WooCommerce Plugin Sites

There are several sites which sell unlimited access to a large number of WooCommerce and other themes and plugins. These sites are taking advantage of the GPL which allows for free distribution, though it is unclear if they are violating use agreements. In any case, each of these sites has a set of plugins, many are on all sites, but not all. WooTheme Plugins $ 99 USD/year (best yearly price) gplChimp $ 15 USD/mo (best montly price) Effectio $ 15 USD/mo (best montly price) There are also a few free sites, not sure if they have done something to the
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Email Marketing Automation

There are various aspects of email marketing automation, including: Newsletters Drip Email Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Suffice it to say that all of these are connected in some kind of venn diagram. However, when it comes to each of these in terms of software integration, they all start from different sides of the triangle. Newsletters Newsletters start with the newsletter, that is the thing that is created and sent. Along with that of course are lists of subscribers (to whom they are sent). Newsletters are most like a website in terms of content being created and posted with dates/times. In
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Aggressively Dishonest Useful Idiots

These two phrases Aggressive Dishonesty and Useful Idiots seems to be the watchwords of politics these days. Perhaps they always were, but when these are combined, an explosive and caustic result appears. The aggressively dishonest Donald Trump is the Useful Idiot of Vladimir Putin The aggressively dishonest Prayut Ocha-Chan is the Useful Idiot of Prem Tinsulanonda Of course there are some aggressively dishonest who don’t act the part of a useful idiot (namely the less idiotic ones), these are the ones for whom aggressively dishonest useful idiots are useful. Aggressive dishonesty, if it is to be blunted in its scourge,
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Cookie Laws and Do Not Track

Google’s EU user consent policy When using Google products that incorporate this policy, certain disclosures must be given to and consents obtained from end users in the European Union where EU data protection law requires such disclosures and consents. For end users in the European Union: You must use commercially reasonable efforts to disclose clearly, and obtain consent to, any data collection, sharing and usage that takes place on any site, app, email publication or other property as a consequence of your use of Google products; and You must use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that an end user is
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CLI vs. GUI

The Command Line Interface (CLI), aka shell, aka command prompt, is a powerful, key, and underlying interface to most operating systems. However, there are huge usability problems. The main issue is one of recognition vs. recall which has to do with human memory. While there are endless comparisons between GUIs and CLIs most of these are out-of-date, due to the fact that there is convergence. That is, in certain cases we are dealing with Graphical Command Line Interfaces (GCLIs). Graphical Command Line Interfaces For example, writing this in WordPress, there are a variety of buttons to help mark up the
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Paypal Checkout Options

I’ve been looking into Paypal checkout options. There are many. Most people use Paypal Standard Checkout (actually Paypal Buttons, which are the same thing) which redirects to Paypal and has two or three steps on their site. However, there are several other options available. Paypal Payments Pro This is only available for US, UK, CA paypal accounts. However it provides the most flexibility and keeps customers on your site for the entire transaction. Can accept most credit cards and paypal (does not have to have a paypal account). Need SSL and software (easily configured with a plugin). Additional fee of
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Sleep Training

With teeth and teeth brushing comes the need to sleep through the night, or at least change the nighttime feeding into nighttime watering. Turns out that this happens about the same time as toothbrushing should, or somewhat thereafter. We are entering the zone of the final few months of the baby’s first year. At 10 months, kicking dad throughout the night has gotten a bit old. So it is time to make several changes: Co-sleeping Nighttime weaning More and better tooth brushing The question is the correct method and also sequencing. Probably the most traumatizing should come first. Resources for
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Baby Toothbrushing

My son at 10.5 months has six teeth, four up and two down. He’s had them for a while now. He is very fussy around his mouth, because his mother has consistently forced a washcloth into his mouth to clean his teeth and gums. This means he avoids any cloth around his mouth (napkins, etc.) The main problem is the forcing, which he doesn’t like (this had happened before with breastfeeding as well). Because he now has avoidance behavior it has become impossible to even force into the mouth. A ridiculous situation. Backgrounder Baby toothbrush with soft head Brush twice
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Rise of the Chat ‘Bots

In February 2016, I wrote about the Coming of the ‘Bots. Now it is September, and indeed there are more on the horizon, as well as a few I missed from 2015. However, bot utility is fairly constrained now and likely into the future, mainly because the mental model is one around artificial intelligence which as we know is simply incorrect (and not really desirable, it turns out). Bot Platforms A February 2016 article in Forbes has a nice backgrounder on the bots (how they started with Telegram, etc.). There are now bots for a variety of platforms, including: iOS,
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Progressive Web Apps

Apparently Progressive Web Apps are a thing. (Thanks Leon!) Anyone know of any agencies who've developed #ProgressiveWebApps esp. with service workers? We have a work project for you…— Leon Paternoster (@leonpaternoster) September 12, 2016 While the technology was announced (apparently) in 2015, in the March 2016 Google I/O there were many training and presentation events, such as the below. What are Progressive Web Apps From what I can tell, basically it allows web apps to act more like native apps. Basically there is an intermediary process called service worker which allows for responsiveness when offline or on spotty networks. Also,
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