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Business, Interview, Startups, Work/Life

S4 E9: Ryan Sullivan of WP Site Care

WordPress support companies are one of the fastest growing business models that I’ve seen in our space in quite some time.

The concept being, for a monthly fee, you get a dedicated WordPress support company that can tackle all of your technical needs — around your WordPress website. Here’s the issue, it’s easy to start a company like this, but it’s not easy to keep it sustainable.

How do you survive as a business owner? That’s what Ryan Sullivan of WP Site Care joins us to talk about on today’s episode.

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Blog, Business, Clients, Interview, Work/Life

S4 E8: The small business of WordPress plugin add-ons

Everyone loves a good “how to make seven figures in software sales” story, but not every business owner desires to claim that headline.

If there’s one trend throughout season 4, it’s that we don’t need world domination as a driving force to grow our business. Throughout my conversations with guests on the show, and business owners at local WordCamps, there’s a renewed sense of small business ownership in the room. A fundamental shift from flashy TechCrunch growth, to running a manageable and profitable business — with purpose.

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S4 E7: Shawn Hesketh of WP101

Shawn Hesketh is the creator of WP101, an online library and learning resource, for WordPress.

When you don’t want to spend the time training your clients, or answering the pesky support e-mails, you use a service like WP101. Shawn and his team tirelessly script, record, edit, produce, and publish top-notch training materials for the newcomer to the WordPress world.

Sounds like easy money to me.

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Blog, WordPress

Tug of war; Future WordPress experience, web hosts, and us

The biggest sticking point for a new user of WordPress is it’s very own personal brand. What is it? Who does it serve? What’s the deal with WordPress.com vs WordPress.org?

In my interview with Matt Mullenweg, we discussed the troubles of onboarding users to the world’s most popular content management system. From a WordPress.com perspective, users want to dive directly into designing their site, not publishing their first post, which at the time, was the default signup workflow. Today, we see a direct funnel into choosing your topic genre, a general content layout, then a unique theme based on those choices.

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