The benefits of Masterminds • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Ken Wallace and Cory Miller talk about what masterminds are, how they work, and what benefits they can provide entrepreneurs and other professionals. Ken Wallace runs Mastermind Jam, which according to the website, “gives you everything you need to join, create, and manage your mastermind group, all without having to waste time cobbling together a bunch of different software, forms, and shared documents, even if you don’t have a large personal network.” Here’s the episode: Some of the topics discussed…

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WooCommerce Payments offers a more unified eCommerce experience, better feature parity with Shopify • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

WooCommerce Payments offer an in-dashboard, single-account experience for WooCommerce store owners to manage all transactions. WooCommerce Payments is now available to select merchants who apply to the program. It’s a big step for WooCommerce toward establishing stronger SaaS-like feature parity with Shopify. Built using Stripe’s best-in-class merchant tools, WooCommerce Payments will immediately offer broad payment support for the vast majority of WooCommerce users. Deposits, transactions, refunds, and disputes can all be managed directly through the WordPress dashboard. Store owners will…

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Elementor has raised a $15 million Series A, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Elementor has raised a $15 million Series A to help them take the extremely popular page building tool to the next level. Elementor has seen explosive growth in their WordPress-based page building application since its release in May 2016, now boasting more than 4 million installs of the free version of the plugin. The paid version of Elementor was introduced in November 2016, with a common freemium upgrade model. The Elementor community has taken off, furthering the product’s growth and…

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Syed Balkhi on Awesome Motive’s acquisition of All In One SEO • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Syed Balkhi joins me to discuss the acquisition of AIO SEO.All in One SEO is one of the most widely used plugins in the WordPress ecosystem, with more than two million installs.In the announcement post, Syed says the entire All in One SEO team is joining Awesome Motive, aside from founder Michael Torbert: Transcribed by https://otter.ai Brian Krogsgard 0:02 This episode of the Draft podcast is brought to you by Jilt. Jilt is email marketing built for eCommerce stores. Go…

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Working on multiple things, and working with partners • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode of Post Status Draft, Brian and Cory talk about balancing multiple projects, and working with partners. A lot of folks in the WordPress economy, whether employed with a side hustle or self-employed, manage multiple things. Also, many of us work with partners, or are interested in partnerships. Cory has long worked with partners, and we’re now running Post Status as partners. Also, we are both working on several projects. In this episode of Draft, we talk about…

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Introducing a new chapter, with Cory Miller as Post Status partner • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Cory Miller is now a co-owner and Partner of Post Status. He’s purchased half of the business and will help run and grow it moving forward. I created Post Status in January 2013 and started the Club in January 2015. January 2020 marks another huge milestone for this community and business. I’m very excited to share that Cory Miller is now an equal partner of Post Status. Cory purchased half the business and will be working with me in the…

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Scott Bolinger on WordPress, JAMstack, and the future of the independent developer • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Scott Bolinger talks to me about headless WordPress, JAMstack, APIs, and the state of the indie developer in the WordPress landscape. In this episode, Scott and I dig into his experience as an indie developer within the WordPress landscape. Scott has long used JavaScript as a core technology with AppPresser. I think he’s on the forefront of thinking about and using technologies that are new to WordPress but out in full force in other ecosystems. Scott is really into JAMstack…

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A Teenage Woman’s Perspective On The State of The Word • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Olivia Bisset reflects on WordCamp US and the State of the Word, from her perspective as a teenager and new member of the WordPress community. Hello everyone! This year I got the chance to go to the State of the Word, which is a talk given by Matt Mullenweg each year at WordCamp US (WCUS). Here are my thoughts and views on this year’s State of the Word. Before he even got started with the State of the Word, Matt…

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Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word, 2019 • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Matt Mullenweg just completed the 2019 State of the Word, where he offered a comprehensive overview of the last year of all things WordPress. WordCamp US 2019 is taking place for the first time in St. Louis, Missouri, where more than 1,300 WordPress community members and leaders are gathered. It’s been the year of Gutenberg in 2019, and in his State of the Word, Matt Mullenweg highlighted what has been accomplished and what is coming next. Matt kicked off the…

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Salesforce Ventures invests $300 million in Automattic, at a $3 billion valuation • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Salesforce Ventures has invested an incredible $300 million as the sole investor in Automattic’s Series D, their first raise since 2014. Total investment is now $491 million over 15 years. Salesforce Ventures is the investment arm of Salesforce. Prior to this investment in Automattic, they had announced $875 million raised across 11 fund initiatives, but none that amount to $300 million, each fund has been between $50 – $125 million spread across several investments. I believe Salesforce Ventures called up…

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Chat with a WordPress skeptic • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Kira Leigh works with WordPress, but in most instances she’d rather avoid it. I talk to her about why she’s a WordPress skeptic. I talked with Kira Leigh, a full-stack creative entrepreneur and consultant. Skeptic may be too strong of a word, but she makes it clear that she thinks WordPress is too often used when it’s not necessary. Kira handles every part of her projects, which typically stem from marketing and copywriting, but she takes on design, development, and…

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Is Tumblr a social network? • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Sharing without a strategy. Blogging without a plan. Connecting without an angle. Maybe that’s how Tumblr shines? What the heck is Tumblr, anyway? I’ve never done a particularly deep dive into the platform, though it is recently relevant for my line of work. I created a Tumblr back when WordPress was debating post formats — before they died. I also did a small client project on Tumblr — which ended up being a tedious experiment of much custom HTML and…

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Automattic, WordPress.com owner, acquires Tumblr – WordPress Website Design Article

Automattic has purchased Tumblr from Verizon, in a firesale move reported to be for less than $3 million. There is still value in the site, however, for Automattic. Automattic — which owns WordPress.com — has acquired Tumblr and about 200 employees from Verizon, according to The Wall Street Journal and confirmed in Post Status Slack by Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg. Tumblr has had a rocky road since their sale to Yahoo! in 2013 for $1.1 billion. Yahoo! is now owned…

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A battle for ecommerce platform dominance • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Shopify has a lot going for it. WooCommerce, though, is the better platform for ecommerce on the Open Web. This post is available below by text, and Jonathan and Brian talked about it for a podcast episode as well. They are additive to one another. Ben Thompson recently wrote about Shopify and the Power of Platforms. He highlights the difference between an aggregator (e.g. Amazon’s Merchant Services) and a platform (Shopify) and makes a case for how Shopify can successfully…

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Automattic has acquired Prospress, the makers of WooCommerce Subscriptions • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Automattic has acquired Prospress, the makers of WooCommerce Subscriptions — WooCommerce’s highest revenue-generating extension — for an undisclosed sum. Automattic has acquired Prospress, the team led by Brent Shepherd, and the makers of the largest WooCommerce extension, WooCommerce Subscriptions. The acquisition secures a future for Subscriptions under the primary Automattic umbrella, and it’s an increasingly important part of WooCommerce’s success. Subscriptions offers the most powerful and flexible subscription option in the eCommerce market, and it’s common for stores to use…

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a new WordPress framework based on React – WordPress Website Design Article

Reyes Martínez directs Digital Marketing and Communications at Frontity. She gave us some background and answered a few of our questions about the company and the project. Previously known as Worona, Madrid-based Frontity is close to launching their eponymous public beta, described on Github as both “an alternative rendering engine for WordPress,” and “a React framework to create WordPress themes.” Frontity, the framework, runs separately from WordPress on Node.js and uses the WordPress API to generate HTML and AMP pages.…

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“Become the best version of yourself.” An Interview with Rich Tabor • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Rich Tabor is taking CoBlocks and his other work to GoDaddy, where he’ll continue to development experiences for using WordPress with Gutenberg. Rich Tabor is transitioning to a new role now as Senior Product Manager of WordPress Experience with GoDaddy. In the past three years, Rich founded a digital agency, launched a popular PhotoShop resource site, and started ThemeBeans, a successful WordPress theme shop. ThemeBeans and CoBlocks, Rich’s suite of page builder blocks in a plugin, have gone with him…

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Why the makers of Ninja Forms are getting into eCommerce • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode, I talk with James and Kevin — cofounders of the Ninja Forms product — to discuss why their next leg of their business is in the competitive landscape of eCommerce. Welcome to the Post Status Draft podcast, which you can find on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and via RSS for your favorite podcatcher. Post Status Draft is hosted by Brian Krogsgard and co-host Brian Richards. In this episode, I bring on James Laws and Kevin Stover —…

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Considerations for eCommerce merchants, with Andrew Youderian of eCommerce Fuel • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode I discuss eCommerce and considerations for eCommerce merchants, with Andrew Youderian of eCommerce Fuel. Welcome to the Post Status Draft podcast, which you can find on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and via RSS for your favorite podcatcher. Post Status Draft is hosted by Brian Krogsgard and co-host Brian Richards. In this episode, I bring on Andrew Youderian. Andrew runs eCommerce Fuel — a great website geared toward eCommerce store owners, specifically those making high six figures or…

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WordPress and Blockchain • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

It’s time to discuss blockchain technology from the perspective of the WordPress ecosystem, to discuss threats, opportunities, and generally discover how this emerging sector could impact WordPress. WordPress is one of the driving forces and great success stories of the open web to date. As an open source platform, it’s become a dominant CMS used by 30% of the web to publish content — on websites large and small. WordPress has grown up in an era of evolving challenges: ushering…

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WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg editor • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Gutenberg has been an ambitious undertaking, but the new WordPress editor marks an important step for WordPress. The platform must continue to be both easier to use and more powerful to extend, and Gutenberg is a step in the right direction on both fronts. WordPress 5.0, “Bebo,” is a shift of the highest order for the platform. Block-based editing, under the name of “Gutenberg,” is an entirely new way to publish content. It adds a world of flexibility when writing,…

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An interview with Peter Suhm • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

You may know Peter Suhm as the man behind WP Pusher, a plugin that lets you securely deploy your plugins and themes directly from GitHub, Bitbucket or GitLab to any WordPress site on any type of hosting. In Peter’s words, “the most basic way to think of WP Pusher is that it replaces FTP with a flow where updates come directly from GitHub/Bitbucket” through the WordPress core auto-updater. You may not know Peter built the first version of WP Pusher…

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Matt Mullenweg’s State of The Word, 2018 • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Matt Mullenweg took the stage once again for his annual “State of the Word” talk at WordCamp US in a packed room of over 1,500 attendees. Matt started by “reintroducing WordPress” and the four freedoms, stressing that “WordPress isn’t a physical thing or code, it’s an idea.” Additionally, a “robust commercial ecosystem” supports WordPress, and Matt noted that current estimates indicate WordPress generates about $10 Billion (USD) annually. After two years of development and just after WordPress 5.0 officially launched, it’s…

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Building Multidots, with Anil Gupta • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode I talk to Anil Gupta about his journey and philosophies building Multidots — a company doing enterprise web development work all over the world with more than 100 employees. Welcome to the Post Status Draft podcast, which you can find on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and via RSS for your favorite podcatcher. Post Status Draft is hosted by Brian Krogsgard. In this episode of Draft, I talk to Anil Gupta, the founder of Multidots. Multidots is a 100+ person company, and Anil has…

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Matt Mullenweg on WordPress, Gutenberg, and the future • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

In this episode, I am joined by Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic. Just after releasing WordPress 5.0, and on the heels of WordCamp US, Matt and I review the event, the release, and discuss how he thinks things went, what could have gone better, and what he sees ahead. We also dig into WooCommerce, various plans around core development processes, Automattic, and more. I hope you enjoy. And an audio version. Full transcript is coming…

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An Interview with Ernst-Jan Pfauth of De Correspondent • Post Status – WordPress Website Design Article

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is co-founder and CEO of The Correspondent, which is launching this year as a New York-based English language spinoff of the Dutch news site De Correspondent. Offering “unbreaking news” and “a daily dose of medicine against the issues of the day,” both are the products of record-breaking crowdfunding campaigns. Both publications sustain themselves without advertisers. Stressing subscriptions over scale, De Correspondent launched in 2013 with €1 million from 15,000 members. Membership has grown over fourfold since then. Subscriptions and book sales…

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