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.
Continue reading Transparency Report – April 2018
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.
Continue reading Sunday Funday – Day 1 – Epic Metrics
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? Three reasons.
Continue reading Embracing Open Startup Culture
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 🙂 it helps me keep going.
Continue reading 2017 Year in Review
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!
Continue reading Transparency Report #19 – October 2017
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
Continue reading Transparency Report #18 – September 2017
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!)
Continue reading 17 months after removing all my plugins from CodeCanyon
Phew, I’m getting slower with publishing these transparency reports. 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.
Continue reading Transparency Report #17 – August 2017
I’ve been asked this a lot of times by customers of our WooCommerce plugin (WooCommerce My Account) so in this article I take a look at the best CRM for WooCommerce in 2017.
Continue reading Best CRM for WooCommerce in 2017
It’s that time again. I’m actually almost a week later publishing this transparency report than usual. They take a fair bit of time to put together and as I covered in last months report, I tend to flip between what I’m trying to accomplish through sharing these updates.
Continue reading Transparency Report #16 – July 2017
It’s been a while coming, but this weekend I managed to make an appearance at my first WordCamp. I attended WordCamp in Edinburgh (#wcedin).
Now, I’m not from Edinburgh, I’m from Manchester, UK (the home of WordPress co-Founder Mike Little) and embarrassingly haven’t attended a local MWUG meet up or WordCamp yet. This boils down to three main reservations…
Continue reading Recap of attending my first WordCamp
I was recently interviewed by IndieHackers about how I grew my side business from $0 to $5k per month (on average) and on the back of that I got asked (by a wannabe entrepreneur) a great question.
Continue reading Running a WordPress Business in 2017
It’s time for another transparency report. Since writing the last report there’s been quite a few changes in various tools that I was using to chart the growth of Epic Plugins and Epic Themes.
Continue reading Transparency Report #15 – June 2017
In this blog post I wanted to write a bit about the current situation of one of my top performing WordPress plugins. Well, it used to be top performing but has fallen down from the peak of its monthly revenue and users. How do I revive this back to where it used to be?
Continue reading Reviving a Dying WordPress Plugin
As always this report will follow the same structure as the last one. A reminder though, I write these for me, so I can keep track of where things are up to and what I’ve been working on and plan to work on.
If you benefit from reading these too then great. Glad to have you along for the ride.
Continue reading Transparency Report #14 – May 2017
I wanted to spend a bit of time going through the hosting providers in a blog series on hosting. There’s so much out there these days that finding the one which is right for you is no mean feat.
Today I took a look into Kinsta Hosting. If you’ve not seen Kinsta recently you must have been living under a rock
Continue reading A Look Into Kinsta Hosting – WordPress at the Speed of Google
I wanted to start offering something different on the blog. Something which gets the community involved. So I’ve started a new initiative. I’ll be posting a series of background stories / interviews with people who want to share. The first up is Benjamin Gilstrap from Techie Support.
Continue reading Epic WordPress Backgrounds – Benjamin Gilstrap
Regardless of whether you’re setting up your first hobby website or you’re a seasoned internet warrior with niche sites as far as the eye can see, there are a few types of plugins that every site should consider installing in order to get maximum functionality.
Continue reading 4 Types of WordPress Plugin Your Website Needs
Onto year 2 of these transparency reports. When it’s time to write one of these I still get surprised at just how fast the time is going.
This report will follow the same structure as the last one. There’s some interesting insight this month.
Continue reading Transparency Report #13 – April 2017
WooThemes “My Account” page is a great layout and a great way to promote your products to your customers. However the WooCommerce “my-account” templates out the box do not look great.
Continue reading Making Woo Commerce My Account Page Look Like WooThemes
Your website has been up and running for a while now, but do you know what your audience thinks of it? If you find yourself constantly wondering whether your visitors are enjoying the content that you put out on a regular basis, a polling plugin can work to your benefit.
Continue reading 11 Poll Plugins To Help Engage Your Audience in 2017
WooCommerce is a leading platform in the ecommerce space.
Combined with the power WordPress provides, WooCommerce has become THE go to platform for small-to-medium businesses.
Continue reading 17 Best WooCommerce Extensions for 2017
Wow. It’s been a year that i’ve been writing these reports. Time really does fly. I thought what would be useful in this report is to show the years totals as well as the usual figures. March has been a busy month, primarily driven by the massive new release coming of Zero BS CRM (launching in the next few days)
Continue reading Transparency report #12 – Mar 2017
Happy Valentines month everyone. February has flown by. The end of February also brought with it the end of my two-month period of being in Thailand. So it’s back to Sunny England in the United Kingdom. There’s so much I want to cover in this update….
Continue reading Transparency report #11 – Feb 2017
In this post I wanted to write a very short update. I didn’t announce a reward winner for February 2017. Why?
Continue reading Why I didn’t announce a reward winner for Feb 2017
There’s one thing that has been bugging me for a while about WordPress and featured images.
What’s that one thing? It’s how hard it is to set a featured image from an external link.
Mike @ Epic Plugins
It’s 2017 and this still isn’t easy to do. So I wrote a plugin to make this easy for you!
Continue reading External URL Link as Featured Images
I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time now, but I didn’t want to write it too soon after I switched (I switched in March 2015). Here is a look into why I moved from Mailchimp to ConvertKit (and why you might want to as move as well).
Continue reading Why I moved from Mailchimp to ConvertKit
It’s that time of month again. Time to go through the transparency report covering the income reports as well as giving an overview of what’s been happening with Epic Plugins and Epic Themes. The title of this months report is ‘Living in Thailand’…
Continue reading Transparency report #10 – Jan 2017
Back in May, when I quit my job I hadn’t planned to spend 7 weeks in another country. Let alone the other side of the world. I knew I didn’t want to work in an office environment but I’ve never been spontaneous enough to head out to somewhere so far, for so long.
Continue reading Two Months in Chiang Mai
Phew. OK so this month’s reward took a bit of time to find a winner who replied to the ‘You’re a winner’ email. If you’ve purchased a WordPress Theme or a WordPress Plugin from Epic Themes or Epic Plugins and your subscription is active. Then you’re eligible to win the monthly reward.
Continue reading Subscriber Loyalty Reward – January 2017 – Winner