WPWeekly Episode 310 – Community Management, PHP, and Hello Dolly

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss the news of the week including, the removal of offensive lyrics in Hello Dolly, a request for plugin developers to stop supporting legacy PHP versions, and changes coming in WordPress 4.9.5. We also talk about community management, the difference between comments and forums, and finally, John shares his concerns on how …

WPHugs: A Community Devoted to Educating, Discussing, and Raising Awareness of Mental Health

In the past two years, there has been an increased effort in the WordPress community to raise awareness of mental health. Cory Miller, Rich Robinkoff, Michele Butcher, and others have presented on the subject at numerous WordCamps. A common theme that surrounds mental health is the fear of discussing it openly. WPHugs.org, a passion project by Leo Gopal, aims to provide a safe space …

Why Are You Thankful for WordPress?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. It’s a time of reflection and an opportunity to express gratitude for the good things in life. In episode 143 of the KitchensinkWP podcast, host Adam Silver asked his two sons why they’re grateful for WordPress. “I am thankful for WordPress because it gives you a job for the household that we live in …

John James Jacoby Publishes 35 Part Tweetstorm on WordPress Leadership, Community, and Economics

John James Jacoby, lead developer of bbPress and BuddyPress, published a 35 part tweetstorm sharing his thoughts on leadership in the WordPress project, the community, and the WordPress economy. A tweetstorm is a series of tweets linked together in chronological order around a particular topic. There are a number of useful nuggets of wisdom in his tweets that I think …

17 WordPress, Design and Development Email Newsletters You Want in Your Inbox

I read a lot of email newsletters. So many, in fact, that I’m resigned to the fact I’ll never reach inbox zero, and I’m totally fine with that. Why? Because newsletters are awesome, they really are, and I sign up for new ones all the time. I can’t get enough of them. What’s not to like about a curated collection …

Building a Community-Powered Website with WordPress

Community-powered websites encompass everything from Facebook to Twitter to Reddit. And if you’re thinking about setting up your own online community, WordPress is the perfect platform for creating and engaging with your own custom audience. The advantages of building your own community-powered website are numerous: increased traffic to your site, the “passive” creation of SEO content, and direct access to your …