Introduction and request

Hello there, everyone! My friends call me Doc and I just joined as a member today. A little over a month ago, I decided to start my own WordPress site and have been updating it daily, and slowly the stats are building. More importantly, I have really gotten into the process of learning how to develop a quality site that offers great things.

By way of background, I am a professional stock and options trader. While that requires that I be at my computer during the trading day, it actually works to my detriment if I watch the action to closely, so I got the idea to help other traders learn enough to become regularly profitable with the extra time that I have on my hands.

I know there are many more experienced people on here than myself, and I would be very grateful if you would visit my site (stkckup.com), have a look around, and offer suggestions that will allow me to both improve the user experience and monetize the operation. Roughly, I want to make it a site where free memberships can get a good amount of information, but the really in-depth analysis and strategy is paid for by subscription.

Some of the questions I have are, which membership plug-in offers the right combination of power and flexibility with relative ease of configuration, does it make sense to develop message boards to stimulate interaction, and what is the best way to sell and distribute proprietary content like coaching videos and e-books?

Thanks for considering comments on my site. This is very exciting to be a part of, because I can already tell that the quality of commitment by the members here is high. It dovetails nicely with the fact that I try to do everything I can to be as professional and polished as possible, so I think I’ll fit in.

Doc

  • foodfriendfinder
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    What kind of hosting package do you have?

    I would suggest a better theme.

    I would rewrite the Services Page…Never start with a negative.

    Use a contact paid form ie. http://www.gravityforms.com/

    For membership plugin WPMUdev has https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/membership/

    -I like S2member the best http://www.s2member.com/

    Seo plugin http://yoast.com/wordpress/seo/

    For coaching videos Camtasia http://www.camtasiasoftware.com/index.htm

    – link videos on Youtube to your website

    ebooks sell on itunes & Android

    add a forum http://simple-press.com/

  • Doc
    • Flash Drive

    Thank you for jumping in there and offering suggestions.

    At this point, I have a introductory level hosting package from Network Solutions, but I have the ability to upgrade if I go beyond the basics of what it provides.

    Can you give me a little bit more insight into what you mean by a “better” theme? If it’s a subjective thing, talk to me about what it doesn’t do for you and I’ll go to work on that. If it’s a more objective thing like features, please jump in there and educate me because my background is in finance and nowhere near WordPress or other web development. I have made a decision, though, to dedicate myself to making it a competency.

    Thanks for the suggestion on the services page. The text on there is a throwback to my very first plan, which had me monetizing another site and leaving this one as a free site. After getting a fair amount of feedback from visitors to the site about what they want, that plan no longer seems practical, so I have to rewrite the Services blurb.

    In terms of membership plug-ins, I hope to try the one included here with my membership first. I can’t imagine that my membership needs are going to be terribly complex. It does link up to PayPal payments doesn’t it?

    I have been using Camtasia’s little brother, Snagit, to create videos for some time now. Most of the stock charts that I produce do not need further editing, so Snagit has been plenty adequate. I will, however, have to upgrade if the needs of subscribers become more intricate.

    Can you point me to any resources that illustrate how to create a protected e-book and offer it on third-party sites, such as Amazon, iTunes and Android?

    Can you tell me briefly what you see as the advantage of the forum that you suggested versus the plug-in that is available with the membership here? I suppose I’ve already become enamored with the WPMU WordPress dashboard, so I’m looking to use these plug-ins unless there’s a critical need to look elsewhere.

    Thanks again for such a helpful commentary on the site.

    Doc

  • foodfriendfinder
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    well themes are subjective and I just gave you my opinion.

    And we know opinions are like armpits..we all have them.

    Your theme is ok …but there are alot of nice visual themes out there…for business.

    A couple ie. http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=Chameleon

    or something similar to what you using now http://templatic.com/demos/?theme=technews

    or http://templatic.com/demos/?theme=specialist2

    You want what works for you…and fits your budget.

    I come from the school…”you gotta spend Money…to make Money! ” lol

  • Tom Eagles
    • Syntax Hero

    @doc first off welcome to wpmudev

    for selling videos and ebooks you could use our own ecommerce platform (marketpress). When you said protected ebook what did you mean exactly.

    As for the site i would add more graphics in there as foodfriendfinder mentioned.

    Also the logo, maybe its just me but when i saw it the first time i saw stickup, its very distracting try for something a bit more simple.

    Cheers!

    Tom

  • Tom Eagles
    • Syntax Hero

    Hiya, just going through some of the older threads here.

    As it’s been a little while since we last heard from you I thought I’d check in to see how you’re going?

    If you’re still looking for some further assistance with this thread then please feel free to reopen the thread or of course for any new and related issues you are most welcome to open a new thread.

    Cheers!

    Tom

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