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Hey WP pros—

The conversation over the WordPress.org Active Installs data has been the big headline, particularly for our WP plugin developers and WP product founders, and I resonate with a lot of the concerns and issues. 

In the spirit of Mark Zahra's comment on "Let's work together, not against each other," I want to ask our plugin developers (free, freemium, paid) today: 

What worries, concerns, problems, obstacles, challenges do you have creating, building, maintaining WP plugins?

My intention is to lift your voice up, to help clarify your experiences so we can all move forward together.

As always, keep it about the work, never personal. Talk about and share your experiences, not blame. And if possible, provide ideas for making it better. 


– Cory
BUSINESS

Active Install Charts Removed from Plugin Repo

In reaction to as yet unpublicized details about the abuse of active install data in the WordPress.org plugin repository, the charts displaying that data have been removed from plugin pages in a move expected to be temporary. Important (and some familiar) questions are emerging as this story unfolds: how to balance the values of openness, security, and privacy as well as cooperation and competition at WordPress.org — still the central hub for WordPress plugin businesses. READ →

Trust and Distrust: Microaggressions, Growth Data for Plugins, and Open Source Security — Post Status Excerpt No. 70

In our weekly chat for Post Status ExcerptNyasha Green and I take on three big, unavoidable issues in the WordPress community — touching briefly on one that looks like an iceberg dead ahead that no one is paying attention to. All of these issues deal with trust — how it can be harmed and the difficulty (and necessity) of repairing it: 1) racism and microaggressions, 2) the sudden removal and uncertain fate of the active install growth chart in the WordPress.org plugin repository, and 3) open source and security. Briefly discussed: emerging US federal policy that aims to secure open-source software. Zero-trust architecture might work well for networked machines, but human relationships and communities need trust. (Full TranscriptLISTEN →
 

Going from Agency to Products: The Story of Barn2 — Post Status Draft No. 125

Katie and Andy Keith started out as a WordPress agency almost a decade ago and then tried to break into WordPress products, first with themes and then plugins. Challenges arose with reliable project management on the agency side while they tried to establish a foothold in the WordPress plugin market after a first attempt with themes. The WooCommerce Extensions Store is where their business took off. With niche extensions that had no competition, they ranked very quickly. Other ideas for plugins solved problems in custom development projects for clients. Eventually, the Keiths developed a formula for evaluating new plugin ideas. Learn from their challenges and successes — there are a lot of interesting details that only come from experience. Hosted by Cory Miller. (Full TranscriptLISTEN →

Open Source Communities and the US Government

United States national security interests are poised to become more invested in and engaged with open-source projects classified as public infrastructure. From Log4j to the Securing Open Source Software Act, how did it all come together in 2022, and what may lie ahead? READ →


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

The 50% Coding 50% Marketing Lifecycle

We see it all the time: some application or website comes out with half the features of a similar idea you’ve been toiling away on for months, maybe years, but they get all the traction because they market the heck out of their brand. Chances are they also probably hired a small marketing team or agency to help them, and for many of us, we don’t have that luxury. Enter the 50:50 concept from Jon Yongfook of Bannerbear. It sounds like it would be complicated but it’s really simple.

Diversifying Revenue Streams as a Solo Devpreneur

Web Developer, Entrepreneur, Organizer, and The Man in the Arena Carl Alexander has shared his journey creating Ymir, writing a book, freelancing, and how much he actually makes from all that to live each month. TL:DR; Not as much as you’d think. This kind of transparency into the entrepreneurship side of WordPress can be so valuable and helpful for everyone to see. I suspect many of us can relate to this, especially in the WordPress space where our abilities as developers, designers, and builders are often taken for granted or undervalued. Carl’s answer is creating a Github sponsored page, which is a great way to show appreciation for a developer's work, especially the free plugins that they maintain. Aurooba Ahmed has made a list of developers you can sponsor as well.

Oh Look, Somebody Took Something Away and Didn’t Communicate About It Well, That Tracs

This week’s #WPDrama has surrounded the abrupt removal of the install growth charts for security reasons on WordPress.org and the Trac ticket created in response to that from Post Status member Mark Zahra which highlighted the frustration felt across the plugin community. I cannot stress enough that all of these frustrations could have been avoided by good communication with the community right after the removal. Instead, everyone was left to piece together different conversations on Twitter and Make WordPress Slack to understand what might be the future for getting similar or even better analytics into the Plugin Directory. Again, an open-source project the size of WordPress should have a team just to help write a synopsis of major changes so anyone can understand the why, when, where, and what’s next.

Cool Tool

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

Move Around The WordPress Admin Faster and Cleaner

Let me introduce you to Turbo Admin, from Post Status member Ross Wintle. This little tool makes the WordPress Admin feel more like using the Siri or Alfred bar by giving you a command palette and a few wp-admin improvements like being able to hide all notices. Turbo Admin is packaged primarily as a browser extension for ChromeEdge, and Firefox, but it also comes as a plugin. What’s really cool about the extension is that you can use it on any site you have wp-admin access to with no need to install the plugin. This makes it very useful on client sites without adding another plugin to their stack.


CURATED BY DANIEL SCHUTZSMITH. Have tech news to share? Get in touch.
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CAREER
Making External Meetings Easier
For years, I wrestled with back and forth of external appointments. Then I found Calendly and eventually SavvyCal (which I use prolificly now). But Google Workspace just released Appointments for free. 

For online external meetings, here what I do:

  • 30 minute meetings - shorter keeps it focused. In 60 minute windows we usually paddled around too long.
  • Adjust/limit availability (10-3) - I keep tweaking this, especially based on the season or amount of work I have.
  • 15 minute buffer between meetings - give myself space so I can use the bathroom, refill coffee.
  • Block off really busy days - Mondays and Fridays for me. 
  • Add required questions - raise the bar and help me prepare. Borrowed but mine are: “What’s the top of our meeting?” and “If our conversation went swimmingly well, what would happen?” 
  • Reminders: For all are 24 hours and 1 hour before.
  • Bonus pro tip - Brian Krogsgard would use these meetings as prompts to physically stand up.

CURATED BY CORY MILLER. Have career news to share? Get in touch.
COMMUNITY

New Post Status Meetup/Huddle for Europe

To accommodate more availability for our European member, hosts Jason Rouet and Evangelia Pappa will be holding our Post Status Member Huddle on Fridays @ 2pm Paris (+2). SIGN UP →

Racism and Allyship

Racism and Allyship continue to be a conversation in the WordPress community. Allie Nimmons recently hosted a 2-hour webinar on How to Be a Better Ally. Feedback on the event was all positive, mostly due to the non-lecture way that Allie presents on the topic, and also the workshop approach to challenging the attendees to think about their current beliefs and how they consider themselves allies, how they think they can do better, and how we can all challenge ourselves to think about our place in the community to one another. I consider myself an ally, and I look for ways that I can improve continually, and this workshop helped me move forward in that even more. If you weren’t able to attend, you can still purchase the event and watch it online. I urge you to do it.

Your Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals
Black Friday/Cyber Monday is one of the biggest sales (and revenue) times of the year for WP products in particular, and something we've collect and shared with our members for several years. Please complete the BFCM form and we will get it added to our dedicated page. Our 2022 BFCM page will be published on October 19 and updated several times weekly thereafter. SHARE →

Member Spotlight: Ben Gabler - Ben is the CEO/Founder at Rocket.net and has been in the hosting industry for twenty years with a few notable stops along the way at HostGator, HostNine, GoDaddy, and StackPath. He's been a fan of WordPress since its early days. In fact, his company HostNine was one of the first companies to auto-install WordPress on a hosting account.
 
CURATED BY MICHELLE FRECHETTE. Have community news to share? Get in touch.
▲ MAKE WORDPRESS

This is a new section highlighting priority topics and issues related to the WordPress project, and its contributors and teams.

WordPress 6.1 Beta 3, Active Install Growth Chart


CURATED BY COURTNEY ROBERTSON
◼ POST STATUS JOB BOARD

Technical Content Generalist  →  StellarWP at Liquid Web

Copywriter  →  WP White Security.com

Team Lead, Edge Computing  →  Pantheon

Drupal/WordPress Customer Success Engineer  →  Pantheon

Principal Software Engineer, Front-End  →  PMC

 

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