WordPress In The Long View With James Farmer— Post Status Draft 129

James Farmer’s WordPress story goes all the way back to his launch of the first hosted WordPress multisite blogging platform — just a few days ahead of WordPress.com. Edublogs currently hosts millions of students’ and educators’ blogs. James talks about successes and failures, his views on Gutenberg, how he stays competitive with Squarespace, and how… Continue reading WordPress In The Long View With James Farmer— Post Status Draft 129

Agency Owners: Let’s Talk

WordPress agencies are key players in the WordPress ecosystem. They’re working on the frontlines building the Open Web with WordPress for their clients. That’s essential to sustained and vibrant growth for everyone with a stake in WordPress and Open Source. I’ve had some great conversations with our Post Status Agency Owner members in the past few… Continue reading Agency Owners: Let’s Talk

The WordPress Enterprise Paradox

“WordPress as a platform is putting us on the enterprise path. But what got us here is what makes us irrelevant,” says Magne Ilsaas, CEO and Founding Partner of Dekode. Magne wants to start an overdue conversation about three big risks — and opportunities — for WordPress agencies: 1) A lack of spaces for professional conversations… Continue reading The WordPress Enterprise Paradox

Moving and Not Moving With the Crowd

This week’s WordPress business highlights for Post Status: Lesley Sim is pivoting Newsletter Glue to an upmarket clientele. A discussion starter about WordPress UX. Do we need a curated plugin ecosystem, more open standards, and easy access to current expert consensus points in key knowledge areas? Time to bail out of Twitter? PayPal? Katie Keith… Continue reading Moving and Not Moving With the Crowd

Post Status Excerpt (No. 72) — Can We Get to “Yes” on Better UX?

WordPress User Experiences from DIY Builders to Enterprise Users This week in an article shared in Post Status Slack, Eric Karkovack suggested some ways to improve the WordPress user experience, especially for DIY users setting up a website for the first time. Some of the things Eric wants to see happen, like a standard interface… Continue reading Post Status Excerpt (No. 72) — Can We Get to “Yes” on Better UX?

The New WooCommerce Agency Partner Program

Here’s everything you should know about the WooCommerce Agency Partner Program with their program manager, Mary Voelker. Key takeaways: The WooExpert program started in 2015, and participants had to be invited and pay for a membership in it. Agency partners in the WooExpert program (currently around 75) were handpicked until earlier this year. Now the… Continue reading The New WooCommerce Agency Partner Program

Till Krüss on Object Cache Pro, WordPress, Plugins, Testing, and Performance — Post Status Draft 127

Till Krüss explains how he found his way into WordPress and a successful business that’s solving the hard problems of caching and performance optimization. His work and business model suggest several areas of opportunity for developers and founders working in the WordPress plugin market today. Estimated reading time: 44 minutes Back in August, I had… Continue reading Till Krüss on Object Cache Pro, WordPress, Plugins, Testing, and Performance — Post Status Draft 127

Trust Issues

Our WordPress Business News Roundup for the Week of October 3 Cory Miller asks, “What can we do to better support our plugin developers and product owners?” Katie Keith offers some clues with the story of her WordPress/WooCommerce agency and product shop, Barn2 Plugins. Dan Knauss and Nyasha Green talk about microaggressions, the Active Install… Continue reading Trust Issues

Going from Agency to Products: The Story of Barn2 — Post Status Draft 125

From client services and agency work to a successful product business — Katie Keith tells Cory the Barn2 Plugins story in this episode of Post Status Draft. Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Katie and Andy Keith started out as a WordPress agency almost a decade ago and then tried to break into WordPress products, first… Continue reading Going from Agency to Products: The Story of Barn2 — Post Status Draft 125

Open Source Communities: You May Not Be Interested in CISA, But CISA is Very Interested in You

United States national security interests are poised to become more invested in and engaged with open source projects classified as public infrastructure. From Log4j to the Securing Open Source Software Act, how did it all come together in 2022, and what may lie ahead? Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Back in 2016, the White House… Continue reading Open Source Communities: You May Not Be Interested in CISA, But CISA is Very Interested in You