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If you are looking for a way to separate your blog posts from the rest of your site, or if  you would like to add an easy way to access all recent posts…. keep reading.

WordPress has a built-in feature that allows you to assign a Page as your Static Homepage and another Page as your Post Page. But this feature does not work well for all themes because it assumes that index.php (your homepage) contains your list of recent posts.   Therefore, when you create a new Page called “Blog” and assign that as your Post Page….  what happens?   The “Blog” page will look exactly like your homepage.

This method works great for themes that only have posts on the homepage.   But if your theme contains other homepage elements such as Image Sliders, Highlights sections, etc.   you may not want those elements appearing on your “Blog” page.   This is when you will want to create a Page Template dedicated to displaying a list of your recent posts.   Here’s how:


1)  Open a new text file and add this to the very top of the file:

<?php
/*
Template Name: Blog Template
*/
?>


2)  Next, copy and paste the entire contents of your archive.php page into your new text file, directly below the code mentioned above.  (Most themes contain an archive.php file which defines how the list of recent posts should be displayed.   Different themes may call this file something else but in most cases, it is archive.php.)


3)  Within the newly pasted code, search for the start of the loop:  It begins with:

<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>

Directly ABOVE  <?php if (have_posts()) : ?> paste your query parameters.   For a list of all recent posts, you would paste: 

<?php query_posts(‘showposts=10’); ?>

You can change the “10” to the number of posts you want to show per page.  You can also change this query to show posts from specific categories like:

<?php query_posts(‘cat=12,5’); ?>


4)  Save this file as: template_blog.php and upload it to your theme folder.


5)  Create a new page where you wish to display your posts and give it a name such as “Blog”, “Posts”, “Latest News” …etc.   On the right side of the Page edit screen, select Blog Template from the Templates drop-down menu.   Click Update to save.


Now your latest posts will display on this Page!

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We are often asked, “I really love your _______ functionality, what software is that?”   Or “your __________ section is outta this world, is that a plugin?”    Since we are all about making the WPNow community even better, we thought we’d lay it all out there for you guys in case any of these software tools might help you with your own business.   (We’ll be adding more to this list as software is added).


Primary CMS WORDPRESS, of course!! Would we even think of building a site selling WordPress themes, on anything other than WordPress??   This ain’t your grandmother’s CMS…   🙂




Membership Management aMember Pro – an awesome script that manages our content, our theme club members and their subscriptions.   Offers content protection, integrates with just about every payment gateway out there, folder protection and more.  It provides you with a signup, login, and management system, that can then be integrated with WordPress or other CMS’s.  Basically what makes things super cool for our Theme Club Members.

Affiliate Management iDevAffiliate – an excellent tracking system for affiliates, running commission reports, tiered commissions and more. Fantastic program for a very, reasonable cost.



Forum Software

BBPress – A great fast, light easy to use forum script that integrates easily into WordPress working off of the same plugin system for easy functionality add-ons.



Email Management Gmail – Since we are for the most part, a virtual company with developers and support staff all over the country and the world, we needed an email system that we could all access at any point in time, via the web.   Gmail works fantastically for managing the many emails we get on a daily basis.
Newsletter Management Aweber – after trying out a number of different newsletter services, we found the best deliverability rate and easiest management platform to be Aweber.   Their opt in’s integrate well with WordPress and Amember.
Hosting and Server Admin Support Liquidweb – Having gone through pretty much every hosting solution in the book, we can say hands down, LiquidWeb offers the highest level of support, knowledge and capacity of any host we have found.   Problems are fixes within minutes (literally) and their server and security technology is top in the business.   Couldn’t give anyone a more hearty recommendation than these guys.



Video Hosting Amazon S3 – Sure we could host with Youtube or vimeo for free, but we opted to use a paid hosting service where we could host our videos for surprisingly low rates, and we still own the content (without all the little annoying ads)
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[coupon name=”wp coupon” id=”1″]


WP Coupon is the premier script for managing coupons and turning a free wordpress blog into an affiliate money making machine.   WP Coupon turns WordPress into a powerful coupon site, allowing you to easily create user-submitted coupon sites on virtually any niche – books, travel, hosting, and more! Use it to run a complete affiliate coupon site, or add coupons to your existing website or blog. Bundled with a complete affiliate link management system!

Some of the great features of WP Coupon:

Fully Optimized

WP Coupon is optimized for search engines and third party advertisements like Google Adwords, Yahoo, BidVertiser and more. Each theme provided by WP Coupon is search engine friendly and completely optimized for maximum search engine exposure. This will help you get ranked higher in search engines. So rest assured, you will not have to spend countless hours on search engine optimization.

Different Coupon Types

Not just offer your visitors coupons, but also provide shopping tips and printable coupons! Visitors submitting coupons can choose between three different coupon types; coupon code, printable coupon, and shopping tip. When logged into WordPress as admin you will have the option when submitting coupons to have the coupon be featured and even enter a custom url for each coupon. This allows you to have a different landing page for a coupon. Useful for coupons only activated by a unique link.

Store Subscriptions

Offer your visitors different ways for them to receive alerts whenever a new coupon is added. Visitors can receive email alerts of new coupons, subscribe to the stores coupon rss feed and comment rss feed, or use AddToAny widget options.

Automatic Coupon Update

Easily keep your coupon site updated with the latest coupons. Connect with various coupon feeds or use WP Coupon’s Coupon Feed* to have your coupon site updated automatically.

Complete Affiliate Link Management System

Fully integrated with  Manage Affiliate Links to provide your coupon site with the best link management system. Manage Affiliate Links allows you to redirect dead, expired, or broken links to another link of your choice. This is important because you do not want your visitors leave your site because of broken links or an expired campaign link. Manage Affiliate Links protects your sites image and reputation while providing a backup system to your links. You will receive an email notification of dead links allowing you to update the down link. Manage Affiliate Links will increase your conversion ratio and allow you to build a large coupon network without having to check your links every day.

Sponsored Categories

Offer companies an opportunity to sponsor categories. With WP AD you can sell ad space with an unlimited number of ad placements. WP AD features email notification of expiring ads, default ad, email templates, ad stats, and so much more.

Special Tools

WP Coupon comes with special tools to help you add stores to your coupon web site. Using the Quick Summary and Tag Finder will save you time writing the a summary of the store and adding tags. When adding a special offer for the store you can use the SEO Images for Special Offer tool generate a search engine optimized html code automatically. This gives you the maximum SEO advantage.

Online Community

WP Coupon allows user to join and create an account. Registered users can choose an avatar and create a profile that will be visible to other users online. Each comment or coupon submitted by the user will display a quick summary of their profile as well as their chosen avatar when you hover over their username. Users can also manage their email subscriptions from their account.

Totally Integrated With WordPress

WP Coupon integrates with your WP Admin area, allowing you to configure the plugin through the settings panel. Each theme provided by WP Coupon comes with a special themes panel with lots of options to customize your coupon web site without ever having to edit the html code.


Auto-Sizing Thumbnails

An image resizer script built into the WP Coupon theme automatically scales your store thumbnails (Snapshots) for pixel perfect display in our templates. No need to upload new cropped images when switching themes or using your own.

WP Coupon Framework

All WP Coupon themes and plugins are built on the same stable WP Coupon framework. Making modifications are a breeze, with notes in the code to help assist you in making changes and allow further software development. Over 90% of the code is unencrypted!

Custom Printable Coupon

Now offer merchants a chance to create their very own printable coupons. Features include; set number of coupons to be printed, control how many times a user may print a coupon, custom coupon templates, multiple bar code format support, coupon tracking and fraud protection, easy interface, and so much more!


Single domain licenses are available for $199 or for $499 you will receive a single domain license and all 4 available themes


Check out the WP Coupon Plugin – DEMO the WP Coupon Plugin

All of our themes are compatible with the new WordPress 3.1.  Please note however,  the new addition of the Admin Bar on your site’s front end may cause the normal page elements to appear 28 px lower.   This is only visible to you, the admin, when you are logged in.   If you log out, the page appears perfectly aligned as usual.  *Note the addition of wp-includes/admin-bar.php

If you wish to remove the new 3.1 Admin Bar from appearing on the frontend of your site when you are logged in, please do one of the following.

1) Go To “Users” and uncheck the box next to “Show Admin Bar”  This will only affect the Admin Bar setting when you (being that specific user) are logged in.

2) If you have multiple users and wish to disable the Admin Bar for ALL users without having to change this option in each one’s User settings, open functions.php and add the following code:

add_filter( 'show_admin_bar', '__return_false' );

If you would like to remove the “Show Admin Bar” checkbox option and prevent it from displaying in the “Users” section entirely, add the following code to functions.php

remove_action( 'personal_options', '_admin_bar_preferences' );


We like to think of  WP Now as a boutique themes site, focusing on quality over quantity.  Therefore when we begin development on a new theme,  we strive to build highly-functional themes that maximize the capabilities of  WordPress, transforming it into the flexible CMS we know it can be.

Here’s where we need your opinion.   We’d like to know what types of sites and functionalities you would find most useful in your business or use of WordPress.   You can select as many as you like from the list below and if you have something in mind that’s not on the list, simply enter it into the field at the bottom or leave a comment.   Help us help you!

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How do we measure success? Can a person have too much success?

A little story about a Mexican fisherman illustrates success in a simple life, well lived.

The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”

The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?”

To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?”

The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”

-Author Unknown



How do YOU define success?

At this exact moment, WordPress has been downloaded a total of 10,718,399 times according to the official WordPress Download Counter.  This number increases by the second, spreading like wildfire across the world’s community of web designers, programmers, business owners…. down to the individual blogger.   WordPress is great, not just because of its intuitive design, elegant coding and the fact that it’s free, WordPress is amazing because of the tremendous community that continues to grow around it.

So many people to acknowledge…  first and foremost, the team over at Automattic – the engine that keeps the ship moving.   How about the contributing coders and beta testers who bring a whole new meaning to the term “think tank.”    And a huge shout out to the plugin developers who make our lives oh so much sweeter and more functional.

As theme developers, we have the fun job.   We get to dress up the beast and make it pretty.  But with thousands of themes out there, we are reliant on the unofficial WordPress “press coreto bring meaning, cohesion and order to it all.   Here at WP Now, we would like to acknowledge a few of these bloggers and thank them for their commitment to our community:

AVJ Themes
Best WordPress Themes
Pro Web Templates
Best Premium WordPress Themes
WordPress Theme Review


What WP guru would you like to give props to?

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[coupon name=”wprobot” id=”3″]

Another great autoblog wordpress plugin is WP Robot.  WP Robot is a powerful and easy to use autoblogging plugin for WordPress weblogs allowing you to turn your blog on complete auto-pilot and drip-feed it with fresh content in regular intervals you specify. And the best part: The posts created will be targeted to any keyword you enter and any topic you could ever think of!

There are many possible ways to use WP Robot, let us outline a few below:

  • Create an armada of automatic weblogs. Since you don’t have to create the posts yourself nothing prevents your from creating a massive network of so-called autoblogs in order to earn advertising money from them or promote your existing websites.
  • Earn more money from your existing weblogs. Several of the modules available for WP Robot allow you to earn affiliate commission for any sale referred by your blog’s posts through the eBay, Amazon and Clickbank affiliate programs. Since all posts created by WP Robot are targeted to your weblog’s topic conversions are generally very good and so this is an easy way to improve the revenue of your weblogs without any work!
  • Add targeted and helpful content to your already established websites. Let’s say you are running a website about golf. By using WP Robot you could add a weblog to your existing site filled with relevant questions and answers on how to play golf or videos teaching golf or reviews of the newest golf equipment and so on. The possibilities are endless and as I said – no work involved on your part.

WP Robot can autopost:
– Amazon products
– eBay auctions
– Clickbank ads
– Youtube videos
– Yahoo Answers Q&A’s
– Articlebase articles
– Flickr images
– Yahoo News
– RSS feeds
– Commission Junction products
– PRWeb Press Releases
– Oodle Classifieds
– Shopzilla Comparisons
– Twitter tweets



Check out the WP Robot Plugin – Demo the Plugin

There has been a thunder of debate here at the WP Now developers table, all over the perceived use and ideal functionality of the WordPress “Theme Options Panel”.

You may know it as that little tab on the WordPress admin page, where you can manage various aspects of a specific theme, such as logo, social media links, banner advertising, Google Analytics and more.

Some theme developers are of the opinion that making the Theme Options panel as in depth and comprehensive as possible is best and provides the most flexible user experience.

Other developers are of the opinion that less is more.  That aside from a handful of necessary options, the majority of site owners don’t use this page, use other plugins, or are totally intimidated by it.

….since we are at an impasse, we decided to take to our users.   We’ve put together a short survey (its only 11 questions and should take no more than 5 minutes to fill out), to get your opinions on what you think should be included.

To the first 100 users who fill out the survey at the link below, we will send you a coupon for 50% off ANY theme order. Use this for a standard theme and save $25.  Use it for a developer theme and save $40.   Use it for our Developer Theme Club (which includes ALL of our themes) and save $65!!! (Plus you’ll get a warm fuzzy for helping make WordPress and WPNow Themes even better.)
Thanks and keep an eye out in your email box for our newest theme coming out in the next couple of days!

The WP Now theme option panel has finally arrived on the Huex bus, and it couldn’t be happier to finally come face to face with you! As a WP Now theme user, you should be pretty excited to come across the newly added panel as well. How come? Let me explain…

In the past, certain things like setting the featured category and editing the advertisements had to be hard coded into a theme option file. Then that file required you to overwrite the existing file via FTP… and nobody likes saving files, opening an FTP client, overwriting the old file, and so-on. The WP Now theme option panel now streamlines these tasks by adding them into the WordPress admin panel, so there is no more messing with that theme option file or FTP. We’re trying to build as many options into the custom panel as we can. Every theme will have its own specific set of options to simplify all tedious tasks just for that theme.

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