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Artisteer 4 Adds New Features
Artisteer is a new tool that we've talked about before. You can use this tool to make custom WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, themes without learning a new piece of code. It was cool before, and now they've added the following features:
- HTML 5 and CSS3 support
- Responsive web design allow you to make websites that look the same on any device (iPhone, iPad, computer, etc).
- Google web fonts
- Online access to Flickr images
- Create custom sliders and advanced header editing
- Texture masks
- Advanced footer editing
If you're looking to create a custom template for your website, this is a great tool. The only thing that I dislike about it, is its not a web based system if you want to edit your layout in the future.
The Best Tungle.me Alternative
I was looking for an alternative to tungle.me as it goes out of business. I thought bookingbug.com was the answer until I found out that they charge an additional $10 a month to make a widget on the site that doesn't look like a baby barfed on it. When I emailed about that to them, I go not response. When I went to cancel my account, bookingbug talked me into downgrading to a free account. Later when they charged my account, I emailed them and asked for a refund (Which they did quickly), but that was enough for me.
I've been using timetrade.com except when I change me calendar, I have to go into each service and adjust my hours there. I have three services (15, 30, and 60 minute podcast consultations) and that got a bit annoying. It worked, and I like the way it publishes any events to my Google calendar (and vice versa), but I wanted to set my schedule, add some appointment types, and let people choose if they want one 15 minute increment, or 5. This was a bit of a hassle.
I found Book Fresh. This is a cool tool that works with WordPress. It has a free account or the $20 account if you want more tools. This didn't include taking paypal payments so that was enough for me.
Then I heard about vCita. This is a great tool that allows you to set your schedule, set your appointment types, and let your visitors choose. You can choose to charge, or not, or decide later (and their system will remind for payment). You can choose to provide your phone number or use the vCita bridge line. You can choose to meet on skype, or do a video call using their meeting room. All of this for less than 20 bucks (currently 30% off).
The best thing I liked about this system, is I never had to go to their support page, or watch a video. It was all pretty self explanatory. The other cool bonus is when you add the widget to your website, it adds a tab at the bottom of the page. This can then be used for your visitors to leave a message, or schedule a meeting (if you charge for these it will take care of charging the client). They take 3% (and pay your paypal fees for you). You can copy your code and put your booking widget on multiple websites, or use the WordPress plugin.
Selling Digital Downloads With Robust Free Plugin
I wrote about this in the newsletter earlier in the week you can read that here and watch the video.
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