Continuing the WPWatercooler Discussion on Rapid WP Core Development

In his 2013 State of the Word Speech, Matt Mullenweg shared his plans to release two major versions of WordPress later this year in addition to 3.6 coming out this week and to generally increase the rate of WordPress updates. We discussed this a bit on the WPWatercooler today, but there wasn’t really time to (more…)

Why We Changed The Domain of Our Book’s Site to BWAwWP.com

(Originally posted to my Google+ account.) Just a quick post here RE why we decided (without hearing explicitly from the WordPress foundation) to change the domain of our book’s site frombuildingwebappswithwordpress.com to bwawwp.com. So first, the original domain we chose is the full book title. It’s a pain in the butt to type all that, but we liked that (more…)

Our Book: Building Web Apps with WordPress

Brian Messenlehner (@bmess) of WebDevStudios and I (@jason_coleman – you follow me right?) are finishing up a book for O’Reilly called Building Web Apps with WordPress. The book is for intermediate to advanced WordPress developers interested in building full on web applications using WordPress. We’re just finishing up writing now and diving into technical review with (more…)

Mistake #3: Starting with Design

I’ll focus on WordPress sites and themes here, but this advice applies to any website built using an existing theme as a framework or just for inspiration. I’m a big fan of using existing premium themes for WordPress sites. There are so many quality themes available now that you should be able to find something (more…)

WordPress as an Application Framework

I wrote a comment over on Justin Tallant’s blog post titled WordPress is not an application framework. My comment got pretty long, so I figured I would also post it here. You should read Justin’s post first. He ends by asking “What do you think? Is WordPress heading in the right direction with the goal (more…)

Mistake #2: Playing Designer

Unless your business is website design or something else in the arts, you don’t need a beautiful website. A nice looking website is a bonus, but make sure you’re working towards a functioning website instead of something that will look great printed out and framed on your wall. Oftentimes when going over design mockups or (more…)

Mistake #1: Lack of Goals

One of the biggest mistakes made by website owners is to have a website that is totally detached from any business activity. Maybe your website is beautiful. Maybe it has tons of information about your business. But what is the goal of your website? What do you want people who visit your website to do? (more…)

WordCamp Philly 2012 Scholarship

I’ll be speaking at WordCamp Philly coming up October 20th and 21st this year. Would you like to join me? Do you want to mingle with the smartest folks working on WordPress in the Philly area and beyond? Are you a little strapped for cash and balking at the $20-$25 tickets? Well have no fear. (more…)