The Three Best Ways to Save Time When Building a lot of WordPress Websites

  1. Create a Template Site with all your default settings, plugins, child theme, etc. 01:28
  2. Use a page builder 03:18
  3. Use solid software (and hardware) 04:30

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00:28 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of wp the podcast i’m David Blackmon

00:29 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler.

00:30 David Blackmon: Today in episode 706, we’re going to talk about the three best ways to save time when you build a lot of WordPress websites. So you’ve got your company going everything’s rocking and rolling, clients are starting to flood in, and all of a sudden you’re overwhelmed. Holy cow, what what in the heck is going on? I’ve got all these websites to build! Well there are some things that you can do that can expedite that process, and we’ve got three tips that we’re going to recommend. Obviously this is not the end-all be-all, there’s probably a million more tips that you can add in. You just got to figure out what your process is, but these are some of the base foundational things that could save you a ton of time. Tim should i dive into number one you take two and three ?

01:27 Tim Strifler: Sounds great.

01:28 David Blackmon:  All right… so first thing you can do what we recommend is, you know, you’re going to use certain plugins. Maybe a child theme or maybe a theme for all of your websites that you build. Because you’re going to want to become as efficient as you can. So we’re page builder companies Divi is our is the theme that we’ve been using all these years, and we also create child themes. Tim’s company and my company, so we have a lot of things at our disposal. But in the beginning we really didn’t what you can do however though is set up a bare-bones site because all client sites are going to be different create yourself a template install the plugins, uh set your settings, your default settings. If you’re going to use a child theme use a child theme we do recommend using a child theme by the way, and have all of that stuff set up to where you can just you can go, and there are many different ways that you can set this up. There’s you can set this this template up and at the hosting level um if you develop locally you know desktop server they all have these. This stuff is built in, you can get it really quick, you’ve even got cloud based up like WP Layouts our company creates. Elegant Themes just launched there Divi Cloud i think is what it is if you’re a Divi user and stuff. Um yeah and you can or even migration plugins like All-in-one WP Migration. You can have that template and just import a file and you’ve got everything at your fingertips within a matter of minutes so highly recommend. You create a template and who knows maybe one day we’ll write that document that process about how to do that Tim?

03:15 Tim Strifler: Yeah new news definitely. So the the next way to save time when building a lot of WordPress websites is to use a page builder. Uh most people these days okay i shouldn’t say that a lot of people page builders are incredibly popular there’s uh they represent the biggest market share within WordPress. And so uh whether it’s Divi Elementor, Beaver Builder, Oxygen.There’s so many now, but page builders are a fantastic way to save a ton of time building a WordPress website because it’s drag and drop. It’s visual and uh they come pre-packed with a bunch of layouts. And then just the way that they’re designed is for efficiency Divi a special has so many efficiency tools built in, where you can do find and replace so you can easily try out styles, you can do multi-select, so you can change a bunch of different blurbs all at once. And so there’s all these efficiency tools that make building WordPress websites so much quicker than the old way using a traditional theme that has limited settings or you have to hack the php to get the template that you want. And so to speak so page builder is huge. The next one on our list for saving a ton of time when building WordPress websites is to use great software and hardware. So don’t cheap. Out there’s a lot of really cheap hosting, there’s a lot of free plugins,  but you get what you pay for. And so i’m not saying to only use the most expensive things but i’m just saying be aware of the fact that you get what you pay for. And so uh and you might wonder how does that affect productivity but it all comes down to how much time you have to spend in support tickets, how much time you have to spend uh troubleshooting . So if you have solid software that’s backed by great companies, even if you have to pay for it, you’re gonna get the help that you need when you need it. And same thing with hardware at the hosting level don’t use crappy hosting you shouldn’t be spending more money on your one day of coffee than you do on a month’s worth of WordPress hosting like that’s just not something that should be happening.

05:27 David Blackmon: That’s a great example actually. That is a really good example because people, people get stuck with “i want the cheapest as possible”. But yet they’ll spend ungodly amounts of money on on things but not invest in their business. Great. Great tips and topics. Tomorrow we’ve got another great topic, what social platforms…. i think oh hold on, i went too far in the spreadsheet Tim; Should you raise your prices for inflation? God knows there’s a lot of that stuff going on lately and the economy is kind of sketch so we’re going to discuss that tomorrow in episode 707. Till tomorrow we’ll see you then.

06:04  Tim Strifler: Take care bye-bye

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