When you are looking to hire a a consultant to build you a WordPress business website, you may get suggested to build the site in “phases”. Is this a real thing? Or is this just a trick for a consultant to do less work for the same amount of money? Building in Phases is Good for Business
We are big fans of building business websites in phases. It is important to understand that our approach focuses on your business objectives and goals. We don’t want to build you a website that you can’t afford to market, or one that will just hurt your business. We know before you contact us you have already done some research on what your business “needs” in a website. You want to have your customers do certain things with your website that your current website (if your business has one) doesn’t allow them to do. Whether it be logging in to view invoices, pay their invoices, or even just have an area that is for customers only to view certain products.
Phase I – The Minimally Viable Product (MVP)
When it comes to phased approaches, we liked to call “Phase I” the MVP, or the most minimally viable product. This is the product (website) that
7 months ago I took my business full-time. Being a freelancer for most of my life, and even doing it full-time for a while after college, I thought I had a pretty good handle on how things would work. But as it turns out, the product space is a lot harder to work in than the services space (for me). I’ve lamented over the last few months that it’s easier for me to sell one person on a $5,000 project, than 100 people on a $50 course. But after attending CaboPress and participating in an amazing Master Mind group, I was able to get some perspective and readjust. The Autumn and Winter have been much better than the Summer. But what does that have to do with a new site I launched called Creator Courses? Everything! I decided that as well as do an intro course on Gutenberg, I would launch a new brand. Here’s how I did it, and why.
What is Creator Courses and Why?
WP in One Month is not a great name, to put it nicely. When I first started the site, it made a lot of sense. It was supposed to be live, in-person classes that focus on WordPress. We’d meet once a week for 4 weeks. However, after several pivots, I’ve landed in a place where I do online courses, that
We’ve made significant rewrites and refactors of our products over the years, but adapting our plugins to fully integrate with the new editor coming in WordPress version 5.0—code-named “Gutenberg”—is the biggest ecosystem change we’ve faced since the introduction of custom post types. Agencies and developers have been speaking out in large number and loud volume about their hopes, fears, and predictions for how Gutenberg will change the WordPress world. This blog post isn’t about that—we’ll instead take a specific look at how The Events Calendar will be affected by Gutenberg, and how we plan to grow our plugins to take advantage of everything the new editor has to offer.
Why Gutenberg is Worth the Effort
Our existing metaboxes and shortcodes will continue to work for a long time in the new editor. This means that there are two main roads we can embark on:
We could just make minimal changes to ensure nothing breaks. This is the cheapest option, and lets us focus on our existing roadmap of new plugin features.
We could fully embrace Gutenberg, and look for new opportunities to improve our products as the foundations of WordPress itself
WP Buffs is positioning itself to be the best technical support partner for any individual, business, or organization with a WordPress website. They handle unlimited edits, performance enhancements, daily maintenance, and regular security troubleshooting so their clients and their customers can focus on content and creative work. This allows companies to make bold decisions about their website without hesitating due to technical restraints and spend their time on higher-impact tasks. Their remote team is seven employees strong, with the core team located in the US and other digital nomads distributed around the world.
Joe Howard, founder and Head Buff at WP Buffs, discovered Teamwork Projects after searching for project management software that could help his startup scale quickly and effectively with a remote team. He chose Teamwork Projects for specific features that could help him run an efficient business, but since then, he has discovered a whole host of other tools that help his team save time and deliver more value to clients.
“Systems training? Easy.
Onboarding new team members? Simple.
Everything we need in one place? Already done.
I don’t know a better way to scale
Not too long ago, I talked about the somewhat paradoxical idea of password protecting WooCommerce product categories to prevent unauthorized visitors from accessing specific categories at your store. Now, I’m going to take things one step further and show you how to create an entirely private WooCommerce store. That is, instead of merely restricting access to certain categories, you’re going to learn how to restrict access to the whole shebang in one fell swoop.
To do that, we’ll be using a plugin called WooCommerce Private Store from Barn2 Media, the same developer behind the WooCommerce Password Protected Categories plugin I used in that other post.
Why Would You Want To Create A Private WooCommerce Store? Isn’t That Counterproductive?
Well, if you’re trying to be the next Amazon, then yeah, it’s pretty counterproductive to hide your store from the general public.
But there are plenty of legitimate reasons that you might want to create a private WooCommerce store.
Here are a couple times this functionality can come in handy:
Wholesale stores – many wholesale stores don’t want their stock (or prices) available to the general public.