How to resolve users not receiving their activation emails after sign up?

The problem of users not receiving their activation emails is a common one, and especially annoying if you have a new business or product and are trying hard to grow your userbase.  Fortunately, the problem is well documented but a clear solution to the problem remains to be seen.  It’s another case of throw as many things at the wall as you can and hope that something sticks.
If you have this problem, there are a couple of things you can try aside from simply telling your users to check their junk mail folders (which you should be doing on sign-up anyway).

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The Disqus commenting system : Good for your website!

Last year at some point, I stumbled upon the new disqus commenting platform.  I only got around to installing it recently, but I’m glad I did.

I was at first slightly confused when I flicked through their website, coming across this post about SSO (single sign on) support.  For this new plugin, they were charging $99/month, so I thought there was no way disqus could be free to install – but turns out that it is.  I’m getting slightly sidetracked here but as far as I can see, they are creating a plugin which lets you merge the WP and disqus logins, so it’s a bridge, effectively.  In my opinion, $99/month is pretty steep, but I guess they have to make revenue somehow, with a free product.

Anyway, obvious improvements over the wordpress comment system were the abilities to comment using other web profiles, like Google accounts.  Until recently, Facebook was not one of them, and I wasn’t too bothered by that since  I wouldn’t use my facebook account to post comments on webdev sites, so I’m hoping others have the same idea.  I know for a fact that Google/Twitter accounts are more popular within this niche, and disqus is growing in popularity (specifically within this niche)  meaning people are more likely to comment on my blog.  Anyway, disqus now supports sign on with either a disqus, Google, Twitter or Facebook account.  I know there are other available WordPress plugins that let you sign on with Google or FB, but none have caught my eye like disqus did – it’s slick, professional, and simple. (more…)

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Using Google Analytics to improve your website

Google Analytics is yet another amazing product that has been churned out by the internet behemoth that is Google.  For those who are not familiar with it, it’s basically a free web based program that records your website statistics in all sorts of detail – for free!  All you have to do is copy and paste a small snippet of code and enter it into your own web pages and Google starts to record the data.

Using Analytics, you can see a list of keywords that people search to get to your website, what pages in your website are the most popular ones and you can even see what countries your visitors come from, to name a few things. (more…)

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