Matt is interested in seeing how the repository reacts if they remove the manual review process and switch to a process where user feedback helps rank the themes.
On Friday evening, @jcastaneda, @poena and I met with Matt to discuss the future of the theme repository on WordPress.org. @greenshady had to drop out last minute since Matt wanted to do a voice call and Justin was unable to due to his internet connection. We asked Jose to join so that we would not need to delay the call any longer. Matt wanted to know more about the Theme Review team. We mentioned our plans with automation, problems with the previews, and how the portability of content affects users. We also mentioned that the common issues in themes are security, code errors and prefixing.
A suggestion that we got back was that we should check if themes could be prevented from being activated if there are PHP fatal errors, like it is done with plugins.
The reason for having the meeting now and not at the community summit is so that we can start working on improvements before the community summit.
Matt’s goal for the theme repository is to make it the main place for users to search and find themes.
Matt is interested in seeing how the repository reacts if we remove the manual review process and switch to a process where user feedback helps rank the themes.
Amazon was an example
We've learned a LOT about remote work. The challenges and how to beat them.
A lot of people romanticize the life of the remote worker: Wake up at 11, possibly in a foreign country, definitely in pajamas. Of course, there are some very real and practical advantages to working remotely—maintaining a flexible schedule, working with people hand-picked by personality over proximity, not sitting under fluorescent lights from 9 to 5, no fishy microwave smells (unless you’re the person who does that)—just to name a few. Almost Paradise
So it’s paradise, right? Well, almost. The seasoned remote worker, and her employer, know that for every benefit and advantage there exists a potential pitfall. With great power, and the freedom to work from anywhere, comes great responsibility. Responsibility on the part of the employee to work efficiently and report honestly, and on the part of the employer, to engage, motivate, and connect the team.
Running Aground: A Guide to Ruining Everything
If we know the advantages to working remotely, which are typically obvious and individualized, what are the pitfalls? How can we avoid running the friend-ship aground on the rocks? According to our team, the biggest dangers are a loss of momentum, not seeing each other
Very good timing on this article as companies negotiate budgets for attendance, thanks Forbes...
According to Startup Sesame, an alliance of tech events and connectors, every year there are more than 53,000 tech conferences and meetups in Europe. From Trondheim to Moscow to Lisbon, that is a huge number of events; for those in the industry choosing the most relevant conference is one of the challenges of the age.
Sometimes, as there is in June this year, a bottleneck of these get-togethers and potlatches makes it even more congested than usual. For others, however, choosing the right conference is easy, especially for those in the WordPress community.
Last week, WordPress agencies, developers, bloggers, designers and end-users flocked to WordCamp London, a volunteer-based event that has been running since 2013. Over the two-day conference, a very enthusiastic crowd share and debated the open source platform
They will then reconvene in Paris in event-heavy June for WordCamp Paris, the biggest European event of its kind. Last year it hosted more than 2,000 attendees from 68 countries who watched 70 speakers espouse the so-called joy of WordPress.
This year the event will be bigger than ever before with delegates rising to 3,000 people, up 50% on last year. This increase in attendees
A few days ago, during a discussion with Maedah — I went ahead and built this cool little tool. Try it out.
HINT: Simply type in a plugin’s slug into the search box and hit enter. Built by Ahmad Awais and Maedah Batool. The source code is licensed MIT.
Short case study of WordPress usage and startups, at the latest CES.
Every year thousands of tech companies descend upon Las Vegas for CES to celebrate all things tech. Established companies present their latest products, and startups have the opportunity to reach more people. Participants and attendees include auto manufacturers, newborn startups, investors, specialized media, tech aficionados, and more. Two months ago, 180,000 attendees from over 100 different countries gathered to share projects.
My country, France boasted the second-highest attendance numbers after America. That is due in part to the fact that France just opened the biggest startup accelerator of the world: Station F in a former train station facility (more info here in this article from TechCrunch) and France also created a new special Visa for startup founders, tech talents and tech investors willing to join France (more info here).
While that’s a big win for France, WordPress really took home the CES gold.
If there is one thing I learned over the past year, it’s that when you’re talking about tech, there is always WordPress somewhere.
WordPress already controls 27 percent of the Internet but the CMS isn’t giving up and as we saw during the conference, has
The WordCamp organizers are expecting more than 800 attendees. Tickets are again sold out, but latecomers hoping to attend can sign up for the waitlist.
Congratulations Tony, Daniel, Dre and the team at Sucuri! Excited to see the security technology leveraged to millions of websites. Official PR: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/godaddy-acquires-sucuri-to-advance-digital-security-for-customers-300427537.html
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GoDaddy Inc (NYSE: GDDY), the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Sucuri, a leading provider of website security products and services. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Sucuri is a security platform offering business owners a suite of security tools designed to protect website owners from emerging online threats. Nearly 75 percent of all legitimate websites have unpatched vulnerabilities1, and websites that have been blacklisted due to a hack can experience an 80 percent reduction in traffic for more than 48 hours2. Sucuri's suite of tools provide website owners the solution they require to respond to hacks when they occur, while also virtually patching vulnerabilities.
Sucuri is deeply involved in the WordPress community. The company provides an industry-leading security plug-in for the WordPress platform, and actively works to advance the security awareness and management of WordPress websites.
"The vast majority of our customers aren't website security experts, nor should they need to be to secure their websites,"
The telegraph article strongly linked WordPress.com to terrorism. Could this be a big hit on the WordPress community?
UK government officials are targeting online service providers after terrorist Khalid Masood killed four people and injured more than two dozen in an attack in Westminster last week. In an article published on the Telegraph Sunday morning, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called on Google, Twitter, and Facebook to take action on extremist content. She also identified Telegram, Justpaste.it, and WordPress.com as smaller platforms through which terrorist activity is spreading. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” Rudd told Andrew Marr in an interview over the weekend. “We need to make sure organizations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.”
Last week’s attack in London also seems to have reignited the UK government’s war on encryption, as Rudd said that the security agencies’ inability to crack encrypted messages during an investigation is “completely unacceptable.” Masood allegedly used WhatsApp to communicate shortly before the attack.
The Home Secretary has summoned representatives from a list of online service providers,
Be careful, if you plan to install Symantec SSL certificates on your WordPress sites.
Google announced its plans to punish Symantec by gradually distrusting its SSL certificates after the company was caught improperly issuing 30,000 Extended Validation (EV) certificates over the past few years. The Extended Validation (EV) status of all certificates issued by Symantec-owned certificate authorities will no longer be recognized by the Chrome browser for at least a year until Symantec fixes its certificate issuance processes so that it can be trusted again.
Extended validation certificates are supposed to provide the highest level of trust and authentication, where before issuing a certificate, Certificate Authority must verify the requesting entity's legal existence and identity.
The move came into effect immediately after Ryan Sleevi, a software engineer on the Google Chrome team, made this announcement on Thursday in an online forum.
"This is also coupled with a series of failures following the previous set of misissued certificates from Symantec, causing us to no longer have confidence in the certificate issuance policies and practices of Symantec over the past several years," says Sleevi.
One of the important parts of the SSL ecosystem is Trust, but if CAs
If you don't know Jesse, I'll sum him up in one word: awesome. He's an active member of the WordPress community, a good person, and his lungs are failing. He needs $20,000 for the lung transplant, since his have dropped to just 22% capacity. So please skip a domain purchase or an online t-shirt purchase, and help a community member in need. He deserves it, and his family deserves it.
Update: Jesse is officially active on the lung transplant waiting list with a lung allocation score (LAS) of 38.859 Jesse’s family was planning on 2017 being a year to rebuild and bond as a family of four after 5 years of fostering and two years of back-to-back legally contested adoptions drained us mentally and financially. Plans changed when a January clinic visit showed his lung function at 22% and he missed the better part of 5 weeks of work with a hospital stay, home IVs, and many doctor’s appointments.
They were hesitant to open up this donation campaign after they received hundreds of peoples’ generous gifts in 2016 for their second adoption, but were encouraged to do so by family who is also willing to assist.
The family currently has a small emergency fund and they fully expected that their work-from-home business would allow him to work right up until transplant. That no longer seems to be a reasonable expectation, as the decline to reach transplant status has made concentrating and doing the actual work much more of an effort than Jesse ever imagined.
They felt that they were entirely prepared for a quick medical leave after surgery but not any decreased
WordPress has not updated the minimum required version of PHP and still supports PHP 5.2, despite the fact that it is no longer maintained. Rather than wait for WordPress to take the lead, Yoast decided to start urging users to upgrade to PHP 7 via a notice on the admin. The programming for the PHP version detection and notice was made available for other plugin authors to use as well. Is it a revolution?
This is a rather special release, as it’s a project that’s close to my heart. It’s not a full-featured release, however, it is just necessary as a regular release. In Yoast SEO 4.5, we are urging site owners whose sites run on servers with an outdated version of PHP to update to a more recent version. To move the web forward, we need to take a stand against old, slow and unsafe software. Updating to PHP 7 will give your site an enormous speed boost. In this post, you’ll find out why we’re showing this notice in WordPress and what you can do to upgrade PHP. Why this move?
WordPress is built on PHP. This programming language takes care of the heavy lifting for the CMS. WordPress was always built with backward compatibility in mind, but we’ve reached a point where that’s just not feasible anymore. WordPress needs a minimum of PHP5.2 to function, but that version will not get updates, fixes or patches. This makes it inherently insecure. If you are on an old version, Yoast SEO 4.5 will show you a message in the backend. Please update to at least 5.6, but rather PHP 7 to take advantage of all the awesomeness of this new version. Not just for you as
I wrote an extensive article with Maedah's help about why Startups should use WordPress. I think it will serve as a good ref. to your friends.
Working on the first official pitch for your startup can be nerve-wracking because you’re asking people to take a chance on you. The only way to get your company off the ground is to start working. Part of that is having a professional website. There are some disheartening statistics surrounding startups. 50 percent of the new businesses fail in the first five years.
95 percent of the startup owners have at least a bachelor’s degree.
Raising capital is the hardest thing to do
These numbers are pretty daunting, but that doesn’t stop from thousands of people from starting their own business every day. One of the easiest places to start is online. WordPress allows you to make a beautiful website that you can easily maintain for little to no money.
Let’s see how.
Startups Need a Solid Website
A startup needs a website. Period. A well managed and consolidated website is a must. However coding a site from scratch isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to start your own business.
A startup’s website should:
Be easily managed.
Cost very little.
Integrate well with search engines and for social marketing.
Have proper navigation, organized content,
Automatic updates are all the range, but WPZOOM aren't doing them – this post looks at the data supporting the decision.
When we first started selling WordPress themes in 2009 it was industry best-practice to offer “lifetime” support and updates. At the time everyone selling WordPress themes was offering unlimited support requests and updates and we were happy to do the same. All was well for a couple of years, but eventually questions about sustainability started: if you purchased a WordPress theme once for $60, is it a fair deal to both parties to offer unlimited support requests and significant updates for years to come? As popular themes started receiving huge updates years after their original release, questions about sustainability started arising.
WooThemes made the first significant move, ditching their unlimited model in favour of one year of support and updates with each purchase. At the time, WooThemes provoked outrage by invoking their right to unilaterally change their terms and conditions and make the change for all customers. This was quickly changed to an option to opt out of the change in terms, but arguably this was an attempt to damage limitation.
Despite the negative reaction to WooThemes’ move, the business argument made sense. Unlimited support and updates could
We don't always get things right, if your giving a talk thats a very public place to not get it right.
So at the weekend I gave a talk at WordCamp London on “Who’s afraid of the big bad host”. WordCamp London is the largest WordPress event in the UK a great conference and one I have had the pleasure speaking at several times on the trot. I was disappointed with the talk and how it went and unfortunately let that disappointment show, both during and after the talk.
If you talk regularly, you get use to the fact sometimes stuff doesn’t work and if its a new talk it’s always a bit of a risk is it going to work? Rarely do you completely break down in the middle of a talk or try to rewrite it midway through. I was doing both on Sunday and for the first time in years I found myself being far from my confident self.
For me this talk didn’t work at any point and it was disappointing because I feel I let people around me down and wasted what was a perfect opportunity to do my bit for a brilliant conference.
I’m not exactly the most overtly emotional chap but I had to avoid people. When I needed to go get the car to take down the 34SP.com stand, I more or less ran out of the venue for fear I would lash out at someone.
It meant I didn’t really get
The results are in guys, have at it. Been waiting for this one.
Overview This year, over 64,000 developers told us how they learn and level up, which tools they’re using, and what they want.
Each year since 2011, Stack Overflow has asked developers about their favorite technologies, coding habits, and work preferences, as well as how they learn, share, and level up. This year represents the largest group of respondents in our history: 64,000 developers took our annual survey in January.
As the world’s largest and most trusted community of software developers, we run this survey and share these results to improve developers’ lives: We want to empower developers by providing them with rich information about themselves, their industry, and their peers. And we want to use this information to educate employers about who developers are and what they need.
We learn something new every time we run our survey. This year is no exception:
A common misconception about developers is that they've all been programming since childhood. In fact, we see a wide range of experience levels. Among professional developers, 11.3% got their first coding jobs within a year of first learning how to program. A further 36.9% learned to program between one
Really interesting news. Congratulations Mike! I might also add - thank you for WordPress!
It’s with huge excitement that I can announce that Mike Little is joining Human Made. Mike is the co-founder of the WordPress project, having forked a small blogging script, b2, with Matt Mullenweg. He has a long history with the project and brings with him unparalleled knowledge and experience of it. Mike will be joining Human Made as a WordPress Specialist; in addition to doing development on our client projects we’re exploring ways for Mike to use his extensive talents in training and outreach, where we think he can have a big impact both on Human Made and on the wider community. He’s a massive asset to the team, an old friend to many of us, and we’re honored that he will call Human Made his home. I am excited to join the Human Made family. I’ve known many of the team for quite some time and have worked with the company in the past, so I feel most welcome.
I’m looking forward to being able to work on larger projects. Something I couldn’t manage in my one-man company. I’m anticipating being able to hone my skills and take them to a new level.
Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about free software and the GPL. I admire Human Made’s
One group's recipe for entrepreneurial success: laziness + beer + WooCommerce = Shark Tank appearance.
How could a moment of laziness lead to an appearance on Shark Tank and an expanding business that has become more work than an actual full-time job? Friday Beers can answer that question. About 18 months ago, Lee Mathers just wanted a cold beer on a Friday afternoon, and set about solving his own problem. His story is an example of how quickly entrepreneurship can get out of hand when you hit on a good idea. Lee is one of the founders of Friday Beers, an Australian company that will deliver a selection of cold craft beers right to your desk in Brisbane or Sydney. Its success is proof that cubicle life is thirsty work.
Friday Beers is a full time gig for Lee, and also keeps his cofounders on the hop. They appeared on Season 2 of Shark Tank in July of 2016, and were successful in their bid for a Shark (Steve Baxter) as a partner.
I’d love to say we caught up over a couple of cold ones, but the reality was still a pretty interesting Skype conversation between Lee and myself. As far as I know, neither of us were drinking anything stronger than coffee at the time.
Ali: I’ll start by asking you to tell me a little bit about the catalyst for starting Friday Beers.
Lee: This all
Aaron Campbell on how and why to disclose your security vulnerabilities.
Security is ever a game of balance. Ease of use against safety is the one I find myself thinking about most often; locks on your door inconvenience you with having to get out your keys, long and unique passwords necessitate working with a password manager, two factor requires additional equipment and steps. Most often adding security impacts ease of use in some negative way. Finding the balance here is important. Disclosing the vulnerability is best for your users.
But security isn’t a single balancing act. Many of the decisions we must make require finding the right balance. Each requires thought and consideration, as well as a clear set of priorities. Especially when it comes to disclosing vulnerabilities. Every situation is going to be unique, but knowing the right questions to ask will help. The time to think through these questions is now, hopefully long before you are faced with them.
Should This Vulnerability Be Disclosed?
Disclosing the vulnerability is best for your users. It builds trust. It’s also the best thing you can do for the future of security. Hopefully other people can learn from your issue and not have to face the same one themselves.
Around hundred WordPress contributors came together to contribute and get acquainted with contributing to the WordPress project.
The 2017 edition of WordCamp London kicked off today with a fully packed contributor day at the Graduate Centre of the Metropolitan University here in London. Almost hundred WordPress contributors came together to contribute and get acquainted with contributing to the WordPress project.
The day started with a formal introduction to the contributor day and how contributors from all around the world maintain the WordPress project. The organisers thanked all the contributors for their time and motivated the new ones to get involved.
Several teams in areas including Documentation, Accessibility, BuddyPress, Community, Core, Design, Polyglots, Support, Themes, among others were then formed to work in sessions of the day.
Team lead in each group helped new contributors get started with the process. Many of them later reported the progress of getting new contributors signed up for the projects in their closing reviews.
The Accessibility team also held a short seminar in the afternoon session dedicated to helping users make their websites more accessible using the keyboard.
The contributor day finally came to an end with closing reviews from the team leaders and the WordCamp London organising
Subscriptions are a great way to create a recurring income - but did you know you could enable these via WooCommerce?
Hey there, entrepreneur! Are you thinking about WooCommerce subscriptions? If you want to build a recurring revenue stream, a subscription based payment structure will ALWAYS be the best business model - if you are able to pull it off. You'll probably have noticed that most the leading companies are gradually moving toward a subscription model. If you want to retain your customer base and still be profitable, there is no alternative to subscriptions. This is all great, but how do you manage the subscriptions system? There are several things involved in setting up this type of model; creating the subscription packages, setting up the payment methods, configuring the shipping options, monitoring the subscription status, and so on. How can you deal with all of these on your own? Wouldn't you rather be managing your business rather than managing your shop's subscription model?
Luckily, WooCommerce has developed a special extension to deal specifically with all the complexities of setting up and managing a subscription system on your existing WordPress site. In today’s post, we're going to introduce you to WooCommerce Subscriptions, discuss the features, and show you how to use the
An interview with Shawn Hesketh, the creator of the popular WordPress tutorials site wp101.com
Hi could you tell us a little about yourself and background? My name is Shawn Hesketh, and I’m the creator of the WordPress 101 video tutorial series for beginners. Before I launched WP101.com, I was a freelance designer for 26 years, creating identity systems and branding strategies for my clients in and around the Houston area.
When did you first stumble upon WordPress?
I started designing websites in 1994, using designer-friendly tools like Adobe PageMill. As my skills and the complexity of my clients’ sites increased, I began using Dreamweaver and coding sites in PHP. But by the mid-2000s, clients began to request the ability to edit their own content without hiring a ‘webmaster’ for every tiny change. I explored all the popular content management solutions at the time, but they were clunky and quite difficult to use. So I was overjoyed when I finally discovered WordPress 2.0 in June 2006. Compared to Joomla, Drupal, and Expression Engine, I found the WordPress UI to be super-intuitive, and thankfully, so did my clients. So I began recommending WordPress for nearly all my web design projects, and have never looked back.
What product / website of yours are
The core team is looking for information on how people use the WordPress editor. The second version of the survey is well thought out and just takes a few minutes to complete.
WordPress core contributors have published a survey to collect feedback on how people are using the editor. The results of the short 15-question survey will assist the team in redesigning the editing experience in the WordPress admin. Participants are asked to identify how they use WordPress and if they use certain features like formatting buttons and distraction-free writing. The survey also asks how easy-to-use they consider the current editor to be and how organized it is. Users are also asked if they have ever installed a plugin that adds features to the editor, presumably to determine if there are features missing that should be considered for core.
One question asks participants if they use any assistive technologies along with a screen reader. WordPress Accessibility team member Amanda Rush published some tips for screen reader users who want to take the survey. It includes several questions with radio buttons and screenshots that are not so friendly to screen readers. Rush provides a general walk-through with more explanation for those who are using screen readers to participate.
So far, this survey has been more widely shared than the design team’s recent customizer survey,
This is a quick notification to let you know that tomorrow March 14th between 10am and 2pm CET ManageWP.org will be down. We are migrating to GoDaddy infrastructure, so for the duration of the migration approx. 4 hours the site will be unavailable.
You can expect it to be up and running as normal after 2pm CET. This will not affect any of your personal details.
Thank you all for your understanding. If you have any questions or doubts, just drop us a message below.
Congrats to HeroPress For Reaching 100 Articles Milestone! Great service to the WordPress community.
March 8th we’ll have 100 HeroPress essays published. This seems like an auspicious time to look back at what we’ve built. Since the first one I’ve only missed maybe 2 weeks. One essay has been taken down for security reasons. Only once has anyone really stood me up, and only four times or so has anyone asked for more time at the last second. In those times someone always stepped up.
A goal of mine has always been diversity, across a number of vectors. I did pretty poorly in the first few months and ended up with diversity debt. Here are some stats as of the 100th post:
That said, if you look at the last 50, the numbers look much more diverse:
I have the next 8 contributors planned out, and they continue to enhance the diversity of HeroPress.
Last June XWP started sponsoring HeroPress. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m wary of mixing money with HeroPress, because I never want to make money from the stories of these people I admire and respect so much. That said, the sponsorship makes it easier for me to spend the time away from my family working