Calum Allison

Christmas & New Year Support Schedule

By Calum Allison / 16th December 2018 / Comments Off on Christmas & New Year Support Schedule

With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, we wanted to let you know about support over the holidays. We are going to be closing support ticket submission on Friday 21st December. Support ticket submission will then be closed until Tuesday the 1st of January and all of our support staff will then be back…

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New extensions, theme & pricing changes.

By Calum Allison / 1st October 2018 / Comments Off on New extensions, theme & pricing changes.

This week we will be releasing two new extensions, making the theme (beta release) available for purchase and making some change to pricing. New extensions The first week of October we will be releasing two new extensions: User Groups and User Photos. User Groups The User Groups extension allows users to create and join groups…

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We’ve made our roadmap public

By Calum Allison / 22nd June 2018 / Comments Off on We’ve made our roadmap public

After the release of UM2 which was many months in the making, we are now stepping up development of new features for the plugin and new extensions. To make it easier for you to see what we’re working on and what’s coming in the future we have created a public roadmap. The roadmap provides a…

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Ultimate Member & GDPR

By Calum Allison / 24th May 2018 / Comments Off on Ultimate Member & GDPR

GDPR On the 25th of May, new EU privacy rules come into effect called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These new regulations have a wide-ranging impact on businesses and websites. If you are an EU based business or have website users who are from the EU you will need to ensure that your site…

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Product Update: November

By Calum Allison / 18th December 2017 / Comments Off on Product Update: November

Product Update is our monthly update that highlights the recent product improvements we’ve made, so you can easily stay up to date on what’s new. Here’s what’s been happening in November. What’s new ? We’ve not been working on any new features for the plugin this month as November has seen a focus on UM2.0 initial…

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Product Update: October

By Calum Allison / 13th November 2017 / Comments Off on Product Update: October

Product Update is our monthly update that highlights the recent product improvements we’ve made, so you can easily stay up to date on what’s new. Here’s what’s been happening in October. What’s new ? Ultimate Member 2.0 After over a month in beta, UM2.0 is officially here. As this is a significant update to the plugin…

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Product Update: September

By Calum Allison / 8th October 2017 / Comments Off on Product Update: September

Product Update is our monthly update that highlights the recent product improvements we’ve made, so you can easily stay up to date on what’s new. Here’s what’s been happening in September. What’s new ? Private Content Extension September saw the release of the Private Content extension. With the private content extension you can provide logged in…

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New extension: Private Content

By Calum Allison / 14th September 2017 / Comments Off on New extension: Private Content

Do you want to show unique private content to each user when they are logged in to your site? Now you can with our latest extension Private Content. The private content extension provides each user with their own content area in the wp-admin which you can use to provide each user with customized content on…

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Product Update: August

By Calum Allison / 12th September 2017 / Comments Off on Product Update: August

Product Update is our monthly update that highlights the recent product improvements we’ve made, so you can easily stay up to date on what’s new. Here’s what’s been happening in August. What’s new ? UM2.0 beta After several months of development, UM2.0 is now available for beta testing. It can be downloaded directly here using this…

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Product Update: July

By Calum Allison / 31st July 2017 / Comments Off on Product Update: July

Product Update is our monthly update that highlights the recent product improvements we’ve made, so you can easily stay up to date on what’s new. Here’s what’s been happening in July. What’s new ? Terms & Conditions extension Want to have your users agree to your terms & conditions before registering? We’ve created a free extension which…

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New website & Ultimate Member 2.0 update

By Calum Allison / 29th June 2017 / Comments Off on New website & Ultimate Member 2.0 update

If you are reading this blog post you may have noticed our website looks a bit different to the last time you were on it. That’s because we have been working on a completely new design for the site over the last couple of months and today the new site design went live. We decided to…

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Ultimate Member 2.0: Announcement

By Calum Allison / 10th May 2017 / Comments Off on Ultimate Member 2.0: Announcement

Ultimate Member launched in January 2015 and since then the plugin has grown to a stage where it is now installed on over 50,000 websites! The popularity of Ultimate Member from the day we launched, meant that after only a few months, the plugin was already making enough revenue to be a viable full-time business.…

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2015 Year in Review

By Calum Allison / 21st January 2016 / Comments Off on 2015 Year in Review

It’s hard to believe but Ultimate Member turned 1 yesterday. The last year has flown by and whilst it has been a very successful first year for us, it has not been without its challenges. Let’s take a look back at everything that happened during 2015. Growth Launching Ultimate Member was scary, especially when the plan was for…

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Lessons learned from running a freemium WordPress plugin business

By Calum Allison / 6th December 2015 / Comments Off on Lessons learned from running a freemium WordPress plugin business

Last week our free WordPress plugin Ultimate Member passed the 20,00 active install mark, so I thought I’d share some of the things we have learnt and the challenges we have faced since we launched the plugin 10 months ago. Plugin Support Prior to launching Ultimate Member we made the decision that we would provide…

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Inside Ultimate Member July 2015

Inside Ultimate Member: July 2015

By Calum Allison / 24th August 2015 / Comments Off on Inside Ultimate Member: July 2015

Dealing with a hangover from a price increase and experiencing our first month where revenue has not grown. Here is how we got on during July. E-commerce Metrics Our total revenue for the month of June was $22,405 which is a 9% decrease from May where revenue was $24,628. The revenue was generated from 256 orders and we have been…

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Inside Ultimate Member: June 2015

By Calum Allison / 1st July 2015 / Comments Off on Inside Ultimate Member: June 2015

Our best month yet for sales, a focus on improvements to core version and a boost to sales by announcing a price rise. It has been a quieter month in terms of development of new extensions but here’s how we have got on during the month of June. E-commerce Metrics Our total revenue for the month of June was…

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Inside Ultimate Member 2015

Inside Ultimate Member: May 2015

By Calum Allison / 7th June 2015 / Comments Off on Inside Ultimate Member: May 2015

Increases in revenue, changes to support pricing and a run in with Stripe. Here’s what has happened during the past month. E-commerce Metrics Our total revenue for the month of May was $17,882, which is a 40% increase from April where revenue was $12,517. The revenue was generated from 217 orders and we have been able to increase…

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Inside Ultimate Member: April 2015

By Calum Allison / 1st May 2015 / Comments Off on Inside Ultimate Member: April 2015

New extensions, bundles of joy and a whole lot of support! This past month has flown by so let’s have a look back at the past 30 days. E-commerce Metrics Our total revenue for the month of April was $12,517 and we are happy to have passed the $10,000 mark from our first full month of sales. The revenue…

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BuddyPress Alternative | WordPress Plugin | Ultimate Member

Creating an alternative to BuddyPress

By Calum Allison / 28th April 2015 / Comments Off on Creating an alternative to BuddyPress

If you’ve ever worked with BuddyPress and have found it to not match your needs and are looking for an alternative then Ultimate Member may just be the plugin for you. A little background I first stumbled into WordPress whilst attempting to create a professional jobs site for graduates. When it came to building the site the…

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Online Users | WordPress Plugin | Ultimate Member

How to display online users on your WordPress site

By Calum Allison / 7th April 2015 / Comments Off on How to display online users on your WordPress site

If you’re looking for a way to let users see which other users are online then you’ll be happy to know that we have created a free extension that will allow you to do just that. With our online users extension you can add easily display the users who are currently on your site. The extension…

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Inside Ultimate Member: March 2015

By Calum Allison / 6th April 2015 / Comments Off on Inside Ultimate Member: March 2015

What a month we’ve had for Ultimate Member. March has been a huge and important milestone for us as we have finally started bringing in some revenue for the plugin after many months of developement and hard work. Here are some of the highlights from the month: Extensions Released March saw the release our first…

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Real-time Notifications | WordPress plugin | Ultimate Member

Add a real-time notification system for users to your WordPress site

By Calum Allison / 6th April 2015 / Comments Off on Add a real-time notification system for users to your WordPress site

When it comes to creating sites with user to user interaction it is important to keep users on your site and make sure they are engaged. High levels of user engagement and interaction are vital for the long-term success of a community site so it is important you do everything to encourage engagement and interaction amongst…

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Instagram Social Login for WordPress

By Calum Allison / 31st March 2015 / Comments Off on Instagram Social Login for WordPress

If you want to let users signup to your site using their instagram account you can now do this with Ultimate Member. We have added support for Instagram to our social login extension which will allow you to add a retina ready and fully mobile responsive instagram social login button to your site’s login and registration forms. You…

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How to manually approve new user registrations on your WordPress site

By Calum Allison / 26th February 2015 / Comments Off on How to manually approve new user registrations on your WordPress site

If you’ve ever wondered how to manually approve new user registrations on your WordPress site or have been looking for a plugin that allows you to do this then Ultimate Member may be the plugin for you. With Ultimate Member you can set up your site so that when a user registers they must be manually…

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How to Add Login & Logout Links to Your WordPress Menu

By Calum Allison / 23rd February 2015 / Comments Off on How to Add Login & Logout Links to Your WordPress Menu

If you’re creating a website where users can signup and become members then you need to make it easy for members to login and logout of your site. The easiest and most noticeable place is to add login and logout links to your site’s navigation menu. However, the default WordPress menu system does not provide an…

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How to redirect users after logging into WordPress

By Calum Allison / 20th February 2015 / Comments Off on How to redirect users after logging into WordPress

When users login to a WordPress site the default action is to redirect them to the WordPress admin dashboard. This is fine if you are the site admin or the user needs access to the admin but what about when you don’t want your site’s users to be able to access the admin dashboard. WordPress core does…

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Adding user profiles to your WordPress site

By Calum Allison / 17th February 2015 / Comments Off on Adding user profiles to your WordPress site

WordPress comes with its own user management system which allows you to easily add and edit users from the wp-admin. It even provides each user with their own profile where they can edit their details. However, whilst the default user management system may be fine for multi-author sites where each user needs to access the dashboard,…

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