'H' is for Health - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #224

Today on the WP Builds podcast we’re talking about health. Not your health, but the health of the WordPress sites you build or manage. Turns out that there’s a boatload of things that need to be done regularly to keep your sites fighting fit. From backing them up to monitoring their uptime. Checking that they’re okay after updates to keeping up with the latest SEO trends. I could go on for a lot longer, in fact David and I do in the podcast. From an agency perspective, this episode is particularly interesting because many of the things that we discuss today are areas which you can productise and sell to your clients; because honestly, they’re unlikely to be something that your clients are interested in, they’ll just want to know that it’s done. Go check out the podcast today.

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How we built the WP Buffs business - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #223

WP Buffs has been a company on the rise for several years now. I’m sure that you’ve seen some of their content and perhaps listened to their podcast or attended their WPMMR summit? The podcast today is all about how you can grow a ‘side gig’ business into a thriving business by creating engaging content around the subjects that your target audience really want to know about. So WP Buffs is really in the business of maintaining WordPress website, but how do you get noticed in this competitive field? How do you gain new customers when your rivals already have heritage? Content, that’s how. Joe Howard explains how they created content which they knew people wanted to consume from keyword research. Blog posts, then a podcast, then a virtual summit. Join us on the podcast today to see how they did it…

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'F' is for forms - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #220

It’s another of 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 F for… Forms. We expect most sites to have a contact form. Something that does not require the visitor to launch an email client, but there’s so many other things that forms plugins have brought under their control. Payments, user registration, post creation and much more. We’re also very lucky that the WordPress forms space is so competitive; so many great options to choose from. So today on the podcast we talk about forms, what we’ve used, what we like and what they can be used for. Go check out the podcast…

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Create Alexa Skills right inside of WordPress with Shoutworks - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #219

So the podcast today might catch you a little off guard! It’s not something that I’ve ever played with before. Today we’re talking about Shoutworks, which is a WordPress plugin that lets you boost your voice SEO by creating an Amazon Alexa skill in one click right from inside WordPress. Wait… What! Is this even a thing? Why would I ever want to do that? Well, the short version is that you can use devices like Alexa to alert your audience / customers when you’ve got updates that they might be interested in. Marketers are always looking for new ways to engage and inform audiences, and this is certainly new. Find out more on the podcast today and leave a comment so that we know what you think…

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'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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Get your WordPress tasks in order with DocketWP - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #217

Today we’re talking about the DocketWP WordPress plugin with Andre Gagnon and Kyle Van Deusen, the project founders. So, what does it do and why might you want it? It’s a plugin that provides you with an easy to access to-do list right inside of your WordPress dashboard. You can sync this list in the cloud so that you, or your team are always doing the tasks that are needed. You also get pre-written tasks lists from industry leaders ready to download so that you’re up to speed about SEO, care plans etc. in as little time as possible. It’s a small plugin, but one which could possibly have large implications upon your productivity. Check out the podcast today to find out more…

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'D' is for Database #216 of the WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast

It’s the 4th in our series of chats called ‘the A-Z of WordPress’ where we attempt to cover all the major aspects of building and maintaining sites with WordPress. Today, we are really going set pulses racing with the letter ‘D’ for Database! The word alone sounds incredibly dull, and for years I pretended it did not exist. Even now I do anything to avoid directly interacting with it. But I do now appreciate how essential it is to the health and speed of a WordPress website. I’m now quite interested in how plugins and themes interact with the database. All that being said, this episode is one of those where we talk about things that we don’t really understand. Being website builders, both David and I tend to just allow the database to exist and we try to ignore it. There’s loads in here though, so have a listen to the podcast and let us know what you think…

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