note: This is probably not going to be grammatically correct, but I'm just gonna freestyle this one.
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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.