Introducing The WPCandy Quarterly magazine, pre-orders now available

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I’m very excited to announce the launch of a project that has been literally months in the making. Meet The WPCandy Quarterly, our print magazine for WordPress enthusiasts. The Quarterly will be published four times yearly (hence the name) and be filled to the brim with exclusive articles from minds throughout the WordPress community.

The WPCandy Quarterly is immediately available for pre-order.

Why a Quarterly publication?

Quite simply: I want to read a WordPress-specific magazine and hold it in my hands. Like many of you, I love toying/learning/reading/talking about WordPress. But we don’t have a regular print publication of our own yet; we’re lacking a WordPress-focused magazine. Well, we were lacking one.

That’s why the Quarterly is a real print magazine that will ship to your door so you can hold it in your hands. It’s the perfect opportunity for pulling together relevant, timely articles from brilliant members of the WordPress community. It’s chock full of articles, completely ad-free, and will be delivered to your door every January, April, July and October.

You can have one of the first issues of the Quarterly by pre-ordering.

Brilliant minds in the first issue

The first issue of the Quarterly is bringing together a dozen awesome contributors from all corners of the WordPress community. In this first issue are:

  • Ben Balter,
  • Chip Bennett,
  • Brian Richards,
  • Donnacha,
  • Ben Gillbanks,
  • Gautam Gupta,
  • Dan Milward,
  • Mike McAlister,
  • Andy Stratton,
  • Justin Tadlock,
  • Noel Tock, and
  • Pippin Williamson

And that’s just one issue. You can read more about what they’ve written over on the Quarterly section of the site.

Pre-order the Quarterly today

In order to gauge interest and order the right number of issues in the first print run, we’re running a pre-order for the next two weeks. If you’re interested in this project, and want to hold a copy in your hands, head over to the pre-order page.

All pre-orders will arrive before we begin taking regular orders, so you’ll literally be one of the first people to have the Quarterly.

You should probably go pre-order an issue now.

79 thoughts on “Introducing The WPCandy Quarterly magazine, pre-orders now available

      • Thanks for that. Will there be an electronic download version available too? As the shipping to the UK costs more than the annual subscription.

        • The print orders do include a digital version as well, though right now that’s the only way to order them. We want to make sure the magazine is a unique printed experience, first and foremost.

          Sorry about the high shipping costs. We’re doing what we can to keep shipping costs as low as possible.

          • Pre-order placed. That’s an early Christmas present to myself ;-) Looking forward to receiving the first issue!

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  3. I ordered :) International Shipping prices are cool. Now will keep fingers crossed when it is shipped and I see it safely in India :)

    • Everyone who purchases the print version will also receive a digital copy, but besides that right now we’re trying to focus on the print aspect of the publication.

      Premium articles could work, though determining exactly how to implement them on WPCandy would be the key. Perhaps in the future :)

  4. This is brilliant, Ryan! I always enjoy issues of Web Designer or .NET that focus on WordPress, so having a magazine focussing entirely on WordPress is awesome.

    Unfortunately, my reading habits and subscriptions now all reside on my magical iPad so I’ll have to wait for the Newsstand version ;)

    • Ok, after seeing the contributing authors and in the interests of supporting an awesome community project, I’ve ordered myself a year subscription. Now I’m going to be checking the mail every day until it arrives ;)

      • Awesome, glad it could draw you in. I definitely appreciate the convenience and simplicity of a digital publication. Heck, I’ve run one for a while here :). But then again there’s a novelty, a something special about holding something physical in your hand.

        Thanks again Japh, I look forward to sending you your copy!

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  7. I do not see one negative comment on this project except for the international shipping, but here it goes. First, I love WPCandy and read the site on a regular basis. I bought the IOS app for my iPod Touch and listen to the podcasts. However, I’m not keen on the printed magazine. I’ve pretty much drifted from that medium. It is often out of date and there are just too many good online resources. Plus, to me anyway, it runs counter to the WordPress philosophy of providing an easily accessible online publishing platform for both writers and readers.

    Now if it is a matter of trying to generate income without resorting to ads, go with an ebook or e-newsletter for paid subscribers or a membership section of the website. Create a PDF version for those that really want to print something out. Most of my reading is now done on a Kindle, Android phone or computer screen. I use to subscribe to a number of magazines on a variety of topics: technology, guitar, running , cooking, cycling and photography. Unfortunately it gets expensive, I run out space for back issues and have to recycle them. I also no longer buy tech books. My last one was the first WordPress Bible which was quickly outdated.

    In regards to ads, I know you are trying to come up with creative business models that do not depend upon advertising, but I do not mind advertising if it is appropriate and for good products and services, especially if it helps keep the content free. The WordPress ecosystem is huge with a numerous commercial plugins, themes, and hosting services that would love to advertise on WPCandy and I do not think it would have that negative of an impact on readership.

    I would much rather see the WPCandy podcast produced on a regular basis which no one can seem to do. WordPress Weekly, WordCasts, and The WordPress Podcast have either died or gone into hibernation.

    • Thanks Ed, I appreciate the feedback. I’ve certainly warmed to advertising done right — we proudly run Pressed Ads, as do a number of other awesome WordPress blogs. That is to say the Quarterly project isn’t entirely about making money. Obviously I would be very excited to see it profitable, but it’s more about creating something that I want to see.

      I certainly believe in the WordPress philosophy, and that this project doesn’t have to run counter to it. In fact, I look forward to being able to show how WordPress enabled the Quarterly to happen; a P2 blog organized the planning and drafting long before it went into any layout program, and when it did it was in a cross platform open source one. I hope that the magazine can augment our free online publication at WPCandy, and find a nice little home in the community.

      That said, I certainly agree that the podcast should be produced on a regular basis. There will be news on that front very soon.

  8. Call me old fashioned but I’m looking forward to something tangible that I can collect, I’m going to buy a handful of these publications, I’m going to buy one for home and a couple for the office.

    For me the publication is not a step backwards. Its i a step in a different direction. Comparing this to digital content is missing the point. Ryan you are making a cool product that has value to your readers, your presales are proof of that, if its ok for people to sell crap leather bound diaries or mugs with logos printed on them, then its definitely ok for you to make something unique that I’m going to read.

    To be honest this is one of the innovative things that differentiates you from the rest the less savvy WordPress news sites. Keep it up bro!!!

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    • Hi Jocelyn, it’s a mixture of unknowns that does include volume. Having not gone through this experience before, there is a lot I’ll be learning about what to expect from the shipping process. I described it a bit in my response to Stacey above, but essentially I’m doing my best to keep costs as low as possible, and will lower them every chance I get.

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  12. I ordered this almost as soon as I heard about it. This is defiantly a great idea and can even get more people interested in WordPress. I do see a huge downside though. Non of the links will be clickable =p

    Cant wait to get it in my hands!

  13. Hi Guys,
    I’ve ordered this on the 24th of November and I still haven’t heard or received anything.

    Has anyone else received their Quarterly yet?

    Please get in touch.

    Kind Regards,
    Clint Milner

  14. Ryan,

    Will this be available as an ebook/pdf?

    If so what will be the cost to subscribe to that version?

    I just don’t need more books lying around.

    Sounds like it will be a great publication, lots of great minds.

    Look forward to your response.

  15. Hi Stacey, thanks for commenting. I want to keep prices as low as possible, believe me. In this case I’m working with a few unknown variables, so I’m just playing it safe. Without knowing exactly how many issues are going out with the first order, and without going through this form of shipping experience before (first time selling a physical product here) I just don’t know what to expect yet. I’m confident the current shipping prices will cover the shipping costs, and once I know more I’ll certainly lower them as much as I can.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to lower it enough that you’ll consider checking it out in the future. Thanks again for the feedback Stacey!

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