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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303 – Monitoring websites for clients

Monitoring websites for clients - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #303

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WP sites and running a web design business from start to finish. Today we are talking about ‘Monitoring websites for clients’. Relationships with clients after a traditional project rarely end with the site going live. Those who take an agile approach will not have clients continuously responding to user behaviour changes. What should we be monitoring for clients? There’s more to this than you might think! And we get into a lot of the tools that we’ve tried before to make all of this happen. There’s a full list in the show notes.

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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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