Clarity for your digital business. Matt Report episodes uncover the most resilient digital business builders in the digital, WordPress, SaaS, and no-code space. If you're building a sustainable online brand or business, this is the best podcast to follow.
Featuring guests like: This week in Startup's Jason Calacanis, Automattic's Matt Mullenweg, Startups for the Rest of Us Rob Walling, and Copyblogger's Brian Clark.
How to become a WordPress ambassador w/ Maciej Palmowski
There's no better feeling than when you launch something that just clicks with people.
I guess at the end of the day, folks that build businesses or create content are simply seeking acceptance. We want to see our idea flourish, to be adopted by the masses, and to leave an impact.
When Maciej Palmowski launched WP Owls with his wife Agnieszka, it was (and still is) a publication that served the Polish community. But it clicked. People clicked, literally on to the website and their stories, so the co-founding duo decided it was time to go global.
Combined they've published over 200 articles about WordPress and the community on the blog, with no signs of stopping.
Oh, and if you're wondering how to get a job like WordPress ambassador at Buddy, you'll learn a thing or two about CI/CD today!
Building a theme business using Gatsby w/ Alexandra Spalato
Now that the WordPress acquisition market has cooled a bit, it's time to stoke the fire on all things Gatsby and JAMStack-y-ness….again.
Don't let Full Site Editing steal all of the thunder, there's still so much happening around headless WordPress and the ability to integrate 3rd party APIs to take the place of plugins. Look, I know it's a polarizing thought process to some of us, but if we want WordPress to continue to grow -- we need to give it some room for new use cases.
I'm joined by Alexandra Spolato to talk about her company GatsbyWPThemes and how this hotness comes with some red hot opportunity.
If you're wondering how to make money in the WordPress theme space headed into 2022, look no further than this conversation.
Get schooled on the technology and learn how the heck she found her co-founder along with their recipe to success splitting the responsibilities.
Competing with content w/ Derek Gleason
I mentor at a local business accelerator for sustainable startups that have community impact. Small -- no, tiny -- startups that are just getting out of the idea phase. More often than not, this is the founder's first leap into running a business.
About 6 weeks into this 12 week program, I teach a class on web & marketing. By this point, the founder drowning in information overload. Asking them to learn WordPress is already a massive order: getting them to understand SEO + content? They aren't ready.
Today's guest Derek Gleason has something to say about that. As someone who worked early on with CXL and now creating content at Shopify, he's witnessed the gamut of content + SEO projects. We recorded his conversation a while ago, which was a month or two removed from when he and I originally booked, so some of the current events might sound a little outdated.
I hope you enjoy today's episode!
Dave Foy’s switch to Webflow
As designers or developers -- even product makers -- when WordPress is your hammer, everything looks like a nail.
WordPress is certainly in an inflection point. Where as the software is evolving, read: gutenberg + fullsite editing, the community of users grapple with what WordPress really is.
I feel like that's a statement which has lingered in the air for a few years now. When you unlock it's power of custom post types and fields with a dash of REST API magic, the CMS can become a neural network for your data. Yet with an interface that I struggle to drag a single block into the 3 column of my page layout.
Today's guest has mastered the teachings of WordPress, specifically with Elementor for his students over the last few years but that usability struggle I mentioned earlier? Yeah...that's caused him to pivot his teachings to a hosted platform you may have heard of before on the show before -- Webflow.
Welcome today's guest Dave Foye, as he unpacks the challenges of not only learning a new CMS, but the challenges of designing a curriculum for new students seeking to become proficient in it.
Syed Balkhi on Awesome Motive acquiring Sandhills Development plugins
The WordPress acquisition world was rocking this week.
If this week were a heavyweight fight between Learn Dash and Sandhills Development, Pippin would certainly be the beloved veteran. You can hear more about his side of the story in this podcast interview.
Today I got to sit down with Syed Balkhi, founder of Awesome Motive, to recap his point of view on the acquisition. It hasn't been without some controversy, but hey, that's WordPress for ya :)
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Pippin Williamson on selling his plugins to Awesome Motive
Today's a bittersweet moment in WordPress business land with the announcement of Awesome Motive acquiring Sandhills Development suite of plugins including Easy Digital Downloads, AffiliateWP, and more.
I'm honored to call Pippin my friend who has helped me "grow up" in the WordPress community. I'm happy for him, and sad that he's retiring from the WordPress world...for now.
I had a chance to sit down with him earlier this morning to hash out all the feels around this news. I hope you enjoy the episode, please share it with others!
Great Interviewer and Host with Great Guests too
If you want to feel inspired in your business, then this is definitely the show for you. If I could give it any more stars, I would!
The Matt Report is a fantastic WordPress business podcast. The guests are always insightful and Matt really knows to get the most out of them. Would recommend to anyone interested in the WordPress business ecosystem.
Fantastic Podcast Production
Awesome produciton work Lisa :)