August 2013

Photocrati, the company behind NextGen Gallery has hired on a lead happiness engineer. Edward Caissie who is better known throughout the WordPress community as JellyBeen was the person hired into the position. The hiring couldn’t have come at a better time considering how many people have NOT been happy with (more…)

This week we start things off with a really great set of plugins from the WordPress Plugin Repository. We’ll take a look at plugins like System Snapshot Report, Folder Slider, Harmonia, Content Blocks, String Locator and Export User Data. As always, make sure you backup and test on a staging site before taking any of these plugins live. We highlight these plugins as applications of interest and not an endorsement or official review. Let’s get plugged in!

Microlancer, an Envato owned company has recently added a WordPress category for users needing work done to their WordPress site. The site has been in private beta since April of 2013 and helps build a bridge between freelancers and clients. The site currently has three different WordPress service categories available, (more…)

I’ve used the After The Deadline service for a long time. In fact, I think I’ve been using it ever since Automattic acquired it in 2009. I proofread almost every post before it’s published. However, I’ve recently been struck by the wording of the AtD prompt once I schedule or (more…)

There is a new up and coming AB Split testing service for WordPress called WP-ABTesting that aims to help you optimize websites based on data, not opinions. Anytime I’ve heard of anyone wanting an A/B testing plugin, I’ve referred them to ShrimpTest by Mitcho and Automattic however, it appears that (more…)

In this episode, we covered the headlines of the week, most notable is the open letter published to the NextGen Gallery community. Most of the show was dedicated to an interview with Dusty Davidson of Flywheel.com, a WordPress hosting company catering to designers, freelancers, and creative agencies. What does that (more…)

Beginning this Friday at 9P.M. Eastern, I’ll be back behind the microphone providing you with the news of the week around the WordPress ecosystem. I’ll also be interviewing some of the smartest people in the WordPress community that are making things happen. Unlike the previous episodes which were all conducted (more…)

Amidst all of the conversation taking place on improving the WordPress back-end user interface, there is now a public survey you are encouraged to participate in that will help determine how people use the dashboard and where improvements need to take place. The survey is only 5 questions long but (more…)

NextGEN Gallery is one of the most popular WordPress plugins in the repository and has been for a long time. The last time I checked, it was closing in on over 8 million downloads. However, the latest release of the plugin has caused grief for many people as evidenced by (more…)

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be in attendance at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013 next weekend August 24-25th. Not only will I be in attendance, but I’ve been selected to moderate a panel discussion on commercial themes and plugins. The other speakers participating in the panel are Pippin Williamson, Adam (more…)