A turbulent second half of the Dumitru Brinzan interview at Mastermind.fm where he openly talks about some very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress.
This turbulent second half of the the Dumitru Brinzan interview revolves around his controversial blog post Inside WordPress.org Theme Review Team: Money, Abuse and Inconsistent Leadership. Donnacha and Dumitru discuss the series of events that led him to be the first member of the WordPress.org Theme Review Team to publicly call out the corruption that makes WordPress worse for users but, conveniently, hands a million dollar business advantage to leading volunteers.
We talk about how Dumitru’s background, growing up in Eastern Europe before the fall of communism, imprinted upon him the urgent importance of not allowing corruption to slide, especially in slow-moving, bureaucratic, cult-of-personality situations.
For anyone involved in WordPress, this interview is worth listening to precisely because it is so rare to ever hear an insider talk openly about the very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress.
What makes a successful plugin business, and some examples of such businesses in the WP industry.
Welcome to Episode 15 of Mastermind.fm! Today our resident masterminds Jean and James tackle the topic of having a successful WordPress plugin: from zero to success. Join them today and take a tour through the major attributes that a plugin business needs to become successful, from a pair of entrepreneurs who know the drill firsthand. We’ll outline them below, but tune in for the full story! Mastermind.fm is proudly sponsored by
Nobody wants to use your plugin. They use it to solve a problem!
Attributes of a successful plugin business:
Solve a problem
Ooze quality in the way your plugin is built and coded
Get the word out
Reviews & Relationships
Point 1 and 2: Solve a problem, but make it as pleasurable of an experience for the user as you can. Nobody wakes up in the morning excited to build a form for their website, but they shouldn’t dread having to do it either! Style your plugin so that it is tasteful and comfortable within WordPress. It doesn’t have to be a WordPress UI clone though- sometimes you have to think outside the box to solve your users’ problems.
Point 3: Is there a need to fill, and is there anyone filling the need
Great podcast episode with Donnacha MacGloinn and Mark Zahra about the future of WordPress and possible scenarios of how WordPress.com / Automattic could affect the overall WordPress ecosystem on the long run.
In this episode, Donnacha MacGloinn and Mark Zahra take over as guest hosts. Donnacha has been involved with WordPress since the early days while working on various projects, while Mark is the Project Manager for WP Mayor as well as the WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings WordPress plugins.
This week we delved into a current hot-topic in the WordPress community, the Gutenberg editor and what it means for WordPress. We look at what Gutenberg is, where it’s going, and what brought it about. The discussion then delves deeper into the macro idea behind such projects as Gutenberg, WooCommerce and many others that Automattic and Matt Mullenweg are under-taking. While the community seems to be happy with the new, modern approach being taken in WordPress, there is a lot of uncertainty about its future.
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James Laws, Kevin Stover, and Joe Howard discuss productivity, hiring and even a little footy on mastermind.fm!
James Laws graces Mastermind FM with his presence; back on hosting duty, this episode is all about productivity and hiring! Joined by Saturday Drive/Ninja Forms cofounder, Kevin Stover, and last (but most certainly not least), the head of WP Buffs, Joseph Howard! Topics Include:
Joseph’s background and the road to entrepreneurship.
His history in teaching & mathematics.
The drive to craft his own team.
Cofounded a few digital marketing companies.
A brief aside on soccer rivalries.
Going against the grain.
Entrepreneurship in the face of challenge and dissenters.
The freelance ordeal, why Joseph wanted out.
Celebrating milestones, measuring accomplishments.
Distributed team successes.
A day in the life of the Buffs.
Communication and transparency are key.
How user feedback directs company focus.
Action > Static
The importance of patterns, metrics, and analysis.
Realizing features added to a product are business decisions, not developer decisions.
Framework and parameters defining scope and focus.
Process problems versus HR problems.
Required/recommended systems as your company and team grows.
Business growing pains.
Onboarding 101 with the WP Buffs.