The Enterprise

Tech jargon and analysts with acronyms. Buzzwords and ranking voodoo. Where does WordPress fit in the enterprise tech industry? A guide for the genuinely curious or perplexed. Estimated reading time: 7 minutes From the mid-2000s to 2010s I was doing a lot of freelancing. Some of it was purely consultative, like writing RFPs and evaluating… Continue reading The Enterprise

Keeping Higher Education Website Managers’ Dream Alive While Sunsetting Edupack

Every University IT department dreams of a self-service system in which they do not have to deal with outside vendors. The dream includes a simple form that its users can fill out to generate websites from a library of templates. With Nathan Monk and Matt Lees, I cofounded a project called Edupack to realize the… Continue reading Keeping Higher Education Website Managers’ Dream Alive While Sunsetting Edupack

Evolving Edupack: A One-Size Fits All Plugin Leads to an Accessibility Platform and Enhanced Agency Services

A little over a year ago, I cofounded Edupack with Nathan Monk and Matt Lees. Edupack endeavored to simplify Higher Ed website publishing with a single WordPress plugin. In our interviews, Higher Ed admins said they were overwhelmed by accessibility issues. Good accessibility tools are too expensive for most web teams. Cheaper tools do more… Continue reading Evolving Edupack: A One-Size Fits All Plugin Leads to an Accessibility Platform and Enhanced Agency Services

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

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

Last Call for the 2023 State of Open Source Survey

OpenLogic, a company that provides technical support for enterprise open source infrastructure, and the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the nonprofit stewards of the Open Source Definition (OSD, have collaborated to put together the 2023 State of Open Source Survey. The annual survey collects data from professionals to identify trends in the adoption and challenges of using… Continue reading Last Call for the 2023 State of Open Source Survey

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

How Open Source is WordPress?

And how much weight does the community carry? Decision-by-committee is difficult enough, and decision-by-community is called an election. Surely there must be a way that we can gather information, keep the community informed, and move forward in a mutually-beneficial way. This week we’ve seen a lot of discussion around the Active Install Growth Chart in… Continue reading How Open Source is WordPress?

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