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David Vogelpohl: Hi everybody and welcome to Press This, the WordPress neighborhood podcast on WMR. That is your host, David Vogelpohl. I supported the WordPress neighborhood thru my function at WP Engine, and I liked to deliver the most productive of the neighborhood to you right here each week on Press This. As a reminder, you’ll be able to apply me on Twitter @wpdavidv, you’ll be able to subscribe to Press This on Crimson Circle, iTunes, Spotify, or obtain the newest episodes at wmr.fm

On this episode, we’re gonna be speaking about me, David Vogelpohl, announcing farewell as host of Press This, welcoming a brand new host, and the beginning of a brand new journey for me. 

For over 260 episodes I’ve interviewed numerous visitors from across the WordPress neighborhood about the newest developments in WordPress, fascinating tasks, other people in the neighborhood have been operating on and a numerous record of optimizations, hacks, and methods to make WordPress websites higher. 

It’s been an absolute honor to be within the host seat these kind of years. I need to thank our visitors who taught me such a lot. I need to thank our target audience, who was once simply as curious as I used to be once I requested all the ones questions.

On this episode, we’re going to show the tables and interview me—about my ideas round stepping down as host, new adventures in my profession, my favourite reminiscences webhosting Press This, and what I’m desirous about for the street forward. 

And now for the remainder of the interview with me, I’d love to thank and welcome a previous visitor of Press This, a bellwether within the WordPress neighborhood, and your logo new host for Press This, the only, the one Document In style. Document, welcome, and congratulations for your new host function.

Document Pop: Neatly, thanks such a lot, David. You understand, I’ve all the time preferred being in this display, as a part of the Phrase Across the Campfire segments that you simply did as soon as a month, and it’s a large honor to lend a hand stay the display going and stay alive the custom that you simply’ve had going for see you later. Thanks such a lot. 

DV: Yeah, in fact. It was once so a laugh to have you ever on the ones Phrase Across the Campfire episodes, and I do know you’re so well-connected within the WordPress area, and feature a protracted background in broadcasting and podcasting and video casting. 

So I’m truly excited to have you ever within the host seat, and I’m truly excited to reply to your interview questions these days, Document. I’m truly curious how that is gonna move, however I’ll step again from the host mic for a minute and do just like the Wayne’s international, get into the brand new modality. Truly having a look ahead to the interview Document. 

DP:Neatly, you recognize, David, each episode you’ve requested people how they were given into WordPress, and I don’t know in the event you’ve shared your beginning tale, so why don’t you let us know about how you were given into WordPress? 

DV: I could have discussed it on an episode or two, however I don’t know if I’ve truly advised it in slightly extra element. However, I used to be coming into visitor posting, I were in virtual advertising and marketing for some time, and I sought after to start out making extra of a reputation for myself. So, I seemed for publications that I may visitor submit for, and I discovered one. It was once a most sensible 10 virtual advertising and marketing web page on the time, it was once known as Advertising and marketing Pilgrim. It didn’t live to tell the tale the 20-plus years since I did that. It was once offered, I feel, and rolled into any other web page.

And I did a visitor submit, and I used to be uncovered to WordPress for the primary time. I had had enjoy with Drupal and Joomla, however it was once in truth writing a content material piece for Advertising and marketing Pilgrim. The one who owned that web page’s identify is Andy Beal, and Andy’s an expensive buddy, and that was once a get started of a grand journey in truth, in each WordPress and in virtual advertising and marketing.

DP: Wow. So that you began off with visitor posting, which is a factor I’m in truth truly serious about learning extra about. We’ll have to discuss that off the display, perhaps, but if did you come back to WP Engine and what have you ever been doing all over your time right here?

DV: Neatly, WP Engine. In 2010, I began a virtual company. WordPress was once a focal point, however now not the one center of attention, and this was once proper across the time that customized submit sorts and customized fields were added into WordPress core. 

I met a spouse of WP Engine’s founder. So WP Engine’s founder is an individual named Jason Cohen and he had a spouse on the time, they’re nonetheless pals, perhaps companions on different issues. I don’t know. His identify is Josh Baer, and he’s related to a company in Austin known as Capital Manufacturing facility

I met Josh at a meetup. And I didn’t communicate to someone on the meetup, Document. I used to be, I don’t know, it simply wasn’t in me that night time, and ahead of I left, I used to be like, I wish to communicate to at least one consumer. I became round, and it was once Josh Baer, and I talked to Josh, we were given to more or less conversing about our backgrounds, and he’s like, “you recognize who you wish to have to fulfill, is Jason Cohen.” And he presented me to Jason and WP Engine was a shopper of my company, and we serviced WP Engine as their outsource, internet and virtual advertising and marketing arm, if you are going to, for a few years, 

Ultimately in 2015, I in truth joined WP Engine’s management crew without delay. So about 12 years since I’ve joined, however that’s the backstory about becoming a member of.

DP: I’ve to mention, assembly Jason Cohen early on to your profession, that turns out now not simply fortuitous to your profession, however he’s such a captivating consumer to speak to, and again then his perception into WordPress and the type of long term of WordPress will have to had been interesting. I’m simply more or less curious what have been the vibes Jason was once giving again then? Did he understand it can be, you recognize, just about 50% of the Web by means of 2020?

DV: It was once rather well-liked on the time. I feel for me, customized submit sorts and fields are truly what became WordPress right into a CMS. So I’d say at that time, that truly wasn’t what it was once. I’ve been in my virtual profession, about two decades, this was once in regards to the midpoint in my profession, once I met Jason. 

The primary assembly was once on the WP Engine place of work, which was once shared with a number of different very early degree startups—I feel there may had been 3 workers at WP Engine on the time. It was once at the 8th flooring of the Omni Lodge industry places of work in Austin, Texas, and I rolled up there.

And I am getting out, and they’ve the entire 8th flooring, and it’s a part of Capital Concept, and once more, that’s why there’s those different startups in there, however it was once most commonly empty. And there was once similar to one a part of the entire flooring the place everyone was once operating round all this used furnishings, and the entire lighting fixtures have been off. And I keep in mind pondering, are the lighting fixtures off as a result of they’re all engineers or as a result of they may be able to’t have the funds for to pay the sunshine invoice? And, it in truth was once the latter. I’m sorry. The previous, now not the latter. 

DP: Whoa! [laughter]

DV: Neatly yeah, it was once the previous. They only, they favored it darkish, however you recognize, I don’t assume they truly knew what it might be at the moment. I imply, it was once well-liked, Jason had completed a little analysis and, and a few posts on LinkedIn more or less proposing the theory of WP Engine, and a large number of other people have been getting in the back of it. 

So I feel they knew there was once one thing there, however it for sure wasn’t 43% of the internet. I wanna say it was once almost definitely nearer to twelve, a couple of 12 months or two later, it was once round 16% of the internet, if I recall. No less than that’s what Matt Mullenweg advised me at WordCamp Atlanta on the time. Folks weren’t even truly monitoring the entire proportion of the internet widely. So, no, I don’t assume they foresaw what would occur with WordPress or WP Engine, even if I first were given concerned.

DP: Neatly yeah, I do know you’ve noticed some stuff. At WP Engine, you could possibly’ve noticed the expansion in workers, you could possibly’ve noticed the growth of WordCamps the world over and you recognize, the growth of WordPress in marketplace proportion. So that you’ve completed some thrilling issues previously at WP Engine, what are probably the most present tasks that you simply’ve been operating on? 

DV: Neatly, I’ve had a number of roles through the years, you recognize, the entirety from operating with our labs crew, main StudioPress after the purchase of Studio,Press. And the function I’ve these days, or, or will have to I say ahead of I left WP Engine, was once VP of Expansion, and what my groups excited about have been strategic systems that allowed WP Engine to develop in new and subject material tactics.

This spanned our world presence, our logo shoppers, our company shoppers and companions. It was once offering enhance for such things as Flywheel Expansion Suite, for individuals who are unfamiliar, it’s a platform for companies that permits them to pressure MRR of their industry and simply arrange their consumer’s websites. Our eCommerce providing, which is, individually, in these kind of years, some of the cutting edge sorts of eCommerce webhosting in the market, if now not the highest, after which a number of different strategic systems from our company spouse program, to our paintings in Atlas, and so it’s been a shockingly enriching adventure. I’ve been very blessed, if you are going to, to have such an ideal crew. However that was once my function at WP engine, was once VP of Expansion

DP: Thrilling stuff, you’ve noticed some fantastic stuff within the WordPress neighborhood during the last 12 years. We’re going to take a destroy, and once we come again, we’ll communicate to David Vogelpohl about what his long term goes to be like in the neighborhood and after Press This. So keep tuned.

DP: Welcome again to Press This the WordPress neighborhood podcast on WMR Radio. My identify is Document and I’m speaking to David Vogelpohl, the previous host of Press This about his time within the WordPress neighborhood and dealing with Press This, and dealing with WP Engine. David, we’ve spent a large number of time speaking about a few of your favourite reminiscences thus far, what’s the long term for you? What are you going to be doing after Press This? 

DV: Neatly, I’m for sure happy to mention that I gained’t be leaving the WordPress neighborhood. There’s in truth some significant connections to the WordPress international in my new function, however the function that I’ll be moving into is Leader Advertising and marketing Officer of an organization known as FastSpring.

FastSpring is a fee platform for tool corporations, they’ve a couple of WordPress product shoppers which can be of their universe, they usually function off of what’s known as the Service provider of Report style, which principally approach you’ll be able to use the tool fee platform to promote your tool, your SaaS, and now not have to debris with any of the gross sales or again tax stuff, you principally get a cord switch as soon as a month to your proceeds. However that’s successfully what FastSpring is, and I’ll be the Leader Advertising and marketing Officer of that corporate. 

DP: Wow, a C-suite, that’s candy, that’s a candy gig. So, you discussed that you simply’re now not leaving the WordPress neighborhood. What’s FastSpring’s connection to WordPress? 

DV: Neatly, as I discussed, it’s a fee platform for tool corporations and in truth has WordPress product corporations which can be shoppers of theirs. For those who glance on their homepage, you’ll see, Rank Math as a buyer. There are others now not on their homepage, and it was once truly fascinating, you recognize, as I used to be fascinated with this transformation, and naturally within the WP Engine universe, my entire international is WordPress, and so within the new function, it’ll be broader than simply WordPress. 

However I used to be at WordCamp US in San Diego, and naturally, I used to be letting pals know and people I knew from round the best way, and it was once in order that encouraging and relieving, frankly, to listen to like, “oh yeah, I’ve heard of them,” or, “we use them to promote in Italy,” and you recognize, “we used them previously.” 

So, that familiarity there, I feel the WordPress product area is a very powerful buyer base for FastSpring and I feel that’ll give me a whole lot of alternatives to proceed my involvement in enhance of the neighborhood. I don’t know if you’ll be able to truly, really stroll clear of WordPress, I assume some other people do, however it has been such an enriching neighborhood to be a part of. I feel, as I used to be exploring, you recognize, the next move in my profession to get into that C-suite if you are going to, it was once necessary for me to handle the ones connections and handle that worth. I think I am getting from contributing to the neighborhood. 

DP: I’m simply more or less questioning, do you assume you’ll be doing a podcast sequence over at FastSpring? 

DV: I’ve regarded as it. I feel they do have a podcast if I’m now not improper. What I can say is that I’ve had many rewarding stories at WP Engine and I feel Press That is approach, approach, approach top on that record. And, you recognize, I feel when other people podcast, they frequently recall to mind, oh, the target audience I’ll construct and the issues I’ll develop as a result of I’m doing it. And I feel the ones portions are nice, however the section that was once most respected for me was once finding out one thing new each unmarried week from other other people. It was once simply such an ideal a part of the enjoy.

And whilst you paintings in an company for see you later, and you then more or less get out of it and move into, you recognize, within a logo, you’ll be able to get separated from that international. However I felt like I by no means did as a result of I had this chance to do the podcast.

So yeah, I feel I almost definitely will do one thing like this sooner or later there, however I don’t have any concrete plans at this time.

DP: What is going to you leave out probably the most about operating with WP Engine? 

DV: That could be a very tricky query to reply to, you recognize, there’s such a lot in regards to the corporate that I discovered treasured.

I feel the expansion and open supply puzzles I were given to resolve have been extremely enlightening. I felt like I realized so much about generation, about industry, and almost definitely above all management. I feel in those moments what most of the people say and it’s as it’s true, I assume in most of the people’s roles, perhaps, perhaps now not, is the folks, the caliber of other people, the depth during which they care, their smarts and above all, their middle, is truly, truly one thing particular.

And. I feel for other people out of doors of the corporate that can come thru to a point, clearly being within, you’ll be able to truly really feel it. However I feel there are other people out of doors the corporate who truly really feel it on the subject of WP Engine’s, shoppers and companions, and, I do know Document, you recognize, this, however WP Engine in fact has a collection of Core Values and it’s such things as Do the Proper Factor and Constructed for Expansion and Dedicated to Give Again.

And WP Engine truly lives that, the folks right here truly reside that, and can make selections in line with the ones Core Values. The mix of smarts and hearts and dedication to values is difficult to search out, and I feel that component is what makes the folks of WP Engine particular, together with you Document.

DP: Even me, I’ve to agree. The Core Values are one thing I’ve all the time been inspired with, operating with the corporate, simply how a lot they persist with it. And the management from Heather for sure displays that internally. And I  can’t say it externally, if other people fairly see how hooked up we’re to these values, you recognize, that we discuss, on a weekly foundation, all over our conferences.

After which in fact Jason’s management is solely all the time very inspiring to his imaginative and prescient, has all the time been nice. So yeah, I ponder whether externally, other people truly more or less get the similar vibe we do, as it’s magical to peer right here. I haven’t labored at an organization like this ahead of.

DV: I used to be simply gonna say, and I’m having a look ahead to, you recognize, more or less taking the ones courses into my subsequent factor, and it’s, it was once this type of particular time for me with all the ones other people. However yeah, it’s a large a part of what I’ll leave out.

DP: I I’m questioning additionally, in the event you assume you’ll be doing as a lot touring and going to WordCamps and stuff together with your new function.

DV: Yeah. I feel what I’ll most likely finally end up doing is doing both each WordCamp US and WordCamp Europe every 12 months, or perhaps one or the opposite.

I don’t assume I’ll be capable of do as many satellite tv for pc WordCamps as I’ve previously, and satellite tv for pc’s perhaps the flawed phrase to make use of, however, you recognize, city-specific WordCamps. I simply had such an ideal time at WordCamp US, however there are industry causes for us to be centered there. as a result of once more, there’s a large number of SMB tool corporations within the WordPress area, imagine it or now not with 43% of the internet.

So there’s that industrial hobby as properly, however a large number of my pals, a excellent majority of my private pals now, now not simply other people I do know at paintings, are within the WordPress area, and I’ve completed this in each neighborhood I’ve ever joined, I’ve long gone all in and I nonetheless have lifelong pals from communities I’m now not truly an energetic a part of anymore. And that’s ok, however to in truth have subject material industry causes to be there, it was once incredible. Did you have got a great time at WordCamp US, Document?

DP: I had a good time at WordCamp US, as you recognize, it was once capped at 650 attendees, which is perhaps a 3rd of what it was once ahead of the pandemic.

And that was once almost definitely out of warning of looking to ease again into doing in-person meetups, however it truly gave it an excessively intimate really feel. I truly like that. You felt like you need to in truth meet up with other people. If there’s anyone you have been searching for, you’ll find them.

It stroke a chord in my memory of WordCamp San Francisco, a few years again, the place it did really feel like those have been the folks you sought after to fulfill. And there was once simplest about 600 or 700 of them there. And you need to hang around with them and also you weren’t more or less combating to search out anyone or combating to get anyone’s time. It stroke a chord in my memory of the early days, for me, of going to WordCamps. 

DV: Oh, that’s cool. I soaked up each minute of it. For those who apply me on Twitter at WP David V from across the WordCamp US 2022 time frame, you’ll see an image I tweeted from Daniel. It was once similar to this huge smile on my face and I used to be simply absorbing each minute of it. It was once this type of particular enjoy. 

DP: Neatly, we’re going to take any other destroy. We’re talking to David Vogelpohl, the previous host of Press This, and once we come again from this destroy, we’re gonna discuss his favourite stories right here at Press This, so keep tuned. 

DP: You’re paying attention to Press This, the WordPress neighborhood podcast on WMR. I’m Dr. In style, the brand new host of Press This, speaking to David Vogelpohl, the one that began the Press This podcast, and who’s transferring directly to a brand new profession at a FastSpring because the CMO. David, what are a few of your favourite stories of webhosting the Press This podcast? 

DV: Neatly, I feel the very first thing that stood out to me is Document, I in truth didn’t create Press This. Press This was once to begin with created by means of Joost de Valk of the Yoast search engine marketing plugin, and I’d say certainly one of my favourite stories or reminiscences webhosting Press This was once the ones early days. For the ones aware of WMR, Brasco had talked to me about it and I knew Joost hosted the display. I in truth had listened to it previously. And I do know Joost from round the best way, he’s in truth been again at the display with me as host time and again, and I talked to him about it and were given his standpoint. He was once very supportive. I imply, it’s a WMR display, however that was once nice, and he was once in truth one of the crucial early visitors. 

I had by no means podcasted ahead of, I had completed public talking and such things as that. So I feel it was once a laugh to more or less discover ways to determine it out. And I’ve a sexy busy activity, so I needed to, you recognize, work out tactics to paintings it in and get it completed each week, and that was once an journey. However I feel something that truly, truly stands proud as a favourite enjoy is listening to all the ones beginning tales and listening to the developments in them. 

There’s a stunning collection of musicians in WordPress, and nearly each beginning tale, Document, was once like, “I used to be behind my band’s van between presentations, making the site for our band, after which I made it higher.”

That was once a theme that emerged, a large number of issues emerged, of people that have been leaving jobs they didn’t like, and careers they didn’t love to reinvent themselves and to start out a industry, there was once a large number of that. A large number of misplaced souls who discovered WordPress alongside the best way. 

I feel different issues that emerged that truly stood out have been how WordPress performed a task in other people coming from a low generation background, the entire approach as much as being a tool engineer, and the way other people get entangled simply to make a site for his or her football crew or one thing. After which, you recognize, low and behold, 5 years later, they’re writing customized plugins and doing splendidly fascinating issues.

And so, I may almost definitely select a couple of visitors. Mary Jo was once a super visitor. I truly, truly love the interview with Meryl Evans round captions and accessibility. I truly love the interview, now not too way back, with Jason Cohen and Brad from Scrumptious Brains across the acquisition of Scrumptious Brains.

That was once a truly a laugh one. There’s simply been such a lot of of them through the years. I think like I’ve met everyone in WordPress as a result of this podcast. If someone listening is thinking about creating a podcast, if no person ever listens to it, and all you do is communicate to anyone new to your area as soon as every week. It’s properly definitely worth the effort.

I don’t understand how it’s 260 episodes in, I almost definitely have too many to proportion within the area of time we now have Document, however the ones have been one of the most ones that truly stood out. 

DP: Neatly, I’m taking notes right here on the ones excellent visitors so I will be able to ask them to return again. I’m having a look ahead to having a few of that have too, of finding out from the visitors and, you recognize, spotlighting new people and simply getting more or less those intimate questions.

I’m more or less a clumsy consumer in actual existence, so the risk as a way to communicate to other people in a layout like this, truthfully, is exciting for me. I’m tremendous excited. What would you assert as your more or less ultimate phrases for the Press This target audience? What do you want to mention to the listeners now? 

DV: Neatly, I assume ahead of I do extra of a good-bye, perhaps what I’ll do is remark slightly bit on you as host, Document, and I feel over those years webhosting Press This, I discussed it previous, I’ve, you recognize, a sexy busy activity. No longer that you simply don’t, however I’m simply announcing I needed to more or less function the display in an excessively constant development. And I feel other people, in a big approach, reply undoubtedly to that. However I feel, you recognize, you deliver such a lot creativity on your paintings Document, you’re so linked, and I feel, there’s clearly others at WP Engine and past, that may produce other fascinating questions to invite visitors and different tales to deliver. And so I’m truly having a look ahead to that creativity you deliver into the entirety you do, Document, and what the affect that can have on Press This.

So far as a distinct message for the target audience, I assume, as I transfer from host to listener. I’ve been at virtual for two decades. I’ve been concerned with almost definitely 3 primary segments of the generation neighborhood, WordPress being the latest, and, you recognize, 12 years, most up-to-date.

We paintings in a truly, truly, truly cool area. I do know within the second whilst you’re knee deep in tasks and making an attempt to determine the following problem or puzzle, or one thing’s getting you down, what we do is a laugh. It’s cool. It’s particular. And it beats busting rocks, proper? It beats one of the most roles we may have had previously, it supplies alternative to others.

And I feel experience it, savor it. It’s one thing particular. It’s one thing value savoring and taking part in, and I’m more than happy that the brand new corporate I’m going to, their .com is a WordPress web page. So it’s now not simply the buyer connections, however I’m more than happy to have that connection there. However simply normally, it’s such an stress-free and enriching neighborhood, and now not simply WordPress, however I feel virtual and generation typically, and we’re all very, very fortunate as a way to paintings on most of these puzzles in most of these tactics and make the most of most of these alternatives. So, lean in and experience this time as it’s very very particular. 

DP: David, how can other people keep up a correspondence with you and apply what you’re doing submit Press This? 

DV:  Oh, properly, stay an eye fixed out for me at long term WordCamps, in fact, as I discussed ahead of. Definitely search for me on LinkedIn after which if you wish to drop me a apply or a tweet on Twitter, you’ll be able to to find me at, at WP David V.

DP: Superior. Neatly, David, as soon as once more, it’s an honor being a part of this display with you. I’ve all the time seemed ahead to those chats that we do. They’ve been certainly one of my favourite issues to do with the corporate, is the Press This episodes that I’ve joined you and Anthony Burchell with fairly ceaselessly, so thank you once more for doing what you’ve completed right here and, I want you good fortune for your new activity, as CMO at FastSpring. 

And with that, I need to thank the listeners for tuning into Press This, the WordPress neighborhood podcast on WMR. Be mindful, you’ll be able to apply my adventures within the WordPress area over on the Torque. Torque is a e-newsletter about WordPress information and occasions. 

You’ll additionally subscribe to Press This on Crimson Circle, iTunes, Spotify, or obtain the newest episodes at wmr.fm. It’s additionally to be had on Torque magazine dot I O. That’s a large number of hyperlinks for you, however we’ll supply the ones within the display notes for you.

I’m Dr. In style, the brand new host of Press This. I’m excited to get to understand extra people thru right here and know the listeners. I enhance the WordPress neighborhood thru my function at WP Engine, and I like to focus on individuals of the WordPress neighborhood, like David, and lots of others each week right here on Press This.

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