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Todd Jones

The September 2019 edition of the World of WordPress including Automattic and much more

In this month’s World of WordPress we talk about the latest acquisitions by Automattic, Jeff Chandler’s move away from WP Tavern, the new Yoast Care program, development environments, and WP Beginner’s accelerator. Just like WordPress news, the summer has been hot! Let’s ride. Automattic acquires two companies Automattic continues to expand its influence by acquiring two companies in the past month. First, they acquired Tumblr in a move that got a lot of attention. I’m sure they have something in mind for the “micro” blogging platform. In recent years, Tumblr has bounced around first to Yahoo! then to Verizon who

World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

June 2019 World of WordPress: the Alex Mills legacy lives on

In this month’s World of WordPress, we talk about marketing and Joost, a full site editing plugin, and the legacy of Alex Mills. Let’s ride.   Joost steps away from leadership role (Why) I’m stepping down from my WordPress marketing role Earlier this year there were some raised eyebrows when Joost de Valk accepted a position with WordPress to be the Marketing & Communications Lead. The experiment is over. Call it a misunderstanding. Call it a difference in opinion. Call it a difference in how to execute marketing. Call it what you will, but Joost announced he was stepping down.

World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: When plugins and themes are a runaway train

Since we all use WordPress, we take an interest in what others are doing, for the better or worse. Well, we have seen some of the worst things in recent weeks. Today we touch on some controversy in the WordPress community around a plugin suite and a theme shop. When your pipdig becomes a runaway train pipdig is a weird name for a theme. First of all, spell check wants to capitalize it when you start a sentence with the word. The UK based company has seen a backlash from colleagues in the WordPress world. It seems they have done

WordPress Company Space
WordPress Business
Sebastian Moran

Who Owns Who in the WordPress Company Space

WordPress powers over 32% of the internet and is one of the most used CMS out there. With WordPress being used as much as it is, who are the largest WordPress based companies and who are they owned by. WordPress Worth Current estimates place WordPress commercial ecosystem at generating $10 billion annually. The Titan in the Room If you’re going to talk about WordPress-based companies, then the titan is Automattic, which owns a number of companies like WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce, VaultPress, Akismet, Crowdsignal and Pressable. Automattic is valued at over $1.6 billion. Automattic has a number of employees who work full