Template Pre-sets

Posted on by Frank

This post is in direct response to Lisa who made some very interesting points and as a result caused me to stop and do a double take.  ;-)

This is what Lisa said:-

“I like the idea of this. What I really find useful (and generally tough to integrate with a few sales/squeeze page plugins I already have) is a static html squeeze template conversion. This is what I mean. I want a simple, one or two click method (without the short coding, only if add’l options need to be added) whereby when I buy PLR or get PLR for free I can take the squeeze or sales page that comes with the PLR package (including images and css file) and simply upload them to a page creator plugin (like yours :) ) and then the plugin will create a page template in drop down without me configuring a whole bunch of short codes and custom fields, etc. I know that’s a big dream. But it would be cool and solve many problems I as well as many affiliate marketers have. What do you think?”

Right! Being a solutions guy, I’ve had to sit back and have a real long think about this, but I think I’ve finally got the right answer.

There are two aspects to it.

#1 – To directly address the issue, I’ve decided to add another big feature and that’s to include a pre-sets file which would just be a simple text file. The pre-sets file would contain specific data for all the required fields within the template and would be placed there by the template designer/developer.

When the template is selected, there should also be a checkbox to say “Load Presets” (if they exist within the template). By default this checkbox would be off so that if you were trying out different templates for your sales copy, you wouldn’t lose all your hard work and then have to copy it back into the fields again.

By the same token, the sales copy could go into the “Suggested HTML” field.

So if it were a PLR / MRR sales page, you would select the template, tick the box to load the pre-sets, copy the suggested HTML into the page itself and you’re done.

If it were a squeeze page, you would select the template, tick the box to load the pre-sets, copy the suggested HTML into the page, and add your autoresponder code into the “Optin Form Script” field.

Done. ;-)

I have a feeling I may have missed something there, but if we run into any omissions we’ll fix them as we find them.

#2 – This is where you come in.

I’d like to see this plugin and template format adopted universally. Someone has to do it and I’ve chosen me. ;-)

In order for that to happen, it needs YOU to ask the PLR / MRR producers to release sales material for WordPress in the PTP format.

What I’m talking about is educating people by telling them about it.

The PTP plugin is free and always will be†.

I can see no reason why they wouldn’t comply as I estimate it will only take about 30-60 minutes to convert a standard HTML sales page into the PTP format. Of course it depends on the skill of the person doing the conversion.

When we release the first version of the plugin, I’ve asked the developer and designer if I can have some guidelines to conversion. I’ve been told by the designer that it’s not that hard to do. Once I’m comfortable about how to do it myself, then I’ll write some docs with plenty of screen shots and also do some videos as a complete walk through of the conversion process.

That should make it easy for a designer/developer type (or anyone with any HTML skills) to take a standard HTML page and convert it into a 3 minute set-up for anybody.

-Frank Haywood

† While the plugin will always be free, I’ll also be linking it into my universal affiliate scheme for all my other products, so you’ll be able to make money just by promoting a free product.  We all like that don’t we?  ;-)



16 Comments

  1. G’day Frank,

    Wow now I really am waiting for the final version of the plugin.
    What a great idea and thanks Lisa.
    I am sitting back now as I was thinking of this and how to do but with so many changes since the first version of the plugin I thought better wait and see what comes out in the wash.
    I am sure a lot of page and graphic designers that do page designs for PLR and MRR products will adopt it very quickly. To that point the man I have been using I am sure he will look at this as he has mentioned trying to do more wordpress stuff.

    More great stuff.

    Reagards

    Rob P. Cruisin 8-)

    • Frank says:

      Yep, it will probably take off fairly quickly once a few people like yourself request templates from designers.

      Custom designed templates will also probably attract a premium price to begin with because of the extra bit of work and the attraction of the convenience factor.

      But when the word gets out and more designers start offering PTP design services, that will then drive the price down of custom designed templates.

      Here’s a thought I had a couple of days ago that made me go “D’oh!” when it clicked. (Sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees.)

      Up until now, I’ve released pre-done packs of templates for the plugin.

      But I have a very talented designer on my books, so why the heck aren’t I offering a custom designed sales page / template service myself? ;-)

      So I’ll see if I can’t get something set up by March. I have a bit too much on my plate at the moment to give this my attention right now, but in a few weeks I should be able to do it.

      -Frank

    • Valda says:

      Hi Rob & Frank, I’m currently working on some cool graphic designs for the page template plugin. I’ve got a couple of tests to run, but I’ll let you know when I’ve tested them and point you to the samples etc.

      Valda

  2. Lee says:

    Wassup?

    Eagerly awaiting!.

    • Frank says:

      Hi Lee,

      We’ve had to take a little diversion, but it looks like we’re back on track now. A week or maybe two and we’ll have that first version out. :-)

      -Frank

  3. Zulfikar says:

    Frank this is an awesome plugin that has potentials to go even bigger – I also like how your mind ticks ;)

    Your quote:
    “But I have a very talented designer on my books, so why the heck aren’t I offering a custom designed sales page / template service myself? ;-)

    Maybe you can take a look at the new Facebook iFrame concept for pages and come up with or suggest ways of having compatible templates for this avenue. As you stated on another post “WordPress will be the one single platform that most people will turn to” – Now imagine those people and a few savvy developers coming up with ways to intergrated WordPress with Facebook – suddenly the outlook is much much brighter :)

    Look forward to more on this and more of your plugins/templates.

    Cheers,
    Zulf

    • Frank says:

      Hi Zulf,

      You’re the second person to suggest that to me in the last week. Make a blog post or page and it appears on FB.

      I *think* I already know the best approach to this, but I won’t know for sure until I investigate it thoroughly. I reckon WP pages are the way to go together with this template plugin.

      Personally I still find it difficult to believe that FB would allow people to use iFrames because of the security issues – eBay removed them about 4 years ago.

      There *will* be cases of baddies redirecting people off FB and onto malware sites, you mark my word…

      -Frank

      • Zulfikar says:

        Frank thanks for the response and glad to hear that you will at least consider looking into it.

        Interesting fact about iframe – it will be interesting to see how Facebook handles the security aspect of things. My guess is they will simply delete any and every page they suspect to be of malicious intent – I see the baddies being rooted out if Facebook gets its act together and stay on top of things. With over 500 Million members? Its a mammoth task in itself.

        Having said that, we the WordPressers have to plod along and take every opportunity by the horn and deal with obstacles that may come our way :)

        Zulf

  4. Lee says:

    Make mine the 3rd request for Facebook stuff!

    Here’s one attempt, but leaves much to be desired…
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-tab-manager/

    Would be nice if a template could restrict the “post/page” container to 520px X 800px to avoid Facebooks scroll bars.

    The width restriction isn’t hard. The height has me stumped. (I’m not a coder either).

    • Frank says:

      Hi Lee,

      There’s a method where the height on Facebook can be auto-resized, using javascript. When I finally move my attention to this whole FB issue, I’ll make sure it uses that method. ;-)

      -Frank

      • Zulfikar says:

        Frank – I’ve created Facebook fanpage templates for both pages and posts which I released with the reworked TwentyTen theme over at bloginstallationservice.com (hope you dont mind the url).

        I was thinking if you could grab it and see how they can be worked into the plugin? The download does include templates for the original TwentyTen theme too.

        Eagerly awaiting the release of this plugin so I can get on with creating more templates if the above work with it or they are easy to change and fit in.

        Zulf

        • Frank says:

          Hi Zulf,

          I’m sorry I only just noticed there were some comments waiting to be approved here, I didn’t get an admin email for some reason.

          When I’ve finished the chunk of work I need to do before release, I’ll go grab your fanpage templates and check it all out. I know there are people waiting for a good FB solution, and this could all be it. ;-)

          -Frank

    • Zulfikar says:

      Lee – I can assist you on getting the required code in place to stop those scroll bars :) . If you click through to my name the site you land just send an email to the admin & mention this post and I’ll get back to you with a fix.

  5. Valda says:

    Hi there Frank just wanted to find out if you have heard any more about (as per your above post)
    “Quote Frank”
    When we release the first version of the plugin, I’ve asked the developer and designer if I can have some guidelines to conversion. I’ve been told by the designer that it’s not that hard to do. Once I’m comfortable about how to do it myself, then I’ll write some docs with plenty of screen shots and also do some videos as a complete walk through of the conversion process.

    That should make it easy for a designer/developer type (or anyone with any HTML skills) to take a standard HTML page and convert it into a 3 minute set-up for anybody. “Unquote”

    When I am up and about after my up and coming surgery I’d like to start concerntrating on design stuff for your themes/pages etc.
    Take care
    Valda

  6. Valda says:

    Hi there Frank, long time my dear lol.
    Frank I am actually just checking to see if you had replied to my question posted…. goodness is it nearly a year ago?

    In your post you say:-
    “I can see no reason why they wouldn’t comply as I estimate it will only take about 30-60 minutes to convert a standard HTML sales page into the PTP format. Of course it depends on the skill of the person doing the conversion.

    When we release the first version of the plugin, I’ve asked the developer and designer if I can have some guidelines to conversion. I’ve been told by the designer that it’s not that hard to do. Once I’m comfortable about how to do it myself, then I’ll write some docs with plenty of screen shots and also do some videos as a complete walk through of the conversion process.

    That should make it easy for a designer/developer type (or anyone with any HTML skills) to take a standard HTML page and convert it into a 3 minute set-up for anybody.”

    Just wondering if you had any type of tutorial/instructions for designers as I would like to start pushing this concept onto my customers and get them all using WP.
    Take care.
    Valda

    • Frank says:

      Hi Valda,

      I hope you’re keeping well. Yes it’s actually something like 20 months since the very first release of the plugin, BUT I’m releasing it officially on sale next week (19th July) with a decent selection of templates.

      So it’s very timely that you should ask about it! The good news is I did a tutorial video and it’s on this site right here:-

      http://pagetemplateplugin.com/convert-html-into-plugin-format/

      Check it out and see what you think.

      All the best,

      -Frank

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