Mike Stott

2020 and beyond…

January 3, 2020| Mike Stott|

If you’ve been following along with Epic Plugins and Epic Themes since 2013 when we first published our post about What is Epic Plugins? you’ll know the timeline is something like this Jul 2012 – Social Gallery Photo Viewer released on CodeCanyon Jan 2013 – Epic Plugins website created for demo sites and content Mid 2015 – Reddit for WordPress and other themes created End 2015 – Epic Themes website created to sell themes May 2016 – Removed most plugins from CodeCanyon May 2016 – I Quit My 9-5 job to focus on WordPress full time Jul 2016 – Co-founded ZBS CRM 2017 – ZBS CRM starts gaining users and traction 2018 – ZBS CRM takes up all time and becomes a full time role Jul 2019 – ZBS CRM was acquired by Automattic, including myself and the other co-founder as employees. Since joining Automattic, I simply do not have…    read more 

Mass Create All Translation Sets with GlotPress

November 28, 2018| Mike Stott|

We’ve been setting up translation support for extensions using GlotPress. If you’re using this too you may have hit the problem of having to add each set one by one, from GlotPress. When you create a new project, it doesn’t have any translations and all translation sets have to be created one by one https://glotpress.blog/2010/04/09/mass-create-translation-sets/ This was super time consuming with over 200+ translation sets to add. Sure, you could just add the main ones, but why not do it properly and add them all? The solution? Some code 🙂 I wrote a small snippet of code to do this for me, which I hacked in to fire on the first translation set create. This then loops through and adds them all for me. It uses the English name for the name of the set and the default option for the slug.  Be sure to change your project ID (if it isn’t…    read more 

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?  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 🙂 it helps me keep going.

Transparency Report #19 – 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 – 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!)