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WordPress: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Tim Grahl: WordPress: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

There are literally hundreds of thousands of bloggers these days and many of them are using WordPress, a popular blogging software that gives “power to the people” by offering a platform to voice from.

Out:think, Tim Grahl

Tim Grahl, Web Developer and co-founder of Out:think, joins Anita to discuss all things WordPress, ranging from plugins, to customization, to necessary upgrading and beyond.

Weather you’re a seasoned blogger using WordPress or a newbie simply considering it – there’s something to learn.

Below are the questions we asked Tim in this episode:

  • (2:23) First Tim, can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your background?
  • (3:33) Give us a brief explanation about WordPress. What is it, how did it first start and what has it grown into?
  • (5:55) Why has WordPress grown so much?
  • (7:20) What is a plugin? Basically we’re talking about a piece of software you add on to the core of WordPress, is that how you would describe it?
  • (8:43) I understand there is something called the “5 minute install.” What is it and what is the benefit of that?
  • (10:25) Talk about design for a moment. How easy is it and do you have to have a designer to get started with WordPress?
  • (12:29) Can you explain what the CSS and XHTML acronyms mean?
  • (13:55) From your perspective, what advice would you give business owners on how to find a good web developer? What should we look for or ask them?
  • (16:20) Can you give everyone listening a couple of examples of how you’ve customized WordPress?
  • (19:50) Another thing you’ve done recently is develop a low-cost website solution that is customized for Etsy shop owners, using WordPress.  Can you tell us about that?
  • (24:28) What are some of the bad and even ugly things about WordPress?
  • (25:48) How can you manage some of the negatives?
  • (28:43 ) If you were starting out afresh as a developer, would you choose WordPress all over again?
  • (29:26) Tim, where can people find out more?

Listen to Tim’s full interview now by clicking the red and yellow player below.

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8 Responses to “WordPress: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”

  1. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    I have to listen to this interview. I am in the process to set up an “empire” of blogs using the WordPress template called Revolution by Brian Gardner. I even have a converted & enhanced Revolution template by eBlog Templates for my Blogger powered EGO blog.

    We have been able to set up a couple of blogs with a web host in America, but we haven’t managed to set up the “HQ” site on a host in Sweden yet. I haven’t manage to use the “5 minute install”! 😉 I “freaked out” when I read about MySQL database, changing a WP configuration file, etc.! 😉

    I will send a link to the podcast to the founder of this new online business “joint venture”!

  2. Arthur Bland Says:

    Yes. I think I have to listen to this also. I’m a simple and contented Blogger user. It’s about time to check out other platforms too.

  3. Amanda Says:

    Great interview. I just recently switched my site to WordPress and I used the 5 minute install. It was a breeze. A lot easier than I had thought it would be. I had been using Typepad before and I am pleased with the added abilities WordPress gives me. If I have any other needs in the future, now I know that I can turn to Tim for his services.

  4. Leo Wisniewski Says:

    Very informative interview. You have done some great things with Anita’s web sites. If someone if new to WordPress or has some experience – there is something to learn from this interview!

  5. Arthur Bland Says:

    Leo, I agree with you. Very informative and really helpful.

  6. Arthur Bland Says:

    Amanda, how will you rate WP’s performance out of 5? and how about typepad? Based on your experience…

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