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telling your origin story
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Telling your origin story: 3 types of origin stories to tell for WordPress consultants

What is your favorite superhero? What is your favorite character? We all have our favorites. For me, it may depend on the time and place. I have always liked Batman and Spider-Man, largely because they are a part of my childhood. I remember watching the silly Spider-Man Shows on Public Broadcasting Service TV as a kid. I watched a lot of Spider-Man, Superman and Batman shows as a kid, so they resonate. I have made up a few characters along the way, none of which have made it to print. I mean, if you make up a character, there has

Atarim- Collaboration Tool for Digital Agencies
WordPress Business
Editorial Team

Meet “Atarim” – A Stress-Free Collaboration Tool for Digital Agencies & Teams

Website building has progressed a fair bit in the past 10 years. We now have a plethora of themes and page builders to choose from, which make it super easy to make our designs come to life. Compare this to the time when we needed to be sufficient in HTML/CSS to design an entire website and the difference in the time it takes is literally night and day. How have things changed when it comes to managing multiple WordPress sites and collaborating with clients though? And we mean specifically for digital agencies. It hasn’t come that far honestly! How many

toolbox
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Toolbox: Playing in a WordPress sandbox

WordPress sandboxes can be very helpful for developers and WordPress professionals. There are several needs for having a sandbox, including testing plugins or themes, testing updates, training a client to use WordPress, a place to showcase a client site under development, and a place to showcase a WordPress product. Usually, developers create sandboxes either online or locally on their own machine. Either option is efficient, but if you want to have an online sandbox, you may want to explore ways to do so. Many of us have created online sandboxes on our own servers using a domain we have in

Q&A with David McCan
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with David McCan of the Dynamic WordPress Facebook Group

Like many of us in WordPress, David McCan didn’t start his career thinking he would build websites. He studied Anthropology in college. While working on a dissertation, he worked at a large public library system. It was there that he first interacted with the internet. McCan was the lead in installing public access computers into the library. Eventually, he authored the library’s first website, and from there, he was hooked. I have used David’s information before. He creates a lot of tutorials and is constantly teaching what he learns. McCan has become somewhat of a “goto” for many of us

June roundup
Roundup
Todd Jones

June 2022 Roundup: Acquisitions, an opinion, Pew Research, and a security podcast

In the June Roundup of 2022 we take a look at a couple of acquisitions, an opinion about Full Site Editing, an interesting Twitter thread, and a podcast about WooCommerce security. Are you ready to ride? Let’s go. WP Engine Has Acquired the Delicious Brains Plugins!! What is a month without some kind of acquisition? If you are keeping up, it seems that hosting companies are doing the acquiring. Minus Automattic, of course. Brad Touesnard of Delicious Brains explains the process in this article a day ago on their blog. It may have came a surprise to many, but he

public relations
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to use the power of public relations for your business, 3 tips

Most of you are website care agencies. You aren’t really looking to “impact millions” but impact those you serve. You just want to help your customers. You want to help them solve problems, grow their business, and generate leads that can help them sustain success. So, you aren’t really looking to get published in Forbes (or maybe you are). There are probably a hundred ways to generate leads, but there is a point where we all want to have leads to come to us in some way. To do this, we need to pull the levers of marketing and specifically,

toolbox
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

May Toolbox: Accessibility checker, helpdesk, a QR code generator, and more

In this month’s toolbox, we look at tools for social link pages, local WordPress development, a help desk, an accessibility checker, a tool to create QR codes, and a plugin to add Google fonts locally. Are you ready? Let’s ride. Social Link Pages Social Link Pages While the rest of the world uses a service like Linktree, those of us in WordPress have lots of alternatives to create a social page. Social Link Pages is one of those alternatives. A while back, I used a Gutenberg pattern to create such a page, but this is a nice, quick and easy

Q&A with Rene Morozowich
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with developer and WordPress expert Rene Morozowich

A few months ago I was doing some research looking for newer articles on MainWP. That’s when I came across an article by Rene Morozowich. The article is Why (And How) I Switched From ManageWP To MainWP. The article was dated February 4 of 2022, so it was definitely new. In the article, Rene does a great job of documenting her journey from using her previous vendor to joining the MainWP family. She noted the difference in price and how she could save lots of money each month for her 50 websites. Before switching, she took MainWP for a test

May roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

May Roundup: How to ask Google remove your personal information?

How do you remove personal information from Google? That is one of the topics we discuss in this May Roundup.  We also take a look at an app to create a Gutenberg page using patterns, recent controversies, and a few upcoming events. Saddle up. Let’s ride. How to Ask Google to Remove Your Personal Data From Search Results Privacy. It is something we are all concerned about in the age of digital. And Google, being the most powerful search engine on the planet (not sure about the universe) is likely to pick up some of that information. Ugh. So it

copywriting
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

So, you need copywriting? What now? 4 questions to ask.

It seems like more often than at any point in the past few years, I see agency owners frustrated with the whole content issue. They regularly struggle to get content from their clients for website projects. That is one reason I created the Website Copy Framework. There are two things you need to realize when it comes to content. First, clients will always underestimate the difficulty and scope of writing their own content. They always will. They will find it harder than they expect it to be for several reasons, including it is simply hard to write about your own

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President of Agency Attorneys