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‘Coming Up’ with Anne McCarthy

Come and join us live on Thurs 1st June 2023.
5pm UK – 12pm Eastern – 9am Pacific.
What’s coming up in WordPress? We’ve got Automattic’s Anne McCarthy to let us know!

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UI/UX Show with Piccia Neri

Come and join us live on Tues 20th June 2023.
3pm UK – 10am Eastern – 7am Pacific.
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WS Form Webinar Series

Come and join us live on Weds 21st June 2023.
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Find out how to use WS Form from Mark Westguard, plugin developer.

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WordPress is too expensive - Thinking the unthinkable (TTUT), Episode 9

329 – Thinking the unthinkable (TTUT). Episode 9: WordPress is too expensive

This is the 9th episode of our “Thinking the Unthinkable” series and today’s unpalatable thought is… WordPress is too expensive? We can dismiss this as insane ramblings straightway? It’s free! But, it can be expensive to do anything out of the ordinary, although Site Editing is changing that! Is WordPress a trap for the naive DIYer? Cheap start, but a longer term hidden costs in hosting and maintenance? Or is it still possible to build something decent but at a low cost? What about the freedoms that the GPL provides, and (dare I say it?) the websites that sell premium plugins for knock down prices? It’s an interesting chat and we hope that you enjoy it!

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What to do when you begin to think that you're splitting up with WordPress - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #328

328 – What to do when you begin to think that you’re splitting up with WordPress

Today on the podcast we have Arnas Donauskas, who is a Product Owner at Hostinger. He’s on the show to talk about something that I’m sure that we’ve all felt before… that feeling of not being sure that WordPress is the project that it once was, that the future is not what you’d like, and how you can move on and work on the web with something else. This is a tough subject for a podcast called WP Builds! The name implies that we’re here come what may! I guess that the title is a little bit of clickbait, and perhaps a better title would be more like ‘how do you get your WordPress mojo back?’ WordPress site building and growth can be challenging, and quite often people lose their motivation to continue, and this is what we address… getting back your inspiration and desire to use WordPress and be a part of the community that surrounds it. Having said all of that, we cover a lot of ground about this topic and a whole bunch of other topics too.
Is open source a liability? Thinking the unthinkable (TTUT), Episode 8 - WP Builds

327 – Thinking the unthinkable (TTUT). Episode 8: Is open source a liability?

On this 8th episode of “Thinking the Unthinkable” we are asking “is ‘open source’ a liability? This was prompted by a 2021 incident. A zero-day attack called Log4Shell that affected major players like Microsoft and Cloudflare. It’s a chat about risk assessment really. Lots of levels with WordPress’ LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, PHP and MySQL). It seems quite remarkable that WordPress has worked so well for 20 years. So how do we ‘sell’ free, open source solutions to our clients, when most of them are from a world in which you need to pay for all-the-things?

326 – James Giroux on workplace culture, team dynamics and leadership in WordPress companies

On the podcast today we have James Giroux and he’s here to talk about a new project that he’s set up called TeamWP. It’s all about workplace culture, team dynamics and leadership in WordPress companies. We open up the conversation with a lengthy chat about the rich history that James has in the WordPress space. He’s worked for lots of different companies in a multitude of different roles, some big, some small. He’s had mixed experiences in these companies, feeling empowered and enabled in many roles, but also working in dysfunctional workplaces where he feels that his talents were not exploited to their fullest potential. Normally, the podcast guest’s background would not be all that significant, but given the nature of the conversation today, it truly is. You see, the itch that James is trying to scratch with TeamWP is trying to figure out what a ‘good’ WordPress workplace looks like; what represents a ‘good’ company. Now James is not suggesting that he’s got the answers to all these questions just yet. It’s a work in progress, but TeamWP is on a mission to find out what all this means.

325 – Thinking the unthinkable (TTUT). Episode 7: Designing in the browser is for amateurs

It’s the 7th in our “Thinking the Unthinkable” series where we attempt to rationalise controversial views on WordPress and web design? Today’s topic is… Designing in the browser is for amateurs. David thought this topic was about whether to use design software rather than jump in with a page builder or start amending a template. Nathan thought it was about how design tools are increasingly online and work in the browser leaving us not having to install software for our computer operating systems. We will cover both because more recently graphical tools that work in the browser are also capable of spitting out HTML code too. Please feel free to leave us a comment at the bottom of the post!
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Meet your hosts

Nathan Wrigley


WordPress web site builder.

I run a web agency in the UK called Picture and Word. We work almost exclusively with WordPress, but have been know to use Drupal and Magento in the past.

I cannot spell the words, thepis, rangotls, or dufmertin.

David Waumsley


Lion tamer and liar.

I travel, help people make websites and bang on about Beaver Builder on YouTube. I got a silver badge for swimming aged 11.

The designer in me says there should be more words here.

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