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  1. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time now. I think most of us just suck at video/audio work which stops us from doing this type of thing. I’ll make sure I get onto this at some point though :)

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    1. While audio helps, I’ve come across quite a few videos where the audio is silent. The author just clicks around, shows you what to do or how to configure the plugin and that’s good enough for me most of the time.

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      1. Hey Jeff, thanks for using Meta Slider as an example! I’m a regular reader (and background podcast listener) so it was a nice surprise to see this post pop up :)

        I’m also paranoid about my voice, so we asked someone else to voiceover this video for us. I’ve seen videos where the audio is recorded using a text-to-speech app which seems like a nice alternative to recording your own voice.

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  2. I think there’s a real opportunity here for a new kind of WordPress service industry — creating readme, screenshot, and videos for plugin and theme authors.

    I know personally, I’d rather be coding then doing videos. I did a few for one of my plugins (https://www.youtube.com/user/SurniaUlulaCom), but design / video work just isn’t my thing.

    And lets not even talk logo / banners… :-p

    Maybe we need a market place — a website where coders and designers can exchange services. ;-)

    js.

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  3. For 5 of my WordPress.org hosted plugins I’ve already made some introductory videos that already helped a lot of users. It’s especially helpful for new users. I can only encourage everyone to try this out. It’s really not that difficult to make a little screencast. Sometimes to show and explain goes a long way for some users.

    It’s all about user experience, hehe! :-)

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  4. For my Google Maps plugin, I found that just adding screenshots of the plugin working, with the shortcodes as captions for the screenshots, doubled the daily downloads overnight. When I finally got around to building a demo site for the plugin, daily downloads doubled again. Talk about your plugin all you like, but nothing gets the point across like a picture, and letting people touch and see a website using your plugin can really convince them it works.

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