285 – Performance testing during the build

Performance testing during the build - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #285

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.  We are on the third episode of Season 3 where we are looking at The Technical Build. And today we are discussing ‘Performance testing during the build’. Here we are primarily thinking about front and back end technical performance, but we will also touch on things related to the design technical issues too. So what things do we do to test performance and what tools have we come across to help with this vital job. Find out by listening to the podcast.

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283 – The web designer’s tech stack

The web designer’s tech stack - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #283

The web designer’s tech stack. We last talked about the website building platform we might use for this project. Here we are widening this and look at the basic essential hardware and software we might need to start our business. So it’s all the ‘stuff’ that you have around you, both physical objects like a computer and a phone, as well as the software that you might be using. When you get into it, it’s pretty amazing just how much stuff there is that you ‘need’. Way more than I thought. It’s also interesting what you don’t need; either because it’s not essential, or because it got replaced over time with something else. It’s a fun episode, and if any of the things that we discuss resonate with you, please leave a comment on the site…

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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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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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275 – Creating a brand

Creating a brand - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #275

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design business from start to finish. We are on Season 2  where we are looking at The Design Process. Today we are discussing  “Creating a brand”. With so much to take in, we needed to split the subject up into seven, easy to understand, sections. So take a listen to the podcast and hit up the comments if you think that we missed anything.

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273 – How do we get our website copy?

How do we get our website copy? - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #273

On the podcast today we continue our WordPress Business Bootcamp series. Now we’re trying to figure out “How do we get our website copy?”. It’s a thorny issue and I’m pretty certain that this problem has held up one or other of your website builds in the past. Who should create the content that goes on the site? Should it be you, a professional copywriter, an SEO expert or perhaps we leave that to the client and just place Lorem placeholders in until they’re ready? The problem though is that the text is really crucial for the success of a website, and therefore it’s crucial to get it right. Not only will Google like it, but the way that your site looks, the structure of it all hangs on how the words fit in the overall design that you’ve decided upon. So listen to the podcast as we discuss this topic and leave some feedback…

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271 – How do we structure our clients’ websites?

How do we structure our clients' websites? - WP Builds Podcast #271

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design business from start to finish. We’re on series 2, episode 2. “How do we structure our clients’ websites?” We’re trying to figure out which parts of a website does our client really need from the outset. There’s hundreds of things that we can do, but as the budget is tight, what are the things that we’re going to suggest that the client implement to get the most from this fledgling site? Do they need something specific in the header? What about lead magnets or landing pages? Which pages are essential at the start and how are we going to measure the success of what we’re building over time? There’s a lot in here, and it may be that you’ve in a habit of doing things in a certain way, and this conversation might make you stop and have a rethink about the structure of your clients’ websites. Go listen…

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269 – What does a web design process look like?

What does a web design process look like? - WP Builds Podcast #269

Welcome to another in the Business Bootcamp series where we relearn everything we know about building WordPress sites and running a web design business from start to finish. We’re on Season 2, Episode 1, and it’s all about what the whole web design / build process might look like. As is so often the case we’re wearing many, many hats in the work that we do, and that’s really what this episodes emphasises. How to we set the expectations, get the designs, understand the mood, decide upon sources of traffic, think about SEO, agree on colours and fonts. See, I told you you’d need many hats! We cover what we’ve done in the past and what we think might work for us going forward in our WordPress website businesses. Have a listen to the podcast…

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267 – Where’s the next client coming from? – Series 1 / Episode 6

Where’s the next client coming from? - Series 1 / Episode 6 - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #267

To stay in business, you need to keep working. That usually means more clients. But where does this never ending conveyor belt of clients come from? What can you do to avoid gaps in your work roster? There’s no magic bullet, and likely there’s disappointment along the way. But you’ll get into a pattern of gaining work at some point, but it’s good to discuss some of the things that we’ve tried before. Find out what they might be in the Podcast today…

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265 – Have we set the right expectation? – Series 1 / Episode 5

Have we set the right expectation? - Series 1 / Episode 5 - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #265

Welcome to another in our 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 1 (where we look at what needs to happen) before the build. Have we set the right expectation? Nathan and David are taking different routes to get our invented businesses going and our client’s website up. In this episode we tackle how you might get your client expectations set up, and what those expectations might be. This includes things like what points typically cause friction in a web project, how can we effectively gather content, what channels of communication are we going to use, how will we handle revisions, and the worst of them all… clients just ghosting us. It’s an interesting chat and we cover a lot of ground. Go check out the podcast.

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