262 – Online summits, attendee and speaker expectations

Online summits, attendee and speaker expectations - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #262

The back story goes like this. I (Nathan) co-host the Page Builder Summit with my friend Anchen le Roux. We invite a range of speakers to come onto that podcast and create presentations which, it is hoped, the attendees will enjoy. We do not pay the speakers for their contributions. We make this very clear and communicate it in advance. There’s an exchange here, but it’s not the usual one of ‘you create something and I will pay you for it’. It’s more of a ‘here is an audience you might like to present to if you’re willing’. Joe thinks that this model needs a re-think; payment ought to happen. So we talk about how event organisers should think about giving value back to their presenters. We are certainly on different sides of the debate here, but the conversation is polite and we each hear one another out. It was not really an endeavour to change one another’s minds… more, an attempt to air our thoughts and make clear why we think the way we do. If you’re thinking of being a speaker at an event, or you’re thinking of organising an event this could be a really interesting conversation. It might well shine a spotlight on issues that you never even considered and make both sides have more empathy, especially when the event deadlines are tight and expectations are put under stress.

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261 – Getting a brief and scoping the project. WordPress Business Bootcamp – Series 1 / Episode 3

Getting a brief and scoping the project. WordPress Business Bootcamp - Series 1 / Episode 3 - #261 WP Builds

Welcome to another in the WordPress Business Bootcamp series. It’s the series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design business from start to finish. Presently, we are on Season 01 (of the series which is looking at the things that need to happen) ‘Before the Build’. This is episode 03… “Getting a brief and scoping the project”. So this is really all about making the first contact, making an impression and letting the client know how you work and what they can expect. There’s so many possible routes that you can take here. Are you going to meet face-to-face or work on Zoom? What are the ways that you’re going to communicate the expected budget? How will you explain your processes to see if you’re a good fit for one another? How do you qualify them as a ‘good’ client? Do you introduce care plans at this point? There’s so much more to this, but you’re going to have to listen to the show to find out more…

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259 – How do we know what to charge? WordPress Business Bootcamp – Series 1 / Episode 2

How do we know what to charge? WordPress Business Bootcamp - Series 1 / Episode 2 - WP Builds

Welcome to another in the WP Business Bootcamp series. It’s the series where we relearn EVERYTHING we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design business from start to finish. The Premise of this series is that we have our first potential website client. All we know is that she is a lawyer in a large city. She asked a mutual friend who thought of us. We have few skills and no business or processes in place. She has no previous website. No branding or copy. As we go through the series, Nathan and David will be taking different routes to get our business going and our client’s website up and running. Presently, we are on Season 1 of the series which is looking at the things that need to happen before the build. Today we’re trying to figure out how we might think about charging for the services that we offer, and as always, there’s more to this than meets the eye… fixed v value pricing, being competitive, discounting, bundling services together and much more. Check out the podcast and leave us a comment with your thoughts…

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258 – Tired of WooCommerce? Try North Commerce

Tired of WooCommerce? Try North Commerce - WP Builds Podcast #255

You use WooCommerce, because you need an eCommerce platform and you like WordPress. It’s kind of the default isn’t it? WordPress + eCommerce = WooCommerce. Well, on the show today we have Kelly Muro, who want you to rewrite that equation so that it reads like this: WordPress + eCommerce = North Commerce! But, I’m guessing that you’ve not heard of North Commerce. Well, neither had I until a few weeks ago when it came across my radar, and so I thought that I’d put it on your radar too. You can thank me later! So North Commerce is intended to be a full replacement for WooCommerce, with all the basic bells and whistles covered, but that kind of platform does not get built overnight, and so, as of right now, North Commerce is still in alpha / beta testing, so it might be a great time to hop on board and get your voice heard. You never know, you might even be able to influence the way that the platform is built out? So if you’re looking for WooCommerce alternatives, this is a interesting chat, about a (possibly) disruptive product, and certainly worth a listen…

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