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The OSTraining Podcast #9: Aleksander Kuczek and Brad Morrison

In this week's episode, I talk with Aleksander Kuczek and Brad Morrison about WordPress site maintenance.

Alex runs a SaaS service (PerfectDashboard.com) and Brad runs a WordPress support services (GoWP.com). We discussed all about the ups-and-downs of maintaining thousands of sites. Which plugins break the most sites? How to make sure nothing goes wrong when running thousands of updates?

Both Aleksander and Brad moved to site maintenance after realizing how hard it was to run an agency. We mentioned Jason Cohen's article, the unfortunate math behind consulting companies.

Towards the end of the podcast, Aleksander and Brad share what they've learned about the platforms competing with WordPress. Aleksander runs a scanner to find out where people go when they leave his service? Do you they go to Drupal, Squarespace, Wix, or somewhere else?

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The OSTraining Podcast #8: Andy Miller

In this week's episode, I talk with Andy Miller.

Andy Miller has a long and storied history as web developer and businessman. Andy started as the first webmaster at ExxonMobile, before starting Rockettheme, the company that created the commercial theme industry. One of the founders of Joomla, he's now also the founder of Grav, a new and exciting flat-file CMS.

In this episode, Andy talks about his background, and also explains his philosophy for the right way to grow an open source software project.

Find out more at Rockettheme.com and GetGrav.org.

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The OSTraining Podcast #7: Alan Hartless

In this week's episode, I talk with Alan Hartless.

Alan is the lead engineer at Mautic, a marketing automation platform that's 100% open source. Alan started his career as a nurse and led a fascinating life in the medical world before becoming a developer. Follow Alan on Twitter at @alanhartless

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The OSTraining Podcast #6: Tessa Mero

In this week's episode, I talk with Tessa Mero. Tessa used to work at OSTraining, and is responsible for some of the most popular posts on our blog. But, that's just one of her many achievements.

Tessa is a developer advocate for Cisco. She also organizes some of the largest open source conferences on the US West Coast. She also runs local meetup groups. She helps to get open source taught in local schools and colleges. And those are just the first couple of lines on her resume.

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The OSTraining Podcast #5: Chris Wiegman

Chris Wiegman was an airline pilot in Hawaii, before developing iThemes Security - one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time. Chris is one of world's leading WordPress security experts.

Chris has always built his career on his terms, taking on challenges and making moves that kept him fresh and engaged with work.

This episode touches on several issues we love to talk about: teaching, building businesses, and how to constantly re-invent and re-invigorate your career.

Follow Chris on Twitter via @ChrisWiegman and visit him at ChrisWiegman.com.

Subscribe to the OSTraining podcast on iTunes, or use the podcast player below. We're also on Stitcher, Overcast and other popular podcast apps.

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The OSTraining Podcast #4: Olivier Karfis and WooCommerce Apps

In this episode, I talk with Olivier Karfis who runs FrenchToday.com, a successful site teaching people how to speak French.

Olivier uses WooCommerce as a platform for digital downloads, and increasingly for mobile and desktop apps, based on the WordPress API.

This episode touches on several issues we love to talk about: teaching, e-commerce, traveling and how to constantly re-invent and re-invigorate your career.

Subscribe to the OSTraining podcast on iTunes, or use the podcast player below. We're also on Stitcher, Overcast and other popular podcast apps.

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The OSTraining Podcast #3: Justin Sternberg and CMB2

In the third episode of the OSTraining podcast I talk with Justin Sternberg.

Justin started painting houses and is now the lead developer behind CMB2, the framework with powers hundreds of successful WordPress plugins.

We feature CMB2 heavily in the new class, "How to Develop WordPress Plugins". We used CMB2 to power UpStream, a WordPress project management plugin, and can highly recomend it.

I chat with Justin about his career, and why you should use CMB2 for your WordPress development.

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The OSTraining Podcast #2: Matt Medeiros

In the second episode of the OSTraining podcast I talk with Matt Medeiros.

We recently launched a new WordPress plugin called PublishPress. I woke up one morning, and Matt had posted a detailed video review of the plugin. It was completely unexpected and offered some great feedback.

That's how Matt rolls. He has built his career and being friendly, helpful and social. He shares everything he learns and as a result has carved out an enviable niche for himself. We talk about how he started working in a car dealership, and slowly transitioned into tech. Check out CraftedbyMatt.com for everything that Matt does.

One thing worth noting: a couple of days after recording this espiode, Matt joined Pagely.

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The OSTraining Podcast #1: David Bisset and WordCamp Miami

In the first episode of the OSTraining podcast I talk with David Bisset of WordCamp Miami.

David runs one of the most popular WordCamps in the world. WordCamp Miami is going into it's 10th year and attracts over 800 attendees.

David talks about how he grew WordCamp Miami, how it impacted his career, and what his team is planning for the event's annniversary year.

In addition to running a great event, David's an excellent follow on Twitter.

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Say Hello to the OSTraining Podcast

I've had the pleasure of being in the open source world for around 15 years and meeting some incredible people.

Listen to the new OSTraining Podcast as I open my book of contacts to chat with people across the open source world.

The focus is on how people's careers change, mutate and lead them to places they never expected.

Many of the guests started their careers a million miles away from the tech world, and almost accidentally become experts in WordPress, Drupal, and other open source platforms.

Subscribe to the OSTraining podcast on iTunes, or use the links below for individual episodes. We're also on Stitcher, Overcast and other popular podcast apps.

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The Absolute Beginners Guide to Podcasting: Equipment

This is the second part of our series on podcasting for beginners. Here are all 5 parts of the series:

This series was originally written in 2015, but it has proven to be incredibly popular with hundred of thousands of readers. So we've updated the recommendations for 2018. This series also formed the basis for the podcasting classes that Jeff created for OSTraining.

Choosing the right podcast equipment can be incredibly frustrating and confusing. Many podcasters suggest poor equipment and setups that don’t fit your needs. In this guide, Jeff gives you his honest feedback from a decade of podcasting experience. He covers microphones, mixers, digital recorders, cables and much more.

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podcasting

Welcome to the final part of our series on podcasting for beginners.

If you haven't yet, read the other parts:

Finally, you are ready to upload your audio file to the web and push it out to iTunes. Like the rest of the sections we covered, you have a variety of choices on how to make your podcast audio accessible to your audience.

To have the best results, focus on the following 4 requriements for hosting your podcast online.

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podcasting

Welcome to the 4th part of our series on podcasting for beginners. Here are all 5 parts of the series:

Editing your audio is another necessary component to creating a podcast. The two main things you need to consider are what information should you keep/omit and how do you make that information sound as good as possible. If you don’t feel comfortable with editing your own podcast, many companies and services exist that can help with the process (like ours for example, Come Alive Creative). However, if you want to edit your own show, you’ll want to understand a few elements.

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podcasting

Welcome to the 3rd part of our series on podcasting for beginners. Here are all 5 parts of the series:

OK, now you're ready to start recording and creating your show. For many people, recording the first podcast can be daunting. Here's the reality: everyone hates the sound of their own voice. It's not comfortable for anyone recording the first time. The best thing you can do is jump straight into attempting the first episode. If you truly hate the way it turned out, record it again.

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podcasting

Welcome to the first part of our series on podcasting for beginners. Here are all 5 parts of the series:

The podcast movement is growing at a tremendous rate and its benefits are far-reaching. I know because I currently host 2 different podcasts and produce several others.

According to the Washington Post article, "Podcasts are back - And Making Money," Apple podcast subscriptions reached 1 billion listeners. Shows like "99% Invisible" average 1.5 million downloads per month. The list goes on.

So what does this mean for you or your business? Podcasting creates an avenue to reach, inspire, and influence a large group of people. It’s a way for you to connect your brand or message with your audience. It’s also an income stream.

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