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Interview with Dave Martin: Automattician

Black and white close up of Dave Martin.Dave Martin is the Creative Director and Growth Lead at Automattic. In his own words he is…

A husband and a father. Those titles mean more to me than anything else. I live in North Carolina with my wife and 3 kids. I have a lot of passions, most of them related to the web. I’m a designer, a developer, and I love startups.

Describe your role in Automattic. What have you done there in the past?

I currently hold two titles, both Creative Director & Growth lead. That may come off sounding fancy but when it comes down to it, they are both really just support roles. My job is to make sure that our 30+ designers and growth explorers are happy, and that they have everything they need to do great work.

I started off at Automattic 5 years ago as a UI designer. In the 5 years that I’ve been there I’ve jumped around to six different roles. Prior to Automattic, I had a habit of jumping around to new companies every 2 years or so – I can thank my A.D.D. for that habit. Fortunately, Automattic has been supportive of me swapping teams whenever I get antsy.

I recently wrote about how the hiring process at Automattic works for WP Tavern. Continue reading Interview with Dave Martin: Automattician

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New WordPress Community Events Calendar

WordCamp 2014 Photo

Users can now use the WordPress Events Calendar,  to find ways to connect with other WordPress fans. They also have the opportunity to learn more from developers, designers, and bloggers by attending one of many collaborative groups.  Some of these event groups include: Continue reading New WordPress Community Events Calendar

Make a Better WordCamp

According to Aaron Jorbin, WordCamp organizers need to create an interesting experience for attendees by utilizing strategic and engaging ways to teach WordPress. Subject matter being discussed should be of primary importance. His article suggests that WordCamp should provoke thought, discussion, and make people walk away feeling like they gained valuable knowledge. If people walk away from a WordCamp and don’t think about some aspect of it later, you can’t call it a success.

WordPress: Where in the World

It was eleven years ago.  In 2003 WordPress.org opened for business. May the Twenty-Seventh, 2014 marked the launch of what has become the world’s most popular, Content Management System.

The WordPress Map Unfolds

Based on the Developers Emeritus list of members, the early WordPress community  
was largely from the San Francisco Bay area, Denver, Atlanta, England, and Ireland, though the members were spread across the world.

As word spread, interested bloggers and developers visited the WordPress user forums to get their questions answered, and stayed to help others, contributing to the development of WordPress. The WordPress community quickly grew,

In the beginning, there was too much going to to keep up with tracking visitors, but in time, the team started paying close attention to their visitors and statistics, digging deep into their demographics especially after WordPress.com, the free site hosting service, was launched in 2005. Continue reading WordPress: Where in the World

WordPress Usage Statistics

WordPress has been growing in popularity ever since its creation in 2003, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. As of October 2013, WordPress is being used on 71.4 million sites around the world. During the 2013 San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg stated that “18.9% of the web is now running on WordPress.” That is a 2.2% improvement over 2012.

Google Trends supports the fact that WordPress is becoming more popular around the world. The following chart shows how often WordPress has been searched for in relation to the total amount of searches during the specified time period. This chart shows that the interest in WordPress has continued to grow over the years, and WordPress now has a significant advantage over the competition. Please click on the chart if you would like to see the larger interactive Google Trends chart.

Google Trends for WordPress
Continue reading WordPress Usage Statistics