Alex Mangini

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The MD Summer Initiative

Over the next couple of weeks I will announce what I am calling The MD Summer Initiative. This is a high-stakes project that will not only require me to transform my personal life but will result in MD’s capabilities rocketing to the next level. More on this project and its implications for you coming soon.

Redesigning Kolakube (plus a quick tutorial)

I have been wanting to bring my main site Kolakube back to life for months and tonight I took an hour to clean the site up! I will be writing about more advanced development topics and blog about anything else I’d want to talk about online.

While cleaning up my old child theme, I found something in my child theme that is no longer needed now that MD has the exact same feature built-in now. This tends to happen often thanks to MD’s fast release cycle.

Using the MD Integrations panel, I will show you how I added my Google Analytics tracking code to my site.

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Font Icons Library

The Font icons library has been updated with the latest icons coming in MD4.9.3. Use this reference guide to quickly copy the associated HTML icon code throughout your site. Works in menus, posts, widgets, and anywhere else you can paste HTML in WordPress.

Why does MD have these built-in? Font icons, an important design element, take time to load in your device and browser, so MD includes a versatile but lightweight icon set to add this important design element to your website at little expense to page load.

The cool part about the Font Icons Library page is that it uses the new md_icons() function introduced in the impending MD4.9.3 release to generate the icons on that page automatically. In other words, I no longer have to edit that page each time icons are added or changed; MD does it for me.

Besides making MD fast performing, beautiful, and high converting, the overarching theme of all that MD does is to make it easier to create and maintain content. Something as simple as this self-updating icons library adds peace of mind to my life; how does MD do the same in yours?

Less code than ever

Over the past few months I’ve noticed that the amount of code it takes to design custom sites on MD has been going down considerably—and these aren’t one page sites. This is in part to my refined philosophy of building child themes and the continuous improvements made to MD’s core.

Are you interested in learning more about custom design with WordPress? Like this post to give me a rough idea of your interest. The difference between making thousands of dollars vs. hundreds on freelance projects is your ability to create custom functionality and design, and MD has been built to help you get those results faster. See for yourself.

Owning your online platform

I just changed my Twitter bio to represent an idea that always excites me up when I think of it:

I create Marketers Delight so you can build an online platform that you own in 2019 and beyond.

The beauty of a platform like WordPress is that you can truly own your content online by simply connecting it to a server of your choice. The principle is closely intertwined into my own work here at MD, where my focus is to make the extra effort it takes to own your site worth it (vs. the ease of setting up social media).

That’s why MD focuses on the important things like getting you more newsletter signups, allowing you to write and design beautiful content, and now as I move even closer to my higher visions for MD, better integrations with eCommerce and membership platforms to get you PAID.

Yes, you should absolutely own your online platform, and it shouldn’t be hard. The rapid innovations to MD you will see throughout this year will paint that picture for you clearly.

Secret project

Been working on a secret project for the past week to help my friend release his new record in a creative way. Built on MD, of course. You’ll see more soon.

New Gutenberg Blocks coming in MD4.9.3

New Gutenberg Blocks Coming in MD4.9.3

I’m doing the best I can to make the new Gutenberg editor as easy and useful for you as possible. Believe me, you’re not alone in getting used to this new editor—it has already changed my workflow on my sites and clients.

Back in MD4.9 I added your font and typography settings into the editor for a better live preview experience, as well as the first Email Form Block.

Apart from making this new editor easier, I also have to make it more enticing so you want to use it.

That’s why you can expect in the soon to be released MD4.9.3 at least two new Blocks: a content upgrade, and floating arrow icon. Check out the early screenshot attached to this post to get an idea of what’s to come!

Found Another Stream

You have done again a great job with the updated stream option, so I decided to use it. I’m using it as a short crypto news feed for readers who are more looking for quick and short crypto news updates.

Another Stream has been found in the wild! This one is over at the most thorough crypto blogs I’ve ever seen by Luuk Soon, who is also a longtime MD user. Go to the Beste Bank Stream to see for yourself.

It’s exciting to see this featyre pickup across more sites since the MD4.9.2 update, and gratifying to see how seamlessly it integrates across different niches.

As a software developer I always look to see how people stretch what I’ve created and measure much of my success based on how far people take their websites.

As MD matures it continues to pass more and more of these tests, and the Stream is just another testament to MD’s versatility.

MD Maintenance Releases

I just released Marketers Delight 4.9.2.2 which is adds a minor PHP7.2 compatibility fix to your site.

In between major versions (MD4.x) and minor versions (MD4.9.x), I release maintenance versions to fix tiny bugs like warning messages, display glitches, and anything else where only a few lines of code in MD are changed.

These issue are often annoying enough to call for an update, yet generally not large enough or affect enough people for me to announce it over the newsletter or blog.

You can always check to see what the most current version of MD is by checking out the header of this website, or go to WP Admin > Appearance > Themes to see if you have a new version waiting for you.

Marketers Delight 4.9.2.x New!

See what's new:
  • Fixes warning message when MD share is not active on the Stream
  • Fixes minor PHP7 warning message when posting to the Stream
  • Fixes a glitch that will prevent popups from showing in Customizer.

See all 3 changes →