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Common Challenges Faced by WordPress Agencies in Asia-Pacific

by Mustafa Mohsin  February 13, 2018

WordPress agencies often face a range of challenges. As an agency, different problems and opportunities require different solutions and strategies; what worked a few months ago may not be the right approach for now. Sometimes mistakes that could have been avoided turn an agency with huge potential into a disaster.

Common Challenges Faced by WordPress Agencies

The challenge of a WordPress agency is often associated with increased revenue and the number of employees but first and foremost: it is about will and how you face challenges that come across your way. Regardless of the size of your agency, challenges can be associated with reaching new market shares, improving performance, hosting WordPress websites, acquiring competitors or suppliers, using new technologies to reach your customers.

However, recognizing and overcoming the challenges associated with growth is essential if a WordPress agency wants to achieve goals. Therefore, first, as an agency, you need to make sure that the measures you are taking today do not create additional problems for the future themselves. The effective leadership and planning could help you turn challenges into opportunities, and creating sustainable growth for the future.

WordPress offers a broad range of themes and plugins, making it difficult for agencies to pick the best fit for their clients. In addition, hosting is another area that offers its own set of unique challenges. To learn more about these challenges first hand, I decided to float a survey that asked the agencies about the operational challenges they face and how they overcome them.

The Survey in A Nutshell

So, if you are planning to launch a WordPress agency or already acquired a one, here is a quick overview of the challenges faced by agency owners themselves.

The Main Challenge

Some people say that time is a concept…this is more than likely!

Anyone who would be tempted to ignore it will soon be overtaken by the clock, the calendar. Because if it is tempting to forget during the holidays, it is far different in the professional life where all professionals run after increasingly tight deadlines.

It can never be said enough, timely delivery of the projects and customer service are the main challenges of your agency. As a happy customer is able to give you good free advertising, it is your job to make sure all your team members understand the importance of serving customers requirements.

Every day, every hour, every minute is now counted and invoiced. Better to master the art of time management if you do not want to lose the value of your agency and hence lose customers.

There are many principles, techniques, and tools to achieve one’s goals. Perhaps the hard part is choosing a few tools and sticking to them. The challenge in this area is to be consistent in your personal organization. Because as for a diet, a gap leads to another until falling back into the initial situation.

The Solution With Responses

Q.1 Could you describe your agency experience and expertise?

“Custom WordPress website development”

David McDonald, DMCWeb

“I’ve been operating a small web design agency for almost 3 years now.”

— Benny O’Brien, Convertify

“We’re building Responsive WordPress themes since 2010 and already have 100k + happy clients”

— Claudio Pires, Visualmodo

“We are a premium WordPress theme design and development company. We are around since 2009 but worked with WordPress since the beginning when it wasn’t a CMS platform that it is today.”

— Dimitrie Baitanciuc of ThemeFuse

“We develop robust WordPress Solutions for Brisbane based businesses and individuals.”

— Cameron Pavey, ‎NetComp

“EG Web Design has been designing and developing websites for over 7 years. We specialise in WordPress websites and e-commerce using the WooCommerce plugin. We help our clients with everything for simple brochure sites to highly modified WordPress / WooCommerce projects.”

— Cavell Evenson, EG Web Design

“Gaventure Studio is a quality focused digital agency. We provide full solutions to all digital needs. Our strongest point would be software engineering, focusing in custom-ware, eCommerce and CMS development on specific platform such as Laravel, Magento and WordPress.

These are the three of our choice due to our experience and stability of the framework itself.”

— Kenny Too, Gaventure Studio

“I run a small design & development studio in the South-East suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Maddison Designs works with a wide range of clients, from micro-businesses through to large corporates, specialising in custom WordPress sites, plugins and WooCommerce stores.

 I’ve been developing for the web since the late 90’s and coding with WordPress since 2005. I’ve contributed to both the WordPress Theme and Plugin Directories, have helped organise WordCamps, and each month I organise the WordPress Melbourne meetups. I’m also the author behind the extremely popular Easy WP Guide, an easy to read WordPress manual for end users and WordPress consultants.”

— Anthony Hortin, Maddison Designs

“We have more than 10 years experience in designing and developing websites.”

— Jackie Yeo, Amber Creative

“Freelance designer and developer for past 25 years, work with other developers on a team project, also Codeable developer since 2013.”

— Mark Fayard, Amaze Media

“Custom website development”

— Nicolo Sacchi, Ignite Online

“10 years in digital marketing and web development”

— William Siu, Web Ignite

“Since 2011, digital agency specialising in WordPress development”

— Edward Zarkovas, SitesForBusiness

“UK WordPress web dev agency, est. 2009”

— Katie Keith, Barn2 Media

“We plan, design and build high performance WordPress websites”

— Aaron Taylor, 6-2 design

“8+ years on WP, expert on custom development of all sorts. Specializing on WooCommerce in the last 3 years.”

— Ufuk Erdogmus, Weptile

“Established in 2009 we specialise in custom WordPress/Woocommerce web design. We also do branding and social media too.”

— Will Smith, authenticstyle

“We are a multi-service agency – branding, bespoke website design, custom code, WordPress integration, design for print and exhibition design.”

— Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

Q.2 What type of WordPress projects do you routinely handle?

“Theme Development, design, UI, small custom plugin development”

— David McDonald, DMCWeb

“Custom website design and development.”

— Benny O’Brien, Convertify

“WordPress Themes Developers and plugins”

— Claudio Pires, Visualmodo

“Theme development, Theme Design, Plugins”

— Dimitrie Baitanciuc of ThemeFuse

“PSD to WordPress Theme development + Plugins”

— Cameron Pavey, ‎NetComp

“Design and theme development.”

— Cavell Evenson, EG Web Design

“We typically handle WordPress design, customisation, and full development.”

— Kenny Too, Gaventure Studio

“The majority of my work is designing & building new WordPress themes for clients, as well as performing ad-hoc site tweaks”

— Anthony Hortin, Maddison Designs

“Web Design, Development, Ecommerce, Corporate, Portal”

— Jackie Yeo, Amber Creative

“Theme development, WP site maintenance, design, SEO and PPC campaign management”

— Mark Fayard, Amaze Media

“Plugin & theme development, custom design, integrations”

— Nicolo Sacchi, Ignite Online

“Website Development”

— William Siu, Web Ignite

“Anything related to WP including development of plugins, themes and web applications”

— Edward Zarkovas, SitesForBusiness

“We previously provided a full range of WordPress development work including bespoke website designs, custom plugins, theme-based websites, PDF to WordPress theme builds, etc. We now sell plugins and offer a hosted WordPress and WooCommerce web design service.”

— Katie Keith, Barn2 Media

“Strategy, design, development of themes, plugins; integrations with other systems”

— Aaron Taylor, 6-2 design

“Anything and everything that’s custom developed. Usually building additional functions, custom features that don’t exist elsewhere or fixes others can’t do.”

— Ufuk Erdogmus, Weptile

“Custom theme development. Custom ecommerce theme development (with Woocommerce)”

— Will Smith, authenticstyle

“We use custom WordPress in our designed sites unique to each client according to their business needs and brief.”

— Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

Q.3 What are the biggest challenges of running a WordPress dev agency?

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects”

— David McDonald, DMCWeb

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects”

— Benny O’Brien, Convertify

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects, Understanding client requirements, Optimized environment for WordPress deployment”

— Claudio Pires, Visualmodo

“Understanding client requirements”

— Dimitrie Baitanciuc of ThemeFuse

“Understanding client requirements”

— Cameron Pavey, ‎NetComp

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects, Optimized environment for WordPress deployment”

— Cavell Evenson, EG Web Design

“WordPress migrations and upgrades, dealing with third-parties theme and bad development principles.”

— Kenny Too, Gaventure Studio

“Juggling multiple client jobs at the same time”

— Anthony Hortin, Maddison Designs

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects, Understanding client requirements, Managing Client Requirements”

— Jackie Yeo, Amber Creative

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects, Defining project scope, client budget and client expectations”

— Mark Fayard, Amaze Media

“Understanding client requirements”

— Nicolo Sacchi, Ignite Online

“Content Collection from clients”

— William Siu, Web Ignite

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects, Competition”

— Edward Zarkovas, SitesForBusiness

“Agreeing a clear scope for the project with fixed costings that will protect both the client and WordPress dev agency”

— Katie Keith, Barn2 Media

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects, WordPress migrations and upgrades, Continuous deployment in WordPress”

— Aaron Taylor, 6-2 design

“Organizing and timely delivery of projects, Optimized environment for WordPress deployment, Impossible to find trained developers, frequent updates breaking plugins and websites without maintenance.”

— Ufuk Erdogmus, Weptile

“Ensuring client sites remain secure with plugins updated”

— Will Smith, authenticstyle

“Optimized environment for WordPress deployment, WordPress migrations and upgrades”

— Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

Q.4 How have you resolved the above-mentioned challenges?

“I am currently looking for a junior contract developer to help me”

— David McDonald, DMCWeb

“After reading the book ‘Work The System’ by Sam Carpenter, first I created a flow chat of our delivery process. Once that was complete I began creating process documents for each stage of our website development.”

— Benny O’Brien, Convertify

“Team work, give 24/7 support and always hear the clients/study more about the code techniques and make our themes fully compatible with other devs plugins”

— Claudio Pires, Visualmodo

“Developing a template website (theme) that you want to sell it to a bunch of people from a certain industry is not as easy as it might look especially if you want that said theme to be successful.

That theme needs to cater to specific needs and have specific features and when you design and develop for potentially tens of thousands of clients all at once, it can get hard to understand those requirements and needs especially if you are disconnected from that field.

What we do is we send surveys like this one, talk with friends and partners that have a better understanding of a certain niche and we start to plan the features, design, and development around those needs and wants.”

— Dimitrie Baitanciuc of ThemeFuse

“A clear understanding of the client’s requirements is key to the delivery of a high-quality product. At Netcomp, we communicate with the client every step of the way to ensure that there is no gradual deviation from what was originally envisioned.”

— Cameron Pavey, ‎NetComp

“Using CloudWays for development sites is a big one. I can easily create a WP install and sync with my local version so the client can review the site before sign off. Having control over caching and things like PHP and MySQL version so sites run as they should.”

— Cavell Evenson, EG Web Design

“The typical challenges we face on WordPress are Migration and upgrades, bad third-parties theme and bad development principles. Here are the challenges we faced on each point:

1. WordPress Migration and upgrades – this problem only exist when a developer modifies the core of WordPress or plugins which greatly affected and delaying the upgrades. WordPress upgrades are seamless, however, without following the proper guidelines, these can be challenging.

Secondly are the necessity of updating WordPress and the plugins consistency. It’s like owning a car, they need to be well maintained but at a fraction of the cost when it comes to WordPress.

2. Third-parties theme – WordPress are known for how easy it is to purchase beautiful and modern theme at affordable price. However, some may lead to security vulnerabilities and performance issues due to plugins bloating. 

3.  Bad development principles – Developing outside of WordPress guidelines is probably the worst problem we had dealt with. In our past experience, we’ve seen some developer extending WordPress with other framework to achieve similar goals that WordPress can do. We’ve also seen developer using third party code that causes security risks to the framework. Just imagine WordPress already provides the full feature of CMS. Adding additional frameworks like Laravel or symphony will only affect the performance of the site.”

— Kenny Too, Gaventure Studio

“To be honest, it varies from client to client. Quite often I’ll be building a new site for a client and at the same time, performing smaller, ad-hoc tweaks for other clients. Sometimes things run nice and smooth and other times, delays such as waiting for hosting issues to get resolved or waiting on passwords can end up causing you delays not only with that particular client but with other clients as well.”

— Anthony Hortin, Maddison Designs

“Make sure the client understands and agrees to the scope completely and does not keep changing their minds.”

— Jackie Yeo, Amber Creative

“Yes, and often times it means telling a client their budgets is not inline with the scope of work and time needed. No is often the best answer you can give a client.”

— Mark Fayard, Amaze Media

“Yes, we always ensure we have a full brief before starting to code”

— Nicolo Sacchi, Ignite Online

“Scheduled face-to-face meetings with clients to deliver Content Workshops”

— William Siu, Web Ignite

“Proper time and project management systems and having your own USP”

— Edward Zarkovas, SitesForBusiness

“We have made lots of mistakes, and learned from each one! Over time, we have developed an excellent process for WordPress work. We write a detailed brief before the project starts, with a fixed pricing. It includes a note that the price is guaranteed based on the brief, and that if the requirements change at any point during the project then we will re-quote. This protects the client by guaranteeing the price, while protecting the WordPress dev agency against scope creep.”

— Katie Keith, Barn2 Media

“Lots of planning and scrum-style delivery. Migrations via BlogVault/Cloudways. Understanding client requirements is easy for us now due to our scoping process”

— Aaron Taylor, 6-2 design

“We use Asana, InstaGantt, and TimeDoctor for our project tracking and planning. We still have problems with timely delivery. That’s our fault though.

We use WP Engine for the environment, and try to move all our clients over to solve optimized environment problem.

We train our own developers, investing over a year every time we hire a new developer. We do not update all sites with each update so we can create batches of fixes for big sites. And we started to provide ongoing hosting and maintenance services to overcome maintenance problems in the long run.”

— Ufuk Erdogmus, Weptile

“We offer monthly support, maintenance and security packages to all our clients. So each month our developers log in and make sure all plugins are updated, and also the WordPress core where possible.”

— Will Smith, authenticstyle

“We have our own hosting, and we don’t have issues there. It’s when clients have third-party hosting setup that doesn’t comply or where support staff arent available – this creates blockers during the launch process.”

— Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

Q.5 Any pain point that has remained unresolved during your agency business experience?

“Finding a junior contract developer”

— David McDonald, DMCWeb

“The time it takes to accurately price each new project because of how different each one is from the next.”

— Benny O’Brien, Convertify

“Some client has hosts limitation like old PHP version and it affects a lot.”

— Claudio Pires, Visualmodo

“Sometime we can’t offer the full experience. Most business owners when they see a live demo of a WordPress theme, they don’t understand that there is a pack of things working together for that theme to work well.

For example, and we’ve encountered this frequently in the past, they have a cheap ($2 a month) shared hosting pack or use a hosting company that is not WordPress friendly in terms of optimisation. In any of these cases, a premium WordPress theme will not perform so well and usually, the conclusion is ‘the theme doesn’t work’, ‘the theme is slow’ and so on.”

— Dimitrie Baitanciuc of ThemeFuse

“We do our best to quickly find a great solution for any major issues we face.”

— Cameron Pavey, ‎NetComp

“Getting site content from clients is difficult sometimes. Getting clients to think about their ideal clients and the message they want to send them.”

— Cavell Evenson, EG Web Design

“Pricing challenges across WordPress market is another challenge that most Agency faces. The WordPress market can range from AUD4k to AUD20k. ”

— Kenny Too, Gaventure Studio

“No, nothing major. There will always be the occasional hiccup from time to time, depending on the projects, but nothing too major.”

— Anthony Hortin, Maddison Designs

“Getting the client to be consistent with requirements.”

— Jackie Yeo, Amber Creative

“No”

— Mark Fayard, Amaze Media

“not to this point”

— Nicolo Sacchi, Ignite Online

“Clients have wildly varying expectations for budget and value.”

— William Siu, Web Ignite

“With WordPress, there are tens of thousands of plugins available and we can’t possibly be experienced in all of them. This means that most (if not all) projects include some element of uncertainty, as we might base a quote on a plugin that we haven’t used before. If the plugin doesn’t work as planned, then it might incur extra costs for us (although a good proposal should allow for renegotiation if this ever happens!).

We minimize the risk of this happening by being selective about the type of projects we are prepared to take on. For example, we turn down work where there is a high degree of uncertainty. We also refuse to work on existing websites, as there may be unknown unknowns that make it impossible to quote accurately for the work. There’s plenty of work out there, so we choose the work where we can price accurately and fairly without taking on these risks.”

— Katie Keith, Barn2 Media

“Project profitability and scope creep”

— Aaron Taylor, 6-2 design

“Timing. Always timing. Almost every big project is launched with BIG delays.”

— Ufuk Erdogmus, Weptile

“When clients have access to their own sites, they sometimes get in inexperienced house staff who don’t have attention to detail to fiddle and this can make a mess of things. They do this because they want to save on costs but it ruins the product of our hard work, and can be disheartening!”

— Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

Q.6 Do you merely recommend a hosting solution to the customers or actively arrange hosting for them?

“Arrange hosting for them”

— David McDonald, DMCWeb

“We take care of it unless the client specifically asks otherwise. We will monitor and maintain it for them under our support packages too.”

— Benny O’Brien, Convertify

“I use to recommend when someone asks for it.”

— Claudio Pires, Visualmodo

“Yes, we do recommend them hosting solutions. We have a hosting page on our website, you guys are there as well.

We also have a custom work service that does the installation for clients yes. In fact, we are now looking for a partner to create an automated system to install WordPress themes. The clients will purchase the hosting and we automatically install any theme from our portfolio for free.”

— Dimitrie Baitanciuc of ThemeFuse

“We arrange hosting for our clients”

— Cameron Pavey, ‎NetComp

“Both. I recommend a few hosting platforms including Cloudways. If clients want their site managed by EG Web Design then I put their site on my Cloudways server.”

— Cavell Evenson, EG Web Design

“Depending on the budget of the clients, we typically recommend our client to go  with Vultr for the affordability, preferably managed by a company such as Cloudways or AWS for the high-end performance but it does come with a price tag!”

— Kenny Too, Gaventure Studio

“I simply recommend hosting, when needed. If I’m simply building a new site for a client to replace their existing one, they usually already have hosting organised.”

— Anthony Hortin, Maddison Designs

“Depends on projects, sometimes we manage the hosting for them on AWS or Google Cloud.”

— Jackie Yeo, Amber Creative

“Actively arrange hosting for them.”

— Mark Fayard, Amaze Media

“We provide hosting for our clients”

— Nicolo Sacchi, Ignite Online

“Actively arrange hosting.”

— William Siu, Web Ignite

“Yes”

— Edward Zarkovas, SitesForBusiness

“It depends on the client. Some clients are determined to arrange their own hosting, in which case we make a recommendation to them. We are affiliates of our hosting company and receive a commission even if the client signs up with them directly. For other clients, we actively arrange hosting and host their website on our account.”

— Katie Keith, Barn2 Media

“We actively arrange hosting and host with Cloudways”

— Aaron Taylor, 6-2 design

“Yes, we do recommend and actually can provide ourselves. WP Engine. For us it’s WP Engine or we don’t accept any solid responsibility. GoDaddy is a pure blacklisted hosting for us. We simply recommend moving AWAY FROM them. And any other shared hosting is not welcome by us, but we can live with them.”

— Ufuk Erdogmus, Weptile

“We actively arrange hosting for them.”

— Will Smith, authenticstyle

“We have our own hosting!”

— Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

Q.7 Can you please name the plugins your agency uses in WordPress projects?

“Advanced Custom Fields, Gravity Forms, Jetpack, WP Rocket, EWWW Image Optimiser, WooCommerce”

— David McDonald, DMCWeb

“w3 total cache, Yoast SEO, monster analytics”

— Benny O’Brien, Convertify

“WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, Visual Composer, Visual Elements, bbPress, Ultimate Add-Ons, Revolution Slider, Twitter Feed, Yoast.”

— Claudio Pires, Visualmodo

“Here is a list of 100% compatible plugins we are using across all our themes: http://docs.themefuse.com/the-core/your-theme/plugins-2/installing-plugins-the-core”

— Dimitrie Baitanciuc of ThemeFuse

“Advanced Custom Fields, Elementor, Contact Form 7, Yoast SEO, Custom Post Type UI”

— Cameron Pavey, ‎NetComp

“WP Migrate Pro, Yoast SEO, Advanced Custom Fields, Gravity Forms are used on almost every project. I’ve started using Beaver Builder on some projects too.”

— Cavell Evenson, EG Web Design

“We use a few reliable plugins such as Advanced custom fields, gravity form, Yoast SEO and WooCommerce.”

— Kenny Too, Gaventure Studio

“The plugins that I use the most would be WooCommerce (for eCommerce sites), BackupBuddy (great for migrating sites between hosts or from my local dev environment to production), Yoast SEO (for SEO), iThemes Security Pro (for site security) , Gravity Forms (for contact forms), WP Rocket (for caching)”

— Anthony Hortin, Maddison Designs

“Updraft Plus, Yoast, MonsterInsights, Simple Custom JS and CSS, 301 Redirects, Slider Revolution, Divi, Visual Composer”

— Jackie Yeo, Amber Creative

“Too many to name most all well used and vetted. A couple would be All in One WP Security, WP-Rocket, Duplicate Post, WP Asset Cleanup, Beaver Builder, Simple 301 Redirects”

— Mark Fayard, Amaze Media

“We do not use plugins as they’re too unreliable and insecure. We developed our own framework for WordPress”

— Nicolo Sacchi, Ignite Online

“ACF, WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, CF7 are the mainstays”

— William Siu, Web Ignite

“It mainly depends on projects. We use Updraft for backups, Yoast for SEO, Visual Composer for the design, Analytics”

— Edward Zarkovas, SitesForBusiness

“This depends on the projects, but the standard plugins we use on all sites include Yoast SEO, NK Google Analytics, WP Smush and Insanity to prevent the client from uploading huge images, and WordPress Zero Spam. We also have a custom Barn2 Media plugin which allows us to show the client one page of their website at a time during development, while we continue working on the other pages.”

— Katie Keith, Barn2 Media

“Wordfence, ACF Pro, Woocommerce, WP Fastest Cache / Breeze, WP Migrate DB”

— Aaron Taylor, 6-2 design

“We don’t pick plugins. We can adapt to any plugin or customize them if needed. But the typical ones we would install if the client doesn’t have any preference would be Yoast SEO, Gravity Forms, Visual Composer, iThemes security (or WordFence), WP Rocket, Autoptimize, WooCommerce and it’s official plugins.”

— Ufuk Erdogmus, Weptile

“Woocommerce, Contact Form 7, Advanced Custom Fields are the main ones.”

— Will Smith, authenticstyle

“Advanced Custom Fields PRO

Akismet Anti-Spam

Contact Form 7 Campaign Monitor Extension

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yoast SEO

Kraken Imag1e Optimizer”

— Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

Q.8 What tools do you use for team and project management?

“Google Apps, Trello, Slack”

— David McDonald, DMCWeb

“Wrike, G Suite, Pipedrive, ActiveCampaign.”

— Benny O’Brien, Convertify

“Google suit, google keep, ever note, Gmail, Google Drive. Dropbox”

— Claudio Pires, Visualmodo

“Slack, Trello, GitHub … the usual suspects”

— Dimitrie Baitanciuc of ThemeFuse

“Todoist, Trello, Slack and a custom in-house CRM system”

— Cameron Pavey, ‎NetComp

“Trello, HelloSign, Harvest and Active Campaign”

— Cavell Evenson, EG Web Design

“We use Meistertask and google business suites for team management.”

— Kenny Too, Gaventure Studio

“I handle all the work myself so it’s handy not having to deal with multiple staff. I use Trello to manage all my tasks.”

— Anthony Hortin, Maddison Designs

“Trello, Flock, Google Drive, iCloud”

— Jackie Yeo, Amber Creative

“Trello, Spyfu, Google Search Console, Google Analytics, GTMetrix, ManageWP, tools.pingdom.com, Photoshop, Affinity Designer”

— Mark Fayard, Amaze Media

“Gitlab”

— Nicolo Sacchi, Ignite Online

“Slack, Trello, Zoho CRM, G Suite, Dropbox”

— William Siu, Web Ignite

“Asana”

— Edward Zarkovas, SitesForBusiness

“We choose the tools depending on the size of the project and team. For small projects, we use Google Docs as it’s so simple and effective, and has all the features we need. We use Trello for bigger projects.”

— Katie Keith, Barn2 Media

“Wrike, Gitlab”

— Aaron Taylor, 6-2 design

“Asana for project tracking. TimeDoctor for time tracking. Instagantt for planning myself. CodeTasty for collaborative SFTP development IDE. We plan to switch to another IDE in 2018 once we switch everything over to git. G Suite for other stuff like docs, emails etc.”

— Ufuk Erdogmus, Weptile

“Basecamp for managing big projects and talking to clients. Then we use Trello for dealing with smaller tasks that clients request. We also use Google Calendar so staff can see what they are working on each day.”

— Will Smith, authenticstyle

“Trello Dropbox and Slack”

— Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

The Participants

Here is a brief overview of the above-mentioned WordPress agency owners with a professional background. I advised you to look closely because you might be using their services.

David McDonald

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David McDonald

David McDonald is a WordPress designer and developer and has been working as a freelance web consultant for the last 15 years. Currently, he is working as Director and Consultant at DMC Web, where he works on custom WordPress development, makes digital strategies, and manages service & support.

Benny O’Brien

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Benny O'Brien

Benny O’Brien is a website marketing wizard and owner of Converify, a digital marketing agency that specializes in optimizing websites for business growth. His digital media design expertise has helped Convertify build a loyal and satisfied client base.

Claudio Pires

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Claudio Pires

Claudio Pires is an accomplished web designer and web developer from Brazil with nearly 8 years of hands-on experience. He currently works as a Web Designer and Support Manager for VisualModo, a premium WordPress theme and plugin company.

Dimitrie Baitanciuc

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Dimitrie Baitanciuc

Dimitrie Baitanciuc serves as the co-founder of ThemeFuse, a web design, and development company that builds and delivers premium WordPress themes. Over the past 8 years, Baitanciuc has earned the trust of several clients through his extensive project management and customer service expertise.

Cameron Pavey

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Cameron Pavey

Cameron Pavey is a highly experienced and professional web developer who has been working in the web development industry for over 8 years. As a PHP specialist, Cameron currently works as a full stack developer at Catapult Sports, but also has knowledge of VMware, Apache, and other technologies.

Cavell Evenson

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Cavell Evenson

With 10+ years’ worth web design experience, Cavell Evenson holds a wealth of knowledge in tailoring remarkable websites for clients. As an owner of agency E.G. Web Design, he manages web design and web development needs for WordPress and WooCommerce.

Kenny Too

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Kenny Too

As a solution analyst, Kenny Too solves complex, technical problems to realign business technologies and goals using a spectrum of skills obtained from working as a web development and system analyst to a project and program manager throughout his career. He currently works as the owner of Gaventure Studio.

Anthony Hortin

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Anthony Hortin

With a stellar 16+ years’ worth of experience handling web design and web development projects, Anthony Hortin is a WordPress guru in every sense of the word. As the owner of Maddison Designs, Hortin has been at the forefront of delivering impressive websites for satisfied clients across multiple sectors.

Jackie Yeo

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Jackie Yeo is an internet marketing specialist credited with founding two successful digital projects to her name, AmberCreative, and LadyBoss. She has acquired extensive expertise in offering 360 digital marketing services with a focus on web design and development, in addition to producing quality, engaging content highlighting Asian women entrepreneurs.

Mark Fayard

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Mark Fayard

Mark Fayard has been serving as the owner of Amaze Media for 25+ years. Throughout his two-decade career, he has accumulated a colossal amount of knowledge in web development, ecommerce, and digital marketing. Fayard also serves as a contractor for Codeable, an online outsourcing WordPress service provider.

Nicolo Sacchi

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Nicolo Sacchi

Nicolo Sacchi is a web developer with abundant experience working with a range of security and network systems and programming languages, particularly PHP, CSS, and JavaScript. He currently works as a Senior Web Developer for Ignite Online.

William Siu

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William Siu

William Situ is the managing director of Web Ignite, a professional web design company that provides quality, fast-loading websites for clients, and founder for MASS Media Design Solutions, a multimedia marketing company. Within a decade, Situ has honed an impressive variety of skills marketing, sales and training, and web design.

Edward Zarkovas

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Edward Zarkovas

Apart from an accomplished marketer, web development consultant, business coach, and investor, Edward Zarkovas is the CEO of RevFree. Throughout his 10+ year career, Zarkovas has attained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in sales and reputation management. He also serves as a Business Development Manager for SitesForBusiness.co.uk.

Katie Keith

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Katie Keith

Katie Keith is the Operations Director at Barn2Media, a web agency that provides web design and optimization services for WordPress sites, since 2010. Throughout her career, Keith has distinguished herself as a proficient digital media specialist, public relations expert, and project manager.

Aaron Taylor

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Aaron Taylor

Aaron Taylor is the Managing and Technical Director of 6-2 Design, a web agency that focuses on website development, website optimization strategy, and web design services. Taylor has contributed to the successful web design and execution of several websites for clients using innovative technologies and creativity.

Ufuk Erdogmus

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Ufuk Erdogmus

Ufuk Erdogmus is the founder and project manager at Weptile, a web project consultancy firm, for more than 8 years. Having worked as an IT consultant previously for many companies, Ergodmus has considerable depth of web development and technical project management knowledge.

Will Smith

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Will Smith

Will Smith is a web design wizard with more than 12 years of experience to his portfolio of projects. Presently, he works as the founder and creative director of AuthenticStyle Ltd. for the past 8 years, positioning himself as an expert web consultant and solutions provider.

Keren Lerner

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Keren Lerner

Keren Lerner is the CEO and founder of Top Left Design digital media and design agency. Being involved in the web design industry for the past two decades, Lerner has earned her spot as a key industry authority, encompassing a repertoire of skills from marketing and design to project management and sales.

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