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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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Growing as a leader and setting your team up for wins

James Giroux writes so much good stuff on his own blog, I can’t keep up. I am accumulating a list of things he’s tackled that are unusual to see written about in any depth in the WordPress community, especially by a man. At some point I hope to write some things in response, or inspired…

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Sites hacked with fake CloudFlare DDoS alerts infected with RATs

Remote Access Trojans (RATs) are new to me β€” apparently, you can get one on a Windows machine as a malware payload from fake CloudFlare DDoS alert pages on hacked WordPress sites. Ben Martin at Sucuri explains “a recent surge in JavaScript injections targeting WordPress sites has resulted in fake DDoS prevent prompts which lead…

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Breaking into WordPress and Post Status Book Nook Picks

The Best Place to Break into WordPress Talisha Lewallen from WP Connects asks, β€œWhat is the best way to start and stay involved in the WordPress community?” WordCamps and Meetups were mentioned a lot. But my favorite came from Ben Meredith who said: β€œThe support forums are how I learned. It’s a great way to…

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Overcoming Barriers to Contributing

As a followup to my earlier post on common barriers to contributing to Five for the Future β€” especially for small teams β€” I was looking through the WordCamp US schedule and noticed Chris Lubkert‘s session: How Your Small Business Can Participate in Five for the Future. There’s also Jonathan Desrosiers‘ β€” You Can Contribute…

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SaaS, Plugin, or Both?

The perennial question β€” to SaaS or not to SaaS? Both? WordPress-centric product and marketing, or not so much? Danielle Di-Tommaso and Josh Barling from Acsell join Vito Peleg from Atarim to talk about their experiences in these scenarios with Woo BizChat hosts Robbie Adair and Robert Jacobi. First Time at WordCamp? By the way,…

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Who is Winning in the Woo Marketplace?

Ellipsis has published some new data and analysis that addresses the question, “Who is winning in the WooCommerce marketplace?” Their conclusions: In comparison to WordPress, WooCommerce has been a lot stronger this year. 70% commission on sales makes the WooCommerce Marketplace a viable sales channel. $85,498,900 has been earned in estimated revenue from the WooCommerce…

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Space, Assertiveness, Little Bets, and Love

# The Importance of Space Michelle Frechette is on a much deserved vacation this week, but before she left she wrote this great reflection on the various aspects of getting appropriate space for yourself: β€œIt’s altogether easy to understand, and an enigma in so many ways. In order to be productive, happy, and healthy, we…

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Rethinking WordPress Products Pricing Models

Jon Christopher wrote about how he’s rethinking the pricing model for his OrganizeWP product, and he got some good conversation going in Slack about it. Here’s what he’s doing: “licenses for updates and support will be sold for each major version, and they don’t expire.” I know first-hand the uphill battle it was to build…

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