Tom Willmot on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Enterprise WordPress β€” Post Status Draft 130
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Tom Willmot on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Enterprise WordPress β€” Post Status Draft 130

Sparked by Magne Ilsaas‘s ideas in The WordPress Enterprise Paradox, Tom started a Twitter thread and hosted a live discussion with Magne and others at enterprise WordPress agencies this week. Their main concern is the challenges that arise from not having a well-defined brand and market that allows “WordPress for the Enterprise” to stand out β€” without being ties to a particular WordPress company or host. After getting an outline of the problem as it stands today, I asked Tom what might help differentiate “Enterprise WordPress” as a collective or entire ecosystem of agencies operating within it. Can open-source values of sharing and cooperation shape a unique global identity for enterprise WordPress agencies? Is it time for an inter-agency association or “guild” to take on these challenges?

To Heck with Black Friday, I’m Raising My Prices! β€” Post Status Draft 127
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To Heck with Black Friday, I’m Raising My Prices! β€” Post Status Draft 127

This week in Post Status Slack, Lesley Sim, the founder of Newsletter Glue, dropped this announcement: “While everybody is offering discounts for Black Friday, we’re planning to significantly raise prices. We’ll be narrowing our target audience and focusing mainly on medium-large publishers and online businesses; working with them more closely and providing a high level of customization and support.” What motivated Lesley’s decision? Where does she expect it to take her company? How can plugin owners find enterprise agency partners? Listen to this episode of Post Status Draft and find out.

Post Status Excerpt (No. 72) β€” Can We Get to “Yes” on Better UX?
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 72) β€” Can We Get to “Yes” on Better UX?

This week in an article shared in Post Status Slack, Eric Karkovack suggested some ways to improve the WordPress user experience, especially for DIY users setting up a website for the first time. Some of the things Eric wants to see happen, like a standard interface for plugins and a curated view of the plugin ecosystem, are also commonly expressed by designers, developers, and people in other roles at WordPress agencies serving enterprise clients. Can we get everyone to “yes” on a better UX?

Till KrΓΌss on Object Cache Pro, WordPress, Plugins, Testing, and Performance β€” Post Status Draft 126
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Till KrΓΌss on Object Cache Pro, WordPress, Plugins, Testing, and Performance β€” Post Status Draft 126

Till KrΓΌss explains how he found his way into WordPress and a successful business that’s solving the hard problems of caching and performance optimization. His work and business model suggest several areas of opportunity for developers and founders working in the WordPress plugin market today.

Trust Issues
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Trust Issues

Cory Miller asks, “What can we do to better support our plugin developers and product owners?” Katie Keith offers some clues with the story of her WordPress/WooCommerce agency and product shop, Barn2 Plugins. Dan Knauss and Nyasha Green talk about microaggressions, the Active Install Growth Data story, and US federal legislation aimed at Open Source Security. In an increasingly “demon-haunted world,” how can we know who is doing what with the hardware and software tools we use? Ben Gabler, CEO and Founder of Rocket.net, is in our Member Spotlight.

Post Status Excerpt (No. 70) β€” Trust and Distrust: Microaggressions, Active Install Growth Data for Plugins, and Open Source Security
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 70) β€” Trust and Distrust: Microaggressions, Active Install Growth Data for Plugins, and Open Source Security

In this episode of Post Status Excerpt, Dan and Ny take on three issues in the WordPress community that can threaten or impair trust while also revealing how foundational trust and healthy communication are: 1) racism and microaggressions, 2) the sudden removal and uncertain fate of the active install growth chart in the WordPress.org plugin repository, and 3) open source and security. Briefly discussed: emerging US federal policy that aims to secure open-source software. Zero-trust architecture might work well for networked machines, but human relationships and communities need trust.

Post Status Excerpt (No. 69) β€” WCUS Afterthoughts, Accessibility, and Pay Transparency
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 69) β€” WCUS Afterthoughts, Accessibility, and Pay Transparency

WordCamp US, accessibility, disability, Ny’s “blood feud” with Uber, and salary transparency are the topics Dan Knauss and Nyasha Green take on this week for The Excerpt.

Salary Transparency: Why Not?
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Salary Transparency: Why Not?

On the Post Status job board, like many others, most of the WordPress employers who use it don’t include salary ranges on their job listings. Should they? Piccia Neri asked them all why they do or don’t practice salary transparency. She also put the question to agencies, freelancers, the WordPress community, developers, and designers on Twitter. Find out what Piccia learned and why she thinks salary transparency should be a universal practice where it hasn’t yet become a legal obligation.

WordCamp US San Diego 2022 Experiences β€” Post Status Draft 124
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WordCamp US San Diego 2022 Experiences β€” Post Status Draft 124

Cory and Michelle talk about their takeaways from WordCamp US. Highlights: The Post Status Huddle ahead of the conference. Areas to improve: Michelle explains her experience with some accessibility challenges. What everyone agrees on: we love getting together as a community!

Post Status Excerpt (No. 67) β€” What Does Professionalism Mean in WordPress?
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 67) β€” What Does Professionalism Mean in WordPress?

Dan and Eric discuss their top picks for WordPress news stories of the week and the topic of professionalism. What is it β€” what does it mean for us in the WordPress community, and how does it relate to a healthy open source project and business ecosystem?

Post Status Picks for the Week of August 15
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Post Status Picks for the Week of August 15

Post Status Podcast Picks πŸŽ™οΈ Shop Talk Show: Andrew Walpole and Alex Riviere from Traina talk about their WordPress experience but also how they want to go further with more tools. Matt Report: A nice chat with Yaw Owusu-Ansah with a reminder of how big the WordPress space is. Changelog: If you are an RSS…

Post Status Excerpt (No. 63) β€” Pay Transparency, Mutual Respect, and the Community We Need
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 63) β€” Pay Transparency, Mutual Respect, and the Community We Need

This week, Ny relates some personal experiences where pay transparency was lacking and the impact it can have on workplace cultures. This leads into a discussion of pay transparency in the hiring process β€” how it matters to everyone but especially job seekers who are black, indigenous, and other people of color.

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