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  • The Future of Virtual Events
    With in-person events returning in 2022 (if not late 2021). There have been many discussions on how to take advantage of all the learnings from 2020. A lot of events are still holding off going virtual because of the time required to learn new best practices, providing meaningful content and experiences to attendees, and generating appropriate return-on-investment (ROI) for sponsors. The Giving Event Model One recent trend, regardless of online platform, that I have noticed is to tie an event to a charity or other philanthropic endeavor. We’ve most recently seen that with WordFest benefitting Big Orange Heart (BOH). The […]
  • WordPress.org/Hosting and Trademark Rumors Answered
    Over at Post Status, yes join it, the Slack channels there are full of discussions that you really want to take part in, but I digress, the hosting channel got some solid activity the last few days regarding the hosts listed at WordPress Web Hosting. Why are they there? How did they get there? Rumors? Suspicions? A little background, this topic is not new. The whole discussion got reinvigorated because of Tweet by Morten Rand-Hendriksen regarding WordPress trademark utilization. An intermittent comment suggested that trademarks and recommended hosting were tied together and certain firms could ignore the rules. I made […]
  • Facebook’s Internet Mess
    Well well, Facebook took the bait and the fight has begun, Changes to Sharing and Viewing News on Facebook in Australia: “In response to Australia’s proposed new Media Bargaining law, Facebook will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content.” Uh, ok. A couple of salient takes from around the open web, first, Dries Buytaert, Facebook Unfriends Australia: “Facebook struggles to silence misinformation for years, but succeeds in silencing quality news in days. In both cases, Facebook’s fast and loose approach continues to hurt millions of people …” Then we have at The […]
  • Making WordFest 2021
    I have a big soft spot for Big Orange Heart (BOH) and their most recent event WordFest. They are volunteers in working in a complicated environment to support the complexities of mental health for remote workers. You can’t imagine the needs that have occurred over the last year. To support the BOH mission, WordFest 2021 was put on in January. Dan Maby, Founder of BOH, put together an immense article on the year long process that eventually became WordFest. To say this is an in-depth article would be an understatement, the magic “Estimated Reading Time” indicator puts it at 30 […]


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  • GoDaddy Amps Up WooCommerce Offering
    With GoDaddy Pro launching The Hub earlier this month, it looks like a full court press from GoDaddy on other aspects of the ecosystem. Over at TechRadar, GoDaddy and WordPress want to supercharge your ecommerce […]
  • Joomla President Reelected and Fixing the Process
    First, Brian Mitchell has been reelected as President of Open Source Matters (Joomla) for a second term. As of this writing there has not been a public notification on the Community Portal or Twitter. So, […]
  • Breaking: LinkedIn Down
    Looks like one of my favorite social media sites/tools is experiencing major difficulties. LinkedIn. I’ve noticed this since approximately 13:00 CT, however BleepingComputer notes that the API has been experiencing difficulties since 12:00 CT, LinkedIn […]
  • WordCamp Reports
    I was directed to this when going through WordPress Foundation financials. It’s a long story but suffice it to say that over at the Post Status slack, Timi Wahalahti pointed me in the right direction. […]
  • Naming Your Business? Pricing? Closing a Sale?
    Sometimes the simplest questions bring out the simplest solutions. I have three here, and I guarantee if you’re working for yourself, or someone else, you’ve had to deal with at least one of them at […]
  • .COM Price Increases Happening
    We’ve hit the final four years of the negotiated six year periods between ICANN and Verisign. A “fiscal” year in this case goes from September through October. As reported last year in .COM Price Increase […]
  • Goodbye Endurance, Hello Newfold Digital
    The Clearlake Capital Group rollups keep rolling up. The announced acquisition of Endurance International Group (EIG) was completed February 10, 2021 for $3 billion. The interesting news is the creation of Newfold Digital, PR Newswire, […]
  • WP Feedback is Now Atarim
    Vito Peleg announced that WP Feedback is now Atarim. Why the name? Well, the literal meaning of “Atarim” is “Websites” in Hebrew – which is Vito’s native language. Vito goes on to explain the rebrand, […]
  • CloudFest Sold By GoDaddy
    Rumors had been swirling for a while, frankly strong enough to say it was a done deal, but details were impossible to confirm. I would have loved to report on this earlier. From the official […]

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