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?

WordPress In The Long View With James Farmerβ€” Post Status Draft 129
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WordPress In The Long View With James Farmerβ€” Post Status Draft 129

James Farmer’s WordPress story goes all the way back to his launch of the first hosted WordPress multisite blogging platform β€” just a few days ahead of WordPress.com. Edublogs currently hosts millions of students’ and educators’ blogs. James talks about successes and failures, his views on Gutenberg, how he stays competitive with Squarespace, and how he thinks the WordPress business community should respond to the loss of active install growth data at WordPress.org.

Who’s Going to Pay for All This?
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Who’s Going to Pay for All This?

Magne Ilsaas wants WordPress to be more than the pragmatic choice for enterprise clients. He wants WordPress agencies to be known for a distinct WordPress culture and mindset. Alain Schlesser, Carole Olinger, Carl Alexander, and Zach Stepek have a frank talk with Bob Dunn about the costs of not supporting WordPress contributors. Post Status members including Dave Loodts, Marius Jensen, Jeremy Ward, and Chris Reynolds discuss the looming PHP 7.4 EOL. Plus Jb Audras‘ breakdown of contributions to the WordPress 6.1 release. For your weekend reading, some news and insights from business, workplace, webtech, and govtech writers beyond the WordPress bubble.

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.

Open Source Communities: You May Not Be Interested in CISA, But CISA is Very Interested in You
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Open Source Communities: You May Not Be Interested in CISA, But CISA is Very Interested in You

United States national security interests are poised to become more invested in and engaged with open source projects classified as public infrastructure. From Log4j to the Securing Open Source Software Act, how did it all come together in 2022, and what may lie ahead?

WordPress Careers Roundup for the Week of September 19, 2022
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WordPress Careers Roundup for the Week of September 19, 2022

Why do designers quit? Matej Latin breaks down the results of his survey. Amelia Nagoski says self-care is not enough to prevent burnout β€” we have to care for each other. Alyssa Place explains how managers can do that. Maintenance failures can be lethal, but Stewart Brand finds the winning maintenance style in sailing history.

Post Status Excerpt (No. 68) β€” On the Road to WordCamp US
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 68) β€” On the Road to WordCamp US

In this episode Dan and Ny are tired! β€” but excited about heading to their first WordCamp of any kind. They talk about the things they’re looking forward to seeing and doing at WCUS and in San Diego. Lots of interesting speakers and talks! Contributor day! Karaoke. Food comes up β€” a lot.

Post Status Notes #501
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Post Status Notes #501

Elementor acquires Strattic β€’ WP Engine acquires Delicious Brains‘ plugins 🧠 β€’ When the Cathedrals own the Bazaars and Shopping Centers and you’re in a strip mall with a fruit stand… β€’ Jetpack decouples β€’ InstaWP gets seed funding from Automattic 🌱 β€’ Automattic hire #2000 β€’ World-class FSE, how? 🌐 β€’ WCEU by the numbers β€’ Weglot gives back β€’ RoleUp rolls out β€’ Tadlock exits WP Tavern 🍺 β€’ Why ‘why’ matters most β€’ The Big 2-0 next year β€’ All there is to know about core WordPress email notifications, documented βœ‰οΈ β€’ System font stack check β€’ Do not follow by default β€’ Museum of Block Art opens 🎨 β€’ Meet Yvonne Doll β€’ Mostly modest WordPress wishlists β€’ WooCommerce Experts to go global β€’ How to do well in a downturn πŸ“‰ β€’ Some things we don’t β€” but ought to β€” talk about. 🐘 Silent no longer about Sustainability.

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