This is a completely off-topic post, but I couldn’t resist posting it. If you hover on products in the menu navigation at the top of this site, you see this: So what you are seeing is: 1 A countdown timer placed right into the menu navigation 2 The countdown timer is active. That is, it isn’t a static image. You can actually see the timer counting down. 3 The link is active. That is, if you are curious, you can click on the timer itself and go to the page which actually talks about the offer in more detail. WordPress plugin ecosystem Now, you may never want to do anything quite this funky. Here is the main thing: I didn’t […]
Here is a tip to immediately speed up the development of your Actions app – don’t get confused by the terminology 🙂 Here are the things you need to actually understand so you don’t waste your time going in circles. 1 Webhook Code you write which helps you add business logic to your Dialogflow app 2 REST API The code you write which helps you integrate a Dialogflow agent into your existing app/channel 3 Actions SDK Develop an Action app without using Dialogflow. You will specify something called an “Action Package”, which is a JSON file which tells Google Assistant what kind of phrases are handled by the app. You have to build the mapping of the user phrase to […]
Someone asked me this question on YouTube: While this person didn’t ask the question in the same way, what they are really asking (usually) is Why should I buy your courses if you are releasing the same videos on YouTube for free? I will explain this in this article. My latest material goes to my paid courses first All the videos I create are first uploaded to my paid courses. So you have a couple of options if you want to access the videos: Get the paid course Wait till I release the videos to YouTube (and I don’t follow any set schedule around this) As an example, here is a list of courses I have released on my paid […]
Over the last few days, I received two separate user questions asking me why I don’t cover the Dialogflow + Facebook Messenger integration on my site. I wrote some thoughts previously about this, and here I will provide an update post-GDPR. This is obviously my opinion, so if you don’t like the conclusion I suggest you continue doing whatever you were planning to do and just imagine you never read this article. 🙂 Reasons why you think it is a good idea to build Messenger bots Clearly, there are some major factors why people choose to build FB Messenger Bots. Here are some of them: the audience is huge the reach is massive “everyone is on Facebook” Let us look […]
I have made the following changes to my website and training material as a consequence of the GDPR laws coming in to effect in Europe. According to what I have read online, I am most likely not impacted by these rules. But better safe than sorry. Course Free Trials I used to offer free trials of my courses in exchange for people’s email address, and used to send weekly newsletters to those emails. Most of the content in those newsletters were updates about blog posts, but I also sent some promotional material in those emails. I don’t offer the free trials anymore. Weekly Newsletter I am also going to be sending out my weekly newsletter only to those who explicitly […]
I have had plenty of difficulties with the Disqus commenting system and recently read a few unflattering reviews online. I decided to remove the Disqus comments and go back to the default WordPress comments. Unfortunately I usually start getting quite a bit of spam from the regular comments system, so let us see how it goes this time. (keeps fingers crossed) If you had by some chance used a link I provided in the comments section and want to find it again, please get in touch.