Empowered Blogs is back in town!
Actually, EB never went anywhere but it has received a face-lift! We’ve totally redesigned the website among other things but what we are most excited about is the release of version 2.0!
Empowered Theme Version 2.0
ETv2.0 was nearly rewritten from the ground up! New features were added while others were simplified but overall everything was improved. To make it even sweeter, you can get Your Empowered Blog for only $99. This price is very limited. Over the last 2 years, we’ve been selling the complete Empowered Blogs Package for $349 but we’ve decided to slash the price over 70% off to only $99. Crazy right?!
What is Empowered Blogs?
Empowered Blogs is not just a theme but a total blogging package. Don’t have a WordPress blog even set up yet? Don’t know how to setup the database? Don’t worry because we set it up for you on your hosting account. We have our web designer cook up some beautiful graphics for your header and background using a photo of your choice. We install & setup the Empowered Theme which is our proprietary premium theme built from the ground up by lead developer, Clifton Hatfield. Once the WordPress publishing platform and Empowered Theme are installed, we adjust your core settings so be most effective then upload and active our recommended plugins.
Every blogger is different and because of that, you have complete control over your WordPress blog as an administrator. This means you can create as many pages as you want, manage your plugins by adding new ones or adjusting the one we install for you. You can also add, reorder, and edit your widget areas like your side bar and footer. You also have full control on your menu areas in your blog’s header so that you can add your own links to the menus or pages you’ve created or even to other websites.
So What’s New with Empowered Theme v2.0?
We’ve listed only a few of the new or improved features of the Empowered Theme. The Empowered Theme is still packed with many of the same features as before, like the infamous popup Video Widget, welcome box, signature, and Google Analytics.
Video Tutorials & User Manual
Every blogger has a different experience level when it comes to being ‘web savvy’ but doesn’t mean blogging should only be for those who can wield the web with their eyes closed. We encourage everyone to blog because everyone has something important to share with the world. For this reason, we’ve add 35+ Professional Video Tutorials that cover how to use the tools and features that the WordPress publishing platform has to offer. Each video is shot in high definition and lets you pause and play making it easy to follow along. Watch a sample tutorial.
The User Manual is like that handbook where you can find anything you are looking for when it comes to using your WordPress Dashboard. It’s packed with screenshots and step-by-step instructions on how to use each little detail of the core features of WordPress.
Like most blogs, your sidebar is displayed on the right side of your blog’s content. However, with the Empowered Theme’s Layout Options, you can easily choose to move the sidebar to the left side of the content or hide it completely. Within the Layout Options, you can also choose to display full post content by selecting the Content option or to display just the first 55 words of a post and its first image by selecting the Excerpt option. The Excerpt option is great so a clean & organized homepage. Excerpts also have search engine optimization benefits.
Post formats are used in the Empowered Theme to display the proper format on your homepage for the specific post when using post excerpts on the homepage. e.g. When you publish a video post, you choose the Video post format so that the video will be displayed on the homepage properly. Or if you have something quick to share with the world you can publish it with the Aside post format to keep it short and sweet.
Not everyone likes the same things and this applied to fonts, colors, and styles on their blog too. We’ve added typography options so you can adjust font face, style, color, and size very easily from your Dashboard’s Design Options. Screenshots here Want to be festive for the holidays? Choose the font face ‘Mountains of Christmas’ for your Post Titles and help spread Christmas cheer!
All-New Contact Form
The contact form is built-in to the Empowered Theme as an added plugin giving you the flexibility to use a third-party contact form if you choose. Our new design makes the form easier to use for your visitors contacting you and is easy-on-the-eyes. It uses the built-in WordPress wp_mail function so you know that our contact form will alays be compatible with future upgrades and improve as WordPress improves.
Our slideshow feature was completely rewritten. None of the old code was used because we wanted to make sure v2.0 got everything it deserved. The new slideshow feature uses WordPress custom post types to give you amazing control over your slides. Now you can add to your slides, images, videos, opt-in forms, and anything that you can add to your typical blog posts….but this time…it’s displayed in your slideshow! You have options to adjust the time between transitions, the type of transition, and what to do after the last slide has appeared, like start-over or hide the slideshow. Manage your slides like you do your posts, draft them, trash them, or publish them. It’s so flexible and still so simple. Screenshots here
Hot Styles & Designs
Using CSS3, we wanted to keep things clean & professional but will be universal enough to mesh with any blog design you wanted. We chose neutral colors for our fonts, widgets, lists, and layout. These colors will blend nicely with any color scheme you choose for your custom graphics and header.
Facebook & Twitter Share Buttons
We use the native Twitter share button right from twitter.com so you know that the code works. Add your username into the settings and each time your post is shared on Twitter, you will be mentioned.
Both Facebook and Twitter share buttons are built right into the theme so you are guaranteed they will always fit nicely into the layout and never get in the way of your content. No need to install third-party Facebook or Twitter plugins because it’s all built-in for you.
This article was written by Clifton Hatfield who is the founder of Empowered Blogs and lead developer of the Empowered Theme. He works personally with as many client’s as possible to uphold the outstanding reputation held by Empowered Blogs. You can learn more about Clifton at Who is Clifton Hatfield?