We heart WordPress.
This post is a quick shout-out to two sites who helped us solve an issue with our WordPress site.
We recently added the Facebook Social Plugin – to allow our readers to better share our travel content to the people they know who also find travel as inspiring as we do.
However, it seemed that the Facebook sharing plugin removes WordPress comments when it is enabled. This wasn’t ideal, so we went searching for some WordPress help.
We found the answers in these two posts, and wanted to publicly say thanks for helping us with our WordPress and Facebook problems!
The granddaddy of tutorials, both WordPress and otherwise, we were really happy to find this post.
It took a long time to track down something which solved out specific issue in this case, which was that the Facebook WordPress plugin removes WordPress comments by default.
We didn’t want to get dirty playing around in the plugin files, so this post by TutsPlus provided another option – with a little bit of modification to the WordPress theme, we could include both Facebook and WordPress comments together in the same post. That way our readers have the choice of with which option to post a comment – and we love hearing from our readers.
There were some great pointers in this article that helped us to place and format Facebook comments along with our WordPress comments. Thanks!
When we launched Every Daydream last week, we knew that one of our advantages was the creation of awesome content. We weren’t aiming to be a one-stop-travel-shop, but rather to offer everyone the opportunity to experience new destinations, even if only for ten minutes a day.
We also wanted that content to be accessible. On our website, our daily destinations are available for everyone. To thank you for signing up, we send out our daily destination in a free email for you to read at your leisure (you’ve told us that “commuting on the train” and “during my coffee break” are your two favourite times so far). And we promote these through various social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
There’s a fair amount of work that goes into every daydream (see what I did there?), so we’re always looking at ways of linking these services. Today I’m playing with connecting our website (which is built in WordPress) to our emails (which are built using MailChimp). There are a few plugins that offer to help – unfortunately, one of these (ChimpExpress) is no longer supported, so we’re currently trialling AutoChimp and WordChimp. [UPDATE: These both work, but neither save us time in creating the image and text heavy email experience we want to be famous for.]
What does this mean for you, our dear reader? Hopefully, you won’t even notice! It’s possible that, over time, our newsletter layout will evolve, and we expect it to do that anyway as we collect more feedback from you. Importantly, everything we do to create time in our processes means we have more time to seek out and share the amazing holiday locations you signed up to read about.
And as always, if you want to share your experience or thoughts then let us know – you can comment on our site, or reply to any of our emails.
Founder Jacob Aldridge, in front of the Gulfoss Waterfall, Iceland
What a rush! From the first whisky-induced brainstorming/pool competition session in October to today. We’re really proud of what we’ve built and we can’t wait to show you all the amazing travel destinations we have planned. Stick with us, it’s going to be a wild ride.
This amazing photograph is called “Winning the Carmack Prize”, and is by jurvetson on Flickr. Used with permission under Creative Commons.