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6 min read Borek Bernard
Plugins | blog.versionpress.net | Apr. 6, 2016

VersionPress is now free and open source

We wanted to do this for a long time and finally managed to. VersionPress is now free & OSS on GitHub.

VersionPress is now free and open source

Plugins | blog.versionpress.net | Apr. 6, 2016

It is my great pleasure to announce that VersionPress goes fully Open Source today. While the software itself has been GPL’d since the first releases, we’ve been developing it privately and Early Access was a paid-for program. All of that goes away today. VersionPress’ new home is now on GitHub are we’re not just making it freely available there, VersionPress will truly be developed out in the open and run as an open source project, hopefully with the help of a broader WordPress community over time. We encourage you to star / watch the repo and join us in the mission to turn WordPress into a fully versioned platform.
Oh, and “by the way”, we’re also releasing VersionPress 3.0-beta today.
This is a big moment in the project’s history so let me share a bit of a background story.
The early days
VersionPress started as an internal research project between me and Jan a couple of years back. We were solving our own workflow issue where we couldn’t easily synchronize WordPress sites between environments because database merging was virtually impossible. We decided to use Git (not SVN) as an internal engine of what we started calling VersionPress, and the results were pretty amazing. This tool

29 min read David Bisset
Business | pippinsplugins.com | Jan. 9, 2017

Pippins Plugins: 2016 in Review

If you run a WordPress business, then this info on Pippin’s Plugins will be a good read. You can't get much bigger or better than Pippin’s Plugins, and overall a taste of WordPress plugin industry in general.

Pippins Plugins: 2016 in Review

Business | pippinsplugins.com | Jan. 9, 2017

It is that time of year again! As in years past, I like to look back on the previous twelve months and see how we did. In this year’s review, I will share revenue numbers, challenges, achievements, insights, and more about my business building and selling WordPress plugins. Previous year in review posts:
There are a lot of great things that happened in 2016, but it was also easily one of the most difficult years I can remember in my adult life. 2016 put before me challenges and decisions I did not expect. For the most part, each of the challenges was overcome, though some of them are still being battled with, and I believe I’m a better person and a better business owner for having faced them. I’ll talk more on the challenges below.
When I started this plugins business 5-6 years ago, I never envisioned I’d have a team working with me, much less a team of 15!
I started bringing on people to help me with customer support in 2013 and doing that was easily one of the best things I’ve ever done. One became two, two became three, and now we have 16 members (counting myself) of the Sandhills Development team. These 15 are comprised of full time and part time

Community | make.wordpress.org | Dec. 28, 2016

Matt Mullenweg Announces Supporting the Future of WP-CLI

Great news! The website and code are all coming in under the WordPress.org umbrella and financial support is also involved.

First member to go over 10 vote strength - congrats Tom Harrigan!

Community | Feb. 12, 2016

When we launched this website two and a half years ago (oh my was that so far back?), together with a lot of novelties in the way we follow WordPress news we introduced a unique algorithm that measures member contribution to the site. It is somewhat based on Google's PageRank algo and it awards users that upvote good content and punishes those that upvote spammy stuff.

Tom Harrigan is first and Ryan and Donna are soon going to be in the 10.00 club too. As a reminder, vote strength of 10 means that Tom's vote counts as 10 new account votes. So if a bad article is shared, and a spammer creates nine accounts and upvote it, an article that Tom shares around that same time would still outrank it. Same goes for voting on an another article.

If a WordPress news organization wants a new editor they know where to look :)

Congrats Tom and thanks to all members for making this website a great one!

ps. full list of members is available here

Congrats Tom! On the heels of just chatting about ManageWP on the show too

via Jason Resnick

Hey thanks Vladimir! This was a nice surprise when I popped on the site :) I've enjoyed this community a lot over the last couple of years and it's been fantastic meeting and forming relationships with many of those who are active here. Cheers to another two and a half years (and beyond), and many more joining the 10+ club!

via Tom Harrigan

Congrats Tom- :)

Didn't know this community is two and half years old- too bad, I just found two months ago! Thanks Vladimir, it's been great time to finding bits of WordPress with ease here.

via Omaar Osmaan

Great Tom!!
For sharing great articles and contribute to managewp´s community.
In the same way for Donna, Ryan and all members

Thanks Vladimir, for your idea and support

via Juan Carlos Sánchez

Congrats, Tom!

Y'all awesome! I started WPMetaList last year and then stopped working on it after I discovered ManageWP.org. After all, there was no need to reinvent the wheel. ManageWP.org has become a vital part of my daily routine. Thank you, Vladimir and team, for making it possible and having the vision for something like this.

I have managed to share 230+ WordPress related articles here and have received 2,000+ upvotes in one year of membership. It's amazing, intuitive and makes me feel more connected with all of you.

It's about time the top 10 contributors should get a ManageWP.org Tshirt :P

via Ahmad Awais

Great idea Ahmad!

via Vladimir Prelovac
11 min read David Bisset
Development | wordpress.org | Jun. 8, 2017

WordPress 4.8 “Evans” Is Out!

WordPress 4.8 is out, named “Evans” in honor of William John “Bill” Evans. Grab now and bask in the glory of a fresh new release.

WordPress 4.8 “Evans” Is Out!

Development | wordpress.org | Jun. 8, 2017

An Update with You in Mind Gear up for a more intuitive WordPress!
Version 4.8 of WordPress, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.8 add more ways for you to express yourself and represent your brand.
Though some updates seem minor, they’ve been built by hundreds of contributors with you in mind. Get ready for new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news section in your dashboard which brings in nearby and upcoming WordPress events.
Exciting Widget Updates
Image Widget
Adding an image to a widget is now a simple task that is achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. Simply insert your image right within the widget settings. Try adding something like a headshot or a photo of your latest weekend adventure — and see it appear automatically.
Video Widget
A welcome video is a great way to humanize the branding of your website. You can now add any video

6 min read Brad Touesnard
Tutorials | deliciousbrains.com | Dec. 8, 2015

HTTP/2, HTTPS, Let's Encrypt and WordPress

HTTP/2 is awesome, but requires HTTPS, which is hard to setup. Let's Encrypt and WordPress can make HTTPS setup simple and help achieve a faster web sooner.

HTTP/2, HTTPS, Let's Encrypt and WordPress

Tutorials | deliciousbrains.com | Dec. 8, 2015

TL;DR — HTTP/2 is awesome, but requires HTTPS, which is hard to setup. Let’s Encrypt and WordPress can make HTTPS setup simple and help achieve a faster web sooner. My eyes are heavy, my head foggy. Kind of feels like I’m in a dream right now. A couple of hours ago I got home from Philadelphia, where I attended the WordPress Community Summit and the first annual WordCamp US over the past 7 days. And man, what a time.
There will be plenty of recap posts published this week, so instead, I thought I’d dig into one thing I got very excited about at the summit.
Weeks ago I got really excited about HTTP/2 while researching it for
an episode of Apply Filters. (If you haven’t learned about HTTP/2 yet, I urge you to listen to that episode. I’m very proud of the work Pippin and I did on it.) I learned that adding support for HTTP/2 on your site gives it an instant performance boost. And if you already have HTTPS setup, enabling HTTP/2 is as easy as updating Nginx to version 1.9.6+ and adding http2 to the config file:
listen 443 ssl http2;
If you don’t have HTTPS setup, you have do that in order to get HTTP/2 as it is only supported over HTTPS.
Unfortunately setting up and managing

57 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | poststatus.com | Jul. 24, 2015

Thesis, Automattic, and WordPress

"Thesis, Automattic, and WordPress. A 10,000 word story to describe a conflict of ideology." by Brian Krogsgard

Thesis, Automattic, and WordPress

Community | poststatus.com | Jul. 24, 2015

Chris Pearson and Matt Mullenweg have hardly communicated with one another in the last five years, but they are ideological enemies. They have very strong personalities and unshakable beliefs on business and software. This is a story of their dispute, their idealism, and the implications it will have on the WordPress project. Chris Pearson and Matt Mullenweg have hardly communicated with one another in the last five years, but they are ideological enemies. They are both wealthy individuals (though of different magnitudes) thanks to their online endeavors, with very strong personalities and unshakable beliefs on business and software. This is a story of their dispute, their idealism, and the implications it will have on the WordPress project.
Matt Mullenweg co-founded WordPress, founded Automattic, and is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of his generation. He runs a billion dollar “unicorn” startup centered on a culture of embracing open source technology and has achieved incredible success embracing principles counterintuitive to either Silicon Valley or big corporate culture. He’s paving a new path for how to create a valuable software company while religiously defending and

18 min read Vova Feldman
Plugins | freemius.com | Mar. 29, 2017

How to Outrank Your Competitors’ SEO on The NEW WP.org Plugin Repository

A complete guide to help plugin developers rank higher in the new WordPress.org plugin repository.

How to Outrank Your Competitors’ SEO on The NEW WP.org Plugin Repository

Plugins | freemius.com | Mar. 29, 2017

Yesterday the new plugins directory was officially released replacing the old, “legacy” one. Many community members (including me) feel that most of the issues that were addressed during the feedback phase were unfortunately ignored, but one thing that was significantly improved for sure is the search. It is still lacking way behind the search capabilities of designated search services like Addendio, but it’s much better than its predecessor.
The much-anticipated update to the plugins’ search is a HUGE thing. Not only does it obviously affect the WordPress.org repository search, it also changes the search in the WordPress Admin dashboard on ALL of the millions of WordPress sites out there (27% of the web).
Many developers in the WordPress community aren’t aware of the power of SEO in WordPress.org directory, but if you think about it, most of the traffic to your plugin’s or theme’s listing is coming from search. Here are the top 3 channels:
WordPress.org – people see the repository as a trusted collection of plugins & themes, many “plugin hunting expeditions” are starting right there. If you take a look at the screenshot

I'm Pippin Williamson, founder of numerous plugins, a reviewer for WordPress.org/plugins, a cyclist, and avid craft beer lover. Ask me anything!

AMA | Oct. 14, 2015


I am a WordPress plugin developer living in Hutchinson Kansas.

6 years ago I began my journey working in WordPress and today I am the owner and CEO of three companies and the founder of several large eCommerce based plugins, including Easy Digital Downloads, AffiliateWP, and Restrict Content Pro. I have also written well over 200 plugins, I help review plugin submissions on WordPress.org, and frequently contribute back to WordPress core. I also co-host a podcast about WordPress development called ApplyFilters

Outside of WordPress and development, I love cycling, hiking, great coffee, and craft beer. I'm an avid homebrewer and a lover of sour beers.

My wife and two daughters are the heart soul of everything I do.

Ask me anything!

When building a new product, do you have any recommendations for how to find and approach influencers to help spread the word and help make new releases successful?

via Clifton Griffin

What's a big issue that you see while doing plugin reviews for WordPress.org? Not necessarily the most common, but common enough to be worth mentioning.

via Joe Casabona

Serious: Do you #FeelTheBern?

via Mizner

I've never been one to "hunt people down" and ask for them to help promote a product launch. While it can obviously be a very successful strategy, it is just not me.

I have never entertained the idea of someone promoting my product just because they might be able to earn a few affiliate dollars on it. Instead, I want people to promote it because they truly love and support the product.

To answer your question, I think one of the best things you can do is try and get a few influencers to not only promote your product but to back it 100%. I promote plugins like SearchWP avidly because it is a truly great plugin, not just because I consider Jonathan a good friend.

How do you get it into influencers hands and attention? That's a harder issue, but I'd start with reaching out directly. Tip: be short, to the point, and honest. People that get hundreds or thousands of messages everyday hate reading yet-another-spammy-help-me email. Keep your email or message less than 300 words or less.

Another tip: write, write write. Write on your own blog, write guest posts, write on Twitter, write on Facebook. Put material out there. While people won't always find it, you're guaranteed to be more successful if you have writing out there than if you have none.

via Pippin Williamson

Biggest: people not following directions.

We get submission after submission where people have copy and pasted some code into a file and uploaded it. Even after we email them to inform them of various issues, we will still get the same exact code submitted with zero changes.

via Pippin Williamson

Yes. He's one of the first candidates I've been excited about in a long time. It's so refreshing to see one that is genuine and not driven / funded by big money.

via Pippin Williamson
12 min read Ryan Sullivan
Business | wpsitecare.com | Jul. 22, 2015

The WP Site Care Origin Story

Quite a few people have asked me how WP Site Care started and I finally sat down and wrote it all out. I shared some of my mistakes along the way, and some of the most valuable things I've learned too. Hope you all find it interesting/useful :)

The WP Site Care Origin Story

Business | wpsitecare.com | Jul. 22, 2015

After reading Josh Pigford’s post on the Baremetrics blog last week about his journey from Maker to Manager, I had a flood of memories come to me about the time I’ve spent building WP Site Care, and all of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. My role at the company has changed a lot since the early days, and I thought it’d be fun to not only take a look back and where we’ve been, but also to figure out a lesson or two that I’ve learned along the way. Where it Began
I started to think about how far we’ve really come in just a few short years, and realized that I’ve never even shared our company’s origin story with the world.
Origin stories are generally reserved for superheroes, but why can’t a hip (ok, this could be subjective) and growing brand have an origin story too? The truth is that it can, and I’d like to share ours with you today.
Humble Beginnings, Hold the Krypton
I’ll apologize in advance for all of the terrible puns I’ll be using throughout the post. It’s a cheesy theme, but I’m gonna roll with it, mainly because I can. And because superheroes are pretty awesome.
WP Site Care has been 100% bootstrapped from day 1.
When I left my corporate job in IT, I wanted to build

3 min read David McCan
Community | wptavern.com | Apr. 20, 2017

WordPress Plugin Directory Restores Tabbed Interface

Tabs in the WordPress plugin repository were removed in the recent redesign and replaced with "read more" links. There was a lot of feedback that this was more difficult to use and today the "read more" links were reverted back to tabs.

WordPress Plugin Directory Restores Tabbed Interface

Community | wptavern.com | Apr. 20, 2017

Last month the WordPress Plugin Directory relaunched with a new design and improvements to the search algorithm. The new design replaced the plugin pages’ previous tabbed interface with a wall of text, truncated by numerous “read more” links. The outpouring of negative community feedback on the new design overshadowed many of the helpful improvements. Removal of the tabs was by far the most unpopular design choice in this iteration, as many found it to be confusing and inferior in terms of navigating the information efficiently. Users, developers, and contributors on the redesign felt their feedback was roundly ignored throughout all phases of the design’s beta and testing period.
Four months ago, contributor Jon Ang (@kenshino) opened a ticket regarding the “read more” links, which he described as “a usability nightmare.” The ticket was closed as a duplicate of another ticket which received very little discussion. Today, Otto marked the ticket as fixed, announcing the return of tabs in the commit message:
Change single-plugin view to have tabbed design. Eliminates read-more on all sections except developers and changelog, adds tabs back

5 min read Joshua Strebel
Community | poststatus.com | Mar. 11, 2016

Automattic has purchased a majority stake in Pressable

Good luck on your new adventures Vid. Now.. well isn't this interesting...

Automattic has purchased a majority stake in Pressable

Community | poststatus.com | Mar. 11, 2016

Automattic has taken over a majority stake in Pressable, the managed WordPress hosting company, with a purchase of Pressable CEO Vid Luther’s shares of the company. They were already a significant investor. Automattic has purchased a majority stake in Pressable, one of the earliest managed WordPress hosting companies, founded in 2010. They were first known as ZippyKid, and rebranded in 2013.
Automattic was already a shareholder in Pressable, most recently as the primary investor of a $1.5 million round in April of 2015.
Technically, Automattic purchased common stock shares from Vid Luther, the CEO of Pressable. The monetary value of that common stock was, “enough to be debt free,” according to Vid. He owned about 37% of the company, or 4.5 million shares of 7 million shares of common stock (versus preferred shares). The company has also been in debt, reportedly close to $1 million worth.
Automattic is now the majority owner of Pressable, and since Vid sold his shares, this is effectively an acquisition, and Automattic will be able to set the direction of the company from now on. Chris Lauzon, a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, is the interim CEO. There are other smaller investors in

14 min read David Bisset
Community | indiehackers.com | May. 29, 2017

How Ionut Neage Built ThemeIsle to Make $50,000/month

Interview over at indiehackers.com: what were the past failures, what business models worked the best, etc.

How Ionut Neage Built ThemeIsle to Make $50,000/month

Community | indiehackers.com | May. 29, 2017

Hello! What's your background, and what are you working on? I'm Ionut Neagu. I studied computer science, and then in my final year of college I got into freelancing. I found some early success, so I kept doing that for about a year.
I thought that the next step would be expanding by starting an agency, and that clients would come to me on their own, simply because I had some business cards printed out and a business website on the Internet. Spoiler alert... it doesn't work like that.
I failed. The agency idea didn't go anywhere.
So I decided to pivot, and I launched ThemeIsle with a couple of friends. The goal was to give people access to some high-quality and simple to use WordPress themes. I had many hopes going into it. However, six months in, I was, again, ready to close the whole thing down.
But somehow we endured. We found the funds necessary to keep the ball rolling. One month after that, we hit $12,000 in monthly recurring revenue. Six months later, we'd reached $60,000/month.
We experienced our ups and downs, for sure. However, nowadays more than 500,000 people use our products actively. We average around $50,000 in revenue each month building cool WordPress themes, our most

53 min read Puneet Sahalot
Plugins | pippinsplugins.com | Sep. 28, 2016

WordPress Page builder plugins: a critical review - Pippins Plugins

Pippin has reviewed every popular plugin in an excellent manner. It's an honest and unbiased post and very interesting to read a developer's point of view for page builders.

WordPress Page builder plugins: a critical review - Pippins Plugins

Plugins | pippinsplugins.com | Sep. 28, 2016

Before starting this, I need to be completely honest: I really dislike page builders. In the last few years, page builder plugins (and those built into themes) have quite possibly caused more headaches for me and my support team than any other single category of plugins available for WordPress. This overall experience, and one too many support tickets related to a builder in a week, culminated in the following Twitter rant: Not only do they typically have incredibly subpar user experiences, they are easily the biggest compatibility problem for other plugins
— Pippinsplugins (@pippinsplugins) September 14, 2016
The sheer number of tickets that would NOT land in my system every week if they weren’t a thing is crazy.
— Pippinsplugins (@pippinsplugins) September 14, 2016
They break other plugins every day through their incredibly non-standard methods of content “building"
— Pippinsplugins (@pippinsplugins) September 14, 2016
I’m all for a good page builder, but if that means screwing over compatibility with other plugins’ ability to use standard WP features, stop
— Pippinsplugins (@pippinsplugins) September 14, 2016
These tweets garnered

5 min read David Bisset
Business | nickhaskins.com | Jul. 31, 2015

On Life and Family

Nick Haskins is putting up Aesopinteractive for sale. Aesop Story Engine, Lasso, Story.AM, etc.

On Life and Family

Business | nickhaskins.com | Jul. 31, 2015

A couple weeks ago I moved the entire family across a few states from Texas to North Carolina, in search of something better in life. You see in Texas, there just isn’t anything to do, or see. You can drive for eight hours (no exaggeration) and the land stays flat, and you’ll still be in Texas. Sure you can hike, for maybe 10 minutes out of the year when it’s not 200 degrees. Sure you can swim in the river, for a couple months out of the year and you’re guaranteed to have 3000 other people there too, because it’s the only place to go. You surely can’t live off the land very easily, and seasons? Yeah right, there’s two. Really hot, or really cold.
So we’ve been here in North Carolina for a couple of weeks, and we couldn’t be happier. My kids are happy. My wife is happy, and the weather is just amazing. During this time, I’ve learned one important lesson.
Family. Is. Everything.
But unfortunately the last couple of years I’ve been putting my code before my family. That stopped two weeks ago. At 3 o’clock I turn the computer off, and I spend time with my family. I’m committed to my job at CG Cookie, and at the end o the day I really don’t want to spend any more time on the computer than

9 min read David Bisset
Editorials | digwp.com | Aug. 2, 2016

Stop Ruining the WP Admin Area

WordPress developers respect the software you are working with. On another note, love a good rant.

Stop Ruining the WP Admin Area

Editorials | digwp.com | Aug. 2, 2016

I guess what I was trying to get at with my previous poll about too many plugins was the idea that a lot of WordPress sites that I see these days are just absolutely trashed in the Admin Area due to inconsiderate, poorly planned plugins and themes. For users, a few wrong turns when choosing plugins can leave the streamlined, easy-to-use Admin Area an absolute mess of annoying ads and discordant design. So this DigWP post is encouragement for plugin and theme developers to please STOP ruining the WordPress experience with aggressive marketing tactics, endless nagging, and other obtrusive nonsense. tl;dr:
“The overall quality of a plugin or theme is revealed by how well it harmonizes with WordPress.”
And the winners are..
Just kidding. When it comes to polluting the WP Admin Area with hideous design and strident advertising, there are no winners. The user experience suffers, your brand looks pathetic, and the WordPress experience is ruined.
For those of us that run "pristine" WP installs, it's easy to imagine that all WordPress users enjoy the same clean, well-organized Admin experience. You know, a world where the unencumbered luxury of the Admin Area is freely

10 min read Donna Cavalier
Development | make.wordpress.org | Sep. 21, 2015

WP REST API: Merge Proposal

It's that time! Proposal to merge into core. A 2-parter though. Whatcha think?

WP REST API: Merge Proposal

Development | make.wordpress.org | Sep. 21, 2015

Hello everyone! This is the post you’ve all been waiting for. We on the REST API team (myself, @rachelbaker, @joehoyle, @danielbachhuber, and newest member and core committer @pento) would like to propose merging the REST API into WordPress core. We’ve been working a while on this, and think it’s now ready to get your feedback.
This is our first iteration of the proposal, and we’re actively looking for feedback. If you have thoughts on the project, or on this proposal, let us know! Only with your feedback can we make progress.
What is the REST API?
The REST API is a nice and easy way to get at your data in WordPress externally, whether that’s from JavaScript in a theme or plugin, mobile and desktop applications, or importing and exporting data. The API offers up all core data types (posts, terms comments, and users), plus support for meta and revisions; we’ve got plans to eventually have access to everything the admin and frontend have access to.
The REST API differs from existing WordPress APIs in that it is explicitly designed from the ground up for modern mobile and browser usage, using the lightweight and widely-supported JSON data serialization format with a modern REST interface.

16 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | tommcfarlin.com | Jul. 1, 2015

The WordPress Community (A Comedy of Drama, Ego, Oligarchies, and More)

Read thoughts of Tom McFarlin about The WordPress Community which he believes is a Comedy of Drama, Ego, Oligarchies, and More

The WordPress Community (A Comedy of Drama, Ego, Oligarchies, and More)

Community | tommcfarlin.com | Jul. 1, 2015

I don’t know why I feel compelled to begin a post like this, but this is going to be a lengthy as it covers quite of a bit of the state of the culture of WordPress right now. As someone who loves the software, makes a living off of it, and tries to follow along with everything going on with it, things have gotten really intense over the past few weeks – more intense than usual, that is – and it’s kind of a bummer to see.
Secondly, I’ve been told on a couple of occasions in the past that I don’t do a good job of staking my own claim in terms of how I perceive a given situation. That is, I’ve been told that I tend to hang out in the gray versus the black or white of a issue (so I try to weigh both sides of an issue – big deal :) – but I thought maybe I’d take this time to lean in one direction or the other a little harder than I usually do.
Like I said, I don’t know why I should preface what I opt to write about in this post (as it kind of enforces the point above), but I figured it was worth giving some background of where I’m coming from.
And my experience won’t be the same as yours and yours won’t be the same as mine or the next persons, but this is my take on what I’ve seen over the

11 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | pippinsplugins.com | Apr. 15, 2015

Three years of building an eCommerce platform - Pippins Plugins

Pippin shares the highs and the lows of building his business around eCommerce platform. Pretty insightful to say the least.

Three years of building an eCommerce platform - Pippins Plugins

Community | pippinsplugins.com | Apr. 15, 2015

At this time three years ago, I released a small eCommerce plugin to the world called Easy Digital Downloads, and now it’s anything but a small plugin. During the last few years, I have had some of the best highs of my life, and a few of the deepest lows. For my own reflection, I would like to look back at a few of hardships and a few of the peaks I encountered along the way. The team
First, I cannot thank enough the team of people that have helped propel us to where we are today. It may have started as a one man journey, but it was only that way for a short while. Today the Easy Digital Downloads team consists of four full-time developers and support staff, two part time support staff, and two very active contributing developers, and on May 1 we are bringing on another full time team member to manage documentation. To each of these individuals, I must express my most sincere gratitude for believing in the platform, trusting me to lead it, and sticking along side the rest of the team through good and bad. Without the hard work of everyone on the team, Easy Digital Downloads would only be a shadow of what it is today.
Growth of a code base
Easy Digital Downloads began as a relatively

4 min read Donna Cavalier
Business | woothemes.com | May. 19, 2015

WooThemes Joins Automattic

Huge news! Wow, this came as a big surprise, but congrats to them, and best of luck to all.

WooThemes Joins Automattic

Business | woothemes.com | May. 19, 2015

Today marks the beginning of the next exciting chapter in our journey as WooThemes. The short and sweet of it – we are joining the Automattic family! Read more about this from WooThemes co-founders, Mark and Magnus and from Matt Mullenweg of Automattic. What does this mean for our customers? If you’re using WooThemes products (extensions, themes, or other) your licenses and experience will continue as before and there is no reason to worry. In the coming weeks and months you can expect business as usual from WooThemes, now with the added power of Automattic behind everything we do. For support, continue to reach out to us in the same way you always have done.
What does this mean for our team? The Woo ninjas are not going anywhere! They’ll continue working all around the world, with exciting opportunities for learning and growth through the cross-pollination of Automattic’s and our engineering, support and marketing teams.
In 2008, as three strangers in three countries, we set out on a quest to pioneer WordPress commercial theming, never dreaming of the rocket-propelled voyage into the self-hosted eCommerce unknown that lay ahead. It’s been an incredible ride, backed by a unique community,

I'm Jeff Chandler, Founder of WP Tavern, Ask Me Anything!

AMA | Mar. 30, 2016

Hello there! I currently reside in the wonderful state of Ohio and host the WordPress Weekly podcast. I'm the founder of WP Tavern, one of the largest sites devoted to WordPress and I've been writing about the software for more than eight years, it's one of the few things in life I'm good at. I enjoy watching trains, the Back to The Future movies, meteorology, the 90s, especially the grunge music era, and good food. What more do you want to know?

Who would you characterize as the Doc Brown of the WordPress community?

via Drew Jaynes

Hello Jeff, nice talking to you.

You took one month vacation recently, what contributed to take such long break from writing for WordPress Community? How's that impacted/improved your dedication towards your job/passion?

While there are many large groups in Facebook about WordPress, there isn't many active/large community for WordPress Users/Developers (at least that I know of)- is it because big social platforms like Facebook/Twitter fills the gap? Or, WordPress Community are distributed in nature?

Thank you. :)

via Omaar Osmaan

Excellent question. In thinking about it for awhile, I don't know of anyone off the bat who I register as being the Doc Brown type. However I'm going to ponder this some more and see if I can't nail it down by the end of today. He's a crazy wild hair scientist that Marty looks up to and is friends with. If I'm Marty, I don't know who my Doc Brown is.

via Jeff

Writing about WordPress for a living is a daily grind that has its ebbs and flows. The last four months of 2015 was a rocky road for the Tavern as I started to lose control of the commenting situation on the site. I spent more time putting out fires started by commenters than writing content. I dealt with upset readers on Twitter and generally, I was in a bad mood all the time. It became so bad that I finally drafted a comment moderation policy and banned someone for the first time in the site's history from commenting on the site.

Also, many of the comments on the Tavern are rife with negativity. I don't know if it's something in the water or what but people sure do have a lot to complain about these days when it comes to WordPress. It's a much different atmosphere than it was 4-6 years ago where the Tavern comments were filled with people helping each other out while discussing the topics at hand.

The break from the Tavern and all things WordPress helped clear my mind and gave me a much needed break from the grind. What's interesting is that I didn't miss my job as much as I usually do when I take a vacation. Usually, I work more on vacation than I do during a normal week but this time, I stayed away and didn't miss it.

This is a scary revelation because it hints to a number of things but I'm in the process of trying to get back to the point where I miss my job when I'm away. By the way, if anyone is working for an employer that has one of those cool unlimited vacation policies, don't be afraid to use it. If you feel an extended time away will put you back on the right track, do it!

RE: Your second question, it's because the Tavern doesn't have a place yet for them to congregate :) I think it's because of the distributed nature of the community and between all the social networks, maybe there doesn't need to be one big place.

However, it would be awesome if the Tavern was that place where developers, users, and all people inbetween could gather to talk WordPress, share ideas, and help take WordPress further. Something that goes beyond comments and is more of a community. I think the Tavern can become the second largest WordPress community outside of WordPress.org. It's one of the things I'm hoping I can start working on this year.

via Jeff

Thank you, Jeff- for the in-depth answer!

I really hope to see Tavern become more of a community- it would be super awesome! :)

via Omaar Osmaan

Yeah, I should've phrased it as "Who is your Doc Brown in the WordPress community?"

via Drew Jaynes
Community | poststatus.com | Sep. 29, 2015

Rest in peace, Alex King

Alex King, one of the original contributors to WordPress, founder of CrowdFavorite, and all around nice guy has passed away after a battle with cancer.

2 min read David Bisset
Development | wordpress.org | Jan. 26, 2017

WordPress 4.7.2 Security Release

This is a security release so better get to updating. Three issues including WP_Query being vulnerable to a SQL injection and a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability.

WordPress 4.7.2 Security Release

Development | wordpress.org | Jan. 26, 2017

WordPress 4.7.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. WordPress versions 4.7.1 and earlier are affected by three security issues:
The user interface for assigning taxonomy terms in Press This is shown to users who do not have permissions to use it. Reported by David Herrera of Alley Interactive.
WP_Query is vulnerable to a SQL injection (SQLi) when passing unsafe data. WordPress core is not directly vulnerable to this issue, but we’ve added hardening to prevent plugins and themes from accidentally causing a vulnerability. Reported by Mo Jangda (batmoo).
A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability was discovered in the posts list table. Reported by Ian Dunn of the WordPress Security Team.
Thank you to the reporters of these issues for practicing responsible disclosure.
Download WordPress 4.7.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.7.2.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.7.2.

3 min read carrie dils
Community | wpbeginner.com | Jun. 1, 2016

WP Beginner donates WP.org to WordPress

WP.org no longer redirects to WP Beginner. Owner Syed Balkhi transferred ownership to the WP Foundation.

WP Beginner donates WP.org to WordPress

Community | wpbeginner.com | Jun. 1, 2016

Over the last year and a half, if you typed in the domain wp.org, then you were redirected to WPBeginner. This was an unexpected and unpleasant surprise for many because you really wanted to visit WordPress.org, home of the popular content management system. Today, I’m pleased to announce that we have donated the domain to the WordPress Foundation. For majority of you, this doesn’t mean anything and life goes on as usual. For those who’re more involved in the WordPress community, this is a huge deal because now you can type wp.org in your Tweets, Slack messages, Facebook statuses, etc without cursing at me or WPBeginner.
I know this redirect was frustrating because many of you tweeted at me or sent us angry emails. To all of you and even those who took the high road, I want to apologize for my actions.
Now you’re probably wondering what changed?
The short answer is A LOT.
My wife and I are pregnant with our first baby. This has given me a new perspective on life as whole.
Balkhi Baby
From ironing out a new will to working on expanding my life insurance coverage, there’s a lot happening. For the first time in my life, I’m thinking about unforseen circumstances.