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9 min read Donna Cavalier
Editorials | jeffmatson.net | Sep. 8, 2016

An Open Letter to the WordPress Community

Though he brings up good points, I doubt much would change. Humans are, after all, a generally cantankerous lot. And I'm being generous with that statement. Often, they are just selfish and mean. Put a bunch of humans together in any sort of group or community, and the fur will eventually start to fly. I often wish to live on another planet for just that reason.

An Open Letter to the WordPress Community

Editorials | jeffmatson.net | Sep. 8, 2016

I’m up at 4 a.m. contemplating the idea of this post. Regardless of if I ever publish it, these things need to be said. The community I love is crumbling around us, and all of us are at fault. If something isn’t said, it’ll ruin us all. A few years ago, I fell in love with the WordPress community, as I have spoken about. Even my wife sees people she has never met, as family. The people I have had the pleasure of meeting in the WordPress community have made a dramatic impact on my life, and I thank you all, but some of you have become the thing I dread each day.
You know, I used to enjoy checking Twitter and see what many of you are up to. Now, I scroll through occasionally; only to usually see some kind of bullshit labeled as #wpdrama. Some of you are nodding but haven’t the slightest clue of what I’m talking about. I’m not protesting those who bring up controversial topics. I’m protesting those who slap a #wpdrama label on something and sweep it under the rug.
You have made me feel exiled
The community that once made my day is now one that makes me feel excluded. It seems that so many folks in the WordPress community are more focused on their

5 min read Joshua Strebel
Community | jeffmatson.net | Mar. 8, 2016

Realization Of Progress And Success

We all have imposter syndrome. But we all have something to offer. Claim what is yours.

Realization Of Progress And Success

Community | jeffmatson.net | Mar. 8, 2016

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the business-focused WordPress event, PressNomics. If you’re not familiar with PressNomics, let me fill you in: PressNomics is more than just a conference. Things happen there. Deals are made, partnerships are formed, and even acquisitions occur. Picture PressNomics as the event for the badasses in the WordPress community. Shit goes down.
In the middle of all of this, here’s me. I’m the nerd with the thick glasses, overgrown beard, and a hoodie; the guy who lives in a rather small apartment, drives a Kia, and shops at outlet malls. To put it simply, I’m your typical every-day guy middle-class 20-something. Certainly not the typically targeted clientele for such a high level business-centric conference.
Or so I thought…
When I arrived at on first day of PressNomics, I went through the typical routine. Find a bottle of water, snack on something, and float around a bit looking for familiar faces. I’m a usually rather introverted person. While I’m certainly not the quiet guy stuck in a corner, it still takes me some time to warm up to people.
I decided to step outside to the courtyard to smoke a cigarette. Upon doing so, I was greeted by a familiar

Development | jeffmatson.net | Jul. 3, 2016

My Review of Pressmatic: My New Favorite Development Tool

A fresh competitor to VVV and DesktopServer, seems to be loaded with features.

My Review of Pressmatic: My New Favorite Development Tool

Development | jeffmatson.net | Jul. 3, 2016

Since the early builds, I have had the pleasure of testing Pressmatic. For those unfamiliar with Pressmatic, it is a tool for creating local development environments, primarily for WordPress; created by Headway Themes founder, Clay Griffiths. As a user of both VVV and DesktopServer, I wasn’t sure if there was much need for me to even bother with yet another way to create local environments. The same tools that I have been using for years still work just fine. What possible reason would I have to switch? Well, I was wrong. Pressmatic is the new king in town. Is switching worth the effort?
It’s always fun playing with a new tool that hasn’t even been released yet. While new and shiny is great, I have a specific workflow already with VVV. When first presented with Pressmatic, I didn’t care about it much. I thought it was great that a new product was entering the space, but it just really didn’t fill a need that wasn’t already taken care of by my existing solutions.
Over time, I watched Pressmatic evolve and began to see more and more value in it. It was becoming far more than just a tool to create development sites; it was beginning to resolve issues

Editorials | jeffmatson.net | Oct. 16, 2016

Better Development Through Criticism

Jeff Matson shares why criticism is good for being a better developer.

2 min read Jeff Matson
Plugins | jeffmatson.net | Jan. 16, 2014

Why AppPresser is an incredible leap for WordPress

My thoughts on why AppPresser will change the face of WordPress as we know it.

Why AppPresser is an incredible leap for WordPress

Plugins | jeffmatson.net | Jan. 16, 2014

If you like it, share it! Some of you may have heard of AppPresser while some of you may not. If not, you’re really missing out on a true gem.
AppPresser allows all of us WordPress users to easily deploy native Android and iOS apps with amazing simplicity. If you’re like me and cringe at the thought of learning Objective-C, this is great news. With AppPresser, WordPress knowledge can be directly translated to mobile app development with a very minimal learning curve.
Why is AppPresser such a huge leap forward for WordPress? Well, this pushes WordPress further along to becoming a true application development environment. With the creation of AppPresser, and as it takes more and more market share from traditional mobile application development methods, WordPress can gain further usage across platforms.
Not only is this a first for mobile application development using WordPress, but they execute it flawlessly. There’s not a ridiculous amount of setup, and existing libraries from PhoneGap can be used to rapidly develop your application easily.
Made by some incredible WordPress developers, for WordPress developers, I believe AppPresser will further improve rapidly to make it one of the best