298 – Make your website voice enabled, with Convoworks

Make your website voice enabled, with Convoworks - WP Builds Podcast #298

So voice enabled home are now a thing. It’s pretty likely that if you don’t have a voice enabled device now, you will at some point in the near future. You speak, and they respond. It’s pretty cool. But you might have noticed that there are limits to what they can do, and there are ways you learn to speak to these devices to get the best out of them. It’s a bit like how you use Google. You don’t type in ordinary language; you use Google specific language. What if it were possible to have the capabilities that voice enabled devices bring to the internet to a WordPress website? That would be cool, right? It would be, but the downside is that it’s really rather hard to make all of this work, and that’s where Convoworks steps in. They’ve got a GUI to make the job of doing all of this as easy as possible. Tihomir Dmitrović is on the podcast today to explain how it works, when you might use it and how it can benefit your website. Check it out.

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297 – Dealing with changing staff and new management

Dealing with changing staff and new management - WP Builds Podcast #297

What happens when your client suddenly has new staff members that you need to interact with? It might be a really smooth transition with nothing to worry about, but it might not. Old relationships may need to be rebuilt, and common understandings and goals about the website might need to be reworked. It’s even possible that your communications were not written down and you suddenly need to think about the entire project once more with new staff. What if you just don’t get along? What can you do then to ensure that you don’t lose the client? What can you do to keep things working for you both? We have some ideas for you on the podcast today. Go listen…

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296 – Gutenberg, FSE, Block Themes (Variants), Blocks, Rich Tabor on the whole lot

Gutenberg, FSE, Block Themes (Variants), Blocks, Rich Tabor on the whole lot - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #296

So if you’ve kept up with the latest developments in WordPress then you’ll have heard the words / phrases ‘Gutenberg’, ‘FSE’, ‘Block Themes’, ‘Blocks’ and a lot more. You’ll also likely have heard of our guest on the podcast today, Rich Tabor. He’s been in the WordPress space for many years working in the theme space, but now he’s shifted over to all the ‘new things’, and is making waves. He’s got some monumental projects on the go (see the links on the WP Builds post for this episode), and is on the podcast today to talk about where WordPress is at right now and what he’s hoping for in the future. It’s a lovely interview with a very thoughtful guest, and if you’re trying out the ‘new WordPress things’, or are just looking for a reason why you should, then this episode is for you!

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295 – Website documentation and support

Website documentation and support - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #295

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites, and running a web design business from start to finish. We are on Season 4 which is a short season looking at training clients. Today we are talking about website documentation and support. When we hand over a website, are we obliged to support it into the future, or can we just hand it over and be done with it? If we are going to support it, is there some standard of documentation we need to provide? Paper based, videos, in-person. I suspect that we’ve all got different ways of handling this, so check out the podcast to see what we do. BONUS, it’s a short episode and you’ll be done with it in no time!

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294 – How might we fix the WordPress notifications problem?

How might we fix the WordPress notifications problem? - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #294

If you’ve used WordPress for any length of time and use plugins, it’s highly likely that you’ve seen notifications in the backend which you did not expect. Perhaps they were ads, or upsells for things which are already installed. WordPress notifications serve a purpose. They are there for a very good reason, to notify you of things that you ought to be aware of. You just published a post. Something needs updating. That kind of thing. But not all the notifications that we see are the kind that you might call ‘essential’ or ‘useful’. This goes back to the fact that the WordPress notifications system was not really designed to be used in the variety of ways that ingenious developers have been able to use them. It’s a bit like cookies. They we created to maintain state on a website, and then developers figured out a whole raft of other uses for them, some of them somewhat undesirable. The system was created and then it was warped and reused in alternative ways. So it is with WordPress notifications. Brian Coords is on the podcast today to talk through his thoughts on the WordPress notifications systems and how it might be improved so stop its true purpose being misused.

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293 – Understanding the client’s training needs

Understanding the client’s training needs - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #293

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites, and running a web design business from start to finish. We are taking contrasting approaches to getting our new businesses running and our first client’s site built. Today we’re talking about what you, or don’t do when handing over the site in terms of training. Do you prepare reams and reams of documents which carefully outline the ways to achieve all-the-things, and hand it to them in a big binder? Do you make videos for the client so that they can see what they need to do? Perhaps you react after the fact and wait until the client comes to you with specific queries, which you answer one at a time? Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t do much at all and hope that the client figures it all out for themselves and leaves you alone to get on with the next website? Whatever it is, we’d love for you to listen to the podcast and then leave us a comment about how your process differs or aligns with ours.

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292 – Why WPCodeBox should be in your WordPress plugin lineup

Why WPCodeBox should be in your WordPress plugin lineup - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

On the podcast today we have WPCodeBox plugin developer Ovidiu Maghetiu, and he’s here to explain how it works and what it can do, and it can do… a lot! WPCodeBox is turning out to be one of those plugins that you know that you’re going to use for years to come. What I really like about this plugin is that it’s a conduit for your imagination. Many plugins offer you a pathway for achieving a particular task. You use it to achieve one or two things. WPCodeBox is designed to be an empty container which you fill up with your (or other peoples) ideas. It’s all about snippets at its heart. You can add snippets for PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SaaS to your website and in many cases reduce the plugin footprint as a result. Check out the podcast to find out more…

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291 – The launch

The Launch - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #291

So the moment has arrived. You’ve busted a jut and got the website finished. It’s 100% ready to roll. Now what? Well, you’ve got to launch it and let the world see the great work that you’ve done! So what’s involved in that? What do you typically need to do to make that happen? This is the subject that we explore on the podcast today and it’s one where David and Nathan have different approaches. David is going agile and is likely to ship it as soon as the first page is ready, whereas Nathan is waiting until the entire site is completed. What steps do you need to follow on our launch checklist, and what things can go wrong?

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290 – Using no code solutions as your superpower

Using no code solutions as your superpower - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

On the podcast today we have Raitis Sevelis from Visual Composer, and he’s here today to talk about the how you should use your WordPress page builder with pride and explain to your clients the many benefits that it brings to your workflow. There was a time when page builders first came around that they were somewhat spurned in the community. Not by all, and not for long. They were doing things in a new way, and sometimes new hurts. Gone were many of the technical barriers to creating sites. No more need to be wrangling template files and inserting shortcodes here there and everywhere. Page builders allowed a whole new audience to come to WordPress and build site for themselves as well as for their clients. Raitis thinks that sometimes we hide our page builder skills a little; assume that clients will think that less of us for using them. He has the opinion that we ought to be talking about how we use them more with our clients, and explaining how their use us making websites faster, cheaper and more easy for non-technical users to maintain and amend.

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289 – Legal stuff

Legal Stuff - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #289

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design business from start to finish. And today we are discussing ‘Legal stuff’. So this is about what we know (which is coming from our perspective, not that of a lawyer) about what responsibilities we have as the builders of WordPress websites for clients. Some of the decisions made when building a site potentially have legal consequences. GDPR, accessibility and those connected to rights and copyright. Lots of advice can be found in the WordPress Community, but like elsewhere, much could be profit motivated. So, having a sensible conversation about expectations and responsibilities seems the obvious thing to do?

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