What I wish I’d done when I set up my Commercial WordPress Theme Business

If you’ve had a look around my blog I’m sure you know about my WordPress Theme Business. What you probably didn’t know (unless you know me personally) is that I handed over the Theme Business to another developer at the beginning of the 2017.

Over a year on and I’ve realised that I haven’t shared my experience of having a digital product based business. Now feels like the right time.

I was lost but now I’ve found myself… or something like that

It’s spring and it is time for some spring cleaning! I lost my way a little bit with my blog, I started posting regular content (you know keeping it consistent like all the gurus advise) but it turns out, it’s hard to post regular content when you’re focusing on just one thing… WordPress. It all gets a bit… well… WordPressy.

How to link your Facebook Group to your Business Facebook Page

As some of you will know Facebook has been slowly rolling out the ability to link your Facebook Business Page to your Facebook Group or Groups. About 3 weeks ago my Chris Wharton page got the upgrade and its been super handy for posting into my Support with WordPress Facebook Group. I’ve been surprised and frustrated that I haven’t seen the option added to any of my other business pages.

Over the past day I’ve seen a couple of people post step by step Facebook posts on how to manually link your page to your groups without having to wait for Facebook to unlock the functionality.

IMPORTANT: WordPress Security Alert.

I posted this on my Facebook Page last week, but I’ve seen a couple of people talking about issues with WordPress being taken down, so I thought I’d pop it in a quick blog post.

If you are using WordPress versions 4.7 or 4.7.1 make sure you update to 4.7.2 immediately as there is a core vulnerability in those versions leaving your website open to attacks.

You can read more about the vulnerability on the Sucuri Blog.

Helpful Information

You may want to check out a couple of Facebook Lives I recorded on WordPress Security and Hidden Dangers.

Cutting out the noise

If you’re like me, you like to keep up with what’s going on in the world. What used to be keeping track of the news changed into news + twitter, then news + twitter + facebook + instagram, then news + twitter + facebook + instagram + snapchat, then news + twitter + instagram + facebook + snapchat + slack. You get the idea – it’s getting a bit silly isn’t it!

Brand bashing

In the last few weeks I have seen two examples of what I term “brand bashing”. This is where a brand, be it well-known or lesser-known intentially singles out a strong competitor or market leader and attacks certain aspects of their business. This isn’t a clever way of doing business, it’s not a positive way of promoting your business and I really can’t see the benefits for even doing it.

Tips for Getting a Job with a Web Design Company

Even as an owner of a little web design company I still get a healthy amount of speculative career enquiries. The problem with almost all of them is that they have little knowledge of what my company does, where we are or even what our names are. In short, these people are doing it all wrong. If I were looking for a job, this is what I’d do…