The Subscription Options Plugin

My aim is to make my views on Digital Media, Branding and Emergent Technologies as accessible as possible not only to industry types, but to the blog-scouring early-adopting masses. My ongoing series on Augmented Reality has been relatively successful in boosting both the visitation and the subscribership of this blog.

Aside from the content I’ve written this month (May 2009 has been my most prolific since this blog’s inception) I have also started an SEO and social media strategy to extend the reach of the content I write here. I’ll share details later…

Anyway, the key element I want to tell you about in this post is my third strategy to make Digital Cortex portable to readers. I’ve started to provide readers with a range of subscription options, since the most common way for readers to subscribe to any blog and its content are through RSS, Email or Twitter. That’s when I came up with my brand new WordPress plugin.

I realised that my subscription solution might be useful to others also looking to grow their subscribership, so I created this:

The Subscription Options Plugin

This is how your subscriptions could look if you use my plugin.

I’ve turned my HTML code into a PHP-based plugin for all WordPress users that has the exact effect I aimed to achieve – to look good on a page, and for blog readers to easily grasp what each icon stood for.

Once installed it can be placed in any widget-ready area, allowing users to link to their various subscription options with ease.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR FULL PLUGIN DETAILS

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Tom Saunter

I like to think about the media, technology, pop-culture & the future. When not blogging, I tweet @freedimensional & work @MediaComUK. Feel free to visit my Personal Bio to learn more about me.

  • Chris

    Hello freedimensional, Firstly many thanks for you excellent widget which i have used on my blog.
    I think yours is the most aesthetic subscriptor around!
    However as i’m not currently on twitter that icon is idle. Would there be any way to remove it without disturbing the function of the other links.
    I’m not a computer wizz so i might need a detailed explaination i’m afraid
    Many thanks in advance
    Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      My latest version will make it easier for you to modify the plugin to your liking.
      Each of the images has its own ‘CSS Class’ which lets you hook into and change the plugin’s appearance on your blog.
      Place the following into your stylesheet.css to hide the Twitter icon:

      /* Subscription Options Plugin Hacking */
      img.twitter_icon {
      display: none;
      }

      All the best,
      Tom

  • Chris

    Hello freedimensional, Firstly many thanks for you excellent widget which i have used on my blog.
    I think yours is the most aesthetic subscriptor around!
    However as i’m not currently on twitter that icon is idle. Would there be any way to remove it without disturbing the function of the other links.
    I’m not a computer wizz so i might need a detailed explaination i’m afraid
    Many thanks in advance
    Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      My latest version will make it easier for you to modify the plugin to your liking.
      Each of the images has its own ‘CSS Class’ which lets you hook into and change the plugin’s appearance on your blog.
      Place the following into your stylesheet.css to hide the Twitter icon:

      /* Subscription Options Plugin Hacking */
      img.twitter_icon {
      display: none;
      }

      All the best,
      Tom

  • ALi

    Just checking your plugin and I think this is really simple and cool plugin and I was looking for this kind of plugin…If it worked well on my first blog, then i am planning to install it on all my 40 blogs…
    Thanks

    • Great!

      If you need any help in implementing them, just let me know.
      However, with 40 blogs to your name I’m sure you’ll be just fine!

      Best regards,
      Tom

  • ALi

    Just checking your plugin and I think this is really simple and cool plugin and I was looking for this kind of plugin…If it worked well on my first blog, then i am planning to install it on all my 40 blogs…
    Thanks

    • Great!

      If you need any help in implementing them, just let me know.
      However, with 40 blogs to your name I’m sure you’ll be just fine!

      Best regards,
      Tom