A future API

A future API

Ryan McCue, the lead developer of the WordPress REST API, imagines the year 2020, when the REST API is mature and in WordPress core. He tells us stories of some of the fun things that are possible.

The problem of link rot and data loss

The problem of link rot and data loss

Link rot is a serious issue on the web, as many links of the past are going away. We lose that data for good if we don’t back it up somewhere. It may seem insignificant now, but we simply don’t know what is being published today that we’ll wish we’d kept in the future. But we can solve this issue.

The ABCs of the web

The ABCs of the web

We like to say it’s easy to build a website, and to build it on top of WordPress. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But for just about anyone, it can be intimidating when you’re just digging in. You’ve got to learn your ABCs before you can tell a great story. On the web — especially as it gets more complicated — there’s a lot to learn to build and maintain a modern website.

Who is buying commercial WordPress themes?

Who is buying commercial WordPress themes?

To say the theme marketplace is undergoing a transition is probably an understatement. We’ve seen many shops sell or change focus over the past year. A few have maintained their place in the market or even grown some, but it’s not easy work. One theme shop that’s seen steady growth since launch is Theme Furnace. They’ve learned […]

BackupBuddy Gold and unlimited updates

BackupBuddy Gold and unlimited updates

This week, the iThemes launched “BackupBuddy Gold” – a new pricing tier for their BackupBuddy plugin. They already had a $150 tier, which included a license to use the plugin on unlimited sites, as well as support and updates for one year. The only difference with the Gold tier (currently priced at $297) is that it includes lifetime […]

The power of WordPress.org on freemium products

The power of WordPress.org on freemium products

There’s a ton of discussion going on around the WordPress.org theme review incentive program right now. The incentive program was structured around a concept of rewarding reviewers for their work by allowing them to choose which themes get featured on the WordPress theme showcase, based on how many themes they review and approve in a given month. […]

Recommendations for improving WordPress comments

Recommendations for improving WordPress comments

There are a number of things that concern me in regard to WordPress comments. They are one of those features that I have a love hate relationship with. Comments are great for active, well moderated communities. I genuinely enjoy receiving comments from Post Status readers, where people often add value to the conversation. For many […]

Explicit browser support

Explicit browser support

Browser support is not a minor thing to consider when building web projects. Whether developing a website for a client or building a product, one of the most important things to clarify right away is what level of browser support is to be expected. Browser support should be an explicitly defined item, even for small […]

On WordPress themes and frameworks

On WordPress themes and frameworks

Let’s pull the bandaid off real quick, and it won’t hurt as bad: Theme Framework has turned into a marketing term. I lean more every day to giving theme framework the premium treatment. Just because a product costs money doesn’t make it premium at all. Nevertheless, the marketing term came and it stuck, and almost […]

What's your WordPress job title?

What’s your WordPress job title?

Job titles can be confusing. If you’ve ever tried to hire a WordPress consultant to build you a website, or you’ve had inquiries about your services, you’ve likely encountered some level of confusion trying to decipher what an individual (or yourself) offers based on your title. I’ve historically called myself a WordPress Developer. Other common […]

On WordPress news sites

On WordPress news sites

There has been a bit of talk about WordPress news sites recently. WPMU has done a pretty good summary of the recent DradCast podcast episode hosted by WP Tavern‘s Jeff Chandler. It tells the story of Jeff’s journey running the Tavern and then selling it. I’m glad how it was sold is finally out in […]

What do y’all think about a periodic job thread?

There’s a lot of moving and shaking in the WordPress community. Would a jobs thread here be beneficial? As a place where job seekers could post that they’re looking for work and / or available employers could post that they have positions available? I think a good method for this might be  a “who’s hiring” […]