A Day in the Life of a WebDevStudios Developer

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A couple weeks ago, one of @WebDevStudios‘ followers on Twitter sent us this:

That got us talking and thinking about what a typical day for a WDSer looks like. I love reading fluff posts like this, and as I’ve been around long enough to get in the swing of things while still being relatively new, comparatively (about six months as of this post), I figured I’d write one.

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Tech Non-Profit Spotlight: Happy Joe

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One of the major organs in WebDevStudios’ anatomy is its gigantic heart, and from it comes our contribution to the community in both charitable and educational capacities. As giving back is part of the core of WDS, it only made sense for us to turn the lens outward and shine a light on other people in the tech community who are similarly passionate and proactive.

As a result, welcome to our monthly spotlight on non-profits who are doing the good work–the meaty, meaningful stuff–and making the world a better place. Last month, we featured Girl Develop It, a nationwide non-profit organization that provides affordable web and software development programs for adult women.

If you’re at all familiar with WDS history, you already know that veterans hold a special place in our hearts. As a result, we are pleased and honored to be highlighting Happy Joe this month.

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Maintainn Gets a Refresh!

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If you’ve been keeping your eyes on WebDevStudios news, you already know that Maintainn and WebDevStudios are family. They have a brand new site that looks absolutely gorgeous (thanks to the killer Maintainn team and to one of our teams headed by Jaimie, including Chris, Damon, DustyGreg, Ben, Simon, Aubrey, and Ryan). We are super proud to support them as they continue to grow and offer their incredible WordPress support services, and very excited to see where this new refresh takes them next.

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Read more about Maintainn’s update over on their blog, and hey, don’t take my word for how fantastic the new site looks–give it a glimpse yourself!

A Project Manager’s Guide to Being Productive

A Project Manager's Guide to Being Productive
In the infamous words of Jessie Spano, “No Time? NO TIME? There’s never any time!” While you’ve hopefully avoided the pitfalls of caffeine pills, you might find yourself feeling a bit like this on even the calmest of days!

For anyone dealing with an ever-evolving list of tasks: if you don’t have a good handle on how to manage your time, things are bound to go wrong. Even though it’s something we deal with every day, time management is still something a lot of people continue to struggling with. If you happen to be one of these people, no shame! Take a break from your frantic email checking and take a look at these useful tips.

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The Question That Never Gets Old: WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

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To start, this post is meant for new website owners and WordPress users. Those of us who have spent years learning WordPress know how hard it can be at the beginning, and it all starts with the basics; if you have any advice that you wish you had known when you were learning, share it in the comments!

Whether you’re a photographer or a business, WordPress is the perfect platform for any type of project. You can use it to maintain a business website or a blog. The best part of WordPress is that there are two versions you can choose from: a fully hosted version or a self-hosted version. One of the top WordPress questions out there is, “What version should I use? WordPress.com or WordPress.org?”

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The Role of a Project Manager

Why do I have a project manager on my team? What does my project manager do all day? Why am I paying for a project manager?
The role of a project manager can be loosely defined as the point of contact for the client, team planner…or the greatest multi-tasker alive.
While most of those descriptions are true, in all seriousness, a project manager may just be one of the most important roles on a team. I am going to walk you through a few key reasons why you may want to think twice before starting a project without a trusty project manager having your back.

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WebDevStudios and Maintainn are Hiring Developers!

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One of the things that makes WebDevStudios (and our support team, Maintainn) work so well is our fantastic team.

Maybe you’ve gotten to know some of us through meeting us at events, through Twitter , through here on our blog, or heck, maybe you’ve worked with some of our folks through previous/independent collaborations. If we have had the pleasure of meeting, you already know that the folks on the WDS team are brilliant, irreverent, and hardworking folks with huge hearts…and we’re looking for a few more rad folks to add to this mix!

We’ve announced it on Twitter and otherwise, but both WDS and Maintainn are hiring! We’re seeking folks with WordPress development experience (you might have guessed that one!) who are comfortable working remotely and who are ready to join a team of incredible folks.

Check out the links below for more details on the available positions:

Share the links with your fellow dev friends and help us find the next additions to our crew! Maybe we’ll see YOU…in our virtual office!

3 Great WordPress Themes for Portfolio Sites

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Recently, we showed you how to create a filterable portfolio and included a free starter theme suitable for portfolio sites. However, if you’re more of a designer than a developer, customizing a starter theme might not be what you prefer to do. To save you the time, we’re going to showcase three great WordPress themes that will fit any portfolio site. Best of all, they’re free and you can download them straight from your WordPress dashboard.

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10 Things I Learned Migrating Websites to WordPress

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Since joining WDS, I’ve had the awesome opportunity to be a part of our internal migrations team and create scripts to help migrate sites for Microsoft to WordPress. It’s an ongoing joke about my joy for migrations because in my initial interview I expressed that I wasn’t too fond of them and plugins were my thing. Boy, was I in for a surprise, because I’ve been studying and writing migrations scripts for almost a year now.

This post is born out of a year of challenges, growth, and my new found love and respect for the beast known as WordPress Migrations. Its purpose is to help those who may be entering this space for the first time or needing to refine their processes become more efficient (and make some more money) doing migrations.

This is not an exhaustive list, but here are ten things that I learned migrating websites to WordPress:

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