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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

Featured image: august roundup accessibility
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,

wordfest live 2021 featured image
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

WordPress Email Newsletters
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

7 WordPress email newsletters to keep you up to date

I have a confession to make. I get entirely too many email newsletters. I can’t read them all. You wanna know what’s hard? Most of them are excellent emails. They are easy to read, done well. It’s just hard to keep up. One thing I need to keep up with on the regular is WordPress news. I am making a concerted effort to streamline the best resources I know about. How about you? There are several WordPress email newsletters available to the community. Today we are going to take a look at seven of those  WordPress email newsletters. I might

July Roundup Freedom
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

July Roundup: Core Web Vitals, Block Patterns, and freedom

Every time I hear “Independence Day,” I tend to think of two things. First, I think of the movie starring a young Will Smith and Bill Pullman as the United States president. You know the one. Will Smith shoots down an alien ship in the desert and drags him back to some Air Force Base. Next thing we know, there is a fight for survival as the alien invasion finally comes. The United States leads the charge as the humans defeat the otherworldly beings. When I hear the words “Independence Day,” the other thing I think of is the song

Bridget Willard
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with WordPress professional and social media expert Bridget Willard

If you are a WordPress professional and you are on Twitter a lot, chances are you have come across Bridget Willard. She is a Twitter expert. She even wrote a book about Twitter. In fact, Bridget has written several books. I did not realize this, but a while back, I found her Amazon author page, and that’s when I realize she has been busy. She helps companies with Twitter, and she will even help WordPress plugin companies launch and gain customers. She has a multitude of skills. Don’t try to keep up; she will leave you in the dust.  

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