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?

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

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

Connect freemium plugins to premium extension sales?

Justin Labadie’s wishlist for the WordPress.org plugin repo: 1) Ensure all search results are relevant. 2) Standardize a Premium product upsell interface. 3) Make it possible to show other products by the same author. Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Justin Labadie from SlickRemix left a helpful comment that adds an interesting idea to the mix… Continue reading Connect freemium plugins to premium extension sales?

A Makeover for HelpHub — and you can help the Docs Team on Contributor Day

Pretty snazzy new looks coming the the WordPress documentation site! New design for HelpHub in WordPress.org You can help the Docs Team! Come to the first ever Documentation team Contributor Day on October 25th. This article was published at Post Status — the community for WordPress professionals.

WordPress 6.1 RC2 • 6.1 Sneak Peek with Nick Diego • WP-CLI 2.7.1 • Help Test Plugin Dependencies Feature Plugin

This Week at WordPress.org (October 17, 2022) Get a sneak peek at WordPress 6.1 with Nick Diego. Help test 6.1 Release Candidate 2 — and the Plugin Dependencies feature plugin. Be sure to browse the 6.1 DevNotes, Field Guides, and Team Updates. WP-CLI 2.7.1 is available now. WordPress 6.1 Release Candidate 2 WordPress 6.1 Release… Continue reading WordPress 6.1 RC2 • 6.1 Sneak Peek with Nick Diego • WP-CLI 2.7.1 • Help Test Plugin Dependencies Feature Plugin

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

Does WordPress.org Data Belong to the WordPress Community? Should It?

Today WP Watercooler sought Solutions to the Active Growth Problem. In a pointed but respectful conversation moderated but Sé Reed, the Watercooler crew got one new detail from Otto about the decision to remove the active install charts: it was made months ago. How should the data collected by WordPress.org be understood, as a basis… Continue reading Does WordPress.org Data Belong to the WordPress Community? Should It?

Over, Under, Around, and Through

WordPress Business News Roundup for the Week of October 3 This week Alex Denning (Ellipsis) draws on Iain Poulson‘s historical, high-level plugin data at WP Trends to offer some thoughtful, somewhat contrary, but practical and grounded perspectives on the value of Active Install Data. At the WP Watercooler and elsewhere, a realization seems to be… Continue reading Over, Under, Around, and Through

Why the WordPress.org growth charts might not matter

In 2019-20, only four plugins entered the space and broke into the upper tiers. These were Site Kit for Google, Facebook for WooCommerce, Creative Mail for WordPress and WooCommerce, and Google Ads and Marketing by Kliken. Has the WordPress.org repository become a closed shop, a tapped-out ecosystem where the winners have taken all? Here are… Continue reading Why the WordPress.org growth charts might not matter