On August 1, WooThemes announced that they are altering their business model and raising their prices. Since then, they have received a lot of attention regarding these changes…some positive, and some negative. In reaction to this controversy, WooThemes responded this morning with An Important Update in which they clarify the meaning of “Lifetime” (the life of the product) and offer their customers the choice of adapting the new business model – or sticking with their initial plan. To do right by you, we would now like to give you the option of whether you want to back our strategy for sustainability […]
Cue Billy Holiday! At last… WordPress 3.6 Oscar is now available for download.
You want to blame someone? Blame Steve Jobs. Seriously – here’s why. He created a computing ecosystem that suggested tens of thousands of dollars in software development costs could be recouped at $.99 per transaction. That’s not a model. There’s no feedback loop to that model. In the end, some companies are wildly successful because more and more people make one-time decisions, while other companies just fail and disappear. But this isn’t a post about Steve Jobs. I just thought that if you wanted to get to the bottom of all this, we should look to him – as he’s […]
Here’s a sample, below. To catch it live, go to www.reddit.com/r/IAmA right now! vegasgeek – “Of all the WordCamp’s you’ve been to around the globe, what was the most unusual location for the event itself and, separately, the after party?” photomatt – “Oh by far and away the strangest location was Davao in the Philippines. I can’t find any pictures at the moment, but my talk was essentially at a restaurant with a swimming pool courtyard — the audience was on the other side of the pool from me, and the food buffet was behind me so when the Q&A got slow […]
Matt Mullenweg will be dropping into /r/Iama tomorrow, (Wednesday) July 31, at 3pm PDT. For those of you who are not familiar with Reddit, /Iama stands for “I Am A.” The thread always starts with the person of interest stating: I am ________. AMA. AMA stands for “ask my anything” and AMAA stands for “Ask me almost anything.” Past participants include Bill Gates, Stephen Colbert, Stan Lee and even Barack Obama. We are excited to see what people ask Matt, especially since this is happening right after his 2013 State of the Word address. To catch up on what Redditors are chatting about right […]
On Saturday, the second day of WordCamp San Francisco 2013, Matt Mullenweg delivered the annual State of The Word address to a standing-room-only crowd of eager WordPress devotees. New statistics, development updates, video teasers, and one last joke about Jay-Z crashing the after party pleased the excited audience. Matt also shared the results of the annual survey, completed by 30,000 WordPress users and developers, and spotlighted WordPress’s recent rockstars. Here are the main numerical takeaways: • 18.9% of the web is now running on WordPress, up 2.2% from last year • 1026 unique WordCamp speakers • 1.4 […]
Dear Reader, Today we are thrilled to be introducing Torque, the WordPress News Core. Our goal with Torque is to create a hub for community building and offer a forum for WordPress news. Dedicated entirely to the advancement of the WordPress ecosystem, Torque operates on the open-source philosophy that together, we can accomplish more than we can separately. We chose the name Torque because we were inspired by the power of tools to create greater motion and force. Our aspiration for Torque is for it to become a resource that propels our community to insightful thoughts, and to serve as […]
We can’t say for sure…but rumor has it that August will be the month. The first release candidate was made available to the public July 13, so developers have been sending in bug reports for weeks to help fix issues. The second release candidate just became available on July 24, and surely there will be more more issues to address, but now that the major setbacks have been figured out and the Post Formats UI and structured data has been completely removed, the stable release of WordPress 3.6 can’t be that far off. We are excited to see improvements in […]
Samuel Sidler, brand new “Ninja Wrangler” for Audrey Captial, released a Digestable WordPress.org Project List. Let’s break his priorities down to the barebones for the sake of conversation: Ongoing Open Source Stats General Design Improvements Immediate Increasing WordPress and WordPress.org participation Improving make.wordpress.org Short Term Support and documentation hubs Profile improvements Medium Term Themes Directory Redesign Improvements for the i18n Community Improve WordPress.org Home Page Support Forum Improvements Long Term Plugin/Themes Directory Workshops (i.e. learn.wordpress.org) jobs.wordpress.net “Ideas” Improvements Mailing List Page Redesign Thoughts? Reactions? Do you think he left anything out?