What is WordPress Gutenberg?

Gutenberg WordPress Editor

You might have heard that WordPress 5.0 is coming out and will include the new and improved editor called Gutenberg. It will change the backend of WordPress and how we build websites in the near future.

I will suggest that if you have a WordPress site for personal or business that you download the Gutenberg beta editor and start familiarizing yourself with it.. I too will be doing that so that I can prepare for whatever mayhem may occur. I know people will be caught off guard if their site auto updates or something. Stay ahead of the curve and get comfortable with the new update.. 5.0 is suppose to be a nice update and will move us and all WordPress users into the future of CMS design and development. – JH

Complete Online Course To Writing Great Emails

How To Write Emails That Sale

All the tools you need to write emails like an expert.

Whether you’re just getting started or want better results from your emails, get the tools, guidance and expertise you need to succeed. Here’s what’s included in this free email writing course:

  • More than 45 fill-in-the-blank copy templates. Writing emails has never been easier or faster. Add your info to the blanks in the templates like a game of MadLibs. Then, simply paste the content into your email marketing platform and send.
  • How to write every email you should be sending. Unsure what emails you should send and what to write in them? Learn about the most important ones – like automated emails, survey emails and sale emails.
  • Homework to help you take action. To prevent procrastination and help you apply what you learn, you’ll get manageable homework broken out into simple steps that you can complete in less than 15 minutes.
  • Expert copywriting strategies to optimize your emails. Trying to get more opens, clicks and sales from your current emails? Learn copywriting tricks that’ll catch your audience’s attention and help you surpass your goals.Email Writing Course Online

Shopify Up 8% on News of Amazon Partnership

Shares of Shopify ( $SHOP) are up 8% on January 5th, 2017 on news that the e-commerce company is close to a sales partnership with Amazon, possibly January 10th, 2016. Some customers have already had access to the integration which allows them to manage product catalogs on various e-commerce platforms, including Amazon.. directly from Shopify..

If your are familiar with Shopify and Amazon.. this is HUGE news.. this is going to make cross-selling products from Shopify to Amazon much easier, allowing sellers to reach Amazon’s millions of users.

Shopify is already partnered with Facebook, integrating with Facebook Messenger to enable merchants to sell their products there as well.

Worldwide spending on retail e-commerce is expected to be over $485 billion in 2021. This is a HUGE move for Shopify and one that I look forward to greatly. Happy New Year to US!


Jacob Hodgson – Portfolio of Work

I graduated from The Art Institute of Houston in 1999 with an AAS degree in Graphic Design & Visual Communications. I have 5 years experience in retail packaging and display design from Drake Container Corporation. I have hands-on experience with Pre-Press Production, Color Correction and Manufacturing.

I have studied website design and development since 2000. I use WordPress and Joomla CMS and have extensive keyword research, analytics, and SEO experience. I have managed multiple web servers and have setup and configured a multitude of websites/domains, including Social Media.

I studied Digital Film & Video Production in 2008-2011 and currently shoot and edit video using Final Cut Pro and Premiere. I have experience with green screen, custom lighting, crisp audio and on set/location shooting.

The New World for Freelancers

Freelance Designer for Hire at Hodgson StudiosAs a freelancer for the last 16 years, I have  learned quite a bit about how to work in a tough economy. Since the “Dot Com” era, things have been pretty shitty for us ” freelancers”.  Fast forward to 2016 and people are still losing their jobs in the oil and gas sectors, and everyone is just trying to survive.  I have adapted pretty well because I don’t require much. I have no kids and my expenses and overhead is pretty low. That gives me some time to focus on what is really important, building something sustainable for the future so that maybe, just maybe I can have some stability.. And not have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. If you happened to land on my new site, Jacob.cc then you are now witnessing a new phase in my freelance career which I will now be a ” Creative Consultant” sounds fancy right. When you get to be my age, things have to sound fancy or else no one will pay you what you are worth. I’m streamlining the process at which clients can book services right from their phone and rid both the client and myself with any hassle or negative feeling that may come about with working with a “freelancer”.