Marcus Couch


In this episode, Marcus Couch and Jeff Chandler are joined by Mendel Kurland, GoDaddy Evangelist, to discuss the news making headlines. We cover what’s new in WooCommerce 3.0, why WordCamp Netherlands may not happen this year, and the WordPress plugin directory redesign.

Marcus announced that he is the new head WordPress editor for Smashing Mag. Last but not least, Kurland provides insight into Camp Press, a social experiment focused on disconnecting from technology to strengthen one-on-one relationships.

Stories Discussed:

WooCommerce 3.0 Brings Major Improvements to Product Gallery, Introduces CRUD Classes and a New CLI
WordPress Community Support Shuts Down WordCamp Netherlands in Favor of City-Based WordCamps
WordPress Plugin Directory Redesign: Why So Many People Feel Their Feedback Was Ignored
Disconnect From Technology at Camp Press September 23-24 in Seminole, OK

What’s On

WordPress Community Interview with Bridget WillardBridget Willard is the Marketing Manager at WordImpress. She started her career with office work, earned a teaching degree, but returned to the office where she carved out a career in social media and marketing.

She is the co-host of WPblab and co-organizer of Women Who WP meetup. In this interview, Willard talks about her role as a member of the WordPress Marketing Team the Four Horseman of WordPress Marketing.

Adam Silver and Kyle Maurer: WPBattles – Entrepreneurship vs. Employment WordCamp Northeast Ohio 2016 – In this session, the duo takes a detailed look at working for yourself or for someone else.

They share the pros and cons for each and break down the fundamental differences between starting a WordPress company and working for one. If you ever find yourself questioning whether you’re really doing what’s best for you, this session will help you understand which path to choose.

Manuela van Prooijen: Long live the customer – how to get more out of your WordPress business – From WordCamp Geneva (Switzerland) – Many companies do not use the full potential of their existing customers. Too often those clients are considered a piece of furniture. The clients are there, but often overlooked and not being paid attention to.

The constant struggle to acquire new customers however is 5 to 10 times more expensive than selling services and goods to existing clients. Manuela shares ten strategies to create a crowd of happy and loyal customers and as a result: more return (recurring) business.

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

WC Documents Tab adds a new tab into the product detail page with downloadable documents. You can use this for documentation, product brochures or anything else that you would need to provide a document for.

Rock The Slackbot can help you manage your websites, and stay on top of changes, by sending notifications (following numerous WordPress events) to your Slackbot who will pass them along to a channel or direct message in your Slack account. This triggers when posts are published, unpublished, deleted or updated. It’s also triggered for user roles, activity, theme, plugin modifications, and more.

PDF Forms Filler for Contact Form 7 gives WordPress Admin Panel users the ability to add PDF attachments to email messages of Contact Form 7. If the PDF attachment has a PDF form, the plugin allows users to add fields onto the CF7 form that are mapped to fields in the PDF form. When a website visitor submits the CF7 form, the form in the PDF file is filled with CF7 form information and the resulting PDF file is attached to the CF7 email message.