Most of the East Coast here in the United States is STILL digging out from last weekend’s “Snow Storm of Doom” #Snowzilla… or whatever else they are calling it. People found themselves with all this extra “time” because they couldn’t go anywhere and I started wondering what other people do when they “find time”.
Do you catch up with friends? Do you code a new plugin? Do you design a new layout for your WordPress site? What do you do when you “find time”? Found time is gone before you know it if you don’t have a plan.
- Don’t miss this freely available book by Mark Root-Wiley on how to use WordPress as a non-profit organization.
- Have you participated in the Twitter #ILoveWP testimonial event that has been going on the past week or so? You can catch up with a number of these testimonials on the WordPress.org testimonial page.
- Do you currently have a plugin that you want to share with the world on WordPress.org but you only use GitHub for your code management? Well you are in luck because Deployer is an available service that can bridge the gap between GitHub and the WordPress.org SVN backend.
- ElegantThemes has a great idea (and walkthrough) on how to turn your content into an eBook. Did you know that iThemes has 36 FREE eBooks available for you to read?
- Don’t miss this great SEO Cheatsheet for WordPress reminder post.
- You may have heard about Google AMP and the way to serve mobile pages faster. Well now there is a WordPress plugin that can help you get started. PLUS, there is an upcoming iThemes Training event walking you through the process of setting up Google AMP to work with your WordPress website.
- Want to test out a future core feature of WordPress? The Shiny Updates plugin is one of the proposals for inclusion in WordPress core that provides a better user experience during the upgrade/update process of plugins and themes.
- A premium plugin to keep your eyes on is Ingot – an A/B testing tool for WordPress.
Web Design Tips & Tricks
- How to keep clients happy as a Web Designer has some very useful tips and ideas that can be implemented into anyone’s business.
- Some good reminders about “fancy” but really useless features to avoid using in Web Design.
- Be careful that you don’t let some bot or plugin tell you how to do your SEO because you’ll probably end up with a page like this. (SEO optimized to the point of being pointless.) Remember that the point of SEO is to have a conversation with HUMANS. Google and other search engines are NOT going to buy your products or services … humans buy your services. So be careful with how much optimization you do.
I also wanted to thank those of you who write me and let me know about plugins, news, tutorials and other pieces of content many of you create. I love adding that type of information to our WordPress Weekly Recap posts. You can also let me know about things you come across by emailing benjamin @ ithemes.com. Until next week … have a great day.