Client Oriented WordPress Development

Client Oriented WordPress Development: Review & Giveaway

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I was recently approached by Jonathan Christopher, of Monday by Noon fame, about a new book he had written called Client Oriented WordPress Development (buy the book directly).

According to his own description, it’s an overview of how he manages WordPress-centric projects for his clients from start to finish, all with a good number of years of experience to help guide him.

This book aims to provide insight into the approach I apply to client work specifically concerning WordPress. With that, a number of factors need to be taken into consideration. Cost effectiveness in development, adaptability of the Web application itself, and most importantly: the user experience for the client.

I’ve been freelancing (officially) for about 3 years now and as I read through his book, alot of things were very eye-opening. There are topics in there which, as someone starting out on your own, you don’t have an inherent knowledge of, but which really aren’t rocket science. An example of this would be his discussion of reviewing projects from the outset, with a particular emphasis on budget. Take for example this quotation:

Money is of course the most awkward thing to talk about. We need to keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be though. Good clients aren’t expecting you to work for free, and you are offering a service that costs money. Further, a well prepared client should be ready to discuss budget with you if they respect your time and your craft. Playing coy with the budget and acting as though there isn’t a number attached to the project is likely a bogus way to lowball you as the service provider.

The book carries on through the project process, from preparations to figuring out how to getting to know what they want, without freaking them out and on into the best way to use tools already built in to WordPress to provide the client with the most user-friendly and standardized maintenance tools possible (the WordPress dashboard).

It’s been very eye-opening and has given me ideas about how to use features like custom fields, taxonomies, user roles and widgets to provide a unique, yet workable solution, so that they can actually use it when they forget their initial training after a month.

I haven’t yet read the entire book, but it’s on my list and I’m very much looking forward to it, to help enhance the way I interact with clients, so that both myself and the client alike get what they’re looking for, without it getting awkward and without wasting time and effort on the wrong things.

The giveaway

Jonathan was kind enough to offer me (well, you), 5 copies of his book to readers of Do It With WordPress. All you have to do is enter the giveaway using the widget below, and after the competition closes, I’ll randomly select 5 winners to get a copy of the book. I should note that it comes in 3 flavours: PDF, Kindle and ePub, so no matter what device you’re using, you should be able to find a way to read it.

So get on with it and enter the giveaway now!


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Didn’t win?

No worries, the book is actually very reasonably priced, at $13.99. If you weren’t able to win the book, it’s still worth a look. You can buy the book directly from Client WP.

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Dave has been tinkering with WordPress for many years, and he now shares his WordPress knowledge here on Do It WIth WordPress to help others realise its impressive power. He can also be hired to help with your WordPress needs. Dave, who is British, is married to his best friend, Marti, with whom he has a beautiful daughter, Ellie. When he's not dabbling with WordPress, he's probably eating Triscuits or hummus, watching an indie film or British TV show, spending time with friends or family, or exploring the world.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Dave. Congratulations on such an amazing website! It’s people like you who illustrate how liberating the internet can – people can do it themselves without needing a big business frame-work.

    Secondly I would like to know if you could give me any other examples of reading material (similar to this book) as i am just starting out in the WordPress world.

    Thirdly, how important is a knowledge of coding?

    And lastly do you make money from affiliate off this site? (the ones in the top right corner)

    Sorry for the many questions, anew fan,

    Shaun (from South Africa)

    • Thanks Shaun. In response to your questions, my personal recommendation for a good WordPress read is Digging into WordPress. Well worth a look.

      A knowledge of coding is helpful, but plugins bridge the gap. Where possible, write your own code (or copy examples and modify it), and where it’s too much, use a plugin.

      I do make a little affiliate income from this site, yes. Some advertising and a little affiliate income. Helps with the running costs if nothing else :)

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