304 – Steve Burge on running PublishPress and buying other plugins

Steve Burge on running PublishPress and buying other plugins - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #304

I love a good story, and that’s what we’ve got for you today. It’s Steve Burge from PublishPress. Steve’s had a long history working with open source software, and, as you’ll hear, he’s not going anywhere. The conversation kicks off with a bit of background about Steve. We talk about his journey with a whole variety of FOSS tools such as Joomla, Drupal, Magento and WordPress. I know this journey well, as perhaps do many of you. There was a time when there really was a no clear ‘winner’ in the open source CMS market. Many of the platforms were experiencing growth and there was no hint that any one solution would grow to dominate in terms of market share. Given that the landscape had so many popular choices, Steve decided he was going to create a business around serving them all, and so OS Training began. We learn about how Steve tried to grow the business, and ultimately why he moved on to pastures new. We then get into the things that Steve’s involved with now, namely PublishPress and MetaSlider, which is a new acquisition. All in all then, this is a lovely conversation with a very thoughtful developer. I hope you enjoy the podcast.

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302 – Eric Karkovack on the merits of canonical plugins in WordPress

Eric Karkovack on the merits of canonical plugins in WordPress - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #302

On the podcast today we have Eric Karkovack. He’s been in the WordPress space for ages and contributes in a whole variety of ways. I’ve been wanting to get him on the show for ages, but our calendars kept colliding, until today! We talk about two, not related, subjects. The first is WebP images, and the second is canonical plugins. You might not have heard of WebP images, but they’re all the rage! They are / were a project which came out of Google, and their intention was to create a new image format which would create images of high quality, but of a smaller file size. They’ve not yet made it into WordPress Core. Why is that? We also talk about ‘Canonical Plugins’ which is a proposal (see the links below in the show notes on the website) to increase the footprint of what WordPress can do, without increasing the footprint of what WordPress can do. That makes sense, right?!?! These canonical plugins would offer some pretty essential features, they would be tested thoroughly with WordPress Core versions, would receive frequent updates and therefore would have kudos; they’re more or less guaranteed to work out of the box. Eric and I get into this all as well…

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301 – Maintenance

Maintenance - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #301

We all do maintenance for our WordPress website clients, right? But what do you cover and what does a client expect? That’s the basis of the podcast today… There are many things that you ‘could’ cover, but many things that perhaps don’t want to. Perhaps you know that you’re not a security expert, or that configuring your server is a little out of scope. So how do you decide what’s in and what’s out? Also, we’re in an era of ‘no-code’. Clients are constantly being bombarded by messages saying that you can have a website which you can build yourself with no experience. How does this play into the equation of what a client will expect from you? Solutions like Wix and Squarespace make this promise a reality and it’s no doubt a conversation that you’re going to need to combat at some point. Join us on the podcast today to see what we think about this and what we’ve done in the past…

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292 – Why WPCodeBox should be in your WordPress plugin lineup

Why WPCodeBox should be in your WordPress plugin lineup - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

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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287 – When to use 3rd party addons

When to use 3rd party addons - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #287

There’s a WordPress plugin solution for almost every possible scenario. Booking – done. Commerce – done. Learning management – done. Done, done and done. In fact in many cases, there’s many different plugins available with slightly differing features! We’re spoilt for choice frankly. By are there times when it’s better for you or your client to think outside of WordPress plugins and consider a SaaS solution? That’s the topic of the conversation to and we dig into situations where we’re preferred non-WordPress options because it’s just a better fit for the specific project / client. We chat about what we’re using and when we think it’s best to just confess that WordPress is not always what we want to use and that there are many superb solutions out there. We hope that you enjoy the podcast.

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272 – Sell digital products with Lemon Squeezy

Sell digital products with Lemon Squeezy - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #272

On the podcast today we have JR Farr and Gilbert Pellegrom from a new platform called Lemon Squeezy. Lemon Squeezy is a SaaS based platform with a WordPress integration. Which enables you to sell digital products online? So things like PDFs, eBooks, software licensing… anything you can think of really. If it’s possible to package it up and sell it directly on your website, Lemon Squeezy is here to help with that. It makes running a digital products business easier by taking away some of the boring tasks. Check out the podcast…

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