Month: September 2013

Theme Sale – XD02 and XD04

Update: The sale at $17.00 for the beautiful XD02 and XD04 themes for WordPress is now live. Included as part of this sale only is a full developer (client/flipper) licence.

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You can purchase BOTH themes using the link above or scroll down to purchase either theme on its own.

They’re both suitable for showcasing a product or products or service either for yourself or your clients. Both come with full developer (client/flipper) licences during this sale only.



XD02 Only: You can purchase the single XD02 theme at $10.00 using the button below. Included as part of this sale only is a full developer (client/flipper) licence.

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XD04 Only: You can purchase the single XD04 theme at $10.00 using the button below. Included as part of this sale only is a full developer (client/flipper) licence.

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From the annotated shots above you can see that between them they have the following features – most are in both themes but there are some slight variants between them.

  • 7 built in colour schemes
  • Optional colour scheme editing of the background, font and links
  • Image or video embedding (XD02)
  • Four slides on the home page (XD04)
  • 12 selectable slideshow transition effects (XD04)
  • Multiple quote areas, top, middle and bottom (XD04)
  • 3 content boxes area 1
  • 3 content boxes area 2
  • 2 “featured post” areas (XD02)
  • Plenty of widgetised areas
  • A “get in touch” settings panel and widget
  • Editable footer content
  • Rich HTML editor in many panels
  • Social networking settings (Facebook, Twitter, G+)
  • An area for adding tracking/analytics code

Plus some other good stuff not mentioned above. ๐Ÿ™„

You can see live demos of the themes XD02 and XD04.


-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Project Email Part 4

My email client of choice is called ThunderBird and the good news is, like FireFoxย  it’s also available for Mac and Linux users. (There’s even a portable version for Macs too.)

Why do I think portable programs are the way to go?

Once upon a time, all Windows programs were portable. You didn’t install them as such, in effect you just copied them where you wanted them to run and away you went.

Then Microsoft introduced the concept of the registry which is a database of all program settings and in effect tied the program to the machine you’d installed it onto. If you wanted to run the program on another machine then you had to install it on there too.

Right from day one I didn’t think that was a good thing for us users.

The worst thing about it is the Windows registry is incomprehensible.

The old method utilised a simple text based .ini file with text entries for all the settings and I reckon it was a “jolly good idea”. You could read through these entries for the program in your favourite text editor and work out what was going on. You could also apply some useful undocumented tweaks by changing “false” values to “true” and seeing what happened.

Yeah I’m a bit of a geek, always have been.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Portable programs by their nature can’t use the registry to store their settings, so they typically use the good old .ini files again. This means if you use a flash drive to store and run your portable programs, then those programs can write back any settings changes you make to the .ini files.

I hope that makes sense.

So. The PortableApps program is very cool and has a *huge* amount of free programs you can install including ThunderBird, FireFox, Chrome, Opera, NotePad++, Skype and OpenOffice and Libre Office.

It even has its own built in installer and program directory. Check for new apps, tick the boxes for the ones you want to install and off it goes and does it for you.

Yeah I’m impressed with it and I think you will be too.

Okay so back to email and ThunderBird.

I used to be an Outlook Express user until Microsoft killed it. Then I had to go looking for a replacement email client as I really didn’t want to use the web for ALL my email accounts as it would have taken forever to log in and check them one at a time. The assumption nowadays by companies like Microsoft and Google is we only have one email account, and that’s never been the case for me. It might be okay for the average home user, but I need lots of accounts thank you.

Luckily, with ThunderBird you can add a LOT of email accounts and I have at least 30 in my personal installation.

And they’re really made it VERY easy to add a new email account to it, including Google and probably Yahoo although I haven’t checked.

All you need to do is enter your email address and password and Thunderbird automatically tests the server to see what protocols it supports and goes for the most secure one it can find.

IF you’re thinking of leaving a comment on this post with your thoughts, then all I’ll say is that’s a good idea and it’s DEFINITELY in your interest to do so as I’d like to later reward all contributors for their input and views.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

-Frank Haywood <== Click this for a list of all Project Email posts.

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Contextual Widgets

Update: The sale at $10.00 for the very cool Contextual Widgets plugin for WordPress is now live. Included as part of this sale only is a full developer (client/flipper) licence.

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Today Wednesday 18th September at 7.00pm GMT (2.00pm EST), I’m kicking off a 48 hour sale for the Contextual Widgets plugin.

This is a control plugin and allows you to decide which widgets will appear on which parts of your site. It works with ALL standard widgets, not just the ones I’ve released.

Now I know you might still be wondering a bit at the moment, but I’ll try to explain.

You know how a WordPress theme allows you to drag and drop widgets into the sidebars?ย  Well it’s usually a case of all or nothing.ย  Once you’ve dropped them there, all you have is the same widgets in the sidebar on *every* page and post on your site.

There’s no way of saying you don’t want to see a particular widget on a certain page.

Until now.

With “Contextual Widgets” you can choose exactly in which context each widget will appear.

So you may decide that you only want to place a particular ad in a sidebar on a particular page (or context)…

Example #1

You write a blog page that discusses the importance of building a mailing list (the why), but you don’t put in any details about the steps they need to do it (the how). Over in your sidebar are your affiliate ads for an ebook on list building and an autoresponder service that only shows on that page, ie in that particular context.

Example #2

A visitor arrives at your site via a search engine and lands on one of your tag or category archive pages (this happens a lot). They see a call to subscribe and a special offer that’s nowhere else on your site.

Example #3

You’re running a series of tutorials on your site and you don’t want them on general view. To do this you create a set of custom menus for the tutorials and place them in the sidebar only on the tutorials pages themselves.

Aha! Make sense?

There are plenty of contexts built right in:-

  • Home – Your site’s blog page if it isn’t set to your front page.
  • Front Page – Your site’s front page which can be different to your blog.
  • Post – Individual posts, ie not your home/blog page.
  • Attachment – For your attachment pages, e.g. movies, audio and images.
  • Author – Author archive pages.
  • Category – Category archive pages.
  • Date – Date archive pages.
  • Tag – Tag pages.
  • Search – Search results pages.
  • Page not found – Your 404 error pages.

Plus every single page you create gets auto-added to the list of contexts.ย  So every page you write about any topic can be set to show its own unique content in the widgetised areas.

Combine this plugin with “Widgets In It” and you have a very powerful system of control that a standard WordPress installation doesn’t.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

From today 18th September at 7.00pm GMT (2.00pm EST) and for the next 48 hours, you can get the Contextual Widgets plugin for just $10. This sale includes a full developer (client/flipper) licence.


-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business