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Visual Editors for WordPress – Roundup Review

WordPress is a brilliant platform for creating all kinds of websites and its popularity is well deserved. However, it was originally conceived as a simple blogging platform and if you use it for anything other than blogging, it does sometimes show its humble roots.

As soon as you want to create content that goes beyond text with basic formatting (e.g. columns, tabbed content, etc.), the WordPress editor can feel awfully limited. In response to this problem, various solutions have sprung up, that replace the WordPress editor with sophisticated drag-and-drop interfaces.

What do these plugins actually offer and do any of them really improve upon the standard editor? Read on to find out.
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Contest Case Study, Part 1

A few days ago, I launched my first “proper” online contest.

I had done a couple of very simple contests before, where I would compile entrants manually and pick winners via random numbers, but this was the first time I created a contest using a dedicated software to do so and with more bells and whistles I’d ever been able to add before.

In this post, I’ll show you all the results I got from running the contest and break down all the lessons I’ve learned from it. Be warned, though: what you’ll read below is probably not what you’re expecting…

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Postling Review

Postling provides a “social media inbox” – a simple interface for you to manage and monitor social media and even blogs.

Does Postling’s less-is-more approach make for the killer app you’ve been waiting for, or does the tool under-deliver?

Watch this quick video review and tour, to find out:

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Sprout Social Review

Can Sprout Social help you grow and manage your social media presence, even on a large scale?

With built-in publishing, trend-watching and engagement tools for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, it looks like a promising solution for both individuals and teams.

Check out the video review below to see what Sprout Social is really made of:

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Membership and Product Delivery Solutions

Selling products or services is the basis of any serious online business and when you set out to start one, you soon face a big obstacle: what should you use, to handle all the technical stuff?

Things like collecting payments, delivering your digital products, managing customers and members, etc.

What you need is a product delivery solution. But which one is right for your business?

In this article (warning: it’s loooong), I go into detail about product delivery, talk about which solutions are good, which are bad and what you should consider for your own products and membership sites.

I’ll also give you a detailed run-down of some of the platforms I have personally had a close look at: aMember Pro, Digital Access Pass (DAP), EasyMemberProFusionHQKajabi, Nanacast, Premium Web Cart and SiteManPro.

Read on to learn pretty much everything you need to know about product delivery and membership sites, all in one post.

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Google Reader Alternatives

Google has announced that they are closing down Reader, probably the most popular RSS reader on the net. As a result, bloggers are worried about losing readers and traffic and Reader users are worried about losing all their nicely aggregated news.

In this post, we’ll have a quick look at how to solve both of those issues.

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Ultimate Guide to Site Speed Optimization for WordPress

In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know, to speed up your WordPress websites. Here, you’ll find the best ways to tweak and optimize your WordPress site to make it’s pages load faster.

Why bother with optimizing loading times? On the one hand, Matt Cutts of Google has officially stated that Google takes loading times into account when ranking websites. If you have a slow-loading site, that can mean lower rankings in Google and less traffic. Bummer.

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