Post Status Excerpt (No. 71) โ€” Building, Supporting, and Selling a Winning Product โ€” With or Withoutย WordPress.org
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 71) โ€” Building, Supporting, and Selling a Winning Product โ€” With or Withoutย WordPress.org

This week I sat down again with Eric Karkovack to talk about the WordPress stories and topics that are on the top of our minds. Independently, we made nearly the same selections. There’s a single throughline in this episode โ€” what works, what doesn’t, and what will take WordPress businesses forward in the product, agency, and hosting spaces.

Active Install Charts Removed from Plugin Repo
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Active Install Charts Removed from Plugin Repo

In reaction to as-yet-unpublicized details about the abuse of active install data in the WordPress.org plugin repository, the charts displaying that data have been removed from plugin pages in a move expected to be temporary. Important (and some familiar) questions are emerging as this story unfolds: how to balance the values of openness, security, and privacy as well as cooperation and competition at WordPress.org โ€” still the central hub for WordPress plugin businesses.

Pippin Williamson on the Sandhills Acquisition, Emerging Threats and Opportunities in WordPress โ€” Post Status Draft 117
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Pippin Williamson on the Sandhills Acquisition, Emerging Threats and Opportunities in WordPress โ€” Post Status Draft 117

In the latest WordPress acquisition, Sandhills is joining Awesome Motive. Pippin Williamson talks with Cory about WordPress: past and future.

LionSher Technologies has announced the acquisition…

LionSher Technologies has announced the acquisition of the following plugins from Lever Technology: PDF Embedder, Google Apps Login, Google Drive Embedder, Google Apps Directory, Google Profile Avatars, and All-In-One Intranet. ๐Ÿ”Œ LionSher has flown under the radar for a while in the WordPress community, starting with the purchase of Envira Gallery and Soliloquy from Awesome…

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Footnotes #456

Issue #456 โ€œOne of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldnโ€™t as individuals.โ€ โ€” Jean Vanier, Community And Growth Howdy! Thinking about WordPress history lately in terms of business and product acquisitions, key investments and hires โ€ฆ it says A LOT about…

Awesome Motive announced it acquired Plugin…

Awesome Motive announced it acquired Plugin Rank this week. The SaaS app helps WordPress plugin developers track and improve their rankings in WordPress search results. ๐Ÿ”Œ Syed Balkhi explained that his company was already engaged in plugin rank tracking of their own, โ€œbut the PluginRank.com tool is way more powerful than what [Awesome Motive] had…

Syed Balkhi, co-founder of Awesome Motive…

Syed Balkhi, co-founder of Awesome Motive has another insightful year in review for 2020. This year Syed has included more personal information like falling victim to a scam, along with his travel adventures and experiences with burnout. Some highlights from the WordPress-related items: The Awesome Motive team is fully distributed and composed of 140+ remote…

PushEngage, the maker of push notification…

PushEngage, the maker of push notification software with “over 10,000+ customers in 150+ countries,” has joined Awesome Motive. ๐Ÿ™Œ Awesome Motive founder and CEO Syed Balkhi notes in the press release: “I first started using push notifications over 3 years ago and quickly realized that the click rate, engagement, and opt-in rate is significantly higher…

Video and podcast picks

๐Ÿ“น Here’s my video pick of the week: There’s an interesting discussion at the Gutenberg Times between Enrique Piqueras and Birgit Pauli-Haack about the highlights of a full-site editing experience and how block-based themes could work. Francesca Marano has two videos (part 1 and part 2 + slides) from the last WordCamp US on how…

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