Podcast E016: It's about Passion

May 22, 2017
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Life Updates

WordPress News

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle – Church attire & coffee
  • Adam- GitHub Updater cap and bad coffee!

Questions

  1. How do you increase your chances of getting selected to speak at a WordCamp? asked by Topher DeRosia
  2. I want to make a kayak.com for pedicures, what plugins do I need? asked by Ross Johnson
  3. If you were an option, which would you want to be? asked by Eric Amundson

Podcast E015: Deliver More then Expected

May 15, 2017
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Life Updates

  • Adam:  Fostering a dog named Wrigley.
  • Kyle: WordCamp Jackson went well.  Now just working.

WordPress News

  • WordPress 4.8 – targeted for June 8
  • WordCamp Europe – Announced that Matt Mullenweg to be a speaker/interviewed.
  • Post Status Publish event – schedule is out.

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle: Mojo MarketPlace Baseball sleevly shirt / Water
  • Adam: WC SD 2015  / Water – WC Maui mug

Questions:

1. What is your favorite way to speed up WordPress? Favorite caching solutions or plugins? – Eric Amundson

2. What kind of question will most likely inspire an original song when submitted to the Get Options podcast? — Andy Melichar

Kyle wrote a song!

See Kyle's Lyrics
 

If you need help just listen to this song
email questions @ getoptionspodcast.com

We’re looking for head scratching problems
make us feel like no one else can solve them
Express why you’re stressed
and if you want maybe mention WordPress
Tell us that your site is crashing and your partner’s depressed
Your design is lacking so your client’s not impressed
You’re confused by the Loop and need a beer suggestion
You’re unemployed but back to the beer question
Between a porter, lager, amber, stout you can’t decide
And there’s so many other styles that you still haven’t tried
Style or source or glass we’ll give our recommendations
Yes we want more questions on the topic of libations

If you need help just listen to this song
email questions @ getoptionspodcast.com

it’s gotta be hard but not too hard
it’s gotta make us laugh in a good way
we want it to be edgy but still clean
controversial but not ever mean
topical but still unique
and you better not need a response this week
we want questions that make us sound smart and funny
or you could always just send money

How do I make more money online?
Is a home page slider, really a crime?
How do I modify emails that WordPress sends?
What hairstyle will help me get more friends?
My employees keep quitting and I’m at a loss
Should I go out alone for a drink with my boss?
How do I more constructively critique design?
How do I get over my obsession with Chris Pine?

If you need help just listen to this song
email questions @ getoptionspodcast.com

it’s gotta be hard but not too hard
it’s gotta make us laugh in a good way
we want it to be edgy but still clean
controversial but not ever mean
topical but still unique
and you better not need a response this week
we want questions that make us sound smart and funny
or you could always just send money

 

3. If you’re down to your last potato do you eat it to avoid starvation or do you save it to let it ferment so you can drink it? – Ian Wilson

Podcast E014: The Meaning of Life

May 8, 2017
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Life Updates

  • Kyle: Busy prepped the charge for WordCamp Jackson 
  • Adam: WordPress Essentials Course round 1 over and went well.  Registration open for session 2!

WordPress News

  • Andrew Norcross leaving his own company?  Read about it here

Wearing/Drinking

Questions

  1. What plugins are in your base toolkit?
  2. What is the meaning of life?
  3. Do cold emails work?

 

Podcast E013: Conquering Fears

May 1, 2017
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Life Updates

  • Adam: not much… WordPress Essentials Course going well!
  • Kyle: Bachelor Party! Easter/Family trip  & working with Pippin in Kansas.

WordPress News.

  • WordPress 4.7.4.

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle – Media Temple shirt / water
  • Adam- WCLAX 2016 shirt / water

Questions

  1. How do you think we can get more people in the WP community to contribute? Not just code, but time, organizing, volunteering, docs, etc? – Eric Amundson
  2. Speakpipe from Chris Badget re: speaking – Chris Badget
  3. What do the new changes in Jetpack mean to the broader WP ecosystem, especially themes on w.org? – Topher DeRosia

Podcast E012: Being Helpful

April 10, 2017
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Life Updates & Hotel Movies

  • Adam: Nothing major.. happy to be in AZ.
    • Movie: Last Holiday
  • Kyle: 1st week at Easy Digital Downloads.
    • Movie: Grand Budapest Hotel

WordPress News

  • Pressnomics! – Great business conference. Worth the investment!

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle: Pagely Shirt – Rasberry IZZE
  • Adam: Woo Ninja Shirt – Rasberry IZZE

Questions

  1. As a developer, are you helping or hurting customers when you use page builders to create sites? Does it depend on the builder?  
  2. When is it ok to let a client use a pre-canned theme?
  3. Client wants a super fast site but has very image heavy content. How do you communicate to them the challenges and how do you make it fast?

Podcast E011: Client Communication

April 3, 2017
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Life Updates

  • Adam: WCSD was great
  • Kyle: Starting new job!

WordPress News.

  • Sucuri to GoDaddy.  
  • Pressnomics is this week..  Whoohoo!

Wearing/Drinking

Questions

  1. If you're doing freelance on the side, where are the best places to find clients? Is there a quality difference between the clients that find you, clients directed to you from referrals, or clients you seek out yourself? Asked by Megan Morsie
  2. What parts of the project do you present in person, vs via email or phone call? Asked by Ian Wilson
  3. Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Eric Defore in Slack

Thanks to this weeks sponsor: Crocs!

Podcast E010: Be Prepared!

March 13, 2017
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Work & Life Updates:

WordPress News:

Questions:

  1. How would you decorate your options table, given unlimited resources? – Eric
  2. I am nervous giving a presentation or recording an interview. Any tips from 2 seasoned speakers – John
  3. Can WordPress help me get better grades in school – Carson

Podcast E009: Clients & Contracts

March 6, 2017
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WordPress News.

  • Another light week.

Life Updates

  • Adam:  WCLAX 2017 — is back on track.  My twitter profiles update thx to Bridget Willard! 
  • Kyle: Accepted to speak at Pressnomics

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle – Nexcess t-shirt
  • Adam- Woo Skull Cross bones tshirt  “Ship It”

Errors and Omissions

  • None!

iTunes Reviews

Questions:

  • As a WordPress user or developer, what is the ONE THING that drives you bonkers and you’d love to change about WordPress? From Eric Amundson.
  • As a casual freelancer, how do you suggest bringing up the contract discussion? From Megan Morsie.
  • Voicemail from Sara Dunn about which WordCamps we recommend.

Bonus

Lyrics to WordPress Blues

Everybody and their brother knows, that shortcodes blow
They make it hard for beginners to figure out how to make their content show
They have a steep learning curve so users who don’t know
The basics of how code works figure things out quite slow

I’ve got all these issues, it feels like I’ll never lose, these WordPress blues

As a plugin developer I’m disappointed that dependency management isn’t there
And the sluggish wp-admin sometimes makes me pull out my hair
Is there anything more useless than every default dashboard widget
And can anyone tell me why WP_List_Table has access set to private

I’ve got all these issues, it feels like I’ll never lose, these WordPress blues

Pervasive abuses of admin_notices are just obscene
Every time I see one I just want to punch my screen
One thing that seriously makes me consider changing careers
Is every time some trace of #WPDrama appears

I’ve got all these issues, it feels like I’ll never lose, these WordPress blues

I passionately wish that every single home page slider would die in a fire
Along with the concept of selling licenses that don’t expire
I’m not a huge fan of the plugin and theme editors built into core
And this cheap pricing race to the bottom is something I truly abhor

I’ve got all these issues, it feels like I’ll never lose, these WordPress blues

Podcast E008: Stand out, offer amazing value

February 27, 2017
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WordPress News:

Light week.. not much!

Whatcya wearing/drinking

  • Kyle: WordCamp Chicago hoodie
  • Adam: WP Give t-shirt 

Work/Life Updates 

  • Adam: Sales: Cold Calls/emails
  • Kyle: WC Jackson speakers/sponsors open, bought ticket to WC Miami, made hard decision yesterday about a plugin

New Segment” “Reading Options”

Questions

  1. Stepping out of the game – letting dev licenses expire .. what to do with clients?
  2. The WordPress service space is crowded, what are some ways you can differentiate?
  3. Voicemail via SpeakPipe about a project that needs mapping.

 

Podcast E007: Building Knowledge by Building Community

February 20, 2017
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In the news:

  • No news.. light week!

Whatcya wearing/drinking

  • Kyle – Everything! Nascar of WordPress swag!
  • Adam- nothing ! — well…  nothing WP related.  Water – again WPEngine

Questions

  1. How do you find your first clients for a new freelance web dev enterprise?  @evan
  2. How helpful have WordPress Meetups and WordCamps been to you? What’s the biggest benefit?
  3. How does one become friends with super cool podcast hosts like yourself?