The Simplest Solution

What’s up with all of the acquisitions? What are we even doing in the WordPress community? How much of a say do we really have on the open source project? These are big questions, but as my friend William of Occam said, “”entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity.” Or as it’s often (but maybe…

Owning Our Own Platform and Responding to WordPress Hit Pieces

Last week’s Facebook outage brought an onslaught of platitudes from people talking about how terrible Facebook is, and how you should own your own platform. But even as a developer myself, my thoughts are a little different. Plus, how we should react to WordPress “hit pieces.”   Brought to you by GoDaddy Pro   Links…

Cutthroat software development in an open source world

It’s been 10 years since WooCommerce was forked from JigoShop and turned into the giant of the ecommerce space that is it today. And while it was maybe a little cutthroat, the problem doesn’t necessary lie with the fork. It lies with the way you position your product, and your business. Plus, thoughts on all…

Stop Focusing on WordPress Searches and Serve Your Customers

Over the last few months, we’ve seen several outlets report on the seemingly alarming decrease in search terms year-over-year in the WordPress space. But does it matter that the specific search terms are decreasing (sometimes marginally) even as WordPress and WooCommerce usage reach new heights. While well-meaning, I don’t think these reports solve the problem…

The Block Editor isn’t as bad as you think it is.

I’ve been seeing a troubling trend of people trashing the block editor because they didn’t like it early on. But even more so, they say it’s worse for users, which is patently untrue. We’ll unpack that in this week’s main segment. Plus: Happy Trails to Andrea Middleton, who’s leaving Automattic this month, Automattic aquires Frontify,…

Are we Seeing the End of Solo Plugin Developers?

With all of the news on plugins, like downloads being down, solo projects being acquired by bigger companies, etc. I’m curious to know: is this signalling the end of the solo WordPress plugin developer? Has the ecosystem gotten too complex for solo devs to support themselves? Here’s what I think, plus the news of the…

Big News for Themes, Full Site Editing, and WordCamp US is Back!

WordPress 5.8 is out and I’ve been playing around with Full Site Editing a lot! In fact, this episode is pretty theme-heavy. News about block patterns, the direction of the theme directory, and more.  Sponsored by: GoDaddy Pro Show Notes Join Creator Courses (use WPREVIEW for 20% off) Block Patterns Directory is Live! Theme Creation…