First WordPress Weekly Listening Party

This week on WordPress Weekly, I have the privilege of interviewing both Randy Hoyt of AmesburyWeb who will discuss making WordPress work for business oriented sites while Scott Clark, co-author of the Pods plugin will discuss using WordPress as a CMS. Both of these guys presented at WordCamp Dallas two weeks ago so it will be a treat reviewing what went on at that event. I know many of you who listen to the show have wanted to hear an episode dedicated to the topic of ‘Using WordPress As A CMS‘ and I hope to deliver on that with Scotts help this week.

But the exciting news is that WordPress Weekly will notch a new milestone with this episode as Randy has informed me that there will be an ongoing listening party as the show is being recorded. How cool is that?

We are turning this recording into a full evening for local technical WordPress users and developers to meet and discuss using WordPress as a CMS. We’ll have pizza and drinks from 6:00-7:00, the live recording of the podcast from 7:00-8:00, and a question and answer session with Scott and Randy from 8:00-9:00.

I’m certainly interested to see how this all turns out. The only concerns I have is their ability to call into the show via Skype or some other piece of software and the background noise. The background noise is my main concern and I hope it won’t drown out the interview although if it were subtle, it would add a nice tough.

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  1. Please ask them:

    How do you get rid of the home page tab to free up space on the navigation bar?

    How do you make the Navigation wording different form the page title?

    What is the best and easiest way to add drop down navigation?

    Thank you

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  2. Hi Jeffro,

    Interesting. I have a draft post half written, taking the angle that while WordPress is great as a CMS for small to medium businesses, it’s a long way from having the functionality required for an enterprise level CMS.

    Obviously, people talking about using WordPress as a CMS aren’t thinking about it from an enterprise level perspective, but I thought I’d point out there’s an area where it’s not up to the job. Sometimes the WordPress as a CMS craze gets me down a little – although I totally understand the benefits it provides and know that the people writing and reading these articles aren’t involved at the enterprise level (I am).

    The number one weakness is Workflow. WordPress lacks a flexible workflow system which is able to define different workflows (different approval steps and different users) for different content types, different categories, etc. It’s limited to one workflow, which only has a couple of levels, which just isn’t enough.

    For example, in a large organisation, you may have 100s of authors in different geographical areas, using a workflow such as:
    Content author -> Manager -> Communications -> Web Editor -> Tech QA -> Publish.

    There’s no way to do this is in WordPress at present, but I’d be interested in hearing what Randy and Scott have to say about a) the workflow issue in general and b) what other limitations they may have come across where WordPress falls short of the enterprise level.

    Of course, I know that most listeners and WordPress solution developers aren’t working with / interested in large organisations, so this is really a fringe issue…

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  3. I’m stoked about it. Should be a good get together here in Dallas.

    I was worried about background noise too. We tested the phone and the room today to see what level of noise was bearable. We’re keeping the group small so it won’t get too out of hand.

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  4. How did this turn out, as far as the listening party? Sounds like a blast, I wish there was a group interested in doing this in my town. For the record some bars in town have held listening parties for my live-music podcast but it wasn’t a call-in situation. My initial concern, from an event-organization view, is that the WP Weekly live recording often goes longer (beyond 9) and people might want to keep listening rather than turning it off to go to Q&A. I guess everyone who wanted would have their laptops open so watching the chat would be possible, as that is another key part of the weekly live recording.

    Hope your party went great & you are able to continue doing them from time to time.

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