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What Plugins Do I Recommend for a Simple Online Course Site

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In this session I talk about the difference between a courseware website and a membership website and the courseware plugins I have used and recommend for an online course site. These plugins work well with the Thesis theme and Agility Skin. I also talk in depth about hosting videos and how videos can be served

How to Setup Automatic Registration for One Site when the Payment is made on a Second Site

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We talk about three different ways that you can setup automatic registration for one site when the payment is made on a second site. The first is the easiest because it requires no programming. Here you’d have the customer pay on one site and then be directed to a registration form that is filled out

A Preliminary Evaluation of WP Courseware, Sensei, CoursePress and LearnDash

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In this session we give a preliminary evaluation of WP Courseware, Sensei, CoursePress and LearnDash and discuss the different online reviews for these. We have used these courseware plugins for a variety of courses. Once Rick is done building the Bootcamp Class, he’ll have a set of recommendations and will do a full blown seminar

What’s the Best Membership Plugin to Use for a Free Membership Site?

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In this session we talk about what the best membership plugin is to use for a free membership site. We discuss the use of Members plugin which is a system that assigns a user role to a user when they register and controls access to the content based on their registered user role. We also

Create a Vertical Navigation Menu Using an Unordered List in a Text Widget

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In this session, we show to add an unordered list for a vertical navigation menu then we place it in a text widget. Well, I looked through most of the videos on the plugins. I'm trying to work with banner and basically, I didn't get to the Advanced Navigation Menu video. Going back to your

Analyze a Site Using YSlow

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In this session, we discuss how you can speed up your website by analyzing it using the Firefox Addon YSlow and what information you can get using this tool. Good morning. Rick: Good morning. How are you doing? I'm doing great. And you? Rick: I'm doing terrific. Wonderful. Rick: Okay. So you want to speed

Analyze a Site Using Pingdom

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In this session, we discuss another tool that we can use to analyze site speed and it’s Pingdom - http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/. With this tool you can see which part of the site that is taking too long to load. Rick: The next thing I would do is use a tool called "Pingdom".Okay, so 5, 6, 7

How Not to Make Big Money with a Membership Site

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In this session, a member asks how to gain members quickly and get regular income from a membership site. We discuss the growth of our membership site and then answer the question “what I would or wouldn’t do if I were to start my business all over again”. Video Transcript Member: Well, I sent you

Is There an Advantage to Selling Access to Individual Courses Rather than a Subscription to the Whole Site?

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In this session, we discuss the difference between selling membership access to individual courses versus selling a subscription to a whole website. The choice really depends on the goals for your website. We also discuss a third approach which is having both membership subscription methods on your site. Okay, what was your other question? The

Create a Download Catalog Page Using the BYOB Thesis Shortcode Content Widgets Plugin

In this lesson a member asks for help creating and styling a catalog page on his site. He has used tables but the images and text don’t line up well. Tables are difficult to style for anything but tabular data. We discuss other options for creating and styling the download catalog page. We demonstrate how

Do Gravatars Slow Down a Site?

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In this session, a member asks if gravatars slow down a site. We discuss the reasons for this as well as the alternatives that can make your site load faster. Rick: So now, I’m going to unmute Sandy’s microphone. Good morning, Sandy. Hi, how are you? Rick: I’m doing great. How are you? I’m fine.

A Conversation About How to Organize a Real Estate Website

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In this session we discuss the organization and layout of a real estate website. A member shows us his site organization plan and we comment on the content, layout and discuss the types of content that show up on individual pages and posts. We discuss using video transcripts along with videos for SEO purposes, Home

How to Create a Wholesale Only Sales Site Where Only Authorized Sellers Can See the Prices and Purchase

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In this session, we discuss how to set up a wholesale only sales site using WP e-Member where the prices and purchase are available only to authorized customers who have user names and passwords. We recommend using WP eStore shortcodes to hide the price and purchase button until the member has logged in. Rick: So

How to Create an Angie’s List Type of Site with WP eMember

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In this session we discuss how to create a membership site similar to Angie's List Site. This can be achieved two ways; one is using a plugin called Gravity Forms that allow you to have a data input form that can be stored inside a database or a Comments Plugin that allow people to post

Static Site Plus a WordPress Blog or Just a WordPress Site?

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In this session we discuss how to choose a site format between a Static site plus a WordPress Blog or just a WordPress site. We also talk about what the advantages and disadvantages are with each to help you consider which would work well for you. Jeff, I’m going to unmute your microphone here for

A Conversation About Y Slow Scores, What They Mean and What to Do About Them

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A member wants to understand her YSlow score and suggestions. We discuss the concepts of external CSS files, external java script files, http requests and other elements of the YSlow test. Then we discuss various ways to address these issues in order to speed up her site. Rick: Okay and so next, we have a

How to Create a Simple CMS Website Using WordPress

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This member is developing a CMS site for his company. He wants to know the best way to organize the site. We discuss the different types of content that he has and the various ways of organizing it. I suggest a scheme of posts and pages that takes full advantage of WordPress native CMS ability.

Considerations in Choosing to Use a Single WordPress Site VS WordPress Multisite

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This member is creating a large website for an organization with 100 chapters, each needing their own presence on the site. He wonders what the best way to approach this is and if Thesis is a good choice for a theme in this context. We discuss two options - the first is to have a

How to Consolidate 2 Websites into a Single Site Without Losing Google Rank or Authority

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This member wants to consolidate 2 similar sites that she owns and maintains into a single site. Both sites do well in Google searches and she doesn’t want to lose that. We discuss different strategies for consolidating the sites and then the system of 301 redirects that will be required to keep in Google’s good

How to Organize an Artist’s Portfolio Site

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This member is creating an artist’s portfolio website. He wants to display a large number of images of an artist’s work. The work is divided into two media and each media type has several subject types. We discuss using posts for that purpose and the role of tags and categories for organizing those posts. Rick: