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  1. 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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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:
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    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.
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    How about an easy way to activate Typekit & Google fonts...
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    This is not an exaggeration.
  9. 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!
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    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!
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    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!
  12. 1 point
    Woo expert... Oh boy, I can't handle the pressure ;-) I really like the features! Cart icon and minimal checkout fields are things i need to implement on multiple websites. This will make it a lot easier. :-) With MD you can also build good salespages, but i don't like the default WooCommerce checkoutpage. That's the reason i'm using different checkout pages for each digital product (see uploaded file). Maybe this would benefit more MD customers if you could integrate this functionality into MD. :-) Since you can already connect MD to an email service provider, it would be great if you can collect email addresses when someone buys a product from your store. To segment the customers, sending tags to the email service provider with the product name would be helpfull as well.
  13. 1 point
    Hey guys, tonight I took some time to consolidate the changelog that shows the details of each new MD releases. You can check this page out each time MD is updated to see what's new: https://marketersdelight.net/changelog/ Tip: click the latest version in the MD header to go to the changelog page at any time!
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    Thanks to @maikman's reporting I've released another maintenance update for the MD4.8 series. MD4.8.2. is now available in your dashboard and contains the following important bug fixes: Fixes potentially site crashing search query Adds new <code>md-block</code> featured image size Adds background color to search menu so search bar doesn't clash with nav menu links Fixes potential error messages when saving MD options Recompiles MD styles on frontend if CSS file is missing Fixes Action lead warning messages Go ahead and update to stay on the cutting-edge, it only takes a click!
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    MD4.8 is now available. https://marketersdelight.net/marketers-delight-48/
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    Maybe you've just been tapping into my brains central storage and gleaning them for the features I've been totally desiring! Totally excited about this update!!!!!
  18. 1 point
    Spent a few hours today cleaning, refining, and further optimizing MD4.8. Rather than looking at these design controls as simple features, they are being integrated into MD as an integral part of the design system that determines the layout of your site. Because I'm looking at this as a system, I have to develop this with the intention of being expanded upon and modified by child themes. For example, while MD will come with a set of stock design options to load on your site when you activate MD. However, if using a custom designed child theme, add a way for a child theme to load its default options when it's activated instead. This will be a powerful feature for releasing child theme designs as they will make custom design decisions for you automatically. MD4.8 is getting close and the design controls themselves work nearly 100% by now. The final things I need to do are all behind-the-scenes utilities that make the whole system work. I cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on this update!
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    Screen Recording 2018-05-28 at 05.09 PM.mov An often overlooked part of picking custom web fonts from services like Google and Typekit is the additional resources it takes to load the fonts to your site. When it comes to page speed, overloading your site with custom web fonts can be a huge burden. On top of that, most themes that offer these kinds of font integration load the many hundreds of fonts for you to select from a single dropdown menu in your options panel. This can definitely be convenient, but the processes required to do that right can be taxing on performance in the backend of your admin panel - and we already know that can be slow enough. With these two performance burdens of web fonts in mind, the solution I've built for MD4.8 will ensure one of the lightest and fastest custom web fonts integrations you've ever used. Here's how simple it is to integrate a font from Google of Typekit will be: 1) Find a font you like from the Google Fonts list - https://fonts.google.com/ 2) Type the name of the font to the element you want to apply it to (body text, h1-h6) 3) Click the "G" icon to tell MD you are using a Google font ...and you're done! With a live preview feature right next to your controls, you can instantly see what your new font looks like and adjust any related settings as needed. There's one last optimization MD makes when loading your custom web fonts, and it's an important one that keeps the weight of your fonts as minimal as possible. As you select different Google fonts, you will also be able to select which font weight to load for that element. One of the hidden performance burdens of web fonts are loading different weights, as each weight (bold, italic, semi-bold, black, etc.) load additional font files to perfectly deliver the font. MD pays attention as you make your selections and makes sure to only load the font files and weights you choose yourself - and nothing more. I could continue going into more detail about a few other performance measurements I made, but those are far more technical! It's my hope that these controls not only make it the easiest it's ever been to add Google Fonts AND Typekit fonts to your site, but that they are also delivered to your site as fast as possible. MD4.8 COMING SOON!
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    Spent the night refining the font sizes and spacing to scale down according to MD's new smart measurements, and I'm loving the flexibility and simplicity of styling your words with precision and automation. Plus with most of the design controls hooked up, I've been able to come up with cool design touches. A good amount of frontend code is being cleaned up and written to be more flexible. One of MD's signature touches will always be clean as hell spacing no matter what device and what content is available to you. Excited to get closer to completion.
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