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The WP Agency Journey with Bet Hannon of AccessiCart-Post Status Draft

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Emilee
Bet Hannon, CEO of AccessiCart, talks with Cory Miller about her journey in starting an agency focused on accessibility and e-commerce in the WordPress space. She highlights the importance of accessibility, not only as a legal requirement but also as a means to enhance the user experience for all visitors. Bet emphasizes the need for WordPress professionals to continually educate themselves about accessibility and user experience best practices, collaborate with communities, and consider the diverse needs of users with disabilities. By prioritizing accessibility and optimizing user experiences, we can create inclusive websites that benefit all users.

WP 6.2.1 RC1 • Annual Survey Results • WCUS Scholarship Fund

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Courtney Robertson
WordPress 6.2.1 RC1 is now available for testing, and planning is underway for the 6.3 AND 6.4 release squad members. Head over to the Core team website for more information.

Each year the WordPress community has an opportunity to participate in the annual survey. The results from 2022 are now available.

Contributors that are a self-identifying female, have a financial need and have never attended WordCamp US are encouraged to apply by June 12, 2023, 11:00 pm Eastern time

Blogs to Blocks • Core + AI • LCP Image Performance • Testing FSE Front Page

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Courtney Robertson
The WordPress Marketing Team is hosting a Blogs to Blocks celebration and invites you to get involved by creating and responding to daily prompts around blogging, design, development, photos, community, and more ways to contribute.

The Core Team is considering how to include extendible technology to integrate AI. Additionally, there is a proposal needing your feedback around improving image performance. Felix Arntz notes that adding fetchpriority=”high” to the LCP image typically improves LCP performance by 5-10%.

The latest call for testing from the Test team includes an exercise using the new Grid view, as well as creating pages from patters.

WordPress vs. Squarespace

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Cory Miller
Every business needs a website. That much is obvious. But choosing what content management system to use isn’t always so clear. When it comes to WordPress vs. Squarespace, which option is the right choice for your website? Before we answer…

Jobs Change, Membership Doesn’t

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Dan Knauss
Post Status has been a haven for kindness and generosity, but it's thanks to our members, readers, listeners, colleagues, and friends that the work we do together and the fun we have is good, meaningful, and regenerative for our community. On that note, this is my last post in my role as editor at Post Status...

Agency Owners: Let’s Talk

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Cory Miller
WordPress agencies are key players in the WordPress ecosystem. They're working on the frontlines building the Open Web with WordPress for their clients. That's essential to sustained and vibrant growth for everyone with a stake in WordPress and Open Source.I've…

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

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Dan Knauss
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?

First of the Independents

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Dan Knauss
Consolidation through mergers and acquisitions isn't the only big business story in WordPress. Partnerships are increasing too. Founders investing in founders. Product companies and agencies expanding their own ecosystems. Informal partnerships to protect common interests. There are a lot of ways to grow on your own terms in WordPress.

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."

Post Status Excerpt (No. 62) — The Open Web Universe with Matt Mullenweg

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Olivia Bisset
David and Olivia Bisset sat down for a chat with Matt Mullenweg about open source, Tumblr, and how Matt deals with negativity. Matt has three roles today: CEO of Tumblr, CEO of Automattic, and project lead for the next release of WordPress. He shares what went wrong with post formats and what he would love to acquire next if he could. The answer may (or may not) surprise you! Recorded shortly before WordCamp Europe 2022.
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