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Welcome to Plugmatter User Guide

Plugmatter Feature Box is a simple-to-use, premium WordPress plugin that allows you to create well-designed, quality opt-in feature boxes to grow your email list.

Learn how to use it below.

  1. Installation
    1. Download the .zip file to your computer

      After your payment is confirmed in our payment system you will receive an email with the download link to your plugin. Click the link in the email and login to the Plugmatter download area to download the Zip File to your computer.

    2. Uploading & Installation

      Path: Plugins → Add New → Upload

      After the download is complete, you can install your plugin by directly uploading it on your WordPress site.


      Path: Plugins → Add New → Upload → Choose File
      Note: If your computer is automatically unzipping the file, you will want to, through your FTP software, connect to your web server, browse to wp-content/plugins and upload the gravity forms folder to your plugins folder.

      If you are using Safari and want it to stop automatically unzipping the download, go to Safari > preferences > General > and uncheck "Open safe files after downloading."


      Installation
      After you upload the plugin you'll see the plugin zip archive and an option to Install Now. With that step, you can install the plugin.
    3. Plugin Activation

      Path: Dashboard → Plugins → Installed Plugins → Activate (Under Plugmatter Feature Box)

      Once the plugin is installed, you can go to the Installed Plugins section on the left and Activate Plugmatter Feature Box.

      Path: Dashboard → Plugins → Installed Plugins → Activate (Under Plugmatter Feature Box)
    4. Adding The Plugin Code in header.php

      Path: Appearance → Editor → Header → Line at the bottom

      After the plugin is installed and activated, you just have to add a line of code that we'll provide in your header.php. Your plugin would be up and running.

      <?php if (function_exists('plugmatter_custom_hook'))
                                          { 
      plugmatter_custom_hook(); } ?>
    5. For GENESIS & THESIS Users

      Installing and using Plugmatter Feature Box on Genesis and Thesis frameworks are as easy as installing them on regular WordPress themes. All you have to do is:
    6. Genesis

      Append the following line of code in the functions.php file on the below path:

      Appearance → Editor → Theme Functions(functions.php)
      if (function_exists('plugmatter_custom_hook')) {
          add_action('genesis_after_header', 'plugmatter_custom_hook');
      }
    7. Thesis

      For Thesis 2.1 : Append the following line of code in the functions.php file on the below path:

      Appearance → Editor → Theme Functions(functions.php)
      if (function_exists('plugmatter_custom_hook')) {
          add_action('thesis_hook_after_container_plugmatter_header_hook', 'plugmatter_custom_hook');
      }
      Then go to:

      skin editor  →  header  →  admin  →  header's hook name → plugmatter_header_hook

      That's it! By adding a couple of lines, you'll get Plugmatter work seamlessly on both Genesis and Thesis.

      Note: As of now Plugmatter is not compatible with Joomla, Drupal and any other Content Management Systems other than WP.
    8. Entering the License Key

      Once you activate the plugin, you will have to enter the License Key. Click on “Plugmatter” on your WordPress Dashboard and it will ask for your License Key.

      You can your License Key either in your download email with subject “Plugmatter Download and License Key” OR in your member’s area. Find screenshot!

  2. Template Selection

    Path: Plugmatter → Templates → Add New

    In order to start using the Feature Box, you have to:

    1. Create Your First Template

      The first step to use Plugmatter Feature Box is to create your Feature Box template.
    2. Naming Your Template

      Give your template a name. You can keep any name based on your preference. As an example, we'll go for "eBook Download" as the template name where we'll offer an eBook to download to our subscribers. (Hint: It can be your project name or any word that you want to use to remember this template. Example: eBook Offerings, Report Download or even My Favorite Template)
    3. Base Template Selection

      Base Template: The Base Templates are the editable templates provided by us. You can modify a base template and make the necessary design/content changes according to your preference. Note: For this User Guide, we're choosing "Elegance" Template.
    4. Template Modification

      The above image shows how exactly you can modify your selected template according to your choice (based on your WordPress theme color, your choice, your audience's preference etc.). In the template, you can change the following according to your needs:
      • Image
      • Title
      • Description / bullet points
      • Template background color
      • Select and enter information about the mailing list provider
      • Text, fonts, font size on the template
      • The "Subscribe" button text and color
      Once you're done with the changes, "Hit Save"
    5. OR

      Your Own Template Creation

      Path: Dashboard → Pages → Add New
    6. Creating Your Custom Designed Template

      This page will act as your Feature Box Template. You can go to this page's "HTML or Text" section and enter the code of your custom designed Feature Box template.

      After we are onto the "Add New Page" we first clicked on the text above the content box, then entered the page title as "Custom Feature Box Template." After this, we copied the entire Custom Feature Box code in the content box and Hit Publish.

      This shall create your custom feature box.

      Tracking Your Custom Feature Box

      In order to track the traffic, email sign-ups of your custom designed Feature Box, you add this code the "pm_form_track" class to your <form> tag of the Feature Box Code while publishing.
    7. Add the Page as Your Base Template

      Path: Go to Plugmatter → Templates → Add New
    8. Naming Your Custom Template

      Then, Base Template → Your Custom Design → Page (that you just created) and Hit "Save Template".

      Steps after "Template Modification" and the above "Naming Your Template" and naming your custom designed template are same. Continue from the below steps.

  3. General Settings
    1. Enabling Feature Box

      Path: Plugmatter → General Settings
    2. Subscribed Visitor Settings

      You'll see the Subscribed Visitors Settings after you "Enable Feature Box"
      The Plugmatter Feature Box allows you to turn it off for visitors who have already subscribed to your mailing list.
    3. Target Different Sections

      This feature allows you to select different sections of your blog/website with different feature box templates or even disable it. Select the template that you want for the respective pages.

      Note: You can also choose to display your preferred templates where ever you like on your website. In the above example, I chose to display my "eBook Download" Template only on the Homepage & Blog posts. For Pages and Archive, I chose to Disable it.

    4. Target Returning Visitors

      The returning visitors feature at Plugmatter is a unique feature that gives you total control over your returning visitors. After a set number of visits by a particular user you can choose to display a different feature box or even hide/disable the feature box completely for him.
  4. Split-Testing
    1. Enable Split-Testing

      Path: Plugmatter → Split-Testing

      For split-testing feature, you need to first enable the split-testing feature.
      Important Note: Enabling this feature will supersede your General Settings meaning, all you General Settings will be ignored until the A/B testing is active.
    2. Add New Split-Testing Campaign

      You can create multiple split-testing campaigns with our Plugmatter Feature Box Plugin, however, you can run only one campaign at a time. To begin with, you can add a new campaign by clicking on Add New.
    3. Name Your Campaign

      Here you can name your Split-Testing campaign. In the below example, I have chosen eBook Download vs. Report download since I would like to know what gets better response (eBook or Report).
      Step 3-Select Template 1 that you want to test. In this case, it is "Report Download."

      Step 4-Select Template 2 that you want to split-test with template 1. In this case, it is "eBook Download." Step 5-Run Test On: Select the section where you would like to conduct the split-test on your website/blog.
  5. For GENESIS & THESIS Users

    Installing and using Plugmatter Feature Box on Genesis and Thesis frameworks are as easy as installing them on regular WordPress themes. All you have to do is:
  6. Genesis

    Append the following line of code in the functions.php file on the below path:

    Appearance → Editor → Theme Functions(functions.php)
           add_action('genesis_after_header', 'plugmatter_custom_hook');
  7. Thesis

    For Thesis 2.1 : Append the following line of code in the functions.php file on the below path:

    Appearance → Editor → Theme Functions(functions.php)
    add_action('thesis_hook_after_container_plugmatter_header_hook', 'plugmatter_custom_hook');
    Then go to:

    skin editor  →  header  →  admin  →  header's hook name → plugmatter_header_hook

    That's it! By adding a couple of lines, you'll get Plugmatter work seamlessly on both Genesis and Thesis.

    Note: As of now Plugmatter is not compatible with Joomla, Drupal and any other Content Management Systems other than WP.
  8. Email Services Configuration
    1. Aweber
    2. Campaign Monitor
    3. Constant Contact
    4. FeedBurner
    5. Feedblitz
    6. GetResponse
    7. iContact
    8. infusionsoft
    9. Jetpack By WordPress.com
    10. MadMimi
    11. MailChimp
    12. MailPoet