WordPress Business Roundup for the Week of October 17 Building, Supporting, and Selling a Winning Product — With or Without WordPress.org This week I sat down again with Eric Karkovack to record an episode of The Excerpt to talk about the…
Post Status Excerpt (No. 71) — Building, Supporting, and Selling a Winning Product — With or Without WordPress.org
Skip to Transcript ↓ This week I sat down again with Eric Karkovack to talk about the three top WordPress stories on the top of our minds. Independently, we made nearly the same selections! It seems the temporary loss of…
Does WordPress.org Data Belong to the WordPress Community? Should It?
Today WP Watercooler sought Solutions to the Active Growth Problem. In a pointed but respectful conversation moderated but Sé Reed, the Watercooler crew got one new detail from Otto about the decision to remove the active install charts: it was…
Over, Under, Around, and Through
WordPress Business News Roundup for the Week of October 3 Why the WordPress.org Growth Charts Don't Matter Alex Denning pointed out in the Ellipsis newsletter that in 2019-20, only four plugins entered the space and broke into the upper tiers.…
WordPress Biz Roundup for the Week of September 26, 2022
WordPress Business News and Insights 2022 Web Almanac CMS Report According to the CMS chapter of the just-released 2022 Web Almanac from the HTTP Archive, sites using a CMS — and WordPress — are still steadily increasing globally, and 34%…
WordPress with an IDE in it
Have you used the beta version of WordPress 4.9? I have. One of the new things is the file editor, which has been pretty fully overhauled. It has a lot of improvements. If we are to have a file editor…
The Creative Commons license is now compatible with the GPL
The Creative Commons license and the GPL have not always played too nicely together, as much to do with semantics as anything else. Now they do, but there are some things to consider, if you are trying to bundle a…
Use Vagrant. No, use Docker. No,…
Use Vagrant. No, use Docker. No, Docker requires Vagrant for most people. No, Otto is the new Vagrant that uses Vagrant and does what Docker does but is less complicated. Sounds complicated. Call me when you get it figured out.
Updates to the theme review and directory debate
Matt Mullenweg dropped in on the conversation surrounding the theme review debate last night, and dropped hammer. To try and summarize, he basically opened the door for all sorts of potential changes for both the theme review process and the…
Free WordPress themes and the elephant in the room
There has been a big kerfuffle the last few days in the community of theme authors and theme reviewers on WordPress.org. The theme review team discovered that some themes are skirting (knowingly or not knowingly) some old-standing rules around content creation.…
It’s time to ditch download counts on WordPress.org and get real stats
I'm grumpy today. Clickbait journalism annoys me, and WordPress security related clickbait journalism especially annoys me. Ars Technica, PC World, ZD Net, and TripWire are just a few sites that reported over a million WordPress sites were susceptible to being hacked…
Twitter introduces an official plugin for WordPress
"About time" is probably what comes to mind. Twitter has announced an official WordPress plugin to support their platform. It's available now on the WordPress plugin repo. They just released the plugin a couple of hours ago. It's actually taking the…
Should we ditch the WordPress file editor?
Ryan Sullivan makes a pretty compelling argument to ditch the file editors built into the WordPress admin. Anyone that's been working with WordPress for a while has either heard horror stories or has some of their own, of either being…
Understand how to prevent SQL injection vulnerabilities in WordPress
Samuel "Otto" Wood describes the prepare() function, and why it matters. For anyone playing with SQL in their work, you should make sure you understand these basics that Otto quite clearly explains.
How to take advantage of WordPress 3.7’s language packs
In order to take advantage of the WordPress 3.7 "language packs" functionality, Otto Wood lays out some ground rules that plugin and theme authors should be following. This is an excellent resource. If Otto's post looks like a foreign language…
Understand WordPress internationalization and translation
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Internationalization (i18n) and translation is one of those fuzzy gray areas for many of us in the WordPress community, especially amongst Americans. We're simply not very accustomed to a multilingual society, therefore we sometimes erroneously don't think about internationalization of our code…