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THANKFULNESS: I started working with Dan Knauss, our editor here, two-plus years ago when we became partners at Post Status. In the beginning, we might talk a time or two a week via Slack, then in the last six months, it was almost daily and on Mondays on Zoom. 

For longer than I've been here, he's kept this ship moving along and steadfastly applied his expertise and experience to our members with heart.

Today he's leaving his role at Post Status for a full-time job with a Post Status member (and sponsor). Read his goodbye-not goodbye post here. 

But here today, I want to offer immense gratitude for all he's done ... first, for what he's done for you (often behind the scenes and tirelessly), and then for myself and Lindsey. I hope you'll do the same. Suffice it to say, he's really not going anywhere. That's one of the beauties of this business and community we call Post Status. 

Thank you, Dan. 

—Cory Miller

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BUSINESS

Tom Willmot on the Challenges and Opportunities  Facing Enterprise WordPress

Sparked by Magne Ilsaas's ideas in The WordPress Enterprise Paradox, Tom started a Twitter thread and hosted a live discussion with Magne and others at enterprise WordPress agencies this week. Their main concern is the challenges that arise from not having a well-defined brand and market that allows "WordPress for the Enterprise" to stand out — without being ties to a particular WordPress company or host. After getting an outline of the problem as it stands today, I asked Tom what might help differentiate "Enterprise WordPress" as a collective or entire ecosystem of agencies operating within it. Can open-source values of sharing and cooperation shape a unique global identity for enterprise WordPress agencies? Is it time for an inter-agency association or "guild" to take on these challenges? LISTEN→

Big Growth Isn’t for Everyone

Back in 2019, Tom Lach's agency was a team of 10 people, and they were entering a space where they could easily start working with big enterprises. Their idea of the future was to scale up and grow. Of course it was. How honest conversations at WCEU changed that. READ→
 

The Future of GiveWP and the Block Editor

The journey to GiveWP 3.0 is well underway — an open, iterative development process that fully embraces WordPress's Gutenberg block editor. Give cofounder Matt Cromwell and development director Jason Adams share what they've learned so far. READ→
 

Evolving Edupack — and Sunsetting It

Blake Bertuccelli shares how a plugin that tried to do it all led to an accessibility platform and enhanced client services. READ→
 

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TECH

Learn Accessibility

Digital accessibility, commonly abbreviated a11y, is an important subject in web developer circles. More and more, folks are looking for solid guidance on designing and building websites and web apps that disabled people can interact with in a meaningful and equivalent way.

Fortunately, thanks to Carie Fisher, with input and review from Alexandra White and Rachel Andrew, web developers can now take the free Learn Accessibility course at web.dev.

This course is for beginner and advanced web developers. You can go through the series from start to finish to get a general understanding of accessibility practices and testing, or you can use it as a reference for specific subjects.

The Return of SmashingConf

Front-end developers rejoice, the yearly SmashingConf hosted by the folks at Smashing Magazine is back in 2023!

SmashingConf has two events this year: one in San Fransisco, US, and one in Freiburg, Germany.

SmashingConf SF will cover everything from accessibility and advanced CSS to JavaScript gems and web performance, while SmashingConf Freiburg is all about front-end, UX, and design. 

PHP 8.2 Release Delayed

Due to some critical bugs related to OPcache that “are very likely to happen in a real-world use case” the PHP release managers have decided to add another PHP 8.2.0 RC and push back the final 8.2.0 release to December 8, 2022.

With the fast pace at which new PHP releases have been coming out, it’s good to remember that early testing of release candidates is critical to solid releases. 

Deno for Headless WordPress Themes

In a recent blog post on the Deno website, the team announced support for building WordPress themes using the Fresh framework as a front end for headless (or decoupled) WordPress. 

Deno is a runtime for JavaScript, TypeScript, and WebAssembly that is based on the V8 JavaScript engine and the Rust programming language. Created by Ryan Dahl, the creator of the Node.js runtime, Deno aims to address some of Dahl’s regrets about the initial design decisions with Node.js.

With the increased popularity of headless WordPress, this is an interesting entry into the space.

Cool Tool: Restrict With Stripe

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

Stranger Studios quietly launched a new e-commerce plugin for WordPress a few weeks ago: Restrict With Stripe. If you love Stripe, it's for you. It connects to Stripe and lets you restrict a post, page, category, or tag by product so visitors must have purchased that product (or subscription) to get access to the restricted content. That's it.

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CAREER

A four-day work week in the UK

In June, 70 companies and their 3,300 employees started a four-day work week pilot program. The early responses make an interesting read. Halfway through, in September, the New York Times and Forbes reported good results with no loss in productivity.

A while back, I asked in Post Status Slack‘s #business channel if anyone has tried a similar practice with shorter work periods. Justin Sainton said they're almost to that point at Zao:

“We're still five days a week, but our Fridays are very, very, very chill. No meetings, minimal client work.”

Ginger Coolidge said Sandhills did a four-day week last summer — “and it was amazing, such a quality-of-life bonus.”

Justin pointed to a white paper that was the convincer for him: The Four-Day Week: Guidelines for an Outcome-Based Trial Raising Productivity and Engagement. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang‘s Strategy and Rest is another solid source of sources dedicated to advancing the four-day week.

Are you trying or considering a modified work week where your company embraces what Cal Newport calls “slow productivity?” Tell us about it!

What good sources for professional development have you found?

Earlier this year, Andrew McCauley asked in Post Status Slack #learntogether what others are doing for hands-on professional development in WordPress companies. The first thing that came to my mind was contributing to WordPress core in any number of skill areas. For opportunities that could be paid for out of an employer's budget for staff development, Devin Price suggested video courses in PHP and Laravel at laracasts.com, and for JavaScript and React, I think Wes Bos‘s courses are a good choice. Ross Wintle proposed looking beyond the WordPress bubble and bringing back new things to share. Courtney Robertson echoes that idea, suggesting community management and Tessa Kriesel‘s developer relations mastermind and self-paced peer-learning groups.

Programming your own internal presets

Ivaylo Durmonksi breaks down “implementation intentions” and some ways to make them work in your life. The idea comes from Peter Gollwitzer who noticed how hard it is to maintain good habits. Our intentions tend to get derailed, so Gollwitzer's solution is to have preset plans for what you'll do when you're derailed. Ivaylo explains:

Or in other words, in combination with setting healthy habits. You also create a list of fallback behavior in the following format:

Whenever situation X arises, I will summon the goal-directed response Y.

It’s almost like adding snippets of code in your brain that will be triggered based on predefined conditions.

This is hard to do when you have many sources of distraction. Ivaylo has some suggestions about how you can prepare for that and keep true to your intentions.


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

A New Home for the WordPress Community?

It sounds like a tall order, but there it is: over at Ollie, Mike McAlister has proposed “a thought experiment and design concept” called OpenPress:

What would it look like to start connecting millions of websites, users, and content that power half of the web in a more purposeful and open way?

Alex Kirk drew attention to his work on a plugin I'd never heard of called Friends that makes it easier to follow your friends' blogs/RSS feeds inside WordPress.

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Sabina Ionescu published a lot of different responses from people in the WordPress community to questions about the impact of the pandemic on them.

The history of screen readers is incredible! Sheon Han tells their hidden story and how “blind programmers have been creating the tools their community needs” — for decades.

Joanne Limburg discusses the agonizing and awful, inadequate questions about disability in job applications, government forms, and thoughtless conversations.

Dan Knauss blogged about “crip time.” What happens if we think about time management through disability, pain, grief, or the needs of children?

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