WordPress: Users, Stakeholders, and Known Unknowns

Who is the WordPress user? It’s the question everyone involved in WordPress in some way asks themselves at one point or another. And it’s a question without any clear answers beyond the Open Source Dogma: The User is anyone using the software. Which, to be frank, is not very useful. Yesterday (February 26th, 2019), the…

On the Corporate Takeover of the Cathedral and the Bazaar

Originally posted as a Twitter thread. We need to have a conversation about Open Source and equity. Particularly, we need to talk about how “decisions are made by those who show up” should be amended to read “decisions are made by those who can afford to show up” and what that means for our industry. The origins of the Open Source…

Newspack: Automattic, Google, and the SaaSification of WordPress

Earlier today Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com headed by WordPress co-founder and project lead Matt Mullenweg) announced Newspack by WordPress.com, a “next-generation publishing platform” “aimed at small- and medium-sized news organizations”. The new platform is funded in part by Google, through the Google News Initiative, and other companies. Here are my preliminary thoughts. A missed opportunity…

How Not to Destroy the World: Ethics in Design and Technology – Smashing Conference Freiburg, 2018

All the links from the talk Mark Zuckerberg answers to Congress for Facebook’s troubles Mark Zuckerberg apologizes to EU lawmakers for Facebook data scandal The Data That Turned the World Upside Down Ich habe nur gezeigt, dass es die Bombe gibt Those Banned 3D-Printed Gun Files Are Now Available on Another Site. Are They Really…

Gutenberg and the Future of WordPress: Conditions for Success

NB: This article is part of a series on the new WordPress editing experience called "Gutenberg". If you are not familiar with Gutenberg, check out the first article in the series. As the Gutenberg project moves ever closer to merging with WordPress, users, administrators, designers, developers, and core contributors are raising concerns about timelines and what…

WordPress is Changing. Here are 3 Things You Need to Know About Gutenberg

Everything you know about WordPress is about to change. The project codenamed "Gutenberg" is reimagining what content creation and editing on the web should look like and how it should work. Some time in 2018 the way WordPress works and the way you work with WordPress will change in a fundamental way, whether you are a visitor,…

The Case for Telemetry in WordPress

Update August 10, 2017: After publishing this article I reopened the Trac ticket arguing the reason for closing it was no longer valid in lieu of Gutenberg’s collection of telemetry. A few hours later it was announced that usage tracking will be removed from Gutenberg and the ticket was closed as the original argument for closing it is once again accurate.…

WCEU2017: CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts)

Below are the advanced slides for my WordCamp Europe 2017 talk CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts) presented June 17th, 2017 in Paris, France: From the website: “CSS Grid is now live in all major browsers, and with it everything we know about web layouts changes! Imagine drawing a grid in the browser and…