Last night the awesome @suesa got in touch with me to enquire if I would be interested in hearing about a new dev project that could be of great benefit to The Writers' Block, and Steem writers in general. Naturally, I agreed and was put in touch with @fredrikaa. @rhondak and I as co-admins joined him in voice chat on our Discord server and heard all about the project. Needless to say, we were very excited. It fits in perfectly with other plans we will be discussing at our Gatlinburg meetup in a few weeks.
So, what is SteemPress?
Put simply, SteemPress is a * free * WordPress plugin which allows you to post from WordPress to the blockchain, automatically converting your post to markdown. The plugin also allows you to schedule posts, delay posting to protect your SEO, define your tags and by default links back to your blog from Steem. Further information, and a download link, can be found HERE.
What about that * free * business Muxxy?
The SteemPress team uses benefactor rewards to help run the project and is currently set to 15%, lower than the 25% that both Dtube and Utopian take. We at The Writers' Block fully endorse the idea that devs on the blockchain deserve to earn an income from their projects and as such we fully support SteemPress with this.
Anything more I should know?
Why yes, glad you asked. Check out today's post from @steempress-io. In it you will discover that the team has been delegated a massive 1 million SP! How are they going to use it? Simple - they will seek out quality authors who use their plugin and reward their posts. The team will also be trailing quality curators, voting on content that uses Steempress, thereby increasing the curation rewards for these curators. The team is also working on a dedicated search tool to help seek out quality content.
How it could benefit you
Why post twice if you already have WordPress and Steem blogs? This plugin saves you the time and, while working with Steemcleaners and their blacklist, and by using the default option to link back to your blog, @cheetah shouldn't be bothering you. I have been assured by @fredrikka that so far no users have been unjustly flagged by steemcleaners.
A lot of people find markdown too much of a headache. What this plugin would allow you to do is to write your post in the WordPress editor, making formatting your text easier, and then convert the HTML to markdown for you.
What about the blogger that likes to be in control of how their content is presented? WordPress blogs can be infinitely customized with unique looks and a multitude of plugins to add functionality. Some find the blockchain and communities surrounding it a bit daunting. This plugin can introduce regular WordPress authors to the marvels of Steem.
Did you know that 75 million websites run WordPress, which makes up 27.5% of all global websites? 30% of the top 10 million websites use WordPress and its global content share is 60.2%. Each and every day some 50,000 WordPress sites come online and every month 409 million readers view WordPress blogs.
Want to learn more?
But Wait...There's More!
To be able to use plugins with a WordPress hosted site, you need to upgrade to their business plan, which costs an extraordinary $20 per month, billed annually. The better route is to self host your own WordPress site and to have full control.
The Writers' Block is proud to be able to extend a very special offer to our full members. $25 - payable in Steem - will grant our members a full year of WordPress site hosting. That's it! No hidden costs, nothing! Get in touch with @rhondak to get set up.