Pressware Needs an Intern (Want to Work on Some Projects With Me?)

For those of you who have followed this blog for sometime, you’re likely aware that I make a living building solutions for others using WordPress – all of this is done under my company, Pressware.

From the landing page, you’ll notice that there are two other team members – Stephen and Nathaniel – both of whom are responsible for other tasks on the team (and we’re even shifting roles a little bit more very soon, but that’s beside the point).

Though I’ve almost always done exclusively project-based work, I’m also looking into branching out into products, as well. I doubt this is a surprise. The thing is, in order to help expand the business into both products and services, I need a little bit of help in growing the business.

To that end, I’m looking for an intern.

Mayer For WordPress Now on GitHub

Not quite a month ago, I mentioned that I was going to begin open sourcing the themes (and potentially plugins) that we sell on WordPress.com. Right now, this is only a single theme (though others are in development and I’ll talk more about that later).

As of today, Mayer for WordPress.com along with the three (yep, the only three) outstanding issues for the next milestone are available on GitHub.

Mayer on GitHub

The initial post was met with some great conversation via both the comments and tweets – some pushback, some not – but I’m excited to see where this goes and I do feel that this is the best decision, for now, with respect to this particular theme.

Am I Giving To WordPress?

Yesterday, I stumbled across tweet from a fellow developer for whom I greatly respect. He said:

Which naturally got me a little bit introspective wondering ifI have been giving to WordPress as much as I should.

From WooThemes: The Importance of Focus

Early last week, WooThemes announced that they were shutting down their Twitter support channel. You can read the entire post here, but there were a few quotes in the article that I really liked.

WooThemes Support

First:

And a lot to say. And that pretty quickly, questions get technical and DMs and 140 characters are not ideal facilitators of such things.

Secondly:

Everyone with a smart phone has a soap box.

With our users being of the techie variety most are on Twitter and it’s a space where we frequently get questions about products, potluck inquiries, reports of glitches, panicked alerts about problems, shout-outs, suggestions et al. It’s a mixed bag!

And finally:

But after letting @WooSupport run for a while realised what it was actually doing was creating an expectation that we never intended to meet which was that we were able to actually give support over Twitter.

The article also goes on to discuss interesting things such as how support requests are unique, individual problems are unique, and managing support via Twitter versus a dedicated ticket (like in ZenDesk) can be problematic.

Props to them for doing this.

You Know The Least About a Project…

Of the developers I know and respect (or who are worth their weight in gold code) have often expressed this negative feeling that occurs at the end of the project.

You know: The one where you feel like the code could be better, the architecture could be better, the feeling that there’s so much room for refactoring, and so on and on it goes.

It’s practically the total opposite of when a project starts. That is, you set out with this clear goal in mind of what you want to achieve and are excited by the prospect of building this pristine system that’s going to be a work of art – it’ll be some of the best code that you’ve ever written.

Until it’s not.

Searching with Substrings in WordPress

Let’s say you’re in the process of building some type of search mechanism using WP_Query and you want your users to be able to run the search using part of a string.

That is, let’s say that you’re searching Companies (which is a custom post type) and some of the company’s names is “Awesome Code.” The user doesn’t know this because you’ve built a huge database and have been wildly successful with your app.

So let’s say the user opts to try to run a search using the fragment of ‘awe’ or ‘some’ or ‘code’ or some fragment variation thereof – how are we supposed to be able to pull back results like that?

The FUD of WordPress Competition

If you hang around WordPress long enough – or arguably any community long enough – then you’re likely to see certain conversations show up again and again.

Right now, it’s undeniable that WordPress has massive marketshare and that it’s doing a good job of maintaining that; however, there’s questions as to whether or not WordPress can grow beyond what it currently has.

This is true for a variety of reasons the least of which isn’t the fact that there are other new content management systems cropping up much more frequently than others.

This makes us nervous. Conversations start, blog posts go up (I guess this one is included, I dunno – I tend to take a different approach), and then FUD begins to fuel more of the conversation.

But I think that’s the problem: We forgo where we’ve been, where are, and where we can head, then we look to our and left and our right and feel like we’re doing something less superior.

What’s that all about?

An Interview with WPEka

WPEka is a site that’s been around since 2011 and has been offering a variety of resources to WordPress users, designers, and developers ever since.

This past week, I had the chance to be interviewed by Disha who works for the company.

WPEka

Overall, I had a lot of fun. The questions were great and I’m always a fan of being able to talk with others who are plugged into the WordPress economy in some way.

On WordPress Theme Innovation

As I mentioned last week, there are a few things that are coming with regards to how Pressware‘s theme (with more in the pipeline) to be treated with the nature of open source.

But in preparing for this shift, I’ve also been giving a lot of thought about a number of different things with regard to how we go about building plugins, themes, extensions, tools, and so on for WordPress. I think that we intrinsically know that we should be focused on our users, but I think there’s also something inside of us that wants to impress our peers.

I mean, surely it’s not just me, right?

Using Tap WordPress Hosting (and a Giveaway!)

When it comes to running this blog, I’m not nearly as technical as some of my peers.

In fact, I try to keep the hosting environment has much of a black box as possible. I want to be able to focus on blogging – not tweaking servers, configuring settings, dealing with staging environments, caching, CDNs, and all that normally comes with major projects.

That isn’t to say I don’t do that for the projects on which I work – there’s a time and a place for everything – but my goal for this site is to focus on blogging. To that end, when it comes to hosting, I don’t look for something that offers the greatest feature set with all of the fancy knobs to turn and tweaks to make.

Instead, I look for something that works well, that performs quickly out-of-the-box, that has great support (when needed), that grants me S/FTP access to my files, and then let’s me get on with blogging with minimal hassle.

Tap WordPress Hosting

For the past few months, I’ve been trying out Tap WordPress Hosting and, generally speaking, I’ve been really impressed.