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Deeper dives and longer writing about WordPress news and people by the Post Status team and our wonderful contributing writers.

Writing is a Challenging But Needed Profession in WordPress

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Eric Karkovack
The WordPress project, software, and community are equally important. They all play a role in ensuring growth, progress, and success. A sizeable economy of users, builders, and business owners depends on it. That’s why staying informed is vital. And so much of the reporting and learning opportunities come from unofficial sources. We need more people within the WordPress community who are interested in writing and more places to amplify their voices.

Languages of Contribution and Creation

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Dan Knauss
The Creator Economy owes a lot to WordPress, but that doesn't mean WordPress is valued or even understood by Creators as an open source project and community. Are the stories we tell and the words we use compelling to newcomers and the younger generations we need to succeed us? Is the story and language that got WordPress where it is adequate to take it where it wants to go?

Barriers to Contributing

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Dan Knauss
Small teams face frustrating barriers trying to make their contributions count TL;DR: Small teams have common barriers to contributing to Five for the Future. Making efficient use of their time and team members is hard when tooling and communication can…

The Decline of Speed Booster Pack

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Barış Ünver
WordPress success stories are great, but this time, you’re going to read about a failure. It’s about the Speed Booster Pack plugin and the depressing, constant decline of its active installs.

The Unsung Hero of Indie Journalism

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Blake Bertuccelli
Since its arrival in 2019, Automattic's Newspack hasn't attracted much attention within the WordPress community, despite a decent amount of coverage by WP Tavern and some from Post Status. It's been largely unreported on beyond its role as a flashpoint…

It’s Hard to COPE Without a WordPress Lite

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Dan Knauss
It's still far from simple to do well — let alone do better — what was first possible in the Web 1.0 era, even before WordPress was born. Thoughts on "WordPress Lite" and "Create Once, Publish Everywhere."

Open Secrets: Forced Updates in WordPress

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Dan Knauss
We've seen forced updates become increasingly common and less controversial over time. But who decides, and how is that decision made? Are there unofficial channels and processes, like a decision tree, for escalating to a forced update?

An Operating System for the Web

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Dan Knauss
What if WordPress, growing as an operating system for the web, spawns distributions and spins, like Linux? What do nine years of Jetpack teach us about Automattic and WordPress — the project and the dot-com? Rethinking how we think about SaaS, hosting, and the WordPress ecosystem...
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