Annual Survey β€’ State of the Word 2022 β€’ Meetup Accessibility Overlays β€’ Multi-line Code Comments β€’ WP 3.7 – 4.0 Final Releases
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Annual Survey β€’ State of the Word 2022 β€’ Meetup Accessibility Overlays β€’ Multi-line Code Comments β€’ WP 3.7 – 4.0 Final Releases

Should code comments switch to // ? Meetup.com stops using an accessibility overlay. Final releases for WordPress 3.7 – 4.0 are now available. Tune in soon for State of the Word 2023, happening December 15 via livestream from New York City.

Learning and Pulling Together
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Learning and Pulling Together

This week was all about revisiting and continuing conversations that have special value and maybe for that reason tend to continue on with a life of their own. Tom Willmot dropped a fine Twitter thread about the challenge all enterprise WordPress agencies face. This came in response to Magne Ilsas‘ featured post here last week, The WordPress Enterprise Paradox. In a similar theme of industry peer cooperation, Eric Karkovack asks if WordPress product owners and developers can see a common interest in “voluntary standards.” Could this clean up the plugin market? James Farmer thinks the WordPress business community can do more for itself too β€” by sharing data. In Post Status Slack we’re learning the tricks and trials of ranking in the WordPress.org plugin repository. How about plugin telemetry? Learn from the voices of experience.

Moving and Not Moving With the Crowd
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Moving and Not Moving With the Crowd

This week’s WordPress business highlights for Post Status: Lesley Sim is pivoting Newsletter Glue to an upmarket clientele. A discussion starter about WordPress UX. Do we need a curated plugin ecosystem, more open standards, and easy access to current expert consensus points in key knowledge areas? Time to bail out of Twitter? PayPal? Katie Keith tells her HeroPress story.

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?

A Visit from the Good Idea Fairy
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A Visit from the Good Idea Fairy

Building, Supporting, and Selling a Winning Product β€” With or WithoutΒ WordPress.org β€’ Are Active Install Counts Relevant to Your Business’s Success? (Even if they are accurate? And they haven’t been.) β€’ Let’s Fix What’s Broken (The Plugin Repo) Not What Isn’t (The Freemium Model) β€’ Follow Leaders, Adopt Standards β€’ Tools and expertise from rtCamp β€’ Some great and “doable” ideas for the future of plugin business metrics on the .org repo. Could some of them help put an end to intrusive and manipulative dark patterns in the WordPress Admin dashboard and notifications?

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?

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We don’t need no stinkin’ standards!

I wonder how much WordPress is an outlier in even the PHP universe for tolerating the idea that it’s “punishment” and “unfair” to be held to a standard with mandatory testing for code that’s admitted to the WordPress.org repo for use on potentially 40% of the web. That’s how a number of developers responded to…

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