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Members Plugin sold to Caseproof
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Members Plugin sold to Caseproof

Justin Tadlock, one of the legends of WordPress, has announced that he has sold the WordPress plugin Members. The new owner is Caseproof, which was founded in 2003 by Blair Williams. The company has been building WordPress plugins for over 10 years and is the team behind the MemberPress and Affiliate Royale WordPress plugins. This was not an easy decision for me. Over 100,000 of you have put your faith and trust behind me over the years to maintain a quality role management plugin. However, it would not be fair for me to keep the plugin while not being able to put in the time and effort required to maintain it. That is something I cannot realistically do at this point in my life. I would rather see Members in the hands of a team that can devote the resources necessary to continue...
EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Kyle Maurer from WordCamp Jackson 2019
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EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Kyle Maurer from WordCamp Jackson 2019

We had a pleasure to talk to Kyle Maurer from WordCamp Jackson 2019. Enjoy! Please, introduce us shortly with the WordCamp Jackson 2019!? WordCamp Jackson is a fun, intimate WordPress event in south-central Michigan. This weekend will be the third straight year it has taken place and it is always packed with great content and exciting activities. Jackson is a small town but full of charm and convenience. Our venues are always right downtown and perfectly sized for the event. Tell us more about yourself and also about your WC team!? I’m a WordPress and open-source fan and have been for many years. Formerly I was building websites for clients of mine with WordPress but for the past few years, I’ve been doing marketing and operations for Sandhills Development; a WordPress plugin compa
EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Susan Walker from WordCamp Philly 2019
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EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Susan Walker from WordCamp Philly 2019

#WPDEVMAG is bringing the exclusive interview with Susan Walker from WordCamp Philadelphia 2019, the legendary WordCamp known for being the first host city for WordCamp US. Enjoy! Please, introduce us shortly with the WordCamp Philly 2019!? WordCamp Philly is one of the oldest WordCamps in the United States, with the first event in 2010. In the past half-decade, we've had a turnout between 300 and 400 people, depending on the venue size. Philadelphia was also the first host city for WordCamp US, in 2015 and 2016. Our last three local WordCamps were at the University of the Sciences in West Philly. This year we'll be at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which is in Center City. Our Happiness Lounge and two of the rooms for our tracks are in art galleries. It's a very diffe...
Automattic closed $300 million funding round
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Automattic closed $300 million funding round

Automattic announced a new funding round and here is what Matt Mullenweg said about it on his blog: Today Automattic announced it has closed a new $300 million Series D, with Salesforce Ventures taking the entire round. This puts us at a post-round valuation of $3 billion, three times what it was after our last fundraising round in 2014. It’s a tremendous vote of confidence for Automattic and for the open web. I met Marc Benioff earlier this year, and it became obvious to both of us that Salesforce and Automattic shared a lot of principles and philosophies. Marc is a mindful leader and his sensibilities and sense of purpose feel well aligned with our own mission to make the web a better place. He also helped open my eyes to the incredible traction WordPress and WP VIP has seen in the
EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Stephanie Brinley from WordCamp Jacksonville 2019
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EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Stephanie Brinley from WordCamp Jacksonville 2019

#WPDEVMAG had a pleasure to talk with Stephanie Brinley from WordCamp Jacksonville. She shared with us her experiences, introducing us with the WordPress community in Jacksonville and this year WordCamp Jacksonville 2019. Here is what Stephanie has told us... Enjoy! Please, introduce us shortly with the WordCamp Jacksonville 2019!? WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 was our 4th event. We're the "small, regional camp" compared to our neighbors in Orlando & Miami, FL and Atlanta, GA. We had over 200 attendees this year. Our organizing team had 14 individuals this year, 39 speakers, and over 20 volunteers. Are you satisfied with sessions and programs!? We have a very diverse group of WordCampers that run the gamut from experienced developers to small business owners, to free-lance web...
RICH TABOR: Bright future of WordPress
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RICH TABOR: Bright future of WordPress

Rich Tabor, known for ThemeBeans, CoBlocks, and WPBlockGallery, shared several positive impressions about #WCEU 2019 in an article on his blog. Tabor says that #WCEU was "as just as incredible as everyone said it would be". The city of Berlin was welcoming and beautiful, the sessions were great, and there was a lot of tasty food. But best of all, the vibrant WordPress community we all know and love was there in full-force, he wrote. One thing I noticed in particular at WordCamp Europe was that the vibe was quite different from WordCamp US last year, where the recent release of Gutenberg cast dissension in all directions, Tabor says in his article. I’ve said it a number of times in the past year or so, but it’s a fantastic time to be a WordPress developer, Tabor wrote. In A
HubSpot joins the WordPress global community sponsors
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HubSpot joins the WordPress global community sponsors

HubSpot is a new name on the list of WordPress Global Community Sponsors, together with Jetpack, WooCommerce, Bluehost, Liquid Web, GoDaddy, GreenGeeks and Dreamhost. Official WordCamp Central site has published that HubSpot is a part of the "2019 WordPress Global Community Sponsorship Program". "HubSpot’s support of all official WordPress community events (like WordPress meetup groups and WordCamps) worldwide provides support and stability to our hardworking crew of volunteer event organizers. Thanks so much for your support, HubSpot!", Courtney P.K., in the name of the WordPress Community and WordCamp Central, wrote in the official release. HubSpot (NYSE: HUBS) is a leading growth platform. Since 2006, HubSpot has been on a mission to make the world more inbound. Today,
WordCamp Europe 2020 will be held in Portugal
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WordCamp Europe 2020 will be held in Portugal

Porto in Portugal will be the host of WordCamp Europe 2020 and just 24 hours after opening the #WCEU 2020 Call for Organisers, there are already 30 applications. Very positive vibes during WCEU 2019. WordCamp Europe 2019 was held on 21-22 June in Berlin, Germany. Milan Ivanović is the Global Lead of WordCamp Europe 2019 and he is not hiding his satisfaction. He publicly thanked everyone via Twitter. Ivanović also announced that he is leaving WC Europe Organizing team, saying that WCEU is one of the best things he ever did. Organizing #WCEU is one the best things I ever did! Thank all for being a part of my life and making me a better person! I am leaving the @WCEurope Organizing team but you’ll be in safe hands of @2ndKauBoy @tessc_a and @jonasltu. See you all in Po
PROSPRESS JOINS AUTOMATTIC: Here it is how they created “Small Woorld”!
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PROSPRESS JOINS AUTOMATTIC: Here it is how they created “Small Woorld”!

Brent Shepherd, the founder of Prospress, in an interview for the official WooCommerce blog, after the acquisition, said that one of the things created at Prospress he is most proud of is the project "Small Woorld". Early on with Prospress, we explored a few different types of content for our blog. What we loved most was sharing stories of WooCommerce entrepreneurs. We eventually took some of their words and created a little book to give big inspiration to store owners. The book was called "Small Woorld", and after its development, we decided to move all of our interviews to a dedicated blog with the same name, Shepherd said. Prospress is joining Automattic to work closely with WooCommerce in creating a more unified subscriptions experience, Automattic stated in the official press re...
EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Dimitar Dimitrov from WordCamp Plovdiv 2019
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EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Dimitar Dimitrov from WordCamp Plovdiv 2019

#WPDEVMAG is bringing the exclusive interview with Dimitar Dimitrov from WordCamp Plovdiv 2019. Dimitrov talked about this year event, held couple days ago, and he shared his experience and impressions as the organizer of WC Plovdiv 2019. Enjoy! Give us short info about WordCamp Plovdiv 2019 and your role!? My name is Dimitar Dimitrov and I'm the lead organizer of WordCamp Plovdiv. This is the first WordCamp in the rich history of my home town Plovdiv, but since the event went so well and had more attendees than we expected I'm hoping that many more WordCamps will come to Plovdiv in the years to follow. Since this was the first WordCamp to be ever made in Plovdiv we were hoping to have 200 attendees so this is the number of tickets that were initially planned. To our pleas...
NEW PODCAST AND BLOG OF MATT MULLENWEG: Distributed.blog
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NEW PODCAST AND BLOG OF MATT MULLENWEG: Distributed.blog

WordPress now powers one-third of the web and Automattic has 900 employees in 68 countries. They’re proof that distributed work can scale. But what does it mean for the future of business?, Matt Mullenweg is asking on his new blog about distributed work. Mullenweg started a new podcast and blog on distributed.blog. The first podcast episode is having CEO of Upwork, Stephane Kasriel as a guest. He talked about the broken American dream and how can it be fixed. Kasriel is an immigrant and says that he long believed in the American dream — the idea that if you work hard, no matter where you’re starting from, you can achieve a self-sufficient, reasonably comfortable life. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality for many people. Kasriel says that one solution to this seemingly i
EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Milan Đorđević from WordCamp Niš 2019
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EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Milan Đorđević from WordCamp Niš 2019

WordCamp Niš 2019 in Serbia was started by two WordPress developers, colleagues at the Serbian web company Shindiri Studio, Milan Đorđević and Aleksandar Predić. We had a pleasure to talk with Milan about their work on WordCamp, about this year program and event, but also about the local WordPress community, Gutenberg, etc. Enjoy! Please, introduce us with WordCamp Niš... Aleksandar was the one that had the idea of starting our own WordPress community in our city. It began as an attempt to spread out the WordPress community from Belgrade to other cities. We have successfully organized our first WP Meetup in July 2016, and since then we never looked back. The community in Serbia started to grow since 2016, and we had a small part in that. After volunteering at different camp