WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” Released

The latest major version of WordPress was released today.

Code named “Vaughan”, WordPress 4.7 includes a new theme (Twenty Seventeen).  It also provides an improved Customizer, PDF Thumbnail Previews, and the ability to set your own language of choice for the Dashboard.  Of course, there are more behind-the-scenes improvements as well, but unless you’re a developer, these won’t mean much to you 🙂

Visit the official release page for more details.

If you are one of our Maintenance Plan subscribers, I will be rolling out this update soon.  Please give me time to ensure that it won’t cause any issues with your existing site configuration.


 

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Deposit Photos Deal (AppSumo)

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AppSumo has brokered yet another deal with Deposit Photos. For $39, you get 100 royalty-free images, and the credit never expires!

Deposit Photos has over 40M images and vectors to choose from, so you’re sure to find something you like.

To read more, or take advantage of this limited time offer (and give us a small reward), click here.  Don’t delay, last time they offered this deal, it sold out in record time.

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WordPress 4.5 & LIFETIME Access to StockUnlimited

SUlogo_black_258AppSumo is offering another of its fantastic deals.  This time, you’re getting LIFETIME access and UNLIMITED downloads from Stock Unlimited (stockunlimited.com).  Normally priced at $119/year, if you’re fast enough, you can claim this deal for $49.  One payment & lifetime access to over 600,000 images, with 10,000 more being added every month.

Don’t dally, the last I checked there were only 850 of these promotional packages left (out of 1,000)

We helped you out by spreading the word; please help us out by using our link if you plan on signing up for this great deal.  We get a small kickback from AppSumo from every purchase made.  http://www.appsumo.com/?r=UXWA


In other news, Wordpress 4.5 will be released sometime this week (Tuesday?). This is a planned incremental release, versus a security release, so don’t be in a huge rush to update. Our maintenance package subscribers can expect to be updated a week or so after the release, barring any major bugs.

There are several new features included with this release. For a full listing and explanation, check out this aricle from wpbeginner.com.

As always, let us know if you have any questions.


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New Year, New Look, New Features

The New Year is a perfect opportunity for a fresh start, and we’ve been taking advantage of that by adding new features.  Here’s what Nicole and I have been up to for the last month or so:

Site Refresh

It doesn’t jump out at you, but we completely redesigned Integrant Services from the ground up.  Instead of using Elegant Themes’ “Divi“, we’re using their latest and greatest theme “Extra“.  While it still uses the fantastic Divi Builder, Extra adds more modules and more features, allowing for even more flexibility.  We hope you enjoy it!

Redesigned Checkout

While we were at it, we streamlined how our shopping and checkout process works. What we had functioned fairly well, but had its own quirks and was becoming cost prohibitive with the extra features we required.  It also lacked any kind of guided product selection process.

Gone is the WooCommerce self-checkout.  In its place is a Gravity Forms-based Quote Builder.  This form will walk you through all our products and services step-by-step, asking questions the entire way.  Once completed, we will receive an email with the details of what you”re interested in, and can contact you with any questions we may have before preparing an invoice.

Our Blog Usability Assessment can still be purchased directly from our site via PayPal or credit card.

Integrant Service Quote Builder

Integrant Service Quote Builder

Invoicing and Payments

Speaking of checking out, we now send invoices for services rendered.  Some of you are still being charged automatically by PayPal, which is perfect by us.  However, most of our subscribers are receiving monthly statements that can be paid with a simple click of the button.

If you don’t like clicking a button to pay every month, we can also set up an automatic recurring payment via credit card or ACH withdrawal (eCheck).  Contact us and we’ll get you set up.

New Theme and Plugin Options

We just purchased a membership to WMPU DEV.  We can now offer the Upfront theme to our clients, as well as the 140+ premium plugins that WPMU DEV has.  For example, if you subscribe to any of our Maintenance Packages, you’ve already got WP Smush Pro installed and activated on your site.  This awesome plugin uses off-site servers to compress your images, without any loss of quality.  This means your pages load faster, and reduces bandwidth usage on your server.  It also make Google and Bing happy when they’re indexing your site, increasing your ranking on search engine result pages (SERPs).

Gold and Platinum Maintenance Package subscribers also have an updated Google Analyics plugin installed on their site.  Not only can you see the WordPress site stats, you can compare them to what Google Analytics is reporting.

That leaves roughly 138 plugins to look over.  Browse what WPMU DEV has to offer…if there’s something there that you think you’d be interested in, drop us a line.  We’ll gladly help you out.

Training

Last but not least, our training has moved:  Introducing LHIAA.com!

LHIAA stands for Learn How, Implement, Analyze, Adjust:

LHIAA and the LHIAA Method are the brainchild of Nicole and Brian Watt – co-owners of Integrant Services, LLC. With LHIAA you won’t just learn, you will implement and adjust each tool or process to fit your needs and make it a part of your personal or business system. Achieve results with LHIAA!  LEARN. DO. SUCCEED.

We are working on populating LHIAA with fantastic training you can actually use.  Free training that was previously available at Integrant Services has already been migrated over.  Paid courses, from detailed WordPress tutorials to Pinterest for Business, will be available soon.

2016 is shaping up to be a great year already!


 

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The Best-Laid Plans

Of mice and men We had grand plans to simplify our business (and lives) by moving to an all-in-one solution for CRM, Project Management, Billing, Invoicing, and Marketing.  We reviewed over 100 solutions, tested 12, and even paid for and implemented one.  We ran into one small problem:

None of them worked as well as we thought they would.

Too expensive or too hard to work with.  Too slow or not reliable.  Missing required features.  You name it, we found issues with all of them.

Suffice to say, we’re back to normal.  What we have right now is working, so we’re sticking to it.  For now.

Our support portal is back to what it originally was:  https://integrantservices.freshdesk.com.  Links and contact forms on our site have been updated (retrograded?) to point to their correct locations.

Thanks for bearing with us during this exercise.  Be sure to let us know if you have any questions!

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the-best-laid-plans-of-mice-and-men-often-go-awry. (n.d.). The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Retrieved October 06, 2015, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/the-best-laid-plans-of-mice-and-men-often-go-awry

Pricing Changes & New Products

Integrant Services Independence Day Product AnnouncementsHappy Independence Day from Integrant Services!

We’ve made a few changes over the last month or two, and wanted to make sure everyone knows!

Pricing Changes
  • Gold Maintenance plan no longer automatically includes our Backup service, and has been reduced to $34.95 / month
  • Platinum Maintenance plan no longer automatically includes our Backup service, and has been reduced to $54.95 / month

These changes will not affect current subscribers.  However, you are welcome to cancel your existing maintenance plan and enroll in a new plan if you choose.

New Products
  • Backup Service:  Now a separate offering, and can be added to all maintenance plans.
  • Premium Hosting:  Managed hosting designed specifically (and solely) for the WordPress platform.  Lighting fast, super secure, and surprisingly affordable.  Daily backups included.  For the serious blogger that needs the best.
  • Graphics Services:  Basic & Deluxe site headers, text & graphic buttons, watermarks…you name it, we can design it!  Want it in print?  We do business cards, media labels (for your catalogs) and return address labels as well!

Again, Happy Independence Day!  Nicole and I hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday weekend.

Google Webmaster Tools

Magnifying Glass on the word FOCUS in the dictionaryWe’re proud to announce that Google Webmaster Tools integration will now be included in our Gold and Platinum maintenance packages!

One of the main benefits of Google Webmaster Tools is allowing the submission of your Sitemap.  Google’s bots crawl your site, indexing its contents and making it more visible in search results.  Submitting your sitemap makes it easier for these bots to navigate your site.  Webmaster Tools also identifies any problems that might exist with indexing your site, preventing you from being listed in search results.  Read more about what Google Webmaster Tools does for you here.

Current Gold and Platinum subscribers will have Webmaster Tools implemented by 15 February.

Coming Soon:  Google Analytics integration!

Two New Services Released

We’re excited to announce two new services!

  • Domain Name Registration
    • Get your own .com domain name for only $12 / year.  No gimmicks, no introductory price.
    • You choose the name, we register it and set it up.  It’s that easy.
    • Have a domain somewhere else?  We can transfer it for you!
    • Choose how many years you want the domain name for and Sign Up Now!
  •  WordPress Hosting.  You get:
    • 7 GB of storage space
    • 5 eMail addresses
    • Our first-class support!

See details about these products and more at integrantservices.com

Happy Thanksgiving From Integrant Services

Happy ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving everyone!  Nicole and I are thankful your business over the last few months, and hope that you are able to spend the day with those you love, be it friends, family, or both.  We plan on eating too much and enjoying a relaxing day.  Hopefully you can do the same!

Enjoy your day!

Exciting New Products

We know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, but we have a great excuse:  We’ve been busy adding new products and services to our catalog!

If you’ve been waiting patiently to have a new blog header designed, wait no longer.  Our graphics department has recently released their first product offering:  Basic Blog Header.  This steal of a deal includes a 30-minute one-on-one consultation to understand your wants and needs, and up to 3 revisions during the design process.  Read more and add it to your cart on our Graphics Services page.

Our eMail services has also seen a new addition:  MailPoet Setup.  Manage your subscriptions, post notifications, and newsletters all from your own WordPress site, and stop fighting with 3d party subscription providers.  Learn more about MailPoet on our eMail Services page.

Lastly, we’ve added a whole new category of services:  Consultations.

Order a Blog Usability Assessment for your site, and we’ll accomplish a 25-point comprehensive review of everything your visitors see (and some things they don’t).  The kicker?  You get a $30 in-store credit to use for ANY product or service we offer, making the assessment FREE!

And while you’re on the consultations page, maybe you want to Get Time With Us.  We can work out technical issues, help add (or remove) site functionality, or show you how to shift a few things around for a quick site refresh.  Choose your interaction style:  Phone, chat, or even online screen sharing & remote assist by way of Google Hangouts.  Book one-on-one time with us in 30 minute blocks, up to 90 minutes.

Keep an eye out for another announcement from us in the next day or two. Here’s a hint: What’s got three words and sounds like “Veteran’s Day Sale”?

Have a recommendation for a product or service we don’t currently advertise?  Connect with us and share your thoughts.  We hope to hear from you soon!

Maintenance Package Restructure

News Text On Retro TypewriterMaintenance Package Restructure!

Keep your WordPress installation running safe and sound with one of our fabulous Maintenance Packages.  Spend your time creating, not maintaining, and leave the technical stuff to us!  We all know you’d rather be doing something else…

We’ve just restructured all three of our packages.  Not only did this improve how the packages work for you, but it also made them more affordable!  Purchase our Silver Package, and rest easy knowing that your core WordPress installation and all plugins are updated regularly.  Enjoy additional piece of mind from our backup service, included in our Gold and Platinum Packages, which keeps a secure copy of your entire website, including media, stored offsite.  These backups occur daily, and are saved for 30 days.

Don’t lose sleep at night worrying about how you’d get your blog back if your site went down.  Click here, and sign up now!

Coming Soon: FeedBlitz Services

News Text On Retro TypewriterWe’ve spent the last few days becoming more comfortable with setting up and administering FeedBlitz. Suffice it to say, FeedBlitz Services will coming to the Integrant Services storefront in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, until we get the options added to the store, if you have any FeedBlitz needs, drop us a line. We’ll be happy to give you a quote!