WPWeekly Episode 50 – Interview With Cathy Perkins

wordpressweekly1This week on our big Five-O episode, we had the chance to interview Cathy Perkins otherwise known as The WordPress Wizard. We discussed a number of issues pertaining to WordPress such as the complexity of the software, how its changed over the years, tips on how to choose a theme as well as plugins and much more. This episode was geared more towards end users rather than developers.

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WordPress Tavern Listener Poll:

Each week from now on, I’ll be featuring a new listener poll question on WPTavern.com The poll is located in the sidebar on the right hand side of the site.

Last weeks poll question was: Will WordPress Win A Webware 100 Award For The Third Straight Time?

Out of a total of 14 votes 12 of you voted yes and 2 of you voted no.

This Weeks Poll Question Is: Are You Excited For WordPress 2.8?

Plugin Picks Of The Week:

JeffWidget Reset – This plugin created by Justin Tadlock will completely wipe the slate clean with regards to widgets. Sometimes, widgets get stuck, disappear, or can not be chosen more than once even if the widget is not in use. This plugin will reset all settings regarding widgets so you can start from scratch.

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The person with the correct answer to the trivia question will win one ticket to WordCamp Chicago, courtesy of Mararet Roach of Margaretroach.com.

WordPress Trivia Question:

How long has Matt Mullenweg been a member of WordPress.org?

WordPress Meetup:

WordPress Meetup: If you’re located in Ohio, more specifically the Youngstown, Akron, Cleveland areas, be sure to join me for the WordPress meetup that is taking place on April 23rd 2009 at 7PM EDT at a place called Office Space CoWorking located in Akron Ohio. The meetup is being conducted by myself along with Brian Layman of b5 media. The first meetup will be a meet and greet as well as a preview to the WordCamp Columbus event in May.

Announcements:

Matt Mullenweg has been rescheduled to be on WordPress Weekly on Friday April 24th, 2009

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Next Episode: Friday April 17th, 2009 8P.M. EDT

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Length Of Episode: 1 Hour 16 Minutes

Download The Show: WordPressWeeklyEpisode50.mp3

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7 Comments


  1. Congratulations on hitting number fifty Jeffro!

    It was neat to hear about Cathy’s experiences with new users as I myself do quite a bit of training and support of new users.

    Maybe you should get a WordPress.com blogger on the show sometime. It would be interesting to get the perspective of a regular end user that is just concentrated on blogging and not tinkering like most of us ;)

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  2. First time listening live. Usually download for the drive to work. Good show. After-show was…odd, but interesting.

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  3. Good show. I sometimes have to train users too so was good to her Cathy’s perspective. What was that SEO plugin called that she mentioned? There were a few other good plugins, like the one she couldn’t pronounce.

    Anyone know any of the plugins she mentioned?

    Any links would be appreciated.

    I’d also be interested to hear a WordPress.com blogger on the show.

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  4. @JLeuze – Thanks Man, feels good to reach 50 but it will feel even better to hit 100. Lorelle is a WordPress.com blogger so maybe I’ll get her on to explain more about the differences between .com and .org

    @Patrick D. – Nice to have you part of the live show for once. The aftershow was everything but normal but that is what happens during every aftershow.

    @Vin – The SEO plugin she mentioned was called HeadSpace 2 SEO I’ll have to give the podcast a listen again to get the other plugins she mentioned.

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  5. @Jeffro – Yeah, 100 episodes will be a real accomplishment, better have a party for that milestone!

    It would be interesting to hear from Lorelle about her experiences on WordPress.com specifically.

    I have thought about doing some casual blogging on WordPress.com myself, just to learn more about that particular aspect of the WordPress community. And of course buy a few fancy upgrades and contribute to WordPress a bit more. ;)

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  6. Best episode ever? This might be my favorite one so far. Your guest The WordPress Wizard was incredibly insightful. You took this episode to a different level than a lot of WP Weeklys, this helped more with addressing clients and the reasoning / explanations of using WP. Excellent questions, answers, material. I looked up several sites and plugins that were referred to verbally in this after listening to it twice last weekend (yes it took me a while to get around to hearing this one, but it was worth saving and focusing on it). I hope this guest returns for more. I kind of want to do what she does, in helping introduce more people to WP. I have already showed a couple local businesses how and why to use WP, RSS, and Twitter. I think I’m on the page that WP Wizard is on. She’s right on. Thanks for this Jeffro, David, Cathy.

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