Press This WordPress Community Podcast

Press This WordPress Community Podcast

"Press This. The WordPress Community Podcast features exclusive content and interviews with leaders in the WordPress community…. covering everything from development to integrating your digital marketing strategy with WordPress. Host Doc Pop of WP Engine and special guest hosts from across the community keep you up to speed on the latest advancements in WordPress."


May 30, 2023 23 mins

Welcome to a special "Word Around the Campfire" edition of the Press This podcast. This month we talk with Sam Brockway, a community manager for Developer Relations at WP Engine, and Mike Davey, the Senior Editor of Delicious Brains, about WordPress's 20th anniversary. We also talk about the controversial releases of WordPress 6.2.1 and 6.2.2.

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What do WordPress agencies need to know about using AI tools? In this episode of Press This, we talk to Joe Hoyle, the CTO and co-founder of Human Made, about the ups and downs of using large language models and text-to-image generators for website development. We talk about using AI to create content, code your website, or even change how visitors interact with your site.

If you are interested in AI for your agency, this is a must-...

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May 16, 2023 24 mins

In this episode of Press This, we interview WP Engine Principal Developer Advocate Brian Gardner about Frost, a new block-based theme for WordPress.

Frost is a clean and powerful block-based theme that's designed to help people lean into Full Site Editing and build with more modular control across their site. It comes with a variety of features, including a built-in pattern library, a responsive design, and support for a v...

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May 9, 2023 26 mins

Are you a WordPress developer who wants to take control of your custom field data? In this episode of Press This, we speak to WP Engine Senior Product Manager Iain Poulson, who shares exciting updates about new features in the widely-used Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin. With the release of ACF 6.1, users can now register custom post types and taxonomies, giving developers even more control over their WordPress sites. Don’t mis...

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Rebranding can be intimidating and time-consuming, but sometimes it is the only way forward. Join us on this week’s episode of Press This as we chat with Devin Walker, General Manager at StellarWP and co-founder of GiveWP, about “rebranding in public”. Don’t miss out on this fascinating discussion about branding, community engagement, and the power of collaboration in the tech world.

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In this episode of PressThis, Delicious Brains Senior Editor Mike Davey and WP Engine Community Manager for Developer Relations Sam Brockway join us for our monthly "Word Around the Campfire" episode where we review news and updates from the WordPress community.

For our April 2023 episode, Sam tells us about her favorite new features in WordPress 6.2 and Mike shares some of his recent experiments with AutoGPT and WordPress.


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WordPress 6.2 was released last month, bringing with it a slew of new features and functionality.

From a re-imagined Site Editor to new WordPress blocks, 6.2 also saw Gutenberg Phase 2 wind down, with plans to continue extending the block-based editor moving ahead at full steam.

In this episode of Press This, we speak with Core Contributor and WordPress Developer Relations Advocate at Automattic, Justin Tadlock, to find out more abou...

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Though it may seem counterintuitive, working with other agencies to share client work is a great way to create beautiful websites you may not have been able to do on your own.

In this episode of Press This, we talk with Bobby King from White Label Agency about why agencies can benefit from working together. The White Label Agency specializes in collaborating with other digital PR and WordPress agencies to deliver websites that clien...

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Have you ever needed to share admin access to your WordPress site with a support representative? In this episode of Press This, we speak with Zack Katz, the founder of TrustedLogin, about how he decided to fix this process using encryption to protect customer information and provide temporary admin access for customer support.

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The WordPress post editor is known for its easy and clean UI, but will move to a headless WordPress site cost you that ease of use? In this episode of Press This we talk to Blake Wilson and Teresa Gobble about how the React-Gutenberg Bridge provides the flexibility of a decoupled website while making sure marketers can keep using the WordPress interface they love.

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Have you ever wondered how you can stand out in the competitive world of WordPress development? What if WordPress certification was a way to help you differentiate as a developer? In this episode of Press This, we dive into the topic of certification with CertifyWP and WPConnects Founder Talisha Lewallen, who’s been helping military veterans find new careers—and credentials—within the WordPress community.

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February 28, 2023 27 mins

In this episode, Doc Pop talks with the Chief Technology Officer at WPMU Dev, Aaron Edwards about the world of AI. They dive into how WordPressers can use tools like Imagine and ChatWP. If you’ve been interested but nervous about AI tools, this is the episode for you.

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In this month’s Word Around the Campfire episode, Doc Pop is joined by Emily Schiola, Editor of Torque Magazine, and Mike Davey, Senior Editor of Delicious Brains. They have news from around the community including Plugin Madness, AI, the WP Community Collective, and more.

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February 14, 2023 27 mins

Today, building an eCommerce website often means going beyond the website itself. That’s because developers are increasingly being asked to build seamless eCommerce experiences that span mobile and other connected devices (in addition to the traditional desktop storefront).

As companies look for new ways to meet customers across different touchpoints using composable, or modular approaches to eCommerce, headless is set to play an ev...

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Are you looking to create a welcoming and inclusive website that also ranks well in search results? Tune into the latest episode of Press This, the WordPress community podcast, to find out more about adding inclusive language to your site.

You’ll hear from Yoast Head of Relations Taco Verdonschot, who previews Yoast’s new Inclusive Language Analysis tool. This feature in the Yoast SEO plugin helps you avoid exclusive language and pr...

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How can you keep readers on your site longer? Many WordPress sites use plugins like Contextly to show readers other relevant posts they might enjoy reading. In this episode of Press This, we talk with Ryan Single, the founder of Contextly, about how recommendation systems can keep new visitors on your site longer by showing them relevant content. Hear some of the lessons that Ryan has learned about site stickiness and find out more...

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Mark discusses using AI to create customized placeholder text that developers can use when showing a site to a new client. Or using AI to help inspire new design ideas.

If you are looking for ideas on how to integrate AI into your WordPress business, th...

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January 10, 2023 25 mins

In this episode of Press This, we speak with Jason Bahl, creator of WPGraphQL, and Chris Weigman, an engineering manager at WP Engine who works on Faust.js, about how the two frameworks can combine forces to help you create better headless WordPress sites, faster.

Headless or decoupled websites allow you to separate your presentation layer from the backend, opening up a wide world of possibilities for high-traffic content publishers...

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In this episode of Press This we asked Nick Diego and Mike Davey to discuss some of the highlights from Matt Mullenweg's annual State Of The Word Talk.

We talked about how Playground can help people experiment with WordPress sites in a browser, how AI can help create content and images, and the WordPress repository's new system for organizing plugins.

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December 14, 2022 27 mins

In this episode of Press This, WP Engine Developer Advocate, Principal, Brian Gardner looks at WordPress theme design trends for 2023, including candy pastels, creative typography, and radiant gradients. Check out the full episode for more on the role of page builders, content accessibility, and the future of Site Editing as we head into the new year. Listen now!

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