Do you remember the end of Avengers: Endgame? Of course, you do. There was a defining moment that I remember quite clearly.
Our superheroes gathered around. What to at this point when it looked utterly hopeless. Thanos was still wreaking havoc.
The conversation had a hint of doubt. It went something like this:
Carol Danvers: So let’s get him and use to them to bring everyone back.
Bruce Banner: Just like that?
Steve Rogers: Yeah. Just like that.
Natasha Romanoff: Even if there’s a small chance that we can undo this. I mean we owe it to everyone who’s not in this room to try.
Bruce Banner: If we do this, how do we know it’s going to end any differently than it did before?
Carol Danvers: Because before you didn’t have me. (bold mine)
Carol Danvers, of course, is Captain Marvel. She as the ultimate Avenger. Or, at least, the most powerful.
It helps to have the best Avenger in your toolset.
In today’s look at tools, we are going to peek at some new features of Mainwp, meet Carol Danvers in the chat room, make our content more potent, and help pay it forward.
MainWP changes and improvements
Since MainWP launched version 4, they have been updating the overall product, and there are some new things to go with that update.
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All MainWP Pro Extensions are available through one of our convenient bundled packages.
The premium version is currently in beta, and the but the MainWP extension doesn’t support it yet.
A new MainWP Client Reports Extension is coming. In a post in the MainWP Facebook Users group, Dennis Dornon explained it should be out by the end of October “for those who want a no-fuss reporting option.”
The extension is currently on Github, and users can take it for a spin now. I’m sure the team would appreciate any feedback you can give.
Roadmaps & Setups
MainWP has always had roadmaps. The roadmaps help you keep up with the requests and extensions going forward. You can keep up with the development of the new Client Reports extension as well.
MainWP has also launched a page that has experts to help you with your setup. The first two companies on the page are KronosLabs and developer Luke Cavanagh.
If you have a sticking point with setting up your MainWP site care dashboard, one of these two can give you a hand.
Where do devs hang out?
Where do developers hang out? We have always had a history of hanging out in chat rooms, message boards, forums, and social media. There’s nothing new there.
The other day, I saw this site posted online and went to check it out.
I felt like I was transported back to 1996. I could have sworn that I saw Carol Danvers talking about Java. The site looks kind of like a throwback to the earlier years, complete with a three-column layout.
What do we know about dev.to?
“Where programmers share ideas and help each other grow. It is an online community for sharing and discovering great ideas, having debates, and making friends. Anyone can share articles, questions, discussions, etc. as long as they have the rights to the words they are sharing. Cross-posting from your own blog is welcome.”
The site looks like if Reddit and Stackhouse merged, this is what would be created.
The site has three community sponsors, including DigitalOcian, Educative, and CloudBees Rollout.
Users can sign in with their Twitter or GitHub accounts.
These days hanging out on social media can be distracting and often full of drama, dev.to looks like it might be a place to get away from all that and spend time learning more.
I saw someone mention the Hemingway App in a Facebook group for WordPress developers. I have used it for a while now, mostly when I do longer copywriting projects.
One of the most significant issues with copywriting is the tendency for us to write too many complicated sentences. It is a better idea to create sentences that super clear and concise.
Because when people read online, they are usually skimming through the text and need to comprehend the message quickly.
If you hook the audience with clear, concise language, they will continue to read.
In chapter 21 of her book “Everybody Writes,” Ann Handley calls it “Keep it simple–but Not Simplistic.
Experts suggest we write on a simpler level. I think it depends on the context and the audience you are writing to.
Indeed, it seems we have this innate desire to cram as many words as possible into a sentence.
Many use Grammarly or ProwritingAid to help with grammar, but we should also pay attention to unnecessary words.
When writing our web pages and landing pages, you might consider running your copy through the Hemingway App.
The good thing about this app is that they have a free online version. Or, you can download the desktop app. The app will make you pause and think about what you are writing, even if you don’t accept the recommendations.
This underscores one thing that we need to remember, always edit. It is more than about grammar. Consider trying the Hemingway App next time you publish copy.
Paying it forward
One time someone helped me with some development stuff. I was thrilled, and she didn’t charge me a dime. One thing she did do, however, was send me a link to her Paypal, which I gladly paid.
Many have used Paypal for tips over the years. Sometimes, we do stuff and don’t ask anything in return, but buying us a cup of coffee would be good.
When someone shared the website Buy me a coffee, I was intrigued. What a cool idea!
You can create your page by signing up with Facebook or Google. Next, you connect it to Paypal or Stripe (I love the choice!) or both payment options at the same time. The advantage of using Stripe is that it also allows users who have Apple Pay or Google Pay to use the app.
Being a huge coffee lover, I really like this idea.
This is great for those who offer advice, create something, develop a plugin, etc.
Wrapping it up
Whether you are paying it forward, checking out all the new MainWP features, or just chatting it up with Captain Marvel pre-Avengers, there are always new tools to check out. What new tools have you come across recently?