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5 ways to do remote publishing in wordpress

Have you ever thought how cool it would be to have the ability to write WordPress posts without having to go on-line and login to your dashboard? This is a question that pops up often especially among WordPress owners who have to write multiple blogs. It would also be great to have a local back up of your posts or having to upload photos faster. In this article we will examine different ways to login remotely and perform admin functions.

A major Pre-requisite

To manage any aspect of WordPress remotely, there is a fancy API called XML-RPC that MUST be turned on. All Weblogs (Blogging software that run on your local machine) post to your blog via XML-RPC.

According to the official WordPress Site , XML-RPC functionality is turned on by default since WordPress 3.5. However if you are still attached to older stable versions you can still enjoy the functionality of XML-RPC. To enable this, simply login to your site’s dashboard, go to Settings > Writing > and check the checkbox. Now you have the green light to work remotely.

1.    Your favourite Email Client

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Indeed it’s that simple! Your email client whether in your desktop or mobile device can write posts to your WordPress site. All that is needed is a unique email on your wordpress site that will Serve as a recipient of post content. WordPress will frequently check that email address via POP protocol for new messages. For every email message, the Subject is assumed to be the post title while the body is assumed to be the content for the title.

The built-in WordPress functionality to post via email is deprecated and will be removed in future wordpress versions. But all hope is not lost thanks to good old plugin methods. There are 3 popular plugins that achieve this:

We may not review all these plugins in this article since there are other remote publishing techniques that am dying to tell you about. For now lets use Post by Mail in Jetpack as a case study. After installing it go to Profile > Your Profile page, and enable Post by Email. A unique email address will be generated and this will serve as the recipient where you will send the post.

CAUTION: Let this recipient email remain private. Don’t CC anyone else when writing to the unique email.

Now let’s go to your favourite Email client (Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail) and send a post to the unique email address. You can add other aspects of the post using shortcodes in the body. Assume we are writing this article from an email client. Here’s what we would have:

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2.    Windows Live Writer for Windows users

This is a great app that comes as a feature of Windows live essentials. In addition to the post writing functionalities that are readily available in Microsoft word, one can crop and resize images and attach maps from virtual Earth. There is even a custom Custom WordPress sidebar for easy navigation to your dashboard.

What do you need to run Windows Live writer?

  • Any 32 or 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Processor:6 GHz or higher with SSE2 support.
  • Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher.(You are better off with at least 2GB)
  • Resolution: 1024 × 576
  • A fast and reliable Internet connection: Don’t blame this application when you find it hanging frequently. It has to synchronize with your site server constantly so ensure your internet connection is nothing short of ‘good’.

Here is a detailed user guide to using Windows Live writer. If you like it you can download it here. But what if you’r not a Windows user?

3.    Gnomeblog

gnome-blogThis is desktop blogging application for Linux and Unix that connects seamlessly with WordPress based sites. It comes with an easy and quick to use interface to write posts. As the name suggests it works on Gnome based linux flavours (Ubuntu and the likes). It has a WYSIWYG styled text support with Spell checking linked to the dictionaries in your linux box. Oh! And the drag and drop support for images is relatively faster than other Weblog clients. You can crop, caption and resize them just as you want the article to appear on your website. Head over to the official site and grab it for free.

4.    SmartxBlog

smartx-blog-win-macWe haven’t forgotten you Mac users! SmartxBlog is to you, what GnomeBlog is to Linux fanatics. In addition, you can preview the articles in a browser before publishing them. I like the fact that you can also add multiple castegories, tags and even create an RSS feed. SmartXBlog has built-in Image Editor so you don’t have to bother using third party Image Editors. Think of this app as a local wordpress version that syncs to your live site.

To enjoy all these features make sure you have Adobe AIR runtime installed on your computer. Then head over to http://smartxblog.com/ and download the app. You will get a 30 days trial period after which you part with $9.9 for a 5-user licence and lifetime updates. There is a windows version too.

5.    WordPress app By Automattic for Android and IOS

wordpress-android-loginWordPress is now mobile thanks to this great app. You can now leave your laptop when going on holiday. With a tablet or smart phone you can now write posts and publish them instantly. You can even login to multiple WordPress sites you own and approve and reply to comments on your articles. It may seem abit confusing that the whole power of your dashboard has been brought down to an app. Even the icons that you are used to have changed. However after using it several times you get the hang of it.

Well, that  covers most of the devices. Hopefully by now you can do remote publishing in wordpree.But just in case you don’t find an app for your Operating System check out this list. Have fun and remember: The security of your devices will determine the security of your wordpress site.

Boost your Internet Marketing Campaigns Using PopUp Domination 3.0

is one of the most effective marketing strategies. It has been used to send ads, request business contracts, solicit sales and even request for donations for a given non-profit cause. Whether its referral marketing, content marketing or simply the native advertising, almost all internet marketers that use these strategies agree that the value of a good email address list cannot be emphasized enough. Great news for all you Internet marketers and site owners!  Popup domination will help you grow your email subscriptions list. This is one of the Internet marketing web apps has been generating a lot of buzz lately.

Grow Your Email List by Using the World’s Leading Email Capture Software and join over 23,000 customers who have seen their subscriber rate grow by up to 500%… overnight! Double or Triple Your Subscriber Rate!” –popupdomination.com

Famous Internet Marketers that use Popup Domination

Some of the famous Internet Marketers that use Popup Domination

We just could not  let all this excitement pass without satisfying our curiosity as well! Enough with the praise, let’s dig into Popup domination.

The Brains behind this great app

As the word suggests, this app pops up to users when they visit your site. This is one of the most effective ways to capture the attention of your site visitors. Well you may have a graphically appealing ad on your landing page or an animation that you are using for your campaigns, but a site visitor can miss those since he or she does not need to interact or input anything to continue using the site. A pop up is guaranteed to be seen by all your visitors, unless of course it’s someone who was aimlessly surfing the net. A few years ago, Michael Dunlop, a young Internet business entrepreneur and his friends toyed with the idea of having a pop up to request site visitors for email subscriptions. Fast forward to today and pop up domination is much more than just getting email sign ups. Users are merging it with their favorite email listing software, enjoying a variety of themes as well as viewing analytics (a feature of Popup Domination as of version 3.0 ). These are just teaser features-we will take a detailed look at these later.

To show its popularity, the official site, popupdomination.com has a counter of websites that are using this great piece of code. As of September 2014, the site was claiming it has over 48,000 Pop up Domination users. Who would have known that a basic concept could be developed into a great app with thousands of users? An Internet savvy Business entrepreneur of course.

How much do you have to part with?

There are 3 main licenses that you can choose from.

Pricing Structure

Pricing Structure

  • The Standard package: It goes for only $47 and is limited to one website and 24 different pop up designs. However you are not allowed share that license on any other site.
  • The Plus package: This offers you rights to install the app on 3 websites each with a variety of 24 popup designs and as many pop ups as you want. All this for only $77.
  • The Pro package: For a developer who intends to share the license to his or her clients, then the pro license is the definitely best choice. A pro license goes for $97 and you can use it on as many websites as you please.

The beauty of this pricing plan is that all the packages that pop up domination offers you have close to similar features. You will enjoy A/B testing, analytics and deploy the exit pop ups regardless of the license that you buy. The only major difference is the permissions on the number of websites the 3 different licenses offer. Choose a license that best suits your needs. Popup Domination team is so sure you will love their app that they are willing to offer you a 60 day money back guarantee. Now that you have purchased Popup Domination, let’s go to the fun part of setting it up.

Installation and Configuration.

Popup Domination comes both as wordpress plugin and a standalone software.

WordPress installation

5-step-plugin-installation-procedureThe wordpress installation is pretty much a typical plugin installation. First download a zip file from the download page after purchasing your license. Go to your wordpress dashboard under the plugins section, you will find the “Add new” option(highlighted in the screenshot).Select the upload section and you will be given an option to choose a local zipped folder, the hit the install now button.

If all goes well at this point, you will receive a message:”plug-in installed successfully”. Don’t close your browser yet, the plug-in will not be loaded by wordpress until you click the “activate plug-in” option. Finally, enter your order number in the plugin settings area. The order number is usually given to users at the point of purchase.

Standalone Installation

Step 1: Navigate your browser to where popup dominations are installed. Trail that URL with “install/”

Step 2: You will be provided with a form to enter the database user and password. Please make sure the user you input has CREATE TABLE privileges on the destination database.

Step 3: You are now set if you see the “Success” message. As a security measure you know what to do with the install folder. Get rid of it!!Go to the root directory you installed popup domination and login using the credentials you set up.

Server Requirements

  • PHP: At least version 5.
  • Mysql: Version 5.0 and above. The standalone version requires a database while the WordPress version will simply create tables on the existing WP database.
  • FTP or a file manager service.
  • WordPress 3.8 (optional).

As you can see from the specifications, unless you have a lazy server admin who is not keeping up with the times, the standalone version does not need much. The wordpress version requirement applies to popup domination version 3.0.

Uninstallation    In case you have had enough fun playing with popup domination, or you may have had a hitch on your site and you want to uninstall it, simply de-activate the plug-in if you had installed it on wordpress. After that, navigate to your database and remove 3 tables namely: Popdom_campaigns,Popdom_analytics and popdom_ab. It’s easy to identify the tables since they have the same ‘Popdom_ ‘ prefix. Pop-up domination developers recommend you to use Wp_optimize plugin to remove the tables as an alternative to manually dropping the tables. The standalone uninstallation requires that you delete the whole directory and drop the database that you had set up earlier. We hope you won’t need to do this because you would be forgoing a great opportunity to leverage your email  marketing campaigns.

Unique Features of the app.

  1. A/B Testing

Pop up domination can let you set up two different templates for the same campaign. You get to give your site visitors two different layouts at different times and observe which is having a greater impact. The A/B testing is a great feature for deciding what layout and popup features are more effective.

  1. Variety of themes and colour templates

Version 3.0 comes with many preloaded theme templates for your choosing. What’s more is that you can have as many as 14 colour schemes. Website owners who are very particular about uniformity will be able to customize pop-up domination such that it gives visitors a feel that the pop-up is part of the website.

  1. Content Customization
Sample Pop up Design

Sample Pop up Design

You can set a creative title for your popup. A brief introductory paragraph (in some themes) as well as a few easy to read points can be added to convince users to sign up. A picture is worth a thousand words, if you put an eye-catching photo at the popup, then you are probably going to get high conversions. The photos can either be uploaded or fetched from another web address. You can give the action button a unique name. Rather than the normal “submit” text, why not name it “sign me up!” or “join now”?

  1. Security Notification

You will all agree with me that it’s so annoying to login to your email and find spam. It could be a “rich” heir of a great inheritance requesting you for your bank details so that she can share her wealth with you. At times its some non-existent lottery, which you never signed up for, claiming you have just won a million dollars (how lame!!). Well, nowadays internet users will not do signups to newsletters for fear of being spammed. It’s up to you the site owner to assure them of no spamming. Popup domination developers know this too well. They have set up an area at the bottom of the popup for you to give your site visitors a security note. Use this space to declare to your site visitors that you respect their privacy, will not share this data with third parties and that you won’t be spamming them. It is also wise to notify them the period and frequency you will be sending them emails.

  1. Analytics

The analytics will show you which pages have more sign ups and conversions. This feature along with the A/B testing option can help you to determine which popup design converts the most.

  1. Intergration with Mailing software

Pop up domination can easily link with popular mailing software. You can set up and template of the email that you will be sending and also declare a frequency for sending the emails. Pop up currently supports Aweber, icontact, Mailchimp, CampaignMonitor and many others.

7. Affiliate Marketing

Did you know that you can earn extra income by becoming a pop up domination affiliate. If you have a click back account head over to the affiliates section on your settings page. You will prompted for your clickbank user name. All affiliaates are given an affliate link and in this case it will be a subdomain of clickbank.net. You can then place the link along with a banner at a place of your choice on your web site.

With all these amazing features, where in the world would you get a email marketing tool  than this?

Popup Domination Vs Pippity

Pippity is another signup web application that basically does what pop domination offers. If you are torn in between making a decision on which app to choose, we give you two main reasons to go for Pop up domination :

  • Popup Domination has exit pop-ups and pippity does not. Popup can be configured such that if a user clicks the exit button on the browser a pop up will appear.
  • Pop up domination has mouse hover pop ups: If you prefer that the pop up doesn’t appear on page load, Pop up domination allows you to set an option that the pop up will appear after the user hovers the mouse over your site.

Limitations of Popup Domination 3.0.

  • Popup domination does not work on wordpress that are less than 3.8.0.Maybe this is a good incentive for you to upgrade your core wordpress version.
  • Popup domination refuses to install on wordpress sites hosted at wordpress.com. Let’s wait and see if future versions will solve this.
  • Tedious upgrade steps. The upgrade process to newer versions of popup domination is quite a mile. You have to download specific files and then replace them on the server.
  • Not everyone will rejoice at the sight of a popup on a site. If its not creatively implemented you may fail to sustain the interest of site visitors. Thankfully the A/B testing will help you design an pop up that is both eye catching and also generates conversions.

Our take

Click here to get Popup Domination

Click here to get Popup Domination

We highly recommend this tool for your internet marketing campaigns. The features show the developers have really done their homework in researching on how best to give user friendly  signups. There is no doubt that WordPress is by far the most popular content management platform in the world. The wordpress plugin is bound to be successful and we hope that future versions of popup domination will offer more Internet marketing features. We know that software performance just like wine gets better with time. That said, a big thumbs up to the developers!

 

Latest Offer: PopupDomination is now offering a 60 day money back guarantee.

12 Surpringly Useful WordPress Plugins You Probably Didn’t Know About

A lot of WordPress plugins get released every day. Some of them are reshashes, some are integrations to external services, while others don’t work. However, every now and then, there are some gems and sometimes those gems are probably the ones you don’t know you’ll need but is very useful.

Finding a plugin through thousands of recent plugin releases is hard. So, here we have a list of the 12 plugins that has just recently been released and are useful to your for your website not only in functionality, but also in usability.

Read the rest of the post here: http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/12-surprisingly-useful-wordpress-plugins-you-dont-know-about/

Free Admin Plugins for WordPress

Your admin area is the heart of your WordPress website. It is where you control everything and managed anything related to your website. You can add, edit, delete authors, set permissions, publish content, set visible pages, and post custom post types. The default admin features are fine but if you want to have more control over your website, there are plugins to extend the core features of WordPress. Plugins will let you extend only the areas you need. So if you want more control, efficiency, or even speed up your page, here are some free and nifty plugins to put to your admin page.

Get the free plugins here: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/03/15/useful-free-admin-plugins-wordpress/

How to Create an Embeddable Content Plugin for Your WordPress Blog

WordPress is the most customizable CMS in the market today. You’ll have tens and thousands of plugins to try to your site and most of it are simplifies repetitive and tedious task. What is great about plugins, is that almost everyday, plugin developers come up with something unique. So if you have thought of something innovative for your site, chances are there is a plugin available for it.

Like in this blog, which shows you how to create an embeddable content plugin for your WordPress blog. There are various ways to share content, like Facebook shares, content curation, twitter, etc. But now you can embed your content to any site either as a way to advertise or just to promote a content.

Learn more about how it’s done in this guide:  http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/11/15/embeddable-content-wordpress/

BuddyPress 1.7 Released

buddypress1.7BuddyPress 1.7 is finally released, the new release is dubbed “Totonno” in honor to a legendary pizza joint in Brooklyn.

Before to get a decent theme fit for BuddyPress, you need to choose one that is compatible for BuddyPress. The bad news is, you have to pay for a small amount to get that feature. Now, BuddyPress is made available to any WordPress theme.

Other features include, major bug fixes, no more installation wizard, and these 7 new features:

theme compatibility
new welcome screen
default active componenets

Read the rest of the news here: codex.buddypress.org/developer/releases/version-1-7/

Top 5 Useful Twitter Plugins for WordPress

Ttwitterwordpresspluginwitter is the best social media to drive traffic to your blog or webiste. So everytime you post something new, or want to share something interesting don’t forget to mention that in twitter and expect loads of traffic in return. If you know what you are doing with Twitter, you can generate up to 30% of your total traffic from that social media site alone.

So would you not tweet it? Twitter is very easy to use and it’s fun! Make it even a better social media for your site by using these plugins.

Here are some of the best Twitter plugins you can have in your WordPress blog or website: https://managewp.com/make-the-most-of-twitter-with-these-5-awesome-wordpress-plugins

20 WordPress Plugins Every User Should Have

wordpresspluginsIf you are new and you don’t know what to do with your blog or website, why not install some plugins. There are tons of plugins available in the market that you can structure your entire website even if you don’t have any programming or web design knowledge.

Even seasoned expert can benefit from these plugins either for improving their website or replacing the ones they already have.

My favorites are Akismet, WordPress SEO, Google XML SiteMaps, Backup WordPress, and Broken Link Checker. With these plugins installed, you’ll have better WordPress in terms of usability and SEO.

What’s your pick? Take a look at more plugins here:  https://managewp.com/20-free-plugins-that-every-wordpress-user-should-have