WP Mainline Episode 19 – GoDaddy Acquires Pagely, Doing The Woo, and WordPress Contributor Churn

In this episode, Malcolm Peralty and I are joined by Bob Dunn of Do The Woo fame to discuss the news of the week. We started off by discussing the most surprising acquisition of the year with GoDaddy acquiring Pagely. We briefly touch on what’s new in WordPress 5.8.2 while trying to figure out how…

WP Mainline Episode 18 – WP Scan Acquired, WordFest Live 2022, and Jeffro AI

In this episode, Malcolm Peralty and I discussed the news of week starting off with Automattic’s acquisition of WPScan. I also shared my experience of what it was like to spend eight straight hours of reading, participating, and writing about WordPress. It’s exhausting. We then shared news of the WordPress community gift exchange and Malcolm…

WP Mainline Episode 17 – Animated Plugin Icons, Plugin Machine, and OptinMonster

In this episode, Malcom Peralty and I were joined by Liam Dempsey to cover the news of the week. We shared our views on whether animated plugin icons should be allowed on the plugin directory or not. Spoiler: We all agreed that they shouldn’t. Josh Pollock is working on a new project and like many…

WP Mainline Episode 16 – Dealing With the Growing Pains of WordPress’ Huge Transition

In this episode, Malcom Peralty and I start the show by discussing some weird things that have been happening in our sleep. I share my experience attending the WordCamp Philly meetup group. It was nice to be able to watch a presentation and casually hang out with others in a chatroom. We then discussed two…

WP Mainline Episode 15 – WordPress 5.9 Proposed Features Are A Go for Launch

In this episode, Malcom Peralty and I confirm that the features proposed for WordPress 5.9 will be part of the release. We share our thoughts on the Twenty Twenty-two default theme that will ship with 5.9 and talk about what’s next for default themes. Will there be more than one released per year or will…

WP Mainline Episode 14 – WPHunts, WP Podcasts, and Generational Knowledge Gaps

Better late than never, right? Things got kind of crazy at the end of last week and today was a bummer but here it is! In this episode, Malcolm Peralty and I talk about the stories that made headlines last week including our thoughts on a Product Hunt website but for WordPress things. We shared…

WP Mainline Episode 12 – The Great Wapuu NFT Experiment

In this episode, I am joined by Aaron Edwards, CTO of IncSub and Joshua Dailey, CMO of Infinite Uploads, to discuss a variety of topics including, NFTs, cryptocurrency, blockchains, smart-contracts, and of course, their Wapuu NFT experiment. We started by learning what Web 3 is and how Web3 WP is experimenting with various decentralized technologies…

WP Mainline Episode 11 – Andrea Middleton on the Last 10 Years of WordPress and Her New Role at Reddit

In this episode, Malcom Peralty and I are joined by Andrea Middleton, Community organizer for Automattic, at least until the end of September. We begin the episode with Andrea describing what it was like to receive so much praise and goodwill from her announcement on Twitter that she was leaving Automattic to pursue a role…

WP Mainline Episode 10 – A Trip Through the Past and A Look at the Future of WordPress Themes With Brian Gardner

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Brian Gardner, founder of Frost. The show starts off with a blast to the past as we discuss the early days of WordPress themes beginning with the Revolution Theme that ultimately catapulted Brian’s career. We talk about the GPL era throughout 2009-2011 and the…