A Brief History of WordPress News and Podcasts

There has been a lot of discussion around the future of WordPress news and podcasts. The Professional WordPress book series spans 5 years (crazy!), so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at what WordPress news sites and podcasts were featured in each edition and which ones still exist today.


Professional WordPress 1st Edition

(Released April 5th, 2010)

WordPress News Sites

  • WordPress Tavern – ACTIVE (http://wptavern.com) – The grand old man of the WordPress news industry, the WordPress Tavern is going stronger than ever.
  • WPVibe.com – DEAD (http://wpvibe.com) – The WordPress Vibe had a short lifespan and stopped publishing content in the Spring of 2011.
  • Weblog Tools Collection – DEAD (http://WeblogToolsCollection.com) – An older site dedicated to WordPress and blogging in general. The site was purchased by Matt Mullenweg in 2013 and is kept online as an archive only.
  • WPEngineer.com – DEAD (http://WPEngineer.com) – Not as active as it once was, the WPEngineer.com site contains some good coding tips and tricks around WordPress.
  • WordPress Podcasts

    • WordPress Weekly – ACTIVE (http://wptavern.com/wordpress-weekly) – The official WordPress podcast of the WordPress Tavern.
    • WordCast Podcast – DEAD – A WordPress podcast that was hosted by Dave Moyer and Kym Huynh. The archive has since been removed and is no longer available online.
    • The WordPress Podcast – DEAD (http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/wordpress-community-podcast/) – A podcast hosted through WebmasterRadio.fm featuring Joost de Valk and Frederick Townes. The last episode aired in February 2011.
    • Plugins: The WordPress Plugins Podcast – DEAD (http://www.pluginspodcast.com) – The original WordPress podcast dedicated to plugins. The podcast ended in May of 2010.


    Professional WordPress 2nd Edition

    (Released January 4th, 2013)

    WordPress News Sites

    • WPCandy – DEAD (http://wpcandy.com) – One of the largest and most successful WordPress news sites, WPCandy stopped publishing new content in 2013.
    • WP Realm – DEAD (http://wprealm.com) – A WordPress news site with a prominent WordPress community member staff of writers. Publishing ended in 2013.
    • WP Force – DEAD (http://wpforce.com) – The WP Force is a WordPress news site that was actively publishing fresh content through early 2014.
  • WPEngineer.com – DEAD (http://WPEngineer.com) – Not as active as it once was, the WPEngineer.com site contains some good coding tips and tricks around WordPress.
  • WordPress Podcasts

    • WP Late Night – DEAD – A WordPress focused podcast hosted by Ryan Imel, Dre Armeda, and me! WP Late Night was the precursor to the DradCast.
    • WPCandy.com Shows – DEAD (http://wpcandy.com/shows/) – WP Candy produced a number of different WordPress focused podcasts. All WP Candy podcasts ended in 2013.


    Professional WordPress 3rd Edition

    (Released January 12th, 2015)

    WordPress News Sites

    • WordPress Tavern – ACTIVE (http://wptavern.com) – Only one of two WordPress news site to make two editions of Professional WordPress, WP Tavern saw a rebirth when the website was purchased by Matt Mullenweg in 2013.
    • Post Status – ACTIVE (https://poststatus.com) – Post Status is a WordPress news site ran by Brian Krogsgard. The site has traditional focused on long-form news articles, but has recently expanded with more news options.
    • ManageWP.org – ACTIVE (https://managewp.org) – A social news aggregator, ManageWP.org features WordPress related news that is up voted by the community.
    • Torque Mag – ACTIVE (http://torquemag.io) – Debuting in 2013, Torque Mag is a WP Engine publication that focuses on WordPress news.

    WordPress Podcasts

    • DradCast – ACTIVE (http://dradcast.com) – The #1 late night WordPress podcast, hosted by Dre Armeda and myself. The show is recorded live every Wednesday evening at 8pm EST.
    • WordPress Weekly – ACTIVE (http://wptavern.com/wordpress-weekly) – The only WordPress podcast to make two editions of Professional WordPress, the WordPress Weekly podcast is back with regular weekly episodes.
    • WP Water Cooler – ACTIVE (http://www.wpwatercooler.com) – A round-table style podcast feature prominent WordPress community members discussing hot topics of the week.
    • Matt Report – ACTIVE (http://mattreport.com) – A WordPress podcast focused on topics including business, startups, and entrepreneurs.
    • Apply Filters – ACTIVE (http://applyfilters.fm) – The only active WordPress development focused podcast, hosted by Pippin Williamson and Brad Touesnard.


    It’s pretty amazing to see how many WordPress news sites and podcasts have come and gone over the years. WP Tavern and WPEngineer.com are the only news websites that made two editions of Professional WordPress. WordPress Weekly is the only podcast to make two editions. WordPress news and podcasts are a vital part of our community and have been since well before Professional WordPress was released.

    Here’s hoping to many more repeats, and new entries, in future editions of Professional WordPress!

DradCast Episode One is Tonight!

The DradCast, a new WordPress focused podcast hosted by Dre Armeda and myself, kicks off tonight with episode one! The new show will be a weekly podcast every Wednesday night at 8pm Eastern time. Dre and I have put together a really fun show format that is different from the other WordPress podcasts out there.

DradCast WordPress Podcast logoEach week we’ll feature a new guest host on the show. The host will bring some topics that interest them to discuss. We’ll also cover any WordPress topics that are particularly important that week. Think of the DradCast show format similar to SNL, where the guest host is the highlight of the show with Dre and I as the supporting cast.

If you are interested in being a guest host on the show, fill out our guest host request form. Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm Eastern for the inaugural episode of the DradCast with special guest host Cory Miller!

WP Late Night Becomes Most Popular WordPress Podcast!

It’s has been confirmed that WP Late Night, the new podcast I’m a Co-Host on, has become the #1 WordPress Podcast! I’m really excited, especially since we are just getting started. Last night we recorded the 8th episode of WP Late Night and are having a great time!

WP Late Night LogoWe’re trying to make this podcast different from the rest. We stream live video of the show using Spreecast. You can watch the video recording of our past shows on our WP Late Night Spreecast channel.

Another reason I think the show is so successful is the synergy between the hosts. I’ve known Ryan and Dre for a few years now. We’ve hung out at many WordCamps (and after parties!) and have become really good friends. Being friends with your co-hosts makes a big difference in the harmony of the show and I think that really comes across in each episode.

If you haven’t tuned in yet I highly recommend you give us a spin. You can listen to all of our episodes by visiting WPLateNight.com. You can also catch us live every Wednesday @ 8pm EDT on the WPCandy.com Stream.

New WordPress Podcast: WP Late Night Starts Tonight!

There’s a new WordPress Podcast in town: WP Late Night. Hosted by yours truly, along with Dre Armeda (Sucuri.net) and Ryan Imel (WPCandy.com), WP Late Night will be a bi-weekly live streaming video podcast all about WordPress!

I’ve been itching to get involved with another WordPress podcast for some time now. I had such a great time on the WordPress Weekly show with Jeffro that I knew it was only a matter of time until it happened. The show will be live streaming tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm EST. You can watch the show live on the WPCandy Stream page.

For more information on the show, and ways to participate, make sure you check out the WPCandy.com announcement post.

End of an Era – My Final SitePoint Podcast Episode

If you haven’t heard by now, I have officially stepped down from the SitePoint Podcast. My final episode was released on November 11th, 2011. This episode was released exactly 3 years and 1 day after the first episode of the SitePoint podcast, which was released on November 10th, 2008. I still can’t believe it’s been three years since the launch of the show.

The initial talks about starting a SitePoint podcast actually began over a year before the first episode was released. It took a full year to organize, plan, prepare, and record the first show.

I’ve had an amazing time recording the show over the years. We recorded a live show at BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas 2010. I did some really fun interviews with Matt Mullenweg (of WordPress), Andy Peatling (of BuddyPress), Roy Rubin (of Magento), and multiple SitePoint book authors. We even won the Podcast of the Year award in 2010 by .Net Magazine!

Aside from the great shows we’ve recorded over the years, what I’ll miss most is chatting with my friends every few weeks. I’ve developed a strong friendship with Patrick and Stephan over the past few years that, as Patrick put it, extends far beyond the show. It’s been fun watching all of us grow, personally and professionally, since the start of the show.

It’s going to be strange not being on the show, but as they say all good things must come to an end. I’m confident this isn’t the end of podcasting for me, just the end of this chapter of my podcasting career. Until the next chapter!

Live SitePoint Podcast at BlogWorld Expo 2010!

Thursday kicks off BlogWorld Expo 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year the entire SitePoint Podcast team (including myself) will be doing a live show! The live show is scheduled for Friday, October 15th at 2:00PM Pacific Time. If you are attending BlogWorld make sure you stop by and say hi to the podcast team!

If you can’t attend BlogWorld this year, don’t worry! The show will be livestreamed on the SitePoint Podcast’s USTREAM channel. It will also be released in the podcast feed as usual next week.

I am also doing a book signing for Professional WordPress at the event!

SitePoint Podcast Interview for Professional WordPress

Last week Hal Stern, David Damstra, and myself had the privilege of being interviewed on the SitePoint Podcast for our new book Professional WordPress!SitePoint Logo

I had a great time discussing our book with hosts Patrick O’Keefe and Stephan Segraves. We covered many different topics including how the book came to be, what separates our book from the rest, and how our book is a solid compliment to the Codex. We also had a great discussion about the difference between a WordPress Theme and a Theme Framework, which I think a lot of people are still a little confused by.

Professional WordPress Book CoverIt’s a little strange being on the other side of the interview table, but I’m starting to get use to it. Promoting a book is a lot of work, but in the end the payoff is well worth it. If you haven’t had a chance to order this book what are you waiting for? Order a copy today and support your favorite WordPress developers!

Also be sure to subscribe to the SitePoint Podcast, which I’m a regular co-host on, if you haven’t already! We discuss the latest news and happenings in the world of web development and design.

My Interview on the WordPress Weekly Podcast

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jeff Chandler on the WordPress Weekly Podcast! It was great to be back on the show, even though the spotlight was on me this time. I’ve been participating on the WP Weekly podcast since the start (episode 1) so it was fun to reminisce a bit about how we both started into WordPress and how the podcast came to be.

Hal Stern also joined in at the beginning of the show to discuss our new book, Professional WordPress. Jeff and I also discussed many different topics including the challenges of running a business around open source, secret projects in the works, my thoughts on WordPress and how it compares to other open source CMS solutions, and much more! Be sure to check out the episode and let me know how I did!

WordPress Weekly Podcast Episode 40

On Friday I joined Jeff and Keith for episode 40 of the WordPress Weekly podcast.

WordPress Weekly podcast logoI joined the hosts at the beginning of the show to discuss a couple topics. The first topic was the freshly released WordPress MU 2.7 final. The second topic was the BuddyPress beta 2 that was released earlier in the week. I’ve had some lengthy exposure to both so it was fun to chat with the guys about my experiences.

Starting next week WordPress Weekly is moving to WPTavern.com, the new WordPress centered community created by Jeff Chandler. I wrote a guest post for Jeff last week titled The Bittersweet Taste of Bleeding Edge Software. The community is really starting to grow so if you haven’t already head over to the Tavern and get signed up! You’ll learn something, guaranteed!

The End of Nerd Week

This past week was an insanely busy nerd week for me.

On Tuesday I recorded the 7th episode of the SitePoint Podcast with special guest host Sarah Milstein. We dedicated the episode to talking about Twitter and the many uses it has, both personal and business.

On Wednesday my business partner and I attended the New York WordPress Meetup for a presentation by Johnathan Andersen on WordPress as a CMS: The Strategy of Content Publishing. Johnathan did a great job presenting how he utilizes various plugins and custom fields to transform WordPress into a CMS.

On Friday I joined Jeff Chandler on the WordPress Weekly Podcast to ask Dan Milward of the WP E-Commerce plugin some questions. It was a fun show and I’m looking forward to getting back to the round table discussions like the earlier days of the podcast.

I’ve also been pretty active on the WP Tavern Forums. WPTavern.com is a new site started by Jeff Chandler of WordPress Weekly with a focus on all topics WordPress. It’s a great site for sharing your experiences with WordPress and learning lots of valuable information. Get registered and get involved!

Oh and did I mention my company launched two new website redesigns in Thesis? MattBites.com and RetroRenovation.com. MattBites.com was migrated from TypePad and launched with WordPress and a fresh clean look provided by the Thesis theme. RetroRenovation.com was redesigned using Thesis with help from Kenneth Smith. Both sites look amazing and we are really excited to see them go live!

This has been an awesome nerd week and I hope to have many more like it!