Fed Up With Updating 5 Different Services With The Same Information?

Do you appreciate the importance of updating your website, but are sick and tired of updating Facebook, Twitter, email marketing lists and more every time you update your site? If so then we can help by linking your social media and email marketing directly into your new or existing website* to automatically update everytime you publish something new.

How Do I Automatically Update Facebook Twitter From My WebsiteYour business can benefit hugely from making good use of social media outlets like Twitter, and they have revolutionised the way that many businesses advertise and reach out to their customers.

In this new and exciting world of online opportunity many businesses are regularly blogging and updating websites with their latest news and the goings on in their industry or sector which is opening new doors and extending client bases.

This new approach to marketing your business has many many benefits, but it also has one major drawback, and this drawback is the need to commit time regularly to updating your website followed by updating services like Facebook and Twitter. The extra time taken to log in and out of each service and rewrite excerpts and add links can take its toll when your resources are stretched, but we can help by still keeping you on top of your website updates whilst linking in your additional social media and email marketing services to update automatically every time you publish something new on your site. For more information or a no obligation quote please call us today.

*Please note that the list of services which can be linked in to your website is based on your Content Management System. If you are unsure which CMS you have you can contact us and we will be happy to help.

Essential WordPress Plugins

essential wordpress pluginsWith the WordPress system now being the foundation stone of many websites there has been an explosion in the number of add-ons and plugins available to developers and web designers to allow you to perform almost any function imaginable through your website.

In fact the choice of WordPress plugins has become so great that in regards to many tasks you are left wondering which one to choose.

Although it’s not possible to check and review every single plugin available on the market, and would take an absolute age to cover every single task you might want your website to perform here is a list of some essential WordPress plugins that you should seriously think about installing:

1. All In One SEO Pack

This fantastic plugin provides you with extra customisation options for headers, menus and more to ensure that your site is fully SEO optimised.

However don’t worry if you’re just a beginner because it works straight out of the box too.

Other great features include auto generated META tags, support for custom post types and over writing of page and post titles with custom META data so you can have differing titles (for your readers) and keyword filled META data (for search engines).


2. XML Google Sitemaps

Nothing much to say about this plugin, it just does what it says on the tin.

Create a site map in seconds in order to help search engines better understand the layout of your website. This helps to ensure that everything there is to index is indexed.

Be sure to recreate your site map when you add new content, and the plugin will notify all major search engines for you in order to speed up the process.


3. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is in my opinion the most customisable contact form plgin available.

Create a contact form with custom fields that can be added to a page, post or even a widget on your WordPress website sidebar.

The plugin is easy to use and opens up a world of possibilities.

There are also a number of great add-ons available such as the Campaign Monitor add-on which allows you to have a newsletter signup form on your website that links directly to your Campaign Monitor mailing list.

The plugin also allows you to add your sites Google Analytics tracking code so you can keep an eye on how well your site is doing!


4. Mappress

If you are creating a website which needs one (or more) embedded Google Maps then Mappress is the plugin for you.

Mappress allows you to create custom Google Maps with multiple points of interest, and you can embed them straight into your site with a neat little short code.

You can play around to your hearts content to set the level of zoom and the positioning of each individual map you create so that it opens just how you want it to every time.


5. Wordbooker

Wordbooker integrates your Facebook profile or page and your WordPress install so that when you post to WordPress, you can also notify your Facebook followers.

You can choose a fixed structure to notify Facebook followers, or you can also customise it each and every time you post. If you have more than one page tied to your Facebook account you can also post to multiple pages at the same time.

No longer will you have to try and remember to update Facebook after updating your blog or website!


6. WP to Twitter

Similar to Wordbooker, WP to Twitter plugin for WordPress allows you to send a customisable tweet to your twitter followers every time you update your website or blog.

Unfortunately Twitter does not make it too simple to set up any application, but it should only take ten minutes and simple instructions come with the plugin.

The plugin also has custom tags that allow you to insert the date (#date#); URL (#url#); and author (#author#) name amongst other things rather than retyping them and risking getting them wrong.


7. Share And Follow

In order to give your readers a nice easy way to share your site information you need Share and Follow.

The plugin allows you to set which social media channels your readers can use to either subscribe to your site or share your information with their friends and family.

Share and Follow also allows you to choose from a number of different styles so that you can place your social media icons in page, in a widget and elsewhere depending on what you’re looking for.

DynamicWP Running RSS Plugin

rss logoFor those of you looking to incorporate either your own or any number of external RSS feeds into your WordPress blog DynamicWP is the plugin for you.

This fantastic plugin which can be seen in action here adds a running RSS feed from user selected sites to the base of your browser window, and it a great way to bring related content to your readers irregardless of which page or post they land on.

The plugin makes use of Google Ajax and can be personalised with adjustable colours, number of articles and scroll speed options available in your WordPress administration panel.

Recently Google has announced that Google Ajax no longer requires an API key, and as such it is now possible to run the plugin without entering an API key in the settings page so this can now be kept blank.

The example link I gave earlier runs the plugin without an API key from Google, whereas on previous installs for customers an API has always been generated and added into the settings.

You can find more information on DynamicWP Running RSS on the WordPress plugins section.

Using Custom Fields With Contact Form 7 Campaign Monitor Add-on

For those seasoned WordPress users out there, I’m sure that by now you’ve come across the Contact Form 7 plugin, which in my opinion is THE best contact form plugin available.

For those of you who also use Campaign Monitor a handy add-on was released which allows you to add a custom sign up form to your site on a post, page or sidebar widget like this one. The forms work great and can be used to boost the size of your mailing list by coaxing in new subscribers from your website traffic.

One of the things that attracted me to the add-on was the promise of using custom fields, which I use a lot to split a large mailing list into smaller more targetted lists for specific campaigns, but I could not for the life of me work out how to get the custom fields passed from the contact form to my campaign monitor subscriber list!

For more information on setting up the add-on, see the following guide. But if you’re just stuck with the custom fields then read on….

The way to get it working is very simple indeed, but when there are no easy to find guides online it takes a bit of thought. However when you check the ‘Use Custom Fields’ box you are presented with options for up to 20 custom fields with a ‘CustomKey’ and CustomValue’.

Put simply the ‘CustomKey’ is the name of your custom field in Campaign Monitor, and your ‘CustomValue’ is the tag in Contact Form 7 which represents the field in which the required information is entered (e.g. [your-age]) as shown below.

 contact form 7 campaign monitor addon custom fields


So if you had the same problem I did, now you can see how simple it is to configure and add some real valuable information to your mailing lists with minimal effort. Most people will probably have figured out how to use this, but as I couldn’t find a to the point guide online, I assumed I wasn’t going to be the only one, so hopefully someone will get some help from this!