282 – Put dynamic content on your website with the If-So plugin

Put dynamic content on your website with the If-So plugin - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #282

DEAL ALERT – there’s a deal mentioned in the podcast – do NOT miss out on this one, as it’s truly fabulous, not only in what you get, but in the way that you get it! It’s running until 23rd June 2022. So this plugin (If-So) is such a powerhouse, I don’t even know where to start. It’s a WordPress plugin designed to allow you to create content on your site which will display based upon a whole heap of conditions. Wait… what does that even mean? I’m glad that you asked. Let’s say that it’s Christmas, and you want to show something additional during the run up to the holidays, you can do that with a date condition. What about an offer only available to Android users? That’s a device condition. A part of the site only visible to people who came from a specific website? That’s a referral condition. You set a condition and then you specify what ought to happen. Simple in principle, enormously powerful in reality. Josef Carmeli is on the podcast today to talk about what the plugin can do, how it can transform your website and how it’s perhaps the coolest thing that you’ve not yet tried.

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281 – Choosing our website building tools

Choosing our website building tools - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #281

So, we’ve made it to series three of the WordPress Business Bootcamp and this is perhaps a little more where the rubber meets the road. Now we’re going to be thinking about the tools that we use to build a website and keep it going for the client. We’re split the ‘tools’ topic up into two episodes. This weeks it’s all about WordPress and next week it’s all the other things that you need which are not related to WordPress. What WordPress tools do we need then, and does the way that we build our sites need to have anything to do with our clients, or is it just for our (the website builder) convenience. Listen to this episode to see what we’ve ended up with as our basic stack, and if you think that we’ve missed anything, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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280 – Need some design inspiration? Try Extendify’s pattern collection

Need some design inspiration? Try Extendify's pattern collection - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #280

So you’ve tried Gutenberg, and you might like to or you might not! But one thing that you cannot really argue about is that it’s got some room for improvement. During the last few release cycles there’s been more and more talk about block patterns and how they’re going to make WordPress website building more straightforward. Block patterns are a collection of blocks that have been built and saved away for future use. So think about a typical use case, you have a hero section of your website that you might use over and over again. You build it one time, adding in a variety of blocks, and once you’re happy, you save it and then later you can add it into any other part of your website with the click of a button. But here’s the problem. The block editor is still a little but, how shall we say it… fun to use. It’s got some quirks and you might not find it as easy as you’d wish to get pixel perfect patterns. Step in Extendify. They have a suite of pre-made block patterns which you can use. It’s really all about making life simple. They’re all built on top of WordPress Core blocks so there’s no lock in and you can use them to learn how to build your own block patterns.

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279 – Design Aesthetics

Design Aesthetics - WP Builds Podcast #279

Another episode of the WordPress Business Bootcamp where we try to go right back to the start and unpick the process of building sites for clients. Today we’re on to the tricky subject of ‘Design Aesthetics’! Aesthetics affect a brand’s credibility and perception. The look and feel is probably the thing that first hit us first and is most important to our clients. But the problem is that aesthetics are subjective, there is no agreed way to deliver such things and we have to find some way to avoid design by committee (the client seeking outside parties) or the loudest voice winning without reference to the overall goals. So how we might do this is the subject of the podcast today. Remember that there’s a dozen other episodes in this series prior to this, but we’d love to get your thoughts on this one… tell us where you get your inspiration and how you handle this with your clients.

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278 – Builderius, a new and innovative way to create your WordPress website

Builderius, a new and innovative way to create your WordPress website - WP Builds Podcast #278

So there’s loads of WordPress tools out there that will help you create your WordPress websites. Chances are that you’ve tried out a few and have some favourite which you use most of the time. New tools are coming out all of the time and this episode is about one of those new tools… Builderius. I can already here you starting to sigh. You’re thinking that there’s no need for another tool, there’s already too many and they all do pretty much the same thing. Well Volodymyr Denchyk is here to try to explain why Builderius is different. And, well, he’s got a point. This is not a Page Builder like you might have used before. It’s more… what’s the word… technical. It needs more from you, the website builder, and it return it promises that it’ll give you almost unlimited possibilities back. It’s it point, click, drag and save? No. Does that mean that it’s not worth looking at? Also, no. I think that it’s got a place, especially if you want to make everything exactly as you want it. So, a technical episode, but well worth a listen. I just love it when new things like this come along.

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