Two Worlds of WordPress

This is a weekly column by Marieke van de Rakt, veteran entrepreneur and leader in WP, and partner at Post Status, sharing her perspectives on what she’s seeing in WordPress.

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On sponsored talks, paid talks, and WordCamps

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Marieke van de Rakt
I spoke at quite a few conferences over the years. Mainly WordCamps, but I also did an occasional SEO conference and made an appearance at a conference for bloggers. At WordCamps, it is always clear: speakers do not receive compensation.…
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Free versus premium

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In her weekly post, Marieke talks about how the WordPress plugin directory is a pivotal feature that has propelled the CMS to success. She notices there is a concerning shift among new developers towards bypassing free plugins for premium versions. Read her thoughts!

On funding and business success

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Sometimes it seems like a startup is only successful if it has raised capital from investors. These startups are featured in the media. On the business side of WordPress, there’s a lot of talk about acquisitions and the raising of…

Knowing me, knowing you

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Marieke writing about navigating the dynamics of the WordPress community, which can be a unique experience. While newcomers often find it challenging to integrate, even long-standing contributors sometimes feel like outsiders. Striking a balance between embracing the old and welcoming the new is crucial. But how do we ensure everyone feels appreciated?

Two Worlds of WordPress

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Marieke van de Rakt
WordPress has two faces, two different sides, two different worlds even.  At least, that’s what I see when I look at WordPress. You have the community side, with people enthusiastic about open source, contributing to the project, organizing amazing events.…
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