The sun is shining, the days are longer, and summer vibes are in full swing this June. As we dive into this sun-kissed season, we’re thrilled to share the latest and greatest from WebDevStudios. Keeping you informed with our monthly updates is not just an ordinary habit we do every month, but it is an activity that is key to keeping our community connected and engaged. It’s our way of celebrating our collective achievements and looking ahead to what’s next.

In this company news blog post, you’ll get the scoop on the exciting events happening in the WordPress world, the latest updates to our plugins, and the inspiring content collaborations we’ve been part of. Plus, we’ll fill you in on our newest podcasts and all the generally thrilling happenings here at WebDevStudios (WDS). So, grab a cool drink, find a shady spot, and let’s dive into the news.

WordCamps, WordCamps, WordCamps

WordCamp Montclair

First, there was WordCamp Montclair on June 1, 2024. Two WDS team members, Principal Engineer Sal Ferrarello and Account Manager Laura Byrne, participated as speakers.

Sal’s talk introduced unit tests, which are extra lines of code that check whether or not the rest of the code behaves the way the developer wants it to. In his talk, Sal discussed how writing unit tests has made him a better developer, catch bugs, and write better code. Didn’t make it to WordCamp Montclair? No problem because Sal’s slides are available online.

This is a photo of Account Manager Laura Byrne and Principal Engineer Sal Ferrarello having lunch with WebDevStudios clients at WordCamp Montclair 2024.
Account Manager Laura Byrne (left) and Principal Engineer Sal Ferrarello (right) at WordCamp Montclair with WebDevStudios clients.

Clients don’t know what they don’t know:

  • What web solutions are right for them?
  • How does WordPress come into the picture?
  • How do you make sure you understand the scope and timeline?
  • What do you do if something changes?

Laura explored these questions in her WordCamp Montclair talk “The Art of the Pitch: Selling Your WordPress Solutions.” She offered attendees practical tips and strategies or successful relationship building that leads to closing the deal. Laura’s slides are also available online.

WordCamp Europe

WordCamp Europe took place June 13-15 in Torino, Italy. According to reports, it was a hit! Three WDS team members attended: CEO Brad Williams, Director of Operations April Williams, and Laura made it to Italy after participating at WordCamp Montclair.

Over 2,500 people attended WordCamp Europe. Contributor Day brought together 726 contributors working across 25 teams to support the WordPress project. There were two days of engaging sessions with 60 presentations and sessions, and even a youth workshop that gave younger attendees hands-on opportunities to build WordPress websites, explore new tech, and learn about internet safety.

Additionally, WordPress Cofounder Matt Mullenweg shared a mid-year project update on WordPress and concluded by fielding questions from the audience on various topics. His presentation highlighted the success of the contributor mentorship program and WCEU Contributor Day, demoed Translate Live, and shared an update on the Data Liberation initiative. You can watch Matt’s WordPress Summer Update presentation in the video below.


Scale Consortium Enterprise WordPress Showcase

The Scale Consortium, a group of representatives from some of the most prolific and successful enterprise WordPress agencies, recently hosted its Summer Enterprise WordPress showcase with Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Executive Director of the WordPress project. The session deeply investigated enterprise-level WordPress development, showcasing innovative sites and underscoring the platform’s benefits in large-scale applications.

This showcase affirms WordPress’ role as a formidable player in enterprise web development, demonstrating its capability to manage complex, high-traffic environments while offering flexibility and scalability. Highlights include Disney and ABC Press, Fujifilm, and WebDevStudios clients NBA G League. Watch the showcase video below.


New Do the Woo Podcast

In partnership with Scale Consortium, Do the Woo has launched a new podcast called “Scaling Enterprise, WordPress and Open Source Software.” Hosted by Brad, Karim Marucchi of Crowd Favorite, and Tom Willmot of Human Made, the podcast will explore WordPress-related topics and broader issues like AI, first-party data, and the DXP world, showcasing how open source and WordPress offer flexibility and innovation for enterprise clients. The first episode is out! Listen to it at the Do the Woo website.

Scaling Enterprise WordPress and OSS. Number 512. Brad Williams, Karim Marucchi. and Tom Willmot.


New Web Glossary Added to WDS Site Documentation Plugin

WDS Site Documentation is a free client-centric documentation WordPress plugin that allows any WordPress developer can provide their clients with essential documentation directly on their own website, including video and PDF links. Now, WDS Site Documentation features a new Web Glossary, complete with approximately 70 website terms. Learn more in the News section of the Pluginize website.

WordPress WDS Site Documentation


Guest Blog Post for Pagely

Many people cherish the warmth and security that a long-term relationship brings. However, sometimes, these relationships take an unexpected turn for the worse, leading to a difficult farewell. This scenario can also apply to your experience with a managed WordPress host. What began as a promising partnership may now feel inadequate and disappointing.

At WebDevStudios, we’ve seen it all. That’s why we wrote a guest blog post for our partner Pagely. Read “Spotting the Red Flags: When It’s Time to Break Up with Your Managed WordPress Host” to learn more about managed WordPress host red flags and what you should do when it’s time to move on. Head over to the Pagely blog to read all about it.

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