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Freelancers & Agencies
I say this a lot and will say it once again: if you truly want to elevate your WordPress business, then it needs to have the right processes and procedures to support it. One of those processes that many consultants don’t think about? As a WordPress developer, you’re hired for your expertise in building websites – strategy, design, coding and testing. Those tasks all fall on your shoulders. There are times, however, when you can’t move forward on a website without your client’s help, like when you need content from them. Here’s how to do it right.
If you’re selling yourself like a painter, and estimating out how much time it’ll take you to complete a project and then multiplying that time estimate by an hourly rate, I’d seriously encourage you to ditch your line-item quotes and move toward selling a story. Here’s how.
I’ve had many people tell me they want to get started in WordPress development—most commonly on their own as a freelance WordPress developer—but they don’t know how. The more I think about it, the more this makes sense: WordPress development is an enormous subject, and one that reaches far beyond the (also very confusing) WordPress technology itself. In this article, I list and outline the major topics in WordPress development that I’ve needed to figure out myself to work as a successful freelance WordPress developer.
So you landed the client, built out the site, did all the testing, and it’s time to wrap up this project. But first, someone’s gotta pay the bill. While there are many different ways you can take care of hosting, the best option for you and your business is dependent upon how you run the show. Let’s dive into the details and find the clearest solution for you!
Selling Products & Services
With YouTube ranking as the second largest search engine in the world, video has become a digital content juggernaut, with projections that it will grow to make up over 80% of internet traffic by 2021. Content creators build entire businesses, brands, livelihoods, and legacies off of video, providing eager audiences with easily-consumable content that engages the senses even more than audio or visual content alone. And as modern culture shifts more and more toward digital life, video continues to be an effective way for people to pursue education, self-development, community, and entertainment. Are you ready to start selling your own videos? In this post we’ve created a quick guide to the basics, so you can get things going with confidence!
Want to sell your own digital products but not sure whether you should use a marketplace or run your own store? Well, we have some insights to share! Marketplaces have their benefits, and running your own store does, too! Depending on the types of products you sell (or want to sell), the technical skills you have (or have access to), and some other important factors, the option you choose won’t necessarily be the same as another digital product seller – even ones in your own niche. But, looking at the most important differences can help guide you toward the right choice. Let’s do it!
Do you have video content that you want to monetize? Setting up your own business might be intimidating, but it’s totally possible with content restriction. In this post we cover the basics to help you get your video content business up and running using the content restriction model.
Plugins & Themes
I have been part of several WordPress projects for clients over the years that involved major switches in themes and plugins. Sweeping replacements like that can often lead to broken content that needs to be fixed by hand or carefully corrected with search and replace procedures on the database. These situations frequently include shortcodes inside of post content that are no longer functional and need to be removed. Mohamed Abd Elhalim experienced the same problems while he was developing WordPress themes so he decided to build an easy-to-use plugin that would automatically remove broken shortcodes from his sites. His plugin, Shortcode Cleaner, is a simple solution for cleaning broken WordPress content.
Unlike with hardware or consumer products, people who purchase your WordPress software product don’t actually have to go back to your store and physically return it to get a refund. For digital WordPress products, it’s usually a simple email or a click of a button to ask for a refund, involving no extra cost for neither the customer nor the seller. Offering a refund policy has it’s cons to it as well, but ultimately, it helps reduce friction, making the decision to go ahead and purchase a license much easier.
GFChart is the first WordPress plugin I’ve posted about here that is an extension for Gravity Forms. This plugin lets you take all of the information you collect from Gravity Form submissions through your site and present the data in a visual way for your visitors or yourself. Ben Ramsden, the owner of GFChart, answered my questions about how he found himself selling a WordPress plugin as a non-developer, what it is like to build a product dependent on Gravity Forms for success and some really interesting discussion about how he prices his plugin.
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