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The search for a membership plugin: Complete!

We have been working on launching another premium plugin over the last year, but have been held up by one fundamental issue: finding a membership plugin to manage it. Our requirements seemed simple enough, that just about any WordPress plugin should be able to manage it. We need the option to use coupon codes, affiliate integration, protection of multiple digital products, and a simple database structure that won’t cause grief down the road. We have worked on sites in the past that had to synchronize user data across multiple databases and database tables. This was a huge headache that resulted in several big issues over time.
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Website Analytics now on Steroids

After spending hours trying to get Google analytics to track a user from first visit to sale, and not ending up with much to show for it other than frustration, we (a co-worker and I) ventured out in search of another solution. I almost signed up for Woopra, but I heard it often slows down site performance significantly. An alternative was suggested: Clicky.
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Formidable Pro Nears Release

Looks like I’m blowing my own horn here, but I think Formidable is now one of the best free forms plugins available. I think others would agree, when I say it’ll beat out Contact Form 7 as soon as the HTML is customizable. But for many who don’t know HTML, Contact Form 7 may be too complicated, making Formidable better as it is. Hopefully everyone else thinks it’s as cool as I do….

Although it may be arguable either way for the free version, the Pro version will blow it away! I’ve been working on a new site, which has shown me how truly awesome Formidable Pro is. A huge portion of the site uses Formidable Pro, although it may be surprising that a form plugin could be so powerful. On this site, all the testimonials, lenders, listings, and team member bios are entered into Formidable Pro forms in the admin, and then displayed using an HTML form entirely for that purpose. The content can either be automatically inserted into the selected page, or used as a shortcode in a post or widget. This form also allows the use of shortcodes for other plugins, which makes the options virtually limitless. Simply add a field to get the data needed for the shortcode (ie Nexgen Gallery ID, Flash Video Player file name), and then nest the shortcodes: [flashvideo file=[video_url]/]. Sweet!
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Page Manage Widget

The infamous MaxBlogPress plugins are being removed from the WordPress repository. In order to activate these plugins, users were required to submit their email address for daily spamming.

I have rewritten one such plugin. It is still listed in the repository, but if you would like access to this plugin without the required opt-in, and written in the updated WordPress 2.8 format to make it compatible with my Display Widgets plugin. You can download here.

This is a full featured multiple instance supported page manage widget with configurable options to control parameters like sort options, exclude pages, depth etc features in your sidebar.


  • Multiple instance of the widget can be created
  • Easy to use widget control panel
  • Multiple pages parameter configuring options
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Formidable Forms Plugin

Quickly and easily build forms with a simple drag-and-drop interface and in-place editing.
There are dozens of form-building plugins out there to create forms, but most are confusing and overly complicated. With Formidable, it is easy to create forms within a simple drag-and-drop interface. You can construct custom forms or generate them from a template. Shortcodes can be used as well as spam catching services.
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