Posted by on November 29, 2013 2:28 pm
… a documentation management system
The new Documentation plugin is intended to provide sound basic structures for a documentation management system.
Leveraging WordPress’ framework and internal structures, the system provides a completely new section to manage documents independently from normal posts or pages. Documents are complemented by their dedicated document categories and document tags, which allows to keep the documentation structures separate from the more blog-oriented posts or CMS-like pages. It can be used to build a dedicated documentation site, a subsite for documentation in a multisite network or other creative deployments.
This plugin has been built to provide a solid and extendable solution, which efficiently covers the requirements for an organized way to manage documentation that is provided online.
The Documentation plugin is free and you can download it from WordPress.org or install it directly from your WordPress dashboard. Go to Plugins > Add New, search for documentation and click Install Now for the Documentation plugin.
Posted by on September 29, 2013 10:01 pm
Time is an illusion we maintain and use as a framework to get a grip on change. Why mention that? Apart from its really really deep implications, it’s been a while since I’ve posted an ‘official’ entry on the blog here. Much has happened since the last one, so here’s an update – I surely won’t include all of it, but hey … here are a few notes on plugins worth mentioning:
Besides a few updates on Groups and related plugins, the now almost oven-fresh Groups Newsletters plugin allows you to target and communicate with your users based on their group membership. It’s also good as a simple and flexible newsletter system, of course.
Groups is now on GitHub, if you like to fork around, be my guest
… is more popular than ever and that has various good reasons. Here’s a selection of new plugins crafted here that are very useful:
… is still a standard for e-commerce solutions based on WordPress. We’ve had a very popular extension exclusively for users of Affiliates Pro and thought that it’s really time to give back more to the community. Hence, you can now use the Affiliates WP e-Commerce Integration with Affiliates, Affiliates Pro or Affiliates Enterprise.
Contact Form 7
A similar situation as with WP e-Commerce, you now have the completely free integration that works with all flavors of the Affiliates plugins available to download on the Affiliates Contact Form 7 plugin page.
Posted by on June 30, 2013 3:24 pm
The new 2.4 releases of the Affiliates plugins bring several improvements and fixes, including better filter sections, improved notifications in Affiliates Pro and Affiliates Enterprise, along with new options and views for tiers in the Enterprise release.
The Enterprise package now also includes Affiliates MS which allows to run a centralized affiliate system on a WordPress Multisite Network.
Six new extensions bring features including conditional shortcodes, shortcodes that show related product information for referrals, an integration with MailChimp and more.
Posted by on June 1, 2013 10:57 am
The Ready! Ecommerce plugin seems to be getting popular and it was quite easy to integrate it with the Affiliates plugin.
If you’re interested in an affiliate solution for your shop based on Ready!, you can give it a try: Affiliates Ready Light is a free solution that works with all versions of the Affiliates plugin series.
Posted by on March 20, 2013 12:25 pm
Ecwid is offering a really cool and easy to handle shopping cart that you can set up within a few minutes.
Their system allows you to deploy a fully featured e-commerce solution within a single HTML page. It doesn’t get easier than that!
The premium integration with Affiliates Pro for WordPress and Ecwid has been around for quite a while now, but for those who just get started with their store and are looking for a free and efficient affiliate program, I’m happy to announce that a free integration with the Affiliates plugin is now available: Affiliates Ecwid Light.
Posted by on February 21, 2013 9:47 pm
Groups Forums claims to be a powerful and yet light-weight forum system for WordPress sites. Ok, the plugin is rather innocent regarding these claims, it’s me who thinks it does quite well
Let’s see how it performs compared to bbPress and Simple:Press. Just to be clear, this post and the results exposed are intended to shed some light on how much these plugins will actually slow down your site. Godaddy provides a nice tool called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler), which allows to create performance reports for sites, and the following data has been obtained with it on three different test sites, each with the Twenty Twelve theme, running WordPress 3.5.1 and the absolute minimum of plugins and with no caching plugin installed. The tests have all been run on installations hosted on a HostGator shared hosting account. These are the plugins that were active on each test site when running the P3 performance scans:
- Groups, Groups Forums and P3
- bbPress and P3
- Simple:Press and P3
The performance scans were done manually on pages relevant to forums – totaling 41 visits in each case. No other posts or pages were present and on the test sites for Groups Forums and bbPress, some widgets related to forums and topics and the default Meta widget were shown in the sidebar (Simple:Press doesn’t provide any widgets related to forums or topics OOTB, the only widget active on its test site was the Meta widget). In each case, three test forums were created, 100 test users, and the following test topics:
- Groups Forums : 120 topics and 3152 replies
- bbPress : 60 topics and 60 replies
- Simple:Press : 9 topics and 5 replies
Have a good look at these numbers when comparing the results
The Plugin Impact, defined as Percent of load time on your site dedicated to plugin code and indicated by P3 under these conditions for each is:
- Groups Forums : 45.5%
- bbPress : 68.4%
- Simple:Press : 92.9%
Here’s the Detailed Breakdown for Groups Forums …
Posted by on February 12, 2013 11:36 am
I’ve been asked if it is possible to hide the WooCommerce Shop page based on Groups’ access restrictions. As it is, trying to apply the normal way (checking a capability in the Access restrictions of the page) simply doesn’t work.
So what does work? Here’s an example:
Posted by on January 20, 2013 8:50 pm
- Groups Forums – Provides a powerful and yet light-weight forum system for WordPress sites.
- Groups Jigoshop is a WordPress plugin that allows to sell memberships and subscriptions with Groups and Jigoshop.
- Groups 404 Redirect – This plugin redirects 404′s caused by hits on pages that are protected by Groups.
Posted by on December 4, 2012 7:25 pm
December is here at last! And a good bunch of new extensions for the Affiliates plugins brings useful tools to shop owners, so that your Xmas sales can get a pretty boost thanks to your business partners.
Talking about a bunch, after so many requests for a generic multi-tier solution have been received, Affiliates Enterprise is now available with support for unlimited tiers and rate-based commissions. It also comes with all currently supported extensions and during this happy month, it’s available at a discount – it’s a steal
So here’s what’s new:
More coming up soon!
Posted by on October 30, 2012 1:15 pm
The new Groups Notifications plugin has been released. This is a free extension to Groups and adds notification features:
- notify the site admin when a user has joined a group
- notify the site admin when a user has left a group
- notify the user after joining a group
- notify the user after leaving a group
Posted by on August 10, 2012 3:41 pm
Affiliates Pro 2.2.1 has just been released and adds a new exciting feature: graphs on the front end for affiliates. This allows to show combined or individual diagrams to affiliates including performance information about hits and visits on their affiliate links or the number of referrals they have been credited with.
Details about the new shortcodes and how to use them are available in the Graphs section of the documentation.
Posted by on June 28, 2012 11:19 am
Here’s a list of useful WordPress plugins that provide often asked for features:
- Peter’s Login Redirect – Redirect users to different locations after logging in and logging out.
- Profile Builder – Simple to use profile plugin allowing front-end login, registration and edit profile by using shortcodes.
- SB Welcome Email Editor – A Plugin to provide an interface for the WordPress Welcome/Forgot Password Emails. Helps to customize the emails that new users receive after signing up.
A list of useful plugins is now maintained on the new Useful Plugins page. New suggestions will be added there. If you think that a WordPress plugin should be added there, please post a comment with a link to it.
Posted by on June 9, 2012 2:40 pm
Here is a video on the EDD – Easy Digital Downloads integration with Affiliates Pro explained by EDD’s author Pippin:
EDD is a great system to sell digital products, give it a try! You can download it on WordPress.
The Affiliates Pro integration pack for EDD is available here.
Posted by on May 16, 2012 7:07 pm
Here’s a video with an overview of the essentials for the Affiliates Pro integration with Ecwid.
Posted by on May 11, 2012 7:33 pm
The Affiliates Pro integration with Ecwid has been released.
Affiliates Pro for Ecwid fully automates affiliate commissions for sales handled through Ecwid and provides additional Ecwid-specific options. Referrals are automatically accepted, rejected or put on hold according to the actual status of the related order.
Affiliate commissions based on Coupon Codes and Affiliate Links:
Ecwid store coupons are fully supported: assign one or multiple coupon codes to an affiliate to give credit when these are applied to a purchase. This provides an attractive alternative to affiliate links and gives an additional incentive to both the affiliate and customers who seek to buy your products at a discount. Normal affiliate links are of course supported as well.
The integration pack for Ecwid can be obtained here: Affiliates Pro for Ecwid
Posted by on May 3, 2012 6:35 pm
Affiliates Pro for WooCommerce now supports coupon codes.
Coupon codes are assigned to affiliates to credit them with a commission for each purchase the code is applied to. One or more codes can be assigned to an affiliate.
Details about how this works are outlined on the Coupons documentation page.
The integration with WooCommerce is the first to directly support coupons with Affiliates Pro.
Posted by on April 29, 2012 8:26 pm
Groups File Access is a WordPress plugin that allows to provide file download links for authorized users. Access to files is restricted to users by their group membership.
To be able to download a file, a user must be a member of a group that is assigned to the file. If an access limit has been set for the file, the user must also have accessed (downloaded) the file fewer times than the file’s access limit.
Download the plugin on CodeCanyon
… or read more on the plugin page.
Posted by on April 9, 2012 10:46 am
This integrates Affiliates Pro with PayPal Payments Standard. Using any PayPal payment button on your site, the integration captures PayPal’s IPN messages to track sales referred by affiliates. It provides various flexible shortcodes and an API that are used to work with PayPal HTML forms:
- Buy Now buttons
- Add to Cart buttons
- Subscribe buttons
- Buy Gift Certificate buttons
- Automatic Billing buttons
- Installment Plan buttons
- Donate buttons
Detailed information is available on the Affiliates Pro PayPal Integration page and the integration pack can be downloaded through the Affiliates Pro for PayPal product page.
Posted by on March 22, 2012 11:07 pm
Just released: Affiliates Pro for Contact Form 7
This integration collects submitted form data and tracks each form submission to the referring affiliate. Possibilities are huge. The integration has really been requested a lot, especially by businesses who needed to track sales referrals but do the actual sales offline. It’s taken a while because other priorities had to be taken care of first, on the other hand, the integration now provides more features than initially planned and with the latest version of Affiliates Pro, delivers a set of powerful tools to track and evaluate form submissions, referrals and more to marketers.
About Affiliates Pro:
The Affiliates Pro plugin provides an affiliate management system for sellers, shops and developers, who want to increase sales through their own affiliate program. The integration with Contact Form 7 provides an ideal solution for businesses that need to track referred leads to handle offline sales commissions.
About the integration with Contact Form 7:
Important features include fully automated affiliate registration, unlimited affiliate management, flexible affiliate areas, automated form data collection, access to individual data from submitted forms on the back end, front end and in notifications, customizable affiliate notifications and all the standard features that already come with Affiliates Pro.
The integration can be obtained here: Affiliates Pro for Contact Form 7.
Posted by on February 19, 2012 6:54 pm
The Affiliates Plugins Feature Comparison shows key features that the Affiliates WordPress plugin provides against those included in Affiliates Pro and its integrations with various e-commerce and membership solutions.
Current integrations include eShop, Jigoshop, s2Member, WooCommerce and WP e-Commerce with new integrations under development and scheduled for release.