Managing an Agency Business


Tomorrow night, I’m happy to be a part of the ninth event in the Managing an Agency Business series – this one focused on “managing people, projects and processes to increase day-to-day success as your agency.” I’ve attended most of the events in the series – I think I missed one or two due to travel […]

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What can the WordPress community learn from the State of Drupal (2015)?


Last year I wrote a post about what the WordPress community could learn from the State of Drupal, Dries’ annual address at DrupalCon (aka the Driesnote, carrying a similar importance as Matt’s State of the Word in the WordPress community). It’s time for a 2015 update.

tl,dr; version

What can the WordPress community learn from the state of Drupal?

  • The Drupal Association, which organizes DrupalCon and promotes Drupal adoption via marketing and developer outreach – offers a model for the potential evolution of the WordPress Foundation
  • Outreach is critical. We can’t just speak to the WordPress community but need to reach out to potential users/customers and sell the benefits of the platform in a language they understand
  • A willingness to experiment – with fundraising approaches, with the hiring of paid teams to supplement the open source core project (Mark Boulton design’s work on Drupal 7 for example) – has helped the Drupal community move forward. This doesn’t mean all those experiments would work for WordPress, but we should be open to new approaches
  • The potential for organizational and client attribution on contributions is an interesting idea for rewarding companies who give back – though with caution about unintended consequences in terms of motivation
  • There are benefits to the epochal release cycle from a marketing point of view – differentiating the old platform from the new. I don’t think WordPress should change to a four year re-architected platform cycle, but we should be doing a better job of articulating the more complex platform WordPress is today

The Driesnote

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WordCamp London


Excited to head to the UK later this week for WordCamp London.  There’s a contributor day on Friday March 19th, plus two full days of sessions on the 20th and 21st (and of course an afterparty Saturday night). The whole schedule looks great, but I’m especially looking forward to: Saturday: Building a Scalable WordPress at […]

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WP and Legal Stuff Blog


(Via WP Tavern) Folks interested in WordPress and Open Source licensing should really start following  WP and Legal Stuff, a new blog from Richard Best, a “dual qualified” lawyer (New Zealand, England & Wales) focused on “IP/IT/technology law and public law.” Happy to see a number of really excellent posts already on the site, including: Understanding […]

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