#721 WP-Tonic This Week in WordPress & SaaS, We Interview Dennis Dornon Brand Manager and Cofounder of MainWP
Is It Possible To Build a Successful WordPress Business With A Totally Free Core Product?
#721 WP-Tonic This Week in WordPress & SaaS, We Interview Dennis Dornon, Brand Manager and Cofounder of MainWP
More About Dennis
I’m always trying to find the right work-life balance, so when I’m not working on MainWP, I’m a husband to a wonderful and incredibly patient woman and father to three exceptional children.
When I do find free time, it’s at the beach or chasing the younger ones around the backyard.
Even though I am the co-founder of MainWP, I am neither a coder nor a designer. I develop ideas and help connect all the moving parts to create software that helps other WordPress enthusiasts.
Main Questions of The Interview
#1 - Dennis, can you give us some more detailed background info on how you got into the semi-crazy world of web development, mainly WordPress, compared to your initial intro?
#2 - So you have a robust free plugin/platform, and then you sell paid add-ons, so based on your experience, what are the good and bad things connected to this particular business model?
#3 - You seem to use partnerships connected to third-party interrogations into your central plugin/platform as a key way of adding value and also a way to market MainWP what are some key things you have learned connected to building these partnerships?
#4 - Is MainWP entirely bootstrapped, or have you taken angle investment, or is it a mixture of both what are some of your plans connected to growing MainWP?
#5 - So if you had a time machine and could go back to the beginning of developing MainWP, what would you tell yourself would be really helpful?
#6 - What are some of the people and companies in the WordPress or SaaS area that you admire the most connected to how they run their businesses?
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