using MD for a new site, this update will absolutely be a big boost to your efforts.
  8. 2 points
    Amongst many other mini features to be released in MD4.8, we're also getting a new Search page template (in an attempt to add a search box to your websites SERPs): And the perfect touch for an update like this, MD will automatically clean out the unneeded scripts, meta tags, and other junk from loading in the HEAD of your page's document. I also found out that WordPress sets a cookie in the browser of every visitor who fills out their name, email, and website to leave a comment on your site, so MD will also now disable that too. If you need these scripts and cookie feature, you can restore it with a new option in the MD Site Tools:
  9. 2 points
    Glad I'm on the right track! Rather than doing a complex integration of these services-like I see in basically every other theme-the only thing I want us to think about here is: 1) What is the font name I want to use? 2) Which service is this font available with? ...and a single click to make that decision, then let MD compile the rest.
  10. 2 points
    How about an easy way to activate Typekit & Google fonts...
  11. 2 points
    This is not an exaggeration.
  12. 2 points
    A UI update from last night's post: To keep the typography data as simple as possible I've opted not to save a value to any font fields that are calculated by MD's new typography system. As these fields will be updated constantly and are sensitive to other control's input, it would just be too burdensome to resave each field when another control is changed. These values will still be accessible from a dynamic function, and will be used to render an in-admin style guide so you can see your design settings at a glance. The way the UI in my last post worked, I couldn't save an empty field as the slider number control field requires a value to save, so I had to rework the typography settings to use a slider and text field in sync with each other. The result is the following: (Note: not all live preview functionality is hooked up yet) You can compare the differences in this post and the post above. You'll notice that in this instance the pressing the reset button doesn't show a link icon, but instead clears out the text field. Again, to revert back to the default typography calculation, this field needs to be left blank - so this works perfectly with the needs of MD's typography system and makes calculating the ideal font size/unit of spacing simpler. The other benefit I found of using a text field is that you can manually type in your own size! So if you already know your ideal dimensions per field, you can simply type it in rather than moving the slider into the exact position. I think with this change, the typography control mechanism is just about perfect, and both the slider and text field are in sync to update based on which control you use to input your measurement. I did like the idea of using a link icon to indicate the control is now in sync, and I will try to think of a way to add that back for coolness sake. But as of now, I quite like the simplicity of the UI and the added flexibility the new text field adds. I'll be around for a few more hours tonight in the MD Labs - I hope you enjoy these updates as I go along!
  13. 2 points
    One of the most important parts of designing a site is typography. In a precise typography system all units of measurement are relative to one another rather than just chosen by what appeals to the eye (although that's a perfectly valid way to design). Apart from choosing color schemes, a big part of the new MD4.8 design options will focus on typography, and the implications these new controls will have on your layout are huge! Take a sneak peak at the main typography controls in the new 4.8 customizer panel: The only default type value will be the main font size of your site. All other measurements in your site's layout will be calculated from that single value, which can save you a ton of time in the customization process! For example, by setting the main font size of your site, MD will calculate the overall line height of text, the idea site width, content box and sidebar width, and a relative font size for your heading elements (h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6) and their respective line heights. Even better, these new relative values will update across all parts of your design and make the spacing and padding of different elements more precise to your custom font size. Here's another screenshot of some of the headline font controls in MD4.8: When you see the link icon next to a font control, that means that font is being calculated by MD's typography system and will scale in harmony to your site's main font size. For the most control, you can override that value and break the link with your own custom font sizes and line heights with a simple number control. I'm extremely excited to roll this update out and am working on it every chance I get. With the new design controls offered in MD4.8, you will be able to customize your site far more efficiently and precisely than you can now with MD's static and heavily custom CSS reliant options. Let me know what you think!
  14. 2 points
    As brought up by @vertizio (see original thread), the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations are soon coming into effect on May 25th, 2018 and the penalties for site owners who do not make their sites compliant are, well, pretty scary. All site owners who collect any kind of data from European citizens will want to learn about their responsibilities as data controllers and take the appropriate actions to ensure the best form of compliance you can. The Internet is a global place and whether or not you're in the EU or not, chances are you interact with European citizens in one way or another. And as you run a self-hosted WordPress installation with email signup forms, cookies, blog comments, and other kinds of messaging tools, any kind of data that is stored in your database or cookies makes you liable for compliance. As Marketers Delight is used by many people in the EU, I have been reviewing what kinds of changes I can make to best help you make your site compliant. I won't pretend to understand these laws to their fullest extent or tell you that the following changes will make your site fully compliant (MD's tools are only a small part of your site), but they will help you get closer to the best level of compliance you can get to. With confusing laws such as what's being proposed here, that's the best you can hope for. Prior to the May 25th date, I will release an update to MD with the following changes: 1. Optional checkbox to verify optin consent A new checkbox will be added to MD email form settings that allows you to add a required checkbox fields to all of your email optins that the user must click to verify that they consent to signing up to your newsletter. I know this seems frivolous and email marketers won't like it, but this will make your form "compliant." 2. A cookie banner feature will be added to the MD settings page MD Popups uses cookies to store information about any timed popups you show to the user's browser. For compliance, users must be notified by you, the site owner, that your website stores cookies in their browser. There are already free plugins that do this, but MD will have its own that can be switched on in a click soon. ----- Did I miss anything? Again, these new updates do not guarantee compliance as the laws go outside of tools provided by MD such as your privacy policy, and how your email service provider collects subscriber data. You will need to be responsible for understanding the lengths at which your site collects data and how to best make them compliant under these laws. If you have any questions or tips for the rest of us about how to best meet the compliance standards, post here and show us how you've made your site ready for these laws!
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