Matthew interviewed on The Out Entrepreneur

Check out my interview in this week’s episode of the Out Entrepreneur with Rhodes Perry, a show celebrating out-of-the-closet LBGT bosses. Some of the topics we addressed include the courage and bravery of being yourself, the reasons why diversity isn’t just something to pay lip service to, and the importance of bringing your full self […]

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ROI First

Welcome to Rules for Websites, a series of bite-sized, must-do things to keep in mind when you’re working on your website. Presented by Rocket Lift, an agency that serves purpose-driven organizations with web services and marketing. Here’s your first rule. We call it, appropriately enough, ROI First. Return on Investment is a term from corporate economists […]

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It’s a Podcast! Introducing Hard Refresh

Rocket Lift’s own podcast tells stories of when things break on the internet, and the people who make them work again This week, we Rocketeers are ecstatic and proud to introduce our brand spanking new podcast, Hard Refresh! Hard Refresh will tell the stories of the unsung heroes who keep websites working, dark alleys of […]

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Thoughts on The New Asana Design

This is a brief reflection on some of the things we noticed about the new (gorgeous) look and feel of Asana, the application we use to manage our tasks for our remote team and keep in communication without being bombarded by email. TLDR: We love the Asana update, and you should go check out the app […]

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What you can do right now about Ferguson

Take a moment to consider what the police action in Ferguson, Missouri means for you, and the options you have to raise awareness. Take a risk, and interrupt business as usual for a moment to express your concern. This is a power we all have. It matters, promotes justice and accountability, and feels good.

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Our Sales Process

Wherein I describe how Rocket Lift’s approach to sales flips the traditional sales approach on its head, and what you can expect when you inquire about hiring us.

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Update “Mail Poet” Plugin Immediately

A few weeks ago, we recommended a WordPress plugin called Mail Poet as a self-hosted alternative to Mailchimp and other hosted email marketing services. So, we thought it was even more important than usual to also share the news about a security vulnerability that could potentially affect some WordPress installations using the Mail Poet plugin. If you are using […]

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Sucuri says “Take Back Your Internet”

And we couldn’t agree more. We’ll all benefit from a more secure internet, and we’ll get there one website at a time. Sucuri finds and eliminates the damage that hackers do to all kinds of websites. We’ve brought them in to help some of our clients get back on their feet, and their work has […]

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Don’t Miss the VersionPress Crowdfunding Campaign!

VersionPress is a WordPress plugin that brings Git version control directly into the WP backend. For those of you who deal with the “export to Git, import to database” dance in your development work, it might just be time to strike up the band and celebrate. But not so fast. VersionPress is running a crowdfunding […]

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Automattic to Secure All WordPress.com Subdomains with SSL

In the face of intrusive surveillance, we believe that everyone in the tech community needs to stand up and do what they can, starting with their own sites and platforms. For us, that means working to secure the connection between users and our websites. – Paul Sieminski, General Counsel, Automattic We’re glad to see Automattic, the […]

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Email Marketing Without Leaving WordPress

We love to see plugin authors building more ways for website owners to own and control their own data, without losing the features provided by third-party data silos. Building on our last Rocket Booster about crowdfunding from within your WordPress website, we wanted to tell you about the MailPoet Newsletters plugin. It has all the features […]

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Crowdfund on Your Own Site

You can run a crowdfunding campaign on your own WordPress site for a small flat flee, or even for free. Its another great example of the WordPress platform allowing users to take matters into their own hands. See this list of crowdfunding solutions to see the range of options available. Inspired yet?

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Home-Made Spacesuit? Check.

If seeing people take matters into their own hands is as inspiring to you as it is to us, we recommend that you follow Julie Sabatier’s wonderful podcast Destination DIY. In this episode of the show, Julie interviewed Cameron Smith,  who is building his own spacesuit. That’s right, building his own space suit. And he’s […]

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Google rolls out Panda 4.0

Google took a new version of its search algorithm “Panda” live yesterday, and there are some important implications for anyone looking for organic search traffic to a website. The most important thing to keep in mind is this—original, relevant content is more important than ever. Google intentionally keeps the details of its search algorithms a […]

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Rocket Lift On The Sync Hacks Blog

Bit Torrent Sync liked our post about why we dropped Dropbox so much that they reposted it on their blog. Bit Torrent’s Sync Hacks blog is a collection of stories from users who’ve come up with ingenious ways to use Bit Torrent Sync. We’re glad to be featured along with some really creative people!  

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Goodbye Dropbox, Hello BitTorrent Sync

Let it be known that I am a Typical Computer User. I didn’t care much about the internet issues that my compatriots talk about — security, privacy, peer-to-peer, open source, net neutrality and so forth. I had no idea what this stuff meant before I started working here, but now that I do, I’m proud to say that we’re taking steps to direct our use of the potential of the internet in a really positive direction. Even though it has been a very steep learning curve for me personally, I’m happy to report that our clients’ data is far more secure than it would have been before, and we have a much more robust and flexible data sharing system.

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Rocket Lift Security

Rocket Lift believes in taking security on the Internet very seriously.

Security is hardly the same thing as, and is often quite in opposition to “secrecy”. This is one reason why we value “Openness”, which means we promote open technologies, open data, and operational transparency. This allows the effectiveness of our security procedures and tools to be independently verified. By being open about how we work, we put this value into practice, and we even invite scrutiny from you — our friends, competitors, and customers — to improve how we work.

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Using Fractal Templates Part 2: Template Inheritance

One of our fearless developers Kevin Lenihan has been working on a new plugin called Fractal, that Rocket Lift will soon release to the WordPress community. In this post he explains how child files inherit from index.php’s Fractal class.

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WordCamp Portland Interviews Matthew Eppelsheimer

Checklists aren’t just for groceries. For us, they’re serious business. Our lead Rocketeer Matthew Eppelsheimer sat down to talk checklists and quality assurance with the folks at Wordcamp Portland 2013 about his upcoming talk at the conference.

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Using Fractal Templates Part 1: Class Based Templates in WordPress

Before I started writing websites with WordPress, I was writing code in Python. The last thing I wrote was a sudoku solver/creator, but that’s for a later post. Suffice it to say, I love Python’s mix of procedural, functional, and object oriented paradigms. When I first started working with WordPress, I was new to PHP […]

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What Rocket Lift Can Do For You

We know there are many companies that could build your business or company website, but we aren’t afraid to say we think you should choose us. We work magic with WordPress, find out how.

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Three Projects to Scale Up WordPress

At Rocket Lift we are interested in how WordPress will become more attractive to large businesses, regardless of their industry, simply by becoming a more powerful content management system. The enterprise world pays attention to WordPress now because of its reputation as an easy to use custom blogging system. The exciting potential for WordPress is to maintain its user-friendliness while it steadily becomes (even) more capable of managing more than just blogs.

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Rocket Lift’s Goals for 2013

Last month I polled our team and drafted a list of goals for what we’d like to accomplish this year. Everyone signed off. Here they are: Rocket Lift’s goals for 2013! Doing cool things: Our team members have each privately articulated our own personal goals that Rocket Lift can help with. These are the answers […]

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