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WordPress Plugin Developer Day, March 1st

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February 23rd, 2010
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WordPress, WordPress News, WordPress Plugins

About a month ago I was augmenting a client site with some added functionality that, while technically out of scope, I was able to add quickly thanks to a plugin. For whatever reason on this particular instance, I was really struck by how much value I was able to add to a client site thanks to that  plugin. There was relatively little effort on my part to make the client happy due to a significant level of effort by the developer that built the plugin. Regardless, it didn’t cost me, or my client anything more than a little time. Because I realized how much more I’ve been able to do with almost every site I’ve built in the last two years thanks to plugins, I decided to try to start a movement, not out of guilt or self interest, as I have never released a plugin, but rather out of gratitude to the […]

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Exploring the GPL, Viable Models and Business Risk

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on
February 14th, 2010
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WordPress Discussions

I’ll cut right to the chase… I have a love/hate relationship with the GPL model. Ok, perhaps “love/hate” is a bit strong, but I do choose to look at the GPL as objectively as I can.  In doing so I see the tremendous benefit the WordPress community has derived because of the GPL. But  I  also recognize the risk to traditional business models that lie within. The goal of this is not to dissect the GPL or to call it as “good” or “bad”, but rather to have a discussion which uncovers business models that are able to thrive within the legal framework the GPL provides. And you can’t have a thoughtful business discussion without also addressing risk. First and foremost, the GPL is the reason we are here, that you are reading this and that so many of us have had an opportunity to make a living doing things […]

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