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Small Changes and Big Impact — Low Effort and High Reward in Product

Working in product one thing I consistently look out for is what I like to call low effort big reward items.  Small things you can do that have a big impact. When we talk about low effort it could mean a day, it could mean two days. But it means overall minimal impact on other…

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Why Acquisitions are Good for WordPress

The WordPress space gets ever hotter with the latest acquisitions being Strattic acquired by Elementor and The Delicious Brains product suite including Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) WP MIgrate DB and more being acquired by WPEngine. Like with all acquisitions there’s the general outpouring of support from the community and congratulations all round.  Look deeper though…

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Why LearnDash Switched to WooCommerce

Nothing is more important to selling your product than the technology that powers your sales.  Top of the list? Flexibility, stability and ultimately the control needed to mould your shopping cart around what works for your business.  At LearnDash we’ve used various systems over the years, starting out with a platform called DPD back when…

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Native Coupons in LearnDash LMS Without Extra Plugins

Did you know you can use coupons with LearnDash LMS out of the box without any extra plugins?  Here’s how easy it is, first a couple of pre-requisites of what you need;  LearnDash LMS A Stripe account The free LearnDash LMS Stripe plugin (included in every plan).  Once you have all that setup, visit your…

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Should you use WooCommerce With LearnDash

One of the most common questions people ask me is “Jack, should I use WooCommerce with LearnDash?”  And like most questions to provide an answer, more questions need to be asked to see if it’s a good fit.  Let’s look at the positives and negatives of using WooCommerce with LearnDash.  Positives of Using WooCommerce With…

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Not Everything Is The Fault Of WordPress

Everywhere you see “that’s WordPress, our plugin isn’t responsible for that”.  That’d be like buying a car and your brakes don’t work. Take it back to the dealer and they say “That’s a Brembo problem not ours”.  Maybe you’re reading that and thinking “well that’s dumb”… exactly. It’s stupid right?  Sure maybe it’s a manufacturing…

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WordPress Plugin Settings Are Complex — How Wizards Can Help

Settings. The bane of the developer and the bane of the end user. If you install 99% of WordPress plugins they have too many settings, a setting of a setting, of a sub-setting and to top it off, add another setting on.  If settings were cake WordPress plugins would be that delicious chocolate cake that…

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How to Build a QA Test Plan for Your WordPress Plugin Business

Bugs are a part and parcel of all software. If someone says they ship bug free software they are delusional.  Quality assurance is hard. Quality assurance in the WordPress space is nothing short of a nightmare, but it doesn’t need to be that way.  I’ve personally worked in quality assurance roles for multiple WordPress plugin…