312 – Zach Swinehart on how to get more done, aka being more productive – Part 2

Zach Swinehart on how to get more done, aka being more productive - Part 2 - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #312

On the podcast today we have Zach Swinehart in the second of an, unexpectedly, two-part episode. We talked for so long that I decided it was best as two episodes instead of a really long single episode. You really need to listen to episode 310 of the podcast before this one, so go do that now if you have not already! We start off today where we left off last time, with my addiction to email and whether I could conquer that, then moving on to talk about Zach’s framework for Deep Work which is step by step guide to helping you to get your concentration back in a world that’s constantly trying to steal your attention. Zach was kind enough to write his own show notes for this episode and so rather than reinvent the wheel, you’ll find them by heading to the podcast page.

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311 – Summing up the WP Builds ‘WordPress Business Bootcamp” series

Summing up the WP Builds 'WordPress Business Bootcamp'' series - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #311

Welcome to the last episode (sigh) in our Business Bootcamp series. Over the last year, we have been attempting to question everything we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design businesses. We looked at the entire process, from meeting our first client to helping them to support their site. We’ve tried to contrast approaches by looking at the traditional project (waterfall) where we are hired to build the finished (website) “product”, and an agile approach, where we will try to use online SEO and UX data gathered, to iteratively improve the site as an ongoing collaboration with the client. Here we have set ourselves a few questions in an attempt to sum up what we have learned over this series and, more generally, our time in the website building industry. It’s been a fun ride!

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310 – Zach Swinehart on how to get more done, aka being more productive – Part 1

Zach Swinehart on how to get more done, aka being more productive - Part 1 - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #310

On the podcast today we have Zach Swinehart in the first of an (unexpectedly) two-part episode. We talked for so long that I decided it was best as two episodes instead of a really long single episode. “Productivity hacks” feel a bit like snake oil to me at this point. We’ve all heard a million of them and they never seem to work. Today’s episode should affect your productivity. It’s not a “weird productivity tip that your doctor does not want you to know about”. Instead, it’s a fundamental approach that we can take to our work as designers and developers to prioritise high-quality focus on the right stuff. Zach is going to go deep on the concept of “strategic deep work” and how you can leverage it to really get meaningful results in your freelancing business. Whether you’re a soloist freelancer or you’re trying to scale your agency, you’ll get something out of this episode.

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309 – Traditional v Agile

Traditional v agile - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #309

Welcome to the penultimate episode in our Business Bootcamp series. Usually, this is where I write… “where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design business from start to finish”. But if you are joining us now, you probably need to go back a year to season one! We are on Season 5, which is the last in this Bootcamp series and is about what happens after the website build. This is episode 5. Today we are talking about Future Proofing (our tech based business and maybe our clients’ sites). We’re supposed to be talking about Traditional (Waterfall) v Agile, but as you’ll hear we get slightly derailed and go off piste for quite a bit of the podcast, which is fun! We cover: Reduce or embrace dependencies? Should we offer long term support? What kind of efforts do we put into making sure that we’re keeping our knowledge and skills up to date? Check it out…

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308 – Up your WooCommerce game with Barn2 plugins

Up your WooCommerce game with Barn2 plugins - WP Builds Weekly WordPress podcast #308

So we have Katie Keith on the podcast today to talk about what they’re doing over at Barn2 plugins. First off, we tackle the history of the company, and importantly, why they have such a peculiar name! We then get into their journey into the WooCommerce space and how that’s enabled them to grow into the small, but mighty team that they are today. We then list out some of their more popular plugins and Katie explains what each one does and when you might need to deploy it. Lastly, we get into acquisitions. The WordPress space has been literally full of them over the last couple of years and WooCommerce plugins have been fairly popular ‘buys’ for some of the bigger players. Katie talks about this and how they wish to stay the course and keep the business going nuder their own steam.

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307 – Upselling services

Upselling services - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #307

So you’re in the business of selling WordPress websites? If you are in that business, then I can guarantee you that there’s more money to be made than just getting the site done and then moving on. Today it’s all about the upsells that we might offer. We go through a list of things that we’ve tried in the past, some of which were profitable and easy to do, others of which were hard and lost us money. It’s a lottery to be honest! Things that one person excels at, others might be loathed to do. Website hosting, email hosting, design, custom development, social media, content creation, SEO, optimisation… I could go on. In fact, I (we) do in the episode today. Have a listen and then head over to the post and leave us a comment.

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306 – Application & database hosting at Kinsta

Application & database hosting at Kinsta - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

So in the last episode of the WP Builds podcast we were talking about how WordPress hosting has changed. Today it feels like more of the same. Kinsta has been offering managed WordPress hosting for years, and has built up a good business on top of the world’s most popular CMS. Well, time and tide wait for no one, and Marcel Bootsman plus Maciek Palmowski are on the podcast today to explain about how they’ve got a new offering, which is not specifically about WordPress at all. So what have they got then? Application & database hosting is what they’ve got. Did you not see the title of the podcast?!?! What does that mean? It means that you can now host pretty much anything on the Kinsta platform; you’re no longer restricted to WordPress. If you can imagine it, you can now host it with them. What does this mean for the future of the company and their current WordPress customers? Find out in the podcast.

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305 – How hosting has changed

How hosting has changed - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #305

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WP sites and running a web design business from start to finish. Today we’re talking about the way that hosting has changed over the years. In much the same way that you look at a website from 1999 and wonder how that was ever allowed to exist, the same is true for the technology stack that is hosting our WordPress websites. Perhaps, back in the day, you ran servers of your own in your office or house. You then likely moved to something like shared hosting and a VPS. Now we’ve got managed WordPress hosting companies and cloud services which allow to spin up servers in an instant with just the resources we need. Add to that the interest in headless WordPress, and well, we’ve got a show on our hands and plenty to talk about.

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304 – Steve Burge on running PublishPress and buying other plugins

Steve Burge on running PublishPress and buying other plugins - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #304

I love a good story, and that’s what we’ve got for you today. It’s Steve Burge from PublishPress. Steve’s had a long history working with open source software, and, as you’ll hear, he’s not going anywhere. The conversation kicks off with a bit of background about Steve. We talk about his journey with a whole variety of FOSS tools such as Joomla, Drupal, Magento and WordPress. I know this journey well, as perhaps do many of you. There was a time when there really was a no clear ‘winner’ in the open source CMS market. Many of the platforms were experiencing growth and there was no hint that any one solution would grow to dominate in terms of market share. Given that the landscape had so many popular choices, Steve decided he was going to create a business around serving them all, and so OS Training began. We learn about how Steve tried to grow the business, and ultimately why he moved on to pastures new. We then get into the things that Steve’s involved with now, namely PublishPress and MetaSlider, which is a new acquisition. All in all then, this is a lovely conversation with a very thoughtful developer. I hope you enjoy the podcast.

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303 – Monitoring websites for clients

Monitoring websites for clients - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #303

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WP sites and running a web design business from start to finish. Today we are talking about ‘Monitoring websites for clients’. Relationships with clients after a traditional project rarely end with the site going live. Those who take an agile approach will not have clients continuously responding to user behaviour changes. What should we be monitoring for clients? There’s more to this than you might think! And we get into a lot of the tools that we’ve tried before to make all of this happen. There’s a full list in the show notes.

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