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Post Status: The Community for WordPress Professionals
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“Got a big dream, from a small town. Got a small circle, you'll never get around.”

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Hi <<First Name>>.

Professionally, if I named one key element to my success it would be my relationships. I can trace every “big” or “successful” thing I’ve done to mutually generous healthy friendships.

That’s also the key to Post Status being what it is — it’s all about the relationships that form and strengthen there as we give and grow together.

The Post Status Index

Our first call to members to complete their profiles in the new Post Status Index went out to the Business Members this week. Our intention is to highlight the great businesses and people working in WordPress by releasing our new member and business directory by the time WordCamp US comes around in September.

Our
great Sponsors and Business Members sustain and grow what we do. The role they play is a great way to contribute to our community.

You can get your business profile started by becoming a Post Status Agency member, a Product Founder/Owner member, or a Partner.

Next, we’ll be doing a call for Professional+ member profiles. Look for our membership drive in August!

— Cory

Post Status Features

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WordPress at a Massive Scale

Join Post Status partner Cory Miller and WordPress VIP’s Lead Solutions Engineer, Sean O'Shaughnessy on August 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM (CST).

Never walk alone — join in a Post Status Member Huddle.

Post Status Notes

# Go Big or Small, Billions or Just Enough?

ConvertKit founder Nathan Barry wrote a blog post about The Billion Dollar Creator in 2020, mentioning WordPress, WooCommerce, Shopify, BigCommerce, WP Engine, and Automattic. Despite the age of the post, it’s a timely one you may have missed. It’s generated a spirited conversation in Post Status Slack about the value of going really big or staying smaller, and the advantages/disadvantages of SaaS.

Several Post Status members batted around the idea of “going big” or “staying small” in the vein of Paul Jarvis’ Company of One.

[CM]: Early on, my (borrowed) mantra as an entrepreneur became “optimize for happiness.” But I would wonder why others stayed solo or “small” (because they could), while I built a team around me (I had to and wanted to). Others would be puzzled and sometimes critical why we did what we did. But I believe, especially in entrepreneurship, “To each their own.”

Go big. Stay small. Go medium. Take money or bootstrap. Part-time or full-time. Hundreds of things, or one. Billions, millions, or enough. Whatever your desired flavor. I liked what I built and respected what others built. That’s the beauty of entrepreneurship — you get to make it what you want it to be. Mute the critics as best you can, and keep on your own path.

Also — Justin Ferriman, co-founder of LearnDash, which was acquired by Liquid Web, and Bryce Adams, founder of Metorik, offer great food for thought in our main Slack channel. Jonathan Wold added perspective on WooCommerce competing with Shopify by building a hosted solution and losing “the benefits of playing in a decentralized ecosystem.”

# Hosting Benchmarks

[CM]: Review Signal released its WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks for 2022 — brilliant work by Post Status member Kevin Ohashi. They had 33 companies participate this year with 79 different plans across 7 different price tiers including WooCommerce plans.

I asked what his high-level impressions were on the testing and results, and Kevin said: “What has stuck out to me is the speed. Everyone is getting faster at all the price tiers. And I expect it to get diminishing returns at a point, but we're still seeing significant gains.”

If I am a consumer, things are looking pretty bright, there's a constant new flow of companies entering the space and growing to meaningful size to compete in these benchmarks. Some of them are offering excellent performance, which pushes everyone to compete — especially the larger companies who have to keep up.

If I am a hosting company, if we're not staying up to date on everything I might be a little scared because there are a LOT of companies out here offering pretty impressive performance. It's going to be harder and harder to convince people that you have some magical 'intangibles' that make it worth it if you aren't also fast. Fast should be the default. Then everything else as well.

Review Signal also shared their load testing scripts on GitHub for testing your own sites, or for building your own testing suite.

# Acquire to Grow, Sell to Focus

SiteCare has acquired Maintainn from WebDevStudios as they turn to focus on their large-scale projects. This is SiteCare’s second acquisition in the WordPress maintenance space.

# Freelance Dev World

Jon Christopher is asking freelance developers: “What's your world looking like right now? What's your typical project looking like task-wise? Mostly front end? Mostly back end? Custom themes or plugins? Full mix? Anyone doing only plugin dev? What are some recent projects you've had that you can anonymize enough to talk about?” Chime in on Post Status Slack.

# WP Communiity

WP.Events is a new site devoted to sharing WordPress community events from the good folks at StellarWP and The Events Calendar.

David Bisset has started an Unofficial Waitlist for WordCamp US 2022 tickets.

From WordCamp Europe — it’s the “aftermovie” for WCEU 2022. Big thanks to everyone involved in organizing and executing on this amazing event!

WordCamp Europe 2022 - Aftermovie

There’s lots more where this came from… at poststatus.com/news.

Post Status Sponsor: Pagely

💼 Check out all the live listings on the Post Status Job Board

Post Status Job Board

Kadence needs a WordPress Support Technician to help people create beautiful, effective websites with their themes and plugins.

A Marketing and Web Operations Manager role is waiting to be filled at Nexcess.

A Senior WordPress Developer is wanted at Kalamuna.

There’s a seat for a top notch Freelance WordPress Developer at Codeable.io.

There are Multiple WordPress Positions open at GoDaddy — remote and ranging across all time zones.

A Front End WordPress Engineer is wanted at rtCamp.

WP White Security.com needs a remote, Europe-based Quality Assurance & Support Engineer.

A Visual Designer is needed at Rocketgenius — as well as a Backend Software Engineer.

Post Status Member Huddles

Huddles make time and space for our community of peers to come together. They’re designed for camaraderie and connection for all WordPress Professionals, even if you're not a member yet.

Sign up for one of our current Huddles:

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I learned early on in business to not apologize for making money, especially if I am doing good in the world through my work.

Frankly speaking, without our Sponsor Partners (and long-time members), Post Status wouldn’t be a feasible business. Some great companies have continued to support us, and others have stepped up this year to help us be sustainable for the future.

We’re still a team of part-timers and volunteers. However, I wanted to say a quick thanks to our Sponsor Partners, and if you appreciate what we do for you, I’d ask you to do the same. They keep the lights on:

The best Partners like these believe fully in our mission as a membership community: To Give, Grow, Together. They know it’s not all about ROI (or even about that at all), it’s about contributing to our profession and making it better for all of us, supporting the community of humans that takes WordPress to the world while providing a safe, healthy space for figuring it all out … together.

Your business can contribute and support our work for you by becoming a Business Member today. Business members get unlimited job listings, premium Index profiles (first Beta access went out this week), team Pro+ accounts and more.

And always, anyone can become a Pro+ member today! Please invite others to join you.

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