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173 – My WordPress journey with David Decker
Today is a little different from the episodes that we’ve been putting out of late. It’s a story of one man and his journey with using WordPress. We talk today with David Decker. You might have seen him around the WP Builds Facebook Group from time to time, and if you haven’t been in there you really should as he’s one of the many friendly faces who are there offering helpful advice and expertise. I met David in on Facebook and was lucky enough to meet him in person at WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin. Was had a few chats and it became clear that an appearance on the podcast was going to happen…
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There’s many types of businesses providing websites and marketing to many different client types. We have self-employed freelancers seeing it more as their vocation or as a side gig. Then we have large Agencies with teams of specialists, designers, UX experts, frontend and backend developers, project manager and a whole load more. Anyone who knows us we know we are really the former. Why the debate? Probably because there is a general wisdom that self employed people need to think of themselves as a business and that business are expected to grow. We are exploring whether this applies to those offering website services with WordPress. So, somewhat arbitrarily, David is going to argue from the point of view of growth, and I’m (Nathan) will argue that we can stay small. Check it out…
Trigger warning – this episode touches up on the subject of bereavement and so, you may want to bear that in mind before you listen. So today I’m talking with Albert Brückmann, the founder of EmergencyWP which is a WordPress plugin that you can use to protect your legacy, both online and offline. Think of EmergencyWP as a way of a silo of information that you would like to pass on to anyone in the event that you pass away. Albert created the EmergencyWP plugin, and the various iterations that went before it, as a result of an accident that occurred to a friend who had made insufficient preparations. It made Albert realise that the unexpected can happen and that having options to organise what and how your relations and friends receive might be something that you wish to be in control of.
To avoid things getting stale we decided to mix it up for a while and challenge ourselves by arbitrarily taking one side each in some of the great debates in WordPress. The idea is that it might make us dig harder in to topics, give us a focus and force us to look at other perspectives. So today we’re tackling the WordPress debate of the moment ‘Page Builders v The Block Editor (Gutenberg)’. With so much innovation in the Page Builder space is there any room for something similar in WordPress core? Do we like it? Do we use it? Do we see a future for it? Whatever your point of view, there’s certainly a whole heap of arguments on either side of the debate, and honestly most of them are completely legitimate too! I’m sure that we’re not going to change your mind about this, but we might come up with a few things that you’d not thought of before. I hope that you enjoy listening to it…
Want to learn about Advanced Custom Fields for WordPress? Join founder Elliot Condon as we talk about the plugin… past, present and future. We talk about what the plugin does and how it can transform the kind of sites that you’re able to build. We then go on to chat about the last couple of years and how Elliot had had to put in a lot of work to make sure that ACF was ready for the 5.0 release of WordPress which brought in the Gutenberg editor. It was a period of huge learning and enormous uncertainty, but Elliot came through with flying colours. He managed to create ACF Blocks which is a non-coding way of creating your own bespoke Blocks that you can reuse within the editor. We also talk about the recent pricing changes – why an increase in price was long overdue and how it’s going to support the plugin’s development long into the future. Seriously nice guy… great episode…
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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.
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.