Podcast: Jukebox

  • #39 – Marieke Van De Rakt & Taco Verdonschot on Yoast, the Past, Present and Future
    #39 – Marieke Van De Rakt & Taco Verdonschot on Yoast, the Past, Present and Future

    #39 – Marieke Van De Rakt & Taco Verdonschot on Yoast, the Past, Present and Future

    On the podcast today we have Marieke Van De Rakt & Taco Verdonschot, and they’re both from Yoast SEO. I sat down with them both at WordCamp Europe and we talked about some of the recent changes that have taken place within the company. Having worked hard to build and maintain their company’s reputation, they decided that it was time to steer the business in a new direction by selling it to Newfold Digital. We get into the reasons for this acquisition and the subsequent reshuffling of the management of the company. What were the details of that agreement, why did they join forces with Newfold Digital in particular, and how has the acquisition gone? We also talk about their longstanding commitment to contributing back to the WordPress project. Why have they done this and what benefits have they seen from this approach? Why do they bring so many of their team to WordCamps? Finally, we talk about their move into the Shopify space with their SaaS Shopify app.

  • #38 – Paul Bearne on How Working With WordPress Allows for Different Lifestyles
    #38 – Paul Bearne on How Working With WordPress Allows for Different Lifestyles

    #38 – Paul Bearne on How Working With WordPress Allows for Different Lifestyles

    On the podcast today we have Paul Bearne. Paul is a WordPress enthusiast who loves to come up with ways to make WordPress do things it doesn’t normally do. Having engaged with WordPress almost from the start, he specialises in the creation of highly performant, scalable, accessible and SEO friendly code. In the podcast today Paul talks about the many ways in which it’s possible to work within the WordPress ecosystem. He’s tried many of them out over the years. Paul talks through some of the different ways that you can work and draws out the benefits and drawbacks that they have. How can you find the work and what can you do to make sure that it’s as stable as it can be? If you’re already a remote worker, much of this conversation will resonate with you, but if you’re not, but are curious about your options, this podcast will be of interest.

  • #37 – Jonathan Wold on How Partnerships Might Help Your WordPress Business
    #37 – Jonathan Wold on How Partnerships Might Help Your WordPress Business

    #37 – Jonathan Wold on How Partnerships Might Help Your WordPress Business

    On the podcast today we have Jonathan Wold. Jonathan joined the WordPress community seventeen years ago, and he’s been here ever since. He likes to think about WordPress as an operating system for creating on the open web, and invests his time and energy into growing the WordPress ecosystem. With that in mind he gave a talk at the recent WordCamp Europe called “Growing in WordPress through partnerships”, in which he laid out his thoughts on how WordPress companies can enable greater growth by joining with other, like minded companies. Jonathan talks today about how strategic partnerships can, in some cases, make the job of selling a product easier and more rewarding. Are partnerships for everyone, or are they only for a subset of companies? How do you go about finding a partner and what are the ways that you can ensure that you’re working with the companies which offer the most benefit to you and your customers?

  • #36 – Sean Blakeley on Transitioning a Large Agency Over to Gutenberg
    #36 – Sean Blakeley on Transitioning a Large Agency Over to Gutenberg

    #36 – Sean Blakeley on Transitioning a Large Agency Over to Gutenberg

    On the podcast today we have Sean Blakeley. Sean works for a large agency called American Eagle, a platform agnostic organisation working with enterprise clients on a wide variety of projects. After years of experiments with different approaches and collaborations between designers and developers, their team has begun to rely heavily on block patterns, and they’ve found it is greatly increasing their productivity. It’s fair to say that block patterns have revolutionised the team’s approach to the entire design process. We talk about how and why Sean’s team decided to jump in early with block patterns. When they did, this was a somewhat risky strategy. There was no guarantee that patterns would begin to be widely adopted, but this strategy is now starting to bear fruit. It’s allowing their team to work with their clients in new and unexpected ways. It’s an interesting episode, and if you’re curious about how you can start to use blocks and patterns with your clients, there’s sure to be something here for you.

  • #35 – Akshat Choudhary on the State of WordPress Security
    #35 – Akshat Choudhary on the State of WordPress Security

    #35 – Akshat Choudhary on the State of WordPress Security

    On the podcast today we have Akshat Choudhary. Akshat is the Founder and CEO of BlogVault, MalCare, WP Remote and Airlift. These WordPress plugins allow their customers to build, manage and maintain their WordPress websites. He’s based in Bangalore, India and we begin the podcast talking about the state of the WordPress community there. We also talk about why Akshat sees it as useful to bring himself and other members of his team so far to attend WordCamp Europe. What’s in it for them and what’s their approach to the return on this investment? We then get into a discussion of the security landscape and how the products that Akshat and his team make enable site owners to rest more easily. We go into some of the technical details of how the products work and how they fit neatly into an agency wishing to sell care plans to their website clients.

  • #34 – Felix Arntz on WordPress and Performance
    #34 – Felix Arntz on WordPress and Performance

    #34 – Felix Arntz on WordPress and Performance

    On the podcast today we have Felix Arntz. Felix is a Developer Relations Engineer at Google and a WordPress core committer. He is the lead engineer for the Site Kit plugin for WordPress and has been a regular contributor to WordPress for several years. He’s also been involved in the newly created WordPress performance team which is trying to work out how WordPress can stay ahead of the performance curve. He’s on the podcast today to talk about how the WordPress community need to be focussing more on performance. Not only do search engines place more emphasis upon speed, but the rise of other CMSs might also reflect their ability to optimise their platforms, given that they don’t have the plugin and theme architecture which WordPress does. It’s an interesting conversation about an area which is going to matter more and more in the months and years to come.

  • #33 – David Lockie on Why Web3 and WordPress Might Work Together
    #33 – David Lockie on Why Web3 and WordPress Might Work Together

    #33 – David Lockie on Why Web3 and WordPress Might Work Together

    On the podcast today we have David Lockie. David is the Web3 Lead at Automattic, which is a new role. He’s trying to understand what Web3 is and how it’s going to alter the course of the internet in the future. Web3 can be confusing. It’s new and has many different meanings depending upon which implementation you’re working with. It also works in a fundamentally different way to how the web has been thus far. Perhaps you’ve encountered crypto currencies or NFTs, and maybe they’ve convinced you about the future of Web3. Perhaps they’ve raised concerns. David tries to explain how this decentralised approach to gathering and storing data is just beginning to find some practical applications.

  • #32 – Daisy Olsen on Why You Should Try Out Block Themes
    #32 – Daisy Olsen on Why You Should Try Out Block Themes

    #32 – Daisy Olsen on Why You Should Try Out Block Themes

    On the podcast today we have Daisy Olsen. Daisy works for Automattic as a Developer Relations contributor on the WordPress Project, and she’s on the podcast today to talk about Block Themes. These new themes bring additional possibilities for WordPress users in what they’re able to build in the Block Editor. Now, non-technical can start to add and style things like headers, footers and navigation menus. Daisy talks about how this all works as well as what’s not quite ready. We also get into what new skills you’ll need to learn, as well as what new tooling might be required. It’s an interesting subject and a good primer on Block Themes if you’re considering jumping in.

  • #31 – Milan Ivanovic on the Importance of Real World Versus Online
    #31 – Milan Ivanovic on the Importance of Real World Versus Online

    #31 – Milan Ivanovic on the Importance of Real World Versus Online

    On the podcast today we have Milan Ivanovic. Milan is a WordPress Developer at Valet.io, and is a WordCamp volunteer, speaker, and organizer. He’s the WordPress.org global translation editor, WordPress Serbia lead, and is now part of the WordCamp Europe alumni. As if that weren’t enough, Milan is one of the lecturers of the WordPress Academy in Serbia, where he has given talks and WordPress Workshops. He’s also a member of the Theme Review and Community Get Involved Teams. It’s pretty clear to see that WordPress and WordPress events play a major role in Milan’s life, and that’s what this podcast is about. We talk about the importance of the WordPress community as a whole, as well as exploring what the situation is like in Milan’s home country of Serbia. We also get into the subject of diversity and how Europe as a continent might face diversity challenges which differ from other parts of the world.

  • #30 – Matt Mullenweg on the Future of Technology and Where WordPress Fits In
    #30 – Matt Mullenweg on the Future of Technology and Where WordPress Fits In

    #30 – Matt Mullenweg on the Future of Technology and Where WordPress Fits In

    On the podcast today we have Matt Mullenweg. Matt is the co-founder of WordPress, and as a result, he has been a user for as long as anyone. We recorded this podcast whilst at WordCamp Europe in Portugal a couple of weeks ago. It’s a wide-ranging discussion, covering a lot of ground. First, we cover the topics of what’s happened to WordPress over the last 19 years, and which aspects he likes and which would he wish to alter. We then get into how the last two years have changed the WordPress community. Towards the end we get into the possible stall in WordPress’s market share, and how Matt views the future of the platform in an era dominated by artificial intelligence.

  • #29 – Remkus de Vries on How WordCamp Europe Got Started
    #29 – Remkus de Vries on How WordCamp Europe Got Started

    #29 – Remkus de Vries on How WordCamp Europe Got Started

    On the podcast today we have Remkus de Vries, and he’s kicking off what might be described as a  mini series on the Jukebox podcast. Last week almost 3,000 WordPressers from all over the world gathered together in Porto, Portugal for the first in-person WordCamp Europe since 2019. Expectations were high, and the event did not disappoint. It really was excellent. Remkus is one of the founders of WordCamp Europe, just over 10 years ago. I wanted to get him on the podcast to talk about how the community’s largest WordCamp got started. I also wanted to find out how the current event compares in terms of size and organisation. What’s changed over the years? We talk about the importance of events like WordCamps for the community, and how over the last few years the lack of in-person events altered the community.

  • #28 – Mark Root-Wiley on Creating Standards for CSS in WordPress
    #28 – Mark Root-Wiley on Creating Standards for CSS in WordPress

    #28 – Mark Root-Wiley on Creating Standards for CSS in WordPress

    On the podcast today we have Mark Root-Wiley. He’s on the show to talk about why he thinks that it would be useful for WordPress to adopt some CSS standards. Mark thinks that it’s time for WordPress to lay out some simple standards which are easy to understand, and if they became universal, would save us a lot of time and head scratching. He’s not proposing anything radical, just some basic advice for the most commonly used CSS, and it’s quite a compelling idea which would need a lot of community buy-in, and possibly some top-down approval if it were to move forwards. It’s very much the kernel of an idea at present, but thought provoking nonetheless.

  • #27 – Ana Segota and Kelly Choyce-Dwan on How To Use the New Pattern Creator
    #27 – Ana Segota and Kelly Choyce-Dwan on How To Use the New Pattern Creator

    #27 – Ana Segota and Kelly Choyce-Dwan on How To Use the New Pattern Creator

    The Pattern Creator is a online tool which allows you to create block patterns for inclusion into the WordPress Patterns Directory, a place where you can access freely available patterns for your websites. On the podcast today we have Ana Segota and Kelly Choyce-Dwan, who share two different perspectives. Ana is a themer and Kelly is on the team building out the Creator. We talk about how the Creator works, how you can submit your patterns and what constraints are there for having your submissions accepted. So, if you’re curious about how patterns can speed up your website building workflow, this episode is for you.

  • #26 – Courtney Robertson on How the Learn Project Is Educating People About WordPress
    #26 – Courtney Robertson on How the Learn Project Is Educating People About WordPress

    #26 – Courtney Robertson on How the Learn Project Is Educating People About WordPress

    On the podcast today we have Courtney Robertson. Courtney is a Developer Advocate at GoDaddy Pro who has a passion for teaching and learning, specifically about how to use WordPress. Her work involves outreach to developers but it also includes time to help contribute to WordPress as well. Courtney uses this time to assist with the WordPress Training Team as well as Learn WordPress. We talk about what the Learn Project covers as and how the content is curated and maintained. We also talk about how you might get involved with the team if you’re keen to help others learn more about WordPress.

  • #25 – Joe Casabona on Why WordPress Is a Great Choice for Your Podcast
    #25 – Joe Casabona on Why WordPress Is a Great Choice for Your Podcast

    #25 – Joe Casabona on Why WordPress Is a Great Choice for Your Podcast

    So on the podcast today we have Joe Casabona. Joe is a podcaster and educator, which makes him perfect for the discussion today, ‘Why WordPress Is a Great Choice for Your Podcast’. We talk about a broad range of podcasting topics including why WordPress and podcasting are such a great fit, what equipment do you really need to get up and running with your first podcast, are podcasts only for entertainment and what tips and tricks has Joe learned over the years as a podcaster. So if you’re curious about how to set up a podcast, or if you’ve already got one going and just want to hear some fresh perspectives, this episode is for you.

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