The KinshiPress newsletter, Issue #18

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Journalists Are Launching and Leading New WordPress Publications

A few months ago, I wrote about the “Lede” platform from Alley Interactive. They’ve helped launch the highly-successful Defector and Block Club Chicago. One of the many things to admire about Lede is that they actively help journalists to lead and own their publications.

Read more about journalist-owned publications.

More WordPress Publishing Stories has been a WordPress site for years. One of my friends worked on it a decade ago. Apparently it’s been completely rebuilt in the last year and had a major test this week with the announcement of Taylor Swift as Person of the Year: “At peak Swift, we were serving over 100k requests/second, effortlessly.”

Human Made are putting on a WordPress for Enterprise conference in January, featuring the likes of Penske Media and other major publishers. There’s also an updated “Enterprise” section in the WordPress showcase.

Chris Hardie is a WordPress developer who runs Western Wayne News in Indiana. He wrote about the challenge of archiving old issues.

Ben May from The Code Company shares this harsh but true article: “The era of organic distribution appears to be drawing to a close, and those wishing to drive traffic to their owned and operated properties should expect to pay for it.” I previously wrote that social media is abandoning WordPress publishers.

At PublishPress, most of our clients are publishers and we’ve almost finished building their most requested feature: attributing a story to multiple types of authors. This should be available before the end of the year, and will be in the PublishPress Authors plugin. You can see an example in the screenshot below.

Thanks for reading. I build WordPress tools for publishers at PublishPress, TaxoPress, MetaSlider, and Logtivity. Here at KinshiPress, I write about what I’m seeing with publishers we deal with each day. This newsletter uses the Newsletter Glue plugin. Click here to email me anything, including tips for future issues.

Steve Burge