ROBERT JACOBI

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More In ’24

Inspired by Matt Mullenweg's "call for help 😉" on X/Twitter, it's time to make a list that takes ageism out of the equation. The goal of "More In '24" is [...]
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Digital Business Card

With the fall conference and meeting season upon us, ahem WordCamp US this week, I thought it would be good to save paper and have a fully digital business card.
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Blue Isn’t Bad

The sky is falling! Actually I guess it's Twitter Blue Checkmarks that are falling but if a tree falls in the woods and no hears it, did it really fall? [...]
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Open for Business

This isn’t going to be a recap, summary, or slideshow of CloudFest, but there were over 6,000 attendees … so for those CloudFest recaps, summaries, etc. check out some of [...]
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Networking with a Co-Pilot

With the biggest non-WordCamp WordPress event in just a few days, many folks who are new to the extra large conference experience are asking a lot of questions. The obvious [...]
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Own Your Automations

What causes you to reevaluate your infrastructure, services, or SaaS providers? In the Sandler Sales Methodology, one of the key tools is digging for, understanding, and solving for pain points. [...]
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The WordPress Reports (2023)

Over the last few weeks we've had a number of reports fantastic independent reports on WordPress security, professionals, and more. So with great apologies to Mark Halperin's Wide World of [...]
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Where are the WordPress IPOs?

Well, I've been solidly wrong about the two big elephants in the WordPress ecosystem for over two years! Way back in October of 2020 I wrote, WordPress IPO?, with what [...]
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The Podcast List (2023)

Who doesn't love a good podcast, whether driving (do people still drive?), intentional learning, working out, or (my favorite), while cooking. I haven't updated the podcast list since 2020! So [...]
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AI am Exhausted

The AI gold rush is upon us and companies are going to start scaling up development, infrastructure, and marketing resources like crazy. We're going to have a ChatGPToaster in every [...]
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Hosting Hosting Everywhere

For many years I've been giving a talk called Invisible CMS (probably my first version) – this isn't an actual piece of code or open source project or SaaS. It's [...]
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I Don’t Know

Sometime the writer's block hits hard, and all the content you digest doesn't create a theme, so I'm left with today thinking about what I don't know, and what that [...]
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Remote Time

Remote Time (work from home) is very different than Office Time but even more different across the globe than in the United States. Jennifer Liu at CNBC, American workers aren’t [...]
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Social Media Anxiety

I think most people have that good ol' love-hate relationship. I love a lot of the communication aspects, I hate the ads, spam, invasiveness, and in some cases the user [...]
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Biggest WordPress Event?

The biggest WordPress event this year will likely not be a WordCamp. Huh? This year marks a well thought out plan to bring WordPress to more business masses than ever [...]
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How I Build This in 2023

As I build up the content workflows of the past, I thought today would be a day to go over the tools that are powering RobertJacobi 2023. A very clean [...]
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Timing is Everything

When was the last time you were "freshly" sent a newsletter with an article that was almost 10 years old?! And it rang true, and was immediately valuable and actionable? [...]
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High Hopes for WordPress

Folks in WordPress and hosting have had a couple of difficult months. A number of organizations have had good old fashioned RIFs (reductions in force) which are never fun those [...]
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Is Open Source Freemium?

Today's inspiration arrives courtesy of Old Man Dan at OMD Ventures, Freemium-ization of Society: I expect free tiers for every new service. I didn’t know I had this expectation until [...]
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How WordPress Are You?

Inspired by another newsletter (totally not in the technology arena), I bring you a quiz to see HOW WORDPRESS ARE YOU? If you want to know what the inspiring newsletter [...]
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WPYall, Not for Yall

Well the first WordCamp of 2022 is now to be determined. WordCamp Birmingham aka WPYall has been postponed due to Covid, #WPYall Postponed Until Spring: As a result, the WordCamp [...]
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Open Sourced-ish Financial Model

Over at Ellipsis Marketing, Alex Denning announced today, Open sourcing our $2k financial model spreadsheet for WordPress businesses: Ellipsis’ financial model sheet is invaluable for getting insight into the performance [...]
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Joomla Mis-Discussed

There is a so much to say about Joomla but a huge discussion on Post Status over recent open source issues (see Open Source Support Crisis and More Open Source) [...]
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More Open Source

I’m quite happy that the difficulties of being an open source contributor are coming more and more into the public sphere. Bigger names with bigger audiences are getting into the [...]
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OMG! I Understand web3

I am not going to say there is a be-all and end-all single simple definition of web3, but by golly My first impressions of web3 by Moxie Marlinspike nails the [...]
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Open Source Support Crisis

Another day, another story about the critical role open source software has for everyone. Let’s quickly remind ourselves of the last big open source crisis from less than a month [...]
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Keep it Concise

“I won’t bore you.” “Let me get to the gist.” “Here’s the deal.” Why do we hear this all the time followed by a 30 minute “elevator pitch?” If you [...]
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WordCamp Conundrum or Not

So I briefly touched on WordCamps and Covid in Open Source in 2021, but WP Tavern has taken a deeper dive into the situation, WordCamp Birmingham Updates COVID-19 Protocols Amid [...]
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Open Source vs Beginner’s Bubble

Sometimes a concept comes across that in hindsight is so crazily common sense that you wonder why you didn't learn about it in kindergarten. Welcome to the Beginner’s Bubble! So [...]
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Yoast on Shopify

Hot off the presses, We have big news: Yoast SEO is coming to Shopify! Well well well, definitely should've seen this coming, it's a natural way to expand their market [...]
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Internet Education

No, not talking about e-learning, e-courses, or learning management, talking about straight up public education of how the internet works. What a web page is. The basics. Ripped from the [...]
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Open Source in 2021

Reflections on 2021 can cover an almost infinite number of topics, but I have to say that open source software has gone through some monumental shifts. As I see it, [...]
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My #BFCM List

These are tools and applications that I actually use! Cloudways GoWP Human Presence Krisp.ai ManyCam Termageddon
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The LearnDash Acquisition Roundup

Following up on the big news that StellarWP acquired LearnDash. There are a ton of posts from all involved, and even though it's been a week or so (CaboPress consumed [...]
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Sinch Acquires Pathwire

Not super breaking but super important since we all communicate via email and text message, especially for marketing. Now we're getting a huge SMS company, Sinch, acquiring a critical component [...]
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How To In-Person?

When was the last time you were at a conference with 200+ attendees? For me it’s been a while, and I was doing it multiple times a month at one [...]
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WordCamp Europe 2021 a Success

We just completed three days of good old WordCamp Europe, and for a virtual conference I have to give it a full five out five stars. The sessions were great, [...]
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500 Billion Dollars

That is an amazingly huge amount of money, and what is referring to? WordPress! From BusinessWire, WordPress Economy Drives More Than Half a Trillion in Revenue, New Global Study Shows: [...]
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Ecwid Acquired by Lightspeed

This is big news. Ecwid has gone from a simple payment gateway to a mini-Shopify to, I assume, a direct competitor to Shopify with the weight and financing of Lightspeed. [...]
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Mike Demo Joins Codeable

Those in the open source communities of WordPress and Joomla have known Mike Demopoulos for many years (as Mike Demo or Demo or 🌈👾🎢⚽ – isn't one name enough 😉) [...]
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#MorningCoffee: The Restart

So the month of May was very haphazard and I sincerely apologize to the many loyal readers who kept asking for the next newsletter. Trying to do two full time [...]
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Cloudways and Patchstack

There have been a ton of announcements regarding acquisitions, partnerships, and more. I thought I'd pick this one up for two reasons, one and a disclosure, I am the Director [...]
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WordCamp Europe 2021 Underway

Short and sweet, #WCEU is underway through June 9. The virtual platform selected is really easy to navigate and friendlier then some I've seen over the last year. The best [...]
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Links of the Week

WP Tavern: Genesis Framework To Become Free StudioPress Announces Changes Smashing Magazine: The Evolution Of Jamstack Marker: Customer Support Via Twitter Isn’t Support, It’s PR
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Networking (again) in Person

I've really missed the "real" networking of days long ago. Constant Zooms, Slacks, and digital communication have been invaluable but nothing – nothing – beats sitting across from someone and [...]
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Kanban for WordPress Acquired

Some not so breaking news, this was announced May 7, Under New Management: "As of today, Kanban for WordPress is under new management! The teams behind Alpha Particle and Flowspoke [...]
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DigitalOcean’s Premium Droplets

As you can imagine with the advent of cloud infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, Linode, Digital Ocean, Vultr, etc.) there has been a race for performance value. Digital Ocean (DO) is [...]
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Patchstack Ramping Up

I've been really, pleasantly, surprised at what's been going on with Patchstack since their acquisition of ThreatPress and rebrand from WebARX. To that end, they have ramped up their Red [...]
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Links of the Week

Orbit Media Studios: What are Core Web Vitals? Cloud7: SiteGround stops signing up new clients in Kenya due to new local regulations Scaleway: Digital Europe needs to draw inspiration from [...]
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GoDaddy Goes Hub-Club-Home

First time I've seen the new work model described as Hub-Club-Home, and I have to say I love the analogy. It's really clear in my mind where an employee might [...]
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All FLoCed Up aka CASHing Out

I first published a few weeks ago on What the FLoC? and since then, major projects have pushed back against the CASH scheme. From TechRadar, GitHub is blocking FLoC: "In [...]
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Links of the Week

GoDaddy Pro: Expand 2021 Recap XWP: How Enterprise Tech Companies Invest in WordPress and Why cloud7: Contabo opened new data center in Singapore TechCrunch: ActiveCampaign raises $240M Cloudways: Million Tree [...]
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WooCommerce Invests in PeachPay

More money flowing in the WordPress economy. Today we get the announcement in Business Insider (paywalled), PeachPay, a one-click checkout startup created by recent college grads, is looking to compete [...]
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Yats are the New Emoji

Sometimes I go down the rabbit hole on my own journeys for what's going on across the internet. Sometimes someone is persistent enough about a new technology or application that [...]
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Links of the Week

Dries Buytaert: Section 230: repeal reform or reprioritize? WP Tavern: Themes Set Up for a Paradigm Shift cloud7: Wix launches mobile app: Spaces by Wix Omnisend: How Apple’s iOS 14 [...]
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The Domain Privacy Battle

This topic is very interesting and yet at the same time – at least to me – difficult to grasp. I'm hoping in my discussing this here, I'll actually understand [...]
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Automattic Brings Woo to WooCommerce

Elliot Silver breaks the news, DomainInvesting.com, Woo.com Acquired by WooCommerce: "The domain name had been registered at Network Solutions under Whois privacy, and the domain name status changed. Woo.com is [...]
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Squarespace Files for IPO

The news popped up over last weekend, thank you Jeff Hardy over at Art of the Message for the tip, OnlineDomain.com reports, Squarespace has filed to go public: "Squarespace, Inc. announced [...]
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What the FLoC?

Another acronym. Created by Google. Hold onto your hats as a new "privacy" scheme is exposed for what it really is. Let's start with what FLoC stands for, "Federated Learning [...]
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One.com Acquires WP Rocket

It's about one week old as of publishing but this acquisition has made a bit of noise in the WordPress community, with a lot of people comparing this acquisition to [...]
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Links of the Week

Cloud7: Hostinger launches Patchstack WordPress Security Omnisend: The 6 Best List-Building Tools for 2021 WP Tavern: Full Site Editing Is Partly a 'Go' for WordPress 5.8 Bottle Rocket Media: 4 [...]
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CloudFest 2021 Recap Mashup

CloudFest 2021 was held March 23 - 25 online. Was going to do my own post conference review but I just didn't have as much time to fully appreciate it [...]
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Wix vs. WordPress, The Final Word

If you're not into watching the WordPress community chatter like a hawk, you might have missed it, but earlier this month something odd starting happening. Queue the music. Background Wix [...]
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Everything is AAS

There's a new AAS (as a service) in town. What, another acronym service? Why another acronym service? Actually, it's Website as a Service (WaaS). Is this some new Elon Musk [...]
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Links of the Week

BBC: Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home? Kim Doyal: Pricing & Side Hustles WP Tavern: Yes Comments Are Still Relevant But We Need a Better System [...]
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GoDaddy Adds To TLD Portfolio

Yes it's an acronym in the title but otherwise it would be way too long, Top Level Domains (TLDs) are the end of any website address. We all know .com, [...]
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HeroPress Adopts Hallway Chats

This isn't an acquisition per se but it is news for the WordPress community, from HeroPress, Hallway Chats Joins The HeroPress Family: "We were considering a podcast, but had moved [...]
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GoDaddy Acquires .Club

Another GoDaddy acquisition is in the books, from OnlineDomain, GoDaddy is acquiring the .Club domain extension: "Just weeks away from the 7th anniversary of the .Club launch, we are excited to announce that GoDaddy Registry is acquiring the .Club domain extension.  This means, once the deal closes, the .Club extension will [...]
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GoDaddy Acquires re:amaze

Another day, another acquisition, 2021 continues to be on an acquisition pace across the board that I have not yet seen. To be honest, I had not heard of re:amaze [...]
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GoDaddy Pro Expand 2021

With the relaunch of GoDaddy Pro as a separate sub-brand of GoDaddy and The Hub, I knew there were going to be some great things coming from the team. We [...]
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iThemes Acquires Kadence WP

Well this is an interesting acquisition, interesting in that it totally makes sense, even more so since the WordPress themes part of iThemes has been, uh, quiet for quite some [...]
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Elementor’s PayPal Button

Lost in March Madness was the launch of Elementor's PayPal button, PR Newswire, Elementor Launches PayPal Button Widget to Boost E-commerce Capabilities for Businesses Moving Online: "This new widget widens [...]
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Links of the Week

JAMstacked: Tons of JAMstack stuff WP Tavern: FSF Doubles Down on Stallman Reinstatement open collective: Funds for Open Source Mike Demo: The y.at Auction Stream Torque: Voting for Torque's 2021 [...]
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Squarespace Acquires Tock

On the heels of Squarespace getting $300 million in funding (with a $10 billion valuation), Squarespace acquired Tock. We know what Squarespace is but what is Tock? The describe themselves [...]
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WordPress in 10 Years

I was recently invited to write some thoughts for Convesio's new blog Speed at Scale on the future of WordPress, Introducing Our New Blog: Speed at Scale. First, there are [...]
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Site Upgrades are Difficult

Over the weekend Feedly, the RSS aggregator tool for millions, had to perform a massive upgrade. Feedly announced on their blog and twitter that this would be occurring. Just shortly [...]
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Links of the Week

WordPress VIP: The 5 Agile CMS Trends Reshaping the Digital Landscape WP Tavern: Extendify Acquires Editor Plus, Improves Block Editing WP Engine: Understanding eCommerce Trends: Microservices Architecture GoWP: Why should [...]
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Squarespace at $10 Billion

TechCrunch gets into the nitty gritty of who and how much, Squarespace raises $300M at a staggering $10B valuation: "The online website creation and hosting service — which has now [...]
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Weighty Web World

I came across a post on CMS Wire Breakfast Bytes about reducing website weight for digital sustainability. This is admiral at all levels, not only does it make sense at [...]
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Sectigo Acquires SiteLock

Fine, one more update, let's call it the May the Fourth update. What's six weeks between friends – Sectigo, finally, officially, actually on their site, announces the acquisition of SiteLock. [...]
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WebPros Acquires NIXStats

There isn't actually a lot of detail out on the interwebs but NIXStats, a server performance and website uptime monitoring platform, has been acquired by WebPros. You can see them [...]
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CloudFest 2021 Schedule

CloudFest 2021 kicks off and it has so much to take advantage of across multiple timezones. Unlike Web Agency Summit, the CloudFest agenda is fully posted and available. Readers here [...]
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Patchstack Launches Security Community

Following up on my original post, WP Tavern today adds more details and color to Patchstack's background and SaaS transition, WebARX Rebrands To Patchstack, Combines Services To Focus on WordPress [...]
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Atarim Web Agency Summit Schedule

Update: The schedule has been a slight moving target but it's now posted and up-to-date at the actual summit. I'm leaving the original up since it's interesting to compare. Go [...]
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Links of the Week

Torque: Voting for Torque's 2021 Plugin Madness Now Open Scaleway: It is time to strengthen our EU data sovereignty Hosting Journalist: Interview, CEO CloudFest WP Trends: (new monthly newsletter by [...]
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Clouds Compared: AWS vs Azure

I honestly have to say I have never seen such a clean and thorough comparison between two cloud platforms – would've loved to see Google Cloud thrown in but then [...]
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Kill All the Ad Spam

More and more people are getting fed up with the privacy invading, superfluousness of web advertising. Ad blockers are seeing greater and greater utilization, 2021 estimated utilization of ad blockers [...]
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March Madness 2021

No, I am definitely not talking about NCAA basketball, since I barely know a thing about it except that I used to hang out in a bar, with friends, cheering [...]
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Links of the Week

Boston Globe: Heed the science and abolish daylight saving time (personal favorite!) The Verge: Tim Berners-Lee says internet access should be a basic right WordCamp Central: WordCamp India 2021 – [...]
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Sponsor of the Week: Groundhogg

Groundhogg is the best award-winning CRM and marketing automation tool for WordPress agencies and small businesses. We put you in full control so you can create results for your clients [...]
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Multicollab Leaves Beta with v1.1

Anil Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder at Multidots (a WordPress VIP Agency Partener), reached out recently to let me know that the more stable version of Multicollab – Google Doc-Style Editorial [...]
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Update: OVHcloud Data Center Fire

Lots of updates coming in today regarding OVHcloud recovery at the Strasbourg data centers. Most recent and best reporting comes courtesy of Data Centre Dynamics, OVH fire update: four halls [...]
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More Remote Work

Matt Mullenweg, Distributed, writes Another year of distributed work. A brand new set of questions.: "[Tax and ongoing support] questions go well beyond the productivity and collaboration topics that typically [...]
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WordPress Disaster Week

Wow, that's an event title that catches the eye! Made me first think that WordPress has a bad few days but this all about prevention, recovery, and support. This conference [...]
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All In with WordPress Core

I've been mulling this idea over for a while and I'm going for it. Over the next few weeks I will rebuilding RobertJacobi.com with as much core Gutenberg and as [...]
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Perl.com Stolen

In an update to the theft of Perl.com, Brian D Foy tells us the whole story, The Hijacking of Perl.com, and the What we think happened section is very enlightening: [...]
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Links of the Week

SaaStr: Google Says Cloud Will Triple Again in Next 5 Years Nexcess: Introducing StoreBuilder, Get Started with WooCommerce Faster Reaction: What Business Owners Need to Know About Web Core Vitals [...]
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Club Jacobi, One Night Only

So it's my birthday, not today, but close enough, and it is a Saturday. I've certainly been missing going out and having fun with friends. What to do ... what [...]
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InMotion Hosting Acquires RamNode

Buried in the deep internet at LowEndTalk we had high probability that RamNode was acquired by InMotion. Someone did their homework by keeping up on ARIN transfers (blocks of IP [...]
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Hopin Raises $400 Million Series C

The March 2021 equity bonanza continues with Hopin and its Series C. Fresh off IPO announcements by DigitalOcean and SEMrush, we see a huge influx of cash and multibillion dollar [...]
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SEMrush IPO

March 2021 is poised to be a very exciting month. We've already had the planned IPO for DigitalOcean announced (yes technically end of February), and now we have the announcement [...]
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WordPress Community vs WordPress Economy

There are so many people involved – and billions of dollars – that wordpressing (intentional spelling, defined as building infrastructure for, or deploying content on the internet) is seeing WordPress [...]
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DigitalOcean IPO

DigitalOcean publicly filed its S-1 on February 25. What's an S-1 and why is this important for industry. S-1 SEC Form S-1 is the initial registration form for new securities [...]
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Links of the Week

Do the Woo: Celebrating 100 Episodes on Do the Woo Podcast with an AMA The Next Web: You SHOULD wave at the end of video calls Jason Fried: The only [...]
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Sponsor of the Week: Sprout Invoices

There's a reason Sprout Invoices is the best rated invoicing plugin for WordPress — it's the most fully featured solution with the highest regarded support available. Sprout Invoices: Fully Featured WordPress Invoicing Made [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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, [...]
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.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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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Breaking: Mitch Haber Leaving EIG

Announced on LinkedIn by Mitch himself, "After almost 21 incredible years, my journey at Endurance is coming to an end this week. As you can well imagine, I have many [...]
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Shared SMS Short Codes Ending

Have you ever wondered why the text message you received from your bank, and maybe added it to your contacts list, is suddenly coming from your dry cleaner? These five [...]
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Elementor Pricing Surprise

It's definitely a surprise! Whether you find it a good or bad one will certainly depend upon your current plan or if you will subscribing starting March 9, 2021. In [...]
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Big Orange Heart, Wellness and Tattoo

Michelle Frechette is on a super mental health roll! First we have her Weekly Wellness Checklist at Big Orange Heart: "Consider yourself your biggest asset. I mean without YOU, who [...]
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The New GoDaddy Pro

Officially launching February 8, GoDaddy has created The Hub by GoDaddy Pro (“The Hub”), a reimagining of GoDaddy Pro, what it means for WordPress on GoDaddy, and expanding upon an [...]
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Web Hosting News is a Minefield

I have many Google Alerts running, and this one caught my eye yesterday, and then the whole article drove me nuts, TechBullion, Cloud Industry Overview 2021: Web Builders is the [...]
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Selecting the Right WordPress Host

I've used many many hosts over the years, and even back in the day self hosted a number of environments, PHP of course, but also Tomcat Java servers (the configuration [...]
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Buy the Internet for $35 Million

At least $35 million! Internet.com has been privately trying to be placed for a few weeks now, I've been sitting on this for a bit since respecting your sources is [...]
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Virtual Events, One Year Later

Almost one year ago, or 10 years ago depending on how your Pandemic Clock is running, we were seeing the last of in-person events. My last event was WordCamp Miami [...]
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WordPress Releases for 02/2021

Looks like we have a busy WordPress week, scheduled for February 2, 2021 is WordPress beta 1, the overall scope includes: The main goal for 2021 is Full Site Editing [...]
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Terms of Service Own You

I wrote about terms of service and how they will ultimately effect anything Parler tries to do in Epik and Parler vs Terms of Service but there is so much [...]
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Epik and Parler vs Terms of Service

Well I really didn't think I would be getting in on the deplatforming discussion again and so quickly, but with several public press releases/posts from Epik, the hosting and domain [...]
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Busy Busy Drupal

In all the lead up to and fun of WordFest a great anniversary was neglected. Huge congratulations to Drupal for 20 years of excellence. Over at Dries Buytaert's blog, Drupal [...]
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Shutterstock to Acquire TurboSquid

This is very big news in the stock media space, and will most likely trickle down into the WordPress economy due to Shutterstock's relationship with Automattic. I've known about TurboSquid [...]
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WP Buffs Acquires WP EZI

Did I mention that 2021 would be filled with acquisitions? Why yes I did. Specifically in Ecommerce is 2021. On a much smaller scale we see WP Buffs growing its [...]
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BetweenSessions at WordFest 2021

The original BetweenSessions was going to be a behind the scenes of WordCamps and other events that lets you know what you missed when running to the next great session, [...]
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Blockchain Content

This is a cursory overview of some of the ways content and blockchain are becoming integrated, this definitely bodes well for the likes of WordProof. From The New York Times, [...]
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What for cPanel?

I've been following cPanel for a number of years and to be honest there hasn't been a lot of movement at the organization in new directions for most of that [...]
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Sponsor of the Week: GoDaddy Pro

GoDaddy just launched the new GoDaddy Pro, an experience tailored to the unique needs of website designers and developers. At its heart is the Hub, a platform designed to be the ultimate tool for website and project management. People who use the Hub [...]
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Steadfast Partnership with NAKA

Chicago's very own Steadfast partners with NAKA. Yes infrastructure is not as sexy as the latest and most visible WordPress sites like WhiteHouse.gov but these are pretty big relationships that [...]
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Emcee DJ Kobe

With WordFest, the festival of WordPress, on the horizon, it's time to get the warm grooves going on the dance floor. Yours truly will be the Americas Emcee for some [...]
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WordFest, it’s around the corner!

As a media partner for WordFest, it is my great pleasure to let you know what WordFest, the festival of WordPress, is all about, and that it's starting next Thursday/Friday [...]
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The Benefactor Dilemma

In every open source project, at some point, the Benefactor Dilemma will occur. This dilemma can take shape in two forms. Either an open source project has a benefactor, or [...]
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PressNomics 7 “Announced”

Short and sweet, a tweet: Okay, here me out. PressNomics 7 working title: “Welcome Back World”Scheduled and plentiful social events - an open mic “conference” program.Proof of vaccine required for [...]
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Deep Diving into WordPress, a Podcast

Yours truly on the CloudTweaks podcast Deep Diving into WordPress. WordPress. For a lot of people this name might initially conjure up a place for amateur bloggers, almost a hobbyist [...]
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Who is Big Orange Heart?

One year ago I would have had no idea who WP&UP was, or that they changed their name to Big Orange Heart (BOH) in April of 2020. March and April [...]
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Celebrate Often

I received an email from Graham Venning of Desert Wing that not only was very generous but really brought to focus something that we forget often. Little wins matter. There [...]
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WooCommerce 2021, Ready to Explode

It's been defrosting, marinating, percolating, however you want to describe the slow burn of WooCommerce over the last year, I believe that 2021 will be a breakout year for WooCommerce [...]
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WordCamps Are Back Again?

Well not quite today, or even tomorrow, or likely even this year, but meetups may actually have an opportunity in the near future to get people in the same room. [...]
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Hopin Acquires StreamYard

If you've been attending virtual events you have most likely used Hopin at some point in the last year, or even prior to the pandemic. Jamstack Conf was one of [...]
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Automattic Steps Into the Ecosystem

Over the last two months, Automattic's WordPress.com has taken some interesting steps into the greater open source WordPress economy. First, back in November 2020 (but not even discovered until December [...]
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The Newsletter List

If you are too swamped for following everything on social media, setting up RSS feeds, or just visiting the sites that provide the news and commentary you need and want [...]
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The Host List – G2 Winter 2021

I have my very personal list of best WordPress hosting companies and host my WordPress site at Convesio, but of course there are other sources. The review service G2 is [...]
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10 Days of Giving

With the great success of Steak of the Word, and with 50% of sponsorships going directly to Big Orange Heart (yup we hit a secret stretch goal so we went [...]
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A Tale of Two Keynotes

There is a lot to discuss regarding the 2020 State of the Word, as well as of course the 2020 Steak of the Word. Subscribers to #MorningCoffee will get the [...]
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Ecommerce is 2021

Throughout 2020, you could see how the Big W of WordPress hosting companies (Automattic, GoDaddy, WP Engine, Bluehost, etc.) have slowly made their 2021 market intensions visible to the world. [...]
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Shutterstock VIP

Announced December 9, this comes along in a long line of WordPress VIP technology partnerships this year, Shutterstock Announces Integration with WordPress, Offering Real-Time Smart Image Recommendations to Help Creatives [...]
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JAMstack Mashup

As a relative novice to the JAMstack platform, I've tried to keep some tabs on what's going on since the whole WordPress vs JAMstack debate went into high gear. I [...]
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Open Source Developers Hate Maintenance

It's great to have a survey that backs up a whole ton of anecdotal stories experiences, open source developers hate maintenance, TechRepublic, Open-source developers say securing their code is a [...]
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The D. Fish List

What? Who? David J.P. Fisher, Sales Hall of Fame Inductee, speaker, author, and coach, has put together his 5th-annual installment where he looks at how we can more effectively use [...]
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Matt Mullenweg Talks WooCommerce

Actually WordPress Co-Founder and CEO of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg talks with BobWP and Jonathan Wold on the Do the Woo Podcast about a number of topics near and dear, WooCommerce [...]
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Rytis Lauris: Omnisend

Continuing the SaaS interviews, it's my pleasure to share an interview with Rytis Lauris, Co-Founder and CEO of Omnisend, email & SMS marketing automation built for ecommerce. Hugely popular on [...]
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Sponsor of the Week: Supervisor

Supervisor.com SaaS allows you to leverage the power of our AI-powered software robots that control real web browsers on a massive scale from 1 to +100,000s.‍The robots behave at the [...]
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Steak of the Word 2020

People said we were crazy, it couldn't be done, and why steak (because it rhymes). Please join an immense community for the State of the Word watch party of the [...]
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WordPress 5.6 and REST API

One of the biggest updates in WordPress 5.6 involves the REST API. While most users may not directly interact with this level of coding, it is a critical component for [...]
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WP Courses Soft Launched

Sort of breaking, well because no one has talked about this yet and there is no official press release. Welcome to WordPress.com's blogging and podcast training solution WPCourses.com! WP Courses [...]
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WordPress 5.6 Release Rundown

If you're a subscriber to Morning Coffee you'll know why this is a day late – let's just say dog, ball, stomach, emergency surgery (everything went well and she's happily [...]
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The Host List

Following up on The Podcast List – not another list of hosting companies you think to yourself but wait, this isn't a rundown of best WordPress hosting or top 10 [...]
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The Podcast List

There are a quadrillion podcasts available so I thought I would put together a list of some important, useful, and fun podcasts to whittle it down a bit for those [...]
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WooCommerce Acquires MailPoet

This is very exciting for the first tier of email plugins in the WooCommerce and WordPress space. MailPoet is acquired by WooCommerce: "WooCommerce stores can look forward to improved features [...]
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A Very 2020 State of the Word Announced

Announced yesterday afternoon at WordPress.org, the annual State of the Word will delivered by the project co-founder, Matt Mullenweg, on December 17th, 2020 at 1600 UTC (10:00 AM CT). Continuing [...]
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Sponsor of the Week: Omnisend

Email marketing still boasts the highest ROI out of any marketing channel. In some cases, it’s been known to return a whopping $40 for every $1 spent! Best of all, [...]
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cPanel Does WordPress

Since cPanel's WordPress Toolkit was announced, they are actively focusing on hosts and I think the greater WordPress community to be the critical third leg in website hosting: WordPress, hosting, [...]
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Customer Connections

When being virtual is the norm – virtual is really an overused and incorrect word, with apologies to The Prisoner, "I am not a virtual!" I'm just on a screen [...]
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Modern Marketing Terms

Continuing the "list a day" for December, today's focus will be about the madness of marketing terms, The New York Times, The Strange Language of Modern Marketing: "Every industry has [...]
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Salesforce Acquires Slack

Last week was Salesforce and Slack acquisition speculation, and today, direct from The New York Times, Salesforce to Acquire Slack for $27.7 Billion: "Salesforce on Tuesday said it would buy [...]
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GTmetrix Adopts Lighthouse

If it isn't already, GTmetrix should be your go to for a quick performance review. It doesn't test load but is great for getting that single user view of any [...]
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Anatomy of a Technology Partnership

What is a technology partnership? How is one created? What are the indicators of success? Why bother dissecting this topic, quite simply, smart and well executed technology partnerships – and [...]
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Assorted Links

The post Black Friday, pre Cyber Monday, surviving the weekend, no 75% off, taking a breath and learning a little assorted links. Let's do it! WordPress Themes for Consulting Business: [...]
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Joost Talks CMS Market Share

Joost De Valk – his blog is pronounced Just De Talk (oh my goodness I'm kidding! but it would be fun, sorry Joost) – released CMS market share: November 2020 [...]
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A Slack Sale

This is definitely not your typical Black Friday sale, that's for sure. We actually have a couple of links to this, first courtesy of Bridget Willard, Fortune, Why Salesforce Wants [...]
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Yes We Have 2020 #BFCM

This a fun set of Black Friday deals, why, because I literally use and pay for every one of these services, so this isn't some magical best list but actually [...]
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Sponsor of the Week: FLATsite

Static sites are quickly evolving as the new trend to secure WordPress sites for many companies. FLATsite is one of the platforms spearheading this trend. It’s your all-in-one WordPress tool [...]
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Section 230 and Hosting

The politics side of the universe has been debating the infamous section 230 of the Communication Decency Act for the last three to six month to some degree. No one [...]
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Thank You 2020

It's been a rollercoaster of a year, personal and professional goals, plans, and expectations were completely thrown off the rails in March. Rearchitecting what could be done and what might [...]
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WordCamp Mexico 2020 Kicks Off

I'm really excited for the last WordCamp of 2020 – unless there is something sneaky happening – maybe a State of the Word? Now if your Spanish is as good [...]
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Open Source Directories

All of the large open source projects out there have great directories for extensions, plugins, service providers, and events. I thought I'd put together a growing list. Short and sweet [...]
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Morning Coffee: Ecommerce Email & Donuts

Email and donuts, what could be better. Significant partnerships and acquisitions in email marketing space are shaping up for some of the largest hosting companies. Donuts acquires as well. The [...]
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Sponsor of the Week: Omnisend

Did you know that over 90% of SMS campaigns are read within the first 3 minutes of receipt? If you’re running a WooCommerce store, you most likely already know the [...]
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Customizing My iPhone

With iOS 14 in full swing, it's time to go even more minimal with Apple's Home Screen Widgets. Why? Well because we can, but having fewer distractions and temptations these [...]
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Morning Coffee: Optimal Optimization

Ok, we have less than two weeks until the internet door busting shopping spectacle known as Black Friday / Cyber Monday (BFCM) unleashes. While many online stores are already ramping [...]
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WordPress Clarification to All Media

Today media has been publishing stories regarding the deplatforming of The Conservative Tree House, a website hosted on Automattic’s WordPress.com. For the sake of clarity and correctness, it is critical [...]
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Morning Coffee: .TRUST

So this is a little breaking news in the domain name ecosystem, fresh in my inbox from Jothan Frakes, .TRUST TLD moves from NCC Group to UNR (Uniregistry). There are [...]
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The Most Transparent Acquisition

The news today from Baremetrics is that Josh Pigford has sold it to Xenon Partners. Which is good news in general but the real news is how open and transparent [...]
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Morning Coffee: Apolitical CMS

My open source relationship began in 2004 with Mambo, forked a year later as Joomla. Back then it was really hard work to sell the benefits, the community, and the [...]
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Morning Coffee: F Words

Not that f word! This is a family friendly publication. We have some Fs in here that are interesting and exciting. Follow along (see what I did there)! Fronting the [...]
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It’s a Subscription World

Cloud based software is changing the way small and midsized companies do business. For many, the benefits are a no-brainer; the right technology can mitigate operational expenses and exponentially improve [...]
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Assorted Links

The ongoing vote count edition of assorted links. Automattic Releases Spearhead, a Seedlet Child Theme Aimed at Podcasters and Content Creators: "... primarily focuses on podcasters. However, the team has [...]
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The EIG Acquisition

EIG, aka Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EIGI), aka Bluehost/Constant Contact to most people, announced in SEC filings on November 2, 2020 its agreement to be acquired by affiliates of [...]
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Morning Coffee: Get Geeky

Everything is #BREAKING today! We have a new WebPros CEO, and Endurance International Group has been acquired (think Bluehost, Constant Contact, and more). Let's see if I can get this [...]
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Waiting to Act Doesn’t Really Help

First I have to thank David Fisher of RockStar Consulting, for allowing me to repost in its entirety his article today, Acting Perfectly in an Imperfect World. Second, why I [...]
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Assorted Links

The spooky Halloween edition of assorted links worth reviewing. Actual Scary Emergency WordPress 5.5.3 Release: "In preparing for this emergency release, a second issue caused a number of sites to [...]
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Morning Coffee: Payments

There has been a lot of news in the last week about web hosting companies. Today we have Epik in the news, The Verge, PayPal cuts ties with domain registrar [...]
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Mathias Biilmann: Netlify

I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to speak with Mathias Biilmann, CEO of Netlify, ever since the WordPress vs JAMstack debate broke out. Mathias and I sat down for [...]
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Assorted Links

Sometimes there is just too much content to comment on appropriately so here we have some assorted links that are worth reviewing. The Beginner's Guide to Web Hosting Control Panels, [...]
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The Static Site Question

The slowly brewing movement to deploying flat/static sites is gaining steam. There are multiple angles, platforms, and high stakes investment in the movement. What is it? Who are the players? [...]
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HostPapa Acquisition Spree

Announced today, HostPapa Acquires Canadian Based Web Hosting Company Korax Inc.: "HostPapa Inc., a leading Canadian web hosting and cloud service provider for small and medium businesses (SMBs), continues its [...]
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Morning Coffee: Good Stuff

Yes mom always said "stuff" is not a word, and I've passed on that mantra to my daughter, however there is a potpourri of good stuff to talk about. First, [...]
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Morning Coffee: Two Weeks

A little Public Service Announcement, I am very cognizant of keeping this site as apolitical as possible but just like the world is round, 1 + 1 = 2, and [...]
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Morning Coffee: Just Show Up

The brilliant Kim Doyal must be channeling me, ok that's not even close to reality but I do like to say #AlwaysBeThere. Kim has put together a piece and podcast [...]
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Morning Coffee: Updates to Posts

Looks like today will be a number of tweaks and updates to posts from the last week. First Inpsyde CIO, Robert Windisch (DE), drops in with a quick thought in [...]
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JAMmed Up

Well the Jamstack Conference fireside chat happened. And it happened. There was no kicking or screaming but there is certainly a significant dichotomy in the main talking point. Monolithic vs [...]
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cPanel Pricing Redux

It looks like 2021 will be 2019. I can’t blame anyone for wanting to skip 2020. A little history is required. Before we dive into the pricing discussion, for those [...]
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Morning Coffee: Zoom Fatigue Fixes

"Zoom Fatigue," the all encompassing term for staring at your screen all day to engage with people, conference, webinars, etc. is taking a toll and accelerating burn out. Jason Nickerson [...]
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Bill West: HumanPresence.io

Continuing the SaaS interviews, it's my pleasure to share an interview with Bill West, Chairman and CEO at Ellipsis Technologies, the company behind Human Presence. Human Presence describes itself as [...]
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Morning Coffee: Choices in Everything

Election Day in the United States is exactly three weeks away. I recently came across ElectionDay.org and was curious if any of the WordPress ecosystem giants had signed on (non-embedded [...]
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Morning Coffee: Cloudflares Up

Cloudflare has been on a roll over the last week, first with a privacy focused analytics platform and now WordPress focused optimization, from WP Tavern, Cloudflare Launches Automatic Platform Optimization [...]
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Bob Dunn: DoTheWoo.io

I'm very excited to share this exclusive interview with Bob Dunn (aka BobWP) just prior to his launch of Do The Woo (now live at DoTheWoo.io). There is a lot [...]
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WordPress IPO?

Not surprising given that it's 2020 but I confess I completely missed that The Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) went live on September 9. The press release sub-heading pretty much lays [...]
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Morning Coffee: Speedy WordPress

Speedy WordPress There are a lot of ways to improve WordPress speed and the first course of action is almost always looking at what your web host can do. Let's [...]
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The Best Webcam You Already Have

For our latest update, thought I would mention that there is a new exciting application call mmhmm that might be used in conjunction or instead of ManyCam. Eagerly waiting for [...]
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Morning Coffee: A Storied Day

A Storied Day Nope, still not posting about elections or debates, can't make me. At least not here. To quote renowned WordPress philosopher Pat Ramsey, "withholding comment unless we’re in-person [...]
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Best WordPress hosting in 2020

Your's truly quoted in ZDNet's Best WordPress hosting in 2020 by David Gewirtz: The best WordPress hosting companies provide performance (speed and scalability) and ease of use. You want to [...]
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Do we make an impact?

There's a surprisingly lot of great personal and professional stuff said in this quick read by long time friend, Mike "Demo" Demopoulos: I used to be scared to tell people, [...]
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Azure Home Office Gets Paneling

This may sound slightly odd to the pure open source-rs (open sorcerers?), but I've been an Azure open source geek for a very long time. With Arc, we were the [...]
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GoDaddy Acquires SkyVerge

Official GoDaddy Press Release (if you have any content blockers activated on Safari 14, expect this page to destroy your browser, ridiculous unnecessary use of JavaScript): SkyVerge has more than [...]
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Smells Like Web Spirit

In many ways, the 1990s got a lot right about how the web should be. We’ve veered to some extremes (eeek Flash) but much is coming back. Think headless, JAMstack, [...]
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Libre-ated

“If you hang around in open source communities for long enough, you realize there is more to open source than slapping a free software license on a project and throwing [...]
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Two is the Loneliest Number

Most people when asked about the largest open source CMS projects are quick to say WordPress and Drupal, however Joomla has consistently been number two in the specific niche. It’s [...]
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Partner Up!

I love having a personal ecosystem built out of strong partnerships, you can absolutely utilize partnerships in ecommerce. Though GoWP focuses more on service in this ...
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Multi Multi

Important concepts for getting to most out of your ecommerce site are multivariate and A/B testing - let's get into the nitty gritty with Multivariate and A/B Testing ...
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Triggered

Ok, the platform is running, the product / service / solution is teed up. Let's make sure your getting the best level of communication and conversion with email. Solutions like [...]
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Woo(t!) Products

Well now that you are armed and ready, let's get our product pages in order courtesy of Tom Rankin and 4 Ways to Create Better WooCommerce Product Pages: "There are [...]
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Arm Yourself

Whitney Blankenship hits us hard and fast with The Best Tools for Ecommerce to Drive Sales: "In this article, we’ll check out some of the most important tools to have [...]
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Convesio and Steadfast Partnership

In some great news for independent WordPress hosting and infrastructure, Convesio and Steadfast are joining forces to push performance and the WordPress-as-a-Service model (WPaaS) ...
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Institutionalized

Let's ask the question and provide some great answers to Reasons Why WordPress Is Best Suited for Your Education Website: "Highly acclaimed institutions such as ...
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The 2020 Setup

Completely inspired by Chris Wiegman's My Development Toolbox – 2020, I thought I would do something similar since my normal living from a laptop lifestyle has dramatically changed ...
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Morning Coffee Mashup: Long Weekend

What's great about having (and taking!) a long weekend is getting a chance to refocus, reenergize, and relax (if you know) how. I don't know about you but restocked for [...]
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Nothing Compares 2 U

Friend of Morning Coffee, Lokesh Budhrani, points us to this almost poetic post about fear, phobias, and change ... written by his mother ...
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Blog-ness

Basic and straightforward tips from Torque on what you should be doing to Turn Your Blog Into a Business: "When someone searches for a topic you’ve written about, you’ll get [...]
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Tenet Review – weiveR teneT

No I didn't go out and see a movie this weekend, but Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution did, "If you have studied Steven Bram’s book Biblical Games (and his other [...]
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Welcome to the Board!

The Joomla board has a ton of new blood, and I am personally very much looking forward to what these folks will bring to the project. While reversing the trends [...]
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An Open (Source) Relationship

"Is it impossible to achieve this community love with a proprietary product?" Love the question, it way down in the TechRepublic article, How does open source thrive in a cloud [...]
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What’s in a Block Name?

ACK! Will we ever get naming of anything in WordPress right? Ok, it's an exaggeration but now naming has invaded blocks. Justin Tadlock for WP Tavern in WordPress Plugin Authors [...]
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A Million Little Pieces

Yesterday was a busy day for WordPress maintainers, first we have a huge exploit, then we get an update that fixes itself. WordPress 5.5.1 patches an issue of it's own [...]
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700,000 Vulnerable

Yikes, this is a zero day (now one day) exploit regarding the File Manager Plugin. Chloe Chamberland for Wordfence, 700,000 WordPress Users Affected by Zero-Day Vulnerability in File Manager Plugin
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Proofing WordPress

I starting following this blockchain meets WordPress story back in July when WordProof received €1,000,000 from the European Commission. Yesterday Yoast took an undisclosed stake in WordProof which makes a [...]
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Not so PC

Boy or boy are there plenty of thoughts on this piece, Squarespace vs. WordPress.com: Which Is Best for Easy Website Creation?
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Deep PCIng

Destiny Hagest takes us down the PCI rabbit hole, from origins to implementation to test. If you have never had to deal with PCI compliance, congratulations, but as the great [...]
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Leading Nicely

Yay research! We may be much more separated these days but office dynamics haven't gone away. The bit of news from CNN should give us an opportunity to remember to [...]
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Tooling Around

Now this is fun, we have a sneak peek into the Tools Are Tools podcast, go ahead and listen to Human Presence on a powered by Elegant Marketplace podcast.
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REInvestment

From the Washington Post we have a couple of quotes from REI plans sale of unused eight-acre headquarters campus as the retailer embraces remote work, and I'm not going to [...]
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Not Pinterested

Katie Dowd, reporting for SFGATE in Pinterest pays $89.5 million to terminate San Francisco office lease: "Pinterest's change of plans is just the latest indicator that the Bay Area's business [...]
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Socially Capped

Back in the good ole days, you know February 2020, I was planning on attending three to four major in-person events a month. Actually flying somewhere and speaking to audiences [...]
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Snake-bit by Python

"In the last few months, perhaps a year or more, a lot of people started talking about how Python would be going away in favor of other newer programming languages [...]
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AMP it up to eleven, err two

Kudos to XWP for their 2.0 release of AMP for WordPress, "Over the last few months, the AMP and XWP teams have been analyzing the onboarding experience and how users [...]
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Dependable Future

I like this Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech post for great quotes like, "Using open source technology is now the fastest way new products get built [...]
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Morning Coffee for Ecommerce: Trending

It's Thursday so ecommerce, WooCommerce, all the commerces! There are some interesting events that you can still sign up for to expand your horizons: first thing this morning we have [...]
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Eurocorns

Investments are ecommerce, just a bit different. The Verge tackles what's happening in Europe with
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Elisticle

I love a good list of trends, some that may be obvious but there are always one or two that are food for thought.
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CEO

Long time CEO of Envato, Collis Ta'eed: "After 14 years in my CEO gig, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step down from my role and empower a [...]
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PHP

Without this million year old programming language, WordPress would most likely be a very different beast. It's good fortune that both offer levels of backwards compatibility that are not often [...]
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MSP

The number of WordCamps left for 2020 is minuscule so it was with great pleasure that I attended the virtual WordCamp Minneapolis. I didn't see a single technical issue
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One Bad Apple

There has been so much written about Apple's app store policies recently that if you are not totally dialed in just Google "app store epic" or "app store hey" - [...]
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What’s in a Name

I giveth and then take away-eth. The thorough back and forth details in the The Verge article paint a comprehensive picture, however they like many news organizations deserve tons of [...]
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Funnel of Love

Obviously, every business will have its own unique conversion funnel, depending on a variety of factors ...
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Strategi-three

I don't know how many agencies actually look at other agencies, maybe mostly for competitive reason ...
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Non-Terrible, Bearable?

Convesio with a no holds barred take on hosting, which includes a pretty big indictment of cPanel based hosting. They've also got a fantastic hosting agnostic review of page speed [...]
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Happy 15th Birthday Joomla!

No fancy quip, no snarky comment, Joomla, the CMS which powers a ton of the internet turns 15 today. By the numbers Joomla is still the 2nd/3rd largest content management [...]
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Not So Blockheaded

I personally love Gutenberg Blocks for a number of reasons which I used to be able to tell people in real life. As a recap for those that don't know, [...]
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The Sky’s the Limit

Listen open source founders, the name confusion between the commercial entity and the project foundation is not only annoying but really does a disservice to all the volunteers. Two projects [...]
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Open(ish) Governance

IBM and Google sitting in a tree, just on different branches. IBM is very disappointed by Open Usage Commons, while Google is keeping things safe. You make the call. One [...]
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Q*BERT

Ecommerce SEO often feels like hopping from one new Google rule to another, let’s welcome Google’s BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers) into our alphabet soup, not that expanded acronym [...]
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Mode to nowhere

From the great Marker, a subheading to take seriously, Business leaders ready to return to normal are operating with a losing strategy that could put them out of business. I [...]
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Flash drive

The drive to getting ecommerce more personal, more useful, more relevant is in full swing. TechCrunch is calling it flash digital transformation and though the article is a bit dated [...]
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Ad Astra

Community management of anything is a difficult process, from the always informative MasterWP weekly newsletter is a discussion on the Astra theme: "But, if you’d looked for Astra on WordPress.org [...]
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We’re in the pipe, five by five

We're not talking about landing on LV-426 but the release of WordPress 5.5 is definitely something to talk about loud and clear. There are improvements in block editing but it's [...]
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Not hip to be Square

Our friends at Torque take on the discussion of WordPress vs Squarespace in "Why You Should Build Your Blog on WordPress vs. Squarespace." Devin Partida hits all the high notes [...]
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Zooma Zooma Zooma Zoom

There was only one Zoom a day when I was growing up but these days we have so many to choose from that aren't forced meetings. The really interesting ones [...]
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WC(not for)US 2020/2021

We're not talking about landing on LV-426 but the release of WordPress 5.5 is definitely something to talk about loud and clear. There are improvements in block editing but it's [...]
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Let’s close those sales

Leadership is always seeing an expense (unless they are the right leaders), Orbit Media Studios lays out all the arguments you should be prepared to make in How To Get [...]
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Who Owns WordPress

I've spent this last fews week thinking on how to reimagine #MorningCofee while keeping the daily briefing. The new Morning Coffee will cover a single topic per day with extended [...]
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Omnisend

Do you have your email campaigns ready for the busiest time of the year? The holidays are quickly approaching! This holiday season will be unique compared to years before with [...]
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Human Presence

Bot and automated WordPress spam are growing threats and headaches for the WordPress community. Whether it is comment spam or automated contact form spam, it’s incredibly annoying and can be [...]
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The Art of WordPress Load Testing

With an ever growing need to have instantaneous website access, load testing is getting a lot more traction in the conversation. In fact load testing is just one part of [...]
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Under the Radar Acquisitions

Just culled from the invisible headlines two acquisitions involving the hosting industry. First, and just announced today, we have Liquid Web acquiring ServerSide (a Windows CMS host). From the press [...]
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Committing to the Content

One year ago I came up with the idea for the Ambassador Program while at WordCamp Europe. While I'd love to tell a million stories about that, the point here [...]
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I Just Got PastaDropped

So I just got PastaDropped (it's a verb now right?) courtesy of Mike Demo and Web Ventures. So first, thank you. And now a bit about the PastaDrop experience. I [...]
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WordCamp Denver 2020

WordCamp Denver 2020: Once you find a session you’d like to see, visit our Watch Now page to join it. How much easier and free can you make this? Brilliant. The camp [...]
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Lauri Kasti: Supervisor.com

The hosting interview series from last year was a huge hit. I'll have multiple industries covered in 2020 and we are starting with SaaS. It's my pleasure to welcome Lauri [...]
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WordCamp Italia

I was really disappointed to see that WordCamp Torino 2020 was cancelled with no switch to a virtual WordCamp. I've been looking forward to getting engaged with the Italian WordPress [...]
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WP Engine Posts from the Last Year

With WP Engine Summit/2020 in full swing, I thought I would pull out some WP Engine related posts from the last year. Interviews, podcasts, and acquisitions! Proud to have been [...]
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WP All Import for WooCommerce

Bob has a great walk-thru of WP All Import for WooCommerce. (BobWP) Migrate WooCommerce Products Images and Attributes to a New Shop. "There will come that time that you may [...]
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Content Tips for your SBB

Everyone is really on the recurring revenue bandwagon these days. So here are some more tips for content and your SBB (subscription based business - I just acronymized this). (ProfitWell) [...]
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Morning Coffee: June 6, 2020

#MorningCoffee for June 6, 2020 (Washington Post) The next big problem: Businesses can’t or won’t pay their rent. It’s setting off a dangerous chain reaction. (Hosting Journalist) Study: ‘One Out [...]
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How to Virtual WordCamp Europe

We are full speed at WordCamp Europe today and tomorrow and that now with a few hours of experiencing it I thought I would share some best practices to having [...]
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Morning Coffee: June 5, 2020

#MorningCoffee for June 5 (WP Tavern) Blockify the WordPress Dashboard with the Mission Ctrl Plugin (The Verge) Zoom says free users won’t get end-to-end encryption so FBI and police can [...]
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Morning Coffee: June 4, 2020

Must reads with your #MorningCoffee for June 4 (Distributed) Why Distributed Companies Will Likely Move Away from Location-Based Compensation (Axios) The business of tear gas (The Verge) What happens to [...]
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Morning Coffee: June 3, 2020

#MorningCoffee: June 3, 2020 (The Next Web) The rocket science behind the SpaceX astronaut launch (Fortune) Charles Schwab is the latest to offer 'fractional' shares (Engadget) The psychology behind why [...]
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Big Time Joomla

Joomla kicked off the summer with style and substance. There are a lot of kudos to go around but the J and Beyond team and the Joomla release team deserve [...]
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Morning Coffee: June 2, 2020

Must reads with your #MorningCoffee for June 2 (Big Orange Heart) Managing Remote Teams (Michael Tsai) Unhelpful Amazon Order Confirmation E-mails (The Next Web) Publishers are suing the Internet Archive [...]
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Termageddon

Termageddon helps companies avoid privacy fines and lawsuits by offering an auto-updating Privacy Policy generator.
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Morning Coffee: June 1, 2020

#MorningCoffee: (BobWP) How To Write a Good 'About Page' for the Small Shop Owner (Phoronix) The Linux Kernel Deprecates The 80 Character Line Coding Style (GoWP) 6 Steps to Selling [...]
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InMotion Hosting

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Morning Coffee: May 31, 2020

Must reads with your #MorningCoffee: (BobWP) Good Documentation and Instructions Matter (Rest of World) This lending app loves you until you’re late on a payment. Then the shaming begins. (TechCrunch) [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 30, 2020

#MorningCoffee (WP Engine) Understanding Top Website Migration Factors (MongoDB) Stack Overflow Research: MongoDB is the Database Most Wanted by Developers (Marker) Remote Work Means Anyone Can Take Your Job (The [...]
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24 Hours of Joomla

I less than seven hours (7:00PM CDT) we are about to see an amazing Joomla conference. JandBeyond 2020 is putting together a non-stop 24 event covering all things Joomla and [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 29, 2020

#MorningCoffee (WP Tavern) Diving Into Automattic Block Experiments (Omnisend) Make Your Automated Messages More Relevant with A/B Testing (Torque) 5 Best Practices for Maintaining Your WordPress Database (The Drive) The [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 28, 2020

MorningCoffee: (WP Tavern) WordCamp Europe 2020 Announces Schedule & Rooms & Booths (BBC) The benefits isolation can have on your work (Indica) COVID Underdogs: Mongolia (WP Engine) WP Engine Summit/2020 [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 27, 2020

#MorningCoffee: (The Next Web) There’s an actual science to good Instagram photos (Marker) The American Economy Was Just Blasted Years Into the Future (CodeInWP) Best SendGrid Alternatives in 2020: Cheaper [...]
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Big Screen Zoom

As a followup to today's #MorningCoffee linking to a MacWorld article, I have been pondering this exact setup. Since my home office is not really setup for such a layout [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 26, 2020

MorningCoffee: (CNN) I tried to delete myself from the internet. Here's what I learned. (Laura Deming) The Rage of Research (TechCrunch) Ecwid raises $42M from Morgan Stanley and PeakSpan (Omnisend) [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 25, 2020

MorningCoffee (Chicago Tribune) Illinois approves cocktails for pickup and delivery (The Wirecutter) What Your Noise-Cancelling Headphones Can and Can’t Do (The Next Web) Technology start-ups that fail fast succeed faster [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 24, 2020

MorningCoffee (WP Tavern) Should WordPress Provide an API for Third-Party Editors? (ESPN) Homeless 9-year-old refugee dreams of becoming youngest grandmaster (The Next Web) Coding is a language and that’s why [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 23, 2020

MorningCoffee (Marker) Inside King Arthur Flour and America's Sudden Baking Obsession (WP Engine) Full Site Editing: The Future of Building with WordPress (Torque) 8 Tested and Trusted Tips to Improve [...]
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Breaking: Hecky Powell Dies

Outside of Chicago most people probably don't know his name or his eponymous rib joint but for 10s of thousands of north shore residents, Northwestern University students and faculty, and [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 22, 2020

MorningCoffee (Capiche) Computer Assisted Intuition (The Wirecutter) How to Keep Your Produce Fresh for Weeks (LSE) The public does not understand logarithmic graphs (The Next Web) A look at how [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 21, 2020

MorningCoffee (ProfitWell) SaaS vs PaasS vs IaaS (InMotion) What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)? (Torque) Web Monetization Plugin from Pragmatic and Coil Announced (New York Times) Annie Glenn Champion [...]
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Tails Never Fails

With a title like, "Heads or Tails: The Impact of a Coin Toss on Major Life Decisions and Subsequent Happiness," you've got to be at least curious. The entire study [...]
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Niche Agency Owners Group

Argh Facebook, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" If you know me well Facebook is really not at the top of my social media [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 20, 2020

MorningCoffee (The Times of India) Permanent work from home damaging for workers' well-being (The Next Web) Here’s why ‘if you build it they will come’ is poor advice (Torque) Your [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 19, 2020

MorningCoffee (The Next Web) IBM's new open-source tool helps developers make their apps more accessible (Distributed) How Do You Create Company Culture When You Rarely See Your Colleagues? (Yahoo) Humpback [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 18, 2020

This is what I’ve read to start the day, and so should you. The daily download for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, hosting, SaaS, and things I think are randomly interesting. Don’t [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 17, 2020

MorningCoffee (Inverse) Young dogs might be more similar to human teenagers than we think: new research (e-recht24) WordPress: Hacker greifen 900.000 Seiten an (OrlandoWeekly) New board game has roots in [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 16, 2020

Readings to start the day! (WP Engine) Pro Tips for Growing Your Online Business (Torque) How to Fix the Most Common WordPress HTTP Error Codes (New York Times) Coronavirus Is [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 15, 2020

Readings to start the day! (WP Newsify) Why Is Your WordPress Website Running Slowly? (The Next Web) Facebook buys GIPHY (TechRadar) the popular GIF-hosting platform (TechRepublic) Official Google WordPress plugin [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 14, 2020

Readings to start the day! (The Next Web) Automating your social media posts could hurt your startup’s online presence (AppleWorldToday) Director Ridley Scotts signs first-look TV deal with Apple (WP [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 13, 2020

Readings to start the day (or finish)! (The Next Web) Lost your drive? Here’s how entrepreneurs can recapture their spark (Omnisend) How to Create Post-Purchase Emails that Renew the Customer [...]
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ICANN76 Community Forum

I'm feeling surprisingly comfortable planning for ICANN76 Community Forum. Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that Cancún, Mexico has been selected as the location for [...]
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Work from Home Forever

This is really just the start of the opening of the "work from home" floodgates - for better or worse. Are we going to start "living away from home?"
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Morning Coffee: May 12, 2020

Readings to start the day! Google) Why remote meetings don’t feel the same (Torque) Headless WordPress: What It Is and How to Use It (Distributed) How Does Crisis Management Work [...]
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Breaking: 88 MPH for cPanel

And for metric users, 141.622 KPH. If you missed the reference or even what I'm talking about, cPanel just released version 88, and 88 MPH also happens to be the [...]
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Welcome to the Halving! (huh?)

Every time I hear about the Halving my mind quickly goes to Highlander and the Quickening. It is a pretty big event in the bitcoin (cryptocurrency) universe and we just [...]
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WP Engine in Kraków, Poland

While it's probably not the most exciting or important WP Engine news in the world I have a very large soft spot for this office opening. Back a few years [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 11, 2020

Readings to start the day! (The Atlantic) The Internet Miracle (Torque) Landing Page Conversion (TechRadar) WordPress Redirection Hack (The Next Web) Hubble Space Telescope (Make the Masks) 3D Print Masks
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Morning Coffee: May 9, 2020

Readings to start the day! (DevOps) Protect WordPress (ZDnet) Hackers and favicon (WP Tavern) Blogs and Censorship (Vox) Pentagon UFOs (Engadget) Secure video calls
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Exclusive: Wordfence 0-Day Story

I've always been curious how open and proprietary content management systems handle critical hacks, whether of the core CMS or third-party plugins/extensions/modules/etc. It is an amazing part of any ecosystem [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 8, 2020

Readings to start the day! (Chicago Tribune) 5-phase plan to reopen Illinois during coronavirus (TechCrunch) No cookie consent walls (eBridgeMarketing) Marketing Tactics for MSPs (ChartMogul) Wartime SaaS Forecasting (FiveThirtyEight) Scottie [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 7, 2020

This is what I’ve read to start the day, and so should you. The daily download for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, hosting, SaaS, and things I think are randomly interesting. Don’t [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 6, 2020

(Tim Bray) Bye, Amazon(HiringSolved) Paving the Path to the Future of Work(Deutschlandfunk Kultur) Sprunginnovationen in Krisenzeiten(The Verge) Space Force trailer with Steve Carell(Taskade) Google Wave's Failure and Lessons This is [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 5, 2020

(Entrepreneur) Transforming In Response To the COVID-19 Pandemic(CMSWire) What You Can Do to Strengthen Company Culture in Times of Crisis(WP Tavern) Find My Blocks Plugin Shows All Blocks in Use [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 4, 2020

(OpenSource) The FSF reveals the tools they use for chat and video(New York Times) Job Interviews Are Broken(TechRepublic) What makes developers happy?(WordPress) The Month in WordPress April 2020(Monty and Rose) [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 3, 2020

(Data Center Post) Pandemic Data Center Protocols(Marginal Revolution) Heat and learning(New York Times) The Coronavirus Ended the Handshake(SEO Südwest) Google: So könnt Ihr AMP Stories optimal gestalten(CBS News) "Murder hornets" [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 2, 2020

This is what I’ve read to start the day, and so should you. The daily download for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, hosting, SaaS, and things I think are randomly interesting. Don’t [...]
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Endurance International Group Reports 2020Q1

Endurance International Group (EIG) has reported their most recent quarterly results. Given the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic impact, the Company is suspending the guidance previously [...]
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Morning Coffee: May 1, 2020

This is what I’ve read to start the day, and so should you. The daily download for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, hosting, SaaS, and things I think are randomly interesting. Don’t [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 30, 2020

This is what I’ve read to start the day, and so should you. The daily download for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, hosting, SaaS, and things I think are randomly interesting. Don’t [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 29, 2020

This is what I’ve read to start the day, and so should you. The daily download for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, hosting, SaaS, and things I think are randomly interesting. Don’t [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 28, 2020

This is what I’ve read to start the day, and so should you. The daily download for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, hosting, SaaS, and things I think are randomly interesting. Don’t [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 27, 2020

This is what I’ve read to start the day, and so should you. The daily download for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, hosting, SaaS, and things I think are randomly interesting. Don’t [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 26, 2020

(Mindsize) A new Mindsize and new CEO (The Atlantic) Parenting Kids With Anxiety (Smerconish) How Fast the World is Changing (Mental Floss) See What's Inside a 25-Year-Old Can of Spider-Man [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 25, 2020

(Bloomberg) Coronavirus Will Change How We Create Cars (Bloomberg) How Big Is Market for Video-Game Coaches? (eBridgeMarketing) Marketing MSPs During Crisis (Stackline) 100 Fastest Growing and Declining Ecommerce Categories (Torque) [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 24, 2020

(EU Startups) Frontity closes €1 million round led by Tumblr’s parent company(Chicago Tribune) A commercial that aired during ESPN documentary ‘The Last Dance’ hints at advertising’s deepfake future(The Atlantic) How [...]
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It’s Time to Build

Critical thinking post by Marc Andreessen. I linked to this on Sunday's Morning Coffee and have been contemplating it ever since. Part of the problem is clearly foresight, a failure [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 23, 2020

(coindesk) Tim Draper Firm Launches 'Crypto Exchange' Anyone Can Plug Into WordPress(Vice) Is It Worth Buying a Used Tanker to Fill With Cheap Oil?(CNN) Stanley Tucci makes the perfect Negroni(Bloomberg) [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 22, 2020

(wplift) How One Family Agency Discovered the Next Generation of Hosting (Harvard) Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience (Daring Fireball) The iPad Magic Keyboard (Business Insider) Whole Foods tracks unionization risk with [...]
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#newday #onlinestore

Thread via Chris Lema Maybe you said that "going online" wasn't what you needed. Or that you'd do it when you had more time (which never happened). Or maybe you [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 21, 2020

(New York Times) How ‘Fast Carbs’ May Undermine Your Health(WP Tavern) WordPress Dashicons Project to Discontinue Development(CIO Dive) 'Ancient' Internet Explorer 6 a ripe cyberattack target this year(Reuters) Zoom bombs [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 20, 2020

(The Atlantic) New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet(JAMA) Suicide Mortality and Coronavirus Disease 2019—A Perfect Storm?(opensource.com) A stress-free guide to keeping WordPress sites [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 19, 2020

(Andreessen Horowitz) It's Time to Build(Men'sHealth) How the Game-Changing George Foreman Grill Made History(Do the Woo) Let WooCommerce Customers Login via Social and More(ZDNet) Time is Ripe for Low-Code and [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 18, 2020

(Star Wars) Join Meetings from a Galaxy Far, Far Away(WP Tavern) On Digital Gardens, Blogs, Personal Spaces, and the Future(The Register) ICANN Delays .org Sale(San Antonio Express News) San Antonio’s [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 17, 2020

(Slate) The Yeast Supply Chain Can’t Just Activate Itself(WP Tavern) Leave at Door: New Free WooCommerce Plugin Enables Contact-free Delivery(Bloomberg) The Coronavirus Will Make the Digital Divide Even Worse(NPR) White [...]
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Best Blade Runner Mashup Ever

The Verge: Watch the weird cinematic rabbit hole that is Blade Runner: The Lost Cut Blade Runner: The Lost Cut is described as “a radical re-envisioning of Ridley Scott’s 1982 [...]
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Morning Coffee: April 16, 2020

Gutenberg 7.9 Adds Gradients to More Blocks, Extra Typography Controls, and New PatternsHow Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Contact-TracingDisney Plus will premiere eight-part Mandalorian docuseries on Star Wars DayThe [...]
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Bialy Hates Linux

Unknown local WordPress guy cheers up neighborhood in penguin costume! First, I take no credit for this random bit of fun. Second, I really wish I thought of this (and [...]
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In Memoriam: Karl Zimmerman

Last week, the Chicago tech and international hosting communities lost Karl Zimmerman (full obituary). Or just Karl, everyone knew Karl. You couldn’t help it if you accidentally touched on a [...]
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The Week 2020/FEB/09

Enjoy this recap of links and posts from the last week that you actually have time to read during the weekend. #WordPress #opensource
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Coding in the Shadow: Iowa

In less than 24 hours, people who had never heard of Shadow, Inc. started screaming conspiracy, willful incompetence, and much much worse. How is the trust rebuilt?
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The Week 2020/02/02

A very special recap since today's date is a palindrome! Enjoy this recap of links and posts from the last week that you actually have time to read during the [...]
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Vic’s Letter to Joomla

I’ve commented already on the post but would like to reiterate that this is a great post and I hope gets people thinking. My overwhelming concern is that a reinvigorated [...]
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The Week 2020/JAN/18

A recap of links and posts from the last week that you actually have time to read during the weekend. If you're looking for exposure at WordCamps or other conferences, [...]
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Give Me My iPad Mouse

I literally live 24x7 with my #iPad Pro. It’s the best travel anywhere device for full computing I’ve ever owned. I have the cellular version so that makes being connected [...]
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New Year New Site

Happy 2020! The past year was a whirlwind of activity in the #WordPress ecosystem, #hosting and infrastructure environment, and the #SaaS world. We were able to interview the best and [...]
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Acquia Acquires Cohesion

This really is the year where open source based corporations are stepping up in a fury of acquisitions and today it's Acquia acquiring Cohesion to continue the drive of simplifying [...]
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The Week 2019/SEP/2

Happy Labor Day to all! A weekly recap of links and posts you actually have time to now read. WordCamp Costa Rica is at the end of the week and [...]
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The Week 2019/AUG/25

A weekly recap of links and posts you actually have time to now read. WordCamp Orlando is in full swing this week, with at lot more WordCamps as well. If [...]
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The Week 2019/AUG/18

A weekly recap of links and posts you actually have time to now read. I'll next be speaking at WordCamp Orlando, which is taking place from August 23 through August [...]
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The Week 2019/AUG/11

A weekly recap of links and posts you actually have time to now read. We are a day late and dollar short, but that's thanks to the amazing WordCamp Montreal! [...]
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Perfect Dashboard Acquired

Finally announced today on LinkedIn. Great news! WP Engine, the WordPress Digital Experience Platform, has acquired certain assets from Perfect Dashboard including the AutoUpdater product. Piotr Moćko, our CTO and [...]
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The Week 2019/AUG/3

A weekly recap of links and posts you actually have time to now read. Some of these are older since this the first weekly recap. ∎ Original post Interview with [...]
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WP Engine to Acquire Flywheel

WP Engine, the WordPress (WP) Digital Experience Platform (DXP), this week announced an agreement to acquire Flywheel, a WP hosting and management company, in what will be the largest acquisition in WP [...]
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WordPress SaaS Companies, Making Moves

It’s been announced today that StagingPilot has been acquired by Pantheon, and everyone should be excited! StagingPilot, a WordPress (WP) staging solution that has been successful in multi-environment (development to [...]
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Joomla Now a Closed Source Project?

Joomla elections are coming up, (for details on the process see my last election post, A Call to the Joomla Community to Actively Participate in 2018 Elections), and it’s time to [...]
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New Joomla Logo

Joomla redid its logo! Just kidding. Slack redid its logo and to me, it looks a little too close for comfort. Green, orange, blue, and red - all separate without [...]
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Signal v Noise exits Medium

David Heinemeier Hansson of Basecamp and Signal v Noise fame: Thanks to the fact that we kept our own domain when we moved to Medium, all the articles and links [...]
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Wake Me Up Before you Amazon Go-Go!

If you’re alive and have eyeballs, you are aware of and likely familiar to some degree with Amazon Go. It’s Amazon’s new concept around shopping, billed on its site as “The [...]
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Cormac McCarthy meets a MacBook

Best Cormac McCarthy tech mashup reference ever! It’s true that Apple has somewhat neglected the Mac in the last five years and is only now trying to make amends. But [...]
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1.1.1.1

It's secure, fast, and free. This is a no brainer for connecting to the internet, set up at https://developers.cloudflare.com/1.1.1.1/setting-up-1.1.1.1/: 1.1.1.1 is a fast and private way to browse the Internet. It is [...]
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WordPress as a Solution

WordPress has long been known as the most popular content management system around, and it is 100% open source, to boot. It is the force behind 27% of the web, including [...]
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HostingJournalist.com had a great time

HostingJournalist.com had a great time with the people from Perfect Dashboard (and 1&1) during the ‘VIP Kitchen’ event in hotel Bell Rock in Europa-Park where CloudFest was held. Later on [...]
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