I know it's not the WordPress platform, but it should be of interest to WordPress people. Much of the buzz around Ghost centers around it being an alternative to WordPress for blogging. Well, Ghost's source code is now public on Github and the platform is officially launched. Ars Technica also picked it up, which I really mention just because this comment cracked me up.
Robert Jacobi has joined Cloudways as Director of WordPress. We’ve included a lot of his insights from his blog and Post Status Slack over the past few months. Robert will be leading the WordPress business unit with “strategic partnerships, building community engagement and helping establish new channels of outreach and building brand equity.” 👍
Good ideas for the future of data disclosed to plugin authors using the wordpress.org repository:
1) Identify surges of unhappy users reacting to a bad release — and the opposite, happier outcome.
2) Use pageview analytics to estimate total potential user interest and conversion rates.
3) Assess a plugin’s performance with the .org search algorithm, the quality of releases, and plugin incompatibility as well as PHP compatibility issues.
4) Collect significant user behavior data anonymously without phoning home.
5) Just reveal all the raw data with privacy options for individual authors — no interpretive analysis on wordpress.org.
BONUS: Let’s take this discussion somewhere else!
Adii Pienaar is making a WordPress comeback after over a year away from the community. The WooThemes co-founder has made a strategic investment into Obox, the team behind the newly launched Layers product. In return, he’s received a 30% stake in the company to complement Receiptful, his new eCommerce product.
The Post Status podcast picks of the week include two takes on selling businesses, going back to work for someone else, and then… Chris Coyier and Corey Maas tell their stories. • Daisy Olson has the lowdown on block themes. • Raquel Landefeld on the power of community. • Press the Issue launches a solidly journalistic WordPress podcast with Allie Nimmons investigating the pandemic’s impact on WordCamps for the first episode.
I wish I could’ve seen this presentation by my fellow Birmingham cohort, Sara Cannon. The deck alone has great advice. Sara breaks down the barriers and self-assigned exclusions between designers and developers. Key: we all solve problems in the middle. I love it.
The now-forming Incident Response Team (IRT) is a community-led effort to help us all build and sustain a culture around WordPress that is healthy, inclusive, and safe. Angela Jin is calling for your nominations for a diverse group of people who can contribute by serving on the IRT.