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an Independence roundup
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Todd Jones

The Independence Day WordPress roundup that opens up The Pro Toolbox

This past week both Canada and the United States celebrated Independence Days. Well, to be technical about it, Canada celebrated Canada Day on July 1st. The day is considered Canada’s birthday. So, happy birthday Canada! The United States celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July 4th. So, for the next two days (actually weeks) we will be shooting off fireworks. But, I thought about it earlier this week. What does independence mean? Is it just about the birth of a nation? Is it about being self-sustaining? Is it separating yourself from something or someone that is holding you down? I think

innovation & website design
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Todd Jones

The innovation of the website design business and creating an advantage against page builders

It’s getting harder to be a website designer. The barrier of entry is lower and lower. There are a plethora of https://www.sitebuilderreport.com/best-website-builderwebsite builders on the market. And that’s not counting the WordPress page builders. Now Gutenberg is picking up steam. So what is a designer to do? After all, you are competing with people who have never learned to code using self-contained platforms. It seems like once something has gone to market, it inevitably becomes commoditized. We, as a culture, always seem to find a make something more efficient, which means more automated. And so it goes on. The website

Emotional Triggers
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Todd Jones

Pulling the levers: Emotional triggers to sell you services without being a slimy used car salesman

For a month, I worked on a car lot. Fun times. Being one of the new salespersons, I had to fend for myself. That meant as soon as someone came on the lot, we knew we guys had to run after them and get the “customer” to talk to us first. There is a reason many car lots are going away from the haggle approach. Most buyers just don’t like it, and they will not shop your lot. Buyers come on the lot, and sometimes, they know more than the salesperson does about the car and the prices.  Used car

WooCommerce alternatives
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Todd Jones

3 WooCommerce alternatives for your eCommerce solution

At times, some people have had issues with WooCommerce. For one, the product has been acquired by Automattic. Some just don’t like one of their solutions belonging to the company that runs WordPress.com. That being said, it is still a great platform. I can remember in my early WordPress days using Jigoshop. That was the biggest eCommerce plugin on the market before WooCommerce emerged. Coming under the umbrella of Automattic means that WooCommerce will have a long life. Nevertheless, if you are looking for an alternative to WooCommerce, today we are going to look at three. WP Easy Cart One

The Setlist
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Todd Jones

The June Setlist includes Social Rocket and the Edit Author Slug plugin

If you are like me, you like all kinds of music. One of my favorite genres back in the 80’s is R&B. I loved some of the musicians during that time like Kook & the Gang, DeBarge and the Mowtown sounds, etc.  So, this month, our setlist is coming straight from the 1980’s R&B genre featuring The Whispers, The Pointer Sisters, Irene Cara (remember Fame?), and Kool & The Gange. We are talking about a plugin to change the slug for your author, a rocket ship for sharing on social media, a simple way to add social proof, and a

random thoughts
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Todd Jones

Random thoughts, end of May, and here comes Summer

When summer comes, the heat turns up, and often, we find fun things to do. What are you doing that’s fun this summer? So, as we exit the month of May, let’s pause a moment to collect or random thoughts. Or, at least my random thoughts. New places to go I visited the WP Feedback Summit a few weeks back. In doing so, I met some new (to me) people. A couple of people I met were  Kristina Romero of GoWP and Donata Kalnenaite of Termageddon.  These new places have led to new relationships. I have joined the go GoWP Niche

Featured Image Colleen Gratzer
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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

Featured Image Colleen Gratzer
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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

Featured Image: Youtube Show
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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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