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295 – Website documentation and support

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites, and running a web design business from start to finish. We are on Season 4 which is a short season looking at training clients. Today we are talking about website documentation and support. When we hand over a website, are we obliged to support it into the future, or can we just hand it over and be done with it? If we are going to support it, is there some standard of documentation we need to provide? Paper based, videos, in-person. I suspect that we’ve all got different ways of handling this, so check out the podcast to see what we do. BONUS, it’s a short episode and you’ll be done with it in no time!

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294 – How might we fix the WordPress notifications problem?

If you’ve used WordPress for any length of time and use plugins, it’s highly likely that you’ve seen notifications in the backend which you did not expect. Perhaps they were ads, or upsells for things which are already installed. WordPress notifications serve a purpose. They are there for a very good reason, to notify you of things that you ought to be aware of. You just published a post. Something needs updating. That kind of thing. But not all the notifications that we see are the kind that you might call ‘essential’ or ‘useful’. This goes back to the fact that the WordPress notifications system was not really designed to be used in the variety of ways that ingenious developers have been able to use them. It’s a bit like cookies. They we created to maintain state on a website, and then developers figured out a whole raft of other uses for them, some of them somewhat undesirable. The system was created and then it was warped and reused in alternative ways. So it is with WordPress notifications. Brian Coords is on the podcast today to talk through his thoughts on the WordPress notifications systems and how it might be improved so stop its true purpose being misused.

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293 – Understanding the client’s training needs

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites, and running a web design business from start to finish. We are taking contrasting approaches to getting our new businesses running and our first client’s site built. Today we’re talking about what you, or don’t do when handing over the site in terms of training. Do you prepare reams and reams of documents which carefully outline the ways to achieve all-the-things, and hand it to them in a big binder? Do you make videos for the client so that they can see what they need to do? Perhaps you react after the fact and wait until the client comes to you with specific queries, which you answer one at a time? Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t do much at all and hope that the client figures it all out for themselves and leaves you alone to get on with the next website? Whatever it is, we’d love for you to listen to the podcast and then leave us a comment about how your process differs or aligns with ours.

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292 – Why WPCodeBox should be in your WordPress plugin lineup

On the podcast today we have WPCodeBox plugin developer Ovidiu Maghetiu, and he’s here to explain how it works and what it can do, and it can do… a lot! WPCodeBox is turning out to be one of those plugins that you know that you’re going to use for years to come. What I really like about this plugin is that it’s a conduit for your imagination. Many plugins offer you a pathway for achieving a particular task. You use it to achieve one or two things. WPCodeBox is designed to be an empty container which you fill up with your (or other peoples) ideas. It’s all about snippets at its heart. You can add snippets for PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SaaS to your website and in many cases reduce the plugin footprint as a result. Check out the podcast to find out more…

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Nathan Wrigley

NATHAN WRIGLEY

WordPress web site builder.

I run a web agency in the UK called Picture and Word. We work almost exclusively with WordPress, but have been know to use Drupal and Magento in the past.

I cannot spell the words, thepis, rangotls, or dufmertin.

David Waumsley

DAVID WAUMSLEY

Lion tamer and liar.

I travel, help people make websites and bang on about Beaver Builder on YouTube. I got a silver badge for swimming aged 11.

The designer in me says there should be more words here.

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