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Todd Jones

Creating presentations can help your business and show your expertise

In the past few months, I have done some presentations. In the world of a Covid pandemic, they are all virtual, of course. To be fair, I have probably been far more comfortable on a computer screen than on a stage in front of people. Following this week’s presentation at the Atarim Web Agency Summit, I reflected on lessons I have learned from my presentations. Today we are doing to discuss creating and delivering a presentation and how to get started. Why do a presentation? Before we dive into getting started with a presentation, let’s address a pressing issue. Why

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Todd Jones

September 2020 World of WordPress includes acquisitions

In today’s World of WordPress, we are talking music at WordCamp Austin, acquisitions, and creating a virtual year-in-review for WordPress in 2020. WordCamp Austin to have music. I like that WordCamp Austin is going to include music in this year’s virtual event. In years past, Austin has become a center stage for many musicians. Every year, the South by Southwest festival includes a large contingent of musicians, so this seems like a nod of the cap. SXSW was unable to hold their even this year due to COVID. September is the last day for submissions, so we will wait to

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World of WordPress: WP Feedback launches summit, WordCamp goes virtual

In this month’s World of WordPress, we are going to take a look at a virtual summit hosted by WP Feedback and the first-ever virtual WordCamp. Additionally, we are going to look at keeping your Zoom rooms secure and a few courses you can take for free. Buckle up partner; this is the World of WordPress Roundup. WP Feedback launches Summit in April The team at WP Feedback has decided to host a virtual conference. Jan Koch, the new CTO, has taken his expertise in hosting virtual conferences to help his new team. The conference takes place April 27 –

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Elementor raises $15M, future of WordCamp is in limbo and more in this month’s roundup

Over two months into 2020 and we have already had some hair raising news in the WordPress kingdom. Elementor may win the award for the most jaw-dropping story when they received a nice amount of funding. Today we talk about the fact that Elementor raises $15M, and Jeff Chandler launches a new project. Additionally, we discuss the future of WordCamps in 2020. Buckle up. Jeff Chandler launches WP Mainline Jeff Chandler was the founder and longtime editor for WP Tavern. A few months ago, he left after being part of the site for over a decade. People also know him

WordPress Business
Todd Jones

The World of WordPress: Talking about acquisitions, eCommerce and a tweet on fire

In this month’s World of WordPress, we talk about a big acquisition by WP Engine, an upcoming WordCamp, eCommerce, customizing the client dashboard, and a tweet that set fire. Let’s ride. WP Engine acquires Flywheel Probably the biggest news of the last month was the acquisition of Flywheel by WP Engine. How big of a deal is this? Well, Crunchbase news picked up the story. “Austin-based WP Engine, which focuses on hosting and powering WordPress sites, has acquired digital experience platform Flywheel to create a better workflow, digital experience, and creative process for its customers. It is not disclosing the

WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: Looking back to WordCamp Europe

WordCamp Europe 2019 has come and went, and now they turn their focus to 2020. The event that took place in Berlin sold 3,600 tickets according to an article in Torque Mag. In fact, Torque has a nice page of recap videos. WP Tavern has a recap of the Mullenweg address, including Gutenberg updates. In preparation for the first WordCamp Asia, part of the organising team is onsite observing and taking notes at #WCEU ????????https://t.co/mkOSnAUwvG pic.twitter.com/SqIDK4iVNh — WordCamp Europe (@WCEurope) June 22, 2019 One of the more interesting stories is the journey of Marcel Bootsman who walked 718km to make

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Todd Jones

Three places to find the women speakers for your WordPress event

I remember when I started to discover the power of WordPress. I had a football blog (American brand) and needed more help. Working at a bookstore, I had access to books, lots of books. As employees, we can check out books and read them or we could buy books for a nice discount. We had some perks. And I took advantage of those perks. For example, I checked out the latest books about college football and wrote reviews. Writing reviews lead to a few authors sending me copies of their book to review. Another thing I took advantage of was

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There are much more than 7 reasons to attend WordCamp

A few weeks ago I went WordCamp Fayetteville (AR). It was my second WordCamp to attend, and I hope to participate in more in the coming years. I live in Central Arkansas, and we have several good options within 6-8 hours including Dallas, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Memphis. Further, WordCamp US is in Nashville again this year which is within that 6-8 hour window. WordCamp is the professional conference for WordPress professionals.  So, I decided to ask around on why one should attend a WordCamp from expert WordCamp attendees. I sought answers from two WordPress online communities, a WordPress Slack

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Encouraging the participation of women in WordPress

When I was a kid, in a small town, in a rural state, there wasn’t much to do on a Friday night as a teenager. Often, I would end up down at the Playful Quarters. Playful Quarters was an arcade with a pizza place next to it with a doorway between the two. The arcade kept music videos going on the TV’s and kids would play video games for hours. Of course, we had to have plenty of those quarters. One of the games I would play was a game called Centipede. Several years later, I learned that one of the

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WordPress Podcast Roundup: Hallway Chats about community

In this month’s WordPress podcast roundup, we take a look building community with Hallway Chats, specializing with WordPress Elevation, and eCommerce habits with WP eCommerce. Hallway Chats – Episode 16: Alison Knott Allison Knott is a WordPress professional and a community manager. She is extremely engaging and the guest on this episode of Hallway Chats. Hallway Chats is a podcast which is hosted by Tara Claeys and Liam Dempsey. The podcast launched in the middle of 2017 and already has several episodes available. The idea of Hallway Chats is the kind of conversations you might have in the hallway at

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