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BACKUPS WITH MAINWP
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to automate backups using MainWP without losing sleep and your wit

We’ve all been there. Panic sets in. What will the customer think? How did this happen? Will I ever recover that website? Will I have to recreate everything? You think, “Well, make some coffee because it is going to be an all-nighter.” Blood rushes throughout your body, you feel flushed and you can feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins. You think, “Did I have a backup?” What if you don’t have a backup? Your server crashes, someone hacks the site, and you are sitting on top a pile of negative emotions. Well, its time to find a permanent solution.

Podcast Roundup
Roundup
Todd Jones

Podcast Roundup for March: Fresh voices and new podcasts

In this month’s podcast roundup, we take a look at some brand new podcasts and hear some fresh voices. Podcasts are enlightening. One thing that makes a podcast so great is you get to listen in on a conversation between two veterans. As we continue the Podcast Roundups, I thought it might be good to look for fresh voices. This month, I tap into two new podcasts and we revisit one that is well known. This month, we listen to new podcasts by Paul Everitt and Mike Campbell. We also check in with Joe Casaba’s popular podcast. March 2018 Podcast

WordPress Maintenance
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

WordPress Maintenance: four problems and how to solve them

You are just trying to make a living, right? I mean, you become a WordPress developer to have flexibility, freedom, and the ability to take care of your family. WordPress has been an awesome tool. You can create sites for your clients very affordably and they can actually update and write blog posts themselves. You decided, along the way, that you would support your clients’ ongoing website to both help your client with all the techy stuff and to make a nice recurring revenue. After about ten clients, it became problematic. Logging into all those sites. I mean, if it

Q&A with Joshua Vandercar
Interviews
Todd Jones

Q&A with developer Joshua Vandercar

Joshua Vandercar has been a MainWP customer for slightly over a year. He is the owner of Typewheel, a digital creative company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He lives with his wife and four kids. Previously he taught mathematics and has served in various outdoor and cross-cultural ministry organizations. For the past six years, Vandercar has been digging into WordPress leading to the development of plugins and themes. He also contributed to WordPress core and spoke at WordCamp Minneapolis. Vandercar agreed to answer a few questions for one of our Q&A articles. Vandercar talks about the importance of his faith, the tools

WordPress Developer tech skills
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to build your WordPress developer tech skills and change your life

How do you build your tech skills as a WordPress Developer? Today we are going to take a look at this topic. Let’s dive in, shall we? There’s no doubt that the web game has changed. If you remember some 15 or 20 years ago when a person built a website, they did everything there was to do. I remember my first website for someone other than myself. I was allowed to build a website for my church. It was an honor and quite an experience. The church had a local Internet Service Provider which gave them a certain amount of

WordPress Roundup
Roundup
Todd Jones

WordPress Roundup: creating a micro jobsite, telling your story, and keyword research

In today’s WordPress roundup, we are looking at micro-job websites, telling your story, podcasting for everyone by Anchor, and the new Ubersuggest tool by Neil Patel. So saddle up buckaroos, let’s get galloping into the March version of the WordPress Roundup. How to Create a Micro-Job Website Like Fiverr with WordPress I am still debating the validity of setting up a job site, either solo or on your website or blog. With the emergence of modern-day apps like Indeed and others along with Facebook’s new Job Market feed, I’m not sure if this is worth doing. However, if you are

Featured Image: Email Newsletters
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

The dreaded email newsletter. Learn how to get started!

So, you give in and try to start getting email addresses. You have created a fantastic lead magnet, started creating blog posts and slowly you are starting to get email addresses. It happens, sometimes much slower than we like, but when you put set these wheels in motion, you start to get emails. However, there is a problem. You are at a loss for what to do next. You are paralyzed about what to say to your email subscribers. You don’t want to scare them off by sending them the wrong email or too many emails. You also don’t wanna

Tools to Use
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Using the Interact Quiz Builder to make interactive lead magnets

Gathering email addresses is a tried and true method of gathering leads. Once you have email addresses from potential customers, you can email them and move them closer to a buyer stage. These days, the ebooks and worksheets as downloads are becoming the norm. It seems like everyone has something to give away. I’m not saying that these don’t work anymore. I’m saying that it isn’t unique and if you want your business to stand out, you must offer something different. Enter quiz as lead generation. Creating a quiz is something many people are starting to notice and using for generating

Testimonials
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Rounding up testimonials to supercharge your marketing

No doubt you have seen the recent commercials of Keanu Reeves for Squarespace. On the grandest stage of them all, the Super Bowl, they launched a commercial of the famous adrenaline actor standing on his motorcycle while riding it down the road. He defies gravity. What does Keanu Reeves have to do with Squarespace? Well, the company managed to get him to build his website on the platform. Now, I know what you are all thinking. You are all thinking, “I can build a better website in my sleep!” Apparently, he made it while sitting by a fire pit. I

Podcast Roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

February Podcast Roundup: Unorthodox marketing

In this month’s roundup, we take a look at two podcasts, WPblab and WP Tonic. WPblab discusses unorthodox marketing techniques with Amish-born, single mom, marketer Meg Delagrange. WP Tonic discusses how Lee Jackson changed directions to launch Agency Trailblazers. WPblab EP93 – Unorthodox Marketing with Meg Delagrange WPblab As mentioned in the podcast, many of us are self-taught as developers and programmers. This is how Meg Delagrange learned her version of marketing. Meg is the design and marketing director of Urban Southern, an e-commerce fashion website. She approaches her online marketing as a value-centric endeavor, asking her self if what