http://berkshiredirect.com Website Design and Development Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:39:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Web Design in 2015http://berkshiredirect.com/development/web-design-in-2015/ http://berkshiredirect.com/development/web-design-in-2015/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:01:16 +0000 http://berkshiredirect.com/?p=455 Since the inception of the internet the web has been a constantly changing and evolving space. Technologies improve and get faster, the web’s infrastructure grows and the design must keep up. Web design has come a long way overall and has changed dramatically in the only the last couple of years. A couple years ago […]

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Since the inception of the internet the web has been a constantly changing and evolving space. Technologies improve and get faster, the web’s infrastructure grows and the design must keep up. Web design has come a long way overall and has changed dramatically in the only the last couple of years. A couple years ago the thought that the majority of web traffic would be from mobile phones seemed improbable. Fast forward to now and over 50% of traffic comes from mobile phones and Google is requiring websites to be mobile friendly or suffer the search engine consequences.

Web Design - Horizontal Rows

Web Design – Horizontal Row Styling

You probably have noticed that the flashy web design of the mid 2000’s has given way to flat, simple designs with very little excess. You also may have noticed that many of the top websites are using what we call “horizontal row styling”, where the information of the site is laid out in separate horizontal rows.

Many of these changes back to simplicity are driven by mobile access, phones lack the processing power of desktops and sites need to load quickly and adapt easily to the smaller platform. Simpler sites load faster and the horizontal rows allow information to stack on top of itself to be presented in a portrait style display. In addition, websites are so ubiquitous that people expect to be able to find the information they’re looking for quickly, consume it and move on without the hassle of web design that “gets in the way”. Much like the auto industry, streamlining design to improve efficiency is the path forward.

The web will continue to evolve and become more efficient and mobile phones aren’t going away any time soon, so in my opinion, the current wed design trends are here to stay for a while. If you’re looking to update your website’s design, call us at 413-458-1721, we’d be happy to help you!

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Website Projects – Fast, Cheap, Good. Pick Two.http://berkshiredirect.com/development/website-projects-fast-cheap-good-pick-two/ http://berkshiredirect.com/development/website-projects-fast-cheap-good-pick-two/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:29:12 +0000 http://berkshiredirect.com/?p=408 Fast, Cheap, Good – Pick Two. This old adage relates to most project based businesses and website projects are no different. A great website won’t be built with all three of those attributes. A successful website’s project span can be broken down to the following stages: Discovery and planning Design Development Launch and training That […]

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Fast, Cheap, Good – Pick Two. This old adage relates to most project based businesses and website projects are no different. A great website won’t be built with all three of those attributes.

A successful website’s project span can be broken down to the following stages:

  1. Discovery and planning
  2. Design
  3. Development
  4. Launch and training

That can seem like “only 4 steps” and that may be where people get confused and think that fast, cheap and good can be achieved in a website project. The problem with that thought process is that each of those steps contain many steps. But, since every web project is inherently different, web developers tend to condense them in the interest of simplicity. This has created the misinterpretation that the “pick two” adage doesn’t hold true for website projects.

Well it does!

And here are some examples:

– You have your tech friend who ‘builds websites’ on the side help you build your site. In this case you’re going for the cheap route and assuming your friend is skilled, good. But since your friend will be doing this in their free time, don’t expect to get the project completed quickly, if ever.

– You want a site and you want it fast but you have a small budget. In the interest of speed you believe working with a web development company is the best option. They’ll be able to build you a site quickly; but it won’t be well thought out, will probably have a lack luster design and may not even perform the functions that you require and thus will be no good.

– Your budget is low but you have time. This is somewhat misleading as the reason the site will be cheap and good is that you will be handling the discovery and planning stages. The developer will expect you to have a rock solid design plan, the functionality specifically mapped out and the content already generated before the project begins. All of that takes time and since the project needs to be cheap, it’s going to be yours.

Are you seeing the trend?

Like most things in life, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. However, you can have a great website that looks amazing, informs your customers and drives sales. You just have to decide which two to pick – Fast, Cheap, Good!

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Mobile Ready Websites will soon be even more important!http://berkshiredirect.com/wordpress-news/mobile-ready-websites-will-soon-be-even-more-important/ http://berkshiredirect.com/wordpress-news/mobile-ready-websites-will-soon-be-even-more-important/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:48:19 +0000 http://berkshiredirect.com/?p=371 Mobile ready websites have been gaining importance in recent years as traffic from mobile devices has moved past the 50% mark. Google’s announcement on February 26, 2015 creates an even more profound reason to go mobile. Google is basically threatening your SERP rankings if you don’t make the move. The magic date for moving your […]

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Mobile ready websites have been gaining importance in recent years as traffic from mobile devices has moved past the 50% mark. Google’s announcement on February 26, 2015 creates an even more profound reason to go mobile. Google is basically threatening your SERP rankings if you don’t make the move. The magic date for moving your website to mobile ready appears to be April 21, 2015.

“Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.” Source: http://tinyurl.com/k3yvevz

Once this change happens, now not only will your user experience be hindered by not having a mobile ready website, but your search traffic will take a hit as well. Making your site mobile ready doesn’t have to be a headache, we can take your existing design and content and format it to become mobile friendly. If you’re interested in learning more about changing your site to be mobile ready contact Luke today at 413-458-1721.

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What’s Coming in WordPress 4.1 (Features and Screenshots)http://berkshiredirect.com/wordpress-news/whats-coming-wordpress-4-1-features-screenshots/ http://berkshiredirect.com/wordpress-news/whats-coming-wordpress-4-1-features-screenshots/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:46:17 +0000 http://berkshiredirect.com/?p=106 Nearly two months ago WordPress 4.0 was released. It came with tons of new improvements like an enhanced post editor, improved internationalization support, embed previews, etc. WordPress 4.1 is expected to be released in the second week of December, 2014. It is coming with lots of changes and a new default theme. In this article, we will show you what’s coming in WordPress 4.1 with features and screenshots.

You can test the beta version on your computer or in a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

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Nearly two months ago WordPress 4.0 was released. It came with tons of new improvements like an enhanced post editor, improved internationalization support, embed previews, etc. WordPress 4.1 is expected to be released in the second week of December, 2014. It is coming with lots of changes and a new default theme. In this article, we will show you what’s coming in WordPress 4.1 with features and screenshots.

You can test the beta version on your computer or in a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

Focus – The New Distraction Free Writing Mode

WordPress 4.1 will arrive with a new and improved distraction free writing mode. Many beginners usually don’t know about the distraction free editor, and those who know about it don’t find it very helpful. The new distraction free writing mode makes it much simpler to switch back and forth between normal writing mode and distraction free editor.

Distraction free editor

You will notice that the metaboxes and WordPress admin bar will slide out of view and will remain hidden as long as you are writing. As soon as you move the cursor away, the admin bar and meta boxes will slide back in.

This feature is enabled by default in the beta version. However, it will not be enabled by default in the final release and users will have to click on the distraction free button on the screen to enable it.

Inline Image Editing

WordPress beginners often find it difficult to align images in WordPress post editor. With 4.1 users will be able to click on an image and instantly see alignment options along with a button to remove alignment. The pencil button is still there which will open the image into a popup where users can further edit an image.

Inline image editing toolbar

Twenty Fifteen – The New Default Theme

Keeping up with the tradition of at least one new default theme every year, WordPress 4.1 will ship with Twenty Fifteen the new default theme for WordPress.

Twenty Fifteen

Twenty Fifteen is a simple blog theme with emphasis on typography. It uses Google’s Noto Serif and Sans fonts which support many languages. This makes Twenty Fifteen ready to be used with any language without changing fonts.

Using theme customizer, users will be able to select from different color schemes, add background image, change header, etc. Allowing users to quickly and easily modify the default theme and make it their own.

Twentyfifteen customization

Install Language Packs From Admin Area

WordPress 4.0 introduced language selection during the installation process. Which provided an out of box localized experience for users. WordPress 4.1 will make it even more easier, as users will now be able to change the language from Settings » General screen.

Language selection settings

Simply select the language you want to install from the dropdown menu and save settings. WordPress will automatically download and install the language packs for you.

Improvements for Developers

WordPress 4.1 has many new features for developers to play with.

Customizer API – WordPress customizer API is aiming to build a complete JavaScript API for customizer. There are lots of improvements for contextual panels, controls and sections.

Title Tags – New title tag for WordPress themes will allow theme developers to explicitly define a site’s title and avoid conflict with the WordPress title tags.
Query Improvements – Rewritten and improved meta, date, comment, and taxonomy queries in WordPress 4.1.

We hope this article summarized what’s coming in WordPress 4.1. Let us know which features you are excited about and what you would like to see in the future release of WordPress?

Taken from www.wpbeginner.com.

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Jetpacks New Omni Search Versus Googles Custom Searchhttp://berkshiredirect.com/wordpress-news/jetpacks-new-omni-search-versus-googles-custom-search/ http://berkshiredirect.com/wordpress-news/jetpacks-new-omni-search-versus-googles-custom-search/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:24:44 +0000 http://berkshiredirect.com/?p=98 Jetpack is a great plugin which I use and recommend. Another version is Slim Jetpack which enables most features except for the ones which need to connect to the WordPress.com servers.

Jetpack have just released a new feature named Omni Search. It basically searches everything on your WordPress installation including posts, pages, comments and plugins.

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Jetpack is a great plugin which I use and recommend. Another version is Slim Jetpack which enables most features except for the ones which need to connect to the WordPress.com servers.

Jetpack have just released a new feature named Omni Search. It basically searches everything on your WordPress installation including posts, pages, comments and plugins.

I tested the new search feature and then compared the results against using Google custom search. Here they are:

Google custom search

The first 4 results using Google custom search are highly accurate. Probably could be in a different order however they display results which are all related to the keyword I used.

Google custom search

Omni Search

Only the 4th result was included in the Google results and the 2nd result was related but not included at all in Google’s results. Maybe its about time there was a search engine for WordPress only results. Either that or they have some work to do on the native WordPress search function.

Jetpack omni search

Omni Search Pro’s and Con’s

Pros

  • Useful for finding content in comments and feedbacks from your visitors contact form submissions.
  • Extendable using WordPress’s native Filters API which enables Developers to build custom search into specific plugins.

Cons

  • Not as accurate for finding content as a custom search box from Google.
  • Can’t easily display Omni Search box on the front end.

Improve WordPress search

What do you think about the default search box in WordPress and what’s your best alternative?

Can you add to the list of pro’s and con’s?

Taken from wpsites.net.

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Google Officially Releases Mobile Friendly Labelshttp://berkshiredirect.com/development/google-officially-releases-mobile-friendly-labels/ http://berkshiredirect.com/development/google-officially-releases-mobile-friendly-labels/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:13:36 +0000 http://berkshiredirect.com/?p=94 Yesterday Google officially announced the latest addition to its search engine results pages: mobile friendly labels.

With the number of mobile users constantly on the rise, it is little surprise the latest changes were implemented with mobile users in mind.

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Yesterday Google officially announced the latest addition to its search engine results pages: mobile friendly labels.

With the number of mobile users constantly on the rise, it is little surprise the latest changes were implemented with mobile users in mind.

Creating a mobile-friendly experience is hardly groundbreaking — webmasters have long been embracing responsive designs to cater to mobile users, and Google already penalizes websites that aren’t optimized for mobile devices.

However, the latest announcement signals a serious commitment to mobile users, and this could have repercussions for the millions of WordPress users around the globe.

What are the changes?

In short, websites deemed to be “mobile-friendly” by the Googlebot will now be labelled as such. This is essentially a new rich snippet, with the mobile-friendly label displayed alongside relevant results in searches performed on mobile devices.

If you want to see it in action, see below.

Mobile Friendly label

So, what does Google deem a mobile-friendly site?

  • A website that avoids software that most mobile devices won’t support — e.g. Flash
  • Text is legible without zooming
  • The website fits the screen of the device so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom
  • Links are displayed far enough apart that users won’t accidentally click the wrong one

Fairly standard stuff, and no mention of other aspects that could impact mobile performance, such as load times — it is likely Google will add to the criteria over the coming months.

So, based on the criteria, is your website mobile-friendly? Helpfully, Google has released a free tool for you to test your website’s mobile-worthiness. If your website fails, they have also released a set of guidelines to help your website pass the test.

Now, in the past rich snippets would boost CTR by making individual search results stand out from the crowd. Obviously, the mobile-friendly tag is quite subtle, and unlikely to boost your CTR by much, so what’s the big deal?

Well, based on the announcement, Google seems to be tweaking its mobile algorithm, and having a mobile-friendly label attached to your website is likely to become a more significant ranking factor. From the announcement:

We see these labels as a first step in helping mobile users to have a better mobile web experience. We are also experimenting with using the mobile-friendly criteria as a ranking signal.

In other words, building a mobile-friendly website could boost your website’s SEO performance, and that is what makes the announcement so significant.

What the mobile-friendly label means for WordPress users

Well, that depends on you and your competition.

What it does mean, though, is that you should take your commitment to mobile users more seriously.

Google has been applying penalties to websites providing an awful mobile experience for some time, and the latest announcement seems to emphasize there will be a more sizeable ranking differential between the mobile-friendly and the mobile-not-so-friendly.

In other words, if your website does not provide a mobile-friendly experience, don’t be surprised to see your website lose significant ground in the SERPs to the websites that have secured the mobile-friendly label — expect your mobile traffic figures to fall.

Of course, if you and everyone in your niche are already mobile-friendly — as is usually the case in more technical niches — the announcement will have little impact on the status-quo for the time being. Expect Google to refine its definition of “mobile-friendly” over the coming months, though, and make sure you stay on top of any changes.

How to make your site mobile-friendly

Google has provided a number of guides to help webmasters meet the mobile-friendly criteria — including a dedicated WordPress resource.

WordPress has long been considered one of the more mobile-friendly content management systems with a vast number of responsive themes available, so making your website suitable for mobile users is relatively simple.

To summarize the procedure, as outlined by Google:

Step 1) Start by testing your website’s mobile-friendliness by using the Google Developers test page — if you pass, you’re all clear, and no further steps are required.

Step 2) If you fail, target the quick-fixes first. Update WordPress to the latest version to ensure all relevant security updates have been installed, then do the same for your theme — after this, re-test your website using Google’s dedicated tool.

Step 3) If you have still failed, consider converting your site to a new, mobile-friendly theme. Make sure the theme you choose is fully responsive — this means your website will automatically re-size itself to fit the screen of the device accessing it. You can use the WordPress repository to find free responsive themes, or purchase a premium one from a marketplace like ThemeForest.

Step 4) If you are reluctant to change the appearance of your website as seen by desktop users, there are a number of WordPress plugins available that can add mobile-friendly functionality — JetPack or WPtouch are great examples of plugins that can do this.

Step 5) Run a final check to confirm your website is now mobile-friendly.

That’s all there is to it, and this information will be nothing new for the vast majority of WordPress users.

Final thoughts

Any clues Google provides to the inner workings of its algorithms will inevitably cause a stir in the Internet marketing community. The test might still be in its early stages, but Google seems to be looking to the future by making a commitment to mobile users.

While this announcement is undoubtedly good news for mobile browsers, for webmasters it just confirms what we should already be doing: building responsive websites to cater to the growing number of mobile visitors.

As a result, I found the most interesting thing to come out of this announcement to be the mobile-friendly testing tool, which we can all use to make sure we are doing enough for mobile users — in Google’s eyes at least.

What are your thoughts on the announcement? Let us know in the comments section below!

Taken from torquemag.io.

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Why Choose WordPress to Power (Part of) your SaaShttp://berkshiredirect.com/development/choose-wordpress-power-part-saas/ http://berkshiredirect.com/development/choose-wordpress-power-part-saas/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:56:21 +0000 http://berkshiredirect.com/?p=91 Software as a Service (SaaS) is a hot topic of conversation. And increasingly WordPress has become involved in this discussion.

Here, we will look at specific reasons why you may want to consider using WordPress to power your SaaS — or perhaps power part of your SaaS. But before we dig in, what on earth does SaaS mean?

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Software as a Service (SaaS) is a hot topic of conversation. And increasingly WordPress has become involved in this discussion.

Here, we will look at specific reasons why you may want to consider using WordPress to power your SaaS — or perhaps power part of your SaaS. But before we dig in, what on earth does SaaS mean?

Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS is a software distribution model whereby software is provided as a service, rather than the more traditional, host-it-yourself software. A SaaS is hosted, maintained, and updated by the provider and, unless free, is typically billed via a subscription model.

A small but important distinction

When talking about WordPress as a SaaS it is common for people to focus their discussion on one perspective. In fact, if you take a step back you will realize that there are actually (at least) two different perspectives. The difference is subtle.

The first perspective is that WordPress itself, is the service. The easiest way in which to visualize this is to understand that the SaaS is a website builder – i.e. hosted WordPress websites. The most obvious example of which is WordPress.com. From this perspective it is likely that the end user is aware that they are using WordPress.

The second perspective is that WordPress is the technology behind the service. This perspective encompasses a much broader variety of SaaS applications, as you are no longer selling WordPress itself, you are selling an entirely different proposition to the end user. An example of this is contentcloudhq.com.

It is quite possible for SaaS applications to blur the lines between these two perspectives — a well-touted example of this being Happytables. Here, the service is a website builder for restaurants, which runs on WordPress — perspective one. However, it goes a step further by implementing an entirely new administration area to provide a more niche and focused solution, moving the customer away from WordPress itself — perspective two.

So, why choose WordPress to power your SaaS?

It goes without saying that WordPress has a vast array of inbuilt functionality, extendability, and adaptability, but this alone is not a reason to use it. While this is all hugely beneficial, let’s look at some specific benefits that WordPress provides.

MVP & Focus

One of the golden acronyms in SaaS circles is MVP; which stands for Minimum Viable Product. MVP is considered the smart way to build and launch a SaaS — build the product to the minimum standard at which it solves the users’ problem, then ship it. Ship it early and gain feedback. Launching with a MVP helps to qualify your idea. Are users interested in your product? Does the problem you’re solving really exist?

WordPress is great for quickly piecing together an early version of your SaaS. Once you’ve outlined a solid plan for your MVP functionality, you can quickly curate themes/plugins/functionality/API hooks to produce that functionality. To an experienced WordPress developer, this could be extremely time efficient.

The key here is that the MVP doesn’t have to be the best piece of development you’ve ever done: its sole purpose it to gain feedback and qualify an idea. Perhaps you use WordPress to produce the MVP version of your SaaS application, and then move onto something completely custom once your ideas have been qualified.

JSON REST API

The WordPress community is going crazy for the JSON REST API, and quite rightly so. This alone could turn WordPress into an extremely viable choice to power a SaaS. Getting data in and out is paramount to a solid SaaS. The JSON REST API offers a powerful, yet relatively simple means to do this.

With the JSON REST API, no longer are you restricted to working inside WordPress, or the WordPress theming system – you are set free to create new clients (to view data) and new admin panels (to manage data). This is appealing to a SaaS – the power of WordPress mixed with the opportunity of a blank canvas to create something truly unique.

The workings of the JSON REST API are a little beyond the scope of this post, but there are some fantastic resources available on Torque.

Portability

In the event that a user wants to stop using a SaaS, or perhaps the SaaS needs to shut down, the major pain point for a user is what to do with, and how to access, their data. Just because the user is leaving does not mean they are of any less value to you — they need to be looked after in the same way that you would look after a new customer.

Building your SaaS on top of WordPress is really helpful in this scenario — nine times out of ten, data will be stored in the wp_posts table. Exporting data in a format that is common and widely used is straightforward. Perhaps you could provide a handy little plugin that creates any custom post types and meta fields, allowing a user to import their data into a vanilla WordPress install.

Of course, data portability is as much of a business decision as it is about being kind and helpful to customers – this should be outlined (and obvious) in your terms of service.

Things to keep in mind

Firstly, you want to avoid WordPress dictating the functionality, look/feel, and usability of your SaaS. It’s very easy to slip into this, and end up in a ‘back to front’ way of working. It’s easy to spot an awesome piece of functionality or plugin and want to introduce it immediately – for the sake of it being awesome. The smarter approach is to outline your functionality and then identify the best WordPress tools available to produce that functionality.

The smarter approach is more focused and could be the difference between launching with an MVP, or your SaaS never seeing the light of day.

Following on from this, sometimes there are better options than WordPress. It really depends on your specific product. With careful planning and consideration, you can take WordPress a long way. But sometimes there are just better ways.

This might sound like a bit of a cop-out, but it highlights a key message: pick the right tools for the job. You should consider the suitability of WordPress for a SaaS on an individual basis. What might work in one scenario, may not work in another scenario.

So how do you know? The best you can do is to limit your risk by solid planning. If, during your planning, it becomes apparent that you are going to make too many concessions with your SaaS in order to accommodate WordPress, it might not be the best choice. Or if you’re having to bend WordPress to its breaking point; you might want to reconsider it.

Experience counts: as with any usage of WordPress, the more you apply it, the more you understand about its limitations. Smart choices will probably come from a few silly choices, but remember; WordPress can do a lot of things, but it can’t do everything.

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WordPress community shares thoughts on Micrisoft’s open source newshttp://berkshiredirect.com/wordpress-news/wordpress-community-shares-thoughts-micrisofts-open-source-news/ http://berkshiredirect.com/wordpress-news/wordpress-community-shares-thoughts-micrisofts-open-source-news/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:47:29 +0000 http://berkshiredirect.com/?p=88 On Wednesday, S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the developer division at Microsoft, announced that Microsoft is opening up access to .NET and Visual Studio — a move that will lead to universal access of Microsoft’s industry-leading platform and tools.

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On Wednesday, S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the developer division at Microsoft, announced that Microsoft is opening up access to .NET and Visual Studio — a move that will lead to universal access of Microsoft’s industry-leading platform and tools.

In the coming months Microsoft plans to continue to open source the full server-side .NET Core Stack: ASP.NET 5 down, the Core Runtime, and Framework, Somasegar said.

In addition, the open source .NET will be expanded to run on Linux and Mac OS X in addition to Windows.

As of Wednesday, several components of the core .NET framework have been released and are currently available to engage with on GitHub. This is the starting point for engaging with new (and previously added) components.

For WordPress, open source has proven itself to be an effective, motivating, and successful model both for cultivating a healthy ecosystem and for building powerful software. That said, the WordPress community is filled with people who’ve developed a personal understanding of open source.

In this article, Jake Goldman, president and founder of 10up, Joost de Valk, founder of Yoast, and Josh Pollock, community manager of Pods Framework share their thoughts on Microsoft’s open source news.

Here’s what they had to say:

Torque: What lessons could Microsoft learn from the WordPress community about open source?

Jake Goldman: WordPress’s flavor of open source isn’t just about the source code itself; it’s about the potential for a vibrant community that feels a sense of ownership that open source can enable. Think stock market for engineers. Accept outside contributions, rally around and champion outside contributors just as you would major stock holders, and listen to their input. By sharing a feeling of “ownership” at the depth of code, you can elevate passion and championing of your product.

Joost de Valk: Open Source is not just about putting a license on a piece of code. If it’s to work, it needs a community. I was involved with WebKit back from the early days of it being open sourced and I’ve been involved in WordPress for quite a while too now. I’ve seen other open source projects begin and die. They didn’t die because of being too early or too late, or even because of choosing the wrong license. They died because of a lack of community.

Josh Pollock: Microsoft needs to see a return on investment for Microsoft and that means better software for less cost. That’s only going to happen if other companies can see a tangible benefit from participating in the project. That’s the lesson they can learn from WordPress. WordPress exists so Automattic can run WordPress.com, but it only works so well because so many other companies needed it to work well in order so they can use it for their own businesses.

Torque: In your opinion, is opening .NET too little, too late?

Jake Goldman: Not at all. .NET is still hugely popular in enterprise software development. Honestly, WordPress comparisons are a bit silly; .NET is a programming language and an alternative to PHP, not WordPress, and Microsoft’s developer tools still leave IDEs for PHP in the dust. PHP’s growth has more to do with its ease (its more akin to Visual Basic), and the ability to easily write code using different platforms (like Mac OS X or Linux).

You can argue that its potential has been seriously curbed on the public web by limiting those rich developer tools to Windows platforms (and licensing costs for servers that can run .NET), and it may be too late to dominate that space, but I don’t think those problems are inherently about an open code base. How many people really open (or contribute to) PHP’s source code?

Let me add a point (unaddressed by your questions): my first reaction was that this should definitely put the nail in the coffin of the “open source = insecure” mythology. Is anyone going to argue that .NET is inherently insecure?

Joost de Valk: I don’t know whether open sourcing .NET is too late, I don’t think it has to be. The question is whether Microsoft can build up community around it.

Josh Pollock: I think it’s a step in the right direction, it’s never too late to go open source. If this is going to be a success it can’t just be a different way of distributing their product. They have to get invested in creating a community. It can’t be like how Apple used open source for OSX and Safari, but didn’t create an actual open-source project.

What was your initial reaction to Microsoft’s open source news? What lessons do you think Microsoft could learn from the WordPress community about open source?

Taken from torquemag.io.

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