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4 Ways to Use WordPress with Infusionsoft

by Joseph Manna

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Did you know that WordPress is the most popular content management system available on the web? There’s a reason for that. WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging application to one that any person can use to develop their entire website.

It’s no surprise that many Infusionsoft users – ahem, small businesses – use WordPress because of the total cost of ownership, extensive capabilities and rapid deployment. And they use Infusionsoft because it helps them generate leads, increase sales and save time.

Infusionsoft users represent successful small businesses because they have three great problems to solve for: the need to generate leads, follow-up with those leads and to sell products and services online.

A popular topic that I’ve seen around the web, in our online communities and at our annual user conference is how to use WordPress with Infusionsoft. While there are many, many ways to use WordPress, I want to suggest some best practices when using WordPress effectively with Infusionsoft.

What is meant by a ‘self-hosted’ WordPress installation?

To get stated, I want to explain the differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

WordPress.org refers to the community-provided open source application of WordPress that you can use to host onto your own web host such as a Bluehost, Dreamhost, GoDaddy or Hostgator. Many hosting providers today see the value in WordPress and have done all the technical work for you by easily provisioning the site space, permissions, MySQL and even bundling themes for you.

WordPress.com refers to a free and paid hosting service operated by Automattic. They use a slightly modified version of WordPress.org, but because they host millions of free and paid WordPress sites, they have restrictions in place to prevent code modifications. This is a wise move to maintain optimal security and performance, but is a major drawback for those who want to customize their WordPress installation beyond the defaults provided.

I recommend that you use the community-provided version of WordPress (.org) simply due to the flexibility that you have to modify the code and to streamline costs. Most small businesses can afford a $10 domain and about $200 of hosting services annually. As traffic demands increase, there are premium WordPress hosts available like Pagely, WP Engine or ZippyKid that can scale to your needs. Most quality web hosts have easy-to-use control panels that guide you through setting up your WordPress site easily. We’re actually customers of WP Engine and have been been thrilled with their service and support. In the world of WordPress, you get what you pay for.

For the rest of this guide, I’ll refer to capabilities on a self-hosted WordPress site. In other words, not hosted on WordPress.com.

Four ways to use WordPress with Infusionsoft to generate leads, sales and save time:

  1. Choose a Reputable WordPress Theme or Theme Framework.
    If you’re using an older theme that wasn’t designed in the past year, you may have problems with taking full advantage of WordPress’ features like Widgets. Instead of sticking with a simple one-time-use theme, it may be better to use a powerful theme framework like Thesis by DIY Themes or Genesis Framework by StudioPress. These theme frameworks are designed with commercial use in mind, offer more support and have a number of customizations available right out of the box. They cost about one month of cable, so they’re not out of reach for small businesses.

    If you’re on a budget, you could use many other amazing free themes available on the WordPress Theme Directory, but they vary greatly in their features, support and flexibility. If I had to recommend one, I suggest to try Responsive because it is flexible and can do pretty much anything an Infusionsoft user would want like simple landing pages, conversion-focused design and responsive compatibility.
  2. Use Widgets for Infusionsoft Web Forms.
    Infusionsoft provides you three options when using Web Forms: JavaScript, styled and un-styled HTML code. I recommend using the one-line JavaScript code unless you plan to get advanced with the display of your Web Form (like Chris Brogan). In WordPress, widgets function as areas where you can put custom content throughout your site. It does more than sync your Web Form with Infusionsoft, it tracks visitors’ activities so you can see what content they viewed before they opted in.

    Text Widget in WordPress
    To use an Infusionsoft Web Form in your sidebar, simply drag over the “Text” widget and put your Web Form code there. For more details on this, read these articles in our Help Center.

  3. Add the Infusionsoft Analytics Code to Your Footer.
    If you don’t already have a JavaScript-based Infusionsoft Web Form displayed on your site, you can still track leads and conversions with the Infusionsoft Analytics code. Many WordPress themes are different; so if you already know how to add tracking scripts (like Google Analytics), then simply add the Infusionsoft Analytics code there.

    Infusionsoft Analytics Code
    To make things easier, Jordan Hatch has authored a free plugin that adds the Infusionsoft Analytics code to your site. Be sure to never change core WordPress files like footer.php – as updates will overwrite your changes. This plugin is unsupported, but it’s fairly lightweight and easy to use.

  4. Use WordPress’ Pages as Thank-You Pages.
    Infusionsoft users have the choice to use Thank-You Pages within their Infusionsoft account or to point people to another URL. You may want to point people to a specific page on your site. I like doing this myself because it gives people a very consistent look and feel for your brand after they signed up. You can see this in action by opting in to receive blog updates via email.

    Thank You Page Settings

    When designing your Thank-You Page in Infusionsoft, you would create a Page in WordPress and copy and paste its URL into Infusionsoft’s Thank You page URL. Here is a Help Center article explaining how to enter this URL for your Web Form Thank-You Pages. If you’re feeling brave, here’s an article describing how to personalize the display of a person’s name and other contact fields on the landing page.

When you implement these suggestions, you’ll be using WordPress effectively with Infusionsoft. It’s a good idea to stay on top of updates to WordPress for security, performance and reliability reasons. Be sure to keep your plugins updated as well.

What about e-commerce in WordPress?

I’ll be honest with you in saying that e-commerce is not one of WordPress’ strengths. However, if you plan to sell products through your WordPress site, you could use an e-commerce toolkit named WooCommerce for this purpose. Beware though, it can get very technical and complex to setup, but it has a great reputation among the WordPress community.

Since you use Infusionsoft, it’s best to use links to your e-commerce features (like Order Forms and Storefronts) within your WordPress posts, pages and menus.

WordPress helps you carry out every step of the Lifecycle Marketing strategy.

Lifecycle Marketing refers to the strategy and process that small businesses use to serve the needs of their online audience so they become customers. WordPress is a great vehicle to help you deliver helpful content for all stages through its powerful content management system.

I think you’ll agree that when you pair WordPress with Infusionsoft, it’s an unbeatable match for small businesses to generate leads, increase sales and save time. I hope these tips have helped you – and if you have any questions, go ahead and let me know in the comments below.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.keen2 Bob Keen

    The leading solution for WordPress sites is iMember360. Used by Michael E. Gerber, Ryan Deiss, John Assaraf, Jermaine Griggs, Bob Britton – and many more.

    Check it out at: http://marketplace.infusionsoft.com/app/imember360

    • http://about.me/josephmanna Joseph Manna

      Hey Bob,

      I agree, your plugin is one of the best for those with WordPress and Infusionsoft. Care to explain the benefits of it for those who might not be familiar?

      I also plan to do a plugin roundup soon and yours will be on the list. ;-)

      Joe

      • http://www.facebook.com/bob.keen2 Bob Keen

        The benefits are many, perhaps too many for a humble little comment box but okay, let’s give it a run for the money.

        Although iMember360 is traditionally considered a membership software that enables tight – very tight – integration with Infusionsoft, it has many uses for those interested in creating the “perfect” sales funnel.

        As a membership plugin, it offers all the features one would expect: unlimited memberships, the ability to create membership hierarchies (gold, silver, …), drip content, concurrent login prevention, user profile management, etc. All this powered by Infusionsoft data.

        The concept of a membership site can be taken further by making every contact a member of your site. They don’t even need to know that they are members of the site because they can be automatically logged in. From that moment on, you can use a variety of features to track the users, their interactions with the site, even “anonymous” surveys – all of which can assist you in better assessing your prospects, their interests and needs.

        For some really, really crazy “it’s so simple, why didn’t I think of it” examples of what can and has been done, take a look at http://www.automationclinic.com where Jermaine Griggs takes iMember360 for an incredible ride.

        I’ve put a lot of work into this plugin – 4 years of my life so far – and it does quite a few things, but the magic of Infusionsoft is the essential piece element. Harnessing it was – and continues to be – fun!

  • http://tresnicmedia.com/ Tresnic Media

    I love the gravity forms add on for InfusionSoft. No clue how that didn’t make the list of WordPress plugins here! Set things up on http://tresnicmedia.com this week and love how easy it is.

    • http://about.me/josephmanna Joseph Manna

      Thank you for the suggestion. I plan to do another roundup of recommended plugins for Infusionsoft users.

      Can you tell me more about why you like to use Gravity Forms and how well it integrates with Infusionsoft?

      • http://tresnicmedia.com/ Tresnic Media

        Yea, it’s extremely simple. You create a form with GF using it’s simple drag and drop interface. Then you can apply any tag you have in InfusionSoft to someone who fills out the form, and any info they filled out will be carried over to their contact info in InfusionSoft. Shoot me an email and I can send you some screenshots if you like. todd.giannattasio@tresnicmedia.com

  • http://www.diannahuff.com/ Dianna Huff

    Thanks for the form / widget tip!

    • http://about.me/josephmanna Joseph Manna

      You’re welcome, Dianna! Let me know if you have any questions along the way. I’m kind of a WordPress pro, so I can always give you pointers. :)

      • http://www.diannahuff.com/ Dianna Huff

        Oh, and I also loved the tip about making a thank you page using a static URL (for a form) vs. what INFS supplies. I didn’t know you could do that and just made one for the campaign I’m working on.

  • Jonathan Thompson

    Love me some lead generation. Yeehaw!

    • http://about.me/josephmanna Joseph Manna

      Oh yeah! We love helping small businesses develop and scale their customer lifecycle, which includes lead generation. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaWagnerFriends Christina Wagner

    More great stuff! Thanks for all you do!

    • http://about.me/josephmanna Joseph Manna

      Thank you, Christina Glad you’re getting a lot of useful tips and value from the Infusionsoft Blog.

    • SIDHU

      yes ____ thanks Christina !!!!!!

  • Austin Duncan

    Thanks for this, I’m new to both Infusionsoft and WordPress and you’ve answered several questions for me. Thanks again

  • Wendy

    This is really helpful, thanks. I’ve recently learned how to post Infusionsoft-hosted web pages and get them onto my site, too. I love the templates from Solostream.com and recommend them to many clients. Their tech guys know how to work with Infusionsoft, too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kjbcpa Ken Burke

    Thanks for the great tips. I’m using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress and it seems to be running smooth.

  • http://stopdoingnothing.com Patrick Allmond

    Another one – you can pass IS variables to a WP thank you page from an order/signup form and use the contact in the body of the page. You will the plugin “Allow PHP in Posts and Pages” to drop PHP variables in the middle of your content

    You can then create custom thank you pages like this:

    http://allaboutfocus.com/thankyou/?inf_field_FirstName=Joe

  • Gordon Drayson

    There was a WooCommerce plugin released at Infusionsoft which tightly integrate the two. More information can be found at: http://www.informationstreet.com

  • kevinjgallagher

    Adding a form into wordpress is not always as easy as you think. It does not allow you to add javascript into the widgets or pages for security so you mayc have difficulty, like I did adding infusionsoft forms.

    • NephthysNile

      No, it doesn’t like javascript, but the unstyled HTML is pretty easy to pop up, or the styled will work well.

  • Kurt Hynes

    I am in need of a new wordpress theme for my biz (www.worldofwindsocks.com) that has a user friendly check out (not 5 steps like my current theme); and that can integrate with infusionsoft and PayPal Pro. Do you have any suggestions by chance? Thank you!

  • carrie

    Excellent post. These will be helping for starting my own blog. Thoughts

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