I had the pleasure of interviewing David Braun, the founder & CEO of TemplateMonster. I was blown away by seeing how much impact their affiliate program had to the marketplace' popularity.
Today I’m interviewing David Braun, the CEO & co-founder at TemplateMonster: one of the leading marketplaces in the WordPress products ecosystem. If you have ever considered starting a marketplace for WordPress themes and plugins, or you are just curious to learn about some of the challenges in running a successful marketplace business – I have a feeling you are going to enjoy this one very much. We are going to dive deep into the strategic and tactical aspects of launching, running, and scaling a digital marketplace. Hey David, thank you so much for doing this interview. A little confession before we start: marketplace dynamics and network effects are two of my favorite topics, so I have like a million questions to pick your brains with
Need to get control over your WordPress sites social schedule? Check out the in-depth overview of an all-in-one social media platform deeply integrated with WordPress from BobWP and why he started using Social Web Suite. There is also an awesome video, too.
I write about a lot of WordPress plugins and services on this site, but rarely does it work to write about one at the point that I am starting to use it myself. I have also written a lot about social. I’ve talked about it and shared my own strategies around the scheduling of social. Through testing, I’ve found what works and what doesn’t and have crafted that part of my business slowly and successfully.
I’ve shared plenty about the tools I use. For scheduling, it has been CoSchedule for quite some time. In fact, since August 2015.
But it’s time for a change.
Along Came Social Web Suite
If you go to WordCamps, you might have experienced that feeling when you meet someone and you just know… okay, these are good people and I know they are going to become colleagues and friends of mine. Call it my intuition. But that has been the case with Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic from Social Web Suite. If you have met them yourself, you know what I mean.
For quite some time, their new product has been in beta. They were working hard, fine-tuning it before the formal release, which happened this month. And damn, it was worth the wait. There may had been a time
7 wonderful plugins for WordPress. Let us know what plugins you use and why?
7 Wonderful WordPress Plugins WordPress is one of the most used Content Management Systems (CMS) out there. Some may argue that it’s a blogging platform, some may argue that it’s more than that. I guess we’ll never come to one agreement on what WordPress really is. All I know is that it’s a brilliant platform to learn & develop on.
I develop quite a few websites in WordPress. It’s open source and free to use. It comes with a repository of plugins that you can install on WordPress to extend it’s functionality and do cool stuff. What isn't there not to like about that eh?
Advanced Custom Fields PRO (ACF Pro)
ACF Pro has to be my favorite plugin for WordPress of all time. This allows you to quickly add meta fields, fields to a post, custom post type, post template etc. It’s ideal for custom built themes in WordPress. You can’t go wrong with this plugin. Not only is this a great plugin to use, the documentation is well written, straightforward and understandable, no matter what programming experience you have.
They offer a free version of the plugin which is covers most your needs, but having the PRO version means having those additional
I had the chance to sit down with Dre Armeda and talk about what it was like starting Sucuri.
You might refer to it as crushing it or pushing through or even the grind. Determination is often overlooked in the entrepreneur’s journey. Some will fold when faced with the slightest friction of startup life. Others will give up when they can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Dre Armeda, co-founder of Sucuri, joins us to talk about determination and preparation when starting your first business. He’s also half of the talent over at the DradCast a popular WordPress podcast.
Get ready to be pumped up by this interview!
Dre Armeda of Sucuri security services
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A story of determination and perseverance
Many of you might know Dre form his podcast, but you might not know the genesis of his startup Sucuri.
A bootstrapped security company that helps protect WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla sites from being hacked. I actually subscribe to their service for this site and a few of my client websites — I’d suggest taking a look at their offerings if you’re in need.
Like many of us in the early days, Dre and his team were faced with making the decision of going all in on the company. Even with full-time jobs, decisions had to be made to quit and focus on growing
Having a successful paid membership community is different from setting up a blog and may be more difficult to build, but it can create a strong community for your audience.
Learn How to a Build Paid Membership Community with a WordPress Membership Plugin in this thorough tutorial. We are currently in the era of entrepreneurship and online content, and while some people are building their personal brand, others are focusing on products, services or communities.
So, this means that we have a problem, namely the digital space being flooded with a content of various shapes and users finding difficult to choose what is the most valuable for them. And if we specifically talk about building a private online community we realize that we will actually help people in making the right friends or accessing the right content for their needs, in this wide digital world.
At the first glance, you may wonder why a membership-only model is a right thing for your WordPress site, and below, I will give you a few reasons on why this can bring value to your community.
It will make people feel like insiders
Jonah Berger treats this psychological fact in one of his books, Contagious, where he talks about the scarcity of products, the need, and curiosity of having something that is unavailable and how this need can make people catch on.
“Exclusivity is also about availability,
I sit down with UI/UX expert Cody Landefeld to hear his advice on creating a better experience for customers.
Today I sit down with Cody Landefeld of CodyL.com fame. You may be familiar with the User Experience of a website or app, but what about your business? That’s what we’re focusing on today. How do clients interact with us from the pre-sale, to the mid-project, all the way down to support phase?
It might mean WordPress isn’t the answer for them. Yikes. Let’s dive into today’s show and soak up all of the great knowledge Cody has to offer.
Interview with Cody Landefeld
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Important slides by Cody
If you’re building more involved client sites or applications, check out this presentation.
Besides listening to this podcast, you will find this presentation useful for your business.
I sit down with Jake to discuss how he built 10up and the future of WordPress.
In today’s episode I finally make it around to inviting my good friend on to the show. If you don’t know Jake, he’s running one of the largest WordPress agencies on the planet. If you’re looking to scale your own shop, we talk about some very important steps starting with recruiting the right people to offering more than just web development.
Jake Goldman founder of 10up.com
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What’s going on at 10up?
You might recall I recently did an e-mail interview with Jake covering seoslides.
More recently he and his team launched a new product called PushUp a plugin that will enable you to push notifications to a reader’s Mavericks desktop. In fact, if you’re in Safari now, you should have been prompted to subscribe to my site.
However, today’s episode will focus more on 10up the agency, as Jake promises to return to chat about the product side of things at a later date.
Growing an agency
One of the most important elements to a successful agency are the projects and accounts they work on, however, this should not overshadow the importance of hiring great people.
Jake shares his thoughts and process on hiring great WordPress developers
We look at a free LMS plugin Namaste for your online course needs
We spend a lot of time with clients creating custom training solutions and on our YouTube channel looking at great WordPress plugins like Sensei, WP-Courseware, and Train-up! However, all of these plugins cost money, so we were as surprised as you were to find out from our loyal listeners and viewers that a free WordPress alternative has arrived in Namaste! But is it a good alternative to Sensei and WP-Courseware on WordPress?
Namaste for WordPress
Namaste is a free plugin for WordPress that can be found here.
The purpose of Namaste is for teaching courses online, but it accomplishes this in a very open-ended and WordPress driven way.
Unlike a plugin like Sensei by WooThemes, which keeps in line with the flow of other Woo products but doesn’t tap directly into the WordPress framework for easy editing, Namaste is a “developer’s first” plugin.
It is so minimal that it provides functionality enough for a developer to go in and play with WordPress to get Namaste to bend to its will. The problem is that this also makes it potentially the least user friendly for people who are not experienced developers.
You get what you pay for here.
Namaste Courses, Lessons, and Homework
Most users will
I interview Adam Clark of Bottle Rocket creative. We talk about how to balance all the moving pieces of a Lizard Brain entrepreneur.
Adam Clark’s journey to becoming the WordPress-loving freelance developer he is today took a detour. Adam started out in the field of journalism and moved into using and modifying WordPress code. Adam took a detour down the path of using Expression Engine to customize client projects. It wasn’t until after WordPress 3.0 came on the scene that he decided to check out how WordPress had changed. Today, Adam’s primary business, BottleRocket Creative, is a development company that produces websites powered by WordPress.
Interview with Adam Clark
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One Day and Done
I can’t really think of anything that I wouldn’t do with WordPress at this point?
Adam shares his recent experience experimenting and fine tuning WPTheory, his recently launched ?productized service? business. Adam has focused WPTheory around designing smaller projects with shorter project turnarounds. Adam thinks WPTheory will work well for WordPress website redesigns and for clients with budgets around $1000. Adam acknowledged the need to iron out a few wrinkles to make the pre-project intake process more streamlined.
Building themes for churches
In the past, Adam had not been involved with other developers