Recommended newsletters & more guest posts

Happy Monday!

An article appeared in the New York Times a while back lauding email newsletters as an alternative to social media. Excerpt:

My favorite new social network doesn’t incessantly spam me with notifications. When I post, I’m not bombarded with @mentions from bots and trolls. And after I use it, I don’t worry about ads following me around the web.

I agree with the premise, but from the perspective of a subscriber.

Newsletters have become my primary means of consuming news. I was a voracious Google Reader user in college; and for the first handful of years after, I used Twitter as a sort of pseudo RSS replacement. But, as time went on, I couldn’t keep up with the flood of links.

Curated email newsletters became my go-to alternative. Every week I receive a thoughtfully compiled digest of interesting links, and usually some commentary from the newsletter’s author.

At the moment I’m subscribed to dozens of these digests, covering a variety of topics. So I’m curating my favourites on a new Recommended Newsletters page.

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Guest post: WordPress Multisite vs multiple installations

I wrote a guest post for Beaver Builder about managing multiple sites via a WordPress Multisite Network or separate WordPress installations. Excerpt:

WordPress Multisite networks are commonly used for closely-related sites, but they can be used for so much more. I think there’s huge potential for web designers to use WordPress Multisite networks as a platform for smaller clients.

Managing multiple WordPress installations, meanwhile, is the status quo for pretty much everyone. Without centralizing maintenance in one place, the workload can quickly devour your time.

+ I riff on the potential of using a Multisite Network to build a sort of “websites-as-a-service” platform for local small businesses.

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GoDaddy Pro community update: Making code-free contributions to WordPress

The monthly GoDaddy Pro community updates began a few months back. I wanted a recurring series to cover a mix of essays, product announcements, recent news, and curated resources.

The most recent update starts off with a short op-ed about contributing to WordPress as a user, rather than as a developer. Excerpt:

If you’re building websites with WordPress, you can contribute to WordPress.

You don’t need to be a PHP or JavaScript developer. You don’t need to know Git or SVN. Heck, you don’t need even need to know HTML and CSS.

What you do need is a willingness to take time and give back to WordPress.

If you have that, you can contribute to WordPress without writing a single line of code.

+ I’m writing these pieces right now, but as time goes on, I want to take a back seat and showcase GoDaddy Pro members instead.

BTW: If you’re in the business of building websites, you should consider joining GoDaddy Pro, especially if you use any GoDaddy products. It’s free to sign up.

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