In case you missed one or looking for a specific one:
That is a lot of posts. Interestingly every single one received at least 18 votes. If you want guaranteed first spot you know what you need to do :)
Previous status and methodology:
Congrats to WPEngine for keeping the title of the strongest WP brand!
Notably, WPTavern overtook WooThemes for #2 spot, ManageWP overtook WPMUDev for #6, and Pagely made the biggest jump in terms of gaining brand equity.
As a side note, all these brands together follow less than 12,000 unique people.
I have a problem finding a blog with meaningful comments section nowadays. 10 years ago comments on blogs flourished, while today even once comment-heavy blogs have their comments sections virtually empty.
Have the Web moved on? Is taking time to write a comment, time that we do not have any more?
I am interested in how do you perceive GoDaddy's brand giving it a simple score from 1 to 100 (100 being best) and why?
Looking to gather as much as feedback possible. Don't be shy, open up :)
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.
It's the time of the year to start drafting plans for all the cool stuff we want to build in 2017, and the ManageWP.org website deserves a lot of love. We've got a couple of ideas how to make it better, but we want to hear your thoughts.
How can the ManageWP.org website improve, so it could be more useful to you?
[ManageWP.org] Submitting new sites and flagging new articles now earn more than double karma points
[ManageWP.org] Submitting new sites and flagging new articles now earn more than double karma points
Three years when the site was designed we decided to give a bonus of 25 karma points when you submit an article from a site that has never been submitted (in effort to promote diversity and discovery).
Similarly when you flag an article and it gets removed you would get 5 bonus karma points.
This worked well, especially for new users who start with 100 karma points so these two activities could provide an easy karma boost early on.
As site matured, these bonus points have become less relevant relative to member's total karma. Also finding new sites has been increasingly difficult.
So today we have the following changes to the karma algorithm.
- New site submitted earns 50 bonus karma points plus 2% of members' total bonus karma points
- Article flagged and removed - 10 bonus karma points to everyone flagging the article. Additionally 1% of members' total bonus karma points to the member who flagged it first.
These changes at least double the effect and for more active members can triple or quadruple the effect. Pay attention next time you submit a new site or when an article you flag gets removed to the number of points you won - can be significant.
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
First idea I am going to share is to use nuzzel.com
It will aggregate the best links from all the stories your twitter friends tweet. If your twitter friends are in the WordPress community, chance is this will surface some good stories.
You can also check out other people's nuzzel feeds, like for example Brian of poststatus.com:
The second idea is wpmail.me newsletter which is a pretty old newsletter which is still pretty good:
I also sometimes use twitter search for #WordPress and that usually finds less known sources.
If you have your own "secret" sources, share them here :)
If you sometimes notice that your vote is not registering (ie you refresh the page and its not there) it is because of a some weird bug that we have. Dont know when are we able to find it but if you notice that behaviour simply log out and log in into your profile and it will be gone.
TLDR; If you have vote strength 5.0 or more we'll be dofollowing links to your social media profiles and if you have 10.0 we will be dofollowing links to your personal website.
I recently stumbled upon an article that showed how to get a hassle free dofollow link from this very site. And having checked it, it was real. We forgot to nofollow the links in user profiles, so basically the site was diluting its hard earned page rank juice to links on over 8000+ member profiles, some of them created just for this very spammy purpose.
The way I decided to fix it is to nofollow all member profile links by default.
And then apply following logic:
1. If your vote strength is 5.0 or more you will receive dofollow links to your social media profiles
2. If your vote strength is 10.0 or more (currently only 18 people qualify https://managewp.org/members ) you will receive dofollow links to your website
This way link juice is distributed to a much smaller group of people, making each contribution more powerful. It is our way of saying thanks for being an active member of this community.
May 27th is the anniversary of the fork created by Matt and Mike. Thank you, and big thanks to all WordPress contributors over the years for making it a great platform for everyone!
If there's somebody else in teh WordPress community beside Matt Mullenweg that does not need an introduction, it's Jeff Chandler. The founder of WP Tavern is literally in every WordPress installation, keeping his finger on the pulse of the WordPress community and always on the lookout for interesting things going on in the community.
As always, the AMA will be on Wednesday, from 1 PM to 6 PM Eastern Time.
Here's the time zone converter:
Josh Pollock is a WordPress plugin developer, educator and entrepreneur. He is the owner of https://CalderaWP.com, makers of Caldera Forms and a co-founder of http://ingothq.com, an awesome A/B testing solution for WordPress. He is also the author of the book "Ultimate Guide To The WordPress REST API" and a few WordPress tutorials you might have read :)
You can also find him on his personal website http://JoshPress.net where he writes on a semi-regular basis.
His AMA will start on Wednesday, 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
I have an immense pleasure of announcing that Mark Forrester, the CEO of WooThemes, will be on our AMA this Wednesday.
Everyone knows WooThemes and love what they do, especially when we're talking about WooCommerce. Mark is the guy you should thank for this. He is a digital designer turned online entrepreneur that bootstrapped WooThemes together with Adii Pienaar and Magnus Jepson. Mark chose to stay as the CEO after the company was acquired by Automattic in 2015, and continue to provide meaningful contributions to open source software.
This English born South African has a couple more successful business ventures under his belt, and he'll gladly share his experience with you this Wednesday starting from 10 am Cape Town time (GMT+2).
He's also a proud father of one (and expecting reinforcements!), beer brewer, photographer and a Newcastle fan (we won't hold it against him, tho). You can follow his work on the links below:
See when the AMA starts in your time zone:
Kicking off AMA Season 2 with James Farmer of WPMU DEV!
After a successful AMA series and an extended holiday break, we're back and ready for round 2!
The new season will feature an AMA every other Wednesday. We've got a great lineup of people like Mark Forrester, Josh Pollock, Remkus de Vries, but the honor of taking the opening AMA challenge goes to none other than James Farmer!
James has an amazing track record - if you've got a entrepreneurial question, he's your man: James is currently CEO of Incsub, back in 2006 he founded http://edublogs.org , co-founded the business side of https://premium.wpmudev.org a few years later, as well as a couple of unsuccessful businesses that he'd be happy to talk about.
His AMA starts at 8 AM until 10 PM Australian Time (GMT+11) since James is in Melbourne. Please note that if you're in North America, the AMA will actually take place on Tuesday at 1 PM (Pacific Time).
Check out the URL below to see when the AMA is in your time zone:
As we all know the one of the most important things for the blog or a website is SEO or Search Engine Optimization. To make your life easier WordPress is offering various plugins that should help you out in this not so easy job. Therefore, it is not surprising that the next WordPress developer on our AMA will be Michael Torbert.
Michael is an author of 14 plugins and the flagship of the fleet is All in one SEO. He is also in the WordPress translation team and WordCamp Raleigh organizer and sponsor.
All in one SEO has more than one million active installs and the 4,4 rating which puts it high on the SEO plugins and the plugins in general list.
AMA with Michael Torbert will take place on April 28th, from 12 pm to 6 pm East Coast time. He will be happy to answer any questions regarding WordPress, entrepreneurship, the first WordPress Audi S4 Edition and more.
Check out the AMA in your time zone:
Find out more about Michael Torbert here:
Been thinking about this a lot as I've reached capacity having started freelancing full time two-and-a-bit months ago, but figured unless I change something the end game here is just repeating working at capacity until it becomes boring.
Curious what people's approaches to working faster and working less are:
- Is this a priority for you?
- What tools do you use? Anything WP specific?
- Do you outsource?
Also working on a blog post and wanted to get some outside opinions. Thx :)
Please comment with your experience about the transition to HTTPS. This is experimental post here, read details inside.
With so much benefit of moving to HTTP/2, and because of free SSL by Let's Encrypt we are seeing massive rise to move into HTTPS. Though this is undoubtedly the future, as Google even started to prioritise website with SSL Certificate, but the move to HTTPS to a site which was in normal HTTP before is not too complex but it's not too straightforward either.
I personally did the transition for my blog and few other sites already. So, I have some idea, but here I am asking everybody who has done the transition to HTTPS, what was your experience, what issues you faced, what is your outcome from Search Engine (better if you have taken a look at data at least 2-4 weeks after the migration), which plugin or service had issue after the migration, what did you find out new from Google Search console (AKA old Webmaster Tools) after the move? What could have made your experience better?
Why Am I Asking This?
I am very much vocal and supporter of HTTP/2, and working on few new content. Looking ahead for more data, so I could compile all the issues WordPress admins are facing and way to resolve those.
This is kind of experimental post here. Though we mainly share news here, and AMA once in a week or so. But want to see how people use ManageWP.org community to give feedback as well.
In the couple of previous days we had some problems with the site, that would normally be dealt with more efficiently but it coincided with a DDoS attack on our managewp.com infrastructure so our devops resources needed to take care of it first (someone or something thought it would be fun to commit to a good old-fashioned Tor network request spamming against ManageWP).
The nature of the attack indicates that it was not random and was originating from someone familiar with ManageWP. We successfully shielded our product and the infrastructure and have taken steps to report it to FBI. We also recently added two new members to our devops team so that came in handy just in time.
The second season of our AMA is going global! After opening with James Farmer, CEO of WPMU DEV, we have another great Aussie lined up.
Troy Dean is co-founder of Video User Manuals and WP Elevation, the world’s largest business community for WordPress Consultants. He is also the host of the WP Elevation podcast. He has a background as a WordPress consultant and now operates a very successful membership community helping over 350 WordPress consultants with their business. He speaks at WordCamps regularly and is a professional singer, guitar player and voice over artist.
You name a subject, and he'll give you valuable insight: consulting, freelancing, recurring revenue, membership sites, proposals, lead generation, winning clients, project management, lean methodology, presenting, public speaking, podcasting and of course WordPress.
You'll find Troy on these links:
The AMA will be held on Wednesday, 8 am to 6 pm Melbourne time. Don't forget that Australia is so far away from us, their Wednesday is our Tuesday :D Check out the AMA in your timezone here:
WordPress has made a huge impact in the world by helping people set up online platforms to express their opinions and share their experiences. A big part of this is the fact that WordPress is actively translated into 75 languages. It's fitting to invite to our AMA one of the people that helped coordinate the Polyglot community, especially with Global WordPress Translation Day coming on April 24. It gives me great pleasure to announce that the next person on our AMA will be none other than Remkus de Vries.
Remkus is a Dutch designer and developer who contributes to WordPress in many ways. He's the co-founder and one of the organizers of WordCamp Europe, an event that will draw 2,200 people to Vienna this year. He has lead the WordPress translation team, contributes to core, administrates the Dutch WordPress site, co-founded WordCamp Netherlands and was the lead-organizer four times and a lot more.
He is also a living proof that time is indeed relative, because he somehow managed to squeeze in extra time to start a happy family, have three kids, found a successful WordPress agency called Forsite Media and is about to launch ThemeMix, a theme store, with his wife.
Due to scheduling conflicts we moved the AMA to Thursday, April 14, 14:00 to 21:00 CET. Remkus will be happy to answer any questions about WordPress, entrepreneurship, haircuts and anything else you're interested in.
Check out the AMA in your time zone:
Find out more about Remkus de Vries here:
Join the Global WordPress Translation Day:
I am just super shocked this morning, reading the acquisition news on PostStatus, while I am in here for the WordCamp Singapore.
There is no official announcement from ManageWP or GoDaddy yet, but I am concerned what will happen with our ManageWP.org.
It would be great if they left our this out of the deal. What do you think? I know we will hear from Vladimir, but want to start the conversation from the community as well.