Category: WordPress

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  • Finding a new home for the WordPress community


    Finding a new home for the WordPress community

    Update: Due to the overwhelming interest in OpenPress, I’ve created a dedicated website for the evolving concept. Visit OpenPress and subscribe to be updated about the status of the project.

    The recent $44 billion dollar purchase of Twitter has a lot of people talking, to put it mildly. Some people are excited for a shakeup, seeing a lot of untapped potential in Twitter. Others are anxious, seeing the turbulence and uncertainty as a threat to the communities they’ve worked so hard to build over the years.

    Like many folks, I’m in both camps. I really like Twitter. It’s the only social media I use, and it’s where my audience and community is. Twitter has the potential to evolve in some really innovative ways. Payments, curation, customization, less ads, more creator tools — these would all be a huge win for the platform.

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  • While the web evolves, WordPress keeps the lights on

    Let’s face it: WordPress has never been super cool in the web design and web development world. It’s not winning any design awards. It’s not making it to the top of Hacker News. It’s not what people talk about at the biggest web industry events and conferences. It’s barely ever mentioned in tech media, aside from the yearly “Is WordPress secure?” article.

    And despite all this, WordPress has grown to power a larger slice of the internet than virtually every other CMSCMS Content management software (CMS) is used for managing digital content, such as posts and pages, on websites. and website building SaaS combined. And it’s not even close.

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  • Surviving and thriving in the new WordPress economy

    If you look around the many different pockets of the WordPress ecosystem, it’s clear there is much disagreement about the state of the software and the path it’s on. This alone isn’t surprising — it would be more surprising if there wasn’t disagreement about a such a prolific and philosophy-driven piece of software.

    But this time, it’s a little different: WordPress is at a crossroads. The once far-and-away CMSCMS Content management software (CMS) is used for managing digital content, such as posts and pages, on websites. of choice finds itself catching up to flashier site-building alternatives that are modernizing quickly and capturing loyal audiences. And that reliable year-over-year growth that WordPress has enjoyed for so long? It may not be so reliable after all.

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  • Introducing Ollie, a hub for the next generation of WordPress

    Hey folks! Mike McAlister here, creator of many things in the WordPress community and beyond. For those of you that don’t know me yet, let me introduce myself real quick before we talk about some exciting new stuff!

    I’ve been around WordPress for a long time — since about 2009, if my memory serves me correctly. As an up-and-coming web designer and developer at that time, WordPress was a game changer for me. It was the missing tool in my operation as a small web business.

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