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WordPress Plugins Warning Dangers

on 07 December 2012  WordPress  Crash, Crashes, Dollars Each Year, Email Addresses, Few Minutes, Functionality, Groundhog, Hot, Internet Marketers, Irony, Shopping, Thousands Of Dollars, Time Waster, Warrior Forum, Warriorforum, Wordpress Plugins, wordpress plugins dangers, wordpress plugins issues, wordpress plugins warning

Do you use Wordpress Plugins? Read Below

If you use Wordpress plugins like I do then take a few minutes to read this article. I spend thousands of dollars each year on Wordpress Plugins to add different types of functionality  to my WP sites.

The other day when I went to pull up this site, this is what I saw below:

A question plugin I had installed broke my site due to a plugin licensing dependency. This is not the first time this has happened to me, and the irony is that when your Wordpress plugins crash due to a licensing dependency, most of the time you won't be able to find the developer or they hide behind so many domains and email addresses that it's a major pain and time-waster to get the issue resolved.

One site that I purchase many of my plugins from is a site called the WarriorForum a site designed mainly for Internet marketers. Sadly, when one of my hundreds of Wordpress plugins breaks or crashes, it is plugin marketers on the Warrior Forum that are difficult to get in touch with for support. (see below)

My question plugin was developed by a company called Groundhog Productions. There site is down for some reason.

Groundhog Productions owns WPLicensingSystem.com which was responsible for validating my plugin license. When clicking on the link within the plugin, it brought me to this site that has not been updated since April of 2012.

As you can see, it's another site called Five Star Plugins, registered to Skylr / Grounhog Productions.

So what should you do when shopping for Wordpress plugins? Visit a new site I will be developing called WordPress Plugin Forum where I'll be reviewing and encouraging others to write articles and reviews on plugins they purchase.

One question I will be start asking before I invest another dollar on the next hot Wordpress plugin is whether or not it contains any licensing dependency (relying on another domain) for the plugin to function correctly. There are other methods available to make sure a Wordpress plugin is licensed correctly.

During the process of writing this post, I did find a support link on the Warrior Forum. I'll let everyone know if I hear back from Skyler and company with regards to their question-plugin.

The reason this issue gets under my skin is that it is not the cost of the Wordpress plugin that is the big issue, it's the time you spend implementing, testing, and then looking for another solution when it breaks and you can't find the developer.

Have you had issues with a Wordpress plugin that stopped working and could not get support? Share your comments and stories below...Also, give my your thoughts and suggestions on what you might want to see on Wordpress Plugins Forum.

Phone Numbers vs Email Addresses

on 18 June 2010  Articles, SEM, Uncategorized  Address Email, Back Feature, Cell Phones, Contact Forms, Customer Response, Delivery Issues, Email Address, Email Addresses, Email Marketing, Email Response, Form Email, Means Of Communication, Phone Calls, Phone Email, Phone Number, Preferred Method, Rental Property, Response Rates, Smart Phones, Term Test, Voice Calls

When it comes to marketing online or offline phone numbers may still beat out email addresses for customer response. While I have not conducted a long-term test comparing the two, it appears voice calls are still the preferred method of communication with several small tests I've run and compared.

In my own testing with one site, the use of the displayed phone numbers is used equally when compared to in-bound phone calls vs. contact forms.

In another test conducted by a friend of mine involving an rental property, the use of a phone number in his ad generated 10-20 phone calls per day over a one week period. In a subsequent test, he removed the phone number and subsituted it for an email address. He never received a single inquiry from the ad using only an email address.

Email has become unreliable due to spam and other delivery issues whereas a phone number is a more reliable method of communication.

With more and more of the population utilizing cell phones as a primary means of communication and the use of smart phones increasing, it ony makes sense that it has now become extremely easy and convenient to place a voice call. Some sites have click to talk services with a call back feature that will dial your number back if the person you are trying to reach  is not available.

Have you run any tests comparing response rates utilizing a phone number vs. a contact form or email address for marketing purposes? Share your tests or comparisons with our visitors.