First of the Independents

It’s a great time for WordPress agencies and product companies of any size Consolidation through mergers and acquisitions isn’t the only big business story in WordPress. Partnerships are increasing too. Founders investing in founders. Product companies and agencies expanding their own ecosystems. Informal partnerships to protect common interests. There are a lot of ways to… Continue reading First of the Independents

Member Spotlight: Tom Greenwood

Tom Greenwood is the co-founder and Managing Director of Wholegrain Digital, a sustainability-focused WordPress agency that is a certified B Corp. Tom has led a number of environmental projects in the web design sector including the Sustainable Web Manifesto, the website carbon calculator at WebsiteCarbon.com and authoring the book Sustainable Web Design. What do you… Continue reading Member Spotlight: Tom Greenwood

Agency Business Brief for the Week of September 12

WordPress Founders Invest in Atarim • Gridpane and Automattic Team Up to Serve Agencies • Salary Transparency — Why Not? • Learning Together in Post Status Slack: Adobe’s Figma Acquisition and PayPal vs. Stripe Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Founders Invest in Atarim Just before WCUS, Vito Peleg announced Atarim has completed its first funding… Continue reading Agency Business Brief for the Week of September 12

Salary Transparency: Why Not?

Why WordPress employers do and don’t advertise salary ranges — and why they all should. On the Post Status job board, like many others, most of the WordPress employers who use it don’t include salary ranges on their job listings. Should they? Piccia Neri asked them all why they do or don’t practice salary transparency.… Continue reading Salary Transparency: Why Not?

Writing is a Challenging But Needed Profession in WordPress

The WordPress project, software, and community are equally important. They all play a role in ensuring growth, progress, and success. A sizeable economy of users, builders, and business owners depends on it. That’s why staying informed is vital. And so much of the reporting and learning opportunities come from unofficial sources. We need more people… Continue reading Writing is a Challenging But Needed Profession in WordPress

The $500 Website

A decade ago, Chris Butler’s survey and report for Newfangled provided other agencies with the numbers that meaningfully define their market. WordPress agencies and freelancers could use something similar today. Estimated reading time: 2 minutes In 2021 WordPress.com announced a premium $4,900 website building service — builtbywp.com. It’s still active but the FAQ says, “Our… Continue reading The $500 Website

Member Spotlight: Jonathan Bossenger

After a 20 year career in software development (15 of which have been on the web) Jonathan recently joined Automattic as a full-time sponsored contributor on the WordPress Training team. As a WordPress Code Instructor (aka Technical Instructional Designer) he gets to work with the Training team and the WordPress community in creating technical educational… Continue reading Member Spotlight: Jonathan Bossenger

Tech Roundup for the Week of August 22

DigitalOcean’s acquisition of Cloudways • Stop saying “Gutenberg!” • Build Mode Live with Brian Gardner and Sam Munoz • One week left to submit a style variation for TT3 • Cool Tool of the Week: Munir Kamal’s Editor Plus Estimated reading time: 3 minutes WordPress Development Around the Web A glimpse of what’s going on… Continue reading Tech Roundup for the Week of August 22

WebP by Default is on hold

This is a good call, I think, but I can’t recall a story like at it at The Tavern where core contributors’ corporate sponsors/employers got named so much. In this case it’s Google, which has an interest in propagating use of the WebP image format it created. It would be fair to also note Automattic… Continue reading WebP by Default is on hold

Tech Roundup for the Week of August 15, 2022

This week Daniel shares some resources for creating React Apps using Gutenberg Data, static WordPress sites with Eleventy, and a Figma to FSE workflow. Also a reminder to test and give feedback on fluid typography — and one cool tool: Programming Fonts. Estimated reading time: 2 minutes WordPress Development Around the Web A glimpse of… Continue reading Tech Roundup for the Week of August 15, 2022