January 3, 2017 — Beginning of this year I honestly wouldn’t be able to explain to anyone what WordPress is. I had never used WordPress until pressure mounted on me as an internship student , the company wanted the website up and running within a week. As a student who had told them “I know how to create a website”, I couldn’t give an excuse and there was no way out. Later on that day I researched on the easiest way to make an e-commerce website within a day and I learnt about WordPress. Now I can advertise website design and earn a little extra income and my boss is impressed and still talks about efforts put to meet the website deadline. My boss even offered we come back after school and make systems and another website for their subsidiary company.
December 21, 2016 — How to grow from a one-man-band into an agency. Taking the leap and loving it.
Building a team, how, who and what to look out for
Attracting and retaining great clients
Selling professionally and effectively
Avoiding bad clients
Managing Projects effectively
Developing a culture
Celebrate the wins
Learn from the mistakes
December 12, 2016 — In this talk, I will go through what a lot of developers haven’t thought about: what happens when you actually get customers. Sure, you’ve worked on your product very hard and you’re sure that it’s going to be very good for a lot of people, but have you considered how to respond to complaints? Do you have a crisis plan ready, or are you winging it? Doing customer support well is down to preparation, and I’ll be telling you how.
I’ll mainly discuss the importance of synchronous communication across platforms, and how to achieve this. It comes down to three different areas:
1. Tone of voice
2. Choice of platform
3. Rules of engagement (how do we, as a company, deal with things)
December 5, 2016 — Pro bono work is fun and rewarding. It is also a great way to level up your WordPress prowess and reputation, either as a freelance developer or as part of a digital agency. When you give back to society, you receive back as much, if not more.
In this talk, you will find real world examples of pro bono dev projects I’ve done over the years, how they solve different set of problems for the beneficiaries, and how they level up my skill set as a web designer and developer. I will also share some of the other good things I’ve gained by doing it, and it’s not just about having a better-looking portofolio.
So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just a starting out WordPress professional, you’ll probably end up having plenty of good reasons to do pro bono work from time to time for the personal, professional and social benefits it brings.
December 4, 2016 — WordPress has created many opportunities for people all around the world, so many people are curious about how it could help them grow. In his talk, Noel will discuss the path to success for anyone interested in working with WordPress, remote working or generally being part of this movement.
December 2, 2016 — Pretty exciting stuff, you’ve got a brand new website ready to launch! So what’s the plan? *crickets* Having an established plan for bringing your new site from staging to live is often overlooked and in turn causes minor to severe issues when you flip the switch. In this session we look at potential mishaps, how to avoid them and how to strategically build a launch plan.
November 21, 2016 — One can have many reasons to form a WordPress agency. At required+ we didn’t think about becoming an agency in the first place. Initially we teamed up to build an online platform that scratched an itch in all of us, we simply wanted to try and prove a point with the idea we had. All of a sudden we were running a thriving job board for the Swiss web industry and had a beautiful side project to work on. In order to keep our creative freedom and sovereignty, we didn’t want to take money from venture capitalists or investors. Therefore we came up with a concept to keep us going while allowing space for our individual lifestyles. We started to take on interesting client projects, this way we continued to build interesting sites & apps.
November 12, 2016 — You’re kinda interested in the “Business Track”, but what if you don’t already have a business? In this presentation, you’ll learn how to provide services to clients that match your skill set, and create your own WordPress business. With a little work, you can take a side gig and grow it into your full time enterprise.
October 29, 2016 — The journey of how we leveraged WordPress to build our online learning startup, AdvantageLearn.com.
In this session I’ll chat about how a non-developer (me!) is using WordPress to run our click to pay to learn online education company. We manage this through a best of breed compilation of WordPress plugins (most notably Sensei and WooCommerce).
I’ll outline our journey with WordPress thus far through the lens of AdvantageLearn.com noting the challenges, trade-offs, failures and victories to date. It will be an honest account of my learnings as a Non-Dev building and running an online learning business.