247 – ‘T’ is for Themes

'T' is for Themes - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #247

WordPress themes are crucial, you have to have one, but will they continue to be so in an era of Full Site Editing? We talk on the podcast today about the WordPress themes that we’ve used over the years. Starting out by being beguiled by themes which could do all-the-things, then moving towards theme frameworks and minimal themes which allowed some basic styling, but then got out of the way of our Page Builder so that we could create headers and footers that way. Which themes do we like and what do we think the future holds with themes appearing to be of less importance in WordPress’ future. Are you exploring new themes? Are you a theme developer worried about the direction of travel? Listen to the podcast and let us know your thoughts…

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244 – ‘R’ is for Resources

'R' is for Resources - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #244

There are so many tools that you open up each day to do your job as a WordPress website builder or developer. In fact, I’d go as far as say that if you actually counted up the tools that you use each month, it’s going to be way more that you think. There’s graphics to create, template to conjure up, themes and plugins to discover and implement, emails to send, ways of getting client content… Honestly, the list just goes on and on. Inspired by suggestions from the WP Builds Facebook Group, we decided to put together a podcast highlighting some of the resources you use. There’s some real gems in here… honestly, so go check out the podcast today to find out more…

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240 – ‘P’ is for Plugins

'P' is for Plugins - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #240

WordPress plugins… there are so many to choose from, but it’s perhaps the fact that they exist that makes WordPress the huge success that it is. So what’s the point of a plugin and how do they differ from themes. Will blocks be a replacement in the future? We get into the subject of what are the ‘essential’ plugins that we think every WordPress site needs and which ones we have earmarked as our favourites. This discussion could have gone on for hours, but thankfully it didn’t! Find out what we think about WordPress plugins in the podcast today…

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237 – Why WS Form might be the form plugin you’ll try next

Why WS Form might be the form plugin you'll try next - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #237

So your first thought might well be this “Why do I need to look at yet another form plugin? What I’ve already got works fine.” Well… just put that sentiment on the shelf somewhere and have a look at WS Form. When you’ve done that, and done it properly, tell me that you’re not impressed with what it offers! Today I’m chatting to the WS Form founder and developer Mark Westguard, and he’s going to tell you in his own words why you might want to take a look. It’s a truly remarkable for solution and will enable you to create very complex forms with a simple to use interface. Not to mention that it connects with all-the-things that you could wish for. Check out the podcast…

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236 – ‘N’ is for Numbers

'N' is for Numbers - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #236

WordPress is a huge and growing platform. But, just how huge is it? Well, today we answer this and many other utterly unrelated questions as we lift the lid on the numbers in WordPress. How many plugins, how many WordCamps, number of plugins, which languages. It’s all in this episode. When we were researching this, it was honestly amazing just how big some of the numbers get. So join us today as we talk through WordPress by the numbers! Check out the podcast now…

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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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