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It was 6 months ago that the team here took over MasterWP! It has been an exciting half a year and the new support, friends, and co-workers we have gained have been priceless. We have laughed, we have laughed, and we have mostly laughed. I have been honored to be a part of a team that welcomes opinions from all over the web and allows people who do not like articles to write their own pieces disagreeing! (We still do this if you are interested!)
I wanted to celebrate our 6 months by choosing my favorite articles since the acquisition.
Just as a way of reminiscing and telling you all I appreciate you!
I look forward to seeing what MasterWP does next, and I also look forward to having you all here for the ride!
Screen Readers, and Beyond: How web accessibility makes lives better
By: Devin Egger
Accessibility. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for not only our community but the world. People should be able to access our content no matter what and no matter when. That’s where accessibility guides come into play. Devin wrote in my opinion one of the best accessibility guides for beginners that I have ever read. It taught me so much more than I knew and was so personable but educational. I recommend everyone give it a read if they want to make a more inclusive web together.
Vacations make a business stronger
By: Rob Howard
It was very refreshing to come to a company that held the ideas that the ones run by Rob did. Because I am a fairly new person to WordPress does not negate the fact that I have been working steadily since I was 16. Rob’s view on vacations and personal time for not just the boss but for all employees is something I have dreamed about since I was a teen. Rob doesn’t just say, “Hey do this because I said so!” Rob leads by example by showing how things do work, things that he personally has done. I have used this article to send to my friends, family, and peers who have felt guilty about taking off work or taking care of themselves and it has been a great help. If you are feeling burnout, why not give it a read?
The Journey to Better WordPress Diversity
By: Allie Nimmons
Twitter can be a very funny place sometimes, but sadly often a place of unchecked outrage. Allie does a wonderful job here of displaying not only an example of that but the ways in which we can communicate better as a community. Sometimes when you are speaking some people don’t want to hear it no matter what you do. Sometimes there are ways to make communication more effective. At the end of the day, we all want a better WordPress for everyone, and this article breaks down exactly how we can do that.
When the Cathedral Owns the Bazaar
By: Brian Coords
This is probably by far my favorite article on MasterWP. Brian has such a great way of breaking down things to explain his point of view that make learning easier, more fun, and more fulfilling. In this article, Brian uses The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Steven Raymond to explain how WordPress fits in as an open-source entity. How much has WordPress changed? How does something written in 1997 still apply to us today in the technical sense? This article was such a joy for me I made sure to give a read of the original inspired source material by Raymond. Please give it a read.
The WordPress gatekeepers will see you now
By: Nyasha Green
Whew what can I say about this? I was in my feelings as the kids say, when I wrote this, and for very good reasons. I was a newbie not too long ago to the community and it is a surprise at times for me to tell people how I really felt back then. The WordPress community like others I have been a part of did not seem that welcoming to new faces. Fast forward a few years later and nothing about that has changed to me or to the new faces. I took it upon myself to not only tell my story but to directly address issues I saw that hindered people. How can we make this community more accepting of new people? How can we make it grow? How do we gate hop the gatekeepers?