Month: May 2013

Screen Sharing With Quick Screen Share

Here’s a 5 minute overview of a very useful, free, and really easy to use screen sharing tool.  I apologise if my voice is a bit gruff as I still have a sore throat.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business, software

Magic Pages Plugin

Update: The sale for the dead useful Magic Pages plugin is live at just $12.50 until Saturday 18th May when it rises to $17 for one week before going to $27.

Buy now


Tomorrow Saturday 11th at 6.00pm GMT I’m releasing a new plugin called Magic Pages.

It allows you to very quickly create easy-format sales and opt-in pages with a choice of background colours and a few different page border styles.

SIMPLE stuff, but it’s really quite good.

It has a number of very cool little features, and addons:-

  • 5 box-outs in pastel colours with 2 border styles
  • 2 new list styles – drawn star and drawn arrow
  • 8 different coloured clickable buttons
  • Buttons expand to accomodate the text
  • Page border shadow options
  • Page widths as a percentage (fluid!)
  • Colour pickers all over the place
  • Numerous text boxes
  • Auto-parsing of opt-in form code
  • And some other stuff


Here’s a screen shot of the box selector:-



And the button selector:-




A quick side note…

A few weeks ago I released a plugin called Magic Styles which was exactly as popular as I thought it would be.

That plugin gives you a number of useful additions to enhance your pages and posts such as graphical bullets and buttons, fixed size johnson boxes and pastel shaded notices.

You can still pick up a copy here if you missed it as there are a few remaining at $17.


But now it’s the turn of the Magic Pages plugin.

I had this plugin created for 2 reasons.

#1 – I’ve wanted something fairly quick and easy to use like this for my own personal needs for a while now – it HAD to be fast and easy. That was my #1 priority.

(And I also wanted to be able to use it with plugins like Magic Styles and Big Ed so that I could add nicely formatted text and box outs and bullets.)

#2 – I was genuinely surprised when I had some people say that 60SSP (based around the Page Template Plugin) was too complicated and was overkill for what they needed.

They wanted the same simple method of putting up a page that I’d secretly been wanting too.  😉

And so we have Magic Pages.

It allows you to create sales and opt-in pages without being too technical and lets you do things like choose a nice border style and background colour (picker) and optionally add a graphical headline banner.



The banner graphic was THE most asked about thing with 60SSP.

“How do I remove the headline and add a banner instead?” was a question I answered over and over.

I guess I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was. I felt like I’d been caught on the hop and should have foreseen what people would want even though I wasn’t too bothered about it myself at the time.

With Magic Pages you can just insert your banner via the normal WordPress media library.


You can see a couple of example pages here and here.

The sale kicks off tomorrow Saturday 10th May at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST) with the first 25 copies going at $10.

More news when it happens.

-Frank Haywood

P.S. I’m hoping that the Amazon S3 Video plugin will be ready very shortly for those that are waiting. I’m sorry about the delay.

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business, wordpress plugins

Instant WP Videos

I was asked to do an overview video or two to show how Instant WP worked, and that’s what this is all about.

The first video is the overview, and the second is how to run it from a USB stick. Rather than use a “flash memory stick”, I used an external 2.5″ USB drive instead, but the principle is exactly the same.

I’ve actually had a bit of a cold and a sore throat, so I apologise if my voice sounds a bit gruff. And just to complicate things a little more, the video went out of synch with the audio for the second one so I had to remove my mug from it. “No great loss” I can imagine you thinking. 🙄

Instant WP Overview

Instant WP Running From a USB Stick

WP Simulator

If the free Instant WP isn’t enough for you and you’d like to run multiple WordPress installations at the same time, ie you need something with a little more oomph, then this is what you should be looking at instead.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business, software

Instant WP

There’s a new bit of *paid* software been released that allows you to easily set up a localhost WordPress installation.

You’ll likely get an email or two or three from people promoting it over the next few days.

I didn’t buy it because it’s already been done. For free. A few years ago.

(Probably more than once.)

Why would you want to install WP locally and not on a web site?

Simply because you get to test everything at lightning fast speeds BEFORE you deploy it on your web site. That way you can make sure everything works the way you expect it to before anyone else sees it live.

PHP is amazingly quick when run on an up to date PC. I can confidently say you’ve never seen WP run so fast until you run it on your PC – the page change on a menu click is near instant.


The fact of the matter is setting up WP to run locally can be a nightmare, but some clever guy (Seamus Brady) in 2009 came up with the software to do it (for Windows only I’m afraid) and has been updating it every so often when it needs it.

It will even run on a USB stick for total portability (which I like). Just copy it to wherever you want to run it from.

Once you’ve downloaded and run the executable unzipper, you just fire it up to get a really nice dashboard presented to you where you can see your local site, log into the admin panel, use MySQL admin, and view the documentation.


Trust me, it’s a doddle to use.

All the nasty stuff like setting up the Apache web server, PHP and MySQL are done totally transparently in the background for you and it just works, which is how we like things isn’t it?

There’s documentation on the site, but if you’d like me to do a few videos explaining it all and how to run it on a USB stick etc, then just let me know by leaving a comment.

My guess is there are similar freebies out there that I don’t know about, but if *you* do then please let me know and I’ll pass it on to everybody.  🙂

Now then, before I sign off, I know that some people will want to consider the paid-for option because there’s a whole lot MORE in the paid-for version rather than just the software – there are a number of bonuses too. No I’m not going to go through them all but it’s a quite a comprehensive list of information, themes, plugins, and how-to’s. (Take a look at the sales page on the link below.)

And one big technical difference between the free and the paid software is that the paid for version comes with 10 WP development installations you can switch between and the free version only comes with one.

So, free or paid?  You decide.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in Check This Out, software, wordpress plugins, WordPress Themes