The ZEEN101 Blog

Introducing Anvil…

We’ve got exciting news. For the past few years, the ZEEN101 team has been hard at work in our super-secret underground laboratory planning, sketching, building, and refining the first all-in-one …

Leaky Paywall Version 4 is out

3 major features have been added to Leaky Paywall (along with UI improvements and bug-fixes): API integration for 3rd party payment gateways. You can now integrate with any payment system …

The Surprising Effectiveness of Digital Issues

In an effort to grab and keep the attention of an audience, many publishers—when they “went digital”—accelerated the pace of publishing to breakneck speed. Unburdened by the physical distribution limitations of print publishing—sourcing, printing, shipping, etc.—digital publishing meant rapid-fire publishing was now possible. Blogs, vlogs, ‘grams, streams, and all the other exhausting forms of stream-of-consciousness publishing proliferated—much to the frenetic joy of the audience and the frenetic stress of the publisher. Hello!

New Corporate Subscriptions Plugin

Let anyone with @uniquedomain.url access your content. This plugin is perfect for selling subscriptions to companies and organizations. Once an organization is setup EG: @abccompany.anything or *.edu all their employees with a …

Documentation updates

We have been working hard on catching up on documentation. Here are some highlights: Leaky Paywall: How To Change the Subscription Details on a Subscribe Card Adding Fields To The …

Leaky Paywall version 3.0 is here

This major update covers a lot of ground as was fueled by your feedback and requests. Thank you! Here is what’s new: Multisite compatibility My Account page Custom welcome email …

Apps For Publishers

“You must have an app.” No doubt all publishers have been told this at some stage probably as a singular statement of fact, rather than part of a cogent argument. …

Apps For Publishers

“You must have an app.” No doubt all publishers have been told this at some stage probably as a singular statement of fact, rather than part of a cogent argument. …

Creating Your Content Hub

The mantra of modern online publishing is create your content and leave it to your readers to decide where they want to consume it. It’s a noble sentiment but the …

Creating Your Content Hub

The mantra of modern online publishing is create your content and leave it to your readers to decide where they want to consume it. It’s a noble sentiment but the …

Ad Dropper – Manage ads faster

Ad Dropper makes it a snap to add, manage, and track ads anywhere on your WordPress site Some fast features: Create multiple ad zones: header, footer, sidebar, and in-content Create any …

IssueM 2.0 Released

The IssueM 2.0 release is now available on WordPress.org or by updating in your WordPress admin panel. Many new improvements, bug fixes, and features were added to help make your …

IssueM 1.2.12 Released

We’ve uploaded the latest version of IssueM (1.2.12) to the WordPress.org plugin repository. The most recent release includes some new features and functionality to improve your experience with IssueM. Front …

Is native advertising doomed?

This video made me laugh. It’s funny, really funny and makes me glad I have an HBO subscription so I can watch more John Oliver. John, in a completely satirical …

73% of Publishers offer Native Advertising

Native advertising is like the old advertorial… it’s publishing an article that is really an advertisement. The ad is native to your stream of articles or blog posts. Why is this so popular now? Read on to find out!

Time to ditch your banner ads?

…unless you have a large community and readership. Forget ads and create products to sell Your biggest strength as a magazine or news publisher is that you have a community …

Why do publications fail?

Stop being in the game of numbers and change to a game of members instead – Mr. Magazine This is the publishing truth. Your publication, whether it is digital, print …

Why does a publication fail?

Stop being in the game of numbers and change to a game of members instead – Mr. Magazine This is the publishing truth. Your publication, whether it is digital, print …

How to build a WordPress news site

Middlebury College recently rebuilt and launched their MiddleburyCampus.com news site. Their #1 point of pain was workflow as their current news site was slow and difficult to manage. Middlebury also publishes the …

The story behind zeen101

So how did we get here? The story starts with Dartmouth College, who needed a way to put their Dartmouth Engineer Magazine and then Dartmouth Alumni Magazine online to reach alumni and current/prospective students. As …

What is Content Marketing?

Content marketing is a hot new term in the world of marketing. And, as it is when anything new and potentially revolutionary comes along, confusion and fear about this new …