5 minute read How do you make money when you give your product away for free? Let’s consider the common open-source business models, and explore the viability of supporting development entirely through sponsorships.Read More To Fund WordPress Plugin Development Through Sponsorship, or More Traditional Models?
2 minute read I heard about webpagetest.org during my most recent WordCamp. It’s a service for analyzing your website’s performance. From what I can tell, it’s completely supported by sponsors, so it’s free to use. I ran my WordPress meetup’s site (which, obviously, runs on WordPress) through its analysis, and initially got C grades or so. Not fabulous. […]Read More How I Got All A's on webpagetest.org
5 minute read These are my highlights from the book “It Doesn’t Have To be Crazy at Work” by Fried, Jason; Hansson and David Heinemeier, owners of BaseCamp. Redefining Productivity We don’t believe in busyness at Basecamp. We believe in effectiveness. How little can we do? How much can we cut out? Instead of adding to-dos, we add […]Read More Highlights from "It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy at Work"
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3 minute read Software comparison articles can be helpful, but most are horrible. They should educate, compare, and recommend. But usually, they’re just filler words that convey no actual meaning. Here are some common mistakes of horrible software comparisons… Universally Picking a Winner It’s ridiculous to pick a universal winner. Eg, if you’re comparing Event Espresso to EventBrite, […]Read More How to Make Horrible Software Comparisons
3 minute read This is an email I sent a friend who’s shopping around for a new career path, and I wanted to describe the “WordPress World” I work in. Hi I really have no idea if the type of work I do would be of interest to you, but I’m happy to try to share about it […]Read More Introduction to the WordPress World
< 1 minute read At a cafe, I met up with some local folks making their living building sites with WordPress. For me it was especially good getting a bit of a reality check, and hear what was important to them. Besides having a good time socializing (which most of us admitted we rarely do, especially on topics related […]Read More Meeting with WordPress Professionals
3 minute read If your WordPress website/theme/plugin allows users to submit URLs, and you’re not sanitizing them properly, you could have a whole host of security problems. On the flipside, if you’re removing too much, you might not be allowing valid URLs either. This issue is pretty complex, and there’s quite a bit of confusion surrounding it, but […]Read More URL Validation in WordPress
5 minute read This post explains the changes I needed to make to a Python Django 1.8 website in order to add Unicode (special character) support. The Situation I’ve been helping run a Django 1.8 website, and we’ve been getting tired of errors everytime a user uses accents, foreign language characters, or curly quotes. Errors like DjangoUnicodeDecodeError at […]Read More Adding Support for Foreign Characters to Django
2 minute read Doesn’t anybody else find it strange nearly all open source code is distributed on a closed-source website, GitHub, owned by Microsoft? That’s a bit like all the world’s charitable organizations being ran by a for-profit mega corporation. As I understand it, Git’s big differentiating feature from Subversion, the big version-control system that preceded it, was […]Read More Let's Decentralize Git Again