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.
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.
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.
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.