Today the news is spreading in the WordPress community that we’ve lost Kim Parsell, affectionately known as #wpmom.
I didn’t know Kim well, but as happens we began following each other on Twitter a while back, sharing friendly banter and discussion about WordPress and other topics. Leading up to WCSF 2014 and this year’s community summit, she was one of the first people I noticed to be tweeting with the hashtags, and we met for the first time just a few months ago at those events.
Kim’s contributions to WordPress will be missed, as she was an important member of the documentation team. Sarah remembers how excited Kim was to have received mention in Matt’s State of the Word talk. Her contributions and kindness earned our trust, respect, and appreciation. What she brought to the project will exist for years after her passing.
WordPress is an army, and we mourn the loss of Kim Parsell from our ranks.
photo by waterlass, used under Creative Commons licensing
I was recently approached by an organizer of the Portland WordPress meetup and invited to speak about the launch of my new WordPress for photographers website called WP Photographers. He suggested I might speak about the site design and the choices made for hosting and plugins.
WP Photographers isn’t like most other sites. It’s not hosted on a standard web host and it’s not hosted at WordPress.com. I had some choices to make regarding hosting. I’ve happily used WP Engine in the past for a couple sites, and I had a good experience with SiteGround when I launched a recent project.
But I’d been hearing a lot about the New Rainmaker platform being built by Copyblogger Media. It looked pretty attractive and after evaluating several considerations, I decided to plop down a fair chunk of money and sign up.
At the Portland WordPress meetup on the 29th, I’ll be giving a talk where I walk through why I chose Rainmaker, what I’ve found to work well, and where I’ve found it lacking thus far. It’s a great fit for some sites and a poor fit for others… we’ll look at how it fits into the WordPress ecosystem and how it compares against traditional shared or managed hosting options.
Disclaimer: I’m an affiliate for pretty much every platform and hosting company mentioned, so purchases through those links will get me a small commission. Each is strong in their own ways. I’m certainly not making hosting decisions based on small affiliate payments.
Earlier this week I launched WP Photographers, covering topics around WordPress for photographers.
This is kind of a “duh” thing as I’ve been deep into those two worlds for quite a while, yet it seems there’s not anyone really covering that space in depth. As I floated the idea in both communities over the last few months the reaction was generally enthusiastic… so I built it and here we are.
It’s a start. Much more to come.
If you’re a photographer who uses WordPress, it’s for you. If you’re a WordPresser who uses images and photos on your site, it’s for you.