All the Things This Week

State of the Word For the second year, State of the Word (SOTW) will be a small in-person event at the Tumblr offices in New York City on the afternoon of December 15 (1pm local time). Matt Mullenweg will deliver the annual address to a small in-person crowd, and the event will be live streamed… Continue reading All the Things This Week

Learning and Pulling Together

This week was all about revisiting and continuing conversations that have special value and maybe for that reason tend to continue on with a life of their own. Tom Willmot dropped a fine Twitter thread about the challenge all enterprise WordPress agencies face. This came in response to Magne Ilsas‘ featured post here last week,… Continue reading Learning and Pulling Together

Post Status Excerpt (No. 71) — Building, Supporting, and Selling a Winning Product — With or Without WordPress.org

This week I sat down again with Eric Karkovack to talk about the WordPress stories and topics that are on the top of our minds. Independently, we made nearly the same selections. There’s a single throughline in this episode — what works, what doesn’t, and what will take WordPress businesses forward in the product, agency,… Continue reading Post Status Excerpt (No. 71) — Building, Supporting, and Selling a Winning Product — With or Without WordPress.org

Five takes on helpful plugin stats and insights

Good ideas for the future of data disclosed to plugin authors using the wordpress.org repository: Let’s take this discussion somewhere else! Identify surges of unhappy users reacting to a bad release. Use pageview analytics to estimate total potential user interest and conversion rates. Assess a plugin’s performance with the .org search algorithm, the quality of… Continue reading Five takes on helpful plugin stats and insights

Post Status Picks for the Week of August 29

Building an empire on free code: Matt talks WordPress outside the bubble. James Kemp, Anh Tran, and Phil Webster on WooCommerce options for licensing. Adam Silver on testimonials that help you grow. Anne Bovelett on accessibility and page builders. Jamie Marsland wonders if people building third-party plugins for the block editor have been too preoccupied… Continue reading Post Status Picks for the Week of August 29

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

Languages of Contribution and Creation

The Creator Economy owes a lot to WordPress, but that doesn’t mean WordPress is valued or even understood by Creators as an open source project and community. Are the stories we tell and the words we use compelling to newcomers and the younger generations we need to succeed us? Is the story and language that… Continue reading Languages of Contribution and Creation

#30 – Matt Mullenweg on the Future of Technology and Where WordPress Fits In

On the podcast today we have Matt Mullenweg. Matt is the co-founder of WordPress, and as a result, he has been a user for as long as anyone. We recorded this podcast whilst at WordCamp Europe in Portugal a couple of weeks ago. It’s a wide-ranging discussion, covering a lot of ground.  We start out… Continue reading #30 – Matt Mullenweg on the Future of Technology and Where WordPress Fits In