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Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley discuss what it is that they like about WordPress, from plugins to people, themes to hosting!

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Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley discuss what it is that they like about WordPress, from plugins to people, themes to hosting!

    172 – Growth v staying small

    172 – Growth v staying small

    Debate – Growth v staying small



    This week’s discussion is a debate David and I have wanted to have from some time about business approaches.



    Setting up the Debate



    There’s many types of businesses providing websites and marketing to many different client types. We have self-employed freelancers seeing it more as their vocation or as a side gig. Then we have large Agencies with teams of specialists, designers, UX experts, frontend and backend developers, project manager and a whole load more.



    Anyone who knows us we know we are really the former. Why the debate?



    Probably because there is a general wisdom that self employed people need to think of themselves as a business and that business are expected to grow.



    We are exploring whether this applies to those offering website services with WordPress.



    So, somewhat arbitrarily, David is going to argue from the point of view of growth, and I’m (Nathan) will argue that we can stay small.



    To summarise, these are the points that we bring to the table…



    For growth (David)



    businesses have to be competitive in a capitalist market and the collective can achieve more than the individualgrowth can increase the quality of the service and the likelihood of innovationwe need to be able to accommodate work, not be restricted to the hours of one we can attend allow people to attend events such as WordCamp and contribute to the WordPress project etc.increasingly people can DIY their website, making customers our competitors, but each will get stuck on something – maybe php or javascript coding or visual design, copy, or need to adhere to strict accessibility – the more specialism I have, the more people we can helphaving a growth mentality stops you thinking like you are an employee and undercharging and not being able devolve responsibilities – see E-Myth revisited by Michael E. Gerberwho wants to work like a donkey their whole life – we all slow down and get less sharp so rather than let your start work go in to decline you delegate, bring in new ideas and take more of a back seat – use your wisdom and the new peoples energy – just how work was in the feudal system!we all need change in our lives – if you grow the business correctly you have something to sellable to pass on the day to day boring stuff to explore new avenuesyou’re better able to spend time on marketing to avoid famine and feast



    For staying small (Nathan)



    you don’t need to grow the organisation to grow the potential income with so much automation available in digital services – care plans and building site is becoming automated more and morewe work in the rapidly changing digital world – we need to adapt quicklywhen can making more money ever replace freedom in having a happy life – a whole life time on fight or flight mode seems like a good way to shorten lifewe are connected globally to the innovation of others all the time now – we don’t need to permanently hire in Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business – book by Paul Jarvis



    Clearly, we don’t have all the answer, and it’s also pretty clear that both of us have adopted the same ‘stay small’ approach, but it’s an interesting debate nonetheless.



    I have to say that I’m really enjoying these debate formats, they seems to bring something new out of both David and I as we have to think about a position which is often contrary to the one that we hold. I don’t have to do this all too often in life and so it’s allowing me to see things from the other side.



    I really appreciate those of you who have taken the time to write comment and email about the previous debates, and would certainly welcome more of you to do that. If you’re on the wpbuilds.com website then feel free to click on the buttons below this post and subscribe to our updates and join us in our Fa

    • 45 min
    WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #106 – WordPress 5.4. RC3, COVID-19 impact and infinite light

    WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #106 – WordPress 5.4. RC3, COVID-19 impact and infinite light

    This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 16th March 2020:



    WordPress Core



    WordPress 5.4 RC3



    Gutenberg 7.7 Ships Refreshed UI and First Iteration of Block Patterns



    Community



    COVID-19 And The New Remote Work Community



    Latest updates on changes to WordCamps



    How Web Creators Can Prepare for the Coronavirus Threat



    Coronavirus Has Been Hard On Business. These SaaS Companies are Offering Help.



    Iconic Acquires Flux Checkout, the Top WooCommerce Checkout Plugin



    Should maintained plugins be suspended from the WordPress repository when there is a security issue?



    Block-Based Themes and the Problem with Dynamic Data in HTML Templates



    Celebrating 10 Years of the BobWP Brand



    Plugins / Themes / Blocks



    WP Hive – A Better WordPress Repository



    Elementor – Introducing Full Site Editing: Design Your Header, Footer & Content All From One Place



    Deals from this week



    Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!andThe WP Builds Deals Page







    WP Project Manager– Business Plan for Free to use for till June 2020



    Book Like a Boss – 25% off any annual plan



    Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49



    Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49



    WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49



    Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49



    WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49



    Security



    Severe Flaws Patched in Responsive Ready Sites Importer Plugin



    WordPress Vulnerability News, March 2020



    WP Builds



    171 – How EmergencyWP can protect your online legacy



    WP Builds Monthly UI / UX session with Piccia Neri



    Jobs



    Nothing for you this week…



    Not WordPress, but useful anyway…



    GitHub Acquires npm, Plans to Improve Infrastructure and Experience



    There Are Infinite Rings of Light Around Black Holes. Here’s How We Could See Them

    • 28 min
    171 – How EmergencyWP can protect your online legacy

    171 – How EmergencyWP can protect your online legacy

    Interview – How EmergencyWP can protect your online legacy. *** Discount available (see the end of the post).



    I have never done with before, but this podcast was recorded a few months ago and, at that time, there was no hint that we would be in the middle of the Coronavirus outbreak. The plugin that we are talking about today is one that you might which to use in the event that you would like to create a virtual “locker” of information that you would like to available to people in the event that you pass away – there are other uses too.



    I realise that the timing could have been better, and I thought long and hard about whether this episode ought to be rescheduled because of the topic that it covers and the situation that we all find ourselves in.



    I decided to release this episode after talking to a few people. In conversations these people mentioned that they felt that their legacy is in many ways tied into their online lives, it could be passwords to services, photo collections, emails and so forth. Many felt that they have made poor provision to pass this information on in an intelligible way. The plugin that is under discussion today does assist with that.



    So up front I’m saying that if this topic is too close to home right now, please stop reading (or listening) right here. I’m sorry if this podcast episode impacts anyone in this way, but I thought that the value that it might bring to some people meant that it was worth publishing, with clear warnings at the beginning.







    So today I’m talking with Albert Brückmann, the founder of EmergencyWP which is a WordPress plugin that you can use to protect your legacy, both online and offline.



    Think of EmergencyWP as a way of a silo of information that you would like to pass on to anyone in the event that you pass away.



    Albert created the EmergencyWP plugin, and the various iterations that went before it, as a result of an accident that occurred to a friend who had made insufficient preparations. It made Albert realise that the unexpected can happen and that having options to organise what and how your relations and friends receive might be something that you wish to be in control of.



    Possible use cases of EmergencyWP



    as a freelancer, you manage a lot of client data. Be a good freelancer. Help clients data to surviveas a parent, you often handle bank accounts, insurance documents, contracts, online accounts, while your spouse may not know everything – take care, don’t leave them wondering how everything works if you’re gonewhen you have children, plan emotional, uplifting future messages for themas a business owner, do some plans what should happen with your company when you can’t run it yourself anymore – prepare the needed credentials in time.as a (political) refugee or whistleblower, you can publish information to newspaper if something should happen to youfor posterity, if you want to send status messages to instagram, facebook etc.



    There are no doubt a bunch of questions that you might have about this such as… How will I manage to keep a WordPress website up and running if I’m no longer around? Is the data stored in a way that I can be confident is secure? How does a WordPress plugin know when to start sending out notifications? Is this something that a non-technical user can interact with? Does this work best in a vanilla install or are there other plugins which might enhance how this operates?



    We get through all of that and a whole lot more including the plans and the roadmap for EmergencyWP going forwards.



    Discount available:Albert has kindly offered a 50% discount to WP Builds listeners if they purchase the ‘lifetime bullet proof package’ of the plugin on or before the 26th March 2020.If you miss that you can still get 20% off until 16th April 2020.Click on the button below and use the offer code “wpb

    • 52 min
    WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #105 – WordPress events cancelled and massive security week

    WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #105 – WordPress events cancelled and massive security week

    This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 9th March 2020:



    WordPress Core



    WordPress 5.4 RC2



    Editor Will Default to Fullscreen Mode in WordPress 5.4



    Community



    WordCamp Europe postponed



    HeadToWCEU Cancellation



    Using Podcast Sponsorships To Replace Event Sponsorships



    Advice for Newcomers to Remote Work: Lessons Learned



    Coronavirus and the Remote Work Experiment No One Asked For



    WordPress Training Course: How to Build a WordPress Website Using Elementor



    Plugins / Themes / Blocks



    The Wacky World of Sorta Brilliant’s Sorta Fun Block Plugins



    Introducing the Design Library and New Block Designs



    A Look at the WooCommerce Admin Now in CoreandWooCommerce 4.0 Lands with New Admin Interface and Updated Onboarding Experience



    Project Huddle – New Release! Website Approvals And A Gorgeous New Toolbar



    PublishPress Permissions Free Has More than 5 Big New Features



    Deals from this week



    Loom lowers pricing



    TechSmith offering free use until 30th June



    Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!andThe WP Builds Deals Page



    Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49



    Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49



    WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49



    Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49



    WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49



    Security



    Vulnerabilities Patched in Popup Builder Plugin Affecting over 100,000 Sites



    Active Attack on Zero Day in Custom Searchable Data Entry System Plugin



    Zero-Day Vulnerability in ThemeREX Addons Now Patched



    Vulnerability Patched in Import Export WordPress Users



    WordPress Vulnerability News, March 2020andWordPress Vulnerability Roundup: March 2020, Part 1



    WP Builds



    170 – Page Builders v The Block Editor a.k.a. Gutenberg



    Jobs



    UK based Beaver Builder / Themer freelancer needed – see the post in the WP Builds Facebook group



    Not WordPress, but useful anyway…



    Coronavirus could force ISPs to abandon data caps forever



    How social networks can do good while we’re all trapped indoors

    • 28 min
    170 – Page Builders v The Block Editor a.k.a. Gutenberg

    170 – Page Builders v The Block Editor a.k.a. Gutenberg

    Debate – Page Builders v The Block Editor a.k.a. Gutenberg



    Kindly suggested by Peter J Ingersoll 



    To avoid things getting stale we decided to mix it up for a while and challenge ourselves by arbitrarily taking one side each in some of the great debates in WordPress.



    The idea is that it might make us dig harder in to topics, give us a focus and force us to look at other perspectives.



    1. First together we will set up what the debate is about 



    2. Then the arguments and counter argument will go back and forth (as we pitch for our allocated side)



    3. Finally we go back to our usual more neutral positions for final thought to see if we learned anything new!



    Setting up the Debate



    Here we have to assume Gutenberg is a competitor to Page Builders… something that developers of the Page Builders have been keen to say is not the case.



    With this we are imagining that most people are building client sites and are considering where they should be putting their learning efforts and how they should be steering their businesses.



    Our talking points can be summarised as follows:



    For Page Builders (David in the red corner)



    5 star ratings v 2 star ratings (i.e. 1 in 4 users like it)Proven success and works at this moment We can pick and choose the Page Builder that suit us and our clients aims (Gutenberg killed some Page Builders instantly, reducing customer choice)I can pick a Page Builder which tests their UI/UX before releasing itI can pick a Page Builder which listens to their users about major releasesRuns on PHP – which more can understand (more open to all)Has far fewer bugs – Gutenberg has more now than when launchedOpen to true commercial competition Page Builder plugins meant that the WordPress core could have remained a simple core platform used by people who do not want a Page Builder (that is Page Builders are not taking over the whole ecosystem like Gutenberg)Keeping WordPress to a simple core allows more innovation without restriction. Automattic did not come up with Theme Builders. What innovation has come from Automattic? WordPress is a fork of B2 and they have Akismet, JetPack (collection of bought plugins) and WooCommerce (again, bought) Matt Mullenweg got the horse to the water but is it drinking yet (still a 2 star rating)You can’t predict how people will react to new things so is it not arrogance to call it the future?  (the Sinclair C5 clearly seemed to be the future, but the timing and marketing were wrong!)The choice of Page Builders and their superior marketing (compared to Automattic’s) has probably prevented a decline in WordPress (see Google trends)Page Builders seem to have a clearer target audience in mindPage Builders seem to have been able to change the look of their UI with no issue – in fact praise (no need to blame the user for being afraid of the new)I have not seen anything that I would want that I can’t do now – so why not stick with what works?There is a bit of me that champions Page Builders because Gutenberg was forced on us. It did not earn it a place on its own merit. The message to all seemed to be that you had better change or your businesses will be screwed. I have experienced that in the workplace and the majority of staff fall inline. It did not make it a success though just more of an embarrassment. The presentations Matt Mullenweg has done at WordCamps have hardly shown us something new as end users. Who cares that it is JS rather than PHP? Page Builders – the people’s choice!5+million have installed the Classic editor plugin to remove Gutenberg. I would argue most WordPress users don’t even need to do that, as set up does not require them to. Probably the fastest growing plugin of all time?Innovations for Gutenberg need to made via committee



    For Gutenberg (Nathan in the blue corner)



    Free to allJS allows for so much mor

    • 55 min
    WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #104 – WordPress 5.4 RC, COVID-19 events and mobile SERPs

    WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #104 – WordPress 5.4 RC, COVID-19 events and mobile SERPs

    This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 2nd March 2020:



    WordPress Core



    WordPress 5.4 Release Candidate



    Preparing for WordPress 5.4: Changes Theme and Plugin Developers Should Know About



    Community



    WCEU – Meet our official Media Partners & Supporters



    The International WordPress Community and WordCamps Amid COVID-19



    COVID-19 and WordPress Community Engagement in 2020



    Will Page Builders Remain Competitive in the Block Era?



    Plugins / Themes / Blocks



    Gutenberg Hub Launches Collection of 100 Block Templates



    Elementor Pro v2.9 Beta Release



    Deals from this week



    Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!andThe WP Builds Deals Page



    Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49



    Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49



    WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49



    Happy Forms lifetime deal – $49



    WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49



    Security



    Over 2 Percent of Sites Using a Let’s Encrypt TLS Certificate May Throw Security Warnings



    WordPress Vulnerability News, February 2020



    Multiple Vulnerabilities Patched in RegistrationMagic Plugin



    Coupon Creation Vulnerability Patched In WooCommerce Smart Coupons



    WP Builds



    Checkout our archives for podcasts, news and LIVE news.



    169 – Advanced Custom Fields, the past, present and future



    Jobs



    Nothing for you this week!



    Not WordPress, but useful anyway…



    Google Says 70% of Sites Have Been Moved to Mobile-First Indexing



    Axiom Space pitches its first 10-day, all-inclusive trip to the ISS for just $55 millionandSpaceX will send three tourists to the International Space Station next year

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

mkrakowiak ,

Must subscribe!

It's really hard to find something not to like about this podcast and Nathan and David, the hosts. Great sense of humour, eloquence, engaging guests, and super interesting topics on specifics of running a WordPress or web design business, and WordPress and Beaver Builder in general. Highly recommended.

kpry ,

Great topics

I subscribed immediately after streaming episode one. Very informative and good opinions.

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