I consume podcasts voraciously, and since I run a WordPress agency, it's natural that I listen to a lot of WordPress podcasts. Here's the latest round of my favorite WordPress podcasts, listed in order of preference.
What do I look for in a WordPress podcast? Actionable information on improving WordPress sites, or on improving a web design agency.
As a WordPress project manager, I'm interested in improving sites through better design, functionality, conversion optimization, SEO, etc.
As a WordPress agency owner, I'm interested in improving business through strategy, sales, marketing, client services, project management, etc.
My team handles production (development, design, SEO, etc.) so I tend to avoid podcasts that are deeply into those topics. I'm also not particularly interested in WordPress news, so I avoid podcasts that mostly report community news.
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WPwatercooler is great for the hosts' range of experience and opinions. It features roundtable discussions about providing client services, WordPress development, digital marketing, and the WordPress community. I love that they limit each episode to 30 minutes. iTunes
The BlogAid Podcast curates tips on WordPress, performance, security, content marketing, SEO, and digital marketing. Most of the tips are recommendations of blog posts, videos, and other third-party content, so it's good to check the show notes after listening to an episode. It's nice and short (10-15 minutes). I wish the tips about Google+, video, and other non-WordPress topics weren't included. iTunes
WP Elevation focuses on the business side of WordPress, featuring interviews with WordPress entrepreneurs and businesspeople. It's more about business and digital marketing than WordPress specifically. iTunes
Your Website Engineer covers WordPress and a range of digital marketing topics. Some episodes are for beginners, and others are more advanced. iTunes
I've known host Dustin Hartzler for a few years, and I've had the honor of being interviewed in Episode 104: Become a Full-Time Freelance Developer. I was also interviewed in Episode 95: Software for Everyday WordPress Users.
WPcast.fm gives advice to WordPress professionals (designers, consultants, developers, and site owners) on topics such as hosting, security, backups, themes, SEO, and more. Episodes have been fairly infrequent since Feb 2015. iTunes
KitchenSinkWP episodes are refreshingly short (often 10-15 minutes), with tips, tricks and tools, and interviews with WordPress users. Some episodes are more technical, and others are for beginners. iTunes
I met host Adam Silver online a few years ago, through Dustin Hartzler, host of Your Website Engineer. I had the honor of being interviewed in episode 35: Interview with Chad Warner of OptimWise.
The Matt Report is a series of interviews with people who run businesses around WordPress, usually providing client services or selling products (themes, plugins, maintenance, etc.). Matt and his guests often share valuable business insights. iTunes
Here are more WordPress podcasts, listed in no particular order. I don't subscribe to these because they don't have a high enough ratio of content that appeals to me. That's not necessarily a fault of the podcasts; it's just because of who I am (see beginning of this post).
WPRoundTable features a panel of WordPress experts and guests who discuss topics such as development, hosting, themes, SEO, performance, and business. They haven't posted episodes to their website or iTunes in months, so watch their YouTube channel. I joined the WPRoundTable for episode 48: Chad Warner from OptimWise.
WordPress Weekly, the podcast of WP Tavern, covers news and community discussions related to WordPress. A guest might mention something about design, development, or business, but the focus is on news and opinion. iTunes
The DradCast: "Although not limited to WordPress alone, the DradCast is a weekly video podcast with Dre Armeda and Brad Williams that primarily concentrates on the latest news around WordPress, upcoming WordPress events, and the wonderful community … " iTunes
WordPress Plugins A to Z regularly reviews plugins. I don't subscribe because I don't need to know about most of the plugins they cover, but it's a good resource if you want to hear about a specific plugin. iTunes
Mastermind.fm is fairly new; Jean Galea emailed me about it after he saw this post. "Join James Laws from WP Ninjas and Jean Galea from WP Mayor as they discuss the trials and tribulations on building a WordPress business. Learn how to go from freelancing to building a business, managing employees, growth hacking and more." iTunes
Which of these do you listen to? Did I miss any? Let's chat about WordPress podcasts in the comments.
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