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WP Simplicity: A review

Wordpress plugin WP SimplicityWhen I saw WP Simplicity advertised, I was very sceptical. The claims being made make it seem like the answer to every marketers prayers. When something gets as much hype as WP Simplicity did I usually find its actual value is inversely proportional to the claims. I resisted buying it for a while until somebody I trusted put it in a more believable light.

When I had downloaded it, installing WP Simplicity was as easy as installing any other Wordpress plugin, that is upload and activate. There are actually two plugins, the main one which helps set up blogs quickly, and the secondary plugin which makes adding content to almost any wordpress blog just a few clicks.

We’ll start with the main plugin, which contains a plugin selector for over 100 of the most useful Wordpress plugins. Some didn’t work, but that was due to the plugins themselves rather than WP Simplicity. Select as many plugins as you want from the list and install them, ideal for setting up multiple niche blogs quickly. In addition, the WP Simplicity plugin can instantly install a “Privacy Policy” page, “About” page “Contact” page and a sitemap. The only problem I encountered with these was that the sitemap required a particular plugin, which was one of those which wouldn’t install automatically from the Simplicity menu. Manual install allowed the page to be created.

So having setup several plugins, and all the necessary pages for my blog in just a few minutes, it was time to see what else the WP Simplicity plugin can do. There is a section to add any plugins you use which Simplicity didn’t contain, but I found that the functionality I need in a blog all came from the plugins supplied. Next it was time to test the addition of content using WP Simplicity.

Being a smartarse, I never read instruction manuals, and that made WP Simplicity’s content add-in (WP Simplicity Add Post) seem more difficult than it actually is, more on this later. Some basic setup is required first, inputting Clickbank I.D. and a few other bits of information which you discover is actually making life easy later. When you go to write a post you are given an extra search bar, and some radio button choices, these all ow you to search for content in the form of articles, news, Clickbank or Amazon products by keyword. Use the radio button to search for an article, and this was where I complicated things when I clicked the link and then copied and pasted the article. No need, there is a preview article link which loads the article in the preview box, and gives the option to insert it immediately.

Having added an article as content, you can search for affiliate products in Ebay, Amazon or Clickbank to add to the article all at the click of a few buttons. Adding content never was this simple, and adding potential money pullers at the same time is icing on a delicious cake.

Now onto the drawbacks, of which there are few. Firstly as I pointed out earlier, some of the plugins don’t work and one of the non working plugins being one of those required to make something else work in the WP Simplicity plugin did take off a little of the sheen. There is also a long loading time for the list of all the plugins to load before you can select them, although this is minor irritation and maybe better on a different webhost. Additionally the amount of plugins can be daunting unless you know which ones you want already.

The verdict, WP Simplicity is a very useful tool for the affiliate, Adsense or online marketing blogger to set up Wordpress blogs quickly with almost instant plugin installation of a lot of useful gadgets. The addition of the pages to make Privacy policies etc. instantly is a real timesaver. The addition of the Add post widget and its ease of use makes this a must have for me now. Once I’d installed it on one blog, I started installing it on all of them and looking at what other niche blogs I have products and links to produce using this swiss army knife of a blog tool.

Find out more about WP Simplicity and pricing at this link

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