Commit Access Conversations with JJJ

Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with my good friend John James Jacoby and recorded an episode for his new podcast Commit Access.  I always enjoy chatting with John and that’s exactly what his new podcast format is, intimate conversations with WordPress Contributors. We had a good time talking about the early days of BuddyPress, contributing to the project, starting and growing WebDevStudios, life, and much more!

Check out my episode and some of the other episodes John has released. I’m hoping to do more podcasting in 2017 and might even start a new show! Stay tuned…

Interview on WPRoundTable

Last night I was interviewed on the WPRoundTable podcast. I had an awesome time hanging out with Kyle, Jason, Kellen, and Marc. We covered a lot of topics including the start of WebDevStudios, my history of podcasting, writing books, and AppPresser/Reactor. Check out the interview below:

If you haven’t heard of the WPRoundTable podcast, you should definitely take a look. They’ve interviewed a number of amazing people in the WordPress community, including Brad Parbs and Ben Lobaugh from WebDevStudios.

I love seeing more WordPress podcasts on the scene. WPRoundTable podcast is a fun show that has a very bright future.

My Podcasting Equipment

I love to podcast! There’s something that has always excited me about recording an internet show that anyone in the world can subscribe to. I started playing with podcasting back in 2007. The first official podcast I co-hosted was WordPress Weekly back in January of 2008. After a few shows I was hooked, so I helped organize the SitePoint Podcast in 2008 and co-hosted the show for 3 years. In 2012, I started co-hosting a new podcast dedicated to WordPress called WP Late Night. All of these roads have lead to my current podcast, which is the DradCast podcast.

I’ve been asked about my podcasting setup for years, but never took the time to document it. So here it is, my official podcasting hardware setup:


I love this mic. I have actually owned this mic since around 2006 and it still works as good as it did when I first used it. The mic is actually easy to travel with as well and since it’s USB it works on every computer.

When you are ready to get serious about your mic setup you need to purchase a boom arm. This arm easily locks onto the side of my desk and allows me to swivel the mic in and out of range as needed.

If you decide to upgrade to a boom arm you will need a shockmount. The shockmount is used to attach your mic to your boom arm and also absorbs any movement if the mic is adjusted so your audio isn’t affected.

Another great tool for crystal clear audio is a pop filter. I don’t use this as often as I should, but the idea is the pop filter eliminates “popping” sounds you might hear in some audio broadcasts.

I use this pretty standard Logitech webcam for video. The video is HD quality and also has a built-in mic, which I obviously don’t use. Overall it’s a solid camera in a slim size which is great for travel.

At the end of the day you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to podcast. A simple mic is really all you need. If you are looking to get a bit more serious, I highly recommend the hardware above. Its worked well for me over the years and I have no plans to upgrade any time soon.

A Brief History of WordPress News and Podcasts

There has been a lot of discussion around the future of WordPress news and podcasts. The Professional WordPress book series spans 5 years (crazy!), so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at what WordPress news sites and podcasts were featured in each edition and which ones still exist today.


Professional WordPress 1st Edition

(Released April 5th, 2010)

WordPress News Sites

  • WordPress Tavern – ACTIVE (http://wptavern.com) – The grand old man of the WordPress news industry, the WordPress Tavern is going stronger than ever.
  • WPVibe.com – DEAD (http://wpvibe.com) – The WordPress Vibe had a short lifespan and stopped publishing content in the Spring of 2011.
  • Weblog Tools Collection – DEAD (http://WeblogToolsCollection.com) – An older site dedicated to WordPress and blogging in general. The site was purchased by Matt Mullenweg in 2013 and is kept online as an archive only.
  • WPEngineer.com – DEAD (http://WPEngineer.com) – Not as active as it once was, the WPEngineer.com site contains some good coding tips and tricks around WordPress.
  • WordPress Podcasts

    • WordPress Weekly – ACTIVE (http://wptavern.com/wordpress-weekly) – The official WordPress podcast of the WordPress Tavern.
    • WordCast Podcast – DEAD – A WordPress podcast that was hosted by Dave Moyer and Kym Huynh. The archive has since been removed and is no longer available online.
    • The WordPress Podcast – DEAD (http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/wordpress-community-podcast/) – A podcast hosted through WebmasterRadio.fm featuring Joost de Valk and Frederick Townes. The last episode aired in February 2011.
    • Plugins: The WordPress Plugins Podcast – DEAD (http://www.pluginspodcast.com) – The original WordPress podcast dedicated to plugins. The podcast ended in May of 2010.


    Professional WordPress 2nd Edition

    (Released January 4th, 2013)

    WordPress News Sites

    • WPCandy – DEAD (http://wpcandy.com) – One of the largest and most successful WordPress news sites, WPCandy stopped publishing new content in 2013.
    • WP Realm – DEAD (http://wprealm.com) – A WordPress news site with a prominent WordPress community member staff of writers. Publishing ended in 2013.
    • WP Force – DEAD (http://wpforce.com) – The WP Force is a WordPress news site that was actively publishing fresh content through early 2014.
  • WPEngineer.com – DEAD (http://WPEngineer.com) – Not as active as it once was, the WPEngineer.com site contains some good coding tips and tricks around WordPress.
  • WordPress Podcasts

    • WP Late Night – DEAD – A WordPress focused podcast hosted by Ryan Imel, Dre Armeda, and me! WP Late Night was the precursor to the DradCast.
    • WPCandy.com Shows – DEAD (http://wpcandy.com/shows/) – WP Candy produced a number of different WordPress focused podcasts. All WP Candy podcasts ended in 2013.


    Professional WordPress 3rd Edition

    (Released January 12th, 2015)

    WordPress News Sites

    • WordPress Tavern – ACTIVE (http://wptavern.com) – Only one of two WordPress news site to make two editions of Professional WordPress, WP Tavern saw a rebirth when the website was purchased by Matt Mullenweg in 2013.
    • Post Status – ACTIVE (https://poststatus.com) – Post Status is a WordPress news site ran by Brian Krogsgard. The site has traditional focused on long-form news articles, but has recently expanded with more news options.
    • ManageWP.org – ACTIVE (https://managewp.org) – A social news aggregator, ManageWP.org features WordPress related news that is up voted by the community.
    • Torque Mag – ACTIVE (http://torquemag.io) – Debuting in 2013, Torque Mag is a WP Engine publication that focuses on WordPress news.

    WordPress Podcasts

    • DradCast – ACTIVE (http://dradcast.com) – The #1 late night WordPress podcast, hosted by Dre Armeda and myself. The show is recorded live every Wednesday evening at 8pm EST.
    • WordPress Weekly – ACTIVE (http://wptavern.com/wordpress-weekly) – The only WordPress podcast to make two editions of Professional WordPress, the WordPress Weekly podcast is back with regular weekly episodes.
    • WP Water Cooler – ACTIVE (http://www.wpwatercooler.com) – A round-table style podcast feature prominent WordPress community members discussing hot topics of the week.
    • Matt Report – ACTIVE (http://mattreport.com) – A WordPress podcast focused on topics including business, startups, and entrepreneurs.
    • Apply Filters – ACTIVE (http://applyfilters.fm) – The only active WordPress development focused podcast, hosted by Pippin Williamson and Brad Touesnard.


    It’s pretty amazing to see how many WordPress news sites and podcasts have come and gone over the years. WP Tavern and WPEngineer.com are the only news websites that made two editions of Professional WordPress. WordPress Weekly is the only podcast to make two editions. WordPress news and podcasts are a vital part of our community and have been since well before Professional WordPress was released.

    Here’s hoping to many more repeats, and new entries, in future editions of Professional WordPress!

The First WordSesh Was a Huge Success!

wordsesh-badge-speakingWordSesh, the first ever 24 hour free live streaming WordPress event, took place just a few short days ago. I had the privilege of helping organize and run the event with Scott Basgaard and Chris Cochran. The event was a huge success that featured an epic list of presenters from the WordPress Community.

Below are a few of the presentations that I enjoyed the most:

DradCast Kickoff Episode


Dre and I hosted a special WordSesh kickoff edition of the DradCast hosted by Scott Basgaard. We had a great time discussing how WordSesh was thought up, the logistics behind organizing an online only event, and some fun WordPress news.

Scoping Projects to Avoid Stress, Headaches & Angry Mobs


Lisa gave a great presentation on scoping projects for clients, which is a topic any entrepreneur can benefit from. She shares her experience with a client and ways she could have made the project run smoother by creating a detailed proposal and spec upfront.

WordPress Plugins, Code, and the Ecosystem in General


Brian and Pippin present on plugins and the ecosystem around them. They both have a wealth of knowledge that all WordPress plugins developers could learn from.

Everything & anything you’ve ever wanted to know about BuddyPress & bbPress


John’s presentation on BuddyPress and bbPress is a fun walkthrough on the history of both projects. John discusses the initial releases, journey to their current state, and also touches on the future of both BuddyPress and bbPress.

The best part of WordSesh is that all presentations are available online! To view any of the amazing videos visit the WordSesh YouTube page. Also be sure to follow @WordSesh on Twitter for updates on future events.

WordSesh proved that an online only WordPress event is something the community not only needs, but absolutely loves. Stay tuned for WordSesh 2!

DradCast Episode One is Tonight!

The DradCast, a new WordPress focused podcast hosted by Dre Armeda and myself, kicks off tonight with episode one! The new show will be a weekly podcast every Wednesday night at 8pm Eastern time. Dre and I have put together a really fun show format that is different from the other WordPress podcasts out there.

DradCast WordPress Podcast logoEach week we’ll feature a new guest host on the show. The host will bring some topics that interest them to discuss. We’ll also cover any WordPress topics that are particularly important that week. Think of the DradCast show format similar to SNL, where the guest host is the highlight of the show with Dre and I as the supporting cast.

If you are interested in being a guest host on the show, fill out our guest host request form. Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm Eastern for the inaugural episode of the DradCast with special guest host Cory Miller!

WP Late Night Becomes Most Popular WordPress Podcast!

It’s has been confirmed that WP Late Night, the new podcast I’m a Co-Host on, has become the #1 WordPress Podcast! I’m really excited, especially since we are just getting started. Last night we recorded the 8th episode of WP Late Night and are having a great time!

WP Late Night LogoWe’re trying to make this podcast different from the rest. We stream live video of the show using Spreecast. You can watch the video recording of our past shows on our WP Late Night Spreecast channel.

Another reason I think the show is so successful is the synergy between the hosts. I’ve known Ryan and Dre for a few years now. We’ve hung out at many WordCamps (and after parties!) and have become really good friends. Being friends with your co-hosts makes a big difference in the harmony of the show and I think that really comes across in each episode.

If you haven’t tuned in yet I highly recommend you give us a spin. You can listen to all of our episodes by visiting WPLateNight.com. You can also catch us live every Wednesday @ 8pm EDT on the WPCandy.com Stream.

New WordPress Podcast: WP Late Night Starts Tonight!

There’s a new WordPress Podcast in town: WP Late Night. Hosted by yours truly, along with Dre Armeda (Sucuri.net) and Ryan Imel (WPCandy.com), WP Late Night will be a bi-weekly live streaming video podcast all about WordPress!

I’ve been itching to get involved with another WordPress podcast for some time now. I had such a great time on the WordPress Weekly show with Jeffro that I knew it was only a matter of time until it happened. The show will be live streaming tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm EST. You can watch the show live on the WPCandy Stream page.

For more information on the show, and ways to participate, make sure you check out the WPCandy.com announcement post.

End of an Era – My Final SitePoint Podcast Episode

If you haven’t heard by now, I have officially stepped down from the SitePoint Podcast. My final episode was released on November 11th, 2011. This episode was released exactly 3 years and 1 day after the first episode of the SitePoint podcast, which was released on November 10th, 2008. I still can’t believe it’s been three years since the launch of the show.

The initial talks about starting a SitePoint podcast actually began over a year before the first episode was released. It took a full year to organize, plan, prepare, and record the first show.

I’ve had an amazing time recording the show over the years. We recorded a live show at BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas 2010. I did some really fun interviews with Matt Mullenweg (of WordPress), Andy Peatling (of BuddyPress), Roy Rubin (of Magento), and multiple SitePoint book authors. We even won the Podcast of the Year award in 2010 by .Net Magazine!

Aside from the great shows we’ve recorded over the years, what I’ll miss most is chatting with my friends every few weeks. I’ve developed a strong friendship with Patrick and Stephan over the past few years that, as Patrick put it, extends far beyond the show. It’s been fun watching all of us grow, personally and professionally, since the start of the show.

It’s going to be strange not being on the show, but as they say all good things must come to an end. I’m confident this isn’t the end of podcasting for me, just the end of this chapter of my podcasting career. Until the next chapter!

SitePoint Podcast Wins Podcast of the Year Award!

The SitePoint Podcast, which I’ve been a co-host on since the beginning, won the Podcast of the Year award from .NET Magazine!
I’ve been doing the SitePoint Podcast with Kevin Yank, Patrick O’Keefe, and Stephan Segraves since the first episode back on November 10th, 2008. It’s amazing to think we’ve been doing the show over 2 years now. I couldn’t be happier with how the podcast show has grown over the years.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for the SitePoint Podcast, our loyal listeners, our editors, and everyone involved in the podcast since the start!

Here’s a shot of the SitePoint Podcast hosts at Blog World Expo 2010.