Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year! So I honestly needed to post something to get my creative juices flowing and to ring in the new year. I plan to write more frequently than I last year.

Topics will be focused around:

  • WordPress – The business of WordPress.
  • Stripe – The rise of Stripe as a payment solution.
  • Coaching / Consulting – All things related to coaching businesses.
  • Operations – Remote Teams, Systematizing, Strategy.

Summer Hello

As I looked at comments here and my last post I realized that time got the better or me and I have note posted here in some time. As such I felt a brief status of what I have been working on was needed.

wpSaaS.net – Had its best month ever in June 2016!

wpDocs.co – Early 2016 proved to be challenging for this product. Backend products such as this are much harder to market because a lot of companies feel such services (documentation) are not a priority. We spent a considerable amount of time marketing and not developing. After looking at our results and lots of thought, we decided to release a 2.0 of version of this product with only a few specific features and a new sales page. Each should be available prior to months end.

Stripe products – Each of these have steady revenue with good margins. Companion is receiving a highly sought new feature for creating custom forms. A stand alone version of the Manager has been developed and will be available prior to summers end.

Please forward any questions or comments.

How to Add Custom Dashboard Widgets with RSS in WordPress

Objective: To create a WordPress dashboard widget that will show in the admin section and will display RSS feeds.

The following code – after “// Start Dashboad RSS widget example” and before “// End Dashboad RSS widget example” – can be copied and pasted inside of your plguin file or themes function file.

Explanations:
*Sections of the code preceded by “//” contains explanations of the codes functions.
*wpkb – Each instance of “wpkb” is a customization to each function so that it is not confused by WordPress with other theme or plugins that might be calling the same function in a more generic manner. This is considered a best practice in the WordPress eco system. Eg. “wpkb_custom_dashboard_widgets()” is a better option than “custom_dashboard_widgets()”

// Start Dashboad RSS widget example
add_action(‘wp_dashboard_setup’, ‘wpkb_custom_dashboard_widgets’);

function wpkb_custom_dashboard_widgets() {
global $wp_meta_boxes;

//The second should contain the name that you want to display at the top of your widget. In this example we used “WP Knowledge Base News”
wp_add_dashboard_widget(‘custom_help_widget’, ‘WP Knowledge Base News’, ‘wpkb_dashboard_news’);
}

function wpkb_dashboard_news() {

//This calls and displays the feed
wp_widget_rss_output(array(
‘url’ => ‘http://wpdocs.co/feed/?utm_source=wordpress_org_descpage&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=wp_knowledge_base’,
‘title’ => ‘wpDocs Blog’,
‘items’ => 3,
‘show_summary’ => 0,
‘show_author’ => 0,
‘show_date’ => 1,
));

//This is an option section that can be used to display text, urls etc. We decided to use a button to visit the main blog source
echo _e(‘

Visit our Blog

‘);
}
// End Dashboad RSS widget example

Traction

I first heard of Traction while listening to the Startups for the rest of us Podcast some time back. I have to admit that I did not pay a lot of attention to it at that time. However, more recently, I have been working with a product founder and we were discussing some pretty decent growth that he had seen over the past 12 months or so. By decent I mean +100% in revenue. One of the things that came up repeatedly that he in fact recommended to me was this same book @ http://tractionbook.com/.

As soon as I started listening to this book – I opted for the audio version – I recognized that I’d heard some of the content more than once before. However, I found it very satisfying that there were real life examples / case studies from notable founders to support this content.

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