The OSTraining Podcast

The OSTraining Podcast
Join us as we chat with open source experts, leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the world — each episode offers news, inspiring stories, and plenty of pro tips.
#18: Nick Croft and the Genesis Framework
Feb 14 • 29 min
Nick Croft has just published the “Genesis Explained” book which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress. Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He…
#17: Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company
Jan 30 • 31 min
Pippin Williamson runs one of the most successful businesses in the WordPress world. But instead of looking to sell, he’s buying a park. And opening a brewery. And looking to build a company that will last a lifetime. If you want to hear about Pippin’s…
#16: Liz Mays and Pressbooks
Jan 2 • 26 min
Sometimes I invite people on the podcast because we’ve been friends for years. Other times, I invite people because we love their products. Pressbooks falls squarely into the second category. At the beginning of 2017, I’d never heard of Pressbooks. We now…
#15: Rod Martin, How to Create Online Video Tutorials
Dec 6, 2017 • 26 min
Rod is responsible for many of the most popular videos in OSTraining history, including the Drupal 8 class that has around 2 million views. In this episode, I grill Rod for the techniques, tools and tips he uses to create great video tutorials. Follow Rod…
#14: Mike Anello: Everything You Need to Know About Drupal 8
Nov 27, 2017 • 42 min
Consider this episode to be the busy person’s guide to Drupal 8. If you haven’t had time to keep up with what’s new in the Drupal world, Mike is here to help you catch up. No-one in the Drupal world is better connected than Mike, who has been in the…
#13: Ray Bogman, Everything You Need to Know About Magento
Nov 6, 2017 • 30 min
Magento is one of the 2 most popular e-commerce platforms in the world. In this episode, we talk with Ray Bogman, who’s been working with Magento for 10 years. If you’re new to Magento, this episode is a perfect introduction. We talk about the history,…
#12: Brian Hogg, How to Build a New WordPress Plugin
Oct 26, 2017 • 35 min
Brian Hogg is a WordPress developer who writes plugins, but also creates super-helpful content for other developers. He launches new WordPress plugins and writes about his efforts to build a business around those plugins. Follow Brian on Twitter at…
#11: Aleksander Kuczek and Mike Demo. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wix?
Oct 18, 2017 • 39 min
Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and other hosted services are an increasingly big threat to open source platforms. We discuss whether open source projects should be nervous. This episode’s guests are Mike Demo from, and Aleksander Kuczek from…
#10: Mendel Kurland, GoDaddy and Camp Press
Oct 16, 2017 • 39 min
If you’ve been to a WordCamp over the last few years, there’s a good chance you’ve met Mendel Kurland. Mendel works for GoDaddy where he’s played a central role in improving that company’s reputation. In this episode, Mendel tells his story: a journey…
#9: Aleksander Kuczek and Brad Morrison, WordPress Site Maintenance
Sep 14, 2017 • 43 min
In this week’s episode, I talk with Aleksander Kuczek and Brad Morrison about WordPress site maintenance. Alex runs a SaaS service ( and Brad runs a WordPress support services ( We discussed all about the ups-and-downs of…
#8: Andy Miller, Rockettheme and Grav
Aug 22, 2017 • 50 min
Andy Miller has a long and storied history as web developer and businessman. Andy started as the first webmaster at ExxonMobile, before starting Rockettheme, the company that created the commercial theme industry. One of the founders of Joomla, he’s now…
#7: Alan Hartless, Nurse to Lead Engineer at Mautic
Aug 14, 2017 • 20 min
Alan is the lead engineer at Mautic, a marketing automation platform that’s 100% open source: Alan started his career as a nurse and led a fascinating life in the medical world before becoming a developer. Follow Alan on Twitter at…
#6: Tessa Mero and Constant Improvement
Aug 7, 2017 • 24 min
Tessa is a developer advocate for Cisco. She also organizes some of the largest open source conferences on the US West Coast. She also runs local meetup groups. She helps to get open source taught in local school and colleges. And those are just the first…
#5: Chris Wiegman, Airline Pilot to WordPress Developer
Jul 24, 2017 • 26 min
Chris Wiegman was an airline pilot in Hawaii, before developing iThemes Security - one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time. Chris is one of world’s leading WordPress security experts. Find Chris on Twitter @ChrisWiegman and visit him at…
#4: Olivier Karfis and WooCommerce Apps
Jun 27, 2017 • 55 min
In this episode, I talk with Olivier Karfis who runs, a successful business teaching people how to speak French. He uses WooCommerce as a platform for digital downloads, and increasingly for mobile and desktop apps, based on the WordPress…
#3: Justin Sternberg and the CMB2 Framework
Jun 21, 2017 • 32 min
Justin started painting houses and is now the lead developer behind CMB2, the framework with powers hundreds of successful WordPress plugins. We chat with Justin about his career and why you should use CMB2 for your WordPress development.
#2: Matt Medeiros and Developing Business Relationships
Jun 21, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode, I chat with Matt Medeiros who has built his WordPress career and being friendly, helpful and social. He shares everything he learns and as a result has carved out an enviable niche for himself. We talk about how he started working in a…
#1: David Bisset and WordCamp Miami
Jun 21, 2017 • 40 min
In this first episode, we talk with David Bisset who runs one of the most popular WordCamps in the world. WordCamp Miami is going into it’s 10th year and attracts over 800 attendees.