***Small demo slideshow – you can make the images as large as you like. Some of these images have text with links in them, some of the images are clickable, and some have both. You can change the speed, controls displayed, and also have a choice of animations between slides.
Before creating this plugin, I tried out or looked at over 20 different image slider managers. These were either WordPress plugins or standalone scripts.
If you look around yourself you’ll see so many of these that I thought there must at least be ONE that does what I need, but I could hardly believe it when I found that NONE of them do…
All I wanted to do for some of my sites was to be able to insert sliders at the top of some of my pages that would rotate between banners and screenshots, and also allow me to place a selection of different slider ads in my sidebar that only occupied one position and showed a different ad every few seconds.
I also wanted the slider images to optionally display text and HTML with clickable links.
I wanted to be able to make the whole slider image itself clickable so I could put “Click Here” graphics on the image.
And finally I wanted it to work with any theme.
That’s not a big requirement is it? But the small list of things I need the plugin to do are VERY useful to us marketers.
Here’s the thing. I’ve found that until creating this that there’s no plugin that does all of what we need. There are plugins that will allow us to add ONE slider to a page or post, but not multiple sliders.
There are comprehensive plugins that do image gallery management and display, but not sliders.
There are plugins that allow clickable links OR clickable images, but not both.
There are plugins that only work by editing the theme code and pasting in some PHP.
And so on. I don’t think ANY of the sliders worked with widgets.
It’s almost unbelievable isn’t it? But I’ve seen this same issue time and time again.
Developers write code for other developers. Most developers don’t get or understand (or even want to) marketing.
Developers miss the little subtleties that we marketers require. And it’s the little things that make the difference between what works and generates additional revenue for us, and what ends up as frustration.
I had Slider Manager developed, and it does ALL the things we need most of all from a slider.
My #1 priority in developing this was to get it working and keep it simple. Sometimes you can’t avoid complicated, but I try to avoid it wherever possible.
So what you can do is create multiple sliders (groups) and of course multiple images within each slider.
Within each slider group, you specify the width and height, pause and animation time, and a selection of animation effects.
Each image can have text and a HTML link added to it, or you can make the image clickable. Or BOTH.
When you save the slider group it generates a short code tag that you can then add anywhere in your POSTS and PAGES and also in your TEXT WIDGETS!
-Frank HaywoodRead More
***Following last weeks sales helper nickel sale, I’ve had some emails (hi Joe, Phillip, and Amy!) asking about how they could automatically publish and unpublish PARTS of a page or post rather than the whole thing.
Well, I have a plugin that does that (now at v1.1.2) and it’s dead easy to use and incredibly useful.
It complements the plugins I released last week perfectly.
After installing and activating, you’ll see a new block on every page or post called “Content Replacement”. You simply click the “Add” button, then add the HTML snippet you want to show and give it an optional date and a time range and click “Save”. You’re then given a [short-code-tag] to add to your post.
Copy and paste this into your page or post where you want the snippet to appear, and that’s it.
What will then happen is that when the start time is reached, the HTML snippet will display on your page or post. When the end time is reached, the snippet disappears.
Here’s a poorly kept little secret. This Content Replacement plugin is what I use to start and end these weekend sales that I run.
I simply create a HTML snippet with either a link to a sales page or a PayPal payment button, and set it to appear when the sale goes live. At the end of the weekend it unpublishes itself. I also create a second snippet that publishes itself at the end of the sale to say “offer closed.” Then finally I set up a broadcast email to go out a minute or two before the sale starts.
That means I can be off out gallivanting or sitting at the dining table with the family, safe in the knowledge that the whole thing will start and end without me doing a thing.
(One time I set it all up in advance, went away for the weekend and found an extra $1100 in my PayPal account when I got back.)
Is that cool or what?
And of course you don’t just have to end the sale, you can also use it to change the price by stacking up a series of snippets which publish and unpublish themselves at different times.
If you don’t already have this plugin, the sale starts today at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST) at just $10 for the first 25 sales.
If you’re a subscriber, I’ll drop you a line when it starts, be there or be square.
-Frank HaywoodRead More
***In a few hours (at 6.00pm GMT, 2.00pm EST) I’ll be opening a 25-copies-only sale at $10.00 for the WordPress Promo Tools plugin.
This is one you really don’t want to miss, it’s one of the coolest little plugins I’ve ever created. I did a short pre-launch for it a few months ago and then took it away, and it’s now about to go officially live.
If you’re a new subscriber or you missed it in the Spring, then this is your last chance to get it at a knock-down price.
Plugins like this one and other sales helper plugins I’ve released up to now will all come into play as part of a winning strategy to build your business that I’m going to share with you.
You. Will. See.
Another month and you’ll be going “Ohhh! That’s what he was on about! Clever clogs…”
If you miss it, then you’re going to end up paying a LOT more than the price it is today, at a later date when the penny drops.
But for today if you’re fast you can get it at just $10.00 in this sale. First come first served.
What does it do?
The Promo Tools plugin can help you by allowing you to easily create WordPress pages that you can fill with promo tools you create for your affiliates such as pre-written blog posts, articles, emails, forum signatures and banners.
(Click the images for larger versions.)
So once you’ve set up the tools, all an affiliate has to do is paste their aff link into the box at the top and every single promo tool on the page gets auto-populated with their affiliate link.
Here’s demo of an image link generated from the example code above.
Then they can copy the generated HTML code for banners etc and paste it directly into their web site.
It’s really cool to do this for your affiliates and you’ll benefit greatly from it too.
It makes the whole process a lot simpler for affiliates, and the easier it is then the more likely they are to promote for you.
It’s not always about percentage commission, sometimes it’s about how fast and easy it is to do, and if you make your affiliates have to jump through hoops, then it becomes more unlikely they’ll promote for you.
Use this plugin, and make it easy for them (and you).
At 6.00pm GMT (2.00pm EST) today (3rd November) this page will be updated with the buy button.
Please don’t get here too late and then end up writing to me to say you missed it. This happens quite a lot.
This is a great little plugin and if you have any kind of aspirations towards becoming successful online, then you’re going to need this one. It’s definitely one for your marketing arsenal.
-Frank HaywoodRead More
***Today at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST) I’m starting a weekend sale for a plugin I predict you’ll want to install on all your blogs. At first glance it’s quite unassuming, but once you realise how the Scripts Manager plugin saves you a big fat headache you’ll realise how useful it really is.
In fact I rely on it so often that I take it for granted.
I was only reminded how useful it was when one of my friends – Martin Salter – said “That is freaking awesome!”
I’ve been doing some work with Martin on a project (more on that another time) and I’d changed the theme about three times when Martin told me I was breaking some code he’d added to the original theme.
As soon as I realised what was going on, I showed him the Scripts Manager plugin and that’s when I received that “Awesome!” comment.
The beauty of this is that you can change themes as many times as you like and everything just continues to work as it should.
If a few weeks later I change the theme or upload a new version of it, so what? My tracking code and functions etc just keep on working.
It’s only when you’ve gone through the pain of finding you’ve not been tracking visitors or some other code hasn’t been working for the last two weeks that you realise how completely useful it is.
If you don’t already have this plugin, then the final pre-launch sale starts today at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST) at just $10 for the first 25 buyers. This post will update at that time to present the buy button.
After this weekend sale is over or when 100 sales occur, the price of the plugin will rise to
P.S. If you DO already have this plugin, then it’s a free update to the latest version. Just go back to your download page and you can grab it from there.Read More
***On Tuesday 18th October at 6.00pm GMT I’m releasing a brand new plugin called “Get Plugins” that I had written for my own purposes and to tie in with the work I’m currently doing in the offline niches.
It’s amazingly useful and I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before.
You know how when you install a new blog (or worse still you’re working with an existing one that might be a clients installation) and there are certain “must have” plugins that need installing? Usually you can either FTP them all up at once (which is how I’ve done it up to now) or install them one at a time by using the browser uploader.
FTP is easy enough and I guess quick enough (unless there are lots of files in a plugin), but sometimes if you’re working with someone else’s blog, they don’t give you (or don’t want to give you, or sometimes they don’t know) their FTP details.
So then you’re stuck with having to upload them all via the browser or search through the WordPress repository in the admin panel and adding them that way. It’s a pain.
Either way it can take a long time if you have about 15-20 standard plugins to install. Especially if you’re working with several new blogs per day.
What this new plugin does is allow you to set up your list of plugin locations in advance, and the plugin will go fetch them from wherever they’re located and install them all for you.
This can be a location in the WordPress repository for free plugins you’re using, or a location on one of your own domains if it’s a premium plugin.
All you have to do is know the URL where each zip is located and either do a quick copy and paste into a box, or just upload a text file with all the URLs in. For extra speed you can even add the text file into the plugin zip if you want to and the plugin will find it when it’s uploaded.
So now instead of installing all your plugins one at a time, you get to install the whole lot in one go.
Pretty cool eh?
When you click the “Submit” button, then all the plugins in the list are retrieved concurrently and independently of the others, so there’s no waiting for each one to complete before the next one starts – they all run at the same time.
The pre-launch sale will start Tuesday 18th October at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST), and I’ll send you more details and a reminder before then.
I wonder if you have any suggestions for some favourite plugins you’d like to see in the default text file list of plugins we include? If you do, please leave the full URL of the zip file AND the page it’s on when you make the comment.
-Frank HaywoodRead More
***I was asked a few days ago about the links I send out in my emails when I promote other people’s products.
Links like this last one for the TouchBase client plugin:-
Jeff L (hi Jeff) asked which script or plugin I was using. Well, it’s one of my own plugins, and I realised that while I use it constantly for all kinds of things, I hadn’t promoted this for quite some time. D’oh!
And the thing is, it’s exceptionally useful and very easy to use as it hooks into the WordPress permalink system.
This is one that’s well worth picking up even if you don’t yet do affiliate marketing because it will track clicks and cloak them if you want it to. It will also allow you to store details of the affiliate program right inside your WordPress blog.
So how does it work?
After installation and activation, you’ll see a new admin settings menu called “PG Affiliate Link Cloaker”.
Clicking this will take you to a page containing a list of all the affiliate links as you add them.
On the Page creation screen, if you scroll down you’ll see a new section called “Affiliate Link Cloaker”. There you can add your affiliate link, cloak or hide it from menus and even store your login details for the affiliate program.
Looks pretty good doesn’t it? I use it all the time to track clicks, I don’t just use it for my affiliate links.
Today Friday 7th October at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST), I’m making this available in a weekend sale at just $10.00 for the first 25 buyers before including it on the Plugin Great site at a regular price of
You can either check back here then, or keep an eye on your email for a reminder.
-Frank HaywoodRead More
***This is a special sale for new subscribers and people who may have missed this plugin when it was released in April.
Tomorrow (Friday 30th September) I’ll be releasing a plugin called LightBox Popup that was customer requested.
Now before you go “*yawn* Oh Frank there’s lots of these types of scripts available”, I’d like you to stop and consider that I always go that extra little bit further when coming up with plugin ideas.
And I don’t embark on a project until I’ve had a good look round to see what alternatives there out there.
The plugin took over a month to develop going through various prototype stages and adding in more and more features until we were ready to release it, and I hope you’ll appreciate how much thought has gone into it.
The original request (from James Dunn) was for a method to create a lightbox popup that could have HTML pasted into it. It seems that it wasn’t as easy for James to find what he was after, and after having a look round myself I agree with him.
James said (shortened form):-
“I’d like a pop-up, lightbox, overlay, modal… In that box (for this specific application) I need to put some HTML for a 1SC form where the visitor can enter their name, email address, and a question/comment… I need to be able to put the HTML in for the 1SC form so it will send the input to the 1SC system.
I found tons of lightboxes that will allow me to put photos, videos, iFrames, etc, but only one or two that would allow me to put just straight HTML in the box. I found one that would allow me to put a widget in the box… but the setup menu on it doesn’t work… I think it’s just another buggy plugin).”
I decided that yes this would be quite a useful plugin to create and I’d certainly find it very handy on some of my own sites. So, putting my thinking cap on I came up with the initial spec and then started building on it.
It now does a LOT of other stuff that wasn’t in James’ request.
Now you can paste your HTML in there as requested, and then there are a few “Extra Settings” that we thought would be very useful for you too.
#1 – You can enable or disable the plugin without deactivating it.
#2 – You can reset the visitor cookie if you change the nature of the lightbox and want them to see it again if using it in “Trigger” mode. The triggers are time delay from the visitor arriving, or if the visitor is about to close the page, and also optionally if the visitor clicks on an external link.
#3 – You can change the colour of the lightbox backgound using either pre-selected colours from a drop-down or use the custom colour picker. You can even set the lightbox background to transparent to make it seem like a regular DHTML popup.
#4 – The rules for displaying the popup are the same as we created for the Slide Up Ads plugin. “Normal”, “Nth View”, “Nth view with initial” and “Nth day”.
#5 – You can choose from some pre-set sizes or set it to your own custom size.
#6 – You can set the position of the popup according to the most commonly used options.
#7 – You can set a custom (HTML) “Thank You Message” which optionally replaces the contents of the lightbox if using it as a sign up box, or alternatively set a “Thank You URL” to redirect your visitor to.
This weekend I’m having the final pre-launch sale for it before placing it officially on its own page at full price.
The sale price for the Lightbox Popup plugin starts tomorrow at 6.00pm for just $10.00. When the sale is over, it will be placed on its own page at a full price of somewhere between
Save yourself a chunk of cash and get it for just $10.00 tomorrow.
P.S. While we’re all waiting, don’t forget the Lazy SEO plugin from yesterday. The high PR page finder module alone is worth five times what’s being asked for all FOUR modules.
You can get it from here:-
This is a special sale for new subscribers only.
The Widgets In It plugin allows you to put ANY widget in ANY post or page.
It’s perfect for directly monetising your blog posts by allowing you to automatically place a widgetised ad INSIDE your posts and pages where people are reading, rather than having to rely on only being able to place your ads in the sidebar.
As it’s best used with the Ads Manager plugin, I’m going to include that as a free bonus too in case you don’t already have it.
Between them, this gives you an incredible amount of control over *where* your ads are placed and *who* sees them on *which* pages.
The reason for this sale is I’ve had a few people write to me in the last month asking where they could get it from as I’d removed it from the market prior to offical release. They saw it in action in a video I did for a theme and realised how damn useful it is and immediately wanted it.
Now I ran what was supposed to be a final pre-launch sale for this at the beginning of June, but since then there’s been a lot more people subscribed to my mailing lists, and this sale is just for you if you’re new here.
So this weekend I’m having a REALLY final pre-launch sale for it before placing it officially on its own page at full price.
The sale price for Widgets In It starts tomorrow Friday 23rd at 6.00pm for just $10.00 and includes Ads Manager as a free bonus. When the sale is over, it will be placed on its own page at a full price of
Save yourself a wodge of money and get it for just $10 tomorrow.
P.S. Don’t forget this is the last 24 hours for the OutVeo deep discount at only $17:-
Don’t miss it.Read More
Update: You can see 60% images of each of the templates here:-
First a little bit of background.
What I have for you is a VERY special plugin. It’s something that WordPress should have at its very core, but doesn’t. Trust me, you’re going to have one of those “aha moments” really soon.
Here’s the problem with WordPress.
For all that WordPress is wonderful and (relatively) easy to use, there’s no simple way of adding page templates to WordPress that interact with the WP core properly.
Think about how pages in WP work now.
You activate a theme, and you find there’s only one page template. Two if you’re lucky.
And even though I’ve been changing that with the Multiple Streams Themes (MST) and adding a variety of page templates to give you more control over the look and feel of your blog – it’s not an ideal way to do it.
Think about it.
You get a cool theme and set up great looking pages on your blog, and then decide to change or update your theme, and suddenly all your pages default back to the one standard page template supplied with the new theme.
All that coolness lost in an instant. Until now…
Last year I had one of my plugin developers and one of my designers start working together to come up with both an end-user PLUGIN and a developer/designer methodology for creating “sticky” page templates.
So when you change themes, your custom designed pages remain UNCHANGED.
And here it is, that moment I promised you earlier…
The very first set of custom page templates were released late last year – almost too late in the year to catch the Christmas buying rush, but I know some managed.
These five Christmas themed WP page templates I have for you are absolutely GORGEOUS. Yeah I know that’s me saying that, but it’s true and you can check them out for yourself.
Included in this package are the plugin with the pages integrated AND also in plain old HTML format. I’d like to point out that normally you’d pay a lot more than what I’m going to be asking for these five templates in HTML format, AND you’re ALSO getting them ready to plug right into WordPress and start using straight away.
I’m starting this sale on Sunday 18th September at 6.00pm GMT – yes I know this is quite unusual for me to run a sale on a Sunday, but I ran out of time this week as I’ve been spending a lot of it with new hires explaining their tasks.
The sale is rising price and starts at just $10.00 for the first 50 buyers. It will then rise to $12.50 for the next 25 and so on until 100 sales have been made when the sale will close.
If you’re quick, you can get them at just $10 for the lot and give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the Christmas rush. (It’ll be here before you know it.)
-Frank HaywoodRead More
The sale for the WordPress AutoResponder Plugin is now LIVE, and you can get to the sales page here:-
I’ve had quite a few people writing to me asking all sorts of (often the same) questions, and what I really should have done (as I’ve now done) is create this blog post where you can leave a comment.
Lesson learned, and I’ll always make sure to do that with any sales I run in future.
One of the things that came up frequently was could I extend the sale to run over the weekend as people were travelling or away during the 24 hours the sale was running? Yes okay.
So it’s no longer a 24 hour sale, it now ends on Monday morning.
Another recurring question was “Will I still need Aweber/Imnicamail/Get Response etc?”
Yes you will. This isn’t intended as a replacement for any of those services. I had this plugin created for myself so that on my niche blogs I could just quickly add a sign up form without having to go through the pain of creating it in a service – it would just be overkill.
An autoresponder service like Aweber or ImnicaMail (I use both) is an essential to run your core business through.
But I’ve also got niche blogs all over the place that I wouldn’t dream of spending time setting up with Aweber or Imnicamail, it’s just too time consuming to add the new list, do the double opt-in, get the form code, and so on. It’s way easier with a small niche blog to just upload the plugin, activate, change a couple of settings and place the form on a page or in the sidebar. Two minutes to amend the settings, five minutes tops to do the lot.
It would take about 30 minutes or more to do the same thing with Aweber and you have no choice over whether to use double opt-in or not. Later, if the niche blog then goes onto become successful (it’s hard to tell at the beginning), then you can take the decision to spend the time to use a service and make it all more robust.
Personally I’ve yet to find a niche blog that does that well, all mine bring in a little money – which is nice.
That’s my take on it.
-Frank HaywoodRead More