#126 – Aaron Jorbin on Navigating WordPress Major and Minor Releases
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1w ago
On the podcast today we have Aaron Jorbin. Aaron has led teams responsible for some of the largest and most prominent WordPress sites in the world including Rolling Stone, Variety, WIRED, The New Yorker, and The White House. He is also a WordPress Core Committer who focuses on improving developer happiness and making the internet usable by everyone. He’s been an integral part of the WordPress community since 2010, and today Aaron opens up about the crucial importance of major and minor WordPress releases, and the need for user trust, which forms the backbone for features like auto updates that ..read more
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#125 – Davinder Singh Kainth on Content Creation and Business Strategy in WordPress
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3w ago
On the podcast today we have Davinder Singh Kainth, a veteran in the WordPress community. We discuss navigating the WordPress ecosystem, highlighting opportunities in plugin and theme development, SEO, and hosting. Key topics include building trust, diversifying revenue, and the importance of community engagement, especially at WordCamp events ..read more
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#124 – Mina Tamang on SEO Techniques That Prioritise the User Experience
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3w ago
On the podcast today we have Mina Tamang, who is an SEO expert at Codewing Solutions. Mina advocates for prioritising user needs over traditional SEO tactics that emphasise keyword ranking. She stresses the importance of integrating user-centric content with core SEO principles, technical optimisations, as well the utility of WordPress plugins. The discussion also addresses the growing role of AI in content creation, and the need to maintain human elements for relatability and accuracy. If you're looking to refine your SEO strategies with a focus on long-term, user-oriented growth, while also ..read more
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#123 – Jamie Marsland on the WordCamp Europe Speed Building Challenge
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1M ago
On the podcast today we have Jamie Marsland. Jamie runs a WordPress plugin business and has recently become a full-time content creator on YouTube. You might know Jamie from his popular WordPress speed builds on that channel, where contestants have just 30 minutes to build a website from scratch. In this episode, we dive into Jamie’s involvement with WordCamp Europe, where he will be bringing this speed build format to the live stage. Contestants will race against the clock to recreate a pre-built website, all while being interrupted with questions from Jamie and the audience. If you're attend ..read more
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#122 – Adam Zielinski on How Playground Is Transforming WordPress Website Creation
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1M ago
On the podcast today we have Adam Zielinski. He works as a WordPress developer at Automattic and in this episode, we talk about Playground, a groundbreaking project that is redefined the way we interact with WordPress. Adam's visionary approach to creating a seamless WordPress experience within a web browser has revolutionised how easy it is to access WordPress. This project really does change the way that WordPress can be used, and there’s so many exciting prospects for how it might shape the future of website design and development. If you're interested in hearing about cutting-edge advancem ..read more
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#121 – Alexander Gilmanov on Transitioning From Developer to Entrepreneur. Part 2.
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2M ago
On the podcast today we have Alexander Gilmanov, and he's sharing his story of transitioning from freelancer to agency manager, now overseeing a team of 43. With a focus on WordPress ecosystem, Alexander discusses his leadership approach, avoiding negative motivation and instead fostering a culture of trust and positive reinforcement. He elaborates on the nuances of team management and the benefits of smaller, independent teams coordinated across departments like development, marketing, and support. Key tools like Google Suite, Slack, Jira, and Notion are integral to his operations. His story ..read more
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#120 – Alexander Gilmanov on Transitioning From Developer to Entrepreneur
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2M ago
On the podcast today we have Alexander Gilmanov. Alex comes to us today from Belgrade, Serbia. He’s a full-stack developer with a rich heritage of freelance and agency work. His company officially launched in 2014, and they’ve continued work with clients, as well as creating a range of WordPress plugins, and their own SaaS apps, mainly in the online booking space. If you’re a developer and are in the weeds of writing code, perhaps you’ve thought about a change of direction. We explore Alexander’s transition from hands-on coding to strategic management. It’s a fascinating conversation, and if y ..read more
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#119 – Paolo Belcastro on How AI Is Shaping WordPress Wordflows
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2M ago
On the podcast today we have Paolo Belcastro. Paolo works at Automattic, where he’s focused on Jetpack and .blog products. He’s been working remotely since 1994 and managing distributed teams since 1998. He’s on the podcast today to talk about AI, and he certainly brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in integrating AI with web development. With Paolo’s insights into the recent advancements in open source AI models and the collaborative efforts within the AI community to keep platforms accessible but innovative, you’ll gain a comprehensive view of where AI in web development stands today ..read more
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117 – Maestro Stevens on Inclusivity in Website Design Decisions
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2M ago
On the podcast today we have Maestro Stevens. Maestro is an international speaker and managing director of The Iconic Expressions. His areas of expertise include digital marketing, brand strategy, web development, and project leadership. In this episode Maestro lays out the case for how inclusivity is not just something that we need to be concerned about at things like events, but also in our WordPress website designs. If you're curious about the intersection of creativity, representation, and the WordPress ecosystem, this episode is for you ..read more
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#116 – Jonathan Desrosiers on the Challenges and Rewards of Contributing to WordPress
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3M ago
On the podcast today we have Jonathan Desrosier. Jonathan has been a contributor to WordPress Core for many years, and a WordPress Core committer since 2018. Jonathan currently works as a Senior Software Engineer at Bluehost, where he is sponsored full-time to contribute to WordPress Core through the Five for the Future program. We talk about the challenges that come with contributing to such a large and multi-faceted project, from the intricate process of decision-making, involving many stakeholders, to the occasional moments of feeling demoralised when contributions seem like a drop in the o ..read more
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