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.
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?
First of all, I'd like to thank you all for putting up with the glitches that have been plaguing us in the past several months. What started as a way to stabilize the website, unrolled as a continuing series of troubleshooting one issue after another.
Here's a short timeline of the key events:
- Several months ago ManageWP.org started having stability issues. Our investigation found that it was hitting the hosting resource limit due to suboptimal code. Most of these issues revolved around the way karma is calculating everything but your blood cell count.
- As we dug into the karma algorithm we managed to simplify the calculation, but also fixed the calculation errors that caused karma to balloon for some users.
- After some celebratory high fives, we realized that the karma calculation, now fixed, is actually bad. It siphons karma from contributors, rewarding passive activity. That's why our most prolific users ended up with very low vote strength
So at that point we had a choice:
- Roll back to the original karma algorithm, and bring back stability issues
- Tweak the current algorithm
- Roll up our sleeves, rip out the karma algorithm and replace it with a meaningful algorithm that rewards active contributors
So we opted for no.3, cleared up the schedule for several developers, and got down to business. We should be able to get the new algorithm in place in the next few weeks.
What can you expect?
Karma will be retired
While a fun little gamification, it's not a contributing factor. The vote strength is the true value there. And since both of them are based on the same stats (i.e. shares, upvotes, etc.), we will focus on the vote strength. The higher vote strength you have, the more impact your upvote will have.
Vote strength will be tiered
Based on your activity, you will be placed in one of the 3 tiers:
- Average vote strength: the default strength that you start with
- High vote strength: an active contributor, with a fair share of shares, upvotes & comments
- Exceptional vote strength: the most active percentage of the member base
Sharing rights will be given automatically after certain amount of activity. This will help new users become active, since in the current state a moderator has to approve the request manually.
We're introducing a couple of tools that will make moderation easier, and at the same time we'll log all the actions so we could go back and see why a moderator removed a particular article.
We will definitely need your help fine tuning the new algorithm. We will also need to start a conversation on what constitutes a good article, because our article guidelines are also due for an update. Expect more feedback posts in the future, and we're also looking at setting up a Trello board to discuss various topics.
Those are our plans for 2018 in a nutshell. Let me know your thoughts, since all of you as much members of the community as I am.
Need to do a WordPress site for a hobby and am wondering what do you use nowadays to develop WordPress locally? I remember tools like WAMP back in the day. Also do you still develop sites locally or latency is not an issue any more for most purposes?
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 :)
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 :)
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.
Looks like voter counts were totally reset... which I guess that's fine, but I'd love to hear why and how and what else you all have in store for ManageWP.org this 2018.
p.s. I'd love it if my voter count was restored too since it was quite good previously, but it's your platform.
This holiday season, in order to highlight people who have helped me grow, I'm flipping things around on "secret santa" and announcing "secret mentor"
I nominated Jake Goldman of 10UP as my #secretmentor for all the help he has provided me over the years. What about you, who has helped you become who you are, whether they know it or not?
Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/socl-x4fQ6k
[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.
I'm Brian(https://twitter.com/madeinbrian) a rookie WordPress developer
and the reason I'm writing is because, I wanted your advice on a platform I've been working on for the WP community.
But first, here is my problem, for years I have been turning to trusty Google for help finding "the best BuddyPress themes" etc... I would then have to sift through either, outdated recommendations, a biased list which existed only to earn a commission or lists based on the opinion of one author.
This bugged me for years, which lead me to spend the last year and a half pouring every penny I had into creating Softwarefindr.com.
A platform I created to solve this issue. Where you get truly unbias recommendation from someone that has been in your shoes, that best understands your problem and has actually bought and/or used the product in question. Instead of being based on one analyst opinion you can now leverage the experience of hundreds if not thousands of users who came before you.
Why am I sharing all of this?
Because I need your advice to help further improve the platform for our fellow WP users,
In keeping with the example, I gave above, check out: https://www.softwarefindr.com/best/buddypress-wordpress-themes/
Could you please leave your feedback below on these questions:
What if anything made it easy to find a theme?
What if anything made it challenging to find a theme?
What piece of information would be most important to you when choosing a theme?
Then lastly did I miss something?
I know that you are busy people, so thank you in advance for any bit of advice you can share, which will help shape the platform to serve the WordPress community better.
Have a blessed week,
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.
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?
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 :)
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.
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 :)
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.