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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.

By Andy

Andy McIlwain wrangles content and community programs at GoDaddy as a Senior Marketing Manager. He's helped folks work with the web since '08 as a community organizer, workshop instructor, web developer, and marketer. You can find him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.