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The Setlist
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Todd Jones

May Setlist: Musings about life and a roundup

My friend Chanti sends out an email every Sunday. She calls it the Sunday Setlist. I love it because I love music. A setlist is, of course, the queue of songs that a musician uses to remind them what songs they will perform. Perhaps we could use a little more music these days. Therefore, today this article will contain a setlist of sorts.  Now, me being a product of the 80s, that tends to be the type of music I love. What is your favorite decade of music? Why You Need a Privacy Policy If You Are Using a Contact

memory lane 2019
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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

World of WordPress
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Todd Jones

World of WordPress: St. Louis, press releases, and a whole site redesign

If you are like many in the US, you are recovering from a night of trick or treating and costumes and kids everywhere. Or maybe, you are celebrating All Saint’s Day today. Or, perhaps, it is just Friday for you. Whatever you please, it is the weekend, and there is much to do! Today we take a look at the power of press releases and WordCamp US taking place this weekend in St. Louis. Writing a press release Justin Tadlock talks about the need for WordPress businesses to write press releases. Tadlock, as you already know, is one of the

World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: Security, cash and a new rival on the horizon

In today’s World of WordPress, we dive into a couple of security issues, Automattic’s latest investment, the end of an era at StudioPress, and a new player on the web builder horizon. Let’s get ready to ride. Giddyup. WordPress security issues There seems always to be an issue with security vulnerabilities. I know many people keep up with them through the Wordfence content. Enter WebARX. The new platform several have already implemented to help secure their sites is also keeping up with various vulnerability issues. I had never heard of the “Theme Editor” plugin. I can remember, in times past,

WordPress Podcast Roundup
Roundup
Todd Jones

WordPress Podcast Roundup for May 2018

In today’s podcast roundup, we look at Mission statements at Kitchen Sink WP, the many lives of Rand Fishkin from WP-Tonic, and Philadelphia WordPress developer Ebonie Butler who appears on Hallway Chats. Saddle up as we ride through the WordPress Podcast Roundup. WordPress Podcast Roundup Podcast E219 – Should you have a Mission Statement? – Kitchen Sink WP I love the introduction to the podcast as it uses a redux of the old Six Million Dollar Man TV show. Adam Silver is the host and he kicks off the show talking about WordCamps coming up as well as ones he had

WordPress Roundup
Roundup
Todd Jones

The May WordPress Roundup comics style

The little town where I live is having a festival this weekend. You know those American festivals, full of food (something on a stick), music, art, and just lots of laughter and fun. The only thing is, the name of the festival in this town is just a little unusual. You see, the name of the festival is Toad Suck Daze. Yes, there is a story about Toad Suck, where it comes from. The legend, the story, is explained by Toad Suck Park Manager Scott Fryer to John Metcalf of Citylab, “It’s where a ferry used to cross the Arkansas

GDPR ROUNDUP
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Todd Jones

Don’t let the GDPR sink you! GDPR Roundup

GDPR. That’s all people seem to be talking about. I guess the promise of hefty fines will create all kinds of emotions. So, where does that leave WordPress professionals? It is definitely something we should take note of for our clients. One UK developer said he had field almost a dozen calls in a week from clients wanting to know more. Obviously, since the GDPR is a new law for the European Union, it has more urgency for European developers, but the law is applicable to anyone working with European users. Therefore, we all need to know something about what

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

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

roundup social media
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Todd Jones

February blog post roundup is all about social media

In February’s blog post roundup, we look at social media. We talk about Facebook Stories, Blog posts and videos and funnels, Facebook advertising, and trends of social media in 2018. In creating our roundup, we turn to four of the biggest, best and most respected blogs for social media: Agora Plus, Hubspot, Social Media Examiner, and Buffer. Strap on your boots, we are going to walk in the deep waters of social media goodness. Let’s go. The Simplest Way to Make Facebook Stories for Pages Sometimes, when I am just sitting around, I get the urge to make a Facebook

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