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3 ideas differentiate
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Run a web care business? Here are 3 ideas to differentiate your business

How do you get business? There are so many ways to generate leads. There is no shortage of options. But many of us would like the leads to come to us. For many, that’s a pipedream. Certainly, there is always a need to reach out to some to create leads. There always will be, especially when you get started. But is it possible to, as my friend Joel says, go “fishing with dynamite”? I think so, and there are some ways to do it. I am going to outline three things that Web Care companies can do that will help

WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Year two of the WPMRR Virtual Summit is September 21-23

For the second straight year, Joe Howard will host the WPMRR Virtual Summit September 21-23. Howard is the Founder and CIO of WP Buffs. WPMRR is an acronym for WordPress Monthly Recurring Revenue. This summit and its community are focused on helping those in the WordPress space create monthly recurring revenue for their business. “An online conference 100% focused on actively helping as many people as possible responsibly achieve their MRR goals.” According to the summit: The WPMRR Virtual Summit is a 3-day online conference that helps us fulfill our mission: to actively help as many people as possible responsibly

September Roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

September WordPress Roundup: Talking Gutenberg Times, Frontity, and Koko Analtytics

It’s that time of the month where we dig into a roundup of WordPress news and such. And as David Lee Roth sang for Van Halen back in the day, “Might as well jump!” In this month’s WordPress Roundup we are talking about WP, Gutenberg Times, Frontity, Koko Analytics, and gearing up for the WPMRR Summit. You ready? Let’s ride. WPMRR Summit announces speakers WPMRR Summit is later this month and so far they have announced three rounds of speakers. I spoke to Joe Howard this week and he said he had a few more to announce. We will discuss

installing mainwp extensions
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Installing MainWP extensions with confidence: A guide to help

Getting started with MainWP is fairly easy with the Easy MainWP Install. However, MainWP is a very robust and complicated tool. It gives you the power to create your own Software as a Service on a self-hosted WordPress install. It’s powerful. “With great power comes great responsibility.” I think Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, right? Well, there is a lot of power in your MainWP setup and the center of that power is the list of extensions that come available for use. It can be a bit confusing when it comes time to install extensions. I get that. After all,

second half of 2021
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Second half of the year: What to expect in the WordPress kingdom

We are at the end of August 2021. You know what that means. We ar on the downside of the year. We have had challenges again this year, but we are moving towards my favorite time of the year, Fall! As we round the curve, today we are going to look at some things you need to know moving towards the end of the year. Get ready to learn Gutenberg I’m not sure if you have done much work with Gutenberg or not, but now is the time to start if you have not. Early on Gutenberg got lots of

Featured image: Lesley Sim Newsletter Glue
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Lesley Sim of Newsletter Glue

Last year, I started noticing Lesley on Twitter. She interacted with people, including many of my WordPress connections. I noticed she had some kind of plugin. I didn’t really notice what it really was for a while. I did realize it had something to do with email newsletters. Over time I realized it was something I might use. So, I decided to give it a try for a new newsletter idea. I found it easy to use, and I was pleasantly surprised with how it worked. So today, I get to chat with Lesley Sim of Newsletter Glue to learn

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

WordPress Roundup: 5.8, web accessibility and organizing a series of posts for the win

It’s that time again. We are barely a week into August, and it’s time for a new WordPress Roundup. Today, let’s discuss the overview of WordPress 5.8, local environments, web accessibility, an RSS feed site, and organizing a series of posts. Let’s ride. Overview of WP 5.8 by Pagely The latest of all WordPress updates is WordPress 5.8. Gutenberg continues to become an important part of the WordPress dashboard. The new update sees new support for WebP and a few other developer things of interest. Pagely offered a nice overview of what’s new with 5.8. WP Local Environment review Looking

toolbox
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Toolbox: Designers or Developers, use the power of AI to make your workflow faster and better

In this month’s toolbox, we are going to talk robots. More specifically, AI tools that will make your workflow faster. Do you freeze when you see another automation tool? I am reminded of the old 80s song by the Australian band Icehouse: I just freeze Everytime you see through me And it’s all over you Electric blue You don’t have to freeze! Let’s chat about it. Visual Regression Testing I asked a question recently in the MainWP Users Facebook group about how users look for changes in websites after updating. We had some great answers. In the process, I found

business traits
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

5 business traits I learned working in retail

What was your first job? Mine was at the local Safeway grocery store. My brother had a job there and I got one too. I worked there my Senior year in high school and one summer during college. Later, I worked in a bookstore. I would often refer to our bookstore as a retail store disguised as a bookstore. In reality, that bookstore was retail. I also worked in vending. I serviced machines, served food on a food bar, and counted the money as well as putting up stock in the warehouse. I learned something from all of those jobs,

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with the organizers of WordFest Live

As someone who has had many health struggles, I am definitely in favor of looking after my own self-care. In fact, I have written articles about self-care at MainWP. I believe we should be self-aware. For that reason, I appreciate the role that the Big Orange Heart plays in this process. Further, I think that the WordFest Live conference is a worthy event due to the support of self-care and Big Orange Heart. Starting July 23, 2021, the second round of WordFest Live kicks off. Led by Dan Maby of Big Orange Heart, Michelle Frechette of GivWP and WPCoffeeTalk, WordCamp

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