Joost de Valk talks about what he sees as the future of SEO plugins. In short, most of them suck. Joost's and a couple others are good, but don't trust most of what you see out there.
On June 21st the US Supreme Court has ruled that online sellers must collect state sales taxes on consumer purchases, which will effect every business that sells on the web in the United States. This will likely impact small businesses more, as some who haven’t been required to charge tax must now start implementing this…
Chris Lema offers some great advice for getting started with speaking at WordCamps. I completely agree with his points – it’s very practical advice for new (and experienced) speakers.
This week I sat down again with Eric Karkovack to talk about the WordPress stories and topics that are on the top of our minds. Independently, we made nearly the same selections. There’s a single throughline in this episode — what works, what doesn’t, and what will take WordPress businesses forward in the product, agency, and hosting spaces.
“WordPress as a platform is putting us on the enterprise path. But what got us here is what makes us irrelevant,” says Magne Ilsaas, CEO and Founding Partner of Dekode. Magne wants to start an overdue conversation about three big risks — and opportunities — for WordPress agencies: 1) A lack of spaces for professional conversations and knowledge-sharing, including professional events, meetups, and mastermind groups catering to enterprise WordPress. 2) Successful agencies that use WordPress extensively with little or no community involvement whose work would benefit from enterprise WordPress peer networks. 3) An over-emphasis in WordPress agencies on short-term engineering solutions to the exclusion of long-term business solutions. What’s often left out is design, user experience, and most of all the capacity to play a strategic advisory role in partnership with clients.
The folks at MarketPress did a poll to see how big of shops people have built and managed with WooCommerce. 29% of respondents said they’d built a shop with 250-1000 products, and 11% said they’d built one with “1000+” products. It’s an interesting poll, but I see two problems. First, fewer than 40 people responded….
An email spam campaign disguised as being from Yoast is making the rounds. If you get an email from Yoast linking to their latest post, be sure to verify the sender and the link before you click it. According to Joost de Valk, they may not be the only site being targeted.