The WP Minute+

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Chapter Markers:
  • What is WPTurbo and who is it for? [00:02:26]
  • How does WPTurbo integrate AI into WordPress development? What are the benefits for developers? [00:01:59]
  • Walk us through what it's like to use WPTurbo - do you need coding expertise? [00:04:17]
  • Can I design WordPress websites with WPTurbo? [00:04:45]
  • How does WPTurbo ensure high coding standards for performance, accessibility, SEO? [00:05:34]
  • Where does WPTurbo increase efficiency for developers? [00:07:34]
  • How does WPTurbo address security concerns with AI-generated code? [00:09:00]
  • How do you see AI evolving for web development, and WPTurbo's role? [00:09:48]
  • What's new and exciting coming up for WPTurbo? [00:10:21]
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Hey, Alex, welcome to the program.

Alex: Hey Matt, thank you for the
opportunity, for the interview

So obviously AI and WordPress
is super fascinating.

It's in the news and
everyone's talking about it.

I, myself, struggle with really finding.

Uh, useful AI experience.

I use it for a little bit of research,
a little bit of frameworking some

writing, transcribing, finding clips
and stuff like that, but I don't find

it an integral part of at least the
work that I do as a content publisher.

But how does.

WP turbo.dev integrate AI into the
WordPress development landscape.

I can imagine that being
even more intense to tackle.

Um, as a product maker yourself,
like, how do I do this?

How do I get this in the
hands of my customers?

How can they leverage it?

And then how can they benefit from it?

Once they, um, start to use it?

So big question, but what are the
most significant benefits of this

integration for web developers?

Alex: first of all, it's,
it's important to know that

WTurbo is still in its infancy.

our goal is to build a complete
suite of tools for web developers and

agencies that makes it easy for them to
manage their clients sites, fix basic

issues, and generate code snipets for
simple tasks, and even more complex.

plugins later.

although some of our authors have
been able to develop simple plugins

using the tool, it's still best
for generating quick snipets to fix

basic problems or add basic features.

For example, if you want to add a
setting page to your plugin quickly,

you can generate one in a few seconds.

using our AI or our specific
generator, on the website.

. And then, we are going to explore more,
complex, plugin generation, but it's going

to, it's going to, to be available, in
the near future, but not, not right now.

but right now, the best part
is that, is that we are going

to release a new version.

approximately next week, which will
always have up to date knowledge of

the code and the documentation of
WordPress and of, several popular

WordPress plugins, including, Elementor.

David, Gutenberg,
gravity forms, and so on.

And that way, you can always rely
on WP Turbo to give you the correct

code snippets for what you need

So walk us through what
it's like to use WP turbo.

What kind of knowledge do I have to have?

Do I have to be a WordPress developer
already and understand at least the FA

the fundamentals of WordPress development.

I'm not a developer.

I'm not an AI prompt engineer.

Do I need to be somewhere
in the middle to use this?

You know, walk us through, what
do you have to be a real beginner?

Is it made for beginners?

Where's it made for more advanced users?

Alex: We want WP Turbo to be
accessible to as many developers

and website owners as possible.

Most of our users are actually website
owners who want to quickly fix things

or add basic features to their WP site.

But, with our tool, you can
ask good questions and you can

anything WordPress related.

Can I design WordPress websites with this?

Or is it strictly just
WordPress development?

Alex: Right now.

We don't offer design
rated generation, websites.

We have some ideas for the future,
like maybe generating patterns, but,

we have to focus on our roadmap first.

So I've tried writing
code with chat GPT before.

And really struggled with.

Creating anything valuable, right?

Anything that worked.

I tried to do a few
things and it was okay.

And I wasn't doing
anything really advanced.

How does your platform ensure that
the website's being built with

AI meet a standard of, you know,
WordPress, WordPress, coding standards.

Uh, good performance accessibility, SEO.

Right?

If, if code is.

Not fully optimized and slow loading,
you know, impact site speed, et cetera.

So how do you sort of achieve a
higher standard with WP turbo?

Alex: If you want to build a website
that it's 100 percent optimized

for performance, accessibility,
and SEO, definitely you need

to hire a team of web experts.

And if you try to do it yourself,
as the average user, you only get to

maybe 30 percent of the way there.

When using a tool like Derivative
Turbo, you can simply ask it to improve

the performance of your code or make
it more accessible and SEO friendly.

And because the AI already knows the best
practice in terms of performance, SEO.

accessibility and so on, it's
likely that most of the time it

will follow those best practices.

And when it doesn't, you can just
nudge it into that direction.

That's really important that you
refined the prompt and interact with

AI in order to, to get better results.

So if you spend any time on, on
Twitter or social media, there's

a lot of folks saying that AI is
going to replace a bunch of jobs.

Uh, there it's been sort of.

Theory crafted that some big
tech companies have let go of

staff because of AI, right.

And the efficiencies that they,
that it brings to the organization.

And I think that's.

Efficiency is the key
word to underline there.

I think that's where we'll see AI win out.

It's not that it, at least
in the next, I don't know.

I have no idea, but in the next
two to three years, I don't

think it's going to replace human
thought creativity, exploration.

Discovery.

Uh, but that it is more efficient
to maybe run something through AI

than it is to put humans in place.

And that might be some low-level stuff.

Might be some high level stuff.

Um, but.

Where do you see WP turbo, increasing
efficiency for WordPress developers?

Alex: Our main developer uses
WPTurbo all the time to generate

quick snippets, although we don't
have quantifiable metrics, he seems

to have saved dozens of hours by
quickly generating simple snippets

and asking questions to improve them.

it takes away the time it takes to search
Google for the best way to do things

and takes out a lot of the guesswork.

We are still in the beginner
stage of building our community.

so maybe one day we'll be able to do
surveys and simple case studies to see

how much our tools have impacted the
daily lives of developers with our tool.

But right now we don't
have any data about this.

We are focused on,
building the product first.

So one of the great things I think about.

Developing with AI for WordPress is
you're going to onboard a whole bunch of.

Uh, new newbies.

Bring on people like me, who kind of
have an idea of what they're looking for.

Kind of understand technology
and I can use AI to leverage

and, and help me build code.

As great.

The bad thing is I don't
know what I'm doing.

So how does WP turbo insulate.

Uh, one from insulate the developer
and the greater web, the users

of their platform insulate
them against security concerns.

Does.

Do you address security concerns
at all through your tool?

Alex: If AI isn't a part of your
development workflow, you are really

missing out on dozens of benefits.

Having an AI take a look at your code is
like having a senior engineer double check

your code for errors and security issues.

We found that simply asking our AI to
check your code for errors is good, is

good enough to find some basic errors.

So.

WPTO can also help you to find
security issues in your code and

offer steps to mitigate those issues

Looking into the future.

How do you see AI evolving in the context
of web development and WordPress and

what do you think or how do you think.

WP turbo plays a role
in shaping that future.

Alex: like it or not, AI is here
to stay, definitely, and it's only

going to get better every year.

At the repeatable, we want to stay
ahead of the curve and offer the

best tools and features we can to the
developers and website owners community

in order to work more efficiently.

The repeatable, we want to stay
ahead of the curve and offer the

best tools and feature we can to do
to the developer and website owners

in order to work more efficiently.

That's it.

Uh, what's new or exciting for
your product in the coming months?

Anything you can share.

Alex: We are soon going to launch a
new version of WPTurbo that will be

able to answer questions about anything
related to WordPress development and

the most popular WordPress plugins,
with up to date knowledge of the

ecosystem, as I was saying, before.

Also we are going to, to, to find a
way to, to avoid many, AI, errors and

like in order to, to edit only parts
of the code, because, when you ask.

The, the, the AI to, to refine the code,
for example, it has to generate all the

code, from the, the start of the file.

And that's really not necessary.

And we are looking for ways to
only edit some parts of the code.

And, also we are looking for
ways to, take into account.

All the files that a project can
manage and in order to get all the

context of the, of the plugin you
are trying to generate or the team

you're trying to, to, to build in
order to, to have better answers.

So, anyway, we are inviting our users.

To send, their feedback about what plugins
they work with, what they would like

to us to integrate, in the repeatable.

And we do our best to add them
to the repeatable a knowledge.

right now we are going to add, as I said
to you before, elemental dv, Some other

page builder, like Bricks, Breakdance,
some other plugins like Gravity Forms.

tell us what you need and we
do our best to, to add them

to, to the repeatable AI next.

Okay.

Thank you very much for the opportunity.

I was very happy to answer
your questions and, I wish you

the best for the WP minutes.

Cheers.