I gave this talk at last week's WordCamp Cape Town
[http://2011.capetown.wordcamp.org/] and thought that I'd post some of the
details here (a video of my talk should be up soon).
As an introduction to my talk... I've been making money with WordPress for many
In the WordPress world, there's been a trend of simply bundling as many features
and as much functionality into a single theme as possible. Because more features
equals more sales. Neither right or wrong...
I believe - and this is something we try implement at WooThemes - that there is
Following up on my post from yesterday [http://adii.me/2011/06/wordpress-saas/],
I've been thinking quite a bit about the lack of premium plugins that are
available for WordPress. Compared to the revelation & success that premium
themes have been, I would've imagined that there'd be more premium plugins
Recently I've been doing a lot of thinking about revenue / business models
related to WordPress (especially after my post about stagnation and a lack of
innovation in the WP community [http://adii.me/2011/05/the-copycat-stagnation/]
). On an evaluation of the different models out there, I've made it my personal
The WordPress ecosystem is rife with copycats and we're severely lacking a
couple of unique ideas. Due to the popularity of WordPress and the obvious
success that designers / developers and businesses have experienced in recent
years, many more are flocking to the platform to make a quick buck. Which
I've used a couple of CMS platforms in my life and I think that they are all
great in their own way. Heck, I've even tried to build a business
[http://woothemes.com] supporting multiple platforms.
I believe that the platform doesn't really matter and that every user should
As most of you know, I made the switch from WordPress to Tumblr and then back
WordPress [http://adii.me/2010/11/back-on-wordpress/] last year. The second
migration back to WordPress being a relatively painful & manual-date-entry
experience. If I had waited a couple of months, that would've been so
You'll see that this is the 3rd design that I'm featuring here in the last
couple of weeks and it's only significant, because they've all been WooThemes
(currently running Crisp [http://www.woothemes.com/2010/08/crisp/]).
I fully intend on having the Radiiate team create something custom & awesome for
The Tumblr experiment [http://adiirockstar.com/2010/01/switching-to-tumblr/] is
over & I'm officially back on WordPress. Heck, I couldn't be the co-founder of
one of the largest WordPress theming companies [http://woothemes.com/] online &
not take advantage of all the cool stuff we've been building lately...
This is my new