February 25, 2014 — WordPress is used by lots of businesses, and it certainly has a space in the enterprise world. In this talk I explore how WordPress is used by business, in particular those in Europe, and show how the services and culture around large scale WordPress have worked beautifully for the US market but have limited the potential of the platform in other marketplaces. I also find the platform’s weaknesses, and illustrate what we could do as a community to make our favourite CMS a better fit for those large, risky projects that seem to end up going to Drupal or, worse, high cost supposedly enterprise grade content management systems.
December 22, 2013 — An open discussion covering tools you’ll need, knowledge you’ll need, how you’ll get customers, what type of business you should have and how much you should charge.
December 12, 2013 — If you’re running a business based on open source software like WordPress, your business depends on the prosperity of that project. The demise of the project could easily be the demise of your project and the project’s growth could lead to your business growing immensely. The larger your business becomes and the bigger the impact of your company on the project, the more this is true. Economically this is a very unusual situation. Joost will explore what this means and how you should deal with it.
This is pure economics; it starts with the well known story of the Tragedy of the Commons but, applied to open source, leads to a completely new outcome. If your business is build on WordPress, you should be here to listen to Joost’s talk and discuss afterwards.
November 10, 2013 — This session discusses the process used to hire developers for an agency with questions asked and some right and wrong answers to these questions.
October 25, 2013 — Nicsocks – selling limited edition socks online with WordPress. A presentation at WordPress Meetup Cape Town
October 6, 2013 — This talk takes you through the process of launching a business built with the help and versatility of WordPress. This includes building a simple lead-generation site for your company, selling products through an eCommerce site, as well as making money through different forms of advertising (affiliate marketing, flat-rate ads, AdSense).
September 30, 2013 — “Post Launch Setup” includes task lists such as setting up security monitors, backup scheduling, configuration up of stats and caching programs, automating post broadcasts, activating JetPack, testing contact forms, and prepping your site for search engine optimization. Most of these tasks can only be performed after a site has gone live and DNS has fully propagated. This session outlines the steps used to successfully launch a WordPress site.
September 18, 2013 — When you’re running a small business — and strapped with limits in time, money and human resources — your marketing success often hinges on your ability to get more utility out of fewer assets than your big business competitors. This presentation shows you how to leverage WordPress for optimal marketing efficiencies and automation without breaking your budget.
September 4, 2013 — A Panel Discussion on WordPress – Moderated by Jesse Friedman: Aaron Ware, Michael Chevalier, Jason Narciso and Jonathan Desrosiers.