Running a growing WordPress plugin company with Shahjahan Jewel - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #207

There are some companies in the WordPress space that are very much on the rise and today we’re speaking to Shahjahan Jewel about his company WP Manage Ninja, and they certainly are rising! I heard about WP Manage Ninja about a year ago, when they did a lifetime deal sale on their WP Fluent Forms plugin. After some research, I hopped on the deal and I”ve never looked back. It’s become my go-to plugin for forms because of it’s reliability and fast pace of development. The features that they’ve added have been useful and well executed. There’s loads more to this company, not least the new Fluent CRM plugin. Listen to the podcast to find out more…

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FOMO V No FOMO - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #206

FOMO (fear of missing out) has become a really common tool in online sales and marketing of late. Wherever things are sold, this tool is used. Whether it’s a clock ticking down, a stock counter or a lifetime deal that’s never to be repeated, I’m sure that we’ve all seen this tactic and most likely fallen for it. So what’s the point of using FOMO? Does it work and is it ethical? It feels like we’re just starting on this FOMO journey and marketers will get better at using it to drive sales with ever more ingenious implementations. On the podcast today we talk about where we’re seen this in use in the WordPress space and whether or not we think it’s effective. Go check out the podcast to find out more…

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Flipping websites with Blake Hutchison - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #205

Flipping domains can be a profitable business and today on the WP Builds WordPress podcast we’re going to be hearing about how and why you might want to look into doing it. There’s more than you might think! In it’s simplest form, flipping is the process of buying (or selling) a domain. In the real world businesses are bought and sold all the time, there’s nothing unusual about it at all, but buying a current domain can be a little harder, and Flippa is a platform that’s designed to take all of that difficulty away! Whether that’s the job of locating a website / domain / app (and more) that you might want to buy, to actually taking care of all the minutiae of getting the deal done. Blake Hutchison is here to explain how it all works. Go check it out…

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Author Support V Community Support - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #204

Where should you go for support for WordPress plugins, themes and blocks? This debate was partly prompted by a WP Tavern article regarding what can be done about the WordPress.org forum being used to support premium versions of plugins which are not in the repository. There seems to be a lot of complexity to this due to the varying expectations of support and the vast difference in what plugin and themes do. We are probably better for having both types of support, but perhaps polarizing these can help explore the topic. Find out which is the best way to receive support on the WP Builds Podcast today. Go listen…

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The WordPress journey of Wendie Huis in t Veld - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #203

This is one of those warm and fuzzy episodes! It’s all about Wendie and her journey with WordPress. There’s no product here, no tutorial, just a good, old fashioned chat about WordPress with a thoroughly lovely person! Wendie and I have been chatting on and off for years. It all started back in the day that both of us were going through the WP Elevation program and we decided to be accountability partners. We chatted from time to time during that and drifted in and our of conversations online for many years. We met in person at WordCamp London in 2018 as well as WordCamp Europe in 2019. She’s been working in the WordPress space for years and has a really interesting story to tell. So have a listen to the podcast to find out more…

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Matte v glossy screens - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #202

Nathan says ‘Matte and Glossy’ sound like a Las Vegas cabaret act so David’s down for a quick win on this one! This is a little bit of a sham debate as it is as silly as matte or gloss paper. But some designers have a preference for one over the other and all of us who make websites probably need to consider that visitors may have vastly different experiences depending on what they use. It’s quite surprising when you look into this how much the screen that your beautifully designed WordPress website is viewed upon can impact how it looks. I mostly assume that what I design is what everyone sees, but it’s just not the case. The screen really, really matter. So whish is best… Find out what we think on the podcast this week…

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How to make your WordPress website run smoothly (even after a year) with Alexandru Covtun - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #201

Today we talk about how to keep your WordPress website running smoothly, whether that’s one month or one year after you launched it. So we all know that having a website is more work than most people think. There’s a ton of things that need to go on in the background to ensure that it’s up and running, performing well and getting you leads. As WordPress web professionals, we take much of this for granted. In fact I was thinking as I wrote this post of all the little tasks that it takes to create a website and then keep it running in a performant way, and I was honestly surprised at all the things that I could think of. There were dozens…! Today we have Alexandru Covtun on the podcast to tackle this subject. He’s with WP Dandy which is a WordPress maintenance and support company, so he knows what he’s on about. Go listen…

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To niche or not to niche - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #200

So, you’re a WordPress website creator. You sell your websites to clients far and wide, or at least that’s the hope. We all know though that the reality is that finding new clients can be hard and keeping them can be harder. The question in this episode of the podcast is, what’s the best approach for attracting new clients. Should you go for anyone and everyone, or are you best targeting your efforts at a particular niche? Well, it’s not that easy and there are pros and cons to both options. Today on the podcast, which by the way is episode 200 (yay!), we discuss which is best. Honestly, it throws up some unexpected results. In the end you’ll have to decide for yourself, but perhaps listening to others debate this point might get you on the right track! Go listen…

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Benjamin Ritner speaks with Kadence - The WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #199

Today we hear all about Kadence Blocks, the Kadence Theme and Kadence Membership from the creator, Benjamin Ritner. This suite of WordPress tools has been growing in popularity at an amazing rate. Wherever I seem to go, it’s being mentioned, and in a very positive light. He’s built out a broad set of tools which will enable you to build just about any WordPress website that you could imagine. He prides himself on keeping things lightweight and offering good support. Have a listen to the podcast today to see if Kadence is something to consider in your WordPress toolbelt in the days to come. Go listen…

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Value pricing v fixed rate - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #198

This debate will never die, but we keep hearing more about it each year. The traditional model is to charge your client a fee that is made clear on your website. You charge a fixed fee for the services that your provide. But now we’ve got value pricing which says charge the client based upon the value that you bring to their business. More profit for you. But is this easy to pull off, or does it feel like deception from the client’s point of view. One model is simple, the other takes more thought, but offers higher rewards (if you can find the clients). Find out what we think about this debate in the WP Builds Podcast today…

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