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Todd Jones

Colleen Gratzer wants to help you make sure you are compliant for website accessibility

Ever been to an outdated government website? I have. It’s frustrating. Perhaps the website isn’t responsive or built on tables (yikes!). Even worse, it may not adhere to any accessibility standards. We simply can’t ignore or take lightly the idea of accessibility in website design. That’s one reason I brought Colleen Gratzer in to discuss the subject more. You may have heard about the Domino’s lawsuit regarding accessibility. “Guillermo Robles, who is blind, has tried to order a custom pizza from Domino’s at least twice in recent years, using the company’s website and mobile app. “He says despite using screen

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Colleen Gratzer designer, developer & accessibility expert

Accessibility. Two things to note. First, I have a hard time spelling it. What about you? Second, I am woefully inadequate to talk about the topic. Almost four years ago, I posted two articles on MainWP about accessibility. In the conclusion of the second article, I wrote, To make your website Accessibility-ready, you will still have to do your part. Remember, part of making a site Web Accessible is following best practices with your content which exist aside from your theme. I think this remains true. I know very little more than I knew then. So, this time I put

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Todd Jones

6 Things I learned from starting a Youtube Show

My friend Davinder had been after me for a while to start a podcast. He even had me on his podcast. In the past couple of years, I frequented a handful and discovered I didn’t mind talking about things I like and know something about. A couple of those podcasts actually recorded a video. I’m a handsome man, so they worked out pretty well ;). When it came time for me to create a podcast, I decided just to do a video show. After all, I wanted to populate my Youtube channel, and I thought this would be a great

The Setlist
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Todd Jones

May Setlist: Musings about life and a roundup

My friend Chanti sends out an email every Sunday. She calls it the Sunday Setlist. I love it because I love music. A setlist is, of course, the queue of songs that a musician uses to remind them what songs they will perform. Perhaps we could use a little more music these days. Therefore, today this article will contain a setlist of sorts.  Now, me being a product of the 80s, that tends to be the type of music I love. What is your favorite decade of music? Why You Need a Privacy Policy If You Are Using a Contact

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Todd Jones

3 Tips to help you write less boring content

Over 4.8M blog posts were published today. That is according to Internet Live Stats. Why are readers going to read your content? There is so much competition in the market that you can’t afford to have content that fails to deliver. You need to move beyond yawn inspiring blog posts. Today, I am going to give you three tips to help you write less boring content. Do your own thing A while back, I did a video where I talked about why it is a bad idea to steal content. In essence, people are copying how everyone else creates content

random thoughts
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Todd Jones

April Random thoughts from a fellow MainWP user

Just like everything else going on, this article is a little unusual. I mean, we’ve had a crazy year in 2020, huh? I hope you are all safe and doing well. We are all a little bit uneasy right now. I refuse to use “uncertain times” and a few other phrases used during the great COVID-19 Pandemic. That’s not to say these are not extraordinary because they are.  How are you staying busy? Drop your answers in the MainWP Users Facebook Group. Moving on. So I tossed together a few random thoughts for this week’s article. Don’t stop working  We

content Marketing
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Todd Jones

Content marketing has a compound effect that lasts for years and helps you generate business

A few years ago, I worked in a customer service call center. That was just one of the more interesting jobs I had. I worked for two mortgage companies. So we serviced home mortgages. I learned way more about the industry than I ever intended to. One of the regular discussions we had with customers was how to pay off their loans faster. We would walk them through an amortization schedule based on what they projected to pay. One thing was sure, the more that they committed to paying the principle of their loan would allow them to pay off

World of WordPress
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Todd Jones

World of WordPress: WP Feedback launches summit, WordCamp goes virtual

In this month’s World of WordPress, we are going to take a look at a virtual summit hosted by WP Feedback and the first-ever virtual WordCamp. Additionally, we are going to look at keeping your Zoom rooms secure and a few courses you can take for free. Buckle up partner; this is the World of WordPress Roundup. WP Feedback launches Summit in April The team at WP Feedback has decided to host a virtual conference. Jan Koch, the new CTO, has taken his expertise in hosting virtual conferences to help his new team. The conference takes place April 27 –

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Todd Jones

3 tips to utilize content distribution and attract the right audience to your website

I’ve always believed that content promotion or content distribution is the missing piece of many content marketing strategies. After all, if no one is there to see, hear, or listen to your content, then it doesn’t really make an impact. In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character Ray Kinsella was told that if he builds it (a baseball field), “they will come.” Unlike what Kinsell was told, creating the content (or website) doesn’t mean they will come. They need to know or hear about the content. Enter content distribution. Some people call it content promotion. The idea is

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Three observations about how business are or can make adjustments during the coronavirus pandemic

For many of us in the digital space, the virus outbreak hasn’t made a big difference. It is business as usual for us as we are almost entirely remote.  For others, the situation is direr. Restaurants are being forced to close, some businesses are laying off workers, and the future is uncertain. One thing I have seen locally is the number of people who are stepping up to help the community. I have seen friends offer to run errands for others, giving tips for working remotely (to those suddenly working remotely), offering homeschool help, offering homemade soap products to anyone

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