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How can we improve ManageWP.org?

Community | 17 days ago

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?

I had few stuffs in mind, I will add those later, its kind of too late in my timezone.

1) How about start with adding a Pocket button on share?

2) Show little more texts (descriptions) on the front page.

3) Add option for uploading (linking custom image) in the submit post forms.

4) Maybe adjust the pointing system a little bit. Now person who almost never contribute could still be top vote strength holder, and stay on top without really submitting any good content, by just playing safe, and upvoting!

via M Asif Rahman

From mobile devices, the site doesn't work properly- may be fix and improve to make it fully working on mobile devices?

via Omaar Osmaan

Just sharing my thoughts, when I submit links my first priority is to bookmark things that I've interests on and possibly helpful to the community.. Same priority goes when I press the vote button for stories submitted by others.

Hope that helps- :)

via Omaar Osmaan

Thanks for your feedback!

1) I like the Pocket idea, but I'm not sure how well it would be used (more than G+, that's for sure :D).

3) Already on the list :)

via Nemanja Aleksic

Can you tell me a bit more about the mobile problems? Because AFAIK it's working fine on a couple of devices I use it on.

via Nemanja Aleksic

Ah- last time I'd checked it been couple of months. Will check it out again and see how things are now. :)

via Omaar Osmaan

How to find great articles to post on ManageWP.org?

Community | Dec. 9, 2016


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:

http://nuzzel.com/Krogsgard

The second idea is wpmail.me newsletter which is a pretty old newsletter which is still pretty good:

http://wpmail.me/

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 :)

I really like Pocket and there's quite a few WPers on there as well.

getpocket.com/

via Matt Cromwell

+1 for Pocket - managewp.org & getpocket.com give me 80% of the tech news I read each week.

via Neil Murray

I just have a large number of friends, pretty active at Facebook, several Slack channels Groups and sometimes Feedly!

via Ahmad Awais

I subscribe to both Nuzzel and WPmail.me, as well as the WP Elevation WordPress Wednesday newsletter, Webdesigner News, and The Daily Bolt. Sometimes I find articles in one place that aren't in another (or that no one has posted here yet), but not that often. This is usually where I go first to see what's happening in the WP world.

via Sallie Goetsch

I curate my list, and track them in Feedly, and more stuff in Flipboard. It seems that enough. And Twitter is always there, just little too crowded.

via M Asif Rahman

[ManageWP.org] Submitting new sites and flagging new articles now earn more than double karma points

Community | Nov. 6, 2016

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.

Hi Vladimir,

Thanks for the post and changes. I had noticed recently that some members were sharing articles just to gain more traffic.
Some were sharing articles containing several affiliate links.

I hope things will get better with these changes and ManageWP will remain to be a source of the "Best" WP updates :)

Thanks!
Puneet S.

via Puneet Sahalot

Awesome, very logical.

Sadness, after many months I got new site discovery karma just yesterday! :S

via M Asif Rahman

Members can and should Flag any posts that include affiliate links IMO. Everyone in the community working together can very effectively minimize & control behaviors that do not match the spirit of sharing that is dominant in this community.

via Neil Murray

I don't see anything inherently wrong with affiliate links. They're a valid source of revenue for publishers. Problems arise when the authors don't disclose affiliate links, or when affiliate commissions influence the content in a way that's detrimental to the audience.

via Andy McIlwain

That's a good move. I am not so sure about the algorithm for this site, but what I don't like is that MWP algorithm doesn't like people who post a lot, even if 99% of their posts are valid posts, community coverage and if they receive appreciation for that as well.

I think that my stats and contribution towards MWP.org is not bad. At the time of writing I have
12335 KARMA
1193 UPVOTES
294 SHARES
3042 UPVOTES RECEIVED
237 COMMENTS
10 FOLLOWING
67 FOLLOWED BY

About 300 shares and 3000+ upvotes were received. (Considering I only found out about this site in Feb 2015). Yet the MWP algorithm treats me as a spammer! At the end of 2015, I was at the 8th place, I guess, and now I am at the 12th place on the leadership board. Which is a huge factor of demotivation?

How? Well, I share and contribute more, last two posts I shared were three and four days ago. 90% of my posts get good votes (that is these posts are a much-needed news for WP community members)... while the profiles that rank higher than me on the leadership board have shared their last posts two or three months ago.

Don't get me wrong; we are all friends here, and there is no posting or ranking competition. I love data! I contribute a lot and the data being fed to this algorithm makes it like people who (after a certain amount of shares i.e. 30 to 40) stop sharing. Which is inherently against the concept of MWP. MWP is the most up to date news portal for the WP community. (For me it is). And it's algorithm doesn't like people who share more.

So, as of now, there is a price I pay for sharing everything or anything here. How? Let me tell you a vague prediction (not backed by data — ironic?)

→ Right now I have two options for 2017!

OPTION #1: Share at least four posts per month and give back/contribute my fair share to MWP to help the community and what not.
PROBABLE RESULT → Yup, if I do that, then by the end of next year I might not be there on the leadership board at all (not in the top 20). Bummer!

OPTION #2: I do NOT share anything for one complete year and just sit, watch and get the benefit from the posts being shared or from who share them (= pay the price)
PROBABLE RESULT → I might roughly end up in the top 5 to 7 users on the leadership board.

THERE! I said it!
MWP's current algorithm is broken. It favors not contributing back! It supports inactive users. Those who want to contribute pay the price.

And if anyone is thinking about responding back to this comment with "But dude, you shared that old Survey by mistake, and it got deleted, you gotta pay for that" OR "Dude stop sharing everything out there, but I do like what you share. OK now I am confused too" — twin paradox anyone?

Then let me just say, — this is just a dev's opinion and nothing else. IMHO this algorithm considers me as a spammer, and I don't like that. And as they say about opinions — they are like assholes and that everyone has one!

So, chill :) No one is pointing out any fingers, just providing honest feedback, sharing some late-night-7hours-car-drivin'-developer's frustration.

OK, that was fun. Time to sleep!

Cya!

via Ahmad Awais

You are among top 0.01% users by vote strength on the site - so you can hardly say that MWP algorithm treats you as a spammer. Maybe you have high standards (anything but first place is bad :) but just wanted to throw that reality check.

The algorithm takes into account how you spend your karma. Each time you submit an article or upvote an article, you are making a bet that it will get upvoted by others after you (as your score benefits only from votes submitted after your own). If it doesn't, it will negatively affect your overall score (which is there by design as a mechanism to 'punish' people submitting or voting on lower quality stories, their vote strength will essentially go down with time).

The inverse is true too - if every story you submit or upvote gets a lot of upvotes after you, you are guaranteed to build your vote strength fast - and that's also built into the algorithm by design.

I recommend taking a look at Omaar Osmaan's profile managewp.org/members/7506/omaar-osmaan as he came out of nowhere and managed to secure a #1 position on the leaderboard. I think it is all about submitting high quality stories and up-voting articles that are truly good. I'd like to get Omaar for an AMA one day too, curious if he found a way to game the algorithm or he is just a natural match for this website :)

ps. As explained by this discussion, discovering new sites and flagging bad articles is a great way to earn karma at a faster pace

via Vladimir Prelovac

If your vote is not registering, here is a quick fix...

Community | Sep. 16, 2016

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.

I've had this happen a few times. Is a bit weird. To me it seems like the cookie on my computer still exists but the session on the server has expired.

Can confirm the logout and login work around :)

via Ben Gillbanks

Thank you for your sacrifice for the good of the community :)

via Nemanja Aleksic

Had to vote this one up twice ;)

via Mark Root-Wiley

Dofollow links from your ManageWP.org profile

Community | Oct. 7, 2016

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.
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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.

Ouch!

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.

While I agree with the basic logic behind it, and it should discourage spammers from signing up if they only get a nofollowed link, the idea that you're preventing the site from "diluting its hard earned page rank juice" by doing this is flawed.

In the first few years of PageRank this would have worked; it'd almost be a form of PageRank Sculpting, I suppose. More recently, since around 2009 I think, PageRank still flows out of your site through nofollow links -- they simply don't get credit for them.

This article from WooRank explains it well: www.woorank.com/en/edu/seo-guides/link-juice

Thus, the idea of "This way link juice is distributed to a much smaller group of people, making each contribution more powerful." really isn't true at all.

Again, I like the idea, as new users (such as me) don't deserve link juice flowing to their links, but this won't help you hold on to any of that link juice.

via Mickey Mellen

Thanks Mickey for refreshing my SEO mojo. I think it's fair to say that nobody knows how exactly this works and that the new policy is definitely an improvement over the old one.

via Vladimir Prelovac

That is probably a good move. Ya if you google "dofollow backlinks" it is crazy how many lists come up. I have seen ManageWP in a lot of them.

I somewhat agree with Mickey above as well, but still think your new policy is better than the old one. Definitely don't want members signing up just for the backlink if they aren't going to contribute to the community at all.

via Brian Jackson Ⓦ

Good move! Without any debate it will stop the spam profiles.

via Ahmad Awais

I think It's Great Move, I have just joined this wonderful Community, Looking forward to learning new thing here

via Saurabh Tiwari

Freelancers – what tools do you use to work faster and work less?

Community | Nov. 16, 2016

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 can only recommend Trello to manage ongoing projects. It has a free version and works great. At Kinsta, we are using it to manage our blog content, guest posts and other projects.

via Tom Zsomborgi

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

#WordPress is 13, Happy Birthday!

Community | May. 27, 2016

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!

Happy Birthday, WP.

via M Asif Rahman

Jeff Chandler is next on our AMA!

Community | Mar. 28, 2016

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:
http://bit.ly/1URIkEP

Yay!

via Donna Cavalier

Post updated with the AMA time.

via Nemanja Aleksic

This Wednesday on our AMA: Josh Pollock!

Community | Feb. 29, 2016

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.
http://bit.ly/1SbVQ4y

Next up on our AMA: Mark Forrester of WooThemes!

Community | Mar. 14, 2016

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:

http://www.markforrester.co.za
https://www.instagram.com/markforrester
https://twitter.com/mark_forrester

See when the AMA starts in your time zone:
http://bit.ly/21r20OK

Serious question: Will Benitez save your beloved Magpies from the drop?

More serious question: Thoughts on this? www.shopify.com/blog/113145925-introducing-shopify-for-wordpress

via adii

Notice to all

This is the announcement post, the actual AMA is here:
managewp.org/articles/11944/howzit-i-m-mark-forrester-co-founder-of-woothemes-ama

Cheers!

via Nemanja Aleksic

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

Next on the ManageWP AMA: Michael Torbert

Community | Apr. 25, 2016

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:
http://goo.gl/7qrKKz

Find out more about Michael Torbert here:
http://michaeltorbert.com/
http://semperfiwebdesign.com/
http://semperplugins.com/

Future of ManageWP.org: Post GoDaddy Acquisition Scenarios

Community | Sep. 4, 2016

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.

I think it is being left out, they said it belongs to the community. Look for comments on the post about acquisition.

via Ahmad Awais

I'll also be glad if it is left out. But the acquisiton??? leaves me with a scratched head, for sure...

via Samedi Amba

Whom would you like to see in the next AMA?

Community | Jan. 22, 2016

Last year we started doing AMA sessions with prominent folks in the WordPress community and I think this absolutely rocked. If you missed these check this link:

https://managewp.org/articles/ama/latest

I think it is now time to continue these! So, lets get started with a simple question.

Whom would you like to see in the upcoming AMAs?

Have we had someone from WooCommerce yet? Would love to hear more about their near-future plans for developing the platform further.

Or maybe to change it up a bit have someone like Marie Dodson from Torque or Sarah Gooding or Jeff Chandler to talk about writing about WP in general. Staying informed, making connections...

Or anyone who has a really ground-breaking new plugin that's really successful at the moment. Beaver Builder guys, CalderaWP, FooPlugins... there's some good ones worth chatting about.

via Matt Cromwell

I'll second all of Matt's suggestions. In particular Josh Pollock and Sarah Gooding. Oh and would be great to hear from someone on the WooCommerce team. (So basically all of Matt's suggestions!!)

In fact Matt himself would be great, or someone from the WordImpress team.

Would also be great to hear from some of the core contributors to WordPress and the WP REST API. Perhaps Rachel Baker (twitter.com/rachelbaker)

Or maybe a member or two from here, such as the WP Rocket team, or Codeinwp.

Troy Dean of wpelevation.com/blog/ would be great. He's all about helping "WordPress consulting business get to the next level." Would be great to pick his brain.

via Ryan Love

Jean from WP Rocket Team, Inout from CodeInWP, Josh Pollock, Matt Cromwell ;).

via Ahmad Awais

All suggestion are perfect, fully agree with all of them. but at then, it is interesting to know more about woocommerce's plan and in the same way, Nick Roach from Eleganttheme will be great.

via Juan Carlos Sánchez

Second Nick Roach!

via Ryan Love

Looks like Josh is pretty popular :) - we just had him on WP Dev Table and it was a fantastic show.

I'd love to see someone like Shane Pearlman or Tom Wilmot. Someone that is a prominent figure in WP, yet you don't often see them.

via Jason Resnick

Kicking off the AMA Season 2 with James Farmer of WPMU DEV!

Community | Feb. 15, 2016

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:
http://bit.ly/1Xsz6gF

Great stuff Nemanja, looking forward to them!

via Ryan Love

Ought to be interesting!

via Eric Karkovack

AMA with Brian Gardner, founder of StudioPress and the Genesis framework, this Wednesday (16th Dec).

Community | Dec. 14, 2015

And we're back!

Hey all, just to give you a heads up for the AMA taking place this week, which will be on a Wednesday (16th Dec), starting at 9:00 am CST, and will be our last for the year.

Our guest this week will be Brian Gardner, founder of StudioPress and the Genesis framework.

Brian started building free themes for WordPress as a hobby while he was a project manager for an architectural company.

He was one of the first (if not the first) people to offer premium WordPress themes and at a time when WordPress was seen simply as a blogging platform and when selling WordPress themes was met by some people with pitchforks!

In the first month of releasing his first premium theme, "Revolution Theme", he did around $10,000 in sales. And with the first three months of the launch, sales basically doubled every month.

Brian then created StudioPress and the Genesis framework, which grew into a multi-million dollar business.

In 2010, Brian merged StudioPress and several other companies with Copyblogger to create Copyblogger Media, now Rainmaker Digital - http://rainmakerdigital.com/ where he's a partner.

You can learn more about Brian and what he's up to, at http://briangardner.com/ and https://twitter.com/bgardner. Or you can check out another of Brian's sites http://nosidebar.com/ which is "A collection of articles on minimalism, simple living and finding happiness."

You can also check out some of the interviews he's done over the years,

http://rainmaker.fm/audio/sidebar/accidental-entrepreneur/
http://hacktheentrepreneur.com/podcast/brian-gardner/
https://mattreport.com/brian-gardner-copyblogger-founder-studiopress/
http://officehours.fm/podcast/42-2/
http://mixergy.com/interviews/brian-gardner-interview/

Next week will be two days before Christmas, so we'll be taking a break! We'll start back up again in January.

Heya Brian,

Do you see a point in the future where you'd open up access to the Rainmaker codebase to developers (not for contributions - just the ability to see it and develop with it in a local environment)? Rainmaker is a cool SaaS offering for your customers, but it's an unwelcoming environment for developers due to lack of access/control.

Cheers,
Carrie

via carrie dils

What do you see as the biggest gap in service offerings around Rainmaker that an entrepreneurial-minded Genesis designer/dev could provide? (i.e. site setup, strategy, integrations, etc)

via carrie dils

This Wednesday on ManageWP AMA: Troy Dean, co-founder of WP Elevation

Community | May. 9, 2016

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:
http://troydean.com.au/
http://www.videousermanuals.com/
http://www.wpelevation.com/

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:
http://bit.ly/24Hzm2L

Slight correction to the timing sorry folks, I'll be online from 9am Melbourne time.

Here's a converter for you all :)

www.worldtimebuddy.com/

via Troy Dean

That looks like 4pm Tuesday for me (pst). Looking forward to it!

via Robby McCullough

Share Your Experience About Moving To HTTPS

Community | Mar. 14, 2016

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.

Why Here?
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.

I've transitioned a few sites, once my hosting company offered Let's Encrypt SSL with no hassle on my end. The only real problem was just finding a few rogue hard-coded http:// urls which turned out to be within some plugins. I jotted down the basic process during the first move, and then followed it for the rest. I then posted a quick guide at www.donnafontenot.com/wordpress-http-to-https-quick-start-guide/, and referenced the various other, more detailed guides I followed to make it happen.

Still, I haven't tackled any large or overly complex sites. That kind of site might make me sweat a little more. In general, though, it was easier than I expected.

Search traffic - barely a blip.

Definitely recommend testing on your smallest, least traffic'd sites before tackling one that matters. Get a little experience under your belt before going full force on a site that is extremely important to you. But I think everyone should try it on at least one site...if only to go through the process for education purposes.

via Donna Cavalier

Thanks Donna! That's a solid piece of article. All your 11 tips are important. Thanks you again a ton.

As I host all of my sites by myself, so I used EasyEngine to deploy Let's Encrypt, which I wrote in details here - asif.im/1974/how-to-wordpress-ssl-nginx-lets-encrypt-https-hhvm/

I tested with few SSL plugin we have in WordPress.org, but find out I am better of without those. I could write all rules directly in nginx.conf, and do all redirection from there, that's the fastest method instead of running any filter or hooks from WordPress. Poorly made themes and hard coded plugins are the worst, but easiest to solve in most cases. If you have any stuff on subdomain, or use subdomain for CDN or multi site setup, then complexity increase a lot.

via M Asif Rahman

I'd registered to Let's Encrypt when they were in private beta- been a bit of hesitant whether to start moving my sites at first. When they've announced the public beta- I just went ahead and installed it. I manage everything to host the sites, and been using clouds for many many years- I've freshly installed all the latest tidbits (PHP7, Nginx 1.9.x, MariaDB 10x etc) in a new host, then moved my sites into that. Transition was so smooth- there wasn't a single issue.

For WordPress, so far it's really simple process. Don't use plugins to redirect- Apache/Nginx configuration is easier and best solution. There are now a many helpful articles, and a lots of hosts started making the process even simpler. There is no reason to not move to HTTPS and HTTP/2.

One concern I had about CDN services, but Amazon already allows to implement Let's Encrypt certificates- and more providers getting it done, too.

Regarding traffic, I found Google spiked traffic to even very old blog posts- though it's may not notifiable for certain types of sites- but overall impact is very positive.

Being a professional, I certainly recommend everyone to move to HTTPS as fast as you can.

via Omaar Osmaan

Just noticing today that I am having Facebook Open Graph problems (not showing images all the time). Trying to track down why, and so far, it seems to be leading towards an issue with https. I'm not completely sure though. Facebook debugger tool seems to randomly decide what it shows to me. If I run 50 times, it will show different results every few times. Some of those errors contain "Curl Error : SSL_CONNECT_ERROR Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to...". But that doesn't show up consistently. I've tried using both jetpack and Yoast SEO to generate the open graph tags (and they do show up appropriately, no matter which I use). Neither of them, however, shows og:image:secure_url instead of just og:image so, while that may be the problem, I don't know how to solve it. Basically, just saying that "maybe" there is an issue with Facebook open graph not showing images because I moved to https://. Not sure when this started on Facebook, so I can't be sure it's related. But...something to look into.

via Donna Cavalier

Not sure if I am missing something, but when I looked at your site, it does not seems to have any og:image tag at all. Do you have Yoast SEO installed? And I created a plugin called "Facebook Secret Meta" to control how you want your Facebook share to appear. This plugin gives better control over Facebook Author byline.

via M Asif Rahman

Thanks for sharing Omaar. I also feel there is definite noticeable gain from search traffic. And yes, we all must move to HTTPS, mainly because of the benefit we will get from HTTP/2.

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Will update plugins for money!

Community | Nov. 20, 2015

The title is a bit misleading sorry for that.

I recently got the "WordPress 4.4 is imminent. Are your plugins ready?" email. A nice reminder that immediately puts me to depression - because I have 27 plugins in the repository.

Imagine if it took you just 10 minutes to test each one, and update the readme text, we are talking about 5 hours of time (!) to do something as simple and as mundane.

What if there was a service out there that would do this for you. I would pay for it. Or even better an automated service where you just enter the plugin names, it automatically runs them on the newest WordPress (checking the error log, if it breaks the site/admin etc), updates the readme and given you trust it even commits this for you all in about 2 minutes.

Just thinking out loud.

What would be the realistic fee for this service?

What would happen if one encounters a problem that requires extensive troubleshooting?

Interesting idea, tho. I'd love to see it come to life.

via Nemanja Aleksic

You can still do it. Try Travis continuous integration API. Host your plugins at GitHub, test with the latest WP and then push from GitHub to W.org.

via Ahmad Awais

I have had talks about it in the last couple of months and I will put some efforts in it. I'm still wondering about the fee myself. Most plugins are free and people don't want to spent money on it. So I could see different plans for this.

Travis is one way to go but it's only one step. It doesn't have to have full coverage and because of that could still break things. I think something in combination of what P3 profiler does would be great. To visit several kinds of pages and see if there are errors reported. See what the speed is and if it got different during versions.

via Marko Heijnen

I think I'd pay $50 to get 25 plugins tested, readied and committed. So $2 per plugin.

via Vladimir Prelovac

I will keep that in mind ;)

via Marko Heijnen

The [insert country name we all know which one] devs over at the freelance sites will do it for $2 in total :)

via Boba

Recent outages explained

Community | Mar. 17, 2016

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.

We've written a bit more about this on our blog
managewp.com/march-17-maintenance-report

via Nemanja Aleksic

Shall we allow posts that are not strictly WordPress related?

Community | Oct. 22, 2015

It's been on my mind for a while now and this submission triggered me to finally ask this question.

https://managewp.org/articles/10993/using-amazon-sns-to-build-good-habits-with-daily-sms-reminders#comments-section

That post is informative, developer related and I actually learned about a cool service. But it is not strictly WordPress related. In the past we used to automatically remove these kind of posts.

What do you say? If we start allowing it, where do we draw the next line?

I say yes!

I recently shared an article from Chris Lema, (managewp.org/articles/10988/you-won-t-help-anyone-if-you-re-broke) which was to do with business and pricing.

If you're a freelance WordPress developer, a web agency that uses WordPress, or a theme/plugin product creator, the article would have been helpful to you, but the article itself is not strictly related to WordPress.
It got 13 votes, so it was something that users here found helpful.

I think the criteria should simply be, "Does this article help a someone who utilizes WordPress is their work/life".

via Ryan Love

I think it's OK to allow articles beyond the WordPress world that would cater to developers, agencies etc.

e.g. an article on CSS or jQuery could count as a plus. However, I'd definitely not want to read articles that are too generic in nature.

via Ajay D'Souza

It might be a fuzzy area as articles not mentioning WP about PHP, code editors, CSS, Linux, hosting, marketing, SEO, domain names, payment gateways, etc all become possible.

via David McCan

That's the value of the vote-up/vote-down option. If something is way not WordPress-related (say, just a random jQuery tutorial), we can down vote it. But if it's of interest to most readers, and it gets up votes, then it's clearly a fit. I'd say let the crowd decide!

via David Gewirtz

I say let voting weed out topics that are too far off topic. How about downvoting? That way when people disagree about what is or is not relevant to WordPress, everybody's opinion counts.

I submitted an article on Envato coming to America that was flagged as "not relevant to WordPress". Different opinions...

a. The article is not specifically about WordPress. It's about an office and US law. Downvote.

b. Envato's decisions affect thousands of WordPress theme and plugin sellers. Upvote.

Both true but relevancy is in question so let upvotes and downvotes battle it out.

via Steven Gliebe

Your speed is exceeded only by your conciseness. Upvote! :)

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AMA With Pippin Williamson, This Wednesday (14th Oct)

Community | Oct. 12, 2015

Hey everyone, I hope your week's started well!

Just wanted to give you all a heads up, our next ama will take place this Wednesday with Pippin Williamson.

Pippin is probably best known as the founder of numerous plugins such as https://easydigitaldownloads.com/, https://affiliatewp.com/ and Restrict Content Pro. (To name just a few!)

He began building his business while he was a sophomore in college, more then six years ago and in 2013 his company reported around $360,000 in revenue. In 2014, they more then doubled that with over $782,000. (He did a great write up about this at https://pippinsplugins.com/2014-review/)

He's spoken at numerous WordCamps and has a great resource for WordPress plugin developers at https://pippinsplugins.com/

Next week (21st Oct) our guest will be Adii Pienaar founder of https://receiptful.com/ and co-founder of woothemes.com

Can't wait! Pippin's plugins are what we often look up to when we build ours. 'What would Pippin do'. Now we can ask the man himself :)

via James Montgomery

WWPD - Love it.

We should get some shirts printed up!!

via Ryan Love

Can't wait

via zapata moraliss

Announicng AMA with Mason James of WP Valet

Community | Aug. 31, 2015

Folloowing a great AMA last week with Joshua Strebel it is my pleasure to announce that this week's AMA will feature Mason James of http://thewpvalet.com and will take place on Wednesday, starting 11am ET (that is 5pm CEST for Europeans). Mason runs one of the most successful WordPress management services so get your questions ready for Mason.

Next week we reserved for Jennifer Bourn of http://bourncreative.com

The AMA train is going full steam, feel free to post people you'd like to see here!

I'd love to see BobWP on the AMA - he's one of the people that I came to respect as the embodiment of what the WordPress community should be, as opposed to what the community is, with all the unnecessary drama.

bobwp.com/about-bob/

via Nemanja Aleksic

+1 for Bob

via Vladimir Prelovac

+1 for Bob! I've never heard anyone say a bad word about Bob and most people seem to echo what you say Nemanja!

via Ryan Love