I’ve always been one for sharing the positives and negatives of being an Entrepreneur. If you’re a regular follower of the blog you may have noticed that the content here has dried up a little. Why? Three reasons.
We’ve covered the best WordPress plugins for photographers, with an emphasis on getting your work shared. But what about getting your work sold? Going viral isn’t much use if it doesn’t translate into cold, hard cash.
WordPress is a great platform. It is used by over 75 million websites across the world, an absolutely staggering number. It’s gone from a blogging platform to a content management system and is capable of supporting sites that look nothing like blogs.
How many WordPress plugins should you have on your site? There are thousands upon thousands to choose from, for every conceivable tweak or addition to your WordPress website.
It’s great for options and for extending WordPress’s already versatile and powerful abilities. You can transform your site and add amazing capabilities.
Displaying videos on WordPress can be unnecessarily complicated. Embedding looks simple enough but sometimes the formatting is strange or breaks the layout of your page or blog post. That’s if it loads at all.
We are social animals. Humans take cues from each other, look to each other for ideas and recommendations and co-operate. Even though the internet sometimes gets separated from “real life” all those facts still hold true. And we can use them online with powerful effect.
So you’ve got yourself a stunning photography website or portfolio to display your work and attract new clients. Now you need to get your work out there and share your images across the web.
We’ve got a selection of 32 of the best WordPress plugins for photographers. Everything you need to share your images, organise your galleries, automate your site and get tonnes of social shares.
It’s now 17 months since I removed my plugins for sale on CodeCanyon, it feels like a good time for an update today, but why today.
Well, apart from having some time to write this post, it’s also the last weekend before annual renewals start to trigger – which would mean any comparison would be swayed away by renewal income coming in (and that is worthy of a post in it’s own right!)
Instagram is a massive social platform but it is notoriously tricky to share images on Instagram from WordPress.
A picture is worth a thousand words and the rise of some of the biggest social networks have been built on images. Snapchat’s meteoric rise was from its unique take on sharing photos and its current struggles are because everyone else hopped on the bandwagon so quickly.
Going viral isn’t just a lucky bolt out of the blue. While the magical winds of the internet can’t be completely tamed there are definitely things you can do to maximise your chances of getting lucky, tools you can use and issues you can prepare for.
One of the best ways to increase audience engagement is by asking your audience questions. Who doesn’t like to be asked their opinion on something? Being opinionated is being human. By asking a reader for their opinion, you are giving them the impression that their opinion is important to you.
WordPress is an incredibly popular content management system powering 75 million websites but most users only scratch the surface of what WordPress can do.
What can WordPress plugins do? Almost anything.
A musician’s website has to do a lot. You don’t know whether your visitor is a long time fan or someone who just heard you for the first time a minute ago on Spotify and googled you. You’ve got to sell albums, provide samples, list your upcoming gigs, blog about what you’ve been up to, flog some merchandise, connect with fans and all that.
Online shopping is the beating heart of the internet. Billions are spent online each year. Want to get in on that?
You too can compete with High Street legends for customers. But you don’t need their budget or huge IT departments. In fact, those profits are falling thanks to online competition.
Facebook certainly know how to get people sharing and there are now over two billion users to share with. Estimates of 300-350 million new photos being uploaded each day were bandied about several years ago. Photos, memes and other images are a huge part of the popularity of Facebook.
Does the thought of checking your support email or ticket system fill you with dread?
Receiving support requests is good because it means you actually have customers…but unless you have the budget for a dedicated support team, every second that you spend on support is time that you can’t spend improving your product or reaching new customers.
Regardless of whether you’re setting up your first hobby website or you’re a seasoned internet warrior with niche sites as far as the eye can see, there are a few types of plugins that every site should consider installing in order to get maximum functionality.
Your website has been up and running for a while now, but do you know what your audience thinks of it? If you find yourself constantly wondering whether your visitors are enjoying the content that you put out on a regular basis, a polling plugin can work to your benefit.
There’s one thing that has been bugging me for a while about WordPress and featured images.
What’s that one thing? It’s how hard it is to set a featured image from an external link.
Mike @ Epic Plugins
It’s 2017 and this still isn’t easy to do. So I wrote a plugin to make this easy for you!
I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time now, but I didn’t want to write it too soon after I switched (I switched in March 2015). Here is a look into why I moved from Mailchimp to ConvertKit (and why you might want to as move as well).
Back in May, when I quit my job I hadn’t planned to spend 7 weeks in another country. Let alone the other side of the world. I knew I didn’t want to work in an office environment but I’ve never been spontaneous enough to head out to somewhere so far, for so long.
Continue reading Two Months in Chiang Mai
You may have seen on the blog that at the end of October 2016 we moved to a subscriptions system for our plugins and themes. If you didn’t catch that post you can read it here.
Up to date? Great. The subscriptions system is a way of making it easier for you to get the latest updates and support for your plugin and theme.
Continue reading Subscriber loyalty rewards
OK. Disclaimer. I found some pretty good developers from this process. BUT it took me longer than it should have.
You may have read in the latest transparency report that I was on the look out for WordPress Developers to join my web agency.
Continue reading WordPress Developers. How I FAILED to hire.
There’s a lot of decisions to be made when running your own business. Especially when running a digital online business like epic plugins. Here at epic plugins we sell premium WordPress Plugins and premium WordPress themes.
Continue reading Be Bold, Be Brave, But don’t be stupid
Change. Why do we change? We change to improve. Epic Plugins is changing. We are moving to a different payment system and to subscriptions.
Continue reading We are making some changes
What? What’s this crazy title.. read my inbox? Isn’t that me giving away all of my messages?
OK… so maybe not read my inbox. More like analyse my inbox and you can read the outcome. Why am I doing this?
Continue reading Read my inbox..
You may have remembered that I posted a while back an opinion poll about whether people would find transparency reports interesting for epic plugins.
Continue reading Epic Plugins. Transparency reports
In this short blog post I wanted to explore people’s opinion about whether epic plugins should start to be transparent with its income and support volumes.
Continue reading Transparency – Your Opinion Please