GDPR is a privacy law designed to give citizens back control of their personal data. Hands down, GDPR will impact how the entire internet deals with data.
Need to get control over your WordPress sites social schedule? Check out the in-depth overview of an all-in-one social media platform deeply integrated with WordPress from BobWP and why he started using Social Web Suite. There is also an awesome video, too.
I write about a lot of WordPress plugins and services on this site, but rarely does it work to write about one at the point that I am starting to use it myself. I have also written a lot about social. I’ve talked about it and shared my own strategies around the scheduling of social. Through testing, I’ve found what works and what doesn’t and have crafted that part of my business slowly and successfully.
I’ve shared plenty about the tools I use. For scheduling, it has been CoSchedule for quite some time. In fact, since August 2015.
But it’s time for a change.
Along Came Social Web Suite
If you go to WordCamps, you might have experienced that feeling when you meet someone and you just know… okay, these are good people and I know they are going to become colleagues and friends of mine. Call it my intuition. But that has been the case with Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic from Social Web Suite. If you have met them yourself, you know what I mean.
For quite some time, their new product has been in beta. They were working hard, fine-tuning it before the formal release, which happened this month. And damn, it was worth the wait. There may had been a time
Previously, I wrote my first opinion of Gutenberg as a Page Builder Creator. Now that Gutenberg has evolved quite a lot, I'm embracing it now and encourage other developers to create plugins and themes for it.
It’s just a matter of time when Gutenberg will hit WordPress Core. As days go by, we’re getting closer and closer to an eventual merge. So to get ahead of the game, my team and I took almost month studying Gutenberg, and ended up releasing a plugin called Stackable – Ultimate Gutenberg Blocks. Throughout our experience, what we found is that Gutenberg is quite awesome!
On November last year, I wrote an article about a Page Builder Creator’s Opinion of Gutenberg, and posited that as a page builder creator, I should innovate hard in order to survive.
When I wrote that article, we kept hearing that Gutenberg was the “future” of WordPress… but it was a bit uncertain on what Gutenberg really was and what it was going to be when it’s finished. Upon realizing that it was a page builder, I was doubtful that it would be a good fit in the WordPress Core.
Now, four months after my post, Gutenberg has grown up a lot, and it has evolved into a page builder that is being developed at a very rapid pace.
Since then, I’ve changed my stance on Gutenberg – I’m no longer hesitant about the thought of it, I’m now embracing
Wondering what it takes to perform a full WordPress localization by translating your website? We've been through this multiple times and can share our lessons, by Collectiveray
"You see, EDD is seen around the WordPress community as this great plugin that is wildly successful and a model to look up to in the commercial plugin ecosystem. While this is a reputation that we take great pride in, the honest truth of the matter is our team has struggled with EDD for months because in many ways it has felt like a sinking ship."
On December 14, 2016, my team and I pushed a significant change to our Easy Digital Downloads products: we increased the price on all extensions by 50-250%. Yes, you read that right: up to a 250% price increase on certain plugins. This change was done for a number of reasons, which I will get into shortly, and has resulted in a very interesting last three months. Since I have always been very open with my company’s financials, I would like to now share some reflections on the change that we made and to also share some of the aftermath of the change. The backstory
Since the beginning of Easy Digital Downloads, and I imagine many products, customer support has always been our biggest challenge. Taking care of customers is hands down the most difficult job in the company. It is ripe with challenging problems to solve, long hours, relentless flows of new tickets, on-going conversations that spread not only over days but even weeks and months. Providing good and, when possible, great customer support is, to put it simply, exhausting.
There have been many times over the last 5-7 years where I thought to myself I’m sick of this; I just can’t keep taking care of these people,
Short story on SaaS in WordPress, echoing recent WooCommerce moove.
SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions have been very popular for the past decade. Surprisingly, WordPress seemed to be relatively underpenetrated compared to the rest of the industry. However, the recent WooCommerce move to a straight renewal process might be the first sign of growing trend in the WordPress universe. It’s been more than a year since we founded and launched Weglot, a new SaaS plugin for multilingual in WordPress and I wanted to share some thoughts and views on this topic.
SaaS is a way of delivering applications via the cloud, as a service, paying a monthly or yearly fee for it. Users do not need to install and maintain software, they simply access it via the Internet. Instead of selling software as a good, it shifted to services, freeing users from implementing and maintaining it.
SaaS solutions are currently used in almost all business areas, (HR, Support, Accounting, CRM, Management, Financials, etc.). Famous examples include popular and successful solutions like Salesforce (CRM), Box (online workspace storage) or Zendesk (support).
If you’re looking at existing SaaS solutions in WordPress, you’ll mainly find them at each end of the chain
I had a chance to sit down with MOJO Marketplace founder J.R. Farr & Sucuri co-founder Tony Perez to talk about acquisitions.
JR Farr's company MOJO Marketplace was acquired by EIG four years ago, with Tony Perez' company recently getting acquired by GoDaddy. We discuss what it's like to go through an acquisition of this size, and touch upon the future of WordPress at hosting companies. https://mattreport.com/subscribe
WP Rocket reached a huge milestone: our plugin is active on more than 200K websites! We thought we’d share lessons learned along the way to this milestone.
We created WP Rocket in 2013. A little over 3 years later, we are happy to announce that more than 200,000 WordPress websites are running with WP Rocket on board! Here’s what we learned on our way to speeding up so many websites:
1. You can do good and still make money
When we entered the market, the main WordPress caching solutions were free plugins. Why would people pay for something that’s already free? Well, it turns out that customers aren’t looking for free at all costs. Someone told us recently that we had a knack for finding great solutions to what people need.
The lesson we learned building WP Rocket is that you can do good and still make money. No shame in that. Today, we are at version 2.9.7. of our plugin and keep improving every day. 6 months ago we wrote a blog post to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. In it we were celebrating our 100,000 sites using WP Rocket milestone.
A little more than 6 months later, we doubled the number of websites that have WP Rocket installed. 16,000 WordPress websites install WP Rocket per month.
We’ve achieved these incredible milestones while maintaining our core company values. We still get up every morning with the
Want to delight shoppers with attractive WooCommerce discounts & promotions during this Black Friday/Cyber Monday season? You know very well that your sales and average order value can shoot through the roof this season.
Most WooCommerce store owners are trying to get their products in front of as many eyeballs as possible. More traffic is always good because it means a better chance to make a sale, right? This post isn’t for those WooCommerce store owners.
Instead, I’m going to talk about a more niche use – password protecting certain WooCommerce product categories to restrict access.
Why the heck would you want to password protect WooCommerce categories? There are actually plenty of situations where it makes sense. Here are a few that come to mind right away:
Wholesale stores – if you’re a wholesaler, you probably don’t want your prices and product lists publicly available, so password protection lets you restrict access to only authorized shoppers.
Private client areas – you can create separate categories for individual clients to sell a unique set of products to each client.
Members-only store – you can create an entire store that’s only available to members.
Mix-and-match – you can leave most of your store public like normal, but password protect certain restricted products that you don’t want everyone to be able to see.
The CEO of ThemeRex "Henry Rise" shared his experience providing with 5 must-do rules to make progress on Envato marketplace.
Henry Rise, the CEO of ThemeRex, Power Elite Author on Themeforest is sharing his experience providing you with 5 must-do rules to make progress on Envato marketplace. We started ThemeREX five years ago.
When we were entering the market we didn’t have a name. Nobody knew us and the only thing we could rely on was the quality of our themes.
Now we are Power Elite Author and have over 140 WordPress themes in our portfolio.
Over these years, we’ve gained some valuable experience and now we want to share it with you. This is not a magic recipe how to get to the top with no efforts. However, these simple rules will bring you closer to the Envato’s wall of fame.
Become an Exclusive Author
Envato charges a certain fee from its authors. Signing up for an exclusive sales agreement benefits your business. Why?
Well, exclusive authors earn more than the non-exclusive ones as Envato has a more rewarding payment structure who are only using their marketplace to sell their digital goods.
There is a great difference between 12.5% and 50%; isn’t it?
While selling your items exclusively on Envato, you are not permitted to sell them anywhere else, including your own website. However,
A short & sweet article about the principals of scoping your work, with a great example of building a website in 5 days.
After four days of working together, she finally admitted, “No one ever taught me how to scope.” I was working with one of my clients’ senior developers to map out exactly how we were going to get all of the work done that we needed, but a few frustrating hours of going in circles finally revealed the culprit. It’s a problem I’ve seen from very junior to some of the most senior employees I’ve worked with. Simply put, I like to define scope as:
A description of all the work that needs to get done, and
The time needed to do said work.
That can be as simple as building a website in 5 days or as complex as organizing an entire ad campaign. Regardless, the formula remains intact.
Good scoping is often a case of simple arithmetic; by the time you were 8 or 9 years old, you’ve had the skills to scope well. So why is it so difficult? You’re mostly fighting the psychology of it all.
If I asked you if you could build a website (of any given complexity) in 6 months, I’d bet your answer would be, “Probably.” That’s the valence effect at play: your tendency to think that more good will happen to you than bad. Throw a little
Back in August, our team met up for our third annual company retreat. Want the details of what we did this year and what it all ended up costing? Read all about it on the blog.
This year was the first year we met up with the sole purpose of the company retreat. In previous years, we tacked our retreat onto conferences like WordCamp Europe or WordCamp Miami. Planning
In the past, I’ve taken on the task of planning and making all the arrangements for our meetups myself. This year, I hired an event planner and man, it was awesome.
In previous years, I had probably spent more than 20 hours planning our retreats. This year, working with the event planner meant planning our meetup took significantly less time. And bonus, she did a much better job than I ever would have.
We still incorporated some planning things that worked well for us in the past – setting up a Google Doc with all the accommodation details & FAQs for the team for one.
Here’s the schedule we ended up with (and mostly followed):
12-2pm Flights arrive
6pm BBQ dinner at the chalets
8pm Bonfire (we were very prompt with our bonfires)
7am Breakfast at the chalets
Catch-up on support
Separate into product teams to reduce interruptions, have a product team meeting, work on the products
12pm Standup paddle boarding
5pm Check-in on support
Really excellent article from Jason Cohen, CTO & founder at WPEngine, about why big companies buy small ones
Large companies don’t acquire small companies for their financials. Revenue multiples, profit multiples, premium over the previous financing — these are metrics used by sellers to help determine a minimum acceptable price. That’s the price that “pays for” enough foreseeable upside that it’s not worth rolling the dice against future troubles or the unlikelihood of an exit.
Large acquirers don’t care about small-company financials because mathematically those won’t affect the growth or value of the acquirer. A company with $100m/yr in revenue growing 30% annually won’t go through the effort, risk, and distraction of buying a company with $1m/yr in revenue growing 100% annually, because that’s only a piddly 1% or maybe as much as 2% of additional growth.
Rather, buyer behavior is rooted in their strategy — a combination of product thesis, their theory of their market’s evolution, how they need to position for customers and against competitors, their long-term brand development, geographic expansion plans, and so on.
From this foundation, they’re constantly asking: “How can we execute our existing strategy,
I have learned that asking yourself questions about why you are doing what you are doing and spending time to find answers, will help in hard times to make decisions.
Welcome to the 20th edition of our monthly transparency report (for September 2016). In this series, I focus on different aspects of running a WordPress theme business, including our strategies, methods, wins, and struggles. In short, this is where you can learn what’s been going on behind the scenes at ThemeIsle and CodeinWP. Click here to see the previous reports. Our most popular free theme, post WordPress.org
If you’re following the blog, you might have noticed that our most popular free theme – Zerif Lite – got suspended from the WordPress.org directory mid September.
A couple of days after that, I published our transparency report, where I covered the whole thing somewhat. By “somewhat” I mean that I tried to focus on the theme directory itself, and present how we can all improve it to serve theme developers better … or at least what sort of changes we could propose to make it so. I didn’t want to focus on the fine details of the suspension itself and turn this into a “their fault vs our fault” kind of exchange.
Another couple of days later, WordPress Tavern picked up the story and published their own piece describing
3 things that went well over the past month and 3 things I screwed up. Let's do this.
This is another chapter in a series of posts that I’ll be writing to keep you updated on what’s going on with WP Buffs from the perspective of its founder. That’s me. I’ll keep it pretty simple. 3 things I screwed up and 3 things that went well over the past month. I want to tell you about all the solid stuff happening at WPB, but I can’t stand people who only post when they have good news. It’s like looking at someone’s Instagram account and being jealous of how awesome their life is when those pictures have been carefully curated from the best 1% of their lives.
As anybody who’s run a startup before knows, what it looks like from the outside may not reflect what’s happening on the inside. A company can easily look like it’s running smoothly when in reality, it’s going up in flames.
I’ll be writing something quick like this every month so please subscribe to stay tuned in.
1. Poor Conversion
I’m still struggling a bit converting visitors on this blog into email subscribers. It’s really tough! I’ve been doing a lot of A/B testing of different pop ups, welcome mats, scroll bars, etc. It’s
A look at the GPL and how to apply it to themes and plugins - includes some info on how to apply these principles to your own projects.
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Hi. I’m Jamie. I’m a developer and I make stuff for WordPress. I create themes and plugins for it, ranging from free releases on WordPress.org, to custom work for clients to products I sell on various marketplaces. I’m also thinking of selling my products independently from my own site. I get it that WordPress itself is licensed under the GPL and I get it that this means that at least some of what I create needs to be licensed under the GPL. Sometimes I also use other people’s GPL-licensed code in my themes and plugins and, at the moment, I’m forking a GPL-licensed plugin in the WordPress.org plugin repository to take it in a new direction. I reckon I understand the basics of the GPL but, to be honest, I’m not always clear about how to apply it to my releases and I’m not always sure whether I’m complying with it properly when using other people’s GPL-licensed code. I’m also aware that there’s a bunch of additional rules on WordPress.org that I need to comply with when I want to add a theme or plugin to the theme or plugin repository but, again, I’m not always sure that I’m
Logan and I talk about how he's using WordPress & EDD to sell his royalty-free music as well as some tips for recording and how he writes new songs weekly!
Logan and I talk about what it’s like to sell royalty free music with Easy Digital Downloads, as well as the music-writing process, good sound editing, and tips for recording. This is a great episode because Logan is not necessarily in the WordPress space, but he is using WordPress to sell his music. Show Notes
Pretty interesting info on how Automattic’s approaches legal threats from Paul Sieminski.
I was honored by the invite to give a talk at the Post Status Publish conference last Thursday. Thanks again to Krosgard for the invitation – it was a great event, that I hope was not bogged down too much by a late afternoon discussion of legal issues. My original topic was “WordPress + the Law”, but I changed the title slightly to “WordPress + the Law(suit)”: I used some of the many lawsuits we see against Automattic as examples of the legal issues that hosts, users, developers working with WordPress might see.
At the beginning of my talk, I laid out three general principals for dealing with legal threats that we follow at Automattic. Now doing this short follow up post to flesh out those principles a bit more, since a few people asked about them after the talk.
Automattic’s Approach to Legal Threats
Cut Through the Noise, Don’t be Intimidated. We receive a lot of legal threats. Some of them become actual lawsuits, but the vast majority do not. Most legal complaints relate to content that we host, that someone has a problem with. We steadfastly defend our users’ rights, though we do remove things that are truly harmful or not allowed
Richard Best walks us through some important legal GPL goodness in the final episode of Season 4.
Getting a lesson on open source “laws” from Richard Best of WP and Legal Stuff is the perfect way to end Season 4 of The Matt Report podcast. I’ve admired Richard’s work from afar for quite a while. His e-book, A Practical Guide to WordPress & the GPL, is a must-have for anyone launching a product business within the WordPress marketspace. We distill the tricky GPL topics like, forking someone else’s product and using it for your own business, and what exactly do you have to attribute with the GPL.
While our conversation is oozing in legal goodness (is that a thing?), please consult your own private attorney on these matters. The Matt Report cannot be held accountable for the actions you take after consuming this episode — but I will take credit for non-legal related wins.
At the end of the day, Richard is a great guy, and it was my honor to have him spend time with us today, closing out the season.
Interview with Richard Best
THE END of Season 4
Make sure to thank my sponsors Pagely & Valet. Without them, this season could not be possible.
If you want to sponsor the show, or know someone who does, please contact me. Podcast sponsorships are
A view different than the usual one. Looking at iOS app store one can definitely make such an argument.
You are probably thinking what is Nick smoking, the last time I checked WordPress themes were cheap, like really cheap. True, they don’t cost a lot monetarily but I think cash is only one metric for measuring true cost. A more relevant metric is time. What do I mean by time? I’m talking about the time it takes for someone to set up a theme. Let’s get real. WordPress themes are more complex than they’ve ever been. I think this is a result of a crowded market where people add every feature they can think of in hopes of getting just one more sale. The term “multipurpose theme” gives me nightmares. Everyone’s time has value. If you aren’t setting up this theme you are could be working on your business or spending time with your kids. Time is something that you never seem to have enough of. For the sake of this example let’s say your time is worth $50/hr. If I had to choose between two theme one that cost $35 and takes 3 hours to set up and one that cost $100 but takes only 1 hour to set up if I looked at monetary cost the $35 theme would be a no brainer. However, when you factor in my time the affordable theme’s true cost is $185
Short story by Max, about his 1-year experience as Weglot head of support, structuring the customer service and make it easily scalable. We went from 10 tickets/day to more than 100.
“Deliver awesome customer support whatever it takes”. If your memory serves you right, you’ve read that sentence in one of our previous posts. Indeed, by early May 2017, Remy (Weglot’s co-founder and CTO), explained in a detailed article how crucial the customer experience is. At this time, the workload in terms of customer support and communication was very high. Weglot needed to have a dedicated team to handle customer support. That’s why recently graduated in political science and digital business, I left HighFive -an edutech startup I’ve co-created- to join the team as Head of Customer Success. From that moment, making sure Weglot customers get the best experience became my mission statement and a real challenge!
Get focused on customer experience!
Provide an awesome customer service is a full-fledged marketing leverage. Those interactions between our clients and us build valuable confidence.
You can’t ignore the customer service value. It’s an essential building-block of any sustainable acquisition strategy or retention plan. Paying attention to the customer experience makes the difference.
That’s why, since the beginning of
A new wеbѕitе iѕ a big invеѕtmеnt – which iѕ whу it’s so important thаt уоu gеt the right, рrоfеѕѕiоnаl ѕuрроrt from a wеb dеѕign соmраnу уоu саn dереnd on.
Christie Chirinos is a Partner at Caldera Labs. Christie received her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in information systems management from Florida State University, and is currently based out of New York City where she lives with her cat, Snickers. A new wеbѕitе iѕ a big invеѕtmеnt – which iѕ whу it’s so important thаt уоu gеt the right, рrоfеѕѕiоnаl ѕuрроrt from a wеb dеѕign соmраnу уоu саn dереnd on.
As sellers of Caldera Forms, a product often used in new website investments, we’ve seen how these projects can go very wrong, and we’ve also identified the common factors that help these projects go very right. This is the advice I give to friends when they ask me how to go about getting a website.
Vetting Your Web Developer
It all starts with the right person or firm. Chооѕе the right professional and еvеrуthing еlѕе wоuld mostly run smoothly, lеаving уоu with a beautiful wеbѕitе thаt dеlivеrѕ rеаl rеturnѕ on your investment. Make thе wrоng dесiѕiоn, and you riѕk wаѕting a lоt of timе, mоnеу аnd еffоrt оn something thаt ѕimрlу doesn’t work fоr уоur buѕinеѕѕ.
First, understand the “who” of the industry. WordPress
A nice article on how Delicious Brains go from an idea to a product. Would like to know more about how they decide which idea is a "profitable product" to pursue after the results from their researches. If you have any strategies to share on that, post in the comments :D
If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ve probably seen some of our tutorials on developing plugins using different technologies like React and Vue. But when not writing examples for blog posts, we rarely if at all dive into creating a new plugin – there’s a lot more that goes into it before we write a single line of code. In this week’s post, we’ll be taking a look at everything we do to create a new product or WordPress plugin. We don’t adhere strictly to any specific software development process, but the method we’re using currently seems to work well.
Research and Brainstorming
Obviously everything starts with an idea. Someone on the team (usually Brad) will come up with an idea for a new product and add it to our private Trello board. Sometimes this comes out of personal experience, sometimes out of things we hear from customers, or just a need we see in the market.
Once we have an idea we’ll all mull it over. Often we’ll do this at company retreats, as being able to brainstorm a new product in person can help a lot.
Once we’re fairly sure that this is something we want to do, we’ll do some research
Great article by Scott Bolinger on how the WordPress-based product business has changed and how this is affecting the WordPress economy.
Building a WordPress-based product business is a much different process than it used to be. People have to do something different and better than what has come before. This article is a member contribution from Scott Bolinger. Scott is the founder of Holler Box and the co-founder of AppPresser.
The WordPress economy is changing, and many businesses are feeling it.
The market is maturing, and customers are behaving differently. It’s happening slowly, but I think everyone realizes things are changing.
Often this change has been discussed in terms of hosts and agencies, but let’s talk about products.
I just read an article on Indie Hackers about MH Themes, a premium theme shop that started in 2013. They describe a hard-fought journey to a solid $30K in monthly revenue, but they have noticed big changes in the market since they started.
The author, Michael Hebenstreit, puts it this way:
Back in 2013 it was much easier to launch a WordPress theme and make it somewhat popular. Today the market for WordPress themes has become heavily crowded and oversaturated. It’s near to impossible to make a theme highly successful without investing lots of time and money in marketing and