Jake Caputo started up quite a discussion this week centered on his being prohibited from speaking at WordCamps due to listing split licensed themes on the ThemeForest marketplace. Jake was kind enough to join me on The WPCandy Podcast to chat about his editorial and the state of the community on this divisive issue.
He also stuck around to discuss other WordPress news this week, and offer a couple of WordPress tips. It’s a fun episode, have a listen below!
You can follow Jake on Twitter, see his work and read his blog at Design Crumbs, and listen to his podcast Please Advise.
The proverbial cat is out of the bag. And in this case I suppose the proverbial bag would have a WordPress logo on it. The MassivePress team (that’s Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Grant Griffiths, Michael Torbert, Jason Schuller, and Carl Hancock) have announced what just what they are up to. The group describe themselves as a “group of entrepreneurs in the WordPress community who have found common ground”, and that MassivePress just formalizes the collaboration they were already in the midst of in various ways. Each entrepreneur will continue to maintain their own separate businesses, but will now be looking to one another for collaborative work and projects.
Page.ly founders Josh and Sally Strebel have committed to donating a portion of all new signup revenue during the month of February to the founded-not-so-long-ago WordPress Foundation. Joshua, on the Page.ly blog, said they find it important to give back to the community that empowers them:
Our ENTIRE business is built around WordPress. We were the first and of course still the most baller pair of long haired hipsters to develop a suite of specialized deployment, upgrade, and secure hosting solutions for this amazing bit of software.
Pretty much we would not have a business if it were not for the ideals of open software.
Big thanks to all of those hackers, core developers, and volunteers that work so hard to make WordPress what it is.
Page.ly isn’t the only business built on WordPress trying to find a way to give back to the WordPress Foundation lately. iThemes is using their WPShirts project to send shirts to those who donate $50 or more to the WordPress Foundation (only in January).
Money contributed to the WordPress Foundation goes toward supporting the various software projects and community initiatives like providing cameras to WordCamps. As more and more WordPress businesses begin regularly contributing to the WordPress Foundation, what do you think the money should be directed toward?
Jane Wells announced the first official project of the WordPress Foundation: videocameras and recording equipment will be loaned out to WordCamps to make recording of sessions and events much easier, in order to distribute these to others who can’t attend WordCamp events.
After a failed experiment with Flip HD Slide cameras at WordCamp NYC 2010 (failed due to poor battery time, charging issues, and bad sound) the decision has been made to purchase recording kits containing Canon Vixia camcorders, expanding tripods, external microphones, and hard cases for transport. A user guide will be created for WordCamp organizers on the receiving end of the equipment.
Wells describes the current status of this new project:
We’re ordering the first of these kits now, and once we confirm that the components we’ve chosen are definitely the best ones for the job, we’ll buy more kits so that we can cover multiple tracks at the larger WordCamps and/or multiple smaller WordCamps. For now we’re going to begin with WordCamps in the U.S., but hope to expand this to support international events in the future.
Currently the cameras will only be available for US-based events, as the cost of shipping the equipment to international events is very expensive.
The WordPress Foundation first drew attention when it announced the transfer of the WordPress trademark, previously held by Automattic, to the WordPress Foundation.
Matt Mullenweg has announced that Automattic has transferred the WordPress trademark to the non-profit WordPress Foundation, which is, according to the post, dedicated to “promoting and ensuring access to WordPress and related open source projects in perpetuity.” Regarding the transfer, Mullenweg wrote:
“It’s important for me to know that WordPress will be protected and that the brand will continue to be a beacon of open source freedom regardless of whether any company is as benevolent as Automattic has been thus far. It’s important to me to know that we’ve done the right thing.”