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WordPress Care
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Building a WordPress Care Business Foundation

When I was a small boy, my dad decided to build a storage shelter. Nowadays, you can just buy one from Lowes or Home Depot. We lived in an unincorporated area outside of the small town where I grew up. Our house was on a small creek where my brother and I would catch crawdads. We weren’t catching them for a boil. Ah, the rural country life. Back to my story. My dad decided we needed a storage shelter. We had a small house with a carport – I’m not sure there were garages yet. We had a pretty good

Foundation
Tips & Tricks
Todd Jones

Speeding WordPress development with a foundation

Speeding up our WordPress project with starter themes and frameworks I like innovation as much as anyone. It is a mark of creativity. Heck, when I was a kid, I liked creating stuff. What did you create when you were a kid? One of the cool things about building WordPress websites is the opportunity to create something. That is why many of us got into this business, to create. Not only do we get to play around with design and functions, but we get to create a solution for our customers. It really is the ultimate high, creating a solution

WordPress Site Care Landing Pages
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Six obvious reasons to use landing pages

I like coffee. I can remember having coffee with a friend on regular occasions a few years ago. We would just sit around talking about things going on in our lives, our country and our world. Sometimes we disagreed, but it was fun. We would lose ourselves in conversation. We would lose track of time. Do you ever do that? As much as I love coffee, buying coffee in the grocery store can be problematic. Have you seen how many different kinds of coffee there is? Now, I am the kind of person who likes good coffee. I have a

Roundup Halloween edition
Roundup
Todd Jones

Roundup Halloween edition: Making WordPress scary easy to use

October is, quite possibly, my favorite time of the year. The air is cooler and crisper here in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The leaves change colors to showcase a display of autumn colors across the mountains and valleys. It is the perfect time to get in a car and go for a cruise throughout our little state. There always seems to be a lot of oranges and yellows as well as the browns. It’s simply gorgeous. It is also is squarely in the middle of college football. That is one of my most favorite sports. Finally, there is another reason.

Content Strategy Framework
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Here is an easy to follow framework for a content strategy

What kind of creative things did you do as a kid? Did you? I did a lot of stuff I look b ack on and think, “what was I doing?” At the same time, I smile because I was finding a way to be creative. I can remember coming up with basketball tournaments. One of the reasons I did that is so I could create the tournament brackets. So, I made up a tournament to rival the NCAA Basketball tournament each year. I drew race cars, football stadiums, and basketball arenas. Sometimes I just made them up, created my own

sliders aren't so bad
Todd Jones

Sliders aren’t really that bad and here’s why

Quit giving sliders a bad name! Consider the curious case of sliders. What a curious case it is. I have actually dennounced sliders, but I decided to take another look. Repeat after me: Sliders + homepage = bad. . . . #uxdesign — Todd E. Jones (@tejones) October 3, 2016 Nevertheless, in the past, when I have asked, my website developer friends have also given them the thumbs down. @tejones No slider. They suck. — Amanda J. Rush (@cswordpress) February 6, 2015 @tejones – I try to only use sliders if the client has a clear message to convey there. And

WordPress Superheroes
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How WordPress Superheroes manage websites

Who is your favorite Superhero? I liked several as a kid. One I have always liked was Batman. I am sure that had to do with the 60’s and 70’s show starring Adam West (I follow him on Facebook!). I have watched all the iterations of the Batman movies that were in my lifetime. George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, and most recently, Ben Affleck have all donned the caped crusader’s Bat suit.. (I’ll give Ben a pass after breaking it off with one of my crushes, Jennifer Garner). I watched several of the Superman shows and movies

Brian Casel
Interviews
Todd Jones

Q&A with WordPress Entrepreneur Brian Casel

Note: The following is a Q&A with WordPress Entrepreneur Brian Casel. Let me ask you a question. Are you working more hours on your WordPress projects and making less money? It is easy to get caught in the WordPress freelancer trap. You move from one project to the next, often not making money when the dust settles and find you are working every last hour of the day to complete said project. Each project takes more time than it should, and we end up exchanging time for money rather than value. It is a roller coaster that I don’t want

introductions
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to write an introduction that will make your readers love you

It happened to me again today. I work at a coffee shop downtown in my little town where I enjoy the best coffee and some community. Kyle, the shop owner, wants it that way. A few months ago, the same store hosted a coffee brewing class. I signed up. I don’t spend a lot of extra money, so, I figured I would do something fun. The other person in the class was a guy named Scott. Scott is a “salt of the earth” type of guy. I really enjoyed the coffee brew class with Scott. We became friends. Not really

Don't let DIY Builders Scare you
Roundup
Todd Jones

World of WordPress Roundup: Do DIY Builders scare you?

This post is the first edition of the World of WordPress Roundup. We will take a look at a few things within the WordPress community. Don’t let DIY builders scare you! The roundup today talks about DIY builders in a couple of different articles. Both Jonathan Perez and Chris Lema discusses what may become a WordPress designer’s dilemma. It’s really not. Should DIY Builders scare WordPress developers Jonathan Perez – Sure Fire Web Services Jonathan opened this discussion on his website following the acquisition of ManageWP by GoDaddy. The reason? Well, it seems GoDaddy is jumping into the WordPress ecosystem