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.
I was able to sit down with the group and discuss MassivePress a bit last night. The full video of the interview will be up as soon as it’s finished uploading. In the video they described a number of examples where the team already demonstrates collaboration:
- Jason Schuller and Grant Griffiths are working together to port Press75 themes to Headway.
- Michael Torbert recommends the group’s themes to his community, and has taught on WebDesign.com, Cory Miller’s project.
- Lisa Sabin-Wilson is launching Allure Themes soon, with the assistance of Cory and iThemes.
The crew also mentioned they will be running big discounts on their MassivePress site, and will continue these sorts of projects from now on.
Not to bury the lead, but another big announcement they had last night is that MassivePress also intends to launch a new WordPress event this year, that they are calling WordCon. WordCon will start with classes online, and will eventually lead to live, in-person events. Their plan, they say, is to help users, business owners, and consultants through this new event. They also stressed that it is different than WordCamps are:
We would like to be clear with the statement that WordCon is not WordCamp … though WordCon is somewhat WordCamp-ish in the way it is aimed toward bringing together community, but in unique and different ways. We fully intend to continue our ongoing support of, and contributions to, local, home-grown WordCamps (see more below!). WordCon has a commercial focus and is friendly to business and commercial interests in the WordPress community and intend to reach out and help create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and learning environment, for those who wish to build a commercial venture around open source development…
Partial proceeds from WordCon will be sent to the WordPress Foundation as well. More information about both MassivePress and WordCon can be found at the new MassivePress.com. Hurry up, it still has that new site smell!
So how close were you? Is this what you were expecting? And are you interesting in what the group will bring to this new WordCon event? Share in the comments.