I’ve always known that Automattic was an awesome company. Any business that can operate and provide products and services that leans on an open source platform — which they created — is a business that’s interested in thinking different.
But it’s more than just their products and services that set them apart. It’s their corporate work culture, too. It is this culture that trickles down into everything they do.
Take a closer look at these facts and figures and you’ll see just how unique they really are:
I’m terrible at learning by using WordPress tutorials. Refusing to read instructions might be the most manly thing about me, followed by my beard and my love for plaid shirts. For whatever reason, it’s just easier for me to jump right into something new and figure it out as I go along. Sure, I do have to look stuff up on occasion, but that’s not as big of a deal as you might think.
Or at least, it wasn’t as big of a deal until I started finding small little tidbits of knowledge that would have been helpful to me years ago! So, if it’s ok with you, I’m going to confess some of my stupidity publicly in hopes that someone else, as equally incapable of reading instructions as I am, will benefit and learn without wasting years.
Jetpack is one of those apps that WordPress users either love or hate. Those on the Love side focus on the collection of easy to use features that most users want such as sharing buttons, contact forms, Stats and a built in responsive template as an easy solution for non techsavey self hosted bloggers and cove raging a number of bases with one plug in.
On the anti side the arguments usual go that Jetpack is bulking, isn’t always compatible with other plugins, doesn’t offer as great service in anyone area and is potentially trying to tie users into WordPress.com.
Whatever you think about Jetpack, the latest features that Jetpack 2.8 has added might catch your eye:
Many other blogging platforms have had markdown support for a while and users have been able to add Markdown support via other third part applications but now Jetpack has added Markdown support for the masses.
If you’ve been paying attention, you probably know that churchthemes.com has released an absolutely incredible WordPress theme, Resurrect, designed specifically for churches. We’ve given you an overview before, but right now, I’d like to give you a review from the inside of this WordPress church website theme.
If you’ve been paying stalker-level amounts of attention to my posts over the past month, you’d know that I recently undertook a new project at church: redesigning our website. Given this task, I immediately wanted to switch over to a WordPress site from our current Joomla-based site. My lead pastor and I went back and forth over this, but the battle was won as soon as he saw Resurrect.
With that bit of introduction, let me give you the top three features of Resurrect that make say, “Every WordPress church ought to buy this theme for their website.”
I just recently finished switching out my church’s website from Joomla to WordPress. (For more on how we came to this decision, check this post.) We built out site using ChurchTheme.com’s Resurrect theme, which has been specifically designed for churches, and it is awesome.
Anyway, in this process, I’ve been forced to ask some fairly heavy philosophical questions that really cut to the heart of what I was a doing. Yes, I was just building a website, but a website for a church should be a digital representation of what your church believes, teaches, and does. It should be a way for prospective attenders to meet your pastor and “tour” your church before ever arriving.
Long story short, here are those three questions and why I feel like they were important.
Genesis is a rock solid, premium WordPress theme framework and they’ve recently released a new premium WordPress theme for churches and nonprofit organizations.
With built-in front page slider and multiple easy to use theme options, your church or nonprofit will be up and running with a premium WordPress theme built on one of the best frameworks built for WordPress.
Here’s more info on this new theme from StudioPress.com:
This past weekend, ChurchMag’s commenting system crapped out.
Now, I know that’s not as bad as the entire site going down, but no comments on a blog? That’s where all the fun is at!
I did a few routine checks to try and figure out what was going wrong, but nothing seemed to work. I copied the site to the staging server that WP Engine provides to diagnose further. What I discovered left me a little dumbfounded.
Elegant Themes has released their most flexible and advanced theme in their collection and possibly one of the most flexible and advanced WordPress themes on the market.
Best of all, we’re giving away 3 Developer licenses ($89) — which will include access to Divi.
As you may recall, WP Engine recently showed-off its awesomeness by handling the ChurchMag traffic spike with great ease.
Could your webhost handle this kind of a spike?
If you are looking for a webhost or have considered making a switch, there is hardly a better time than now! WP Engine has a great offer today, through Cyber Monday.
Here are some of the other killer features that WP Engine has to offer:
I love WordPress. I’ve been blogging off-and-on since 2007. I started with b2evolution, but after a while, I lost my rhythm. Then, after a hiatus, I came back and discovered WordPress. I’ve been in love ever since!
Now, fast forward a little bit, and I’m shifting positions at my church. My lead pastor, who’s a very smart guy, is currently in charge of our church website, and he’s looking to unload it on me. I welcome this change, except for one small thing:
He’s a big fan of Joomla.
So know I am faced with WordPress vs Joomla.