Open source, Automattic, and the origins of PublishPress

WPTavern is probably the best-known WordPress news site. Technically, the site is owned by Matt Mullenweg (through one of his companies), but they've always been a great source of WordPress news. And they're often unafraid to criticize Automattic, which is Matt's main company.

A couple of weeks ago, WPTavern wrote that Automattic has stopped active development on the Edit Flow plugin.

We started PublishPress in 2017 as a replacement for Edit Flow. We loved the plugin and wanted to see it continue. However, even then, development had halted.

That's really the beauty of open source: if you love something, you can keep development going … it's how WordPress itself started. The Edit Flow code was freely available and we were able to make improvements.

PS. WPTavern followed up last week by recommending PublishPress: “Edit Flow Future in Flux: Here Are 5 Alternative Plugins“.

PPS. Even if they don't write about PublishPress again any time soon, it's well worth subscribing to WPTavern. They just signed Justin Tadlock, who's a very talented developer and writer. For a great example, check out his post on Gutenberg and the future of WordPress themes.

  • Steve Burge

    Steve is the founder of PublishPress. He's been working with open source software for over 20 years. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. This profile is generated by the PublishPress Authors plugin.

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