Archives: Podcast

  • #13 – Chris Lubkert and Rich Tabor on Building Sites With Extendify

    #13 – Chris Lubkert and Rich Tabor on Building Sites With Extendify

    On the podcast today we have Chris Lubkert and Rich Tabor, from Extendify. Extendify is a library of block patterns and full page layouts which you can use inside of the Block Editor. Chris and Rich, as you will hear, decided a few years ago that they were going to dedicate themselves to working with blocks. They each had their own projects, but Rich recently joined the team because his vision aligned well with Chris’. That vision is to provide designs which you can import directly into WordPress with just a few clicks. From there you can edit them in your own way. And that’s the thrust of the podcast today. What is Extendify? How does it work? What can you achieve with it? What do they plan to build in the future?

  • #12 – Amber Hinds on Why Accessibility Matters

    #12 – Amber Hinds on Why Accessibility Matters

    On the podcast today we have Amber Hinds. We talk about what online accessibility means, and how it ought to influence any website build. We consider the situations people who need an accessible website might find themselves in. What are they experiencing as they browse the web and what tools are they using? What tools can you use to help in this endeavour, and what tools you might want to avoid?

  • #11 – Vinny McKee on His Block Builder Plugin

    #11 – Vinny McKee on His Block Builder Plugin

    Blocks are the future of WordPress. They offer an easy way to create content and display it on your website in interesting ways. The only problem is that, although they are easy to use, blocks are hard to create. There’s a fairly high level of technical concepts and processes which you need to master if you’re going to start building your own blocks. Unless of course you can find a block builder plugin like the one that today’s guest, Vinny McKee, has created. In the podcast we learn about why Vinny built the plugin, as well as how it works. What problems does it overcome, and are there any limitations to what you can build?

  • #10 – What’s in WordPress 5.9, and What Is Openverse?

    #10 – What’s in WordPress 5.9, and What Is Openverse?

    On the podcast today we have something new. Until now I’ve interviewed one person at a time, but today there’s three people on the call, Birgit Pauli-Haack, Marcus Kazmierczak and Zack Krida. So WordPress 5.9 is just around the corner. Initially scheduled for release in December 2021, it has now been pushed back until January 2022. There’s a lot in this release, most notably Full Site Editing and we chat through the highlights. The we move on to talk about Openverse, which is a search engine for openly-licensed media. We get into how media is licensed and why this project is a good fit for WordPress, and we round off with some thoughts on how it will integrate with the Block Editor in the future.

  • #9 – Tara King on Encouraging Developers Towards a Gutenberg Future

    #9 – Tara King on Encouraging Developers Towards a Gutenberg Future

    On the podcast today we have Tara King. Tara has recently begun working for Automattic in developer relations, and it’s an important role within the WordPress community. Tara will lead a newly formed team who will get out and about; trying to understand the pain points which people are having with the new editor and full site editing. They will then report this back to the developer and contributor teams, and hopefully establish a feedback loop to make the editor better. They are also creating blogs, podcasts, courses and many other content to help people get up to speed, and perhaps use, or better understand, the Block Editor. If you’re interested in, or concerned about, Gutenberg, then have a listen to Tara on the podcast.

  • #8 – Lee Shadle on How Blocks Create New Opportunities

    #8 – Lee Shadle on How Blocks Create New Opportunities

    On the Jukebox podcast today we have Lee Shadle. Lee is a WordPress developer at WP Draft, and by his own admission is obsessed with building block based themes, plugins and websites. He’s been using WordPress for many years and as soon as the Gutenberg project was announced, he decided he was going to explore it and learn how it worked. We talk about what he has been building with blocks and why he thinks that they represent a bright future for WordPress. For Lee, it’s about the extra capabilities which they bring for end users. We discuss the difficulties developers face learning new skills, and how Lee overcame this. Have a listen to Lee Shadle on the podcast.

  • #7 – Ajit Bohra on Gutenberg, Full Site Editing and React

    #7 – Ajit Bohra on Gutenberg, Full Site Editing and React

    On the Jukebox podcast today we have Ajit Bohra. He’s a full stack developer based in Mumbai, India. He’s been working with, and committing to, WordPress for many years. We cover three main topics in this podcast. First a conversation about his thoughts on Gutenberg. Then we discuss Full Site Editing and how it will change WordPress for non-technical users. We finish off chatting about how React development is becoming increasing important for WordPress development.

  • #6 – Cory Miller on the WordPress Mergers and Acquisitions Landscape

    #6 – Cory Miller on the WordPress Mergers and Acquisitions Landscape

    On the Jukebox podcast today we have Cory Miller and he’s here to talk about the WordPress Mergers and Acquisitions Landscape. Recently there’s been a uptick in the number of companies being bought. But what do we make of all this? It is a good thing, showing that the WordPress economy is thriving, or should we be concerned that a few big players are buying so many things? Find out what we think on the podcast.

  • #5 – Robert Jacobi on Why He’s Putting Gutenberg First

    #5 – Robert Jacobi on Why He’s Putting Gutenberg First

    On the podcast today we have Robert Jacobi. Robert is Director of WordPress at Cloudways. He’s been working with open source software for almost twenty years and so today we have a broad discussion about his ‘Gutenberg First’ approach as well as how the project is evolving. We also chat about WordPress events and Openverse.

  • #4 – Dan Maby on the Importance of the WordPress Community

    #4 – Dan Maby on the Importance of the WordPress Community

    On the podcast today we have Dan Maby. Dan has been a user of WordPress for many years. As an agency owner he’s used it to build client websites, but, as is so often the case, he came for the software and got caught up in the community. We talk about the importance of the community for Dan and the WordPress project as a whole, and how Dan has set up online events like WordFest to keep people connected. Listen now.

  • #3 – Benjamin Intal on Why He’s Betting His Business on Blocks

    #3 – Benjamin Intal on Why He’s Betting His Business on Blocks

    So today on the WP Tavern Jukebox podcast we’re talking to Benjamin Intal from Stackable, which is suite of WordPress blocks. We talk about why he’s betting his business on blocks and how the company have evolved their product line over the last three years. From a period in which the adoption of blocks was uncertain to now, in which blocks appear to be gaining more momentum. What problems did they encounter along the way and how they iterated their offering. Listen now.

  • #2 – Anne McCarthy on How Full Site Editing Will Impact WordPress

    #2 – Anne McCarthy on How Full Site Editing Will Impact WordPress

    In this, the second episode of the WP Tavern Jukebox podcast, we talk to Anne McCarthy. Anne is Developer Relations Wrangler for Automattic. Her work is focussed on the WordPress.org space, and she is leading the Full Site Editing Outreach Program. She explains what Full Site Editing in WordPress is all about. Why it’s needed, what it hopes to achieve and how you can get involved to shape the direction of the project.

  • #1 – Josepha Haden Chomphosy on the Past, Present, and Future of WordPress

    #1 – Josepha Haden Chomphosy on the Past, Present, and Future of WordPress

    In this, the first episode of the WP Tavern Jukebox podcast, we talk to Josepha Haden Chomphosy. She is the Executive Director of the WordPress project, and discusses WordPress’ past, present and future. We talk about how WordPress has changed over time and what needs to be considered in the future, to keep the community engaged.

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