WPWeekly Episode 294 – HeroPress, Community, and WinningWP With Topher DeRosia

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Topher DeRosia, founder of HeroPress. DeRosia provides an update on HeroPress and explains his new role creating WordPress training videos for WinningWP. Jacoby and I discussed the news of the week including, Press This removed in WordPress 4.9, Meta box support in Gutenberg, and WP-SpamShield removed from the directory.

Near the end of the show, we discuss whether or not consultants, agencies, and site builders have been left out of the discussion and not factored into WordPress’ growth over the years.

Stories Discussed:

Press This Removed from WordPress 4.9 in Favor of a Plugin
Bianca Welds Awarded Kim Parsell Travel Scholarship
WordCamp Europe 2018 Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale
Gutenberg Contributors Explore Alternative to Using iframes for Meta Boxes
WP-SpamShield Plugin Removed from WordPress.org, Author Plans to Pull All Plugins from the Directory
The blue-collar WordPress worker and the 2,500+ websites built to grow the CMS

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  1. Many thanks for the mention – very much appreciated. :)

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  2. I have to question whether people who are putting 50 or 100 people on WordPress each month are necessarily WP heroes. Unless they are pretty big companies with a lot of *good* support people, they might do damage in the long run.

    It doesn’t do much good to up the # of WP installs if most of those people end up abandoning it down the road because their experience sucked.

    What will positively grow WordPress is well-supported, or educated new additions to the platform. Anything less is a short-term gain, and long term detriment.

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