Creating Revenue Streams with Custom WordPress Plugins

Creating Revenue Streams with Custom WordPress PluginsCustom tailored WordPress Plugins can help any small business save money on operational costs and earn money with faster, more convenient order management for its customers. Plugins can be made to handle most of a business’s number crunching, time sensitive, and regular day-to-day tasks.

Community Plugin

We built a community Plugin, Benchmark Email Lite, that creates a realtime newsletter signup form widget, and also allows administrators to send out their content as email campaigns. The Plugin has had over ten thousand downloads, representing a reasonably large market share in its category.

Monetization: is via users who install the Plugin being likely to upgrade to a paid account with the service provider Benchmark Email. The more users with subscriptions, the better the Plugin pays off over time.

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Hear us on WP Plugins A to Z Episode 73!

Hear us on WP Plugins A to ZRandy and I were return call-in guests on a popular WordPress podcast that aired June 13, 2012. Listen to us discuss our community WordPress Plugins (Benchmark Email Lite and beCounted) with John Overall of WP Plugins A to Z on episode 73. We come into the show halfway at 39:45.

WP Plugins A to Z has served many thousands of downloads to the WordPress community and ranks within the top 10 when one searches for the term “WordPress” within the Apple iTunes Store. This episode marks the 73rd podcast on WordPress Plugins and runs for approximately 75 minutes.

In this episode we discuss our free community WordPress Plugins and all that goes into creating, maintaining, utilizing, and rating them.

Please contact us and let us know what you thought of the show as well as what you’d like to hear about in future podcasts!

Hear us on Your Website Engineer Episode 67!

Hear us on Your Website Engineer!Randy and I were return call-in guests on a popular WordPress podcast that aired March 14, 2012. Listen to us discuss a WordPress Plugin business model and Benchmark Email (email marketing service) with Dustin Hartzler of Your Website Engineer on episode 67.

Your Website Engineer has served many thousands of downloads to the WordPress community and ranks within the top 10 when one searches for the term “WordPress” within the Apple iTunes Store. This episode marks Dustin’s 67th podcast on how to build your own quality website and runs for approximately 30 minutes.

In this episode we discuss our free community WordPress Plugin Benchmark Email Lite, and some concepts about WordPress Plugins as a business model.

Please contact us and let us know what you thought of the show as well as what you’d like to hear about in future podcasts!

Hear us on Your Website Engineer Episode 51!

Hear us on Your Website Engineer!Randy and I were return call-in guests on a popular WordPress podcast that aired Nov 23, 2011. Listen to us discuss cloud computing with Dustin Hartzler of Your Website Engineer on episode 51.

Your Website Engineer has served many thousands of downloads to the WordPress community and ranks within the top 10 when one searches for the term “WordPress” within the Apple iTunes Store. This episode marks Dustin’s 51st podcast on how to build your own quality website and runs for approximately 30 minutes.

In this episode we discuss our recent blog post Takeaways from Cloud Computing Expo 2011, and report back on cloud computing and cloud application concepts from the recent conference.

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Takeaways from Cloud Computing Expo 2011

Takeaways from Cloud Computing Expo 2011Thanks to our wonderful hosting partner, Rackspace, beAutomated received free admission to this year’s Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara. I attended for 2 of the 4 days. While this conference is more enterprise IT focused, there were plenty of small business and software application takeaways.

Before beginning my notes, I wanted to express my delight in gaining confirmation that our niche business of building custom WordPress Plugins provides immense value to businesses and organizations of all sizes. Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) like ourselves accumulate years of knowledge that simply get lost within larger IT operations. ISVs provide affordable niche skills to clients who are concerned with turnaround speed. The value of custom core applications for businesses far exceeds anything that the cloud itself can provide, simply due to the nature of cloud software being contextual for a wide audience. Also, automation is considered essential for businesses of all sizes to control operating costs and enable superior, unique functionality that puts users in the driver’s seat. Finally, because change delivers business value, we’ll always have work in our industry!

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Introducing beCounted

Introducing beCountedYesterday we released version 1.0 of beCounted to the WordPress community via the WordPress.org Plugins repository. beCounted creates a multiple item count up widget based on annual statistics showing the number of occurrences since the page was loaded.

The default statistics that come with beCounted are a set of mythological creatures, including dragons, mermaids, unicorns, and zombies. Administrators can add any number of statistics to this counter, can customize all of the styling, and can add a custom credit blurb beneath the counter display with the ability to add hyperlinks.

Note: We originally created this WordPress plugin for our client’s website, Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach, calling it the Animal Kill Counter.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Note that we really appreciate feedback about what we’ve written as well as what topics you’d like us to discuss in future posts so please do let us know.

Hear us on Your Website Engineer Episode 48!

Hear us on Your Website Engineer!Randy and I were return call-in guests on a popular WordPress podcast that aired Nov 2, 2011. Listen to us discuss project management with Dustin Hartzler of Your Website Engineer on episode 48.

Your Website Engineer has served many thousands of downloads to the WordPress community and ranks within the top 10 when one searches for the term “WordPress” within the Apple iTunes Store. This episode marks Dustin’s 48th podcast on how to build your own quality website and runs for approximately 30 minutes.

In this episode we discuss our recent blog post What’s in a Phone Number, an explanation of the differences between marketing requirements and engineering specifications for project management.

Please contact us and let us know what you thought of the show as well as what you’d like to hear about in future podcasts!