173 - My WordPress journey with David Decker - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

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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172 - Growth v staying small - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

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…

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How EmergencyWP can protect your online legacy - The WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #171

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.

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170 - Page Builders v The Block Editor a.k.a. Gutenberg - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

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…

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast - 169 - Advanced Custom Fields, the past, present and future

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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The WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast - 168 - Making an impact

This episode is all about trying to make some kind of impact… how you can actually get people to notice what it is that you’re doing and make them want to care about it, enough perhaps to become your client. So for this people really need to know what it is that you do. Not for a myriad of things that you might be interested in doing, but the core things that you do well and that are profitable for your business. Alongside all of this is the need to have some kind of emotional impact as well, something that really resonates with your clients. We go into all of this in the podcast, so why don’t you have a listen…

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How I use Agile and WordPress to launch a minimal viable product with Marius Vetrici - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

Today we stray into waters that we don’t often swim in. We’re talking about Agile development and launching a Minimal Viable Product, and the person I’m talking to is Marius Vetrici. Marius is a WordPress developer and runs an agency of twelve people… so he’s got to have all his processes in place to ensure that his business is profitable and that his clients are happy. This discussion centres around a long post that Marius wrote entitles “Agile WordPress Development: How To Maximize The ROI Of Your MVP Website”. In that post we learn that Marius had to learn to have processes in place because of a $200,000 project that just got out of hand. The product that he launched did not have the research done properly before the work started, and as such there was no real understanding of exactly what it was that they were trying to build. We talk about structuring work into sprints, how these sprints map to goals and how WordPress is the perfect tool to do all of this with minimal time and cost. Honestly… really interesting.

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166 - The when and who of marketing - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

This episode is looking at who we think our idea WordPress clients might be and where we might find them. There’s more to this subject than meets the eye! for a start, when are the people who we’re trying to engage as clients actually receptive to our messages? It might not be at the times that you think are suitable. Perhaps they work late into the evening, or the team is dotted all over the globe? In terms of the who, this can be really hard – trying to work out exactly who we are going to target and therefore the kind of messages that they’re likely to resonate with. Should we push towards word of mouth, or perhaps use social media channels to get some traction? What should those messages sound like, controversial, a debate, riding a common theme? It’s all in the WP Builds podcast this week…

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165 - Creating your own managed WordPress service, and keeping all the margin with Patrick Gallagher - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

On the WP Builds WordPress Podcast today with have Patrick Gallagher from Gridpane. We talk about their mission to save you time and hassle when you build and host WordPress websites. They have a unique product which is being discussed a lot right now. We talk about how the company got started and how it is that they go the extra mile so that you don’t have to. It’s little things like not making you repeat work that you perhaps don’t need to every time your set up a new site. Build a site, save it as a bundle then reuse it over and over again. Pretty much all you need to do it is to name the site, tell Gridpane where you want it to be hosted and click a button, that’s literally it. Of course you can bring your own hardware like Digital Ocean, Linode, Google, Amazon etc, or point to an IP address of a box in your house! WordPress installs created, managed, backed up in the least time possible! Go check it out…

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164 - The how and where of marketing - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

So many places to post your marketing messages and so many forms that they can take. What options are there and are any more useful than the others? We’re taking another dive into the ‘Watertight Marketing’ book by Bryony Thomas, and exploring an area that neither David or I (Nathan) are particularly experienced at. We go over as many ways as we can think of for getting your (or your client) messages out there and think about what they might look or sound like. It’s a surprisingly long list and it’s changing all the time. What looked cool 3 years ago, might look foolish today and the platform of choice seems to change with alarming regularity! Have a listen to us chat this all through on the WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast.

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