232 – ‘L’ is for Loading

'L' is for Loading - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #232

Today we talk about WordPress website page speed and why this is important, how you can measure it and some ideas about what you can do to improve it. There’s quite a lot to say about this, and it’s really timely with Google’s Core Web Vitals (CWV) coming on-stream in the near future. We talk about what CWV is and what it’s measuring, what WordPress loads out of the box, what tools you can use to measure your website page speed as well as what plugins you might consider to address any bottlenecks that you discover. How does hosting play into all this as well. As I say, there’s a lot of ground to cover, so go check out the podcast to see what we think…

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218 – ‘E’ is for eCommerce

'E' is for eCommerce - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #218

It’s another of our chats in the series called the ‘A-Z of WordPress’, where we attempt to cover all the major aspects to building and maintaining sites with WP. Today is ‘E’ for… Ecommerce. There’s just so much to say here because WordPress and Ecommerce are growing at a phenomenal rate. With so much activity, you’d think that there might be a ‘best’ way to build an online shop. But as is so often the case with WordPress, there’s multiple ways to achieve the same goal. So today on the podcast we talk about our experiences with WordPress as well as surface some of the plugins and themes that we’ve come across over the years to make your WordPress / WooCommerce shop a reality. Go check it out…

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214 – ‘C’ is for Caching

'C' is for Caching - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #214

It’s the third in our series of chats called the A-Z of WordPress, where we attempt to cover all the major aspects to building and maintaining sites with WordPress. Today, it’s the letter ‘C’ for Caching (including server side caching, front end caching (plugins) and CDNs. However, we avoid getting too deeply into page load times and scores, which we cover separately on another podcast. So what is the point of caching? What does it do and how might we do it with our WordPress websites. It’s certainly a complex subject, and we don’t have all the answers, but we do surface some good plugins that you might not have heard of. Check out the podcast…

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212 – ‘B’ is for Backups

'B' is for Backups - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #210

I’m sure that we’ve all had experiences with our WordPress websites where things went wrong; the site was hacked, something got deleted. In most cases we can recover, but if the worst comes to the worst we need a backup to save us. As with all things in the WordPress space, we’re spoiled in the number of backup options available to us. There’s plugins backups, our hosting backups, 3rd party SaaS backups and more. So which should we use? In this episode of the WP Builds Podcast we explore the pros and cons of the different backup types and why you might want to pick one over another. Have a listen to our thoughts on the podcast…

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210 – ‘A’ is for Appointments

'A' is for Appointments - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #210

So this is a new series called the ‘A-Z of WordPress’ in which David and Nathan discuss a topic starting with the next letter of the alphabet. To kick us off, it’s A is for Appointments. WordPress works as a great platform for allowing bookings and appointments. There’s heaps of plugins which will allow you or your clients to sync their calendar, take payments etc. What are those plugins and are they superior to SaaS alternatives? Perhaps you want to integrate an appointment system into your WordPress website, or maybe you want to pay a company to take this process over for you. There’s lots to talk about so join David and Nathan on this new series. Go check out the podcast…

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209 – Get meaningful feedback about your product or service

Get meaningful feedback about your product or service - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #209

If you have a product or service, it’s critical that you have a mechanism for users to be able to offer their feedback. That could be comments, but perhaps more importantly you’d like to offer your users a way to help you make the product better. Give them a way that they can suggest features and vote for the features that others have already suggested. Better yet, it’d be nice to be able to display all of that on an easy to understand Kanban style roadmap. Today we’ve got a WordPress plugin which can do just that. Listen to the podcast today to find out more…

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207 – Running a growing WordPress plugin company

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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206 – FOMO V No FOMO

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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204 – Author Support V Community Support

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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