Month: July 2017

Create and Sell Video Courses with WordPress and Lunchbox

Create and Sell Video Courses with WordPress and Lunchbox

Lunchbox is a WordPress plugin built specifically for people who run, or want to start, an online video course. The plugin has a host of features commonly found in most course creation and maintenance products but its focus on video content is what sets Lunchbox apart from the competition.

The plugin has a strong emphasis on presentation by offering a responsive design, which is friendly for course students on mobile devices, and a custom embedded video player. Lunchbox integrates with third-party services such as Amazon Web Services, Easy Digital Downloads, Vimeo, YouTube and more.

In a world where online courses are becoming more and more popular money making ventures but are generally run on static written content the video focus offered by Lunchbox is a unique twist.

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Deploy WordPress Plugins and Themes with WP Pusher from Peter Suhm

Deploy WordPress Plugins and Themes with WP Pusher from Peter Suhm

Anyone who has ever done freelance WordPress work for clients is familiar with the issues surrounding deployment of updates. It can be a constant struggle to FTP files and keep everything in order. This process can be all the more frustrating if you use source control to manage your plugin and theme development but still use basic file transfer to keep your updates and changes in sync with a live WordPress site.

Peter Suhm developed WP Pusher, his solution for deploying plugins and themes via Git repositories, out of the need to solve the very problem I just described. His plugin takes the fuss out of deployment by offering a one-click solution for keeping your production setup in line with your code updates as they are pushed live to to source control.

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Publish and Host Your Podcast with Seriously Simple Podcasting

Publish and Host Your Podcast with Seriously Simple Podcasting

Starting a podcast can seem like a daunting task. You have to get the proper equipment if you want to do it right, work on your broadcasting skills constantly and always be marketing your show to increase the size of your listener base.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention the technical part that involves making the files available for fans to download or running and maintaining the podcast’s website. Luckily, the WordPress plugin Seriously Simple Podcasting is available to help.

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Handle Your Newsletters with WordPress and Jackmail

Handle Your Newsletters with WordPress and Jackmail

I continue to be intrigued by people who are turning WordPress into more complex web applications. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Jackmail which is the second newsletter plugin I’ve covered here at The Plugin Economy.

Jackmail is incredibly full featured and you can tell the team has been working on it for a long time. What I like about it best is the user interface. It’s just very appealing and as someone who struggles with interface design there’s a lot here for developers like me to learn from.

But what got me interested in Jackmail from the start was the plugin’s pricing.

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Can You Grow a Portfolio by Adopting Abandoned WordPress Plugins?

Can You Grow a Portfolio by Adopting Abandoned WordPress Plugins?

Ivan Jurisic mentioned in our recent interview that his team acquired the Under Construction Page plugin after contacting the original developer that had abandoned the project on WordPress.org. Since I had been on the lookout for a plugin to purchase or takeover for awhile now I thought this was a pretty clever way to expand my plugin portfolio. I searched the plugin directory and built a list of plugins that intrigued me and had not been updated in quite awhile.

Then the cold emailing began…

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