People often found me repeating one of my favorite thought about WordPress, “It’s capable enough to do just everything” and that comes true every time. When it comes to WordPress, it took no time to turn any idea into a reality. You know, you can create a variety of sites using WordPress, since the day it has come into an existence, it’s used as a primary blogging software, and with the introduction of Custom Post Types, things have been totally changed. Now a days, WordPress is used as a, more of CMS rather of just a blogging platform, and with debut of app themes, I can say to transform your WordPress blog in to a dedicated niche specific site is just a click away.
I love WordPress, not just because it’s my bread and butter and it helps me in making living out of it, but its more about ease of usage. Let’s face the fact, we all blog for money, followed by passion and other such words.
Moving a step ahead today I am going to show you a completely new way to make money using WordPress. Some of you might have been already aware of it, but I am sure a majority of WordPress bloggers will found it totally new, exciting and promising.
Well okay, almost all of you have been very well familiar with the Fiverr.com, the World’s most popular micro-job site, that allows anyone to post and buy creative gigs, starting from just $5.
The Fiverr Concept
It’s one of the most different concept on the web, where seller posts a job, and a buyer will purchase that job for the given bucks. The revenue model is pretty transparent, they take 20% revenue share out of every sale. And then there are featured gigs, where seller have to pay a given amount of fees as a charge for featuring their paid gigs. Additionally, user can earn more by adding complimentary gigs where buyer pays extra for more bundled offers.
Earlier it seems to be an impossible desire for an average non-coder bloggers like you and me to raise a Fiverr like site. While, if we’re going to hire any developer to code everything from scratch then, it could turn in to huge bills, which is obvious that a traditional bloggers can’t afford, at a time.
Pricerr, the WordPress Fiverr theme
Enter, Pricerr, the World’s only and the best WordPress theme to create a micro-job website like Fiverr. It’s a Premium theme, that allows you to transform your regular WordPress blog in to a full-fledged micro job site where sellers could offer fixed small price task and the buyers can make the payment using multiple services like PayPal, Authorize.net, AlertPay and Google in 25 different currencies. I think those 25 currencies covers almost all countries to accept payment and still if you want to accept the payment into a new currency, then the developer of the theme is also offering custom payment gateway integration with currency of your choice.
What are the requirements to get started?
1. A catchy domain name – Starts from $10. It’s always better to get a short domain name for your site, something that immediately strikes on the visitor’s mind.
2. A reliable hosting plan – Starts from roughly $120. That’s, the basic requirement before raising any website. Yes, for starting days, you can get a decent shared hosting plan from any reliable WordPress hosting providers. However, I prefer Hostgator (this blog is hosted on shared Hostgator plan) as they had never let me down, as well as they are affordable too. However, once you start getting traffic to your site, you can instantly move on to better resources.
3. Buy Pricerr theme for WordPress - Starts from $70 a single site license, or if you’re a developer than you can also opt for developer license, which allows you to install Pricerr theme on as many of your sites or even on your client’s site. If you are un-sure, then don’t panic, as you can upgrade your license later on, by just paying the price difference.
Overall, it cost you roughly around $200 to get started!
So, you’ve got the domain, a hosting account and a licensed copy of Pricerr theme, now what?
- If you’re already aware of how to set up and configure, your new domain name with your hosting account then its fine, else follow this detailed knowledge base at Godaddy.
- Now you’ve configured the domain name with your hosting provider, check that your domain is propagated well.
- Once, you’re done with the domain propagation, it’s time to install WordPress, still want a helping hand? check out this step by step installation guide at WordPress.
- Finally, you’re ready with your fresh WordPress site, now the next step is to install the Pricerr theme using FTP.
To install the theme, just navigate to the dashboard>Appearance>Themes>Install themes and select upload. Now use the following uploader box to upload the Pricerr theme .zip file. Once, you’ve uploaded the theme file, now just push the activate button, and you’ve successfully installed the Pricerr on your WordPress installation.
Configuring Pricerr theme settings
The Pricerr, adds a full set of configurable panel inside WP-admin, it automatically appears above the “Dashboard” tab, and the very first option you could see is a site summary. It’s a basic summary about your Fiverr site, that shows total number of active jobs are available on your site, how many of them are closed and the actual count of users, administrators and subscribers, so you don’t need to find them manually within the WordPress users settings.
Here you could see,there are loads of options to configure, beginning with the number of extras, which is acually the no of extra complimentary jobs, a seller could offer along with a micro-job, the default settings comes with “10,” and you can set it with your desirable value, I want to go with default settings for now. You could make a visitor profile, more appealing by enabling country flags, but for that you need to get a key at http://www.ipinfodb.com/register.php. If you want to manually approve each job before it gets listed, check the “admin approves each request” to “yes,” while, its good to have a blog on your site, it helps you to connect with the visitors and lets you post anything regarding your website etc. Further you could set, the job listing period, featured jobs period, number of jobs to be appeared on the homepage etc.
In the next filter tab, it filter out your email addresses and URLs. The third tab is to configure whether, you want to enable shipping for jobs or not. While, the last two tabs are for enabling social logins within your Fiverr like site, using Facebook and Twitter profiles. But, to make it work you need to install a third-party plugin from the WordPress directory named as “WordPress Social login.”
The theme, fairly allows you to customize just everything from the Dashboard with easy to configure set of options. You could select one of the four layouts, tick the Yes button if you want “how it works banner” to be displayed right below the header portion of your site, and you can also define your own slogans there. In the next header tab, it resides a single option to upload the site logo, while the footer tab allows your to edit left side and right side footer area content of your site. The last tab is to set colors for background, footer and top links.
Now, this is the email junction of your site, it come with a tab to configure each and every email which will be generated from your site. It seems to be a bit stuffy, and hard to configure, but be assured as there’s very little to customize, albeit only the modifications you want to add within each email template rest each tab is already filled with default email content and tags. Yes, each email template is fully customizable, with the help of a simple editor and a list of tags is also added for quick input. You can even enable or disable each email template, as the email subject can be easily edited for each of them.
As, I’ve already mentioned above, the Pricerr theme supports nearly 25 currencies across the World, there’s US dollars, Euros, Canadian Dollars, Swiss Franks, British Pounds, Singapore Dollars, Brazilian Real, Indian Rupees, Russian Ruble, and Mexican Pesos, to name a few. Next tab allows you set the initial job fees for a listing, the default is set to noting, while for the featured job listing you can set the amount, withdrawn limit for the seller and the most importantly, the fee you’ll charge upon each job completion. It can be set as, in % values or, you can also define a solid amount as, a charge from each sale. The third job values tab, makes you to set the fixed starting amount for a new job or allowing seller to select the job price from the dropdown job values, which can be defined from the last fourth tab, as seen in the screenshot above.
The Pricerr theme comes with hassle free built-in gateway integration to accept payments from PayPal, AlertPay, Moneybookers, iDeal. All you need to do is enable, and add the respected email account for each service and you are done! If you also want to enable offline payments then you could also configure the last tab to add your bank details, as well.
Under this tab, you’ll get notifications when every time, a seller will raise withdraw requests from his account interface. All you need to do is check whether the raised withdraw requests is qualified enough to make a payment, then you may manually transfer the virtual amount specified in his requests with the real money into his PayPal account from yours.
It’s a panel to check out, balance of each and every single user active on your site, there’s nothing to configure. However, you can increase and decrease cash from any account with any amount you want, just with the push of an update button, next to each user profile.
Nothing you’ve to configure either in this settings tab. This is just a log of an every single transaction which, takes place on your site.
This order tab, is to monitor all orders on your site, in the first Active tab you can see all orders which are under active status on your site, next to it is a search active orders tab, third is delivered orders tab, followed by its search tab, and then the completed, closed etc. So again, there’s nothing to set, just monitor all your order activities under this settings.
All reviews added by users on your site, will be available under this tab, and in case if you want to access review of a single, specific user then you may use the search user tab, next to it.
Pricerr, comes well-integrated with a native private messaging system that allows your seller and buyers let easily communicate about any job listing etc. Under this tab you could see and moderate all private messaging activities going through on your site.
The most easy way to track visitors on your site is Google Analytics, just throw in your analytics code and save. While, if you’re interested in any other such tracking services beside of Google Analytics then you could use the other tracking tools tab for an easier implementation of the tracking code.
The last tab under Pricerr theme settings, and the crucial one, if you want to monetize your site besides of those paid featured job listing, and the commission you get upon each job completion. You can add advertisement or banner code under these tabs of your homepage, job page, category page and single blog or even normal page of your site areas.
Pricerr Job & Request post types
Once, you’re done with the settings part, next comes the Jobs area, a separate custom post types aside of your traditional WordPress blog posts. It consists of all the jobs, published on your site, and there are two custom taxonomies to further classify your job posts, by job categories and job locations. You can mass delete, modify all of your jobs from this panel.
Editing a job
No, you’re not going to edit the job posts this way, but in case if you want then this is admin view of editing a job, there’s an option to edit each and every details about the job.
Similarly, are the Requests post types, they are just the dupe of the “Jobs” post types, where user request his demand of a specific task, filled from the front-end of the side.
Well, that was the complete overview of Pricerr, WordPress Fiverr theme, I’ve covered every single settings from the admin side. Now it’s time to quickly go through the front end interface of the default Pricerr theme installation.
Posting a new Job from the front-end of Pricerr
This is a sample page from the front-end of the site, where any visitor can submit a new job post, you could see how neat the page appears, I mean everything is so professional that anyone can be easily impressed with the front end interface of your site.
Now comes the default account of a basic seller on your site, here he/she can manage all his jobs, access their payments stats, manage sales, read all of their private messages, update their personal information and lastly the user reviews and feedbacks, they had received upon any job completion.
A sample micro-job posted on Pricerr
Lastly, this is the sample micro-job posting on the site illustrating, he will deliver a Powerpoint presentation for a mere $12. A job posts comes with every basic stats that makes the site appear more professional, such as number of orders in queue, seller rating, number of views for the given jobs, a seller level badge, time stamp, ratings and a built-in like system for improved user interaction.
If you are really considering to create your own Fiverr like site, then nothing could be better other than this WordPress Pricerr theme, not just because this is the only option to raise such a site using WordPress but, it’s more about ease of usage. Running a Fiverr like site requires a plethora of features, which becomes even more difficult to manage but, with Pricerr theme it becomes so easy to create, customize, monitor, and maintain that even a novice, WordPress user could raise his own Fiverr like site.