Pippin Williamson, the founder of Sandhills Development and creator of popular WordPress plugins, recently discussed his reasons for leaving the WordPress ecosystem and selling his business. Williamson prioritized spending time with his family and felt burnt out from the constant demands of plugin development. He chose Awesome Motive as the buyer because of their product focus, but he did express some regret over the team turnover following the acquisition. Williamson now uses WordPress as an end user and has noticed ongoing issues with core, plugins, and the overall user experience.
In this episode of The Minute Plus, host Matt Medeiros interviews WordPress entrepreneur Christian Raiber about his approach to buying and selling plugin companies. Christian shares insights on building a portfolio of niche products that solve problems for overlapping user segments. He discusses the importance of guiding users from one relevant product to the next, while also balancing vision with user needs. Christian also talks about the potential of incorporating SaaS components into product lineups. Overall, he provides valuable advice for anyone looking to navigate the WordPress business landscape.
Before adding artificial intelligence (AI) to your WordPress product, consider its usefulness, impact on pricing and maintenance, and potential for fueling growth. AI should improve the user experience and provide unique features, but it should not be added just because it’s trendy. Implementing AI comes with costs and maintenance responsibilities. Additionally, think about how AI may evolve in the future and whether it aligns with your product roadmap. Ultimately, adding AI should be done for the right reasons and with the intention of improving the user experience and enabling growth.
WordPress 6.4 is out and there is anticipation surrounding the release of the Twenty Twenty-Four theme. However, there are concerns about the future of WordPress, including competition from other platforms and a decline in business for developers and agencies. The message also mentions the decline in WooCommerce business and the challenges faced by WordPress media. Despite these concerns, the author remains hopeful about the future of WordPress.
Justin Ferriman discusses how he turned his burnout into motivation and success in a podcast titled “Burnt Out to Fired Up.
The WordPress ecosystem is constantly evolving. We see new product launches almost daily. Themes and plugins are still popular. But tools that leverage SaaS and AI are also becoming common. Some product categories are saturated. Others are in their early…
The podcast episode is about a new tool called DocsBot that automates WordPress support using artificial intelligence.
The challenges of creating WordPress theme and plugin demos are discussed in this article. Traditional methods of downloading and installing demos on live websites can be problematic, leading to the need for alternative solutions. The article highlights the importance of context and tailored onboarding experiences for different types of products. It also suggests tips for product makers to create effective demos, including keeping them relevant, considering interactivity, and finding ways to guide users. The article concludes by expressing hope for a new era of WordPress product demos with improved tools and lowered barriers.
Eric Karkovack and I have launched new services to help WordPress product companies with their content marketing. Eric’s service, Product Writeup, creates high-quality white label content to explain WordPress products, while my service, Minute, offers launch services to help products market themselves. We believe that there is still room for human expertise and experience in the industry, and we want to empower and support the WordPress community. Reach out to Eric at Product Writeup for help with product explanation, and check out Minute’s services for a full launch campaign.
WordPress block themes have been around for a few years now. We often tout them as the future of theming. But they continue to make up a small portion of the market. And so we’re still waiting for the watershed…
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