Quite a lot happened in November at PlusPlugins.
Our sales were slowing a bit and I decided to try and reach our probable buyers in a more direct way. I took to the Ultimate Member site and sent private messages to many of users, offering them a discount on our Ultimate Member Maps plugin. It worked and our sales received quite a boost. I also had many interesting discussions with the UM community. However, one person was unhappy and viewed the message as spam, reporting us to the admins of UM.
They asked me to not send similar messages in the future, and also asked us to move our UM Community Forum (which we were running on ultimatemember.org) to a new domain, as apparently it confused users.
In my response I asked them how they suggest I contact the UM community in another way, as they closed the forums on their site a few weeks ago. Apparently they’re working on a new community platform that will facilitate discussions around UM, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with.
In the end we value a good relationship with the UM team and we obliged. The forum is now running over at forum.plusplugins.com.
During my discussion with users on the UM site, I found that many where looking for a way to integrate events into their membership. The result is that our third UM plugin is now available – Ultimate Member Events Calendar.
Finally, we also added a new payment option: Bitcoin. So if you have a few of those laying around and would like to extend your UM site, use the following discount code on our site (valid for the next week):
Great news! We’ve submitted our UM Profile Tabs plugin to the WP plugin repository and it’s been accepted. This means you can now get automatic updates directly from WordPress and stay up to date with all new releases.
Please note that if you originally installed an earlier version (pre 1.1) of the plugin from our site, you will need to add the privacy options to your profile tabs again. The reason for this is that we’ve rewritten some parts using CMB2, which will make it easier to add more features in the future.
If you have any feature suggestions, please let us know in the comments below.
We’re glad to announce another Ultimate Member plugin today, and it’s one we believe will make the power of UM more accessible to non-coders.
Our plugin addresses an issue that we’ve seen countless times on the UM forums – how to add a custom profile tab. Adding a custom tab is now as easy as creating a post. You can choose a custom icon, add privacy options and display any content (we’ve also created a shortcode to help you with this).
We’ve created quite a few UM sites in the past few months, and every single time we’ve needed to add profile tabs to organize user content in an intuitive way. For example, we’ve used it to:
- Show members of a deal site all the deals they’ve added and joined
- Show a school all their learners
- Display Facebook and Twitter feeds of users
- Give users access to custom actions such as sending bulk messages through the UM Messaging plugin
This is a free plugin. Feel free to contribute on our Github page. Feedback and feature suggestions are welcome!
We’ve submitted the plugin to the WordPress plugin repository, but it hasn’t been added yet. Until then, you can download the plugin (and view more details) here.
The PlusPlugins team is launching the website and our first plugin today.
Just a bit of background: We were doing a lot of work with Ultimate Member (an awesome plugin!), but we needed to extend many of the features to accommodate our clients. So with PlusPlugins we will be making these customizations available to the wider WordPress community.
Look forward to the following plugins in the upcoming weeks:
- Ultimate Member Twilio
- Ultimate Member Bulk Messaging
We look forward to many great plugins and tons of happy users!