No matter the role you play in the WordPress community, you need to stay up-to-date on the latest news, tools, and more. Designers, developers, and users alike need to find ways to learn and follow WordPress news.
Listening to podcasts is a great way to keep up with what’s happening in the WordPress world. Learn about new products or WordPress releases. Or to simply hear from others in the community. Especially for those of us with limited time to read, audio can be absorbed while exercising or driving.
In just a few years, the podcast landscape has changed, with new entrants and some shows cancelled. This article will share a list of some of the the best WordPress podcasts you should be listening to in 2019.
To find podcasts to recommend, we looked at a few things. First the nature of the content, since it had to be primarily WordPress-focused of course. Second, the quality of content presented. And lastly availability – because regular and easy to access episodes are just more fun..
There is no question that the selection of a list such as this is somewhat subjective. We also needed to keep the list manageable, so it is entirely possible that you may have some other useful podcasts you think should have been included. Which if you do – share them in the comments below! We’d love to check them out.
Enough talking – here’s our list, in no particular order.
1. Matt Report
After turning his small freelance shop into an agency, Matt Medeiros started Matt Report to connect with the community and help other digital business owners start and run their WordPress businesses. In Matt Report, Matt interviews web consultants and business owners about how they run their businesses.
The WPwatercooler podcast is a lighthearted ‘edutainment’ show, where Jason Tucker brings together various members of the WordPress community to talk about how WordPress is changing businesses and lives. WPblab is an offshoot show, co-hosted by Bridget Willard, that takes a Q and A format with questions from viewers.
3. Hello, WP!
The Hello WP podcast that brands itself as “A podcast that reminds you what it’s like to be a new WordPress user.” It really is just that. Covering all the basics about themes, plugins and WordPress in general it’s a great listen especially when familiarizing yourself with the popular CMS.
4. The Kim Doyal Show
Kim Doyal (also known as the WordPress Chick) runs a self titled podcast is focused on helping other entrepreneurs build their business with WordPress. Definitely a non-technical show, she talks about general WordPress and online business topics with her experienced guests.
5. WPTavern WordPress Weekly
WordPress Weekly comes to you from the folks over at WP Tavern, led by Jeff Chandler (the WP Tavern founder) and Marcus Couch – mega-marketer and WordPress wizard. They take on all things WordPress, featuring the latest community news and interviews, with some smart WordPress people.
For the WordPress professionals we have WPcast, hosted by the man behind EfficientWP managed hosting, Doug Yuen, and David Hehenberger, who runs Fatcat Apps (creators of the Easy Pricing Tables plugin). Topics covered are intended to be useful to designers, consultants, developers, and end users, and draw on the experiences of both the hosts and guest professionals.
7. WP Elevation Podcast
Troy Dean is the creator of the WP Elevation training program for WordPress consultants, so it’s no surprise his WP Elevation podcast provides business advice for WordPress consultants looking to ‘level up’ their business. You’ll get interviews with WordPress entrepreneurs and other online business folk covering topics such as digital marketing and business growth.
Adam Silver is a photographer turned WordPress professional who created KitchenSinkWP to share everything he has learned about WordPress over the last few years. He talks about all things WordPress, including hosting and the latest WordPress news and events, plus he interviews some interesting members of the WordPress community.
If you’re going to have a podcast about building and running a WordPress business, Jean Galea (founder of WP Mayor, and creator of the WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings plugins) and James Laws (co-founder of WP Ninjas) are great hosts. A relatively new entrant to the podcast space, Mastermind covers in-depth topics such as WordPress business models.
10. WP Roundtable
As the name suggests, WP Roundtable presents a panel of WordPress experts and guests covering a variety of WordPress topics such as development, hosting, themes, performance, and business. It is hosted by Jason Crawford (founder of Mobility Enabled), plugin developer Kyle Maurer, and Operations Manager of ServerPress, Mark Benzakein.
11. Post Status Draft
The Post Status Draft podcast is hosted by Brian Krogsgard – creator and editor of Post Status – and Joe Hoyle, co-founder and CTO at Human Made. The podcast covers news and information for WordPress professionals, more specifically interviews, conversations, and editorials for the WordPress and web community.
12. Do the Woo
Creating its own niche in the space is Do the Woo from Bob Dunn – creator of BobWP and a dedicated WordPress teacher. This podcast focuses on WooCommerce, the leading e-commerce plugin for WordPress, and seeks to provide helpful information for WooCommerce store owners.
For the uninitiated, Imagely is a company that focuses on creating themes and plugins specifically for photography. You may have heard of their NextGEN plugin which is super popular. So it should make sense that their podcast focuses on tips and advice for creating and managing your photography site with WordPress.
14. Your Website Engineer
Probably one of the longest-running WordPress podcasts, Your Website Engineer (formerly Your WordPress Engineer) offers hands-on, practical instruction for operating and maintaining your own WordPress site. Each episode focuses on how to use a specific WordPress feature or a WordPress-related plugin or product.
Host your own online courses with WordPress? Or want to learn how? WP-Tonic is a helpful weekly podcast that focuses on LMS (learning management systems) for WordPress. Drop in for interviews with special guests plus tips on course building, marketing and more.
16. WP Plugins A to Z
If you use WordPress, you’re probably familiar with plugins. But you can learn a ton more by listing to the WP Plugins A to Z podcast. Covering all things plugins related, this podcast interviews top developers, covers current plugin vulnerabilities you should be aware of, new releases and more.
17. Women in WP
Twice a month you can tune into the Women in WP podcast. The podcast is hosted by Amy Masson, Tracy Apps, and Angela Bowman – all experts in various aspects of WordPress. Each episode includes featured guests and covers topics such as design, development, blogging and marketing in the WordPress niche.
You’ve probably heard of LifterLMS before, as it’s one of the top WordPress LMS and course management systems for WordPress. But did you know they also have a podcast? Learn how you can build and grow your course based business with the help of the LifterLMS team as they cover topics on how to increase your odds of success, building an membership site, marketing your courses and so much more.
19. WPMRR Podcast
Created by the folks over at WP Buffs, the WPMRR (WordPress Monthly Recurring Revenue) podcast is aimed directly at helping you grow and increase revenues from your WordPress business. They present episodes on time management, freelance consulting, sales and marketing tips, the importance of a good portfolio and more.
20. Practical WordPress Development by Tom McFarlin
Another great find is Tom McFarlin’s new podcast. In the Practical WordPress Development podcast Tom answers your questions and provides advice related to running your WordPress business, tips for development, updates on his own life and dealings with WordPress plus more (like his trip to Memphis – fun stuff!).
21. Office Hours
Carrie Dils is a well known name in the WordPress community, and her OfficeHours podcast is definitely a must listen. She interviews a range of folk from the WordPress community who have found business success using WordPress. Other topics covered include her love of the Genesis Framework. Though it looks like it’s been a while, her archived episodes are all a great listen!
Keeping up with what’s going on in the world of WordPress is important to users, site owners, and developers alike. Following the latest news on the industry and its players is a good way to understand what’s happening, and how it might affect you and your business.
We’ve shared our list of the best podcasts to keep you updated, so you can pick a few to start following today. There are podcasts to cover various interest areas, from development to running a business.
What do you look or in a podcast, and will you be adding any of these to your playlist? Let us know in the comments section below!