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WordPress maintenance checklist
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Checklists you can use to run your WordPress design business including a WordPress maintenance checklist

I have launched a lot of websites in my career. When I worked for a local marketing agency, I was usually the one who drew the assignment to launch a site. Just being honest, I welcomed the opportunity to be part of a team in this part of the job. I never had to launch a website by myself. One person pointed the domains, one person moved the site from one server to the other, I executed the post-launch checklist, and that was after executing the pre-launch checklist. I didn’t usually miss anything, but once in a while, we will

WordPress 5.0
MainWP How To's
Sebastian Moran

How to make sure your child sites are ready for WordPress 5.0

With the WordPress 5.0 release less than two weeks away from being shipped, the release is going to be pushed back to be later than November 27, 2018. You need to make sure that your child sites have been updated to deal with the new version of WordPress. The major changes being the new default Gutenberg block editor. WordPress 5.0 release data has been pushed back due to certain issues, with issues found in the beta, and release candidate being delayed till 22nd November, to warrant more time for beta testing a major WordPress update. The Gutenberg default block editor

WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Five SEO trends to watch in 2019 and Yoast launches recalibration project

November is here. We have passed the spooky time and headed towards the end of the year. It’s time to think about next year. Most likely, we should have been thinking about that last month. But, life happens, you know. One of the things I find interesting is changes to SEO in 2019. Predicting trends is always an exercise is an educated guess based on directions. So, what can we find regarding trends in 2019 with SEO? I’m going to discuss the trends shortly, but first I am going to talk about other search engine optimization news. Yoast’s recalibration The Yoast

MAINWP SECURITY EXTENSIONS
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Taking advantage of MainWP security extensions to help secure your sites from the menacing zombies on the internet

What is your favorite scary movie? How did it make you feel to watch the movie? I remember when the movie The Blair Witch Project came out. It was creepy. There were no zombies in the movie, but an urban legend about a witch. Word is, the filming concluded on Halloween. I remember as I watched to movie thinking to myself, anyone who has ever camped out hears noises, yet they were freaking out. There are lots of noises in the silence. via GIPHY Sometimes, the more we panic, the worse we get scared. It is important to be alert,

Year End 2018
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Nine year end tasks to help you finish 2018 and get ready for the new year

Can you believe it? Tomorrow is the first day of November (or today, depending on where you live). Now, I know you are suffering from a major candy buzz after taking your, ahem, parent tax from your ghosts and goblins. Pay attention, the end of the year is almost here! You have two months to make 2018 the best year for your business. What do you have left to do? I run a hyperlocal website and Monday night I sat down with my marketing directory as thought about and planned the final weeks of the year. We spent over two hours

MainWP Extensions
Sebastian Moran

How and why you would want to use the MainWP Code Snippets Extension on your MainWP Dashboard

Code snippet is a small block of code which can be used to alter or make a change to a plugin function or to extend a plugin. For example, I would like additional fields to show for a customer on checkout, and I am using WooCommerce on a site. WordPress can be modified and improved in a number of ways by using code snippets on your connected child sites. The MainWP Code Snippets Extension for your MainWP Dashboard site is a way to execute code that would normally be in the form of updating the active themes functions.php file, or

zest app
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

A new way to sort through the noise and find quality marketing content with the Zest app

I do a lot of reading online. You can probably understand that as I do a lot of writing. I mean, when you write, you need inspiration as well as solid resources. Now, there are the usual ways of looking for content that I employ. There is this gigantic search engine called Google. It does work really well, but it returns millions of results. How to sort through that mess? Another way I find content is through friends and connections. I might be scanning through LinkedIn to find an article a friend or connection re-shares. I If find it interesting,

CUSTOMER SERVICE
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Customer Service tips from a lifelong customer service rep

My first job was in high school. I did what a lot of guys in my small town did, I went to work at the local grocery store. Make no mistake, it was a customer service job. In fact, my I was called a courtesy clerk. We did almost anything but especially carrying groceries to the car. I learned a lot about the importance of taking care of customers in that job. It was a great training ground for a lifetime of service-oriented jobs. I worked in vending for a while. While you put snacks and drinks in the vending

WordPress Optimization
MainWP Updates
Sebastian Moran

How we made the MainWP site fast!

Why is the hosting so import? The MainWP site is hosted on Cloudways using Vultr for the infrastructure data center server. Without solid hosting, no matter the amount of site optimization is going to improve being hosted on subpar servers. After hosting, where to start? This is what the MainWP site was loading in GTMetrix results before the site was optimized for performance. Here is what the MainWP site is loading in after the site was optimized. You can not improve the load time performance of the site without having a benchmark to work from. GTmetrix and WebPageTest are both solid options

NARRATIVE-DRIVEN CONTENT
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Around the tech world: Smart mugs, entrepreneur stories, and the case for narrative-driven content

Over recent years, one of the things I have enjoyed the most is hearing the stories of entrepreneurs. Their stories aren’t much different than you and I. They start a journey, and they find mentors along the way. On their journey, they are called to solve a problem and through the pain of adversity, they are forged in the fire. Finally, after the labor and the journey, they solve that problem and begin helping others solve that problem. These stories are powerful. They make an impact. Using a story in your content can be enough to keep readers engaged. Don’t

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