Running a theme company is hard work, trust me on that. With an ever-growing market of competition as well as the price (literally) of keeping themes updated with newer technologies, practices, coding conventions, and even the standards that are placed on us by the customers, it can literally drive you mad. Or, at the very least, show you very quickly what is working and what isn’t working. So from time-to-time you simply have to prune your library and make sure that you’re optimizing the business of WP Themes as best as you possibly can. That’s what OkayThemes has done recently […]
It seems like Page.ly is doing some serious moving these days with new products, updates, throw in an acquisition, and even new partnerships – what aren’t they doing these days? Oh, and yes, that’s right, they are even planning a conference (which is growing more-awesome every day) called Pressnomics. Yikes! But this partnership with Cart66 is pretty neat and one that’s probably the first of many new partnerships to come from other players I would imagine:
Evan Solomon, who left Automattic back in January of this year, has found a new watering hole (and work) with Medium, a much-talked about blogging platform by Evan Williams and co. (We showcased an interview via Kevin Rose and Evan Williams yesterday, btw.) He announced it on his blog about his move and we’ve been pinged a number of times already by our community as well: Today was my first day as an employee at Medium. I’ve been doing contract work for about two months, but last Friday I accepted an offer to join full time. I’m excited and I want […]
Starting a new habit is a tough business, and big business. There are hundreds of apps, courses, books and programs to help you start good habits yet in spite of all these things it is still MUCH MUCH easier to start a bad habit and lose your good habit than start a good new habit which lasts longer than just a few weeks. Well this app from Lift.do is a great app that uses a few psychological triggers to help you build a daily writing habit that you can stick to for good.
It’s true. Google Reader is finally gone. But that’s not a major issue, right? Because you’ve already migrated to your new solution (I hope). Well, I’ve been spending the past few months with Feedly and it’s been great – it’s helped me stay up to date with all the things that I need and I’ve been happy (not terribly happy, but happy) with the results. Although, it might be second best now that I’ve tried Digg’s new implementation:
Yes, it’s that time of year again and if you’ve got a few spare moments then please head over here to take the annual WP Survey. WordPress (and the rest of the community) use this feedback ultimately to help make the community and the product better – so it’s dependent on your participation and submissions! So head over there today and get it done. The entire community thanks you!
I hope you are having a very chill and relaxed weekend as we walk into the 4th of July week! Many of you are probably traveling this week and I hope you travel well and safely. Perhaps most importantly is that you can get offline and just enjoy family, life, and other such things that are vastly more important than *gasp* WordPress! Hahaha!
One of the best ways to “break in” to the WordPress industry as a whole (which is still very young, mind you) is to go niche, which is targeting a certain and specific market and userbase/customer base that you can capitalize on especially well given your background and/or experience. An area that’s been fast growing with WordPress adoption is the religious and non-profit space as they are always trying to find solutions that are “less expensive” (sometimes “cheap”) that can do the job since money is tight in many non-profits. I stumbled upon this in my searching for a friend […]
I almost laughed out loud the first time I saw the title of Lizelle Brandt’s presentation but then I put it on in the background and listened to it as I did some work. You know what, her presentation is highly practical and very useful – stuff that you might already know but haven’t implemented yet type of stuff. (Oh yeah, she’s a intellectual property attorney and internet law – she’s legit!) So, if you’ve got a few moments, put this on the background and give Lizelle some time so that you can stay above board with your blog:
WordPress is being used by not just bloggers or as a regular CMS, it’s being used to do some very “different” things for a variety of different solutions. In many ways people are seeing it as an operating system or at the very least a software and application framework. John Hawkins, in a recent presentation, provides some examples of these and how one can deal with the challenges that you might be presented with: