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World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

The World of WordPress: Talking about acquisitions, eCommerce and a tweet on fire

In this month’s World of WordPress, we talk about a big acquisition by WP Engine, an upcoming WordCamp, eCommerce, customizing the client dashboard, and a tweet that set fire. Let’s ride. WP Engine acquires Flywheel Probably the biggest news of the last month was the acquisition of Flywheel by WP Engine. How big of a deal is this? Well, Crunchbase news picked up the story. “Austin-based WP Engine, which focuses on hosting and powering WordPress sites, has acquired digital experience platform Flywheel to create a better workflow, digital experience, and creative process for its customers. It is not disclosing the

WordCamp Europe 2019
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: Looking back to WordCamp Europe

WordCamp Europe 2019 has come and went, and now they turn their focus to 2020. The event that took place in Berlin sold 3,600 tickets according to an article in Torque Mag. In fact, Torque has a nice page of recap videos. WP Tavern has a recap of the Mullenweg address, including Gutenberg updates. In preparation for the first WordCamp Asia, part of the organising team is onsite observing and taking notes at #WCEU 📝🌏https://t.co/mkOSnAUwvG pic.twitter.com/SqIDK4iVNh — WordCamp Europe (@WCEurope) June 22, 2019 One of the more interesting stories is the journey of Marcel Bootsman who walked 718km to make

Finding women to speak at your WordPress event
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Three places to find the women speakers for your WordPress event

I remember when I started to discover the power of WordPress. I had a football blog (American brand) and needed more help. Working at a bookstore, I had access to books, lots of books. As employees, we can check out books and read them or we could buy books for a nice discount. We had some perks. And I took advantage of those perks. For example, I checked out the latest books about college football and wrote reviews. Writing reviews lead to a few authors sending me copies of their book to review. Another thing I took advantage of was

WordCamp
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

There are much more than 7 reasons to attend WordCamp

A few weeks ago I went WordCamp Fayetteville (AR). It was my second WordCamp to attend, and I hope to participate in more in the coming years. I live in Central Arkansas, and we have several good options within 6-8 hours including Dallas, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Memphis. Further, WordCamp US is in Nashville again this year which is within that 6-8 hour window. WordCamp is the professional conference for WordPress professionals.  So, I decided to ask around on why one should attend a WordCamp from expert WordCamp attendees. I sought answers from two WordPress online communities, a WordPress Slack

Encouraging the participation of women in WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Encouraging the participation of women in WordPress

When I was a kid, in a small town, in a rural state, there wasn’t much to do on a Friday night as a teenager. Often, I would end up down at the Playful Quarters. Playful Quarters was an arcade with a pizza place next to it with a doorway between the two. The arcade kept music videos going on the TV’s and kids would play video games for hours. Of course, we had to have plenty of those quarters. One of the games I would play was a game called Centipede. Several years later, I learned that one of the

WordPress Podcast Roundup
Roundup
Todd Jones

WordPress Podcast Roundup: Hallway Chats about community

In this month’s WordPress podcast roundup, we take a look building community with Hallway Chats, specializing with WordPress Elevation, and eCommerce habits with WP eCommerce. Hallway Chats – Episode 16: Alison Knott Allison Knott is a WordPress professional and a community manager. She is extremely engaging and the guest on this episode of Hallway Chats. Hallway Chats is a podcast which is hosted by Tara Claeys and Liam Dempsey. The podcast launched in the middle of 2017 and already has several episodes available. The idea of Hallway Chats is the kind of conversations you might have in the hallway at

WordCamp Dublin
Interviews
Todd Jones

WordCamp Dublin to take place in October, Q&A with Leadership Team

WordCamp Dublin will kick off for the first time this October. I managed to secure answers to a few questions from the leadership team via email recently. Team members include: Amit Wadhwa – Lead organizer, communication with WordCamp Foundation and website Colm Troy – Sponsors and Media ‎Rodolfo Melogli‎ – Content creation and speakers Mark Smallman – Volunteers, communication with WordCamp Foundation and budget Marcin Kilarski – Social media and promotion   Q & A with the Dublin WordCamp leadership team How did the idea for a WordCamp in Dublin begin? When? Mark Smallman: When I initially considered setting up

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