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.
#38: Zac Gordon on Yoga, Teaching and React
Apr 16 • 35 min
In this week’s episode, I’m delighted to welcome back Zac Gordon. If you spend any time in the WordPress world, you’ve probably come across Zac. He’s a really enthusiastic and charming teacher who specializes in JavaScript for WordPress. He’s done video…
#37: Jason Coleman and Paid Memberships Pro
Mar 18 • 45 min
This episode features Jason Coleman, who runs Paid Memberships Pro, one of the most successful plugins for running a membership site in WordPress. Not only does Jason have his own membership site to sell extra features and support for Paid Memberships…
#36: Ben Pines and Elementor
Feb 20 • 36 min
In this episode, we welcome Ben Pines, the Chief Marketing Officer at Elementor. Elementor is a page builder which is technically in the same space as Gutenberg, but does approximately 1,001 extra things. Ben is doing pretty well at his job, because…
#35: Amanda Gonser and DrupalCon 2019
Feb 11 • 33 min
In this episode, we welcome Amanda and Karlyanna from the DrupalCon team. DrupalCon is probably the biggest open-source event that happens in North America every year. And for about the last 10 years, it’s been pretty much the same event with pretty much…
#34: Randy Fay, DDev and Local Development
Feb 5 • 38 min
In this episode, I’m talking with Randy Fay. He has been a longtime member of the Drupal community. He’s written about 1,001 modules and has worked with whole bunch of leading Drupal companies. After a while, he got burned out from excessive commitment to…
#33: Robby McCullough and Beaver Builder
Jan 29 • 41 min
In this episode, I talk with Robby McCullough from Beaver Builder. Robby is from Silicon Valley originally, and with his two co-founders he started the Beaver Builder plugin, which has half a million installs now and is one of the best-loved page builders…
#32: Josh Strebel on Pagely and NorthStack
Jan 16 • 36 min
In this first episode of 2019, I talk with Josh Strebel from Pagely about his new project, NorthStack. Whereas Pagely was the very first “Managed WordPress” service, NorthStack is best described as a “Managed AWS” service. I talk with Josh about…
#31: Daniel Bachhuber on a Career in WordPress
Oct 31, 2018 • 39 min
Daniel has played a key role in Gutenberg, the WP REST API, the WP-CLI project, Co-Authors Plus, Edit Flow, Jetpack, Post Meta Inspector, Publishing Checklist, Rewrite Rules and the list goes on and on. In this episode, Daniel explains how he accidentally…
#30: Andy McIlwain on Growing the GoDaddy Blog, plus Gutenberg
Oct 29, 2018 • 33 min
Andy McIlwain is in charge of the WordPress area at The GoDaddy Garage - the official blog for one of the world’s biggest hosting companies. Andy explains the tools and strategies he uses to keep such a popular blog running. He also talks how how GoDaddy…
#29: Dusty Davidson on Growing Flywheel on the Silicon Prairie
Oct 8, 2018 • 27 min
Dusty Davidson is the co-founder and CEO of Flywheel. Flywheel is a fast-growing WordPress hosting company, Yes, they’re in a crowded market, but Flywheel stands out in at least two key ways. First, they’re based in Omaha, Nebraska. Second, Flywheel has a…
#28: Dwayne McDaniel on Karaoke, Vegan Food, and Bringing People Together
Oct 1, 2018 • 39 min
Dwayne is a developer evangelist for Pantheon. He’s also into improv comedy, karaoke, vegan food, crochet and most importantly … doing all those things with other people. Dwayne’s passion in life is collaborating with people. Follow Dwayne on Twitter at…
#27: Alex Kuczek, From Poland to Silicon Valley
Aug 24, 2018 • 32 min
5 years ago, Alex opened a web design agency in Poland. This summer, Perfect Dashboard, his SaaS company, was accepted to Berkeley SkyDeck, one of the most presitigious start-up accelerators in the world. How did Alex travel so far so fast?
#26: Jason Cohen, WPEngine and Enterprise WordPress
Aug 20, 2018 • 38 min
Jason is the founder and CTO of WPEngine. Jason and his team recently celebrated WPEngine’s inclusion on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for the first time. If you don’t know what Magic Quadrants are, this is the episode for you! If you do know about Magic…
#25: Beka Rice, eCommerce and the GDPR
Jun 14, 2018 • 35 min
Some people have scanned a few blog posts about the GDPR. Very few people have researched it deeply and really know what they’re talking about. Beka Rice is firmly in the latter group. She works for SkyVerge, who develop WooCommerce and Shopify plugins,…
#24: Jerry Eadeh, the Past and Future of Magento
Jun 11, 2018 • 29 min
When we scheduled this podcast, I planned to talk about the history of Magento. Jerry works for Nexcess, a hosting company that is famous for their Magento services. They’ve been there since Day 1. When the original Magento team were getting started, they…
#23: Jen Kramer, Harvard, and Bootstrap 4
Jun 5, 2018 • 37 min
Jen Kramer describes herself as a “Web Design Teacher” but that barely scratches the surface of what she does. She is a speaker, a teacher, a writer, a video trainer, and much more besides. In this episode, I talk with Jen about teaching web design at…
#22: Andrew Embler and Concrete5
Jun 1, 2018 • 42 min
Andrew is the founder and CTO of Concrete5, an open source CMS that’s comparable to WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and others. Concrete5 has been around for over a decade and has introduced some innovations that other projects still haven’t managed to equal.…
#21: Zac Gordon and the React Explained Book
Apr 12, 2018 • 37 min
If you spend any time in the WordPress world, you’ve probably come across Zac Gordon. Zac is an enthusiastic and charming teacher who focuses on Javascript in WordPress. He borrowed the phrase “Learn Javascript Deeply” from Matt Mullenweg and he made it…
#20: Rod Martin and Marketing Automation
Apr 5, 2018 • 31 min
Rod Martin has just published a new video class at OSTraining. This class is all about using Mautic, the open source platform for marketing automation: In a world where marketing automation tools often cost over…
#19: Patrick Rauland and WooCommerce
Feb 28, 2018 • 38 min
Patrick Rauland has just published the “WooCommerce Explained” book with us. You could say that he’s a WooCommerce fan. He’s used it as a customer, worked for WooCommerce support, developed core functionality, and led three releases as the official…
#18: Nick Croft and the Genesis Framework
Feb 14, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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.