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Opinions & podcasts in a WordPress business – WordPress Website Design Article

Opinions & podcasts in a WordPress business &nbsp I’m delighted to interview longtime WordPress podcaster and friend of the show, Jonathan Denwood of WP-Tonic fame. I admire Jonathan’s approach to doing business, that of becoming a story teller (or broadcaster) to hold an engaged audience. There’s no other sorcery or growth hacks involved, just good old fashioned digital boots on the ground. These days, you can either spend dollars or sweat equity to grow your business, but one thing is…

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Making WordPress news w/ Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Making WordPress news w/ Post Status &nbsp WordPress journalism and news coverage is making a comeback. I’m delighted to sit down and have a chat with my two friends in the WordPress space, Brian Krogsgard and Cory Miller, now partners at Post Status. I often joke that Post Status is a competitor to the Matt Report, truth be told, Brian and Cory are valued voices among the WordPress discourse. For people like me, publishing opinions and content that express my…

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The WordPress journalism comeback and when will Awesome Motive acquire e-commerce? – WordPress Website Design Article

The WordPress journalism comeback and when will Awesome Motive acquire e-commerce? &nbsp We’re back! Stoked that WordPress journalism is making a comeback in 2020. Here I was feeling all down and out over covering WordPress and a few friends of mine are re-investing in the space. Happy to see Cory Miller become a partner at Poststatus and finally get Brian working on the company again. 😉 Well-known WP Tavern founder Jeff Chandler is set to reclaim the throne through his…

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How to Tackle a Python Interview — SitePoint – Website Design Article

Have you cleared the first round of calls with HR? Are you going for a Python interview in person? If you’re wondering what Python-related questions may be asked, this guide should help. In the first section, we’ll discuss a few questions about Python’s philosophy — those that help you make decisions about the architecture of a project. In the next section, we cover questions related to the Pythonic way of programming — which may manifest in the form of review…

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Announcing the Business 5000 – WordPress Website Design Article

Announcing the Business 5000 &nbsp If you follow on me on Twitter you may have come across my announcement of the Business 5000 idea accelerator program. In today’s episode, I’ll dive a bit deeper into my thought process around the new venture. I recently uploaded this video to YouTube as well, covering some of these points. Here’s the article I mention in the podcast, Marketing lessons learned over more than a decade growing startups. I’m excited to jump into new…

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Finding product-market fit w/ Vova Feldman – WordPress Website Design Article

Finding product-market fit w/ Vova Feldman &nbsp It only took half a decade to get my good friend Vova Feldman on to the show, and like most things in life, it was worth the wait. As the founder of Freemius, a platform that helps WordPress software developers monetize their product, Vova has a bird’s-eye view of the changing economy in our space. We’ll talk about how .org and business opportunity is shifting, how Freemius onboards customers to find success, and…

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Missing WPWeekly podcast, YoastGate, and 2020 plans! – WordPress Website Design Article

We’re back with a news update! As I cleared my queue of routine podcast listening, it occurred to me that I really miss Jeff Chandler’s WPWeekly podcast. A show dedicated to WordPress the software and community, now buried in the annals of history. So, as an ode to that slot in my podcast app, I’m covering some of the more relevant news items from “WordPress” over the last few weeks or so. I hope you enjoy today’s episode, please consider…

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Knowing when to pivot your company w/ Jordan Gal – WordPress Website Design Article

Knowing when to pivot your company w/ Jordan Gal &nbsp Jordan Gal joins the podcast today to review the 5-year journey he’s been on with CartHook. I know many of you might know him from co-hosting the Bootstrapped Web podcast with friend-of-the-show, Brian Casel. But if you’re like me, the half-decade old story of CartHook starting out as cart abandonment tool, to now a full-on checkout replacement for Shopify, has become a little blurry. Keeping up with Jordan’s roller-coaster ride…

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Creating Niche Products You Enjoy w/ Jason Schuller – WordPress Website Design Article

Creating Niche Products You Enjoy w/ Jason Schuller &nbsp I have to be honest, I get a tad jealous when people say they aren’t coders, then go out to build a SaaS company as if they have been coding all their lives. My Twitter feed reminds me weekly that someone else is launching a new micro-niche product or app and — dang it — I want in on the fun! Take Jason Schuller, for example. Though his recent DSKO.app isn’t…

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When to take funding w/ Rob Walling from TinySeed – WordPress Website Design Article

In today’s episode, I welcome back repeat guest Rob Walling, who’s new endeavor as co-founder of TinySeed, has elevated his expertise in “indie funding” startups. SaaS companies that don’t fall into traditional funding mechanisms are his sweet spot, but there is a floor most founders should be looking to be at — that’s right around the $1mil ARR mark. We’ll also explore if funding is right for your business, learn when to make the leap to an accelerator like TinySeed,…

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Pricing WordPress products with James Laws – WordPress Website Design Article

In our last episode, Keith guided us through the twisty caverns of WordPress project pricing only to find our way to the next challenge — product pricing. Pricing WordPress products with James Laws &nbsp Thankfully, we have James Laws on our side today to cash-in his advice on building Ninja Forms plugin, which inevitably became the driving force behind Saturday Drive parent company. If you’re keen on more stories around…

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Pricing WordPress projects – WordPress Website Design Article

Pricing WordPress projects &nbsp The art of pricing your WordPress freelance projects is forever in motion. I guess that’s why it’s an art, you spend months crafting a new pitch or approach, and when seasons change, you start from a new blank canvas. Continuously unearthing new ways to position yourself and your projects to the right set of customers. In this Matt Report exclusive, I’ve invited Keith Devon of the PricingWP podcast to publish his episode with Elliot Taylor founder…

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Watching a $4,000 launch day fade away – WordPress Website Design Article

In part 3 of my journey into digital product sales, I share the experiences of launching Conductor to $4,000 in sales on day one, only to watch it slowly plateau and fall short to bigger trends in the market. I encourage you to listen to the first two parts to get up to speed: Watching a $4,000 launch day fade away &nbsp I’ve come to grips with the fact that this product will only serve a niche market of customers,…

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Biggest lesson learned with $15k in seed funding – WordPress Website Design Article

Did you know I started Dropbox before Dropbox was — Dropbox? I’m sure you invented Facebook before that existed too. Be an entrepreneur long enough and you surely see ideas come and go, learning the execution game the hard way — or so they say. In the second episode of this mini-series trip down memory lane, I dive into how I started a company with a friend, received $15k in seed funding, spent it, and folded it all down. What…

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Creating products that empower users – WordPress Website Design Article

Five years ago we launched Conductor plugin, our very first commercial WordPress plugin, and one that (in my opinion) was too far ahead of its time. We were creating an alternative to the (then) clumsy page builder space, with an altruistic flare for “doing things the WordPress way.” Something that became more of a hindrance than a boon, as you can imagine. What felt like a home run, quickly materialized into more of a double — to use a baseball…

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Dare to run a WordPress support business like WP Buffs? – WordPress Website Design Article

Authenticity and that digital handshake is such a hard formula for companies to get right these days. All too often I see content or marketing campaigns treated as, well, campaigns. When a business loses their original story in their messaging or the values they once held close with customers, the decline of authenticity begins. I want to engage with content that I know is published out of purpose, not just routine. Even though he time boxed me into oblivion (listen…

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How Tom McFarlin manages a product & services business – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode, Matt Medeiros continues the impromptu Season 6 with his interview with Tom McFarlin. Tom is a developer and business owner in the WordPress community but is not solely dependent on WordPress. He balances his consulting and development business along with teaching and blogging with a focus on  Object Oriented Programming (OOP) encouraging people to write good code. Listen to the episode How Tom McFarlin manages a product…

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Peer into the future of Simplenote w/ Dan Roundhill – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode, Matt Mederios is winding down the December holiday season with this interview with Dan Roundhill. Dan is a mobile engineer for Automattic and is the project lead on Simplenote a note-taking product which Matt uses and highly recommends. Automattic acquired Simperium and Simplenote in 2013. Dan shares the ins and outs of Simplenote and discusses upcoming features and what may be added in future releases. Listen to this episode: Peer into…

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How to increase creative agency profits – WordPress Website Design Article

Today’s guest is my good friend Lisa Sabin-Wilson. She shares her blueprint for increasing profits and client buy-in at WebDevStudios. This is a “lost” episode from a pre-recorded Season 6 of the Matt Report that I was producing during the summer of 2017. Lots of great lessons here for anyone running a 1 or 40 person agency. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Listen to the episode: How to increase creative agency profits &nbsp Watch the…

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Automattic’s Happy Tools w/ Matt Wondra – WordPress Website Design Article

If you haven’t heard, Automattic is embarking on a new challenge to make remote work easier for small teams and organizations. They’re starting with a tool called Happy Schedule, part of a larger suite aptly named, Happy Tools. I invited lead product developer, Matt Wondra, on to the show to discuss how this product came to life and what future iterations we might expect from his team. WPTavern covered the…

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Niching down your web design business – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode, Matt Medeiros interviews Sara Dunn from the 11Web Agency. Sara is a website maker and SEO Consultant running a remote business based in Battle Creek Michigan. She talks with Matt about her recent use of YouTube and how she is committed to producing regular content along with creating a niche for her freelance business. Listen to this episode: Niching down your web design business &nbsp What you…

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What does it feel like to sell your decade-old business? Cory Miller explains. – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode, Matt Medeiros interviews  Cory Miller from iThemes and jokes with him as being his most interviewed guest on the Matt Report. The big news for 2018 is that Cory’s business (IThemes) was recently purchased by Liquidweb. Matt and Cory talk about the climate around WordPress, how they are working for different hosting companies, and what the future holds for Cory and his team with Liquidweb. Cory remains the…

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Marieke van de Rakt CEO of Yoast – WordPress Website Design Article

The Yoast plugin is arguably one of the first plugins most WordPress site owners install once they get up and running. I know it’s been a staple for the small business websites I’ve consulted on over the course of many years. Marieke van de Rakt CEO of Yoast &nbsp I was honored to sit down with Marieke van de Rakt to learn more about her role as CEO of the…

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I asked Troy Dean if he was doing this for the money. The answer will shock you. – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode, Matt Medeiros follows up with Troy Dean to discuss what he is doing with his business in 2018. They cover the online and education space. Matt and Troy talk about advanced education in the United States, online education, and online marketing. Troy is the founder of WPElevation and RockStar Empires. Listen to the episode I asked Troy Dean if he was doing this for the money. The…

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SaaS vs WordPress vs MicroConf vs WordCamp with RogueStartups – WordPress Website Design Article

I love getting new perspectives on our “little” WordPress business world we live in. Today, I’m happy to bring you Craig Hewitt and Dave Rodenbaugh of RogueStartups fame to help us distill the differences between the WordCamp go’ers and MicroConf business builders. How do two business owners living with one hand in the WordPress ecosystem and the other in the SaaS world look at the economy of plugins vs hosted…

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What’s next for the largest page builder on the planet – WordPress Website Design Article

Can you imagine a world where you set out to create a product that becomes so popular, that — according to today’s guest — it powers 4% of the internet? Me either. You might have come across a plugin formerly known as Visual Composer now known as WPBakery Page Builder, but has a new (old?) sister product called Visual Composer Website Builder. Phew. Who you might not have come across…

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a new WordPress framework based on React – WordPress Website Design Article

Reyes Martínez directs Digital Marketing and Communications at Frontity. She gave us some background and answered a few of our questions about the company and the project. Previously known as Worona, Madrid-based Frontity is close to launching their eponymous public beta, described on Github as both “an alternative rendering engine for WordPress,” and “a React framework to create WordPress themes.” Frontity, the framework, runs separately from WordPress on Node.js and uses the WordPress API to generate HTML and AMP pages.…

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You’re building your WordPress business all wrong. Here’s why. – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode, Matt Medeiros interviews Christie Chirinos a partner and business manager at Caldera Forms. Caldera Forms is known for the drag and drop form builder for WordPress. Christie works on marketing products and consulting jobs to grow the business. She and Matt discuss changes that are happening in the WordPress environment and how to remain flexible and stay ready for those. This episode may go down at the…

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Dana James Mwangi Is Always Learning – WordPress Website Design Article

We recently interviewed freelance rookies and now we want to talk to some freelance veterans. People who have been in the business for a while have learned some valuable lessons. We want to mine those lessons and share with the WordPress freelancer community. Today we talk with designer, brand strategist, and teacher Dana James Mwangi. She’s the founder of Cheers Creative, a creative agency that builds brand visuals and websites for creative professionals, industry leaders, and art platforms. She’s been…

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