Key Person Dependency in OSS Projects or: Do We Need to Talk About Ryan McCue?

June 1, 2017

The latest discussion happening amongst WordPress core contributors and developers is about which new JavaScript framework to adopt in WordPress core. I’m not going to wade into that debate here, but rather pick up on something in this WP Tavern article about the debate, as an argument against using Vue.js: “I’m uncomfortable relying on a…

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Unit Testing Custom WP-CLI Commands

November 1, 2016

Recently I’ve been spending pretty much all my time working on Mergebot for Delicious Brains, which mainly consists of building the WordPress plugin part of the project. I’ve also been spending a good deal of time refactoring code, making code testable, and generally implementing best practices to ensure code is maintainable and has high unit…

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Workflow Automation for WP App Store

July 26, 2014

This is the second post in the series about WP App Store. The series aims to chart the progress of the project since purchase, from experiments in marketing to technical aspects of the site. In this post I will cover the improvements to the workflow around on-boarding and managing of deals. There are some aspects…

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ACF PRO and the Great Backward Compatibility Debate

July 22, 2014

The developer release of Advanced Custom Fields PRO two weeks ago caused quite a stir in the WordPress community. It sparked a debate about backward compatibility, business models, and developer entitlement with free plugins. However, for me this debate actually highlighted wider issues around WordPress site development and perhaps more importantly the community. So in…

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Marketing WP App Store

June 1, 2014

Writing code is easy. Marketing is hard. I have been marketing  on a small scale since launching the premium version. This has been mainly through Twitter engagement and blogging. In the beginning I tried using Google AdWords but found the return on investment was low and didn’t pursue paid advertising methods any further. When I…

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Pricing Models for WordPress Plugins

May 20, 2014

Recently I have been thinking about pricing premium WordPress plugins, specifically around pricing trends and how I price my own products. When I first started selling back in June 2012 it was available at a single price point of $35 for use on unlimited sites with unlimited support. Since then a lot has changed in…

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Harriet & Violet – One Year Old

May 11, 2014

Last year my wife Michelle launched Harriet & Violet, a free teaching resources site for teachers, parents and children specialising in Early Years and Primary education. Last week H&V turned one year old! School teachers have a variety of resource websites to use, but Michelle, a Primary school teacher herself, constantly found she had to…

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Welcome WP App Store

April 29, 2014

I am excited to announce the acquisition of WP App Store from Brad Touesnard. WP App Store is an exclusive deal site and mailing list for WordPress plugins, themes and products, allowing you to get great deals in your inbox every two weeks. This is the second incarnation of WP App Store which started out…

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Will WordPress be a Plugin Business Killer?

April 20, 2014

WordPress core development has recently adopted a features-as-plugins model for incorporating large changes into major releases. This has come about largely in response to the WordPress 3.6 release, which saw its Post Format UI changes backed out late in the day. As a plugin developer wanting to keep up with changes that might affect my…

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