By Jeffro on August 31, 2010
Today, I’ve disbanded the WPTavern VIP Program that I launched at the end of May. Everyone that was a part of the program was sent a pro-rated refund. I’ve been keeping tabs on this particular section of the forum and it was under utilized. I’ll take some of the blame for that. While I did keep up with the coupon portion, I didn’t put effort into the other areas of the program. To really get that section going, I would had to put forth extra effort and work which would take away from the site in general. I’m one man when in reality I need 5. I also didn’t think the program provided any value anymore and thus, was a waste of money. I know some of you simply went through the checkout process as a means of supporting me and the site which I sincerely thank you for but you paid money to be part of a value oriented program which wasn’t delivering on a consistent basis.
So instead of letting the subscriptions expire and simply disabling the subscription process, I wanted to get this out of the way as quick as possible. For those of you that subscribed and your money situation is bleak, think of this as a mini stimulus package!
By Jeffro on May 28, 2010
This post is outdated. Please see the following article for details regarding the WPTavern VIP membership.
The VIP membership area of the forum will help me continue to do what I enjoy doing. That is, interacting with the WordPress community, writing about interesting things while at the same time, being able to pay my bills. The money from the subscriptions will fund me in my personal life, maintaining the WPTavern community and at some point down the road, helping to pay writers. If you decide to purchase any one of the two subscription plans, I sincerely thank you for your support.
I’ve been talking about this for awhile and I feel as though I’m now at the stage where I can tell everyone about the VIP membership option for the forum. There are two different subscription plans with the only thing different between the two being prices, and length. The first subscription option is for $60.00 which will allow you to be a VIP member for 6 months. The other option is to pay $100.00 which will give you one years worth of VIP access. Here is what the subscription will provide.
Job Board – It’s rudimentary but it will get the job done. VIP members can publish jobs they need to fill as well as respond to existing job offers. These jobs are seen by everyone who visits the forum but only VIP members can respond to threads as well as create them. Please read the rules regarding the job board. Use of the private messaging system to get around the need of VIP access for jobs is an easy way to get your account banned from the forum.
Private Forum – I have created a special forum that can only be seen and participated in by VIP members. A little get away so to speak.
WordPress Weekly Aftershow – Sometimes, the WordPress Weekly after show is better than the recorded show. Not often but I figured if people wanted me to start recording the after show, I could make that a VIP perk. So, VIP members will be able to download the MP3 files from the after show within the WPWeekly After Show forum. This is where I’ll be publishing the direct MP3 download links to the shows as everything else will be private. I’m hoping that the VIP members will respect the notion of not sharing the MP3 links to the public.
Special Deals Throughout The Year – This is a variable but throughout the year, I will work with publishers, commercial theme and plugin authors to get special deals and discounts for VIP members. I’m hoping to provide at least one good deal a month.
Speaking of special deals, I’ve been able to work with Nathan Barry of LegendThemes to establish a great deal for the first 50 forum users to sign up to any of the VIP subscription options. The special coupon code will take off 50% of the price of any theme from LegendThemes.com. The coupon code can be found in the Private VIP forum
Also keep in mind that the VIP area is a work in progress. As new things develop or I figure out different perks to offer members, the value of the subscriptions will increase.
You must be a registered user of the WPTavern forum in order to sign up to the VIP subscription plans. Once registered, view the Edit Your Profile page. On the left hand side, under My Account, you should see a link that says Paid Subscriptions. Click on that link and select which subscription plan you want and go through the ordering process.
Right now, I only accept payments through PayPal. Also keep in mind that these subscriptions are recurring payments. This means you’ll have to manually end the subscription in your PayPal account to stop it from being charged automatically.
Please allow up to 24 hours after sending payment for me to move your account into the VIP user group. You will not see the VIP members area until this is done. Also note that no refunds will be provided so choose wisely.
By Jeffro on April 2, 2010
Time.com is looking for a seasoned front-end WordPress developer. As the job posting shows, you need to know your stuff if you’re going to apply for the position. If I even know half of the requirements that are needed, I’d be in good shape. Since jobs are few and far between, I thought it would be good to push this one out into the open considering many developers and consultants read this site.
By Jeffro on May 20, 2009
It was announced yesterday that Health.com which is a WordPress.com VIP member now has a forum available which is powered by TalkPress.com. In fact, the TalkPress website itself now clearly explains what the service is all about.
Because of the nature of this program it is not open to the general public, it is intended for high-profile publishers, media companies, or startups that we have a good deal of confidence in.
Originally, I thought TalkPress would simply be a paid feature for WordPress.com users but I imagine the technical aspects of the system would not allow that to be feasible let alone affordable. So for those of you on WordPress.com who were looking forward to having a forum go along with your blog, looks like you’re out of luck.
What do you think about TalkPress being relegated to WordPress.com VIP members only?