Tidbits from Brian (Black Friday edition) - Issue #2

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Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson
Hey everyone, it’s that time of the year! 💥
Time to grab some of those sweet Black Friday deals. Instead of compiling a massive list like everyone else, I prefer to just share a few select deals on products and services I actually use (see below). But if you’re looking for a comprehensive list, this Black Friday roundup from Ben is awesome.

Black Friday madness
Black Friday madness
Black Friday deals on things I use 🏷️
  • GeneratePress: 25% off yearly licenses. $30 off lifetime licenses. 45% off license renewals and extensions! You can even upgrade to the lifetime license (through Dec. 2).
  • GenerateBlocks: 25% off new licenses and upgrades (through Dec. 2).
  • Kinsta: Two months of free hosting when paying annually and free migration.
  • Easy Digital Downloads: 60% off all passes (through Nov. 26).
  • EDD EU VAT plugin: 30% off (through Nov. 29).
  • ShortPixel: 5x more credits (Friday, Nov. 26 – Tuesday, Nov. 30).
  • WP Fluent Forms: Up to 40% off (through Dec. 5th).
  • Mangools: 50% off on first payment (Wednesday, Nov. 24 – Tuesday, Nov. 30).
  • SmarterQueue: 30% off your first year if paid annually (Friday, Nov. 26 – Monday, Nov. 29).
  • Affinity Designer and Photo: 30% off.
  • Plex Pass: 25% off a lifetime pass (through Nov. 29). 
New customers can also get 30% off all of our WordPress plugins (Perfmatters, Novashare, WP Coupons) through Dec. 1st.
Interesting things 🔎
Updates
  • TIDAL launched a new free plan. I gave it a try and really like its UI. However, the lack of an Apple M1 optimized app is a dealbreaker. Definitely, one to keep an eye on. I like that they give more to artists.
  • Cloudflare Registrar has matured quite a bit. Their prices are also cheaper than Namecheap now, especially for extensions like .io. Is it time to migrate?
  • Google just pushed out a broad core algorithm update, and it hit fast and hard. Check out the data.
Performance
  • The new PageSpeed Insights is here. I use this daily, and I’m not in love with some of the changes that were made. But we move forward!
  • Chrome Priority Hints are coming. They give you more granular control on the order of assets loading. More than a standard preload.
  • I’ve seen some move to headless WordPress solutions, but Aaron Jorbin actually decided to move back. Interesting read.
WordPress
  • There have been a lot of WordPress acquisitions this year, but GoDaddy acquiring Pagely is not one I expected.
  • WordPress 5.9 has been delayed until January 2022. This is probably a good thing. Make sure everything is working first, we can wait.
  • Flippa is still a great place to offload old WordPress projects and domains. I just sold one this week.
  • Has Gutenberg divided WordPress? Read why Paul Lacey is taking a big step back from WordPress.
  • With the holidays approaching, I recommend you wait to update plugins and themes (unless it’s security related). Don’t create an unnecessary headache for yourself.
Crypto (not financial advice)
  • Everyone can mine Bitcoin. Check out how the Navajo Nation is mining Bitcoin with renewable solar power. It’s incredible.
  • Following AMC, Regal Cinemas is now going to be accepting Bitcoin and crypto to purchase movie tickets and concessions.
  • No more gas fees! Grab a domain name at Unstoppable Domains to automatically translate all your messy wallet addresses. I registered a .wallet domain.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned he owns Bitcoin and Ethereum.
  • Check out this little hack on how you can use the Gemini API to buy crypto for just pennies and no spread! That’s right, I buy crypto from AWS with an API. 🤓
  • Atomic.Finance is creating a way to earn yield on your Bitcoin without giving up custody. Looks very promising!
Ali Spittel 🐞
Even if nobody reads your content, someone still benefitted from it: you.
For those of you in the states, have a great holiday, and remember to take some time to recharge with your family.
Until next time!
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Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson @brianleejackson

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