Hey, hope your weekend was as fun as mine and that you're heading into a great week!
My best man came for a visit, we went to an Oktoberfest party and spent plenty of time chatting about tech (he works at Cisco) and smart home stuff 🙂
But back to business, in this week's newsletter I've got plenty of information around generating monthly recurring revenue and attracting high-paying clients for your agency!
Business & Growth
Webinar: Building a Self-Sustaining Business by Leading with Recurring Revenue (Joe Howard) — wpbuffs.com
What would a steady stream of income every month do for your business? I make around $1.5-2k per month in recurring revenue right now, and I can tell you even that amount feels fantastic.
This webinar has given me some nice tips to scale further, highly recommend that you watch it! It's time to grow your business with MRR.
Which Two Audiences Should Every Digital Agency Create Content For? - Smart Agency Masterclass: Podcast for Digital Marketing Agencies — jasonswenk.com
Listen to Kieran Flanagan - VP of Marketing for HubSpot. He breaks down the two audiences your agency should create content for. He also explains why the owner of the agency should be the face of the agency - and how you can achieve that without feeling overwhelmed!
Hiring Talent, Running Multiple Companies and Winning With SEO: Business Lessons From Neil Patel — sujanpatel.com
Magic happens when two A-level marketers get together and talk about hiring A-level talent.
Sujan is interviewing Neil Patel on how he's growing and managing his teams. Pure gold!
WordPress News & Tools
Rich Reviews Plugin Discontinued after Vulnerabilities Exploited in the Wild – WordPress Tavern — wptavern.com
It's a pity but the Rich Reviews plugin will not be available for download anymore and will not receive updates any longer.
If you still use it, remove it asap and change to an alternative. 3 out of 4 websites using it get infected with malware, according to Rich Reviews users.
Human Made Releases Publication Checklist Plugin Designed for the Block Editor – WordPress Tavern — wptavern.com
Ever wondered if you got everything prepared before publishing a post?
Human Made got you covered. They released a "Publication Checklist" plugin for the Block Editor, which you can start using for free!
News – WordPress 5.3 Beta 1 – WordPress.org — wordpress.org
WordPress 5.3 Beta 1 is out! It comes with a number of improvements for the Block Editor (Gutenberg), accessibility issues fixed, a new default theme, and admin interface updates. Exciting stuff!
How-To's & Dev
Automated deployments and Continuous Integration save me 4-8h every week.
Code gets uploaded to the right server just by committing to GitHub.
I've written a short PDF outlining the 5 reasons WP developers should consider using Automated Deployments.
Acceptance testing for WordPress just got easy(ier). 10up released a testing tool that lets you simulate user behavior via PHP, to ensure your code executes as expected.
WP Acceptance got me really excited! I'll integrate it into my course on CI & CD as soon as possible. Got to cover more basic testing and optimization routines first though.
What's the best programming joke that you know? : AskReddit — www.reddit.com
A Reddit discussion on programmer jokes. There are some pretty funny ones in here 🙂
That's it for this week! I hope you enjoy this handpicked list of articles! If you think that I'm missing certain topics or blogs, don't hesitate to reach out and let me know!
P.S. Here are some tools I use daily, they'll benefit your business too.
Continuous Integration (CI). I use CI at WP Mastery to run all sorts of automated tasks in my coding workflow. For example, my code gets deployed to a server automatically whenever I push a new revision to GitHub. Click here to learn about 5 reasons WP developers need CI (imho).
Cloudways (hosting). I host all my own and our client sites with them. We have 7 servers and roughly 50 sites on Cloudways and are in love with them since 2014. Their servers make our sites blazingly fast, they give us plenty of flexibility for development workflows (e.g. Github auto-deploy embedded), and the servers run stable. What more could you ask for?
VS Code Pro Power-User Workflows. When writing code, you want to be as efficient as possible! Changing to the free VS Code editor has been a massive improvement in my daily coding. Check out VS Code Pro to learn power-user workflows from WP Core Contributor Ahmad Awais.
Page Builder Cloud. Looking to transfer your Elementor layouts from the staging site to the live website easily? Page Builder Cloud is my tool of choice. It works with Elementor, BB, Divi, Fusion Builder, Oxygen and so many more. And it's just $99/year. Even if it saves you just 1h, it pays for itself.
WP Buffs White-Label Maintenance. Want to sell WP maintenance plans but don't have a team to handle the actual work? The WP Buffs offer white-label maintenance plans at exceptional quality. Schedule a free call with them now to get to know them and to partner up. I keep referring my friends to them.