Today Dave and I sit down with Phil Derksen of WP SimplePay Pro to talk through best practices in running a WordPress product business. Phil and Dave are now veterans of the WP plugin space, and now that Craig is finding his way into the WordPress dev community it's a nice time to have this roundtable discussion. In this episode we talk through: Managing developers, even when you're not … [Read more...] about RS075: Running a WordPress Based Business with Phil Derksen
This week Dave and I are tossing around the idea of using WordPress to power your SaaS app. Whether this means just an easier, potentially quicker way to get an MVP up, or maybe even running the entire app long term. There are numerous examples of this being done successfully, and I think many people would tell you that getting a site Live in WordPress is one of the simplest ways to do things … [Read more...] about RS068: Is WordPress a Viable SaaS Framework?
After MicroConf we're getting back into our businesses, and into our WordPress projects, and really digging in to how we can implement the things we learned. Going to a conference like MicroConf is such a great experience. On one hand you have all of the friendships and connections that you've made during that week, and on the other it's all the lessons, tips, tricks, and advice you got on … [Read more...] about RS053: Rose Colored Glasses after MicroConf (and how we’re implementing what we learned!)
An early warning sign from our previous plugin topic leaves us back at the drawing board. With a few lessons learned now it's time to have a better way of identifying problems, and solving problems. Our previous topic of an on-page user analytics tool similar to a CrazyEgg, KissMetrics type analogy, specifically for WordPress came up against a pretty major barrier: an established competitor … [Read more...] about RS048: Giant Warning Signs Early – WordPress Plugin Development Project #3
In this episode we talk through several different approaches to finding tough problems to solve, good markets to get into, and how we're going about choosing both of them. Good markets are ones that you can either get quick traction in, or are large enough for you to take a small corner of the market as your own. There are benefits to both approaches, and it really comes down to mindset shift … [Read more...] about RS047: Solving Tough Problems – WordPress Plugin Development Project #2
Today Dave and I begin the first of a multi part series around developing a WordPress plugin, live on the air. We will go from problem statement, to product validation, to preselling, to outsourcing development, and finally to launching and selling the plugin. As with most things in the bootstrapped startup world this will be an exercise of learning on our feet, and we hope you enjoy the … [Read more...] about RS046: Live WordPress Plugin Development Project #1
On this episode of the Rogue Startups Podcast we welcome fellow WordPress guru Brad Touesnard to the show. Brad is founder of the custom web application firm Delicious Brains, co-host of the Apply Filters Podcast, and owner of WP Migrate DB Pro. As Brad discusses he has always leaned towards entrepreneurship as a path in life, and this was quickly the path after his college days. Brad’s first … [Read more...] about RS027: Brad Touesnard on Building a WordPress Empire
Welcome to Episode 22 of the Rogue Startups Podcast. Today Dave and I are excited to catch up with Pippin Williamson. Pippin is the founder of PippinsPlugins.com and creator of Easy Digital Downloads, Restrict Content Pro, and AffiliateWP, to name a few. In the world of WordPress Pippin is a giant. In the episode we dig into a lot of the aspects of developing plugins for WordPress. Open … [Read more...] about RS022: Changing Lives, One Plugin at a Time with Pippin Williamson