Captain Form Plugin Review

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Do we need another WordPress contact form plugin?

The team behind Captain Form thinks so and they’re throwing their hat into the ring of contenders. There are plenty of form plugins in the WordPress space, so when another contact form plugin hits the market, you might think, “what’s the point?”

As someone who runs a WordPress agency, creates plugins, and talks to a lot of WordPress users, I hope the following review of Captain Form’s contact form plugin helps you decide. Can this plugin replace your existing form solution and will their features cause market leaders to stop and think? Or, is this just another form plugin to add to the pile?

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I lost my edge and so did you

Have you lost your sizzle? Maybe your pop, panache or mojo?

I’ll do you one better and ask, has anyone ever told you you’ve lost it?

That happened to me recently and sadly I knew it was coming. I met with a close friend during WordCamp US and she let me know that I’ve lost some of my edge. This wasn’t easy to hear, but something that I knew was coming. I could feel it. And It might be happening to you or even your product — right now. Let’s dive in.

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How to start a WordCamp

Are you part of a local WordPress meetup and you’re interested in growing that into an annual WordCamp? Or maybe you’re generally interested in what goes on behind the scenes for our heroic organizers?

If so, I’ve brought on David Bisset and Ptah Dunbar, part of the organizing team for WordCamp Miami 2016 to chat about their experiences planning their next event. They’ve been successfully involved with the Miami Meetup & WordCamp for the last 8 years, which is quite the milestone. Kudos to them and their contributing team for keeping an amazing group running for such a span of time.

We were a bit short on time, so this is quite the lightning round discussion where we provide tips for an organizing a team, how WordCamps can break down (technical) barriers, and how we hope to make a real impact within local communities.

If you’re looking to make an official start, check out the Become an Organizer page on the WordCamp planning site.

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A Timeline of Influencers

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Running a digital company isn’t easy.

Those that think new age entrepreneurs are just Starbucks sipping hipsters pushing pixels on a laptop screen need to walk a mile in our shoes. There’s a certain “something” missing when you’re not flocking with society on a daily basis. For example, I run a distributed digital agency, which means that I have a small team that I see in office with another small remote team that mostly communicates through Slack.

While outsiders commute on a train, take lunch breaks, and generally walk and talk with a lot of human beings during the day — digital nomads, like us, are mostly siloed. So what is that missing piece to the puzzle? For me, in the context of this discussion, it’s not having immediate peers and colleagues that we can learn from or look up to. Even a boss or owner that wants, heck, motivates us to be better. So where do we turn to for motivation and guidance?

It’s within our nature to exist, communicate, and learn online, so following online personalities as intimately as social media allows, is a go to thing. Personalities that strike you as knowledgeable, successful or that embodies a certain skill that you’re passionate about improving in your own business and life.

Today, I started to think about the personalities that I’ve connected with over the years and how they have shaped my career over time.

Who is in your Timeline of Influencers? 

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WordPress business website teardowns

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What is a website teardown?

A common practice in which someone evaluates a website “line-by-line” and provides feedback to the website owner within a given context. For instance, in today’s episode, Devin and I teardown four unique commercial WordPress plugin websites submitted by listeners. We’re looking through the lens as if we were landing on their respective sites for the very first time, as an interested customer. The feedback we provide should be used as a guide to help the owners improve messaging, design, and overall usability of the website. At the end of the day, hopefully, this advice proves valuable and increases sales for their business.

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11 Ways to support your WordPress theme or plugin

11 ways to support your customers

With so many tools and communication channels available to us, choosing how you support your WordPress product can be a real head-scratcher.

Luckily, in today’s episode, Devin and I are here to explain the best methods we’ve found that work in our respective businesses. If you’ve been in the WordPress product business for a while now, you know how interesting support can get. Depending on your product, your support channel can span fairly broad spectrums. From supporting agencies that are using your plugin for client work, all the way to first-time WordPress users that just purchased your theme.

Bridging that gap is always a challenge. Our products are expected to work in an ecosystem that we have very little control over. Think about the various hosts, versions of WordPress, and conflicting plugin code a user might be running. It’s actually quite scary when you think about it. Recently the team at Yoast wrote about their headaches launching a new version. A good read for anyone considering pushing out a major update.

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