July 10, 2018 — WordPress projects can quickly derail into a series of scope creep items, frustrations, and missing clients. Having a simple and streamlined process to get information from the customer, gathering adequate feedback and keeping your project on task requires some easy adjustments to your process. Stop struggling with bad clients, projects that never end and designing websites to creating a whole experience that will turn nightmare clients into brand ambassadors. Running a WordPress design business is hard work, and there’s more to it than just making websites. Lee has put together real action steps that will take you from welcoming your new client to following up with your happy clients and your new referral sources.
July 7, 2018 — Feedback is commonly perceived as something that everyone is able to do – who doesn’t have an opinion? However, it’s also very easy to give bad feedback: we all know it when we are on the receiving end. This gets more and more evident when the team grows from two people to a whole company.
Feedback thus becomes a critical skill that can be learned, improved, and mastered. Good feedback skills can improve the quality of the teamwork and the result by a large margin, while bad feedback can grind any team to a halt with confusion if not worse.
This talk will give insights, challenge myths, and provide practical ideas. How can we improve ourselves? How can we plan good feedback in groups?
January 11, 2018 — How to use Grunt, Gulp, Webpack and more to automate your workflow while custom theming.
Learn about available task runners / automated workflows that make custom theming a real-time breeze.
October 30, 2017 — Releasing a new version of a plugin for more than 200 000 websites is a sensitive process that needs to be carefully planned out.
In this presentation, I’ll talk about the structure & processes that our team has put in place for releasing a new version of WP Rocket, as well as the tools we use to plan, track & test to ensure a release as smooth as possible for our customers.
I’ll get into development workflow, but also everything that happens before and after: release scope, translations, communication planning & more.
June 20, 2017 — Tony lives in Asheville, NC, and operates Digital Strategy Works, a digital-strategy consulting company guiding small businesses on WordPress-related platform development.
Standardization creates a great framework in that every site you work on, you know and understand each tool you used to build into your site. It makes it much easier to update, maintain, and create.
By standardizing and eliminating processes that no longer work or are antiquated, you can build sites faster with less exposure to cost overruns. Getting to market quickly on time and within budget is important to a business owner trying to solve a problem or launch their service.
December 16, 2016 — You’ll love being a WordPress theme developer even more than you already do by learning to apply time- and sanity-saving practices to your WordPress development workflow. If you’ve heard about web developers using technologies like CSS preprocessors (e.g. Sass), task runners (e.g. Grunt, Gulp), and version control (e.g. Git) and wondered how to apply them to developing WordPress themes, I’ll show you how!
December 5, 2016 — In today’s world, it is all about content marketing. Doing it right means thinking about a lot of different things. What should you publish? How do you make it converting? How do you connect it to analytics? What about SEO tricks?
Whether you are a user, developer or designer you will find this session useful. Whether as a reminder as to what’s important for the other groups and how to help work towards the common goal of a better website and effective business, or as a primer on how to boost your workflow.
November 9, 2016 — Spend time talking with a group of freelancers and the conversation will inevitably include someone’s unfortunate experience with a terrible client. Most freelancers have a story or two (or eight). While bad clients can’t be completely avoided, there are strategic steps any freelancer can take to contain the impact of a bad client.
In this session, Nathan explains how to create a system that preserves workflow and keeps problem clients in check.
October 27, 2016 — Many members of the WordPress Community use or are a part of a distributed workforce of designers, developers, content creators, and project managers. Having the right tools in place and establishing a good workflow for incoming projects is essential to success. Otherwise you risk dropping tasks, miscommunication, and overall disorganization–all of which can drastically affect your company’s bottom line.