WPWeekly Episode 233 – Recap of WordCamp Chicago 2016

On this episode of WordPress Weekly, I describe my experience attending WordCamp Chicago 2016 this past weekend. Marcus Couch and I then discuss the news of the week including a new tool that helps WordCamp organizers create customized name badges.

We also have a lengthy discussion on the freemium business model and how it’s affecting users of themes and plugins downloaded from the official directories. Last but not least, we talk about WooCommerce Connect, a new SaaS tool from Automattic that has a tight relationship with Jetpack.

Stories Discussed:

WordCamp Organizers Get New Tool for Creating Personalized WordCamp Badges
WordPress is Now 100% Translated Into Marathi
Templatic Hacked, Files and Databases Compromised
WordPress Theme Review Team Votes on New Guidelines to Ban Obtrusive Upselling
Automattic Introduces WooCommerce Connect, Hosted Components for E-Commerce

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

RSS Feed Canceller provides more control over your RSS feed. You can turn it on or off per post and control whether or not a post is excluded from the feed.

TLD WooCommerce Downloadable Product Update Emails is a simple plugin that notifies customers who purchased a downloadable product via email that there’s an update available.

Inline Click To Tweet allows authors to highlight text from within the visual editor and make it tweetable by clicking within the post or page.

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4 responses to “WPWeekly Episode 233 – Recap of WordCamp Chicago 2016”

  1. I personally like the freemium model and absolutely want to see these plugins in the repository. Since I don’t often go outside the repository, I’m unlikely to even find a paid plugin unless it has a free/freemium version (or is *really* well known).

    My biggest pet peeve is when plugin developers aren’t clear about free/freemium state of the plugin, or don’t clearly communicate the differences between the free and freemium.

    I’m actually more likely to pick a freemium plugin when it comes right down to it, because I know the developer is making some money, and often that plugin has greater future potential even if I only need the free stuff right now.


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