Mary is not a veteran of WooCommerce, but has successfully used it to launch her own store and has plans to get into it even deeper. She is also on the WordPress core contributor team and has a passion for documentation.
A Chat with Mary Baum
In episode 61, I chat with Mary about:
- How she started working with WordPress and her first exposure to WooCommerce.
- Her biggest challenge with WooCommerce.
- What is happening with WooCommerce meetups and how she is involved.
- The top strength of and challenge with WooCommerce meetups.
- What the perfect world of Woo might look like in five years.
- Why meetups should always address the needs of beginners.
- The mix of in-person and virtual meetups for the future.
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Mary shares how she started with WordPress, but more even more importantly, the unique client she had for her very first WooCommerce project. She also shares a bit around her biggest challenge as someone who is still learning WooCommerce.
One of the reasons I brought Mary on was that she is not a seasoned Woo user, but has plans to move deeper into Woo. We find out what that means and if it is more for her own projects or for future client work.
One of Mary’s original interests came from wanting a solution for her site RacquetPress.com. She built it because of the lack of success she found on the web for tennis apparel that she liked. As she builds out her store, I ask her more about if she plans on sticking with original designs or if reselling or dropshipping are in the future for her.
After that, we flip to what Mary does on the WordPress core team. She describes herself as a copy editor, which leads us into talk about documentation, including docs around WooCommerce. We round out with her thoughts on whether documentation in the tech world is improving on the web.
Lastly, I ask Mary how she would respond to someone who is considering WooCommerce and coming to her for advice. Mary is obviously a fan of Woo but she does share with us a couple specifics.
Connect with Mary
Yes, this is the transcript. But not in the traditional sense, transcribed word for word. We do not speak as we write. Often the flow of transcribed content is hard to follow. So I have taken it a few steps further by seriously editing, at times, the conversation and even using my editorial freedom to clarify some points. So enjoy.