Promoting WordPress Products Easily

When it comes to promoting WordPress products, or products in general, is not my strong suit. You can ask any number of friends I’ve talked to about branding, marketing, and other things that go into it.

That’s okay, though.

I mean, that’s why we have these kinds of people in our lives right? We treat them as mentors, leverage their experience. And we opt to do the same for others when we’re approached, too.

Although I don’t know much about the above I do know about writing and sharing your content via Twitter to help it reach your followers (and hopefully their followers and their followers followers).

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WordPress Deals for Black Friday 2016

This is that day of the year where everyone is offering deals for different products and services at a discount. It’s a pretty sweet deal, isn’t it?

It’s also one of those times where a lot of people try to build up affiliate links to make some extra cash along with promoting said products and services. I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s not my style.

So I thought I’d try something new for this Black Friday: Earlier this week, I asked anyone and everyone I knew to share the sales they had going on, so I’ve listed what I’ve found below.

None of the links are affiliate links – they are just responses (or tweets) or emails I’ve received over the past week.

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A Few Spotify Playlists for Work

A few weeks ago, I was talking with some others about the types of Spotify playlists we listen to whenever we’re working primarily to help us focus and get things done. (And no, I’ve nothing against Apple Music, fanboys, I pay for it, too so ease up. ).

Spotify Playlists for Work, Volume 1

I forgot to ‘heart’ or ‘like’ or ‘star’ or whatever Twitter is calling is currently calling the act of bookmarking a tweet, but I still thought it was a neat idea to list out some of the things we all listen to whenever we’re writing code, writing words, or taking a break.

So here’s what I’ve been listening to lately.

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Design Patterns and WordPress (And Resources!)

For whatever reason, it doesn’t seem common that we talk much about design patterns and WordPress. And that’s odd to me.

Maybe I’m not talking to the right people, maybe I’ve got my head in the sand, maybe it’s just not something about which people share much information, or maybe people who work with WordPress don’t care that much about design patterns at all.

Design Patterns and WordPress
The architecture of WordPress is not the same as using design patterns iin WordPress.

But if you’re using WordPress and you’re building more than a theme or a simple plugin, the odds of you building something more advanced and not taking advantage of design patterns seems highly unlikely.

Whatever the case, if you’re someone who’s working on advanced solutions – perhaps web applications, perhaps having your components talk to third-party components, or whatever the case – then it wouldn’t hurt to have a reference of popular design patterns and antipatterns would it?

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Learn “WordPress JavaScript” (And What That Means)

Now and then, I’ll stumble across a blog post, question, or comment that talks about WordPress JavaScript as if it’s a different type of or variant of JavaScript that exists solely within the WordPress application.

For those who have been working in web development for a long time, this seems like a silly statement, but if you’re brand new to web development (regardless of your age), then this is something that might be a bit confusing.

After all, it’s not like the JavaScript standard is cut and dry right now, right? But I digress.

Furthermore, WordPress includes jQuery, jQuery UI, Backbone, and so on. So when someone wants to work with JavaScript within the context of WordPress, what are they actually talking about?

And the answer is, unfortunately, “it depends.” But it does: It depends on the type of work you’re doing and where you’re focusing your efforts.

But this brings us back to the original problem: How do you learn “WordPress JavaScript” if you’ve never even touched JavaScript?

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