If you’ve ever sent a support ticket in to StudioPress, Premise, or Scribe, you’ve likely reached the inbox of Andrea Rennick, customer support specialist for Copyblogger Media. If you’ve ever looked for individualized WordPress training (or been to a WordCamp in the Northwest), you’ve probably run across Bob Dunn, a.k.a. “BobWP”, a respected WordPress trainer.
I was lucky enough to get an hour of their time to share with you on Genesis Office Hours. Watch the episode below and check out the questions/links we discussed!
Note: Sorry for the technical difficulties in the first few minutes of the video.
What we talked about
The Genesis Framework
- If you have a question about Genesis, where do you go?
- Do people building sites on the Genesis framework still use SEO plugins?
- Why would people use Scribe? Doesn’t the Yoast SEO plugin cover most of the same things?
- Why was Premise was abandoned? What system should I use for landing pages?
- Do we have any idea why StudioPress doesn’t take over the Genesis Featured Widget Amplified plugin?
- Best blog post about doing a custom taxonomy in Genesis?
- What about having a WooCommerce Genesis theme?
- Where should I post some “plugin for Genesis” suggestions that I see a need for?
- What is the likelihood of expanding the Genesis forums for a developer-chatter forum separate from the tips/tricks forum?
Little Bit of Everything
- What are best practices around updating a WP site in a test environment before pushing it to your production server? Do it for major updates, customizations, or all changes?
- If you were going to recommend someone for WP maintenance… who? where to find people like this?
- What is Rainmaker?
- How often do you redesign your site?
- Bob, how extensive a training do you offer your clients once a site is built? and do you find that people use this info?
- Bob, when is the podcast coming?
- Bob, how do you deliver your training? Do you use something like WP101 or your own version of something like that? Do you have the content in their dashboards? Or do you have a membership site for your video content?
- Bob, do you record these trainings for them when you work 1-on-1 with them.
- What are the best uses for Multisite?
- When would you network-enable plugins? and when would you not do that?
- What do you think are the limitations of multisite?
- Sites that have a bunch of theme demo’s, are those best set up with multisite or separate WP installs?
- Which setup yields better results: Domain mapping to individual URLs or folders?
- Can you talk about the differences of sub-domains vs. sub-directories with multisite? Which would you recommend for a theme demo site?
Show Notes and Links
Articles & Resources
- Andrea Rennick interview on the Matt Report
- StudioPress community support forums
- Copyblogger – content marketing blog, choc full of good stuff
- Half Elf store – great books on Multisite
- Introduction to Custom Post Types
- WordPress 3.9 roundtable with core contributors – interview with Brian Krogsgard
- Multisite changes in WordPress 3.9
The Genesis Framework community online
- Genesis Office Hours community on Google+ (join this to get notifications ahead of time for Genesis Office Hours)
- Genesis Framework on Google+
- Genesis Framework on Twitter (just use the #genesiswp hashtag)
- Genesis Framework on Facebook
WordPress Maintenance Services
- Domain Mapping Plugin – Multisite plugin by Ron Rennick
- Genesis Sandbox Featured Content Widget – plugin by Travis Smith as an alternative to Genesis Featured Widget Amplified plugin
- Genesis Featured Widget Amplified – plugin by Nick Croft (up on Github if you want to do a PR or even test the beta version)
- Genesis Connect for WooCommerce – plugin by David Decker
- Scribe Content – premium plugin for researching keywords, optimizing content, and cross-linking your content
- WP101 – WordPress training Videos
- WP101 Plugin – WordPress training Videos you can embed in your client’s WP dashboard
- Taxonomy Images – plugin to add images to taxonomies