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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

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
https://managewp.org/members

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
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.

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

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

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

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.

Community | poststatus.com | Mar. 29, 2015

Andrew Nacin has joined the White House's U.S. Digital Service

Big news for the WordPress core leadership team: Andrew Nacin has joined the United States Digital Service.

Andrew Nacin has joined the White House's U.S. Digital Service

Community | poststatus.com | Mar. 29, 2015

Andrew Nacin now works at the U.S. Digital Service, the federal government service that aims to “redefine public service for a new generation.” Nacin continues his role as WordPress lead developer, but is stepping back from working on the project full time. Andrew Nacin hasn’t worked at Audrey Capital since January. At Audrey, he has worked for more than four years for WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, exclusively on the WordPress project. He has joined the White House’s new U.S. Digital Service.
The U.S. Digital Service is a new organization that operates from the White House, with an aim to modernize and transform the way the federal government operates digitally.
When I was approached, I have to admit that I was nervous to step back from the day-to-day buzz of WordPress because I’ve invested so much. But the community stepped up, in most cases not even knowing about my life change. That’s the beauty of open source, and the fantastic WordPress community in particular. WordPress continues to play an important role in my life. With Matt Mullenweg’s support and encouragement, I’m taking time away from Audrey, where I’ve worked since 2010. I’m still actively involved in the project,

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.

Community | colorlib.com | Mar. 10, 2016

WordPress Cache Plugin Benchmarks

A new benchmark of the 10 most popular WordPress caching plugins.

WordPress Cache Plugin Benchmarks

Community | colorlib.com | Mar. 10, 2016

A speedy website attracts more traffic, reduces bounce rates, and ranks better on search engines. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your site’s caching needs and invest in an upmarket plugin to reap the rewards of your hard work. High page load times have an adverse effect on your WordPress website and caching ensures that you never have to face them head on. In this article, we’ll aim for the lowest possible page load times with the right caching plugin by evaluating several different available options and ranking them based on page load times conducted in a real-world testing environment.
Let’s put this all into context before we move on to the tests.
A Note on Caching
In a nutshell, a cache is a component that stores data so future requests for that data can be served faster.
Generally, data is cached to reduce site speed and improve data fetching times. This is immensely useful in cases where a user frequently returns to a particular website. The site is cached and the browser doesn’t have to retrieve the entire site – it restores the cached version and receives the fresh information thus resulting in faster page load times.
Search engines take site speed seriously in their ranking

2 min read Omaar Osmaan
Community | en.blog.wordpress.com | Feb. 24, 2016

AMP Is Here - A Faster Mobile Web for All WordPress Users

WordPress.com just announced AMP for their users- for self-hosted WordPress site they've released a plugin to enable the AMP support.

AMP Is Here - A Faster Mobile Web for All WordPress Users

Community | en.blog.wordpress.com | Feb. 24, 2016

Your sites are about to get even faster on mobile devices: starting today, WordPress.com sites support Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) – a new initiative spearheaded by Google to dramatically improve the speed of your pages loading on phones and tablets. The best part? WordPress.com users don’t need to do a thing. AMP works automatically, loading a lightning-fast version of your posts. This means readers will get your content even faster on mobile when they come to your site from Google search, or news apps like Nuzzel.
To see AMP in action on WordPress.com, check out this article, or see a Google search demo at g.co/amp.
Speed matters on the web. AMP is an open-source framework that allows browsers and apps to load your sites quickly on mobile devices. See the AMP site for more details on how it works. We’re proud to be a partner in this initiative.
And if you have a self-hosted WordPress site, we’ve got you covered too. Here’s a free AMP plugin – click here to install it.
Expect to see more apps and sites embracing AMP in the weeks and months to come – and as a WordPress.com publisher, you’re ready right now.
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7 min read David Bisset
Community | poststatus.com | Sep. 3, 2016

GoDaddy Has Acquired ManageWP

Congrats to ManageWP. And also kudos to Post Status for the scoop, or at least one of the first ones out the door with the news.

GoDaddy Has Acquired ManageWP

Community | poststatus.com | Sep. 3, 2016

GoDaddy has acquired the WordPress website management service, ManageWP. ManageWP will remain a standalone app, and GoDaddy will integrate several features into their GoDaddy Pro and WordPress hosting plans. GoDaddy has acquired ManageWP, the popular website management service. The terms have not been officially disclosed, but it’s my understanding that the deal is structured based on a post-earn-out valuation that could change depending on performance. The deal closed on September 1st. GoDaddy declined to comment on the specifics of the financials.
ManageWP was founded in 2011, officially launched in January 2012, and has more than a quarter million websites on their service. Their team of nearly 30 people is headquartered in Serbia, but is capable for remote operations, and the entire team will join GoDaddy. Up to this point, ManageWP was fully self-funded. The company was founded my Vladimir Prelovac, who is coincidentally moving to the US, and will now work from GoDaddy’s Sunnyvale office; the company CEO is Ivan Bjelajac.
Speaking to Vladimir, he says the discussions with GoDaddy began several months ago, when they were seeking a potential partnership. The relationship

Community | poststatus.com | May. 8, 2015

The trojan Emoji

Andrew Nacin spoke at Loopconf about how utf8mb4 (aka Emoji) support was, to a degree, a guise for fixing a critical security vulnerability in WordPress.

The trojan Emoji

Community | poststatus.com | May. 8, 2015

Andrew Nacin, lead developer of WordPress, just finished a talk at Loopconf, where he talked about a WordPress security fix that was two years in the making, and included into WordPress core under the guise of Emoji support. Andrew Nacin just spoke at Loopconf about the nature of a critical software bug.
No strict mode on WordPress databases
At a base level, the problems originated in that WordPress did not enable strict mode for MySQL. If STRICT_ALL_TABLES has been enabled, the security vulnerability that was addressed in WordPress 4.2 would not exist.
Without strict mode, MySQL allows more flexible inputs, and doesn’t require the same level of precision in what it allows. For example, a long username would just truncate to the maximum allowed characters, versus be rejected.
Since MySQL can do strange things without strict mode enabled, there are obscure but significant ways for hackers to take advantage.
Defining the scope of a vulnerability
A vulnerability was disclosed to the WordPress security team about two years ago. At its core, the method for forcing MySQL truncation was by using four-byte characters, and then using tricks to store nefarious code in the database.
Nacin used

ManageWP.org Plugin Discovery Tool has launched!

Community | Dec. 16, 2014

I am very happy to announce that we are launching the newest addition to the ManageWP.org site - the super-cool Plugin Discovery Tool.

https://managewp.org/plugins/best

Unlike 5 years ago, currently it is very hard for new plugins and plugin authors to build a name for themselves among the thousands of others. Yet, great plugins are being built each day.

Continuing with our mission to place the lesser known members of the community under the spotlight, the plugin discovery tool has the main goal to expose the best new plugins to the wider audience. Explore best new plugins in two categories under 100,000 downloads and the very new rising stars up to 5,000 downloads. The lists are updated and recreated every week so hopefully we will finally reduce the need for those repetitive top xxx plugins of the month type of posts.

That is not all, you can browse top lists of all WordPress plugins, get detailed information about them and even compare two plugins. Finally we introduced a Plugin Quality metric, which takes into account 7 different metrics to calculate the final score. This should help look beyond downloads and ratings to other things that matter like the dynamic of plugin updates, WordPress compatibility, handling support forums...

We used some pretty cool technology to achieve all this, and as you can see the page load times for the results are so fast you won't believe it.

In the future we have plans for an open API, including known security issues to plugin pages (via integration with WP Vulnerability database), allow plugin authors to edit their plugin page to add link to premium support and much more...

Last but not least, I would like to ask the members of this community to help spread the word about the new tool. Specifically if you run a news publishing site, or a blog or happen to write for one, this is a great opportunity. Thank you!

ps. I wrote a more detailed preview of the tool here: http://managewp.com/managewporg-plugin-discovery-tool

Nice feature! I found a bug for both form fields:
- search shows a list for (I guess) the forst letter, but I can't enter a search value
- custom tag: I can enter some value but nothing happens

My config is FF on Ubuntu 12.04

via Olaf Lederer

Thanks Olaf!

- Search works by selecting one of the autocomplete matches (there are no search results)
- Custom tag: hit Enter after typing in the tag.

via Vladimir Prelovac

The tag feature works this way, but the search does nothing in FF. It's a browser bug, since it works with chrome

via Olaf Lederer

Hi Vladimir, plugin discovery tool by manageWP is a pretty well designed web app to search through the Wordpress plugins, I found it easy to find the required plugin with ratings and comparing features. it would be nice if "Search" input comes in the center just after the navigation covering the whole page in my opinion.

Thanks for the nice tool..

via Shrinivas Naik

Ok thanks, will look into it!

via Vladimir Prelovac

Looks and works great! Finally a tool which objectively displays plugins in a top x list.

via Tobias Schutter
3 min read Omaar Osmaan
Community | wptavern.com | Apr. 14, 2016

Let’s Encrypt Is Now Out of Beta

Finally: "We’ve gained tremendous operational experience and confidence in our systems. The beta label is simply not necessary any more."

Let’s Encrypt Is Now Out of Beta

Community | wptavern.com | Apr. 14, 2016

Let’s Encrypt announced that the project is exiting beta this week. The initiative, which aims to encrypt 100% of the web by making trusted certificates available to everyone at no cost, launched its beta seven months ago. Since our beta began in September 2015 we’ve issued more than 1.7 million certificates for more than 3.8 million websites. We’ve gained tremendous operational experience and confidence in our systems. The beta label is simply not necessary any more.
According to Let’s Encrypt sponsor Mozilla, more than 90% of the certificates are protecting websites that never had encryption before. Automattic is one of the early sponsors of the initiative and has partnered with Let’s Encrypt to add full SSL support for all sites hosted on WordPress.com. With the success of the beta period, Let’s Encrypt continues to renew and add sponsors to its roster, including Cisco, Akamai, Gemalto, HP Enterprise, Fastly, and other organizations.
“A mix of people and organizations use Let’s Encrypt,” Mozilla representatives told TechCrunch. “Many individuals and smaller entities use it, but quite a few larger organizations such as WordPress.com, OVH, Akamai and Dreamhost use it as well. It’s

Introducing the new Pro category

Community | Oct. 29, 2015

As discussed in length previously https://managewp.org/articles/11009/shall-we-allow-posts-that-are-not-strictly-wordpress-related

we are introducing the new Pro category.

The purpose of this category is to open our reach a little bit without losing our identity as the go-to place for exploring the WordPress ecosystem.

Basically the articles submitted to the new Pro category should answer a simple question: Does this article help a WordPress professional?

This means that the article falls under one of the categories we already have (Development, Security, Business, Community... ) just is not strictly related to WordPress, yet it would have an application in the WordPress (professional) world.

Vova Feldman gave a great example:

"For instance, an article about coding practices in Java is not relevant for MWP. Having said that, a cover of PHP7 upcoming features is very relevant, even if WordPress is not mentioned at all in the post. "

We are going to be super careful and super selective about the content here and I wouldn't be able to do this without the help of two new moderators:

Tom Harrigan https://managewp.org/members/884/tom-harrigan
and Jason Resnick https://managewp.org/members/3251/jason-resnick

Tom is the most influential person on managewp.org according to our statistics https://managewp.org/members so I beleive we will be in good hands.

And finally take a peek at the new Pro category:

https://managewp.org/articles/pro

Thanks Vlad. I'm honored to be a part of this. I've been reading ManageWP articles for a long time and I'm a firm believer in the value provided to the community.

I think that the Pro category will play a big role in providing a window into other aspects of things that can and will affect all of us in the WordPress space.

via Jason Resnick

Great stuff!

Thanks Vlad, Tom and Jason for stepping up and doing the moderating.

I think it's right to start with the simple question "Does this article help a WordPress professional?"

The question can always be tweaked if too many articles are slipping through and the community is losing it's "WordPress identity / focus"

via Ryan Love

:thumbsup: Ryan

I think if that's going to happen, it'll happen with business-y articles. Coding like PHP vs Java is an easy spot. But where the gray area is if there's an article that comes in about the freelancing space. That sort of thing could apply to WP, but may not be great for the community. Obviously we'll have to see.

via Jason Resnick

Awesome! I think extending the scope to include a bit of other relevant content is going to be super helpful.

via James Montgomery

Thanks! Vlad and team.

Let me know, if you guys end up needing another moderator with Asian timezone :).

Let's hope for the best.

via Ahmad Awais

Thanks! Very happy for the opportunity to be more active in this community and looking forward to all of the great new content that'll be shared as a result of the new category :)

via Tom Harrigan
Community | timnash.co.uk | Dec. 29, 2014

Tim Nash 2015 WordPress Predictions

My Predictions for 2015 and beyond for WordPress, both the good, bad and ugly but end on a upbeat message I guess.

Community | blog.wp-rocket.me | Jul. 14, 2016

WP Rocket is 3 Years Old: Reports and Feedback

We celebrate the third WP Rocket’s birthday. With this article we want to share with you a retrospective of the past 12 months.

WP Rocket is 3 Years Old: Reports and Feedback

Community | blog.wp-rocket.me | Jul. 14, 2016

Today is a special day: it’s WP Rocket’s 3rd birthday! 3 years ago we launched the first version of the plugin. Since then, we’ve come a long way and now we are extremely happy with the results and feedback we’ve received from our thousands of customers. It’s time to present a review of this last year.
Two Exceptional Records
This 3rd year saw two big records for WP Rocket.
In January 2016, WP Rocket exceeded one million dollars in cumulative revenue, in the two and a half years since its launch.
In the 1st half of 2016 alone, WP Rocket saw $605,000 of revenue, that is an average of $100,000 per month. So, the previous record, established in 2 and a half years, will likely be equaled within less than one calendar year!
At the end of June, we reached the goal of 100,000 websites on which WP Rocket had been installed.
Since the beginning of this year, we have, on average, more than 8,500 new websites every month, that is 1 installation every 5 minutes.
When we embarked on this adventure, we never imagined that we could reach these numbers!
New Astronauts on Board
During the last 12 months, we welcomed 4 new astronauts to the WP Rocket crew.
In order to improve

Community | wptavern.com | Feb. 9, 2015

WP Rocket Grows From $0 to $35K in Monthly Revenue

The secret of WordPress Caching Plugin Growing Their Monthly Revenue From Nothing to $35k

27 min read Kevin Ohashi
Community | reviewsignal.com | Jul. 28, 2015

WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2015)

The definitive guide on WordPress hosting performance and speed. It tests 19 WordPress hosting companies and a variety of plans to see which can handle large amounts of traffic reliably.

WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2015)

Community | reviewsignal.com | Jul. 28, 2015

Sponsored by LoadStorm. The easy and cost effective load testing tool for web and mobile applications. This is the third round of managed WordPress web hosting performance testing. You can see the original here, and the November 2014 version here.
Companies Tested
Note: Pressable and WebSynthesis [Reviews] were not interested in being tested this round and were excluded. WordPress.com dropped out due to technical difficulties in testing their platform (a large multi-site install).
Every company donated an account to test on. I checked to make sure I was on what appeared to be a normal server. The exception is WPEngine*. They wrote that I was “moved over to isolated hardware (so your tests don’t cause any issues for other customers) that is in-line with what other $29/month folks use.” From my understanding, all testing was done on a shared plan environment with no actual users on the server to share. So this is almost certainly the best case scenario performance wise, so I suspect the results look better than what most users would actually get.
†Tests were performed with SiteGround‘s proprietary SuperCacher module turned on fully with memcached.
The Products (Click for Full-Size Image)

3 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | wptavern.com | Dec. 29, 2015

Automattic’s WordAds Network is Now Open to Self-Hosted WordPress Sites

If you knew about WordAds at WordPress.com it just opened the gates for self-hosted WordPress sites.

Automattic’s WordAds Network is Now Open to Self-Hosted WordPress Sites

Community | wptavern.com | Dec. 29, 2015

Automattic announced today that its WordAds advertising network is now available to self-hosted WordPress sites via Jetpack and the new AdControl plugin. WordAds, which bears a name confusingly similar to Google’s AdWords, delivers all the advertising seen on WordPress.com’s free sites. (Ad display on VIP or upgraded sites is opt-in.) Self-hosted WordPress site owners who want to earn money with WordAds must first apply to join the network and are required to meet a minimum traffic requirement. Automattic doesn’t publish the exact minimum necessary for eligibility but the WordAds FAQ page says “a site generally needs thousands of page views each month.” The site will also need to have both Jetpack and the AdControl plugin installed.
“We’ve been working on the plugin off and on (mostly off) since mid 2014,” said Derek Springer, a Code Wrangler at Automattic who helped write the AdControl plugin. “We took a big pause to completely re-work the back end (WordAds 2.0) which is what we are now using all over WordPress.com.”
WordAds 2.0, unveiled in November 2015, integrated WordAds into WordPress.com’s main Settings interface with earnings reports and payout information. It also introduced

Community | wordexpress.io | Jan. 31, 2016

WordExpress: Replacing PHP with JavaScript in WordPress development

WordExpress is an open-source experiment that aims to provide a better development experience in WordPress using Javascript instead of PHP.

15 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | poststatus.com | Nov. 25, 2015

Interview with Automattic CEO, Matt Mullenweg, on Calypso and more

Brian interviewed Matt Mullenweg and asked about stuff related to REST API and Calypso. Must read, must listen category :)

Interview with Automattic CEO, Matt Mullenweg, on Calypso and more

Community | poststatus.com | Nov. 25, 2015

Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of WordPress, and founder and CEO of Automattic. In this interview, we talk about their new WordPress.com editor, and more. I had the opportunity to interview Matt Mullenweg about an ambitious project that included more than a year and a half of development to create an all new WordPress.com interface, both for the web and a desktop app. The project was codenamed Calypso, and we talked about many aspects fo Calypso, as well as a variety of subjects that relate to it.
You can subscribe (and you should!) to the Post Status Draft Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or via RSS. If you like the show, I’d highly appreciate if you share it with your friends and colleagues.
Why did you make such a big bet on Calypso?
Matt has talked for a while now about his vision that WordPress can become an “app platform”, and this is an example of what that meant to him.
He also notes how he’s always looking for things that will “move the needle” for greater WordPress adoption. We were both thinking about the same statistic: that roughly 96% of WordPress.com users (and probably a high number of WordPress.org users too) essentially abandon their websites after a short tenure. So

3 min read David McCan
Community | wptavern.com | 9 days ago

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 | 9 days ago

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