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. Use them to learn about new products or WordPress releases. Get tips and tricks for how to use WordPress and related tools better. Or, 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, making it extremely convenient.
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 best WordPress podcasts you should be listening to in 2021.
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 is just more fun.
There is no question that making selections for a list like 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.
But that’s enough talking for now. Here’s our list of the best WordPress podcasts 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. Launched in 2012, the podcast regularly covers subjects like starting websites, marketing tactics, and eCommerce.
The WPwatercooler podcast launched in 2012 and 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. Smart Marketing Show is an offshoot show, co-hosted by Bridget Willard, that takes a Q and A format with questions from viewers. Another offshoot is Dev Branch, which features conversations relevant to developers once per month.
3. 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.
4. The Kim Doyal Show
Kim Doyal (also known as the WordPress Chick) runs a self titled podcast that 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. The podcast launched in 2018 and offers episodes on subjects like SEO, email marketing, productivity, and more.
5. 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. It launched in 2019 and though new episodes haven’t been posted in a while, it takes you on a journey and is well-worth a listen.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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. However, they discuss more general photography tips and WordPress management topics as well.
10. 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.
12. WP Plugins A to Z
If you use WordPress, you’re probably familiar with plugins. But you can learn a ton more by listening 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.
13. 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 a membership site, marketing your courses and so much more.
15. WP Coffee Talk
The WP Coffee Talk podcast is hosted by Michelle Frenchette, who publishes a new episode each week centered around people within the WordPress community. Each episode is structured in a somewhat informal way, allowing the conversation to flow naturally, like two old friends catching up over a cup of coffee.
16. WP Builds
The WP Builds Podcast offers tips and tricks about anything and everything centered around WordPress. That includes things like useful plugins, coding tips, writing aids, and more. They also just started a new series called the A-Z of WordPress, providing an in-depth look at some aspect of WordPress that begins with each letter of the alphabet. This podcast is hosted by Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley.
17. WP the Podcast
Another great show to add to your to-listen queue is WP the Podcast. Each episode is 10 minutes or less and offers to-the-point, actionable advice you can put into practice for your site immediately. Each episode is focused around something related to WordPress, whether that be marketing, web design, or business advice. WP the Podcast launched in 2017 and is hosted by David Blackmon and Tim Strifler.
18. WP eCommerce Show
The WP eCommerce Show is another fantastic podcast worth a listen. As its name would suggest, this podcast focuses primarily on eCommerce as it relates to WordPress, including information about preferred tools, tips and tricks, and more. It’s hosted by Bob Dunn and the interview format allows him to talk with online store owners who use WordPress for their eCommerce setup. Getting to hear the lived experience of real store owners is invaluable. Though the podcast has now ended and Dunn has shifted his focus to his Do the Woo podcast, the archive still offers a treasure trove of advice worth listening to.
19. Agency Trailblazer
The Agency Trailblazer podcast focuses on what it’s like to run a web design agency. It emphasizes “agency life” but the tips and topics discussed are relevant to web designers, developers, and freelancers. Subjects frequently discussed include productivity, tools to use, startup tips, and software suggestions. The podcast is hosted by Lee Matthew Jackson and episodes sometimes feature just him discussing a topic or he hosts a conversation with an industry professional.
20. Elementor Podcast
The Elementor Podcast offers a delightful insight into how to better work with Elementor. These “Talks” discuss topics related to WordPress and how to use Elementor, specifically. General topics related to business, marketing, and web design are also covered.
21. Think Like a Hacker Podcast
Or, you might want to tune into the Think Like a Hacker Podcast. Put together by Wordfence, this podcast regularly discusses everything you need to know about WordPress website security. Recent episodes have covered topics such as passwords, site vulnerabilities, security news, plugin vulnerabilities, and more.
22. Distributed, with Matt Mullenweg
The Distributed, with Matt Mullenweg is a regular exploration of the “future of work” with the cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic. Specifically, the focus is on how “distributed” work functions and how remote offices and global teams foster better businesses. Episodes are released every couple of months or so.
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 included above, from development to running a business. You’re certain to find something that speaks to you.
What do you look for in a podcast? Will you be adding any of these to your playlist? Or did you start a podcast with WordPress and want to share? Let us know in the comments section below!