Meet Brad Williams, WordPress Expert

bradwilliams Brad will be presenting during the  Security for Developers session, which you can watch LIVE on May 31. During his presentation, Brad will teach us how to properly escape and sanitize data to protect against the vulnerabilities demonstrated by Chris’s presentation.

Check out his interview answers below.

Where can we find you on the internet?

Twitter: @williamsba
Blog: http://strangework.com
Biz: http://webdevstudios.com

When and how did you get started with WordPress?

I started using WordPress in 2006 when I created my first blog. Being a developer, there’s only so long you can use a piece of software before you want to explore under the hood. I started hacking away at some plugins and the rest is history.

What resources do you turn to when you want to learn something new?

There are so many great resources out there for WordPress. I generally just search for what I’m trying to do on Google. I also dive into the WordPress core code pretty often to really learn and understand how various parts of WordPress work. Believe it or not, I also consult my Professional WordPress books to refresh my memory on different WordPress APIs and functions. When I first started WordPress development I frequently hung out in the #wordpress IRC channel on freenode. Over time I went from asking questions to answering them. It was a great way to learn.

What is your favorite WordPress feature/aspect?

Tough question, but probably custom post types. When CPTs were officially introduced in WordPress core, the game changed. WordPress became a full-fledged CMS that could rival many of the other popular open source platforms on the market.

What sparked your interest in web security? How did you get from there to here?

Web security becomes a big part of your life if you’ve ever had a website hacked. I had experience with this very early on in my web development career when a site I created from scratch was hacked using a very basic SQL injection technique. The thought of losing everything you have worked so hard to build should scare anyone into wanting to be more knowledgeable about web security and how to prevent hacks and exploits.

What advice do you have for others looking to become WordPress experts?

Get involved! Attend local meetups and WordCamps. Interact with the community. Talk to other users, developers, designers, really anyone that is doing what you want to do. The WordPress Community is so open and friendly, everyone truly wants to help each other, and is very open to doing just that. Reach out, you’ll be surprised at the response you’ll receive.

What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?

I joined the United States Marine Corps right out of high school and became a Marine Corps computer programmer. I did one tour in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. During that time I actually programmed in a wartime environment with a gas mask on. I’ve had that skill listed on my resume ever since. 🙂


Thanks, Brad!

If you want to see Brad present on sanitizing, escaping, and validating data, get your event ticket today!

Meet Chris Wiegman, WordPress Expert

chriswiegman Chris will be presenting during the  Security for Developers session, which you can watch LIVE on May 31. During his presentation, Chris will teach us about the many types of vulnerabilities that plague the web, what they do, and why you need to care.

Check out his interview answers below.

Where can we find you on the internet?

Work: http://ithemes.com
Personal: http://chriswiegman.com
Twitter: @ChrisWiegman
WordPress: https://profiles.wordpress.org/chriswiegman

When and how did you get started with WordPress?

I started dabbling in WordPress in about 2008 or so while working for Southern Illinois University. I started really using it in projects in about 2010, also for SIU.

What resources do you turn to when you want to learn something new?

Google and blogs. I keep a long (400 site) list in Feedly which keeps me up to date with what’s going on and helps me both find new things to learn and expand on those topics.

What is your favorite WordPress feature/aspect?

Easy barrier to entry. It’s one of the few projects that really can be brought up in about 5 minutes and rarely has issues in that respect.

What sparked your interest in web security? How did you get from there to here?

My first interest in security wasn’t web security. It was aviation security. My first day as a professional pilot was 9/11/01 which really got my attention for the first time. When I left flying and returned to SIU in 2007 to work in tech the university was experiencing numerous security issues with their sites and I vowed that it wouldn’t happen to my department. Everything just kinda spiraled from there.

What advice do you have for others looking to become WordPress experts?

Just do it. Put yourself out there and be willing to give back while listening to both your role-models and others.

What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?

I’m probably the only pilot who can say I’ve gone through a 6.7 earthquake in the airplane. I was giving a safety briefing to passengers before takeoff at an airport about 15 miles north of Kona on the Big Island when the 2006 Hawaii Earthquake hit.


Thanks, Chris!

If you want to see Chris present on understanding web security exploits, get your event ticket today!

Meet Tony Perez, WordPress Expert

tonyperezTony will be presenting during the  Security for Developers session, which you can watch LIVE on May 31. During his presentation, Tony will walk us through how to professionally clean a site after it has been hacked.

Check out his interview answers below.

Where can we find you on the internet?

You can find me at @perezbox on Twitter, and find insights at the Sucuri Blog: http://blog.sucuri.net

When and how did you get started with WordPress?

I got started with WordPress in 2010, I was introduced to the platform and its community by my brother-in-law, Dre. At the time I was in Technical Architect designing enterprise systems for the Department of Defense (DoD). Working on a specialized technology known Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

What resources do you turn to when you want to learn something new?

When I want to learn something I turn to my technical advisor, Google, and as of late I have been turning to to Twitter as well. When it’s WordPress related I go to websites like WPBeginner, WP101, and how could anyone not go to Chris Lema’s website.

What is your favorite WordPress feature/aspect?

I like how easy to use WordPress is, it’s actually why in 2010 I opened a design / development shop with Dre, CubiTwo. Having worked for years on closed systems I knew first hand how hard it was for clients to adopt web applications and usability and ease of use was key. When I saw how easy WordPress made this for the end-user I knew it was a step in the right direction.

What sparked your interest in web security? How did you get from there to here?

Interestingly enough, I first got into Web Security in 2008 / 2009 with DoD when I was tasked with putting together security documentation for our applications. I actually hated the entire process, but if you have ever worked with the DoD you understand why – it’s red tape hell. It wasn’t until the beginning of 2011, when I was invited to join the Sucuri team that I gained a much deeper appreciation for website security specifically. The challenge with things though was that I was going from one industry to another, for those that have ever done that, you know how challenging that can be. Unlike school though, it’s amazing how much you learn and absorb when you’re really interested and passionate about something. While not a developer, I quickly got into the domain of testing proof of concepts, leveraging toolsets, and really working to understand attackers and their tactics. Somewhere in this process I was so acclimated with the entire process that it became second nature, it’s really unclear at what point that was.

What advice do you have for others looking to become WordPress experts?

In terms of giving advice on how to become an expert, my number one recommendation is not to work to be an expert. Work to learn your trade, the best experts are those that don’t categorize themselves as an expert, instead aim to learn their trade and work to produce something of value for the world. This can happen in months or years, stick to it and have more confidence in yourself than anyone else.

What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?

I’m a pretty adamant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and love to compete when possible.


Thanks, Tony!

If you want to see Tony present on how to clean a hacked site, get your event ticket today!

Who is the best WordPress web host?

There are a lot of factors to consider when you’re choosing the right host for your business, website, or project. A lot.

I can’t pick the best web host for you, but I can help you ask the right questions, and I can tell you why I love my host – SiteGround – so very, very much.

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Questions to ask before picking your WordPress host:

  1. Do I need a dedicated server, or a VPS, or will a simple shared hosting account do?
  2. Does this host understand WordPress, or is it just another piece of software to them?
  3. Does this host care about the WordPress community?
  4. Are they connected enough to understand my particular needs?
  5. Bonus questions:
    1. Does this host provide 1-click staging environments?
    2. Does this host provide command-line access via SSH?
    3. Does this host support WP-CLI?
    4. Does this host support git access?
    5. Does this host provide any type of automated backups?
    6. Does this host offer any advanced server-side caching?
    7. Will this host restrict the types of web software I can run?

How do you choose?

Many different hosts can answer most of the above questions positively, and help guide you to the plan that is best for your needs. Several hosts can answer all of the above questions positively, especially if that’s what you want to hear.

Very few hosts can answer all of the above questions positively, and really mean it. Because of this, I encourage you to do your research first before signing with any host.

Don’t just read the testimonials and content they’re sharing, look out at the web and see what other real people are saying.

What’s so great about SiteGround, anyway?

Let me begin by being very clear: SiteGround is not paying me to endorse them. I really do love their service and quality. As a result I signed up for an affiliate account so that, if you find value in what I’m sharing, you might just use my affiliate link to compensate me for the favor of turning you on to such a great host. If you’d rather browse their wares without sending me a kick-back, well, just navigate your browser to SiteGround.com. They’re still awesome, and I hope you give them an honest consideration.

SiteGround responds, fast!

WPSessions.com runs on SiteGround hosting, and it’s amazing. I’ve emailed their staff a couple different times to ask a couple different questions and I was provided prompt replies that actually fully answered my queries. I also interacted with their live chat just prior to joining, and again just after joining, and my experience there was equally stellar.

SiteGround cares about developers.

I signed up for the GoGeek account, which gives me access to the server via SSH with git and wp-cli preloaded. It also grants me access to one-click staging environments and a ton of other useful features.

All of WPSessions is stored in a git repo, and I can easily push changes directly into production. The WP-CLI integration gives me the ability to manage the entirety of the site via command line, if I wanted. If you’re curious about WP-CLI, we have a free session that deals with using it specifically: Performance Driven Development.

SiteGround cares about your site’s performance.

One of the times I contacted SG was to ask for advice on configuring some caching plugins with their servers. Instead, they configured for me a “SuperCacher” WordPress plugin that they built specifically to support several helpful and advanced caching solutions that are configured at the server level. All I had to say is that my site is running WooCommerce and to not cache the cart, checkout, nor account pages.

Here’s the crazy thing with that, though. This caching was just a precaution for a large spike in traffic I was expecting (more on that in a later post). Even without this extra varnish layer my site was already running faster than my experiences with most other hosts. Let me underscore once more that this is just a standard shared hosting account – not a VPS, not a dedicated server – and it’s lickity-split quick!

SiteGround cares about WordPress.

A year ago I had no idea that SiteGround even existed. Then I saw them as a sponsor at a WordCamp. Then another. Then another. Since then I’ve seen their presence rippling all throughout the WordPress community. I’ve found helpful articles written by their staff published all over the web, too. SiteGround has invested in the WordPress community because they understand its magnitude and significance.

As a matter of fact, one of the experts presenting in the Security for Site Owners session, Daniel Kanchev, is a SiteGround employee. That happened because they reached out to me, after seeing the resource I’m trying to build, and asked me to tell them if I ever needed a presenter. I knew they knew their stuff, asked if one of their expert staff could present in May, and here we are. Again, they are invested in our community.

Is SiteGround right for you?

I honestly don’t know. Your needs could be completely different from mine, and so you might need a different level of service from your web host. I can tell you, though, that my experience with SiteGround has been nothing short of amazing. Don’t just take my word for it, though, exercise your Google muscles!

If you liked this article, you might also like the article Brian Krogsgard wrote on PostStatus about The Cost of Running a WordPress Website (bonus: PostStatus also runs on SiteGround hosting).

Maybe a 60% discount would help you choose?

I don’t advocate for buying something just because it’s offered at a special price, and I certainly don’t think it’s wise to make your decision based on which option is least expensive. But, I do believe that a little economic incentive is sometimes the right way to encourage people to make a decision that is ultimately best for them. In fact, that’s the only reason I gave SiteGround a shot after I first learned about them.

So, as a special thank-you to WPS subscribers, and to help you come to the same realization that I’ve made, I’ve worked out a special deal with SiteGround so you can get a steep discount on any hosting plan. Just use the link below, and enjoy. Also, you’re welcome!

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Join us for back-to-back WordPress Security events in May!

Do you sometimes worry about security vulnerabilities that affect your site, or sites you’re responsible for? How about hackers or spammers showing up in force trying to bring your site down?

Maybe you’re a developer, and you’re worried about the code you write, unwittingly putting other people at risk.

This month, with help from – and thanks to – iThemes Security, Sucuri Security, and Siteground, we’ll be diving head-first into understanding, preventing, and fixing security problems with your sites, themes, and plugins.

Our goal is to help you put your concerns to bed so that you can rest easy at night.

On May 17, we’re running “Security for Site Owners” where you can join Dre Armeda, Jason Cosper, and Daniel Kanchev and learn about the preventative measures you can take to protect against attacks and also what tools and resources are available to you in order to recover from attacks.

On May 31, we’re running “Security for Developers” where you can join Chris Wiegman, Brad Williams, and Tony Perez and learn about what types of vulnerabilities exist, how they can be exploited, how you can prevent them in the code you write, and, finally, how to actually clean an infected site from start-to-finish.

Here’s a video where I explain it all in limited detail:

You can save 20% on each session if you buy your ticket today. Click on the product banners below to get your ticket and learn more:

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Meet Glenn Ansley, WordPress Expert

glennGlenn will be presenting during the  eCommerce for Developers session, which you can watch LIVE on April 19. During his presentation, Glenn will walk us through the best way to develop add-ons for iThemes Exchange.

Check out his interview answers below.

Where can we find you on the internet?

Twitter: @glennansley
Work: iThemes.com

When and how did you get started with WordPress?

Been working with WordPress since 2004 when I stumbled into web design during grad school.

What resources do you turn to when you want to learn something new?

Google, books.

What is your favorite WordPress feature/aspect?

I enjoy the hooks API the most. I think the hook API is what sets WordPress apart and made it so popular… even though most users don’t it exists.

What is your favorite Exchange feature/aspect?

It’s modularity and the simplicity that creates in the admin screens.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned about ecommerce over the past 5 years?

eCommerce encompasses a ton of niche areas that you wouldn’t expect at first glance and making all those work together is very complicated.

What is the one tip you would give anyone considering to add ecommerce to their site?

Make a list of the features you need and find the solution that works best for you. If multiple solutions work, make sure you pick on that supports its customers well

What advice do you have for others looking to become WordPress experts?

If you’re already a PHP developer, find time to read every line of the core WP source code in the evenings when you would usually spend time reading. Familiarity with core will be your tipping point.

What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?

I have a wife and 4 kids. I constantly have to remind myself that work is the distraction and not them.


wpsession10_thumbThanks, Glenn!

If you want to see Glenn present on developing for iThemes Exchange, get your event ticket today!

Meet Daniel Espinoza, WooCommerce Expert

Daniel EspinozaDaniel will be presenting during the  eCommerce for Developers session, which you can watch LIVE on April 19. This is actually Daniel’s second appearance on WPSessions (read his first interview). This time around he’ll be talking about building extensions for WooCommerce.

Check out his interview answers below.

Where can we find you on the internet?

I blog at http://daniel.gd
I’m on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/d_espi
And Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+DanielEspinoza1/

What is your favorite WooCommerce feature/aspect?

I love how easy it is to setup and get selling.  Also, I like the one page checkout.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned about ecommerce in the last 5 years?

I’ve learned that people should focus on product and customer first. I built several ecommerce sites for customers between 2008 and 2011 who focused mostly on the custom design, but they are no longer in business.  The ones that focused on what they were selling and who they were selling to are still going strong.

What is the one tip you would give anyone considering to add ecommerce to their site?

For physical products spend money on great product photos. Whenever I buy online I want to see what I’m buying clearly and from many angles. Also, if available in your country use Stripe as your gateway!

What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?

My wife and three young kids are moving toward being nomadic. We sold our house and are traveling around the world, currently two months in Europe. We still have an apartment in Texas, but may not renew our lease and become totally nomadic.


wpsession10_thumbThanks, Daniel!

If you want to see Daniel present on developing for WooCommerce, get your event ticket today!

Meet Andrew Munro, WordPress Expert

andrewmunro-240x240Andrew will be presenting during the  eCommerce for Developers session, which you can watch LIVE on April 19. I invited Andrew to speak about building add-ons for Easy Digital Downloads because he has written over 20 of them.

Check out his interview answers below.

Where can we find you on the internet?

Twitter: @sumobi_
PS, @sumobi, if you’re reading this, I’d really like to drop the underscore on my Twitter handle.

When and how did you get started with WordPress?

My first foray into WordPress was in 2010 when WordPress 3.0 had just been released. Up until that point I had been using ExpressionEngine (EllisLab) as my CMS of choice for client websites. I started by using the Genesis Framework (StudioPress), which was excellent, but I discovered it shielded me from knowing how a lot of things work in WordPress. Not to say it’s bad of course, but I wanted a deeper understanding of WordPress.

What resources do you turn to when you want to learn something new?

wordpress.stackexchange.com has always been immensely helpful when I’ve been either stuck or wanting to learn something new. I haven’t needed to post a question in a very long time, guess I’ve learnt a lot!

By far the best resource has been other developers’ plugins. Scouring through the code of another plugin is fascinating. Not only do you always learn something new, but you discover a more efficient way of doing something that you can then apply to your own plugin development.

What is your favorite WordPress feature/aspect?

I like to get my hands dirty so for me it’s the extensibility that WordPress provides through action hooks and filters. Provided that a plugin developer has added sufficient hooks/filters inside their plugin, they provide immense power to anyone wanting to extend the functionality of that plugin. They’re also very easy to learn!

What is your favorite Easy Digital Downloads feature/aspect?

Again, the extensibility of the plugin and the clean, well-structured code. Easy Digital Downloads recognises the need to be extensible whilst focusing on doing one thing right: selling digital downloads. It has a plethora of useful hooks and filters, and at the time of writing there are well over 200 add-ons available, all built on top of Easy Digital Downloads.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned about ecommerce over the past 5 years?

If you intend to sell products online, be prepared to get extremely cozy with your chosen e-commerce platform. Suggest features and ideas to the developers, help other customers in the forums, contribute bug patches and write plugins if you can. I honestly believe that the strength of the e-commerce platform directly correlates to how well your online store does. The e-commerce platform is what helps you put your products in front of your customers, and ultimately how your customers will pay for your products.

What is the one tip you would give anyone considering to add ecommerce to their site?

Do your research and choose your e-commerce platform wisely. Spend time with it to make sure it can do everything that you need it to do. If it can’t, make sure it has add-ons that can, or there are developers who can build it for you. An e-commerce platform with great technical support will also be crucial to the success of your business.

What advice do you have for others looking to become WordPress experts?

Study the inner workings of your favourite WordPress plugins, the ones you trust and use for every project. Try to extend their functionality to do something unique for your purpose. If you happen to find a bug, try and fix it yourself rather than opening up a support ticket. You’ll be amazed at how fast you learn, not to mention that warm fuzzy feeling when you give something back.

What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?

I’m glad you didn’t ask for a “non-computer related” fact, as this answer would be empty! As much as I love to code, designing websites and logos is also a passion of mine. Being able to take a project from start to finish is exciting. I also like to dabble in 3D modelling, which I find fascinating. I even have one of those fancy 3D mice and a drawing tablet. I’m proud to say I haven’t used a standard computer mouse in 14 years.


wpsession10_thumbThanks, Andrew!

If you want to see Andrew present on developing for Easy Digital Downloads, get your event ticket today!

Meet Benjamin Bradley, WordPress Expert

benjaminBenjamin presented in the  eCommerce for Site Owners session, which is available for immediate replay right now. Benjamin gave us an incredible walkthrough on using iThemes Exchange. If you think there’s no such thing as a simple solution to ecommerce, you clearly haven’t heard enough about iThemes Exchange.

Check out his interview answers below.

Where can we find you on the internet?

You can find me just about anywhere.  But like the cobbler’s children never getting new shoes, my sites are not updated unless I’m testing new code or trying something out.  I’m the man behind the microphone at WebDesign.com, so you can normally find me there.  I’m also at http://www.benjaminbradley.com and http://b.enjam.in.  On Twitter: @benjaminbradley.

When and how did you get started with WordPress?

I’ve been involved with WordPress since the code was split from the b2 blogging system.  It has come a LONG way since then and is fascinating to watch the expansion.

What resources do you turn to when you want to learn something new?

I’m a trial and error kind of guy.  I’m always trying new things and discovering new ways to break the internet and my computer.  I’m a big believer of learning as you grow.  So I’ll jump on Google to research an idea and then just run with it… learning while I grow.

What is your favorite WordPress feature/aspect?

My favorite aspect of WordPress is the extensibility.  Using WordPress as the base or “foundation of the house”, the end result can be constructed to do just about anything.  We used to do a fun type of class at WebDesign.com where members would find a function or type of site that exists on the internet (not powered by WordPress) and I would reproduce that functionality or look USING WordPress.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned about ecommerce over the last 5 years?

The most significant thing I’ve learned about ecommerce is that it is like an iceberg.  It looks simple on the surface but the moment your site/boat gets closer you realize how much larger that iceberg is under the surface.  There are tools that can help “simplify” the ecommerce process but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of confidence.  I’ve always told freelancers that the moment a client requests an ecommerce site, just triple your rate your were going to charge them.

What is the one tip you would give anyone considering to add ecommerce to their site?

My biggest tip for anyone wanting to add ecommerce capabilities to their OWN personal site would be to use what works for you.  Just because “everyone uses X” or “my co-workers 12 year old ‘webmaster’ son says Y is the bomb” doesn’t mean it will work for you.  Try things out, read about different systems, and find something that YOU like to work with.  Because at the end of the day, only you are going to be working with the code… not that 12 year old and not everyone else.  Also, you might want to know your “restrictions” or “limitations” before you begin your search.  If you absolutely must use a certain payment gateway, well your decision making process may already be made up for you.

What advice do you have for others looking to become WordPress experts?

Get involved in the WordPress community.  Sort of like how Smokey the Bear says that “Only you can prevent forest fires.”  Well… Only you can make yourself become a WordPress expert.  Nobody else is going to give you that crown.  Read all you can, experiment with code, do ACTUAL client development, write articles, review themes/plugins, attend WordCamps and speak at them, hang out in the “Happiness Room” at a WordCamp, get involved in a WordPress community.  Only you can do it.

What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?

I’m a firefighter/paramedic here in the Washington DC area.  And a few years ago when I was doing a live training event at WebDesign.com (which the Global Broadcasting Studio is in my house), I heard a massive explosion that shook my house.  I told everyone on the live training that we were going to take a short break and I ran outside to see my next door neighbors house had exploded into a massive fireball (boiler exploded).  I spent the next few minutes providing “first due” engine feedback to dispatch and removed the older couple from the house.  Ten minutes later, I hop back on the live training call and let everyone know that during the break, I rescued a family and their cats from a burning building but its now time to get back to learning Custom Post Types.  (We have a lot of funny stories at WebDesign.com).


wpsession9_thumbI have to say, none of my “we need to take a quick break” stories are even remotely as intense as that. Thanks, Benjamin!

If you want to see Benjamin present on using iThemes Echange, get your event ticket today!

Meet Patrick Rauland, WordPress Expert

patrickPatrick presented in the  eCommerce for Site Owners session, which is available for immediate replay right now. In his presentation, Patrick walked through installing and using WooCommerce in great detail. Hands-down, it is the best demonstration of WooCommerce I have ever seen.

Check out his interview answers below.

Where can we find you on the internet?

The best place to find me is SpeakingInBytes.com. I like to blog about whatever I’m learning at the moment. There’s a lot of WooCommerce goodness there and plenty of other tech & WordPress posts. You can also follow @BFTrick on Twitter.

When and how did you get started with WordPress?

I used to do a lot of customer PHP work right after college. Worst. Thing. Ever. Don’t do it. By the time you’ve coded your 3rd or 4th login page you quickly start to look for prebuilt solutions that handle all of the common content management system problems. WordPress was the easiest to setup so I went that way.

What resources do you turn to when you want to learn something new?

Honestly, Twitter is the best source of news out there. I follow specific people who are leading the way in their industry and they supply me with the best articles about that industry.

What is your favorite WordPress feature/aspect?

Pfew – big question! I would say the customization. Everything is open source so if you like the way something works but want to tweak something you can do that! With hosted e-commerce solutions you don’t have that opportunity. You can be locked in and I like the freedom to change things if need be.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned about ecommerce over the last 5 years?

E-commerce can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. I’ve seen successful stores who just run WooCommerce, a couple free plugins, and a free theme. I’ve also seen customers with 50+ WooCommerce plugins who appreciate every bit of value they can get out of these extensions. They send customers follow up emails, they subscribe them to newsletters, they have fancy table rates for shipping, etc. E-Commerce doesn’t have to be complex. You can start out with something simple and add on more features over time.

What is the one tip you would give anyone considering to add ecommerce to their site?

Start with the basics. Don’t plan out an entire e-commerce experience without first installing a plugin and seeing how it works.

What advice do you have for others looking to become WordPress experts?

I’m very much a go-getter, so you just have to jump in! If you want to learn something, you do it by getting your hands dirty. Everyday try to learn something new. Push yourself to learn more and more about WordPress. If you learn some (small) thing new every day in a year you’ll know a ton.

What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?

I love acro yoga! Being able to trust and communicate with another person while you’re suspending them in the air or visa versa is an amazing experience.


wpsession9_thumbThanks Patrick!

If you want to see Patrick present on using WooCommerce, get your event ticket today!