Mike Stott

Less is More

October 22, 2018| Mike Stott|

It’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog. Epic Plugins has been in operation since 2012. In that period we’ve changed brand design, and changed eCommerce solutions and even changed hosts a number of times. e-Commerce solutions Since starting Epic Plugins in 2012, we started using WP eStore, which was good at the time but then started hitting limitations around the time of VATmoss. After WP eStore we moved to WooCommerce, for selling annually renewing subscriptions, which seemed great for a time. BUT, again this had some major limitations. Today, we have changed again to use Easy Digital Downloads, it does what it says on the tin, makes digital downloads super easy. WooCommerce is geared towards stores, t-shirt shops, and doesn’t do as good a job for the digital downloads. Hosting We’ve also changed host a number of times. There’s lots of options with hosting and we the…    read more 

Transparency Report – April 2018

May 7, 2018| Mike Stott|

It’s time to kick these back into regular production. As you may have seen, I took a bit of a break in writing these as I wrapped up the year in review post. I think it’s a good a time as any to start them back up again. This post focusses purely on Financials.

Sunday Funday – Day 1 – Epic Metrics

May 7, 2018| Mike Stott|

So, if you read my last post you’ll have seen I decided to start a new side project. This was to give me easy to produce “epic metrics” for my transparency reports. To save me the time in manually putting together spreadsheets and moving them into visualisations (charts) for coverage on the blog.

Embracing Open Startup Culture

May 5, 2018| Mike Stott|

I’ve always been one for sharing the positives and negatives of being an Entrepreneur. If you’re a regular follower of the blog you may have noticed that the content here has dried up a little. Why?ย  Three reasons.

2017 Year in Review

January 31, 2018| Mike Stott|

It’s time for me to actually write my year in review for 2017. I’ve been doing this for some time now and my previous year in reviews are below. As always, these reports are for me, but if you benefit from them, then I ask you to leave a comment on this post ๐Ÿ™‚ it helps me keep going.

Transparency Report #19 โ€“ October 2017

November 13, 2017| Mike Stott|

Last week I published September’s transparency report a little late due a lot of reasons. Today I’m publishing the 19th of these reports covering October’s activity. In this report I’m covering a lot more about the marketing side of things (and whether it’s worthwhile) as well as WordCamp sponsorships!

Transparency Report #18 โ€“ September 2017

November 5, 2017| Mike Stott|

Whoops. What happened here then. September absolutely rocketed by, and I didn’t publish this report. Given I can talk more about things in the October 2017 report, I’ll be going into detail there. For the sanity of my OCD, read on for September’s figures

17 months after removing all my plugins from CodeCanyon

October 29, 2017| Mike Stott|

It’s now 17 months since I removed my plugins for sale on CodeCanyon, it feels like a good time for an update today, but why today. Well, apart from having some time to write this post, it’s also the last weekend before annual renewals start to trigger – which would mean any comparison would be swayed away by renewal income coming in (and that is worthy of a post in it’s own right!)

Building your WordPress site? Under Construction Page

September 30, 2017| Mike Stott|

Running a WordPress business isn’t as simple as it might seem at first. But for beginners, one of the hardest things is starting out and putting a website under maintenance. That’s because we do not know what is going on inside our visitors’ minds while we’re making changes or building a site. To avoid creating a bad image.

Transparency Report #17 โ€“ August 2017

September 24, 2017| Mike Stott|

Phew, I’m getting slower with publishing these transparency reports. ย The start of September has been busy for me since I’ve been moving out of an apartment and had limited access to the internet. However I’m back with the seventeenth report on what’s been going on with Epic Plugins, Epic Themes and Zero BS CRM.