WPMU – Why do you need it?


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WPMU (WordPress plugins and themes directory) is one of the largest suppliers of premium plugins and themes for WordPress, MultiSite and BuddyPress, having a selection that will virtually blow your mind. Regardless whether you’re interested in Facebook, SEO or Marketing, there is something out there that will definitely suite your taste. The plugins they offer are basically split into 7 different categories:

WPMU – Online Business

In this area you can find everything you need to improve your website’s functionality in regard to e-commerce, hosting, events, membership sites, fundraising, and so on. For instance, if you’re looking to add 1-click-cart feature to your website, you can easily do that thanks to the MarketPress plugin, which is actually one of the most advanced plugins on the web in this regard. Also, if you may need an all-in-one appointments, management, and booking solution, then you will find the Appointments+ to come in very handy. The selection is huge, ranging from “Classifieds” and up to “Pay with a Like”, which is a must if you’re looking to keep up with the ever-growing competition.

WPMU – SEO

On this category you can find several different plugins related to social media, expert SEO integration, analytics, support, and more. For example, if you’re looking to create informative and detailed wiki pages to promote your business, then you can do that automatically thanks to the Wiki plugin. Also, you might be interested in a post voting solution, which helps you see what user finds relevant and which their preferences are. In this regard, WPMU offers a little and innovative Post Voting Plugin, which you’re certainly going to like due to its simple functionality and appeal. Of course, if you’re looking to upload content in batch, create footer content, autopost to your Facebook wall or fan page, or anything else related to SEO, then this is the place to start with.

WPMU – Marketing

In the marketing category any WordPress, Multisite or Buddypress owner can find a huge plugins selection related to social media, content, e-mail promotions, on-site marketing, and many more. For instance, have you ever considered sending a newsletter to your subscribers in HTML format? This will certainly differentiate yourself from all others who send plain text newsletters, and make subscribers more interested in what you have to offer. Or, maybe you’d like to enhance website’s commenting options by allowing your visitors to post using their Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account? All these can be done with the plugins offered by WPMU, plus many more. Have you ever been frustrated that way too little visitors click on your ads? Now you can better convince them to have a look at your sponsors’ – by sharing some of the ad revenue with them! Thanks to the Ad Sharing plugin, you’re definitely going to increase your advertisement clicks.

WPMU – Publishing

The Publishing section covers everything related to advertising, comments, social integration, paid content, and more. Have you noticed that many people are unsatisfied with the customization options offered by WordPress? Even if WordPress is a very customizable platform in its own, not everyone has the technical skills to make the adjustments by himself. Fortunately, WPMU offers users a wide selection of plugins related to customization, such as CustomPress (which transforms WordPress from a simple blogging platform into your own CMS) and Recent Custom Posts (which allows you to add a recent post widgets right to your sidebar, and you can select what’s being displayed and what’s not).

WPMU – Community

The Community section is closely related to the chat forums, events, voting and other public activities of your site. For instance, you can add a live stream widget which allows users to see in real time what new posts you added or what other people’ are commenting, host your very own live chat sessions without the need for a 3rd party javascript, or give your users’ the option to tell their friends about your site and invite them to it. Now, isn’t this quite a nifty way to increase your website’s popularity? In addition, thanks to the plugins on WPMU you can create your own forum, add dynamic status updates, and allow visitors to pick their own avatar while commenting. Increasing your relationships with your readership has never been so easy.

WPMU – Multisite

If you own a website on the Multisite platform and looking to improve its functionality through plugins designed specially for it, then this is the place to look after. Thanks to the plugins here you can split your website into free and paid membership sections, stop the spam that’s going on with most websites, add new blog tremplates, create multi-domains, create and manage multiple events at one time, and add many more interesting features which would be nearly impossible to implement without the aid of specialized Multisite plugins.

WPMU – BuddyPress

BuddyPress is a social networking platform powered by WordPress which quickly grew in popularity, and now has a huge database of loyal users. However, as advanced as BuddyPress is, there are some elements which can be added only through specific plugins. In this regard, WPMU offers plugins and themes which are 100% compatible with BuddyPress, and which enable you to add top functionality in no time. For instance, if you’re looking to add photos, videos, or website links to your BuddyPress posts, then you can instantly do that thanks to the BuddyPress Activity Plus plugin. Also, if you’re looking to create and manage events activity, create fundraising events, make certain widgets available only to your main blog, and more, then this is the place for you to check out.

The great thing about WPMU is that they have flexible membership options, so even if you’re on a tight budget you can afford to subscribe with them. Once you register, you’ll be able to download and use everything they have on offer for as long as you want, even if you cancel your subscription later on. A longer membership will grant you access to new releases, updates and unlimited support, though.

You’re also going to love the fact that this directory provides you with great documentation for every plugin or theme that you download, so you’ll be able to have it set up within minutes. In addition, all the themes and add-ons they offer are 100% GPL-based, so you can personalize them at your will. Plus, you can use everything that you download from them on as many websites as you wish. You can even join the directory for free and purchase any plugin/theme that you want individually. Having all these benefits in mind, why not give WPMU a try? After all, over 185,000 customers can’t be wrong…

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