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.
We’ve covered the best WordPress plugins for photographers, with an emphasis on getting your work shared. But what about getting your work sold? Going viral isn’t much use if it doesn’t translate into cold, hard cash.
WordPress is a great platform. It is used by over 75 million websites across the world, an absolutely staggering number. It’s gone from a blogging platform to a content management system and is capable of supporting sites that look nothing like blogs.
It’s open source, versatile and powerful. An amazing community is dedicated to designing themes, building plugins and providing support.
How many WordPress plugins should you have on your site? There are thousands upon thousands to choose from, for every conceivable tweak or addition to your WordPress website.
It’s great for options and for extending WordPress’s already versatile and powerful abilities. You can transform your site and add amazing capabilities.
Displaying videos on WordPress can be unnecessarily complicated. Embedding looks simple enough but sometimes the formatting is strange or breaks the layout of your page or blog post. That’s if it loads at all.
It can be frustrating when you painstakingly tweak every aspect of your design and videos appear to just do their own thing. Lots of people turn to plugins to help them wrangle videos on their site.
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!
We are social animals. Humans take cues from each other, look to each other for ideas and recommendations and co-operate. Even though the internet sometimes gets separated from “real life” all those facts still hold true. And we can use them online with powerful effect.
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
So you’ve got yourself a stunning photography website or portfolio to display your work and attract new clients. Now you need to get your work out there and share your images across the web.
We’ve got a selection of 32 of the best WordPress plugins for photographers. Everything you need to share your images, organise your galleries, automate your site and get tonnes of social shares.
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!)
Instagram is a massive social platform but it is notoriously tricky to share images on Instagram from WordPress.
Insta’s emphasis is on “on the go” snapping and posting and designed to be mobile-only and it doesn’t allow access from other apps for posting. It is conspicuously absent from social sharing tools and can be tricky to use from a PC, Mac or laptop.
A picture is worth a thousand words and the rise of some of the biggest social networks have been built on images. Snapchat’s meteoric rise was from its unique take on sharing photos and its current struggles are because everyone else hopped on the bandwagon so quickly.
Going viral isn’t just a lucky bolt out of the blue. While the magical winds of the internet can’t be completely tamed there are definitely things you can do to maximise your chances of getting lucky, tools you can use and issues you can prepare for.
One of the best ways to increase audience engagement is by asking your audience questions. Who doesn’t like to be asked their opinion on something? Being opinionated is being human. By asking a reader for their opinion, you are giving them the impression that their opinion is important to you.
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.
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.
WordPress is an incredibly popular content management system powering 75 million websites but most users only scratch the surface of what WordPress can do.
What can WordPress plugins do? Almost anything.
A musician’s website has to do a lot. You don’t know whether your visitor is a long time fan or someone who just heard you for the first time a minute ago on Spotify and googled you. You’ve got to sell albums, provide samples, list your upcoming gigs, blog about what you’ve been up to, flog some merchandise, connect with fans and all that.
Online shopping is the beating heart of the internet. Billions are spent online each year. Want to get in on that?
You too can compete with High Street legends for customers. But you don’t need their budget or huge IT departments. In fact, those profits are falling thanks to online competition.
Facebook certainly know how to get people sharing and there are now over two billion users to share with. Estimates of 300-350 million new photos being uploaded each day were bandied about several years ago. Photos, memes and other images are a huge part of the popularity of Facebook.
Does the thought of checking your support email or ticket system fill you with dread?
Receiving support requests is good because it means you actually have customers…but unless you have the budget for a dedicated support team, every second that you spend on support is time that you can’t spend improving your product or reaching new customers.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.