Proudly supported by:

Hey <<First Name>>—

WordPress is not just an industry, it's a community.

WordPress is not just a community, it's an industry. 

It's not just about the code, it's the people.

Michelle and I have more to say about that on Post Status Draft. And because we're a community that puts people first, there are always needs to address and areas to improve.

It was so incredible to get back together with so many of you at WordCamp US!

Here's the Post Status WCUS Huddle photo gallery.

Next year the big event will convene in National Harbor, Maryland on August 23-25, 2023. We can't wait!

Top stories in this week’s newsletter:

Salary Transparency: Why Not? • Atarim and GridPane on the Move for Agencies • Post Status Member Insights: PayPal vs. Stripe

Tech: Adobe Acquires Figma • Block-based Template Parts in Classic Themes • Hosting Companies Launching WooCommerce Platforms • New Local Dev Tool: Kana • Cool Tool: WebPageTest

Career: The Path to Better Professional Development Conversations • How Can A Senior Dev with Little Experience Best Showcase WP Skills?

Community: Five Days Without a Shower • Asking for the ADA Suite • DEI at WordCamps

WP 6.1 Feature Freeze 1 Week to Go! 


WordPress Beta 1 and a Feature Freeze is coming on September 20. Here's what we know so far:


Salary Transparency: Why Not?

Piccia Neri digs into the subject of salary transparency this week. Post Status recently added optional fields to include Salary details in our Job Listings. She suggests companies should: 
  1. Be transparent about pay ranges.
    Make them wide if you have to. The right candidate will be honest about where they should sit on that range
  2. Reward skills, talent, and experience regardless of location.
    A prosperous workforce is a happy one, and your company will benefit from it.
  3. Never ever ask people to name their price!
    It’s your responsibility to define the role and give it a value.
Pay transparency laws are coming state by state in the US, and in Europe where pay transparency has been more of a norm, the EU is moving to strengthen it.

Read More→

Atarim Raises First Funding Round

Vito Peleg announced an initial funding round for Atarim, a website collaboration tool for clients and builders, led by Joost de Valk and Marieke van de Rakt, the founders of Yoast SEO (acquired by Newfold Digital), and supported by Devin Walker, co-founder of GiveWP (acquired by StellarWP), Andrew Palmer, co-founder of and previously Elegant Marketplace (acquired by inMotion Hosting), and an angels group led by Matt Russell, former co-founder of Hosting/EasyWP at Namecheap.

Vito is a a tireless, tenacious but gracious entrepreneur driven by a great vision for making collaboration with your agency's clients easier. I'm thrilled to see WordPress founders lead this investment. We need even more people investing in founders like Vito. —CM

Read More→

GridPane Announces Seed Round From Automattic 
Billed as a self-managed WordPress hosting solution, GridPane CEO Patrick Gallagher announced a strategic investment from Automattic.

Patrick says to take a look at the UK-based, GridPane client Performant Websites — a "family business" that earned a top tier honor in the Enterprise category of the 2022 Review Signal WordPress Hosting Benchmarks. That's the top in this industry!

I got to meet Patrick at our Post Status Member Huddle at WordCamp US and admire his energy and vision. —CM

Read More→

Post Status Slack: Insights about the Figma Acquisition and PayPal versus Stripe

There's a great discussion about Adobe's acquisition of Figma in our #club channel.

Also in #club, Carl Hancock and Travis Lopes dropped some great insights and spurred some sharing about PayPal usage/revenue. What we've learned:

  • Travis: "Our payment gateway mix across all transactions is around 65/35 in favor of Stripe [over PayPal], if not a bit higher." (After a year with both options offered to customers.)
  • Carl: "Historically I've heard others say around 30% for PayPal vs. Credit Card break down. We are around 20%. This year it's trending under that. PayPal has been trending downward every year in terms of payment method used."
  • Travis: "Interestingly, almost all of our PayPal transactions come from non-English speaking countries."

Quick Links

CURATED BY DAN KNAUSS. Have business news to share? Get in touch.

Adobe in Talks To Acquire Figma

In a move that literally no one saw coming and that many designers will groan about, Adobe is in talks to acquire Figma while still letting the company run autonomously. Figma CEO Dylan Field wrote an informative tweet thread providing insight into the deal and how the companies will move forward together. The irony is not lost that Figma was created out of frustration with big box design companies moving too slowly with innovative tools. So now it appears a big box company will buy the rebels.

Who Put Block-Based Template Parts in my Classic Theme?

At the WP TavernSarah Gooding breaks down the importance of having classic theme authors try out block-based template parts “without breaking their whole site design.” This is pretty exciting to be getting this functionality for Classic themes. It will open the door for old custom themes to modernize a little bit and have the best of both worlds. Some people aren’t as ecstatic and have good reasons to be cautious. Like with all things, change is hard, but it is constant.

Hosting Companies Embrace WooCommerce

Some may see them as existential threats, but several hosting companies announced their own WooCommerce solutions in the past week, notably to gain buzz around WordCamp US. Pagely / GoDaddy started off with the first announcement last week, debuting Managed WooCommerce Stores. Followed by Bluehost unveiling an easier interface to launch a WooCommerce store. And rounding out this list, although perhaps with an asterisk, WPEngine “re-announced” their WooCommerce offering and debuted a new addition to it called LiveCart. We’ll be watching to see how these solutions compare and if they can be long-term investments for these companies.

Hunting For The Perfect Local Dev Environment, So He Rolled His Own

We’ve all been there. You set up your local dev environment and everything goes well until you get a few use cases where it cannot do what you need, or it has little quirks that annoy you, or it just feels slow and stale. So Chris Wiegman set out to make one he would enjoy. For those that don’t know, Chris actually joined WPEngine a few years ago to help build a local dev tool, but long story short, he has moved on to other things in the company. So having him come out with a local dev environment isn’t terribly offbeat. For those of us who loved the high days of Vagrant then you’ll most likely enjoy the setup that he has put together. Check it out on Github and please do provide feedback as this is a work in progress.

Cool Tool

Each week we’ll feature one cool tool that can help make your life easier as a WordPress builder.


Are you always going to GTMetrix or Google Page Speed Insights to test your web pages? There is a better way. WebPageTest provides one place to test Core Web VitalsLighthouse, or even compare the differences between two pages. WebPageTest feels a bit more maintained with current testing standards than GTMetrix, and it provides better explanations of the errors that come up than Google’s testing solutions.


Quick Links

CURATED BY DANIEL SCHUTZSMITH. Have tech news to share? Get in touch.


PressableFounded in 2010, Pressable is a world-class managed WordPress hosting provider built on the same data network as and WordPress VIP. With industry-leading performance, 24/7 expert support, a 100% uptime guarantee, and seamless integrations with WooCommerce and Jetpack, Pressable provides the tools you need to manage your WordPress websites and grow your business all in one place.

Check them out →

The Path to better Professional Development Conversations

James Giroux talks about a rewarding but challenging topic for leaders: creating space for professional development conversations with direct reports. He recommends: 
  • Create space in your one-on-one framework for professional development conversations. It takes discipline to avoid the tactical but the outcome is better.
  • Decide early on what the core competencies are for a junior, mid and senior level of the role you want to hire or have in your team.
  • Develop an evaluation matrix or 9-grid that you can share with your fellow managers to help you assess individuals and make promotion decisions.

How Can A Senior Dev with Little Experience Best Showcase WP Skills?

Coming in as a Senior Dev / Senior Dev (w/o much WordPress), how can I best showcase WordPress skills to clients? My background is that I'm senior developer / tech lead. I haven't been on any project involving WordPress, but obviously with my background that shouldn't be an issue even for intensive projects. How would you recommend I approach getting in touch with WP clients in order to show them I can absolutely take on their projects? I already have a website and portfolio that showcases general development work. Should I publish WordPress-related articles? If so, what do you think would provide the most effective topics for content? —Jordan

Read the responses from Post Status members — and add your own →

Quick Links

  • Drake Baer at Business Insider writes about the wrong kind of professionalism that's all too common. He says it's "a bias-making machine that needs to end." Read
  • Dan Knauss and Eric Karkovack discuss professionalism. What is it? How does professionalism relate to a healthy open source project and business ecosystem? Listen
  • Cory Miller and Michelle Frechette talk about their WCUS takeaways. Listen
CURATED BY CORY MILLER. Have career news to share? Get in touch.

5 Days Without a Shower

You might be wondering how I ended up that way. It’s a tale of disability and inaccessibility. 

To be fair, I had a wonderful time at WCUS 2022. People were amazing. My Post Status team was awesome. My StellarWP team was awesome. Seeing people I hadn’t seen in years, and meeting new folks was amazing. It was ALL SO GOOD!

But … I got stuck in the lobby bathroom. And I couldn’t access my hotel room shower. And most doors were next to impossible to get through without human assistance. (Including my hotel room door.)

The accessibility at WCUS was disappointing at best, and tear-inducing at its lowest point. Read →

Quick links

CURATED BY MICHELLE FRECHETTE. Have community news to share? Get in touch.
A special Senior WordPress Developer has a great future at Kalamuna. Learn More→

rtCamp is looking for a Senior WordPress Engineer and a Front End WordPress Engineer. Learn More→ 

A WordPress Developer is needed over at Stellar WP. (iThemes) Learn More→  

GiveWP (Stellar WP)needs a WordPress Product Developer. Learn More→ 

A WordPress Developer is needed over at Stellar WP. (iThemes) Learn More→  

Pressable has a role for a Senior Digital Marketing Manager. Learn More→  

There are 8 more listings currently on the board plus multiple open positions at GoDaddy.


Photo of this Wednesday's Member Huddle with Cory Miller and Michelle Frechette after WCUS

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:

Wednesdays @ 9am Central (-6) / 4pm Paris (+2)
Hosted by: Jason Rouet and Evangelia Pappa
Sign up →

North America
Wednesdays @ 11am Central (-6) / 6pm Paris (+2)
Hosted by: Michelle Frechette and Cory Miller
Sign up →

A big thank you to our Sponsor Partners

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.

Pagely — supported us from the beginning

Gravity Forms — supported us from the beginning

GoDaddy Pro — second-year partner

WordPress VIP — first-year partner

A2 Hosting — first-year partner

StellarWP — first-year sponsor

Cloudways — first-year sponsor

Pressable — first-year sponsor

Elementor — first-year sponsor
Before you go
Become a member
Join Post Status and get access to our Slack group, unlimited job listings, premium Index profiles, team accounts and more.
Share feedback
Tell us how we’re doing. We’re always interested in hearing from our readers, subscribers, and members.
Snag swag
Caps, beanies, t-shirts, and more! Show your support for Post Status and get some cool gear.
Follow us on:
Twitter, LinkedIn
Hang out with us, and contribute to the conversation.
Copyright (c) 2022 Post Status. All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Post Status
3841 E Danforth Rd Suite 104
Suite 160
Oklahoma City, OK 73034

Add us to your address book

Update your preferences or unsubscribe.