Podcast E009: Clients & Contracts

March 6, 2017

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


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

Errors and Omissions

  • None!

iTunes Reviews


  • 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.


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

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”


  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

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


  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?

Podcast E006: Predictions & Determination

February 13, 2017

In the news

  • Our Predictions for WordPress in 2017
  • Swag for submitting questions

Whatcha wearing/drinking

  • Kyle – WC North East Ohio t-shirt  and a  hoodie “Empowered by WordPress”
  • Adam- WC Chicago hoodie + Woo “SHIP IT” shirt, drinking water from WP Engine pint glass


  1. What took so long? (referring to us starting this podcast) – asked by John Parkinson @jwparkinson
  2. Can WordPress maintain market dominance? What are the biggest threats? – asked by Eric Amundson @sewmyheadon
  3. How do you determine your first pricing structure as a freelancer? – asked by Megan Morsie @megabyterose

This weeks episode is sponsored by Project Panorama. Use code ALLTHEOPTIONS and save 20% at checkout.

Podcast E005: Building Confidence

February 6, 2017

In the News

Whatcya wearing/drinking

  • Kyle: Pantheon T-Shirt & Siteground socks and drinking warm water in GoDaddy Cup
  • Adam: Woo Ninja T-Shirt & water in a pickle jar.


  1. Ways to build confidence in development abilities
  2. Client not responding to emails
  3. Working from home – does clutter cause distraction?

Podcast E004: Making daily strides

January 30, 2017


  • Wrapping things up for end of 2016, prepping for a great 2017!

Whatcya wearing/drinking:

  • Kyle: Media Temple T-Shirt, Limited Edition WC North Canton Hoodie, drinking water from a GoDaddy mug with tea brewing to be put into a WC Ann Arbor mug.
  • Adam: Wearing beanie from WPEngine, Hoodie from WC Chicago 2016 & drinking Costa Rican coffee from our Costa Rica vacation!


  1. Charging for Beta testers?
  2. What are the standard, must always use plugins for every site?
  3. How can I get over my hangups with working on my own site?

Podcast E003: Keeping focus

January 23, 2017


  • WCUS Highlights & Recap


  1. Selling a domain?
  2. Any advice for how to keep yourself energized and charged when you find yourself stuck and demotivated?
  3. How to maintain my independence and still pay the bills?


Podcast E002: Pushing through change

January 16, 2017

Whatcha wearing/drinking

  • Kyle: special edition WordCamp Chicago 2016 Hoodie. Media Temple shirt.
  • Adam: WC Ann Arbor 2014 Pullover & WooCommerce Ninja shirt.

What we are working on.

  • Kyle: New plugins in development.
  • Adam: Delivered 2 client sites – 1 on spec!


  1. What shifts have you seen in the community and the conversations surrounding WordPress since you got involved yourselves?
  2. How do I deal with the struggle of the isolation associated with being a freelancer and working from home?
  3. How do you find qualified leads to help build your portfolio when you’re new to freelance web development?


Podcast E001: It's all about the people

January 9, 2017

In the news:

  1. WordCamp US 2017 – 2018 Location

This week we answer the following questions:

  1. Client Abandonment
  2. Collaboration with friends
  3. Networking events


Podcast E000: Ready, set…GO!

January 2, 2017

Welcome to the show!  In this short episode, we discuss the who, what and why it exists!

Lets do this!