Base CRM Contact Form

This came about when I started doing a few lead generation campaigns for my website, I noticed that contact form provided by Base didn’t do two important things:
1. Allow me to record a goal completion in Google Analytics
2. Provide any details over where the lead came from, other than via my website, when adding the deal into Base CRM.
3. Allow me to encourage email signups

This meant, essentially, that I couldn’t attribute any leads or customer value to any particular marketing campaign/source/medium. On top of this I couldn’t encourage email subscription. so I decided to commission a WordPress plugin.

I found Woody (a developer) on Peopleperhour.com, I knew how specific my requirements were so I was very particular about who I hired after having bad experiences with freelancers on Odesk in the past.

Woody did a great job, he runs a company called Stormgate and as you can see he specialises in rapid web development (he finished my plugin in less than 24 hours)!

So I told Woody what I wanted and he got down to work creating my brand new contact form.

Essentially this contact form directly posts the lead into Base, including all the necessary details, as well as the Google Analytics source and medium.

The Google Analytics bit ensures that you can choose a page to redirect to, which can then be tracked as a goal, so that you can keep an eye on things in Google Analytics separately from Base.

Finally it has a tick box that allows the person contacting you to signup to your email newsletter hosted by MailChimp.

I don’t think there are many things out there that do all this, and if you are using Base CRM I highly recommend you try out this plugin.

If you would like to download my plugin you can do so here.

Find The Best Premium WordPress Themes / Templates For Your Business

This WordPress Theme Cost Me Just $35

Finding a good design for your website isn’t easy for most people – but if you are running your website on WordPress you are missing a trick if you are paying more than £50! The theme you see this site running on (at time of writing) was bought for only $35 (that’s around £22.50 according to today’s exchange rate) from ThemeForest, and on the whole it is a lot better than sites you can pay £1,000 or more for from a local designer.

ThemeForest - The Best Premium WordPress Themes

What to Consider?

So what do you need to consider when buying a premium WordPress theme for your business?

[shortcodes]

Well firstly, you want to ensure it is flexible enough to meet your needs, look out for a thing called a shortcode, it’s a simple piece of code you can type in order to create a different effect.

For example, this is a shortcode called “blockquote”

As you can see shortcodes are pretty handy, especially when you want to the designer to do the general layout, look and feel and you would prefer to write the copy and style it the way you want.

Customisation

If you are well versed with PHP, HTML, CSS & WordPress, you may want a lot more customisation options by being able to change the code. If, however, you just want something that works and you don’t want something too technical then make sure it has the features you want, such as a logo upload facility.

I highly recommend ThemeForest, go take a look at their WordPress themes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Installing And Setting Up Google Analytics On WordPress

In the last post I showed you how to get a theme for WordPress, now I want to briefly show you how to setup Google Analytics on WordPress.ThemeForest

First of all, I can’t stress how important it is that you use Google Analytics. It will allow you to track all your marketing and enable you to maximise sales through advertising. The best part is that it is easy to use and it is 100% free, so it’s all good! To install Google Analytics on WordPress, see the first video, then see the second short video to setup Google Analytics settings.
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How to transfer your blog from blogger or blogspot to WordPress

Sometime in 2008 I started a blog called Inventive Millionaire had over 120 posts on this blog and it was very similar to make money online kind of blog.  Anyway I have decided to resurrect it because I now wish to make money from blogging and in order to do so I am going to need a lot of content and a lot of blogs.

So in order to resurrect the content I had to remove a redirect from Inventive Millionaire to David Whitehouse and then I had to export the content from Blogspot and run it through a conversion process to get it ready for WordPress, then I simply imported it into WordPress.

There is a simpler way but it didn’t work for me simply go to tools imports and select blogger from there and its pretty straightforward from then on.

Choosing a Theme for WordPress

In the last video I showed you how to setup WordPress, now I want to go through changing the WordPress theme with you.ThemeForest

When deciding on a theme for WordPress, you have a number of options, three in fact:

1. Use the default theme and customise it yourself
2. Buy a WordPress template from Template Monster or Theme Forest
3. Hire a freelancer to design you a WordPress theme for around £500 using ODesk, a freelancer website.
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htaccess redirects with regular expressions

The Problem

Ok so I hit a bit of a snag tonight, I had ended up with the following predicament.

I had a url: http://www.davidwhitehouse.co.uk/blog/ which I wanted to redirect to http://www.davidwhitehouse.co.uk/ but when I used the following code:

redirect 301 /blog/ http://www.davidwhitehouse.co.uk/

I ended up redirecting pages such as http://www.davidwhitehouse.co.uk/blog/blogging-voice-recognition/ to http://www.davidwhitehouse.co.uk/blogging-voice-recognition/ – but I wanted to keep it where it was (plus this created a redirect loop, which I could have fixed).

Twitter Friends to the Rescue!

So I asked for help on Twitter – offering a free link for the right answer (at first a site wide, then I chickened out and said “just a post”). Thankfully I found the answer – so they can all settle for a nice link in this post (see below).

Many things were suggested, some would have worked but I felt they were workarounds and I wanted to solve this particular issue in this way. I had tried some regular expressions, others passed me some more and people were passing me mod_rewrite code too. Unfortunately none of it seemed to work, some gave 500 errors, where as others resulted in the page sitting their, not moving – laughing at me, mocking at me, whispering…

Anyways!

The Solution

RedirectMatch 301 ^/blog/$ http://www.davidwhitehouse.co.uk/

redirect doesn’t let you use regular expressions – RedirectMatch does (perhaps this is common knowledge, but I couldn’t find it anywhere and it wasn’t in the code anyone gave me). I found the fix here.

Thanks guys

For those that participated in helping me, I would like to thank (in no particular order):
Malcolm Coles
David Elstob
Will Critchlow
David Cumbor
Teifion Jordan

Scheduled Posts on WordPress

One thing I never bothered using before working at Bronco is scheduled posts on WordPress. But this feature happens to be extremely powerful! You can get all your articles on for say the week, or month (whatever) and have it released whenever you want!!! If your in the UK and you want to target the US market – this is espcially useful if you are Tweeting your post at the same time.ThemeForest

Checking it out, the best time to Tweet is between 4pm-5pm (according to Malcolm) so from now on the majority of my posts will be at this time, every day :)

It would help if my web server’s system time wasn’t an hour behind though…