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Simon Dickson at WordPress London, 15 Oct 2013 Simon Dickson at WordPress London, 15 Oct 2013 Presentation Transcript

  • Simon Dickson Code For The People @simond
  • Tips, tools & techniques for making a living from WordPress (from someone who actually does)
  • WordCamp Birmingham, 2008 View slide
  • WordCamp Birmingham, 2008 View slide
  • ecosystem n. a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment
  • Big fish + Little fish + Environment = ecosystem
  • Agencies + Freelancers + WordPress = ecosystem
  • big fish need little fish
  • little fish need big fish
  • the pond needs fish
  • Tip 1. Decide which you are now, and which you want to be.
  • Tip 2. Choose a name quickly. Don’t obsess over it.
  • Tip 3. Wear your WordPress t-shirt with pride.
  • •Differentiation •Filtered queries •General goodwill •Cultural expectations •Strategic focus
  • Tip 4. Establish your credibility in whatever way you can.
  • •Speak at an event •Write for a blog (or start one) •Shout about your work •Produce an awesome plugin •Get your name on the core Credits
  • “I’m the guy who...
  • Wordpress expert
  • Tip 5. capital_P_dangit()
  • “I thought WordPress was just a blogging platform?”
  • No mate, you’re thinking of...
  • “I thought WordPress was just a blogging platform?”
  • “What’s your hosting SLA?”
  • “But you’re just a tiny operation”
  • Tip 7. Be patient.
  • “We almost never ever come in through the top, we always come in through the bottom.” Matt Mullenweg
  • Tip 8. Remember why you came to WordPress in the first place.