Greg Taylor is the Content Strategist/WordPress Developer and Co-founder at Trinity Web Media, and a coffee roaster, too! (His coffee is AMAZING!) This multi-talented WordPresser was a blast to talk to! And he's offering you 15% off when you order coffee online! Use discount code 'wpcoffeetalk' at americanbeancoffee.com.
Donata and Hans are the Dynamic Duo of WordPress! Their company, Termageddon, powers the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies of countless websites. Always on the cutting edge of legislation, they've got you covered. Talking to them was so much fun!
If there was a dictionary entry for "WordPress Community Builder" you'd see Mizanur's photo there. Always looking for ways to help, ready with a smile, and he leaves you feeling better about your day after you talk to him. I hope you enjoy our interview as much as I did!
Although I'm old enough to be her mother, Christie is who I want to be when I grow up. She's smart. She's strategic. She's fun. She's also not afraid to speak her voice, stand up for others, and use her influence for good. Add to that her WordPress expertise, and I don't think there's anything that could stand in her way.
A self-proclaimed "shouty lady," Francesca Marano is all about getting the work done in WordPress. Both in her work at SiteGround, and all the volunteer hours she logs in the community, she's all heart, multi-talented, and well-respected. When you think of "WordPress Community," Francesca comes to mind.
Not only does Ben Pines know all about page builders and how they can enhance your WordPress sites, but he's a super nice guy who does a spot on Matt Mullenweg impression. (Hint: he does it for us on this episode!)
She's an influential and powerful woman in WordPress, and also one of the kindest, warmest, and friendliest people you'll meet. She's not afraid to make bold decisions. And she's not afraid to keep it real. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed the time together.
Amy Hall is an email marketing wiz. Honestly, she knows more about harnessing the power of MailChimp than I could hope to learn. And she shares that knowledge with others while doing amazing things for her clients email marketing at the same time.
If anyone understands how to create value, it's Jan Koch. A digital mastermind, Jan creates community and content by leveraging both his technical know how, and the wisdom and knowledge of those in the community to create online events worth attending.
Kathy Zant is a WordPress treasure! Full of compassion, creativity, knowledge, and love for the WordPress community, Kathy is one of those people that you are so happy to call friend. Here we talked about WordFence, WordPress, and the film, Open, her passion project and a give to WordPress.
I first met Rene Morozowich at WordCamp Kent, and quickly discovered what a genuis she is at teaching web designers and developers how to manage their business (and personal) finances. She's a pretty badass WordPress developer, too!
David Martin has been using technology since he was a child learning to code on an Apple III. He's used that passion for technology to create his web design business. And he's a pretty rad saxophonist, too!
Nate Maingard is an amazing singer, story-teller, and one of the most kind-hearted people I've met. He uses WordPress for his music and for supporting his musical endeavors by accepting sponsorships online. After you listen to this episode, give his music a listen, too!
Joe Casabona is a podcasting guru! It would have been intimidating if he wasn't such a nice guy, willing to share info, and so easy to talk to. His courses on small business growth and his posts on podcasting help people all over do a better job at managing their businesses.
I first met Brent at WordCamp Toronto a million years ago. He continues to be a leader, an innovator, a great guy, and still a little crazy. I hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as I did recording it! (Bonus...if you head over to the episode on YouTube you'll get to see him "dance.")
Tevya Washburn is all-in on both WordPress and living adventurously. He's the man behind Starfish Reviews, and he's currently living in Mexico with his family for a year. He's also a community supporter, and an early member of the Boise WordPress meetup group.
Miriam is one of those people that when you meet her you want to be her friend. Once you learn about her business and her vision you want to be part of it. Kind, insightful, intelligent, and forward-thinking, Miriam is building not only a business, but contributing to WordPress in new and innovative ways.
Sebastiaan van der Lans is passionate about blockchain. And WordPress. And putting them together. In his own words: I'm interested in discovering ways to operate the whole galaxy on these principles; empowered by WordPress and blockchain!
Bhargav Mehta understands the client's needs and helps translate those needs and requirements to the development team, thus creating beautiful sites for the client. You might even call him the "client whisperer!"
Aida Correa is a serial WordCamp volunteer and speaker. Her passion is helping others discover not only what WordPress can do for their businesses, but what the WordPress Community can do for them, too. And her artwork is amazing!
Micah Wood's handle everywhere is @WPScholar, and it suits him well! A core contributor to WordPress and a developer at Bluehost, Micah is not only a scholar, but a great guy with a great sense of humor, too! I know you'll enjoy meeting him here on WPCoffeeTalk as much as I did!
BobWP is a WordPress podcasting icon and a true enthusiast. Through his episodes he and his guests share great information and help countless WordPress users with their businesses. It was an honor and a blast to have him on WPCoffeeTalk with me!
Christie Witt is an integral part of the WordPress community in Ottawa, Canada. A true community builder, Christie has taken it to the next level by offering WordPress classes through WPProgression and focusing on the annual WordCamps in Ottawa. Enjoy this fun convo with her!
Michelle is amazing at what she does. An inspired artist and designer, Michelle creates for her customers bespoke designs and sites that not only meet their needs, but do it with style and grace. She also happens to be a generous WordCamp speaker and WordPress community member.
Allison is a content maven, skillfully creating stories to connect your site to your customers. She also uses her expertise to advance the WordPress community in the Niagara Falls area of Canada. She's a gifted community builder. I know you'll enjoy meeting her!
Machielle Thomas represents one of the best aspects of Bluehost - the people. She's intelligent, fun, caring, and community-minded. As a matter of fact, she represents the best aspect of the WordPress community - people helping people. If you have the good fortune to meet Machielle at a WordCamp, you have been fortunate, indeed!
Sam Smith is one of the kindest, gentlest, funniest firefighter turned web developers I know. (He's also the only one.) I also get to work with him at GiveWP (you can all be jealous). It's always fun to talk to him, and this episode is proof of that.
In this episode Chrissie Pollock turns the tables and interviews ME!
I'm excited to be your podcast barista at WPCoffeeTalk. This is my heart's work and my love letter to the WordPress Community. Facilitating the stories of amazing people in WordPress is my honor and my pleasure, and I'm eternally grateful for my amazing guests!
Rahul Sarker is the CEO of Peergrowth Technologies, providing WordPress Development & Consultation services. Rahul says that for him, the WordPress Community is like family, which he enjoys meeting at WordCamps. Meet Rahul!
Alison Knott is a fun, zany, lay-it-all-out-there designer and marketer who really knows her stuff and loves to help others. She is also the founder of WordCamp Halifax and an inspired WordCamp speaker. You can't help but be enchanted by her!
If you want to meet someone who goes out of his way to help others in the WordPress space, look no further than Kyle Maurer. Kyle is well-entrenched in everything WordPress from his full-time job, to speaking at WordCamps, to hosting podcasts. He's also a really gracious gentleman, and a total comedian at the same time. Say hello to Kyle!
Dan Maby saw a need and decided to build toward a solution. The result is WP&UP, an organization that helps the WordPress community have access to mental health counselors, as well as information and help with physical and business health. It takes a special person to care that much about a whole community. Dan is that person.
Carole Olinger is what I call a real go-getter. This year she joined WP&UP to be the Crew Chief for headto.org, a huge undertaking where she and anyone else who wants to join will bicycle from Germany to Portugal for #WCEU 2020! Spending time with Carole was inspirational. I know you'll agree!
Paul Oyler was one of the first friendly faces I knew in the WordPress community outside of New York. A staunch supporter of the WordPress community, and a supporter of mental health for WordPress users, Paul can frequently be found at WordCamps in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and beyond. Say hello to Pappy Oyler here on WPCoffeeTalk!
Ben Townsend appeared in my Twitter feed one day, and from there a beautiful friendship (or several hundred?) were born. Ben blogs about all things WordPress - plugins, themes, core, the community - and in his day job is a Marketing Manager. Say hello to Ben on Twitter, and you may end up with several hundred more followers, too!
James Laws might like coffee even more than I do. He's also a huge believer in collaboration, community, and sharing knowledge. Co-founder of Saturday Drive (Ninja Forms, Ninja Shop, Caldera Forms, and Send WP - and a COFFEE SHOP), James also has a podcast. Maybe we're long lost siblings?
Michele Jones collects WordPress friends wherever she goes. A true community builder, Michele is always ready to share the love of WordPress. She's also tech-savvy, which she shows every day in her work at Thrive. Once you meet her, you'll want to be her friend, too!
Cami Kaos is more than a community organizer for WordPress. She's also its biggest fan, cheerleader, and supporter. I first met Cami in launching WordCamp Rochester in 2016. Over the years I've watched her fiercely protect and advocate for the community while delighting in watching it grow. It's an honor to introduce you to her through WPCoffeeTalk.
Steve Grunwell is a Sr. Software Engineer for the Managed WordPress and WooCommerce hosting platforms at Liquid Web. He's also an accomplished plugin author, speaker, and blogger. I hope you enjoy meeting him as much as I did!
Adam Silver is a salt-of-the-earth, skilled, friendly, and humorous WordPress community member. And wait until you hear what's in his coffee mug! If you don't already know Adam, it's my pleasure to introduce you to him here.
Angela Jin is a powerhouse when it comes to building community, organization, and passion for people. She's a lead organizer for WCUS 2019, and as an organizer, I got to work with her. Doing a WPCT episode with her let me get to know her even better. I'm pleased to be able to introduce her here!
Chrissie Pollock exemplifies what the WordPress community is all about. A Happiness Engineer with Automattic, Chrissie also volunteers her time and talent to WordCamps and Meetups as a volunteer, attendee, and speaker. And always with a smile!
Ryan Welcher is the lead web engineer for 10UP. He works in enterprise level themes and plugins and is a regular WordPress core contributor and component maintainer. I really enjoyed getting to know him on WPCoffeetalk!
Shanta Nathwani is multi-faceted: WordPress champion, developer, designer, instructor, and holds a 3rd degree black belt in 3 different martial arts. She is also a fellow Wonder Woman fan and is my connection to Coffee Crisp, Kinder Eggs, and butter tarts!
David Bisset is well ingrained in the WordPress community. He's a WordCamp organizer, blogger, WordCamp/Meetup speaker, developer, and jokester. He's THE armchair WordCamper, diligent about sharing WordCamps and speakers around the world.
Matt Cromwell wears many hats in the WordPress World: Partner at Impress.org, Admin of the Advanced WordPress Group and website, WordCamp speaker, community advocate, and frequent contributor and guest to so many groups, sites, and podcasts. Truly a WordPress gem!
Emily Hunkler is the Marketing Coordinator for GoWP. Her WordPress and personal lives have been intertwined back as far as her travels through Spain and up to her amazing marketing with GoWP. Our conversation was so much fun!
Terri Tutich is the driving force that keeps the Pittsburgh WordPress Community organized and moving forward. Her passion is teaching and empowering others to use WordPress for their small businesses and personal projects.
Chris Wiegman came to WordPress from an industry most would never guess, in an unconventional way, and now works for one of the industry's giants. He's a frequent WordCamp speaker, plugin developer, and all-around great guy. I'm blessed to known him, and it's my pleasure to introduce you to him here.
Joe Howard's enthusiasm for the WordPress community is infectious. Through WP Buffs, WPMRR, and his podcast and printable resources (not to mention the great talks he's given at WordCamps), Joe helps his customers and everyone he can as well!
Heather Gray is a freelance web developer and designer in Ontario, Canada, who makes it look easy! A WordCamp speaker and artisan, Heather contributes to her community in many ways, including at meetups. I'm sure you'll enjoy meeting her as much as I did!
Not only is Tim McKenna a wiz at all things WordPress, but he also speaks at WordCamps, contributes locally, and has a clientele unlike most others. Give this episode a listen to learn from someone we think is an all-around great person.
Justin Ahinon is an avid WordPress developer, community member, speaker, teacher and advocate. His dream is to empower others to use WordPress. He's a core contributor and release leader. We think he's pretty cool.
Drew Linsalata wants to contribute to the WordPress community in a huge way. His company, Helix Managed WordPress Hosting does just that by taking care of your site updates and backups - and supporting many areas of WordPress in philanthropic ways.
Ben Dunkle is a graphic artist, designer, and developer. He has contributed icons to WordPress.org, teaches WordPress, and organizes the WordPress meetup and WordCamp in Buffalo, New York. He's a WordPress enthusiast who believes in the power of the Open Source Project, and it's availability to all.
William Jackson has a heart for kids. His project, My Quest to Teach teaches kids the value of accountability and responsibility associated with Social Media and Tech. He is passionate about youth having bright and wonderful futures. One conversation with him and you will be, too.
Fairy Dharawat is more than a content creator and writer. She's also an artist. And she understands the importance of self care. Her enthusiasm is contagious and delightful! Listening to her story, you will learn a bit about content, and a lot more about her joy of life.
Kiera Howe is a developer and tech guru. A problem-solver, she develops ways to make processes that don't exist, and make existing processes more efficient and faster. Her newest project DragonTeach helps course instructors teach WordPress in a streamlined, hosted, way.
Maryann Ressig is a super-talented developer and WordPress community member. Organizer for WordCamp Rochester, and on the WPCampus organizing team, she loves helping, sharing, and teaching all things WordPress and Higher Ed.
Chris Clemens runs one of the coolest blogs in New York State, about the fun (and funky) things you can find there. His photographs and writing, using the WordPress platform, showcase all the cool things he discovers.
Laura Byrne Christiano brings a rich background and experience in web, media and the theatre to what she does with WordPress for business and the community. Having run a hugely successful blog, she has what it takes to help her clients and run the PR/Communications team for WordCamp US!
Miriam Goldman is a dynamo! She is a WordPress developer, ballroom dancer, and martial artist. She also speaks at and organizes WordCamps and Meetups. She's a strong supporter of women in technology, specifically WordPress.
Mike Demo is an Evangelist for BoldGrid. In his job he attends WordCamps and other tech conferences regularly, contributes to the community, loves all things Disney and tiki, and can also dazzle with a little magic. Mike describes the WordPress community as family. We agree, and we're glad he's in the WordPress family, too.
Keanan Koppenhaver is a problem solver. A part of the Chicago-area WordPress community, his goal is to help businesses advance their web-based products to the next stage. As a veteran WordCamp speaker, Keanan is also a contributor to the global WordPress community.
Birgit Olzem is a WordPress/WordCamp powerhouse! In spite of illness and other hardships, she contributes to core, runs her own business, raises a family (5 children and a grandchild!), and organizes WordCamps. When it comes to WordPress, she's all in! Birgit is definitely someone I admire.
Tricia Isham is a WordPress developer/designer in my hometown of Rochester, NY. Tricia works with small businesses and entrepreneurs to build their brands online. Working with Tricia off and on through the years never ceases to make me smile...especially when she's wearing her signature Chucks!
Matt Graham is one of the nicest WordPress community members I know. Knowledgeable, friendly, and a great designer/developer, this freelancer is someone you should know. (And he ALWAYS brings me Canadian candy to any camps we're at together!) WordPress World, meet my friend, Matt Graham!
Meagan Hanes is one of the first people in the wider WordPress community who encouraged me to connect, speak, and contribute outside of my region. She is a leader of the WordPress Ottawa community, Technical Project Manager at WebDevStudios, and (in my humble opinion) a WordPress guru. It's my pleasure to share her story on WPCoffeeTalk!
Nidhi Jain is one of the most enthusiastic community members I've ever met. Her love of all things WordPress is infectious. She is the 2018 winner of the Kim Parsells Scholarship Award, and I can see why. She represents all that is good in our community.
Dwayne McDaniel is a master of karaoke, stand up comedy, and making his customers happy. As a Developer Advocate for Pantheon, you will find Dwayne at WordCamps all over the world contributing to the WordPress community.
Christina Workman is a freelance WordPress Web Designer and frequent WordCamp organizer. She is devoted to teaching kids code at code camps and locally. She has been a WordCamp speaker, pay-it-forward WordPresser, and loves the WordPress community.
Allie Nimmons is a fantastic WordPress Web Designer, working with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She has been a WordCamp speaker, pay-it-forward WordPresser, and loves the WordPress community.