Welcome to the new and improved WPCandy


WPCandy version 3 is shown on the left, version 4 is on the right.

Hello out there!

It has been some time since you’ve been officially greeted on WPCandy, but I’m happy to bring it back into the spotlight today. If all works the way it should (and it should) the WPCandy RSS feed should be grinding back to life in feed readers all over the world–just the way it should be. And if you’re currently in a feed reader, be sure to jump over to the site to check out the new look and fresh content.

Lots to talk about today, so let’s get started!

My name’s Ryan, I run WPCandy now

Michael Castilla started WPCandy nearly three years ago, in August of 2007. He and Dan Philibin ran this site very well for over two years, and will hopefully still play a role in its future.

Earlier this year WPCandy changed hands, into mine. My name’s Ryan Imel, and I’ll be guiding this site into the future. I’m very excited, and have big plans for WPCandy. More on that in a second.

For those that might wonder “Why so quiet for so long?” (A great question, by the way.) WPCandy was pretty quiet for nearly a year, until just now. While I’ve been excited about my plans for some time now, I had some other things up in the air. I started a new business, GooRoo (whose network WPCandy is now a member of — more on that later below) and had a few things to take care of first. But now I’m ready, I’m here with a team, and ready to roll. Are you ready?

My vision for WPCandy

WordPress is a growing platform, and it deserves a solid journalistic news blog. That’s one of the things we’re building here. We’re bringing everything you would expect: interviews, reviews, editorials, tutorials, and a few things you hopefully won’t be expecting.

While WordPress is a strong niche within the technology industry, we believe it isn’t being done proper service by technology journalism. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a major tech blog misspelling Automattic or mixing up WordPress.com with WordPress.org (or not recognizing the difference at all) then you know what we’re talking about.

But this site isn’t just about blogging, or even blogging well. We have big plans. Fun plans. Big, fun plans.

Vision is far from everything — very far — but it’s also inspiring. And with this vision, I’m inspired.

A big part of what WPCandy is, and the new vision for what it will be, has to do with the new network that this site is a part of.

A proud member of the GooRoo Network

GooRoo is a new business I cofounded at the end of 2009. We are interested in (someday) becoming the best place to find how to content on the web. It’s a lofty goal, but one we’re enjoying pursuing. For now, what that means is planting niche websites and building up audiences.

So what does GooRoo mean for WPCandy? Only good things. It means that WPCandy has the support of a team, and isn’t just a pet project anymore. It means regular, dependable coverage of WordPress goings-on, and if I have my way a nice, respectable website contributing to the greater WordPress community.

Now you’re all caught up. Well, almost–have you caught up with all of the fresh WordPress news on the WPCandy front page right now? Then get over there.

Stay tuned to the site all week for more about the V4 launch. We’re bringing insight into the redesign, launch giveaways, and more about our future plans. Thanks for sticking with us!

22 thoughts on “Welcome to the new and improved WPCandy

  1. Ryan, congrats on taking over and best of luck as you move forward. I *love* the design and that there is no advertising. That is really cool!

    Quick note, while I was leaving this comment I tried tabbing from field to field, but it kept jumping back and forth between this form and your email signup form. Probably a tab-index problem! Anyway, nothing big and I don’t want to detract from the great relaunch!

    • Thanks Doug, I appreciate it. I’m a big fan of the no advertising stuff too — glad I’m not the only one.

      Thanks for the heads up on the tabbing issue, I’ll get that taken care of ASAP.

  2. Nicely done, Ryan 🙂 Looking forward to what you bring to the table here. I’ll now need to re-subscribe.

    …and I second Dougs comment above regarding the tabbing between form fields issue in the comment form 😉

    Best of luck here, and GooRoo, in general!

    • Thanks so much Lisa, I’m glad you’ll be re-subscribing.

      Agreed, that tabs thing is annoying. I must have overlooked it since I’m logged into the site all the time, the first three form fields are never showing. Thanks for the heads up, I fixed it.

  3. Just a quick complaint; You’ve got a glitch/bug with the comment form. When I tab into the next input, it ends up going to the sidebar’s inputs for the subscription bit. If that could be fixed, would be awesome. It’s habit to hit tab to fill out forms.

    Anyway, glad to see that WPCandy has come back to life. I’ve been a huge fan/viewer since it was started and always wondered what happened to it.. Actually had a habit of visiting once a week to see if anything had changed.


    • Thanks Jordan, I believe I have taken care of that tabbing issue. Shouldn’t be an issue now. Glad you commented in spite of that 🙂

      Glad you’re back, and I hope our work can live up to your expectations.

  4. Sounds awesome Ryan!
    A vision is half of the battle, and professional journalism along with the casual-ness of a blog is well let’s say WordPress magazine #1, with some hard work I don’t see why not 😉

  5. Well, just my 2 cent: Design is not just form and color, is also code & usebility. This post hast 32 errors (Validation output) and no :focus on links. To realy realy bad thinks.

    • Sorry the site disappointed you Markus. I took a look at the validation output, and yes there were a couple of misplaced XHTML items I was able to clear up. I appreciate the heads up.

      A good number of those validation errors are caused by the Facebook recommend/like button. It’s unfortunate (since I care about validation too) but something I’m willing to put up with to allow a bit of social interaction.

      I added a few focus styles as well. Thanks for the helpful advice, and for visiting the site.

  6. I loved the previous design, and also love this one. Nice work!

    It’s funny to see the button ‘You can’t advertise here’.

    I’ve subscribed this site for a long time, and love the great contents this site published. I will be looking forward to see new content from you Ryan! 🙂

  7. I’m looking forward to what you guys have to offer here. One note, as I’m sure you’ll be talking about your GooRoo project quite a bit, it’d make things easier to understand the “how to” part if it’s used in quotes, as I read that about three or four times before I understood it. A small nugget of criticism, I know… just wanted to share. Good luck with GooRoo and the new and improved WPCandy!

  8. The more I look around the new WPCandy.com and what you’ve done Ryan, the more I’m liking the look of this place! 😉 What with the simple, but elegant (and clean) design, nothing sticking out like a sore thumb! — Everything in general, just looks WAY better!

    Looking forward for more to come! 😀

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