Work/Life

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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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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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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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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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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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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WordPress is Changing — Season 8 – WordPress Website Design Article

How time flies. It’s been nearly 7 months since I’ve published a new episode of the Matt Report and while it’s been kinda nice not to have all of the podcasting duties on my plate, it’s time to get back to work on Season 8. During this time, I’ve had a chance to reflect on WordPress the software, WordPress the community, and to watch the overall hype “using WordPress” around our space quiet down a bit. That’s not to say…

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Content & podcast creator Jeff Large – WordPress Website Design Article

I normally ignore cold outreach requests to be on my show. I’ve written about being a great podcast guest, recorded a video about it, and ranted on the topic before. Coincidently, here was Jeff Large reaching out to be on my show right around the time I published the rant video. Boy was he in for a surprise! I quickly read through his e-mail which wasn’t stacked with overselling his…

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Starting again; Founder of iThemes Cory Miller on leaving Liquid Web – WordPress Website Design Article

Friend of the show Cory Miller returns after recently joining us last season, to talk about starting again.  I’ve always enjoyed Cory’s outlook on life and business so hearing how he’s approaching the new journey just a short year after joining Liquid Web was a reminder that you should never let go of the fundamentals. Jobs, careers, products — they’re just chapters in our lives. Often times, you can feel overwhelmed…

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Becoming a YouTube creator with Justin Reves – WordPress Website Design Article

I have a love/hate relationship with creating content for YouTube. Creating a video, even a talking head video, can be super time-consuming. As a perfectionist who sucks at creativity, it’s one of those things where uploading a video can be awful satisfying or just plain awful.  On top of that, YouTube viewers are always hungry for more content which makes getting a video out even once a week, a challenging task.…

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Mental Health with Dan Maby of WP&UP – WordPress Website Design Article

Matt Medeiros starts 2019 and the second part of Season 8 with his interview with Dan Maby. Dan is a self-described wearer of many hats and is the director of Blue 37, a digital agency based in London. He recently founded a new community called WP&UP that supports and promotes positive mental health within the WordPress community. Through Dan’s agency Blue 37, he helps WordPress users move forward with their business. In addition to ALL of that, Dan is the Lead…

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