Custom WordPress Registration Pages (v 0.1.7)

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Installation Instructions:

Download and unzip the package. Upload the simplr_reg_page folder into your wp-content/plugins directory. Go to your plugins dashboard and click “Activate”.

Usage Instructions:

To use this plugin simply employ the shortcode [Register] on any WordPress post or page. The default role is “subscriber”. To apply another role to the registration simply use the the role parameter, for instance: [Register role="editor"]. If you have created custom roles you may use them as well.

You can also use shortcode so specify a custom confirmation message for each form:

[Register role="teacher" message="Thank you for registering for my site. If you would like to encourage your students to register, please direct them to https://www.domain.com/students"]

Finally, you can specify emails to be notified when a new user is registered. By default site admins will receive notice but to notify others simply use the notify parameter:

[Register role="teacher" message="Thank you for registering for my site. If you would like to encourage your students to register, please direct them to https://www.domain.com/students" notify="email1@email.com,email2@email.com"]

Plugin Options:

Please feel free to suggest future options for this plugin in the comments. The current options are:

  • Admin Email: Specify the FROM email you would like to use for the registration confirmation message.
  • Confirmation Message: Customize the message you would like to appear in the confimation email.
  • Style: Overrides the default stylesheet included with the plugin.

Introduction to WordPress Pods CMS

Scott Clark, the tireless developer of Pods CMS, has put together a tutorial on using PodsCMS. Where does he find the time.

Introduction to the Pods CMS Framework from Pods CMS Framework on Vimeo.

In this video, Scott Kingsley Clark gives an introduction to the Pods CMS Framework. He goes over what Pods is, setting up your Pods and displaying them on your site, and provides some helpful tips and pointers.

Google Instant and SEO Strategy

Listened this morning to the latest “Marketing Over Coffee” and their discussion of Google Instant, the new instant results functionality you may have noticed the last time you did a Google Search.

Chris Penn ( I think it was Chris ) thinks that because instant response will distract the searcher Google Instant will disadvantage long-tail keywords .

I disagree. Presumably the reason Google Instant is so cool is the quickness of response time. In economic terms this means the “cost” of a search (measured in time) is now cheaper than ever. Therefore, we might see an increase in overall searching AND an increase in the number of terms submitted per search.

An example: Yesterday I was looking for some obscure WordPress documentation and instead of doing one brilliant search and promptly getting lost down the rabbit hole of links in the WordPress Trac. I tried three or four different keyword combination (in less time than it use to take to perform one search!) and was able to judge which keyword combination gave me the best results.

Granted I’m an advanced user, but I suspect Google Instant may in fact give more novice users a better understanding of how to piece together keywords and phrases to find what they are looking for faster. This means, GI could be a great boon to long-tail keywords.

To the extent Google Instant will have an impact, it will be making the top five search results even more important than they already were. Why? Because it’s now easier for me to perform another, more targeted search than it is for me to scroll down the page.

I can’t wait til they start reading minds.