The difference between a web consultant and web developer

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A tale of two business owners

Two competing business owners, Luther and Eileen, are looking to grow their companies with a new marketing platform on the web.  They both have the same vision in their head about how the platform should look and what results they should expect over the next few years.

Luther finds a web developer online who charges $20/hour. After explaining his vision for the platform, the developer gets to work right away with great enthusiasm. Just a few weeks later, the platform is launched and Luther is only out $2,500.

Eileen asks her friend for a referral and is recommended to speak with a web consultant. After listening to her concept, the consultant comes back with a list of ideas for alternative approaches to the platform and how it can be more readily adopted by customers. The platform project has turned into a marketing + sales tool that will take $10,000 to build. Eileen approves the project. Continue reading “The difference between a web consultant and web developer”

How to change your WordPress username

Maybe you were zipping through the WordPress setup process and misspelled your username. Or maybe your username is ‘admin’ and you just learned how that’s a huge security risk. Whatever the reason may be, WordPress doesn’t have a built-in way to change your WordPress username. If you go to your profile in the Dashboard, you’ll see a note that says, “Usernames cannot be changed.”

But… there is a way to make it happen!

Steps for changing your WordPress username

Before you begin, note that you will need to be an admin (or have an admin complete these steps).

  1. In the WordPress Dashboard, go to Users > My Profile
  2. Add a letter to the beginning of your email address then scroll down and hit “Update Profile” (e.g. scott@mydomain.com should be Bscott@mydomain.com) — this frees up your email address to be used in a new account
  3. In the sidebar, go to Users > Add New then type in your desired username, your email address, and choose the Admin role (or whatever the current role is for the account you’re changing)
  4. Hit the “Add New User” button
  5. Log out of WordPress then log back in as the new WordPress user
  6. Go to Users > All Users
  7. Hover over your old username and press “Delete”
  8. Important – on the next screen, press the radio button for “Attribute all content to” and select your new username in the dropdown
  9. Press “Confirm Deletion”

You’re now free to roam about the WordPress with your new username. Don’t gloss over step eight or else you will lose all of your posts, pages, and other content that was created under your old account. Happy WordPressing!

Form submissions from Gmail users will start failing soon… Here’s the fix.

Dakirby309-Simply-Styled-GmailWhen a potential customer fills out your contact form, how important is it that you get notified? How much money could you potentially lose if you don’t receive one important email notification from your site? An upcoming change from Gmail could affect your site very soon.

Following in the footsteps of AOL & Yahoo, Gmail will soon change a policy that will stop contact form submissions and other emails from “looking like” they are coming from a Gmail email address. In short, if your contact form uses the submitter’s email address in the “TO” field for the notification, it will fail and won’t ever hit your inbox.

AOL already made this change for AOL email addresses in 2014, as did Yahoo. As such, you may want to check your contact form plugin’s entries list and see if you missed some important notifications…

What’s the fix?

The policy change – or, in technical terms, the “DMARC policy being updated to ‘reject'” – means your automated emails must be coming from a different domain besides @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, or @aol.com.

To prevent the emails from failing, set the “TO” address in your contact form to noreply@yourdomain.com or simply set it to your own email address.

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Bonus tip: to make life easier when you’re responding to the email notification, set the “Reply To” to the submitter’s email. When you hit the reply button in your email app, it’ll be set up to reply to the submitter rather than the noreply email address.

Must-Attend WordCamps & WordPress conferences according to some well-known attendees

wordcamp-badgesEvery year, WordPress-related conferences and WordCamps are held all across the globe nearly every weekend. With so many cities and countries hosting these insightful and community-driven conferences, how do you decide on which WordCamps and WordPress conferences you should attend?

Some WordPress devotees choose to only attend their local WordCamp, while others can be found at a WordPress conference multiple times per month. Recently, I’ve attended WordCamp Minneapolis, Prestige Conference, WooConf, WordCamp San Diego, WordCamp US, WordCamp Orlando, WordCamp LAX, and WordCamp Vegas. But if you just want to go to the “must-attend” conferences, which should you plan on attending?

I spoke with a few well-known WordPress community members and asked them for their must-attend choices. Here’s what they had to say:

Chris Lema

  • CaboPress
  • Pressnomics
  • WC Miami
  • Pick: WooConf | LoopConf
  • Pick: WC Orange County | San Diego
  • Pick: WC New York | Boston | Philly (US)

Adam Silver

  • Miami
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Orange County
  • San Fransisco (now “US” )
  • Arizona/Phoenix
  • Ann Arbor

Other events of course would be:

  • Pressnomics
  • LoopConf
  • WooConf
  • CaboPress

Upcoming new conference looks to be interesting.

  • WordCampus  (higher ed /college)

 

Michelle Schulp

  • whatever the local camp of the reader is, any other WordCamp in their region (regional is most important to camps)
  • WordCamp Miami
  • WordCamp US and/or WordCamp EU
  • One of the SoCal WordCamps

Also:
At least one non WordCamp WordPress event like Prestige, Pressnomics, WooConf, Loopconf, WPCampus, etc. Depending on the person’s job/interest

Alex Vasquez

  • WC Miami
  • Chicago
  • US
  • San Diego
  • Pressnomics

My Must-Attend List

  • WordCamp US
  • WordCamp Minneapolis (Michelle is humble and didn’t mention the one she has been hosting for three years!)
  • WordCamp LAX
  • WordCamp San Diego
  • WordCamp Orange County (I’ll be speaking at #WCOC next month)
  • Prestige Conference

What WordCamps have you been to and which are on your must-attend list? Perhaps there are diamonds in the rough – low attendance but insanely high-quality talks? Leave a comment below.