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

To Heck with Black Friday, I’m Raising My Prices! — Post Status Draft 127

This week in Post Status Slack, Lesley Sim, the founder of Newsletter Glue, dropped this announcement: “While everybody is offering discounts for Black Friday, we’re planning to significantly raise prices. We’ll be narrowing our target audience and focusing mainly on medium-large publishers and online businesses; working with them more closely and providing a high level… Continue reading To Heck with Black Friday, I’m Raising My Prices! — Post Status Draft 127

A Visit from the Good Idea Fairy

WordPress Business Roundup for the Week of October 17 Building, Supporting, and Selling a Winning Product — With or Without WordPress.org • Are Active Install Counts Relevant to Your Business’s Success? (Even if they are accurate? And they haven’t been.) • Let’s Fix What’s Broken (The Plugin Repo) Not What Isn’t (The Freemium Model) • Follow… Continue reading A Visit from the Good Idea Fairy

Business Roundup for the Week of September 19, 2022

Vito Peleg, Atarim‘s cofounder and CEO, explains how he “cracked” the partnership problem to find alignment with other companies that can help them all accelerate their growth. Alex Denning on the launch of Ellipsis‘ Weather Report: “We’ve never had this insight before, and it is exciting and terrifying to bring this kind of ‘live’ view… Continue reading Business Roundup for the Week of September 19, 2022

New pricing model at Business Bloomer aims at Purchasing Power Parity

Rodolfo Melogli has changed the pricing structure at bto be more affordable to people around the globe. He’s done this by calculating “Purchasing Power Parity.” Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) is a metric that can be used to determine the actual “purchasing power” of a given country. A basket of goods purchased in the USA with… Continue reading New pricing model at Business Bloomer aims at Purchasing Power Parity

Expression Engine’s first major release as an open source CMS

Expression Engine 7 and 7.1 were recently released along with pricing changes for the Pro+ versions — the core product remains free. This marks a new phase in EE’s development as an open source project that has passed through several hands without seeing a lot of development until being taken over by Packet Tide, the… Continue reading Expression Engine’s first major release as an open source CMS

Winning, Together, in a Decentralizing Plugin Ecosystem

I wonder if OrganizeWP might be seen as a leading indicator for a couple of important trends and opportunities in the plugin business. Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Cory mentioned Jon Christopher‘s debut of OrganizeWP last week for its unique and unusual pricing model: no subscriptions, you just buy all releases within one major release… Continue reading Winning, Together, in a Decentralizing Plugin Ecosystem

Rethinking WordPress Products Pricing Models

Jon Christopher wrote about how he’s rethinking the pricing model for his OrganizeWP product, and he got some good conversation going in Slack about it. Here’s what he’s doing: “licenses for updates and support will be sold for each major version, and they don’t expire.” I know first-hand the uphill battle it was to build… Continue reading Rethinking WordPress Products Pricing Models

Local Development Tools and the Open Web

Who is not using Local? Is it an Open Web tool? Let’s review some “Local history” and consider where WP Engine’s popular developer tools could be headed. Estimated reading time: 6 minutes DesktopServer: The end of an era and the beginning of a new one Once upon a time, I used XAMP. Then I used… Continue reading Local Development Tools and the Open Web