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Product Rescue: Improving Site Copy

When trying to market something I quickly hit a familiar question: Does the potential success of conversions outweigh the need to get more visits? I’m not sure if that question is clear so I’ll try again: Is the promotional material (in this case a website) set up to convert well? Does that even matter if […]

Posted: October 23, 2019

Product Rescue: Evaluating the Landscape

About a year ago I launched a new product: OrganizeWP β€” this particular product has been one in the making for a long time prior, and even has an initial concept on the .org repo initially posted back in 2012! The original build of that plugin, and the inspiration behind OrganizeWP can be found in […]

Posted: October 18, 2019

Simple Product Revenue Forecast Spreadsheet

If you’re selling a product it’s important to be mindful of your financial situation. Whether that be to handle payroll, marketing costs, or building up an emergency fund, having a pulse on cash flow will help you to make more informed (read: better) decisions over time. There are a ton of tools out there, some […]

Posted: September 17, 2019

Livewire has kinda blown my mind

Right now I’m spending quite a bit of time researching and learning Laravel. It’s been a long process and I’ve yet to really dive in deep and build anything worthwhile, but it feels like that’s finally happening for me. Part of my process has been to research the community, which I’m finding quite refreshing. There’s […]

Posted: June 05, 2019

These canaries aren’t dying

The web design/development ecosystem is an interesting one. Technology flourishes, careers blossom, trends come and go, and lives are changed both for creators and consumers. I’ve been thinking about canaries a lot lately. Not the birds themselves but the adage. I think I’m seeing (exhibiting?) a lot of canary-like behavior right now by observing an […]

Posted: April 23, 2019

How to prevent EDD failing subscription manual license renewal

(Honestly I have to apologize for the title of this post but after spending five minutes trying to do it well I just gave up.) I’m a big fan of Easy Digital Downloads and I use it to facilitate license sales for SearchWP. I’m bought into the EDD ecosystem and rely primarily on Software Licensing […]

Posted: April 15, 2019

(Selfish) What’s Next for Web Development?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future in a lot of ways and I’m stuck in a bit of a loop when it comes to what I’d like to do in the next five years development-wise. I’m talking specifics, kind of focusing on the stuff that doesn’t really matter: my tech stack. We always […]

Posted: April 08, 2019

Untrusted – a user javascript adventure

I was just now sucked into this game Untrusted and wanted to share it along. Here’s the summary: Untrusted β€”orβ€” the Continuing Adventures of Dr. Eval is an exciting Meta-JavaScript Adventure Game wherein you guide the dashing, steadfast Dr. Eval through a mysterious MACHINE CONTINUUM, wherein, using only his trusty computer and the TURING-COMPLETE power […]

Posted: March 25, 2019

Reworking SearchWP’s Advanced Settings Screen – Part 5

With most of the placement challenges solved it was time to start piping things up and making it all work again. An item on my punch list to think about when rebuilding this screen was to rethink what notifications looked like. In the (now legacy) screen I used a standard admin_notice where applicable, as most […]

Posted: January 23, 2019

Reworking SearchWP’s Advanced Settings Screen – Part 4

In the last update, progress was made by moving both a UI component and an Action from the Advanced settings screen to the Stats screen. This was a double-win because not only did the UI make more sense on the Stats screen, it freed up some space on the Advanced settings screen too. Because enough […]

Posted: January 21, 2019