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Lessons from Christmas movies
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Things we can learn from the top Christmas movies of all time

Everyone has their favorite Christmas movie list. So, you know, there are tons of opinions on what the best movies at Christmas are going to be. I’m not going to give you a list, but I am going to give you some lessons we can learn from some of the best Christmas movies (yes Die Hard is a Christmas movie!) It takes all year to get here, but it seems to finish in a flash, there is no time to waste! So, let’s get to it. From a villain to hero One thing we can see in A Christmas Carol

2018 year in review
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

A year in review: A walk through Memory Lane at the MainWP Blog in 2018

As we finish up the year, I thought it would be interesting, or fun, to take a look at some of the articles at the MainWP blog in the year 2018. Consider it a walk down the MainWP Blog Memory Lane. See the most popular articles at MainWP in 2017 This year, it seems like, was dominated by some major changes in our industry. First, there was the dreaded GDPR that launched in Europe. This lead to our friends in that part of the world scrambling to determine if they and their client’s websites were deemed acceptable by this new

WordPress Business
Sebastian Moran

Where will WordPress be in 2019?

What new projects would you want to try to use in WordPress? Common current examples of using WordPress for different site builds include brochure sites or e-commerce stores. You could also use WordPress for different sites types, using WordPress as a headless application, selling download licenses if you had a store which sold downloadable products. Both Easy Digital Downloads or WooCommerce could be used for selling download products (with a license needed). Other possible uses include using WordPress for powering a film festival site, to sell tickets, or for an events site where tickets are sold. Those type of WordPress

Learning from the startup industry
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Five more principles from the startup industry can help you run your WordPress business

A few days ago, we discussed five essential principles from the startup industry can help you run your WordPress business. Today, we are going to dive into five more principles we can learn from startups. You have seen these principles in some of your favorite startups over the years including Dropbox, Slack, Zendesk, and many more of the Software as a Service companies that WordPress professionals often use. So, without further adieu, let’s discuss. Startups know precisely who they target with their message Startups know their target audience. If you are going to scale customers and grow, you need to

WordPress Gutenberg
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

The Gutenberg editor releases is this week. Are you ready?

It looks like everyone’s favorite WordPress update, 5.0.1 which comes with the new Gutenberg editor, is launching on Thursday, December 6. It seems the decision is to coincide with WordCamp US so that contributors can be available to help with any problems. The project has been pushed back a number of times for various reasons, but the consensus seems to be that it will go forward this time due to the timing of WordCamp US. Undoubtedly, the major players on the Gutenberg team and Automattic will be present and can monitor how updates go. So, what does that mean for

business goals
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Kick off the new year with business goals and greater productivity

Last year, I participated in a Secret Santa in a Facebook group. I admit, I thought it was cool. You may remember some time ago that a young lady drew Bill Gates as her Secret Santa on Reddit. By the way, do you participate in a virtual Secret Santa? The gift I received was something I needed but may not have been quite ready for. You see, I received a copy of the book the 12 Week Year. The idea of the 12 Week Year is that with planning and using your time more efficiently, you can accomplish more goals

Learning from the startup industry
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

These five essential principles from the startup industry can help you run your WordPress business

For a long time, I covered startups in my home state and across the country.  I really enjoyed learning about and meeting those were creating startups. I learned a lot about business and met some really interest people. When covering startups, I also ran into investors and learn about raising capital. I gained a better perspective. I believe that the startup industry can teach us much about running a business that is is very applicable to WordPress professionals. Today I am going to touch on a few of those business lessons from the world of startups. There will be another

Cyber Monday Deals
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Cyber Monday deals you can actually use with your MainWP setup

You can thank Philly for the world of Black Friday. The city of Brotherly Love seems to be where the name comes from. The Philadelphia police department gave it that name because of the massive amounts of traffic on the day following Thanksgiving. As you see in this snippet of a column from 1966 in the “The American Philatelist,” JANUARY 1966 — “Black Friday” is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment to them. “Black Friday” officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city,

BEING THANKFUL
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Five WordPress professionals explain why they are thankful

I can remember many a Thanksgiving mornings getting that turkey ready for the oven. I can almost smell the aroma of homemade rolls, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and much more. Laughter comes from the other room as we visit with family members we haven’t seen in months. “Look at how much he’s grown!” “You are getting so tall,” another says. “I sure am looking forward to some of that turkey,” my grandpa might say. Thanksgiving isn’t just about getting together for a meal, but, in all honesty, it is about remembering the things we are thankful for.

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