Founder & CEO of Incsub, Edublogs, WPMU DEV and a few more bits and bobs :)

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[Applications now closed] Work with us – Support & Sales Pro at WPMU DEV

We’re looking for one or more excellent support and sales guys or gals to work with us FT at WPMU DEV.

The role will involve:

Hanging out in our forums being massively friendly, helpful and useful
Assisting WPMU DEV members with all manner of WordPress questions, and solving them!
Co-ordinating with our developers over bugs, features and cool new stuff
Fielding email inquires from existing and potential new members
Being an active part of the Incsub team, ready to contribute to all sorts of things

The skills we’re looking for are:

A really good familiarity with WordPress and, ideally, WPMU DEV

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Work with us! WordPress Plugin Developer @ WPMU DEV

We’re looking for one or more excellent WordPress plugin developers to work with us FT at WPMU DEV.

The role will involve:

Developing and maintaining out-of-this-world plugins for WPMU DEV members
Providing fantastic second tier (i.e. when referred to you by our support team) support and enhancements for said plugins
Taking on existing WPMU DEV plugins and making them unrecognizably better
Participating in discussions about all Incsub projects (for example, Edublogs, WPMU.org, WP Plugins etc.) and getting stuck into them too!

The skills we’re looking for are:

Proven WordPress plugin coding skills (we’ll need to see examples)
A ‘can do’ positive attitude and super quick response times

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HTTP status cats for WordPress (aka Custom Error message plugin)

We are, as an organization, a little too obsessed with kitteh pictures, so these HTTP Status Cats (via BoingBoing) completely rocked our world.

And, of course, after much rofling, bahahas and alike, we thought – heck this needs to be a WordPress plugin!

So we made it, just for you, a plugin that turns your various error messages into amusing cat pictures… what more could you ask for!

Just give us a like, tweet, plus or similar below and it’ll be available as a free download… we’ll put it as a free project on WPMU DEV shortly too.

You like? We thought you would!

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Good content trumps SEO… I beg to differ, try putting WordPress in your domain name!

I tell you, if one thing riles me more than anything else when it comes to running a web business, it’s the trials and tribulations of SEO.

Specifically, competing with SEO blackhats, when it comes to the position of your business – let’s say, for example this very site – versus various competition.
And, even more specifically, in the face of Google consistently claiming that SEO doesn’t matter, it’s just about the content:

Via RWW (who just sold, woot, congrats Richard!)

As Siobhan pointed out, this is a seriously scary area, and that’s not down to good content, it’s down to simple blackhat SEO.

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Getting your .com – how we picked up edublogs.com and wpmudev.com

Via HN, I just read How we got the Hall.com domain, over at the hall.com blog and was pretty impressed with how they operated.

The fundamentals they followed were not that dissimilar to the ones I’ve used over time, getting wpmu.org (and the .com and .net), not to mention wpplugins.com and a few other choice bits of internet real estate.

Namely:

Believe that you can actually get a great domain
Then persevere, for as long as it takes, don’t give up
Don’t insult the owner too, especially not with a low ball offer

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My Favorite WordPress 3.3 Feature… The Menus!

You know what I really, really, like about the upcoming WordPress 3.3 release.

The fact that it fixes the bloody menus, finally, yay!

Check out the (admittedly quite extreme) 3.2.1 and 3.3 menu examples below:

Now, if you work with WordPress a fair bit, you surely have to like that :)

Have you played at all with WordPress 3.3? If so, what’s your favorite improvement?

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Support? Annual Security Check? 1 Days Training? That’ll be $250k please…

‘Barely-for-profit’ WordPress parent company Automattic has just released a new product, VIP support for web hosts.

RWW reports that the new offering will provide:

better support for major infrastructure
annual review of clients’ entire WordPress hosting stack
an annual security audit and review of best practices
and a one-day onsite training of clients’ WordPress-focused staff

Starting from, you heard me right, $250,000 / year, per seat.

Woh.

It's all in black, so it must be important

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Gah, Unaligning Thunderbolts

So, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t very happy with my swanky new desktop setup :)

That’s a nice new iMac with 27″, 3.4Ghz i7 & 8GB RAM of hotness, along with two x 27″ Thunderbolt Displays.

Yum :)

But, but, but I’m not happy with one little thing, the Thunderbolts are a good inch and a half lower than the iMac, and as far as I can see there’s nothing I can do about it.

Apart from working out the exact difference, and getting some stands made… maybe using same wood as the desk, but still, annoying.

Anyone got any other suggestions?

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