Simon Dickson at WordPress London, 15 Oct 2013

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  • 1. Simon Dickson Code For The People @simond
  • 2. Tips, tools & techniques for making a living from WordPress (from someone who actually does)
  • 3. WordCamp Birmingham, 2008
  • 4. WordCamp Birmingham, 2008
  • 5. ecosystem n. a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment
  • 6. Big fish + Little fish + Environment = ecosystem
  • 7. Agencies + Freelancers + WordPress = ecosystem
  • 8. big fish need little fish
  • 9. little fish need big fish
  • 10. the pond needs fish
  • 11. Tip 1. Decide which you are now, and which you want to be.
  • 12. Tip 2. Choose a name quickly. Don’t obsess over it.
  • 13. Tip 3. Wear your WordPress t-shirt with pride.
  • 14. •Differentiation •Filtered queries •General goodwill •Cultural expectations •Strategic focus
  • 15. Tip 4. Establish your credibility in whatever way you can.
  • 16. •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
  • 17. “I’m the guy who...
  • 18. Wordpress expert
  • 19. Tip 5. capital_P_dangit()
  • 20. “I thought WordPress was just a blogging platform?”
  • 21. No mate, you’re thinking of...
  • 22. “I thought WordPress was just a blogging platform?”
  • 23. “What’s your hosting SLA?”
  • 24. “But you’re just a tiny operation”
  • 25. Tip 7. Be patient.
  • 26. “We almost never ever come in through the top, we always come in through the bottom.” Matt Mullenweg
  • 27. Tip 8. Remember why you came to WordPress in the first place.