The Saga Continues…
WordPressWordPress was borne of initial idea seeding via B2 (Cafelog) in 2001, which was launched by Michael Valdrighi. In 2003, cofounders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked B2 and created WordPress, an Open Source blogging and now content management system estimated to power the largest number of websites of any individual product (20%). Through the largest thriving community of any website management system, WordPress has grown to include theme designers, plugin developers, webmasters and site developers. With the power of participants, WP now can power anything from small individual blogs to large multi-user social communities to business websites. Core contributing developers include Ryan Boren, Mark Jaquith, Matt Mullenweg, Andrew Ozz, Peter Westwood and Andrew Nacin. WordPress has just recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary.
WPCommunityWPCommunity.com was started as an extension of Web Developer Tom Ford who found WordPress in the early days looking for a solution to power a group of large websites that had outgrown their flat HTML infrastructure. Needing more features, WordPress was chosen based on another user who was kind enough to put together a comparison chart of several platforms, with detailed information. The way this individual was able to present this side by side comparison using WordPress ultimately led to giving it a shot...which led to massive experimentation to the different things it could do. The heavy and growing demand for assistance led to offering such, bringing us to today. Tom Ford has contributed to various other development agencies including TC Websites, WPMU.org and WPML. (as well as solving countless technical issues and working through many full website builds).
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- JUL 29, 2014
POST STATUS: WEEK IN REVIEW: SASS IN _S, CPT STANDARDS, MAILPOET VS SUCURI, A...
Welcome to the fifth “Week in Review” on Post Status, where I hope to offer up some of the things you may have missed in the last week or so.
Sass is coming to Underscores
A long-awaited feature, the first pass at introducing Sass to the Underscores (_s) theme has been committed. This morning’s commit by Tammie Lister follows a number of much-discussed Github threads, and it looks promising. The Sassy version of Underscores is in its own branch, if you want to explore it further and get started with that version right away.
I’ve been using my own forked version of Underscores for some time now, that includes Sass, and I’m happy to see this change. I look forward to comparing their version with my own and learning from it. Underscores has become one of the most popular WordPress themes to build custom websites from, and this is a great change.
If you don’t think you’re ready for Sass, Josh Pollock has a nice post on Torque to help you out.
Custom post type standards are underway
Furthermore, he started a Github repo for a community-based, unofficial standards document. This is exactly the type of discussion that I hoped would occur, and I encourage you all to get involved. If enough of us encourage standards for some common custom content types, we can make portability between WordPress themes even better, and that would be great.
The first issue is to decide what post types to standardize, so go get involved.
Standard site logo support for the customizer
Also along the standardization theme, WordPress.com has introduced a feature for theme developers to create standard support for site logos, a feature that’s in almost any WordPress theme.
The feature is live on WordPress.com, and coming to a Jetpack near you. WordPress.com added support for about a dozen themes for the launch of the feature.
MailPoet and Sucuri spar over the handling of security disclosures
On July 1st, Sucuri disclosed a vulnerability in MailPoet, a very popular WordPress-centric newsletter plugin. Over the next few days, MailPoet released a variety of updates. A bunch of WordPress websites were estimated to be hacked. Updates were available, and many hosts made server level changes, but it affected every version and was a serious issue.
However, MailPoet was unsatisfied with how Sucuri handled the disclosure, and posted some lessons learned on their blog a couple of days ago. That post is worth reading on its own, but essentially they’re displeased at the rapidity of Sucuri’s actions from notification of the vulnerability to publishing the news on their blog. Sucuri says it was standard practice, and give a rundown in an open letter to MailPoet on their own blog.
When your primary software product has something like this happen, your emotions definitely tick up a notch or three. I can see both sides of this story. In the end, it’s important that the fix gets in and site owners and hosts get notified so they can get their sites fixed. I don’t know who is more correct in this story (I haven’t given it enough thought, honestly), but I think most things are better settled in a different venue than trading accusatory and pointed open letters — something both parties are guilty of here.
Starting a WordPress blog?
Oli Dale has some really interesting insight where he raises the hypothetical, “If I were to start a blog about WordPress today.” He highlights how he thinks some genres (like WordPress news) are well covered, but that he sees a great deal of potential in more niche markets.
Definitely read Oli’s advice if you’re looking to start a blog. Also keep in mind, really there is so much opportunity, no matter what you see out there today; just do it better than anyone else and you can succeed. (Notable on this topic, WP Scoop just rebranded itself)
Related, but more general: You are not late.
GravityView: display entries of Gravity Forms anywhere on your site
Zack Katz has released GravityView, a plugin that takes Gravity Forms submissions and lets you put them anywhere on your site. This plugin look really slick, and I see a lot of potential uses for it.
Zack is the developer of the free Gravity Forms Directory plugin, and GravityView is a different plugin, but expanded version of that. Zack talks about GravityView and his thinking behind it on the latest Apply Filters podcast, which he recorded right before he released the plugin.
Automating WP App Store
Iain Poulson wrote a fun little post about how he’s automated most of the work that goes into WP App Store, a former marketplace product turned email deals product.
Brian Richards goes full-time on WP Sessions, introduces first course
Brian Richards has left his position at WebDevStudios to attempt a full-time career building WP Sessions, his WordPress learning website.
As I noted last week, he’s giving away a $2,000 value trip to WCSF to those that sign up for his VIP program, and there are still a couple of days to enter.
He also just released a course on building WordPress plugins, which Pippin Williamson is teaching; it doesn’t get much better than that. I wish Brian the best of luck, and hope WP Sessions sustains him.
My first WordCap San Francisco
I guest posted on the WordCamp San Francisco blog, where I talked about my first experience at WCSF. Incredible relationships and experiences are made at WordCamps; this is my story.
Along a similar vein, Christine Rondeau answers, “Why bother with WordCamps?”
Meet me in New York
I’m really excited to attend WordCamp New York City Friday through Sunday. If you’re there, I’d love to meet. The lineup of attendees and speakers is insane. I’ll also be doing some hallway interviews, so Post Status readers will hopefully enjoy the results of those. I’ll probably be singing Alicia Keys to myself for the next few days, so you can have that mental image for free.
It’s not quite midnight on Monday in Alabama, as I wrap this up. So while the week in review is a bit late this week, I hope you still enjoyed it and learned something new. If you did, I of course appreciate if you’ll share it with your social network of choice.
Have a great week everyone.JUL 28, 2014
WPTAVERN: THIS WEEK ON WPWEEKLY – A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON CROWDFUNDING
This Friday at 3PM Eastern, we’ll be joined by three individuals to discuss the topic of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is defined as “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.” While some projects fail, others are exceedingly successful.
Our guests will share their experience, lessons learned, and what they would have done differently. We’ll also discuss the impact of crowdfunding open source software development.
- Scott Kingsley Clark – Clark used Kickstarter to successfully raise enough funds to develop Pods 2.0 and the community website. Although he only asked for $1,500, he ended up with nearly $4,200.
- Nick Haskins – Lead developer of the AESOP Story Engine plugin and hosted service, Haskins asked for $6,000 and received $6,572 using Crowdhoster. Crowdhoster is the open source version of Crowdtilt.
- John Saddington – Lead developer of Pressgram, asked for $50,000 and received $56,500 using Kickstarter to fund his image sharing app.
Crowdfunding enables people to not only gauge interest in an idea or product, but also allows them to receive funding without having to deal with venture capitalists or banks.
If you have any questions for our guests, or about the topic of crowdfunding, feel free to post them in the comments.