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  1. 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.
  2. The more I study the landscape of the page builder market the more motivated I get to take it on with Marketers Delight! I see these tools battling out to see who can provide the most advanced features and design functionality, and almost all of them add a ton of bloat to your website inside and out. Many of these interfaces look like the developers are trying to recreate a Photoshop experience in your WordPress site where you can build everything from scratch one element at a time. This process works, but who wants to start from scratch every time? Of course that's where premade templates and blocks come in, and they offer a fast way to push out designs and can speed up the content creation process. But there is often so many customization options that editing a long page can become slow, and especially confusing navigating the layers and layers of menus. I get it, there is a definite need for these kinds of tools and the market shows that. But I have never enjoyed using these tools and think there needs to be a better way. With Marketers Delight I see an opportunity to slice into the market with a tool that is the best of both worlds—highly customizable and useful website features but actually lightweight and quick to use. Even one that doesn't remove the flexibility of the awesome WordPress API and template system, and one that even complements it! I recognize that many of you buy into MD because you want a product that has already made the best design decisions and comes with the most working features without you having to build it all yourself. That's why the MD Builder (or whatever I call it) will be solutions-oriented, opinionated, and does enough for you that you can create content faster than ever. So I leave it to you, and please contribute as your voice here could very much influence the path of the MD Builder—what do you find is missing from the page builder market that you would love to see done the "Marketers Delight" way?
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    MD Optins (4.9.5)

    The new version of MD Popups is no joke.
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    MD Optins (4.9.5)

    A huge part of the new MD Optins system is to make sure creating popups is fast and easy. The Popups Designer is getting a total UI overhaul and a whole new rethinking of the popups creation process. Instead of trying to build popup designs piece by piece you will be able to toggle through premade templates that all interact with the same text, image, and optin settings for a controlled and easier popup creation process. Even creating custom popup templates from the Designer will be made easier, and adding your own custom popup templates from your child theme will be as easy as using a filter and writing HTML and CSS (keeping things simple!). I will be releasing MD Optins with a few nicely designed popup templates and then open the doors to showing you how to create some too, and plenty more will be added later down the road too. You can see an early preview below for an idea of how the new Popups Designer will work. This doesn't show much, but hopefully gives you an idea of its flexibility in comparison to the current way: Screen Recording 2019-06-17 at 01.16 PM.mov
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    MD Optins (4.9.5)

    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.
  6. To close off this thread, I am happy to announce the release of the Marketers Delight and WooCommerce integration in MD4.9.4.
  7. 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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    MD blog update

    Just passing on a change to the MD blog: The "New and Noteworthy" section at the top of the MD blog has been updated to show the latest posts from anywhere around the site. You can easily follow this section at a glance, just keep up with the dates. As always, the huge post featured on the blog is always the last big event that happened around MD, and I will be using the New & Noteworthy section to highlight great new articles coming your way. Enjoy!
  9. Just an update - MD4.9.4 is finally nearing completion and the last little details are being put in place to make this WooCommerce integration GREAT! Here are some screenshots and other teasers I have posted on Twitter and the MD Stream you might like: MD4.9.4 sneak peaks on Twitter Latest screenshot preview from the MD Stream
  10. Definitely, I think I will keep it global for now, and then when the inevitable day comes for this feature request it will be easy to bake in. That's similar to how I have to approve forum accounts here, unfortunately there isn't a bridge between my eCommerce and this forum software. If that plugin exists though, why not enable it to save you the effort of manually adding them?
  11. Glad to hear these features look useful! I like your suggestions here - which plugin do you use to make multiple checkout pages? The current drawback of the "Minimal" settings it that they will be applied to all checkout pages rather than being able to enable it on a page by page basis. I have a tagging feature coming in the revamped version of MD Optins I am working on, and is it currently possible to add that email signup checkbox to WooCommerce? Great looking checkout page by the way - does that use MD Custom sidebars?
  12. Here's an early screenshot of the settings screen for the WooCommerce integration coming into MD4.9.4. Not looking to go overboard as I am only an intermediate with WooCommerce, but this should give us just enough styling for a basic store and a couple of "cherry on top" kind of features. I believe @Maikel is the Woo expert around here, so maybe he has some thoughts.
  13. I built a sweet integration for WooCommerce into an MD client project, and I am working now to bundle it smoothly into the next Marketers Delight update. As a passing thought, how many of you use WooCommerce and would think a style integration with some bonus features would benefit you?
  14. Marketers Delight 4.9.3 has officially been released and comes with 3 new content blocks that the content marketers among you will just love! Check out some demos and the full introduction post and go update your sites now! https://marketersdelight.net/gutenberg-content-marketing-blocks/
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    New blog design

    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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    Font Icons Library

    Check out the updated Font Icons Library page for an easy reference list to use the font icons built into MD. Right now many of the icons you see on that page are coming in the impending MD4.9.3 release (don't worry, there are things much bigger than font icons coming in that release) but I wanted to show you this page now to give you an idea of what to expect. I wrote a stream post with some thoughts about why MD has this feature, along with some other musings.
  17. What kind of course site did you build with LearnDash? I am highly interested in releasing a child theme integration and have a release planned in the near future to add Woocommerce styling into MD by default.
  18. Just to let you guys know, some new Blocks and enhancements coming to the Gutenberg editor in MD4.9.3. Check out the sneak peak at the MD Stream! https://marketersdelight.net/stream/78611/
  19. Have any of you out there built a membership or course on WordPress? I am interested in releasing course related products this year, one plugin I am 90% finished developing, and also bridge existing membership plugins to MD. From talking to many of you through email, I hear that you like MemberPress, LearnDash, and WishList. I'm asking because I want to know which plugins are the most popular so I can focus on creating the best course related integrations for your MD sites. Personally I've built a couple of course sites for clients and they were both on LearnDash so I am quite skewed towards that plugin at the moment. Share your thoughts here!
  20. Of course I'm talking about "Gutenberg," but I think since it's merged into WordPress that we're supposed to call it the "Blocks Editor" by now. Anyways, the newly released Marketers Delight 4.9 does some pretty cool stuff with the Editor that really improves things. The biggest thing is that MD will now style your editor to match your custom web fonts and typography so at the bare minimum (which is a huge deal), your writing will look exactly as it will appear on your website. On top of fonts MD adds its first Block which is a very nice Email Form you can design on the fly. I have great ideas for other Blocks I'll be adding, all with the intent to make writing longform sales pages easy. That is where I really see the benefits of the Blocks Editor - for longform content writing, which is different than "page building" if you want to be on more precise terms. It still has some pretty annoying quirks, but we can only hope those get worked out sooner rather than later. Have you gotten used to "Gutenberg" yet? Has MD4.9 made writing in it easier? I'm intrigued to hear your experiences!
  21. MD4.8.5 is out and The bookshelf is now part of the MD core! I've already released a maintenance release for it as well as I had a burst of motivation tonight to build a book template into The Stream! Check out the latest stream post here to see a book I shared: https://marketersdelight.net/stream/ As always you can read the changelog here: https://marketersdelight.net/changelog/
  22. Hey guys, as part of a new vision I am implementing for MD, I've decided to merge The Bookshelf dropin into the next release in version 4.8.5. The reason for this is to make enabling this feature as easy as clicking a button rather than installing it as a dropin. I know many people who use MD are readers so this will be of use to many of you. It can be a way to share the books you love, create galleries of your own writings, and up your affiliate sales by linking to affiliate links. The larger goal I have by including the Bookshelf into MD is to connect it to other kinds of content you create on your site, like the Stream, and give you a way to display rich book data across your site with ease. I'll explain more shortly, but the Bookshelf is almost ready to go. You can see the thread I posted here on the night I started working on it and see the progress so far: https://marketersdelight.net/stream/77818/ Have any suggestions in the meantime? Let me know here.
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    New MD Changelog

    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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    New MD Tutorials

    Today I did a writeup of what has been released in the MD4.8.2 maintenance fix and wrote a little about the thought processes that go into releasing a major new version like MD4.8: https://marketersdelight.net/marketers-delight-482/
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    New MD Tutorials

    Just posted another new tutorial for you guys today and it's all about using the new MD design controls to design a slick text logo. Check it out! https://marketersdelight.net/mobile-design-logo/
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