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Ever since bbPress rebooted as a plugin people have started to use it more and more again in live situations again. One of those examples is Pippin Williamson‘s support forum where it’s being used to provide support for the very popular Easy Digital Downloads plugin. Pippin explains in great detail how you can use bbPress by adding a few extra plugins to provide for a perfect support forum.
One thing that stood out for me in his post was his introduction to the Private Replies function:
If your customers ever need to provide sensitive information, such as site URLs or account credentials, it is absolutely paramount that you give your customers a way to contact you privately. There are a variety of ways to do this, from personal emails to actual ticketing systems, such as Zendesk or Ticksy, but none of them are optimal if you are also using bbPress as your main support platform. Why? Simply because having multiple support areas to manage does nothing but convolute the process.
As you may know WordPress was intended to give anyone a publishing platform. PressBooks is a plugin that takes that principle one step further in that it allows you to actually publish a book via WordPress. Or, as they put it:
PressBooks is a simple online book publishing tool, built on WordPress. We help publishers and authors create ebooks, typeset/print-ready PDFs (to be turned into real books!), and webbooks (which can be public or private). For publishers, we can provide not just book production toolset, but also an online catalog and website (for examples, see: The Rogue Reader and AskMen Books).
It seems only fitting that a very cool solution on top of WordPress finally goes one step further and becomes open source project. Their idea is to turn their business into a freemium model which seems to be doing very well for WooThemes with their WooCommerce for instance.
So what do you think, is this a step in the right direction for PressBooks?
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The idea for WordCamp Europe developed slowly. Come to think of it, it was in much in the same way WP Realm itself was born. We kept running into each other at various WordCamps in Europe; the conversation went on, each city a different chapter.
It mostly did not feel like a different country at all. It didn’t feel like any particular country, actually. It just felt like, well… Europe. The fact that we could just as well be having the conversation over liquid nitrogen desserts in Amsterdam, tapas in Sevilla or drinks in Lisbon has had no impact on a fundamental, unspoken principle, which is this: all those places are home.
Given the nature and history of Europe, all of us easily and often cross national borders and languages to meet each other. This is why so many WordPress enthusiasts from Europe, regardless of their specific country of origin, attend and speak at so many WordCamps in other European countries, probably more so than anywhere else in the world.
It’s become pretty standard for WordCamps to have a hack day, or a developer day, following a day or two of conference activity. The most notable of these is the Developer Hack Day that follows WordCamp San Francisco. The idea is that WordPress people get together to work on WordPress core – this could be on tickets, bugs, or developing features. Developers hang out with their laptops, drink coffee, eat, and hack. [Read more…] about What’s in a Name? Moving Beyond Hack Days
¿Hablas Español? For those who do and would like to know more about WordPress, WordPress para Dummies, by our very own Rocío and Rafael and their partner Luis Rull has been released. Instead of translating the English version of WordPress for Dummies, they actually started from scratch and created an original Spanish version. Go and get it!
WordPress.com has launched a new Enterprise hosting service which no longer provides just boutique enterprise services, but targetting a much larger chunk of the commercial WordPress Hosting pie now. What I find quite important to point out is the price. It’s the same price that their VIP service used to be. For $500/month you get WordPress.com Enterprise which will scale with you as your site goes viral, gets picked up by a big media outlet, or grows in popularity
I’m sure Automattic did their research on this proposition and as such I have no worries there are clients out there who will find their Enterprise service a perfect match, but it does raise a few questions. Brian Krogsgard put those questions in words quite nicely with the following two remarks:
The managed WordPress hosts listed above have grown like crazy in recent years, and perhaps minus the degree of traffic scalability, can offer the same functionality as WordPress.com is touting in their Enterprise service, and then some.