Brand New WP Theme And Plugin Bundle

Update: The $10 offer is now closed, the theme can be purchased for $17 for a few days before we set the final price.

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At last the third in the Multiple Streams Themes trilogy is complete, together with two plugins – Ads Manager and Redirection.

As usual I’ve decided to release a few copies on pre-order at $10 because it’s always a good idea to “seed the market”.

And in my constant pursuit of getting you the best deal, you’ll be getting a brand new premium theme, and also TWO plugins for just $10 in total.

Yep, to make it a sweeter deal, we’ve included our brand new unreleased Redirection plugin, as well as the Ads Manager plugin which we included with the two previous themes.

The Redirection plugin allows you to enter a URL against a post or page in your admin panel that redirects your visitors to that other location.

It’s very useful for creating links that look like they’re to a page on your blog, but that actually redirect your visitor somewhere else…

Get it? Do you? Good isn’t it? ;-)

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For this brand new theme we listened and we added in the features you asked for and then included a couple more we knew you’d love.

(Like WP 3 Custom Header support and multiple Page Templates…)

It has all the regular features from the previous two themes, packaged in a very attractive new design.

For 48 hours, I’m releasing just 50 copies at $10.

By including the new Redirection plugin (and also Ads Manager) I think you’ll agree this is a VERY appealing bundle. ;-)

All of the Multiple Streams Themes are designed and built to do two things for you.

  • Enable you to earn you more money from your blog more easily.
  • Give you more control over your blog appearance.

This newest theme was originally designed for my own personal use across several sites and wasn’t ever intended to go public, but it’s so nice I decided to share it instead.

Let’s go through some of the new features.

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Multiple Sidebars

In order to give you as much control as possible and make it as flexible as possible, we built FOURTEEN sidebars into the theme. Because everybody’s different and because we know you like to do things your way, we’ve given you the choice of lots of sidebars to use to make your site look the way you want it to.

Three feature boxes which in order, firstly help you to get more subscribers, secondly make it easy for visitors to see what you’ve been writing about recently, and thirdly, get more subscribers (again).

Followed by a full width horizontal ad area, then FOUR sidebars to give you plenty of choice of which ad you want to show and where, followed by a full width horizontal footer ad, and finally FOUR very classily presented footer sidebars with the very last sidebar at the bottom for a footer menu.

I don’t know of any other commercial themes that give you so much choice.

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Custom Headers

By popular request we’ve built this theme to support the new “Custom Header” feature which was added in WordPress 3.0. Apart from the default blue shaded header, in the admin panel under the “Appearance >> Header” menu you’ll see six alternative shaded headers you can choose from.

You can also upload your own photo, or design your own custom header and then upload it into the admin area using the built in browser/uploader.

The header by default is overlaid with the blog name and tagline, but if you want to place your own text on your header, you can just go to “Settings >> General” in the admin panel and delete them there and they’ll disappear.

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Custom Menus

This theme supports the latest WP 3.x and we’ve enabled the new WP feature “Custom Menus” for the top menu. Custom Menus only work with v3.0 of WordPress and above, so please don’t try this theme on a WP 2.9 blog as it won’t work.

We’ve also enabled custom menus at the bottom of the blog by creating a sidebar for that area called the “Menu Footer Widget Area”. To use it, just create another custom menu called “Footer Menu” or something like that and then drag and drop the built in Custom Menu widget into it. Then select the Footer Menu from the drop down and save.

Hey presto, one footer menu.

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Multiple Page Templates

We came up with this idea when building a custom site for a client, and decided to build it into the latest theme.

WordPress will allow you to use different layouts for PAGES ONLY (not posts) by the use of Page Templates. However most themes only supply a single page layout that’s used for all pages.

In this theme, we’ve supplied a variety of different page layouts as templates.

You have the following templates available:-

#1 – Default Template.

This template is the default for all your pages and will present all the normal elements of your blog including the right hand sidebars and the three feature boxes at the top.

#2 – One Column (no boxes).

This template will remove both the sidebar and the three feature boxes from the page. This is useful if you have extra wide content you wish to display or just want to keep the page clean and clear.

#3 – One Column (no boxes).

This will remove the sidebar, but not the three feature boxes.

#4 – Page (no boxes).

This is the same as the default template, but without the three feature boxes.

#5 – Home Page.

This is a special format that has been designed for when you want to stick a page to the front of your site rather than use the default blog layout.

Instead of listing the first few posts on the home page, it will instead display the contents of the page you’ve just created, and also an extract of the three most recent blog posts underneath it, in a news style format.

You don’t have to use this template, but you may have a reason for wanting the front of your blog to look a little different.

To use these special page templates, all you need to do is create or edit a page in the admin panel, and over on the right you’ll see a box called “Page Attributes”.

One of those attributes is a drop down called “Template”. Simply select the template you wish to apply to the page and click the “Publish” or “Update” button.

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Alternative Blog Layout

Although WordPress doesn’t support the idea of different layouts for posts (only pages via the page templates listed above), we thought you might want to choose that your posts don’t display the three feature boxes.

So we created an alternative to the default layout called single-alt.php which doesn’t display the three feature boxes on single blog pages.

If you want to use this layout, then connect to your site via FTP, go to:-

/wp-content/themes/multiplestream3-wp3.0/

…and rename the file called single.php to single-orig.php, and then also single-alt.php to single.php.

You’ve now effectively swapped out the default layout for the alternative which doesn’t show the three feature boxes.

We know it’s a bit of a kludge, but we just thought you’d find it useful to be able to do it. ;-)

Maybe one day the WordPress developers will include post templates as well as page templates and we won’t have to do this any more.

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Ads Manager Plugin

The Ads Manager plugin supplied with this theme is a just a little bit clever (ahem) and enables you to structure the ads on your blog so that if you like, you can disable some or all of the ads for your regular visitors.

We think it’s not a good idea to bug your regulars with ads the whole time, so we built Ads Manager to give you a chance to do that if you wish.

To that end, there are a number of rules that you can apply to an ad just by ticking boxes in most cases, and you’ll find these rules in the Ads Manager widget, waiting for you to set them:-

Display this ad unit only when the following conditions are met:

  • The visitor comes from a search engine
  • The post (not page) is more than 2 weeks old
  • The visitor is not a regular reader (at most three visits in the past two weeks)
  • The following php condition (WordPress conditional tags) is met:

In this last one you can add one of the WordPress conditional tags from this page:-

http://codex.wordpress.org/Conditional_Tags

So for example, you could add is_front_page() to the box and your vistors would only see the ad on the front page of your blog.

Or you could add is_single() and your visitors would only see the ad on a post and not on your front page, or you could use is_page() and the ad would only appear on pages, and so on.

Study the URL above for a deeper understanding of how conditional tags work. You’ll find it’s extremely powerful.

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Redirection Plugin

The redirection plugin is extremely useful and allows you to redirect a page to anywhere you like.

We know that sounds like it might only be useful on very rare occasions, but consider this. You can use it for your affiliate links…

What you can do is create a dummy page on your blog that then redirects off to the site you want your visitor to go to, using your affiliate link. The link itself looks like a regular link to a page on your site, but when it’s clicked, your visitor is redirected.

Very cool for getting your visitor cookied without it looking like an affiliate link.  ;-)

When you create your page as you usually would, you’ll see there’s a new admin block underneath the editing area called PG-Redirection. If you leave it blank, then nothing happens, but if you fill in your URL, the redirection becomes active. You don’t even need to put anything in the main page editor, you can just leave it blank.

Tres cool huh?

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Now I know you’ll want to take a look at the theme before you buy it!  So we’ve set it up on the URL below together with some example pages and notes for you to read.

The header on this site isn’t the default, instead it’s one I uploaded using the built in browser / uploader. It’s a photograph I took a couple of years ago on a beautiful day in June, on the beach near the Black Rock Cafe at Widemouth Bay (pronounced widmuth) near Bude in Cornwall.

(I have such good memories of that day it’s actually my desktop photo…)

Use the menus when you get there to see an explanation of each of the main features.

http://broadexample.com/ (opens in a new window)

As I said above, I’m fairly certain I’ve missed some detail out, but it just won’t come to me right now. I’ll add a couple of videos when I get a few quiet moments.  Your positive feedback and encouragement is always welcome.

This early bird sale for the third of the premium Multiple Streams Themes and TWO plugins is now on at just $10 for 48 hours or the first 50 people that buy the theme and plugins bundle.  After this sale is closed, it will be $27.

You can get it now at the lowest price it will ever be by using the button below, and it’s strictly first come first served.

Update: The $10 offer is now closed, the theme can be purchased for $17 for a few days before we set the final price.

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-Frank Haywood


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30 Comments

  1. Ade Martin says:

    Hi Frank,

    A little bit confused by the”At last the third in the Multiple Streams Themes trilogy is complete”

    Do we need to have the other 2 parts of the trilogy for this to work or is it a standalone theme?

    Cheers,

    Ade

  2. Ken says:

    Hi Frank;

    I’ve been reading your recommendations about WordPress and its searchability and am interested in converting a couple websites to it but you probably won’t want to post this comment as so far you don’t seem to see the issues I see.

    1. I use Firefox – with it I use the plug from http://www.NoScript.net so java is disabled by default and I have to selectively choose what to allow. Its great for getting out of those pop up ads that don’t want to give you back control, because you can go back to the NoScript control at bottom of page and shut off Java, but it also completely misses your last couple themes and more importantly ordering systems like I have embedded in http://www.PlayaLindaHotel.com unless Java is enabled – so I guess 1st thought is a method of mentioning Java should be enbabled for the site – probably one needs to make the site saying “Java needs to be enabled for correct site display and ordering to work” and if it happens to be enabled have it automatically redirect to the actual site you intended in the first place – hey a use for your redirector.

    2. My wife had new users try our site and they totally missed links along the top and only saw the sidebar links. Also Screen realestate has been getting W-I-D-E-R not taller, I prefer a side bar to a top bar.

    3. Okay, hand helds are only going to get more popular – Apple doesn’t use Flash on them so its out. Something that calculates the screen size and provides appropriate layout should be useful.

    4. Any lessons on optimizing the hidden Content – Keywords lines so ones site can be found in the first place also.

    Thanks

    Ken

    • Frank Haywood says:

      @Ken:

      #1 – Lose the addon. While “Experts will agree: Firefox is really safer with NoScript!”, another bunch of experts will tell you that “You can’t use the web properly if you disable javascript.” But the NoScript site won’t tell you that, just their version of “the truth” (whatever that is) because it suits them.

      Ironically, the ideal method of letting visitors know they should have javascript and flash enabled in order to enjoy a site, is to use javascript. ;-)

      Really though, uninstall the addon and see the web the way everyone else sees it. The benefits far outweigh the occasional problems with some sites.

      (For example, if I get an alert box that wants to tell me to talk to an “operative”, I just click Ok, Ok, Ok, Ok until the windows all close. It takes seconds, and it isn’t really worth hamstringing the rest of the web just for a few naughty sites.)

      #2 – That depends on the overall site design though doesn’t it? If the site has been created to highlight the sidebar links (either by intent or accident), then people will use those exclusively.

      With WordPress 3, you could always remove all the top menu links, and create a Custom Menu that goes in the sidebar.

      It’s also surprising how with a little study of the theme files, you can work out what bit does which, and just delete the bits you don’t want. ;-)

      #3 – EXCELLENT point. I’ll get onto my designer with that and ask him to make sure to format for smart phones too. He may have already done that and not told me.

      #4 – Yeah, it’s amazing what you can do for a site’s rankings with some good on-page SEO and filling in all the ALT tags.

      WordPress is really good at that, especially if you use one of the free SEO plugins.

      I’ll have a think about this, and I WILL write a short report on SEO for WordPress.

      -Frank

  3. Femi says:

    It would be nice to at least see a demo. What am I paying for? Yeah I read the text description but am I just buying based on imagination alone? Do you have a demo site with this theme online one can see please?

    • Frank Haywood says:

      @Femi:

      You skimmed didn’t you? ;-)

      Check out the first link you come to above the PayPal button, in the section where it says “Now I know you’ll want to take a look at the theme before you buy it! ”

      ;-)

      -Frank

  4. Rob Paris says:

    Looked Good Frank So I bought it.

    Now off to have a play with it all.

    Thanks

    Rob P.

  5. Clara says:

    Frank,

    Are the 4 footer sidebars widgets so you can place what you want in the footer? Also, didn’t see a search box anywhere.

    • Frank Haywood says:

      @Clara:

      Yes they’re four separate footer sidebars in which you can place your widgets in whatever order you want them.

      I’ve now added the search widget into the primary sidebar.

      Don’t you just love the sidebar/widget solution to these issues? ;-)

      -Frank

  6. Femi says:

    Sorry Frank. Yes I missed it.

    Blame my browser it seemed the first time I loaded this page there was no link to a demo, but I recently rebooted my computer so I see it now. I’m happy and I can buy a copy for an upcoming blog.

  7. Valda says:

    Hi Frank, thanks for another great theme.
    I do have to admit that I much prefer the look (graphics) of MST002 out of the 3 themes so far, however I love the new features that come with MST003.
    As I don’t really no that much on how blogs work, on the technical side that is, I was wondering if there is a way to use the MST002 theme but incorporate some of the MST–3 features. For example I’d love to be able to utilise the custom header feature, the multiple page templates and also the alternative blog layout.
    Also with regards to the side bar, do we have any other color option other than the dark blue color as see on your sample at http://broadexample.com/
    If I want to use a custome header with certain colors in the graphic, it may well clash with the blue side bar, if fact I know it’s going to clash.
    So all in all it would be ideal if we could choose which theme layoout look we like, but be able to use the functions of all 3 themes etc…. do you know what I mean? I’m not too good at explaining things.
    Take care
    Valda

    • Rob Paris says:

      @Valda: G’day Valda,

      Just read comments .

      You can do the graphics yourself any half reasonable graphic editor should do the job just change colours.

      If you want to see a variation http://rob-p.com/blog

      I have only been playing with it for a day but found it easy.

      • Frank Haywood says:

        @Rob Paris:

        Valda is quite a good (but modest) designer, but I’ve never seen her publicly tell anyone. ;-)

        I guess you edited the CSS?

        -Frank

    • Frank Haywood says:

      @Valda:

      It’s all in the CSS. ;-) Now I’m NOT the man to be talking about CSS as it’s soemthing I’ve never completely got and understanding of, but I can usually hack my way through it to discover what it is I need to do. Most of the time.

      One the things I do is I use a FireFox addon called ColorZilla. This is a colour picker tool that will allow you to select a colour on the web page and sample it. So I do that.

      Then once I know what the hex for the colour is, I search the CSS stylesheet to find it. It’s then just a few moments away from being a new colour. ;-)

      Try that, and I’ll go ask my graphics guy how to do it too.

      -Frank

      • Valda says:

        @Frank Haywood:

        Hi Frank, I know how to change the color of etc. via the css, as a graphic designer I wanted to use a graphic rather than a hex color code. I am unsure about changing that in the css. Not to worry though, I’ll spend a bit more time studying the css and see if I can make some changes.
        Will let you know how I get on, in case anyone else would like to know how to do it, that is if it is do-able.

        Valda

  8. Valda says:

    Sorry Frank I forgot to ask you something in my previous message.
    Are you going to make a video tutorial about this theme as earlier mentioned in one of your emails?
    Cheers
    Valda

  9. olaf says:

    Hello,

    i have buy from you the very good wordpress theme( Brand New WP Theme And Plugin Bundle)
    and i like it very much but i have some question and some problems

    1.the opin funktion in this theme, because i can not found it where i can put my parts there inside, it will be nice when you can help with this parts,

    2.then the date what is showing is wrong, i dont now how it come there inside,

    3.how i can put my sponsors banner inside the Secondary Widget Area

    4.and how i can chance the Special Product i found also not this one

    5.and also i have some problemms with you plugins it will also not working,

    i hope you can help me with this parts, we can take contact over my email adress,

    best regards from Olaf from Finnland

    • Frank Haywood says:

      @olaf:

      #1 – Check the mst-readme.txt file in the zip as it explains where to find it.

      #2 – Yeah. Oops. I’ve asked the designer to take a look at that.

      #3 – Use either an Ads Manager widget or a Text widget dragged into the secondary sidebar and paste your code into it. Again, this is in the mst-readme.txt file.

      #4 – As #1.

      #5 – Raise a support ticket at http://support.plugingreat.com/ and the developer will take a look for you.

      -Frank

      • olaf says:

        @Frank Haywood:
        Hello, Thanks for you helping, now i have found all parts and it will work very well, only i have the problem with the date what is showing ther on the page, i will hope you will find out this error, because i like these theme very much,
        you can see here on the page what i mean about the date parts
        http://www.top-ratgeber-ebooks.com/

        best regards
        Olaf

  10. Rob Paris says:

    G’day Frank,

    Unlike Olaf I have loved the Ads Management plugin it is great.
    I did have to play a bit to see what worked where and how. I seem to have worked it all out and found a few more tricks along the way.
    Great theme and very versatile.

    But like Olaf I also have a problem with the date it is way out. I have been exploring it with no joy yet.
    If you find the fix please let me know.

    Thanks for a good workable theme.

    Regards

    Rob P.

    • Frank Haywood says:

      @Rob Paris:

      Yeah, the date is a funny one isn’t it? I’ve given the designer the link to your blog to take a look at it. I’m fairly sure October 41st isn’t a real date. ;-)

      As soon as it’s sorted I’ll update the zip on your personal download page and you can go grab it.

      -Frank

    • Frank Haywood says:

      @Rob Paris:

      We have a fix for the date bug and I’m just waiting for the updated zip. While we were at it we upgraded the drop-down menus too, to include multiple sub-menus of sub-menus. ;-)

      Someone else also reported that the home page template was missing from the release which I can confirm, and I’ll get that put in too.

      And we’ve also updated the Redirection plugin to improve it, now at v1.1.0.

      Hopefully I’ll get the theme back within 24 hours and I’ll add all the changes to the zip then upload it to your personal download page.

      -Frank

      • olaf says:

        @Frank Haywood:
        Hi,

        it´s sounds nice, i hope we can become the new fix for the bug,
        but where i can find the personal download page to load than the new parts??

        have a nice weekend and best regards from the cold place of finnland
        Olaf

  11. Joe says:

    When I tried to change the page template I found only the default and one column templates available in the template drop down menu.

    Did I miss something in the read me? I don’t find any explanation for getting the other page templates to list.

  12. Rob Paris says:

    G’day Frank,

    Sound’s good I will keep my eye open.

    Yes the home template is missing.

    Have A Nice 1

    Rob P.

  13. John says:

    I found a couple of bugs with MS003. If I try to do any editing in the wordpress editor menu to the header.php or footer.php file by adding code it won’t update properly. The plugins won’t work or it can break the code of other plugins. For example Dagon Designs sitemap generator stopped working. I found a work around though, I now do any file changes via WinSCP only. Then any changes I make to your theme works just fine.

    The second is in the custom menu. I have add a subpage to a subpage it won’t show up with your theme active. If I deactivate your theme and use the default theme then the subpage shows up no problem. The website is http://www.easycrapslessons.com and when you put your cursor over the first menu tab then scroll down to craps terminology another page should then show but doesn’t. I have a subpage under craps terminology and it is correctly put in the main menu.

  14. Carolyn says:

    I purchased the latest edition of Multiple Streams Theme. Where do I download the
    corrected theme to replace the one sent to me?

  15. Frank Haywood says:

    Olaf, John, Carolyn…

    Go back to your personal download page and you can get the latest version of the theme and plugin with bugfixes done. I sent an email out about this last night to everyone, hopefully you’ll have already done it by the time you read this.

    -Frank

    • olaf says:

      @Frank Haywood:
      Hello Frank,

      sorry but i dont found anymore my parts, so that i can donload the new zip file, it will be nice when you can send me the link by email, so that i can download it,

      thank you and best regards

      Olaf

      • Frank Haywood says:

        @olaf:

        Raise a support ticket and someone will give you your personal download link. Please make sure to bookmark it. :-)

        -Frank

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