305 – How hosting has changed

How hosting has changed - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #305

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’re talking about the way that hosting has changed over the years. In much the same way that you look at a website from 1999 and wonder how that was ever allowed to exist, the same is true for the technology stack that is hosting our WordPress websites. Perhaps, back in the day, you ran servers of your own in your office or house. You then likely moved to something like shared hosting and a VPS. Now we’ve got managed WordPress hosting companies and cloud services which allow to spin up servers in an instant with just the resources we need. Add to that the interest in headless WordPress, and well, we’ve got a show on our hands and plenty to talk about.

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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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299 – When the client turns web designer (although we hardly talk about that)

WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #299

With all these no code options, do you find your clients are becoming experts and no longer needing you? We try (and fail) to talk about this today and end up going on about JAMStack instead! It’s a serious point though. Page Builders and Gutenberg have opened up the website creation process to a whole new audience, and it brings into question what we do as WordPress web developers / builders that make us worthwhile. What can you say to the client to make you seem like value for money in a time when ‘affordability’ is more important than ever, and when many of the tasks that used to be ‘out of scope’ for non-technical users, is not possible in an easy-to-use interface? Go listen…

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295 – Website documentation and support

Website documentation and support - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #295

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 4 which is a short season looking at training clients. Today we are talking about website documentation and support. When we hand over a website, are we obliged to support it into the future, or can we just hand it over and be done with it? If we are going to support it, is there some standard of documentation we need to provide? Paper based, videos, in-person. I suspect that we’ve all got different ways of handling this, so check out the podcast to see what we do. BONUS, it’s a short episode and you’ll be done with it in no time!

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293 – Understanding the client’s training needs

Understanding the client’s training needs - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #293

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 taking contrasting approaches to getting our new businesses running and our first client’s site built. Today we’re talking about what you, or don’t do when handing over the site in terms of training. Do you prepare reams and reams of documents which carefully outline the ways to achieve all-the-things, and hand it to them in a big binder? Do you make videos for the client so that they can see what they need to do? Perhaps you react after the fact and wait until the client comes to you with specific queries, which you answer one at a time? Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t do much at all and hope that the client figures it all out for themselves and leaves you alone to get on with the next website? Whatever it is, we’d love for you to listen to the podcast and then leave us a comment about how your process differs or aligns with ours.

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291 – The launch

The Launch - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #291

So the moment has arrived. You’ve busted a jut and got the website finished. It’s 100% ready to roll. Now what? Well, you’ve got to launch it and let the world see the great work that you’ve done! So what’s involved in that? What do you typically need to do to make that happen? This is the subject that we explore on the podcast today and it’s one where David and Nathan have different approaches. David is going agile and is likely to ship it as soon as the first page is ready, whereas Nathan is waiting until the entire site is completed. What steps do you need to follow on our launch checklist, and what things can go wrong?

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287 – When to use 3rd party addons

When to use 3rd party addons - WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast #287

There’s a WordPress plugin solution for almost every possible scenario. Booking – done. Commerce – done. Learning management – done. Done, done and done. In fact in many cases, there’s many different plugins available with slightly differing features! We’re spoilt for choice frankly. By are there times when it’s better for you or your client to think outside of WordPress plugins and consider a SaaS solution? That’s the topic of the conversation to and we dig into situations where we’re preferred non-WordPress options because it’s just a better fit for the specific project / client. We chat about what we’re using and when we think it’s best to just confess that WordPress is not always what we want to use and that there are many superb solutions out there. We hope that you enjoy the podcast.

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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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