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77 – UI That Rocks / Understanding Gestalt design principles with Piccia Neri

77 - UI That Rocks / Understanding Gestalt design principles with Piccia Neri

I don’t know much about design. I’m one of those people who knows what they like when they see it. So I’m basically your worst client! Luckily there are people out there who do understand design. They think about it deeply and understand why some combinations of colours and shapes work well (good designers) and others don’t (me and turnips). Piccia Neri is one such person; she’s good at design and understanding design. Coming from a background in art history she moved over to the web and has been applying her knowledge to web design ever since.

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76 – How to build and manage a successful plugin business with Sujay Pawar

76 - How to build and manage a successful plugin business with Sujay Pawar

In this episode we get to chat to Sujay Pawar, somewhat of a rising star of the WordPress world. I think that it’s quite likely that you’ve heard of some of the products that his company (Brainstorm Force) have created over the years. Shall I just list them out for you, so that you can say, “Yes, I’ve heard of those,” at the end? The Astra Theme, Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder, Ultimate Addons for Elementor, Convert Pro, Schema Pro, WP Portfolio and actually there were a few more along the way too! There, I told you that you’d heard of them! Is that enough for you!? Listen to the episode to find out more.

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75 – ACF… Elliot Condon tells us all about his enormously cool plugin

75 - ACF... Elliot Condon tells us all about his enormously cool plugin

You discovered WordPress a while back and you thought, “this is great, but I need more fields”. Admit it, that’s exactly what you said isn’t it? Well Elliot Condon heard your cry and went out and built ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) for you. It’s about the most useful thing that you could add to WordPress other than, say, the Pro version of ACF, which is even better! You get heaps of new fields to play with and turn WordPress into something that is more CMS than blog platform! We find out all about ACF; it’s past, present and future, and we also find out about Elliot and what kind of a nice chap he is.

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74 – Let’s try to understand the GPL license shall we? With Jonathan Bossenger

Let's try to understand the GPL license shall we? With Jonathan Bossenger

Way back in September 2017, we did an episode called “Build it out of love. The morality of GPL licenses“. In this episode David an I (as is our custom) spoke at great length with almost zero understand of the subject matter. I’m happy to say that most of you just tut and move on, but one or two of you are really, really listening and decide to question our proclamations! Jonathan Bossenger is such a person and he was having none of it! He decided that you guys actually needed to know real facts about The GPL and so he got in touch. You of course understand that I’m joking? He was very nice and thoughtful and considerate; which is more than we deserve!

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73 – Why Smart Slider 3 might make you think about using sliders all over again

Why Smart Slider 3 might make you think about using sliders all over again

This week we have Daniel David on the show talking about his plugin, Smart Slider 3. If you have not used a slider on any of your WordPress website projects, then it might be time to have another look, because, these things are pretty amazing these days. Smart Slider 3 does not just slide things in from one side of the screen to the other in fun ways, oh my goodness no, it does a whole lot more than that! Smart Slider 3 is a drag and drop slider builder that you can use in many, many ways; some of them unexpectedly cool. Think Page Builder for only sliders!

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72 – A new way doing hosting (really) with Claudio Benvenuti from HardyPress

A new way doing hosting (really) with Claudio Benvenuti from HardyPress

On the podcast today we’ve got Claudio Benvenuti from HardyPress, a company who do hosting your WordPress site a little differently. The normal hosting environment for WordPress usually involves a LAMP stack of some kind and that’s about it. It’s more complex as that as we all know, but that’s your basic level and it goes up from there. The amount of money that you spend buys you things like more bandwidth in a month, more hard disk space, and a better CPU. You might even invest in a managed WordPress host that does some serious work caching all the things to make it faster.

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71 – How to be authentic and produce lots and lots of content with BobWP (Bob Dunn)

How to be authentic and produce lots and lots of content with BobWP (Bob Dunn)

Let me introduce you to Bob Dunn (a.k.a. BobWP), ha, like that’s a sentence that you’re going to be able to say! We all know about Bob don’t we? We’ve read his many blogs and listened to his many podcasts and he’s taught us all a great deal. So this one was a great one for me to do as I have a huge amount of respect for Bob and all that he does for WordPress. What, I think, makes Bob unique is the sheer amount of quality content that he produces, it’s prodigious and it’s hard to know how he manages to create it all.

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70 – Using Viral Marketing to grow your audience with Savvas Zortikis from Viral Loops

Using Viral Marketing to grow your audience with Savvas Zortikis from Viral Loops

The SaaS app that you use on the WP Builds website to enter the competitions is called Viral Loops and today we have Savvas Zortikis on to speak about it.The idea behind viral marketing is that you offer something that people want and you ask them for their email in return. Well, that’s all pretty standard stuff that we’ve all known about since 1995! The word ‘viral’ is used here because of the fact that your entrants are encouraged to share your offer because if they do, they increase their own chance of winning. The more you share, the more you’re likely to walk away with the prize.

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69 – Using Elementor? You need Katka from Barna Buxbaum

Using Elementor? You need KatKa from Barna Buxbaum

In this episode of the WP Builds podcast we get to talk to a very generous man! He’s called Barna Buxbaum and he’s the man behind the wildly popular template pack for the Elementor Page Builder called Katka. I’m always astonished by how people produce amazing things in the WordPress space and then just give them away for nothing! How cool is that? Barna’s Katka is a huge library of over 170 (yes 170!) design elements that you simply download and drag and drop into your page designs. There’s something for everyone, from ‘Calls to Action’ to ‘Testimonials’, ‘Pricing Tables’ to ‘FAQs’.

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68 – “GeneratePress Sites” is going to speed up your site building with Tom Usborne and Paul Lacey

"GeneratePress Sites" is going to speed up your site building with Tom Usborne and Paul Lacey

On the podcast this week we have not one, but two guests! They’ve come on to talk about the work that they’ve been doing to keep the amazingly popular WordPress theme GeneratePress up to date and relevant. Those two people are Tom Usborne, the lead developer from GeneratePress, and Paul Lacey, a long time user of the theme who runs , a WordPress agency based in the UK. Tom thought that it was time to add a new feature called “GeneratePress Sites” and it will allow you chose from a range of pre-designed sites, click a button and import those site’s designs and pages.

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