Getting back to writing with an update

I’ve mentioned before that I was going to return to consistent writing on this site and I meant it. That was three months ago. Life has been busy but good and full of education over the last few months.

I want to share what I’ve been doing, what I am working on today and plan to do going forward.

Done
Continued building up a productized services business for tech companies wpSaaS.net while doing some consulting. Pivoted out of consulting and into full-time operations of wpSaaS.net.

Working On Now
Full Time managing and leading my productized services business wpSaaS.net. Working on rebranding and launch a non-WordPress specific version of this model called reSolve.

Planning
Pivoting out of operations into Marketing and Strategy to grow and scale reSolve.

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Accepting Credit Card Payments on your website just got easier (updated 2018)

NOTE: If you have been using Stripe by now you’ve discovered that your customers need to update credit card info in order to prevent failed payments. A solution is now available at CloudSwipe.net

No, Stripe doesn’t integrate with PayPal — we currently support credit and debit card payments.

Looking for an easy way to accept credit card payments on your website? Tired of PayPals, credit card feature that confuses your customers and drives up support request?

I am going to tell you how you can accept credit card payments on your website. WP Simple Pay Pro makes it easy to accept both one time and recurring credit card payments using the WordPress platform. Even if you do not know what it is or do not have WordPress, you can quickly start accepting credit card payments at minimal cost with very little effort. Continue reading “Accepting Credit Card Payments on your website just got easier (updated 2018)”

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

Summary of the past few weeks of June

Wow, It is July already. I wanted to capture some of what I have been up to in June. In brief, I have not posted any new content here in a couple of weeks. This is a short summary of what I have been doing with my time. I have been working on a few things that I will share in this post as follows:

Marketing my book Systematize 
If you are writing a book or creating a SaaS app, you want to launch it to an audience and not crickets. My mailing list was not growing and I knew I needed to start getting some attention to make that happen. I reached out to some entrepreneurs and was able to get some of my articles on the topic published before their audiences. One of the articles can be found here http://blog.bidsketch.com/everything-else/systematizing/ at the BidSketch blog. There are a few others that have not yet been published but will be soon.

Finalizing my book Systematize
Putting the finishing touches on the book. Completing interviews and working through pricing strategies.

Working on a WordPress Plugin
Released a free plugin for documenting step-by-step instructions in WordPress.

Working on a WordPress Service business
Not really much to say here except that this is a support service for WordPress Plugin business owners. I have a paying customer and we are learning for the moment. This was a part of an experiment to validate an idea in seven days.