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Tools: Internet Arcade
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Todd Jones

Toolbox Roundup: Enjoy your own online video arcade

When I was teenager Todd in my sleepy little hometown of Northern Arkansas, we had a place or two where we would hang out on a Friday night. One of those places was the Playful Quarters. As you can imagine, it was a video arcade. I would imagine we had a couple of dozen video games in that place. We spent our time going from one game to the next or watching one of our buddies play. There would be TVs on the wall playing episodes of Night Trax. Night Trax played music videos on Friday and Saturday nights. This

selling wordpress maintenance
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Use these tactics to help you sell more WordPress maintenance packages 24/7

What if you could have a salesperson on staff who can sell your maintenance plans all day long? Well, you do. If you have a website maintenance service page, you have a salesperson who works 24/7 for you. And that is why it is so important to make it as good as you possibly can. Today we will look at three tactics that can help you sell more WordPress maintenance packages 24/7. Start with the problem – no, really, just do it. When my dad was a young man, it was expected that guys took care of their cars’ maintenance.

10X about page
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Three things to make your About Page 10x better when you don’t have a story

Writing an About Page can be a big challenge. Nevertheless, it is almost always the second most viewed page on your website. Therefore, it is crucial you write one that works well. Now, I am a big fan of having a compelling story on your About Page. But, what happens when you don’t have one? You see, it takes skill and an interview to draw out the best story about your company. And, for the record, a chronological telling of your company story is rarely compelling. So, if you are launching a website for a client and need a better

February Roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

February Roundup: A Landing Page crash course for FREE and more

In today’s roundup, we take a look at five resources to help boost your business in February. How about learning about landing pages from the Queen of Conversions? Check.  Need help promoting your customers to blog? We got it. Hosting a virtual summit soon? Yup, we have a resource for that too. Are you looking for a new way to monitor plugins and themes? Yup. Do you need to spin up a new WordPress instance for a quick test? We have that too. You’ve come to the right place this week. Bridget Willard recently launched a plugin to help business

Tools
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Fun tools for when you need to squander some time

Sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed. I know I do. Overwhelmed with the pressures of work and what we need to do. It can be beneficial just to do something for fun, not to be productive. We all have our ways of escape. Maybe we play games, go for a walk, climb mountains, bike across Europe, or watch sports. Those all take time, and we need to take that time. But sometimes we need a shorter break. We need to have fun playing with an app that leaves us unproductive. Today I have a few tools that you might take a

customize your mainwp dashboard
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

The easy way to customize your MainWP Dashboard

Earlier this month, someone in the MainWP Users Facebook Group created a post asking to see member’s MainWP dashboard. Several shared how they made changes to the look of their MainWP dashboard, and I wondered if this was something I could do. Turns out, yes, I could do it. So, I pestered … pinged Keith Crain to give me the lowdown real quick. Keith did a good job helping me discern what I needed to use, the MainWP Custom Dashboard Extension. The extension is included with Pro. Note: The Custom Dashboard Extension is different from the MinWP Code Snippets Extension.

Featured Image: WordFest 2021 Info
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Learning more about WordFest and how you can participate

In today’s article, we will learn more about the upcoming WordFest conference and how you can participate. We will get all the information from Cate DeRosia and Michelle Frechette, volunteers with the Big Orange Heart who is hosting the conference. You can learn more about the conference on the event’s website: www.wordfest.live. Life needed a party. Big Orange Heart, as a mental health and well-being charity for remote workers, has seen the struggles not just in the WordPress community, but across the globe. Cate DeRosia How did the idea for WordFest begin?  Michelle: It started as a conversation in October

world of wordpress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: Is Automattic competing with WordPress consultants and designers?

No doubt, the week’s topic in the WordPress community was the new Website Builder launched by Automattic, aka WordPress.com. Reactions came swiftly from people all over the internet. WordPress.com, or Automattic, is now competing with small WordPress agencies. Or are they? Much was made about the fact they will build a website and do it for $4900. For some people, the $4900 price tag was welcomed because it gives some kind of minimum price point. Others just felt like Automattic will put WordPress consultants out of work. Sarah Gooding has a nice summary of the reactions, “Initial reactions from the

6 New Year Tips
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Todd Jones

New Year: 6 tips for 2021 and one tip you will disagree with

Another new year is here. Maybe 2020 was a disaster for you or maybe it was better than you expected. Not every year can be as smooth as Joss Stone when she sings a classic. I wish it could, but it is not. Last year, I wrote an article with a few predictions, and honestly, it turned out pretty well. But here is the secret about predictions: You have to make them general enough to come true. As we head into the year 2021 I thought I would drop a few recommendations for the year to come. Take them or

'Twas the night before Christmas - MainWP style
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Todd Jones

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – MainWP style

An ode to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, made specifically for MainWP. The famous poem details a visit from St. Nicholas and published anonymously in 1832 according to Wikipedia. You can find the full, original lyrics here at HuffPost. I remember as a child having the book for the poem with colorful illustrations. I present to you ‘Twas the night before Christmas – MainWP style. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ‘Twas the night before Chrismas, when all through the land, Not a website was slowing, not even for a stand, The websites were comfy, updated, and fast, Sure to keep

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