You’ve heard of a super fan — someone who’s a loyal, excited supporter of a celebrity, sports team, cause, or something in pop culture. Mark-Andrew Nordstrom is the epitome of a super fan for “open source.” And WordPress and Jetpack are Mark-Andrew’s ideal manifestation of the concept. Though, he’d disagree with being called a super fan because of his individualistic, independent, free-spirited nature.
When we first encountered Mark-Andrew, we had caught word of a man living a simple, nomadic lifestyle who was spreading the word of open source.
You could call him a traveling salesperson, but he doesn’t do it for profit. He’s not sanctioned. Nobody asked him to do it. But there he is — showing up again and again — from places all around the world. We finally caught up with him and conducted an interview from a hostel in San Diego.
For him, the world is his home and skating is his passion. He was arrested for the first time at the age of 12 for doing what he loves.
After helping take care of his grandparents at the end of their lives, he took off to explore the world and skate full time. His possessions are little more than the things in his backpack. And with the exception of the ring he wears on his finger — given to him by his mother — he has no loyalty to worldly objects. He doesn’t even have loyalty to the sites he builds on WordPress, happily scrapping them and starting them over on a whim any time he gets the urge to create something new.
Continue reading → Meet the Skateboarding Nomad Living the Open Source Life
Google “best white paint colors” and you’ll get millions of results. The top-ranked websites are the usual leviathans of interior design: Elle Decor, Real Simple, Apartment Therapy, Architectural Digest, and Better Homes and Gardens.
But then! A link appears to a small interior design business run out of a suburban home in the small city of Nanaimo (pop: 90,000) in western Canada: Kylie M. Interiors, a digital David among the Goliaths.
Kylie Mawdsley is a mother of two who worked at Home Depot in the blinds and drapes department, and she’s a testament to how a talented person with top-notch content can make it to the big leagues.
She runs an interior design shop that does the vast majority of its business online. Clients send in photos of their homes, and Kylie provides custom advice on everything from paint color (her specialty) to updating kitchen cabinets. To bring in new clients, she also publishes lots of free advice, articles, and offers courses through her website.
But Kylie’s fans often struggled to find exactly what they were looking for after they got to her website.
Continue reading → How Jetpack Search Helps an Interior Design Consultant Connect with Customers
A “Whodunnit?” that (almost, but not really) rivals Jack the Ripper
The Sevenoaks Bookshop in England is about as far from a Barnes & Noble or Amazon as you can get.
Continue reading → How Jetpack Backup Saved the Day for a Community Bookshop in the UK
On the Gold Coast of Australia, you can find ancient rainforests, mangrove-covered islands, world-famous surfing beaches, and, of course, Blake.
Blake Hampson is a self-employed digital marketing pro and SEO whiz who uses Jetpack for all his clients’ websites. An admitted workaholic and botany aficionado (who, by the way, doesn’t surf), he was kind enough to chat with us about his work life as a Jetpack user.
Continue reading → Why this Gold Coast Digital Marketer Uses Jetpack for Every Client
If you own a WordPress agency and could automate critical service tasks for your clients, you’d be better positioned for expansion and growth. Sounds great, right? But it’s a lot easier said than done.
Web design company FreshySites is doing exactly this with the help of Jetpack. They’ve built over 1,900 websites and actively manage about 1,200. Yet they’ve found a way to reduce the person-power required to deliver more services for an increasing number of clients.
With a small team, they’re completing more tasks for more clients. Let’s see how they do it.
Continue reading → How WordPress Agency FreshySites Uses Jetpack to Scale
FreshySites — a leading US-based WordPress design agency — uses Jetpack for the 1,000+ sites they actively manage. And thanks to the ways Jetpack helps them improve operational efficiency and customer service, they do it with a single person instead of the multi-person team it would normally take.
Continue reading → How FreshySites Uses Jetpack to Protect 1,200 WordPress Sites