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screencasting apps
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Screencasting apps to help capture you expertise like a pro

I’ve been trying to do more videos for my business. One thing I’ve done is launch a Youtube show. In 2019 I experimented with some Facebook lives. Sometimes we just need to be comfortable being in front of the camera. Using video can be a huge help for our business. For example, recording or taking a pic of your screen or desktop can be helpful to our customers. Screencasting is something that benefits them and helps us stand out from everyone else. There are plenty of options for screencasting, and today we are going to look at some of those

Rob Cairns talks productivity
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A: Rob Cairns talks about productivity for agency owners

In Toronto, Canada, Rob Cairns is making his mark in his part of the world. As an agency owner for over ten years with clients ranging from the local jewelry owner to Fortune 500 clients. Over the years, Cairns has embraced his love of website design, technology, digital marketing, and productivity to become a successful agency. Cairns admits to being somewhat of a podcast junkie, which he often consumes while walking, one of his favorite modes of transportation. Rob is also a huge sports fan. When his beloved Toronto Raptors won the NBA title last year, fewer people were happier

The future of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

The future of WordPress: Here are my predictions for WordPress and the industry in 2020

We are standing on the edge of a gorge looking off into the future of 2020 in the WordPress industry. Look closely. What do you see? I can see a few things, and I have outlined them in this article. Am I right? Am I wrong? We will only know this time next year. I think most of these things will happen, but it might take more than 12 months. So today, I bring to you my almost, kind of, sort of 2020 predictions for the future of WordPress. Most of these effect WordPress, some, the broader digital marketing industry.

5 things to remember 2020
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

5 things to remember while getting ready for 2020

If you have seen the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, you know the story of a man who sacrificed his own dreams to help build others. George Bailey gave up traveling the world to keep the building and loan business going so that people would have a place to live. After his uncle lost a large sum of money (actually stolen by the villain) and facing possible jail time, Bailey thought the best thing he could do was to leave his life behind. But God and Clarence had other ideas. Clarence, his guardian angel, showed him what life would be

memory lane 2019
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

A trip down memory lane at the MainWP blog in 2019

Looking back on 2019 at the ManiWP blog When the ball drops in your part of the year and the calendar turns over to 2020, what will you be doing? Most years, I’m in bed. You? I am thinking about going to a New Year’s Eve party this year and listen to some Blues music. As we approach the end of the year, we often start looking back on the year we are completing. It’s good to look back and see where things went wrong and right. Since we are a few days from the end of December and I

wpvivid backup plugin
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

WPVivid Backup Plugin launches extension for the MainWP dashboard

Earlier this year, WPVivid Backup Plugin, a new WordPress backup plugin, launched an extension for the MainWP dashboard. The extension helps customers who use WPVivid operate their backup system within the MainWP dashboard. Currently, the extension is free. The team at WPVivid plans on releasing a pro version of their plugin this month. The plugin was released in April of 2019 and currently has 121,441 downloads, including 9,470 in the last seven days. The plugin has 131 ratings in the WordPress repository, with 126 being five stars. Earlier this Fall, I was able to chat with Nicholas, the lead developer,

Q&A with Carrie dils
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with WordPress expert Carrie Dils

One morning, when I lived in Fort Worth, TX, I was going to work. It was sometime in the late 2000s, maybe in 2008. I needed coffee. The powers to be had built a Starbucks on my way to work, so I swung by for a quick cup of joe. When I walked in, this young lady, one of the baristas, was singing. I called her the “Singing Barista.” She had a fun, energetic personality. A few years later, I relocated to Arkansas, my home state. I began to delve even more into the WordPress arena. I began using the

WP Agency Summit
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Jan Koch launches the WP Agency Summit to help agency owners scale their business

It’s that time of year. The time of year where we tend to lose focus, and we start to lose motivation to do work. For those of us in the United States, we are stuffed. We will now give ourselves permission to listen to Christmas music and think about the parties that come with the holidays. Before you give up all hope to work, don’t forget we still have a month left! And today, I am going to offer up some events you need to mark on your calendar, including the WP Agency Summit. So, saddle up, my friend. Let’s

Thankful
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Thanksgiving: 7 WordPress entrepreneurs share what they are thankful for

It can be hard to be thankful when you are looking at other people. I mean, think about it. When you are looking at social media posts, and you see how people sell their success, it can cause you to feel left behind. Laura Belgray talks about this is the sentiment in an article at Business Insider. “It’s easy to feel behind when you scroll Instagram and see teenage influencers raking in billions from lip gloss, or overhear 20-something tech kids in line at Starbucks, talking about their Tesla collections and early retirements.” The article by Belgray was published earlier

content marketing for small businesses
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Three principles to get started with content marketing for small businesses

I see it often on TV. Home improvement companies are advertising on local TV stations. I’m sure it is still effective because they keep doing it. Also, I see car dealerships advertise on TV. Their advertisements seem more like overdramatized hype. There is one used car dealer who comes up with some of the corniest stuff I’ve ever seen. At least he’s memorable. We all know that purchasing is changing rapidly, especially as millennials become a big part of the market. Millennials just don’t buy the same way. Check out this infographic for more info. To illustrate this point, a

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