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Elegant Themes Bloom Plugin Forked By LeadPages

Bloom gets forked

Bloom Gets Forked, Some Might Say Proper Forked. (ahem replace with uc)

So another day in the WordPress sphere and a heady one at that. It has come to pass that LeadPages has forked the widely popular premium plugin Bloom from Elegant themes. It’s perfectly acceptable to fork a plugin granted, how has it been done by LeadPages though? Well take a read below of just how LeadPages have ‘Forked’ this premium paid for plugin.

The Bloom Plugin By Elegant Themes

The Bloom plugin allows you to create great looking email opt-in forms on your WordPress powered website, built by Elegant Themes and with a rather large user base. With the option to add fly ins, pop ups the ability to add opt-ins at the bottom of posts and much much more. It’s a really popular plugin and one that is used by a fair amount of people. In fairness the video above does a pretty great job of explaining what Bloom can do so that’s the Bloom plugin briefly covered then!

Then This Tweet Appears From Elegant Themes

Well the tweet announces the fork it’s a tweet no doubt seen by many now, it’s doing the rounds and creating a bit of a storm to say the least. With various comments on WTF, how dare they and then others who support forking etc. Take a look at the tweet and read the comments to see what I mean.

I Was Intrigued To Say The Least

So I immediately found the fork and installed it. I downloaded the plugin from Rapidology which is where this fork is actually located. So I head on over visit the website, as you would come to expect from LeadPages the landing page is pretty darn sweet. There’s even a lovely YouTube video:

As you can see from the video above it does everything that the Bloom plugin does, as you would have thought.  That’s great of them to give something back to the WP community right? A plugin very different from the original and forked for others to enjoy and such. But it’s not any different, not on first looks anyways, it’s just been rebadged and passed off as a freebie.

You Have To Sign Up For An Activation Code To Get It To Work

Yep, you read that right. You have to physically sign up via email to receive an activation code to get the plugin to work. Great huh? I mean a plugin that gets forked ‘think WooCommerce’ from JigoShop which did cause some controversy however it was not quite done in the same way.

So essentially all they have done is fork a plugin to get people to visit Rapidology sign up via email for an activation code (thus increasing there email subscribers). On face value this just seems like a really subversive and shi*ty thing to do to someone elses work. OK GPL aside and such yes forking is encouraged in fact LeadPages has put the code up on GITHUB for others to fork as well.

Rapidology a Free WordPress Landing Page Plugin

A quick skim through the Rapidology landing page actually reveals the purpose of this plugin that has been forked, namely to encourage clicks through to LeadPages premium plugin itself.

What About The Plugin Itself

Well it installs like any other (apart from the activation code method) and is easy to use. So great I bagged a premium plugin for FREE yay! What cost is free? Well take a look at the below for the cost of this fork:

Cost of using Rapidology

The above is an example of a typical opt-in form by using the Rapidology plugin. Notice the rather large and blatant ‘Powered by Rapidology’ mark underneath? Yeh? Me too, so what we have here is a link that actually goes back to https://www.rapidology.com/?utm_campaign=rp-lp&utm_medium=powered-by-badge

What Do You Think? Is It Just A Callous Marketing Ploy? Is It The Best Thing To Happen Ever?

The above is just my own personal opinion. I see one company that has obviously spent some time creating something that caters to bloggers needs. Investing countless hours in development up for sale on a website and generating revenue that goes to the upkeep of the plugin along with new features and such.

I then see one company who has taken an existing plugin, stamped their label on it, built a landing page to download it, an email activation service to gather email addresses and added a comparison section to encourage people to buy LeadPages.

What do you think? Do you think it’s a bit of a piss take? I mean you have to have an opinion right? You all for it? Or denounce it like Father Merrin. Either way let me know with a comment.

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This Week In WordPress #1 August 28th 2015

This week in WordPress #1
Far be it from me to think my blog is the be all and end all, in fact there is a wealth of pretty awesome websites dedicated to WordPress on the interwebs. That being said I wanted to start up my very own ‘This Week In WordPress’ post series. In the spirit of sharing I would like to add in my own finds that relate to WordPress, hopefully you will find something that takes your fancy! All the posts below offer great insight into their chosen subjects and are well worth bookmarking, retweeting, liking and sharing in general. Continue reading This Week In WordPress #1 August 28th 2015

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My Top 20 WooCommerce Themes

Shopkeeper WooCommerce Theme

Here’s some WooCommerce themes that could help you sell more.

Using WooCommerce? Well if you are it can be very difficult indeed to find that right look for your new store or indeed if your looking to give your existing WooCommerce powered website a new look. One thing is certain, you will quite literally be spoilt for choice. Choice is a great thing (don’t get me wrong) however sometimes too many choices when it comes to WooCommerce themes or indeed WordPress themes can be bewildering.

Don’t worry though, having used WooCommerce since it’s fork from JigoShop I can spot a dud from a good one. So if you’re looking for something a little different and something that could help grow your business or indeed help you sell more online then take a look through what I’ve found. There’s a real mixture here, there are quite a few premium WooCommerce WordPress themes, however there are also some free ones added into the mix so keep them eyes peeled! Continue reading My Top 20 WooCommerce Themes

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Alternatives To Themeforest Think Outside Of The Box.

Alternatives to Themeforest

Start thinking outside of the box, Themeforest alternatives do exist, just not in the way you think.

If you’re constantly on the lookout for top quality WordPress themes and plugins scouring the internet in search of that next have WordPress theme or plugin. you will have more than likely come across the giant that is Themeforest. It will rear it’s head at pretty much every google search term you can think of. Whilst Themeforest can be an excellent source of themes and of course plugins it can be fairly hit and miss on what you end up with. Continue reading Alternatives To Themeforest Think Outside Of The Box.

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How To Add A Register / Login Link In WooCommerce

Better navigation for woocommerce

Adding Register Link In WooCommerce. A 5 minute job oh & it’s free

If you’re anything like me, I like to have things clean on a website. Sure this site is quite sparse in terms of content that’s for sure, however it’s early days and more and more content will be added over time. That being said, one thing that I find a little annoying using WooCommerce is having to use the My Account page and let people register or login from there. Continue reading How To Add A Register / Login Link In WooCommerce

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WooCommerce Request a Quote Plugin Review

WooCommerce wholesale prices below minimum order quantity

WooCommerce Request A Quote Plugin, Review By Wpin

WooCommerce has a lot to offer that’s for sure. It enables you to sell online, anything from physical products, digital downloads and more. What you might not know is that it’s a great way to capture leads and generate sales offline as well as online.

This post is not only a review of the  WooCommerce Request A Quote Plugin, it will also serve as a tutorial on how to generate sales offline for your business. So right off the bat, lets take a look at what the request a quote plugin offers and of course whether or not it delivers. Continue reading WooCommerce Request a Quote Plugin Review

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