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150 – Kinsta hosting on Google’s Cloud with Brian Jackson

Kinsta hosting on GoCloud with Brian Jackson - WP Builds WordPress podcast

Today we have a chat with Brian Jackson from Kinsta. Kinsta are a managed WordPress hosting company who have grow rapidly since their inception in 2013. When they started managed WordPress hosting was not the giant business that it was today. In those days we were still opting for shared hosting and VPS hosting. But with the advent of cloud platforms such as Amazon’s AWS and Google Cloud, there came an opportunity for people with the skills to leverage those platforms and repurpose them as WordPress specific hosting solutions. Find out how Kinsta works and see if they are a good fit for your next WordPress project.

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149 – Marketing funnels don’t exist!

Marketing funnels don’t exist! - WP Builds WordPress Podcast

This discussion is about marketing, and it has a very click-bait title! It’s probably safe to say that we are not experts in marketing and certainly not marketing funnels. Nevertheless we thought we would chat about this and why we might need to get better a digital marketing for ourselves and clients and where WordPress could help with that. What’s different about this discussion is that really is an introduction to a series of discussions we will have based on a book called Watertight Marketing by Bryony Thomas. Listen to this episode to find out more…

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148 – Spinning up a WordPress optimised server in minutes with Spinup WP

Spinning up a WordPress optimised server in minutes with Spinup WP - WP Builds WordPress podcast

This is a little bit different. Today we talk to Brad Touesnard from Delicious Brains about Spinup WP their new service which aims to make it trivially simple to get your WordPress website up and running on a cloud hosting provider – in fact just about anywhere. You login to their platform, fill out a few form fields and then go and grab a coffee. By the time that you’re done your WordPress optimised server will be ready and just waiting to get WordPress installed on it. This all sounds so simple, but there is a very large amount of heavy lifting going on in the background, heavy lifting that you’d have to learn and do your self. If you’ve ever wanted to install WordPress on a cloud provider, then check this podcast out…

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147 – What does it mean to fail?

What does it mean to fail? - WP Builds WordPress podcast

Do you think that you’re a success as a WordPress professional? Have you got everything sorted out and working just how you like it? Perhaps yes, but possibly no! What exactly do we mean by failure? Is it a measure of how much we earn, the kind of work that we are able to do? Perhaps it’s the amount of free time that our work allows us to have at our disposal. Failure is not so easy to pin down. Can we prevent it and plan ahead, put cash aside for a rainy day. Maybe failure is out of our control – the bad boss or the slowing economy. We chat through this whole topic and see what it is that we strive for and how we’ve approached these problems in the past.

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146 – Refining our website building process with James and Martin Coates

Refining our website building process with James and Martin Coates - WP Builds WordPress podcast

What to know how a growing WordPress website agency manages their projects? Well this is the podcast for you. Today we hear from James and Martin Coates from Impact Media. They tell us about the tools that they use to make their agency as efficient as possible. Wireframes to video creation, image manipulation to automated testing we learn it all. We also chat about their preferred plugins for particular tasks. It’s a great chat and will give you some insights into processes that, no doubt are part of your business, but perhaps you’ll see a new way or a new tool that you might be able to use. Go have a listen on the WP Builds WordPress podcast…

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145 – Should we use templates more?

Should we use templates more? - WP Builds WordPress podcast

Times have changed… It used to be that creating websites was really tedious. It took hours to get anything to go where you wanted it. Along came WordPress themes and life got a little easier, well sometimes, and then we got Page Builders with their rows and modules. Now you can get templates for just about anything and can have sites built in a matter of hours, but should we do it this way? Should we be using other people’s templates or should we be doing all this from the group up? Perhaps there is a middle way? Tweaking what you find so that the internet does not all look the same! Join us to find out what we think…

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144 – Get paid with likes… the Like Coin with Kin Ko

Get paid with likes... the Like Coin with Kin Ko - WP Builds WordPress podcast

If you create content you know that it’s nice to be rewarded for that. The Like Coin is a Block Chain idea which might make this possible. People click a button, you get paid! The internet came along and suddenly everything was free, free news, free magazines, free books. But authors of content need to get paid and paywalls, donations are not working. What if you could click a button and pay someone, literally do nothing else… click a button. Like Coin is trying to build this…

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143 – Only doing what you’re good at

Only doing what you're good at - WP Builds WordPress podcast

So we all build websites. Perhaps we don’t. Perhaps we’re just involved with WordPress as a marketing expert, or a graphic designer. WordPress is useful to a whole slew of different job types which is great, but can also be a burden. What I mean by that is that there are so many hats that you can wear in the WordPress space, so many jobs that are needed to get a website up, running and maintained, that it can be hard to keep up. How do we do that…

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142 – Easy life… store your layouts in the cloud with Andrew Palmer

Easy life... store your layouts in the cloud with Andrew Palmer - WP Builds WordPress podcast

You’ve been using a Page Builder to design your WordPress websites and life is great. But it could be better. The Page Builder Cloud plugin allows you to save your layouts to the cloud and reuse them on whatever website you want. So you can start to build your own library of layouts and they’re right there, waiting to be deployed and save you a heap of time. The plugin is also going to be able to convert layouts from one Page Builder to another, but this is not ready just yet. Check it out…

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141 – Feeling insecure about security (Part 2)

Feeling insecure about security (Part 2) - WP Builds WordPress podcast

This is the second episode about WordPress security. In this podcast we talk about the range of security plugins that we’ve heard of. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, bit we cover some of the main options that you’ve heard of. We discuss these WordPress security plugins; what options do they offer, do we understand what they’re doing and how do we pass on the responsibility for security to our WordPress website clients? Have a listen and post your comments…

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