Many people within the WordPress community are anxiously awaiting the first issue of the WPCandy Quarterly to show up in their mailbox. According to Ryan, that day is soon approaching as the first batches are currently being printed. However, since there is still some time before we’ll be holding the physical copy, Ryan has explained how he went about developing the first issue. Based on the video Ryan published showcasing the various designs that articles have gone through, it looks like the magazine will have an impressive display around the content of each article, giving it that magazine feel.
By Jeffro on February 7, 2012
By Jeffro on November 25, 2011
Ryan Imel of WPCandy.com has announced the launch of a quarterly magazine focused entirely on WordPress called the WordPress Quarterly. The magazine will be physical in nature meaning you can hold it in your hands as well as have a digital counterpart that won’t be available until the print edition ships. During the course of the year, the magazine will have four issues shipped, one in January, April, July, and October. If you want to own a small piece of WordPress history, you can pre-order the first issue for $12.00 while subscribing for the entire year will be $36.00. That doesn’t include shipping which many people outside of the U.S. have already complained about. However, Ryan has since tweaked the shipping prices to make them more affordable. The first issue already has a slew of contributing WordPress all stars which you can see here, covering the gamut from an article on TimThumb to bbPress and the GooglePlex.
What perplexes me is the idea of going through with a physical WordPress centric magazine at all. Back in March of 2010, Justin Tadlock started an interesting discussion on the Tavern forum regarding the idea of creating some sort of community oriented WordPress magazine. It would have been a website dedicated to the topics of WordPress, bbPress, BuddyPress and anything else that needed to be focused upon. Although the site wouldn’t really be used as a typical blog but more or less be used to publish non time sensitive content such as reviews, interviews, tips and tricks. At the end of the day, the idea never gained traction to see the light of day but it looks as though the excitement that was expressed regarding the idea back in 2010 is still prevalent as I’ve seen a number of people subscribe to the WP Quarterly Magazine.
Fast forward to the end of 2011 and the question I have is, what has changed since then to turn the idea into a reality with not so much of a website but a physical magazine? While Justin wanted a group of contributors to simply give back when submitting an article to the magazine, WPCandy is charging for this content. I wonder if the authors will be allowed in on profit sharing or if they are paid on a per article basis? Considering the alternative of being able to publish those great articles on ones own site, I’d be hard pressed to think people will just give away that type of content without a price attached.
At any rate, I’ll be watching from a distance to see if this magazine can gain traction and stick around for awhile or if the initial surge of subscriptions and excitement will die down. At the very least, owning the first issue will be like owning a small piece of history.
By Jeffro on February 2, 2010
So far, this has been a great week for me and WPTavern. Not only did I receive a WordPress branded Flip HD camera to do video interviews at WordCamps, but I learned that WPTavern.com was mentioned as one of the websites to go to as a resource for WordPress news in .net magazine. Issue 199 which is available on shelves now features a five page spread by Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks.com that explains how to get the most out of using WordPress including plugins, design tricks, and advanced uses. There was a part of the article where Chris shared four websites to be used as resources for WordPress information, surprisingly, WPTavern.com was one of those sites. I’ve already had at least one new user register to the forum thanks to that article. Here is the photographic proof.
To wet your appetite, I’ve included a screenshot of the beginning of the article.
.net is known as Practical Web Design magazine here in the U.S. and when I checked the magazine rack at my local Borders, the latest issue was 190. The magazine also costs $15.00 which is a hefty price to pay for a magazine. However, I’ve read and purchased a few issues before and the content makes for a great read.
By Jeffro on October 7, 2009
Joost De Valk who hosts his own weekly WordPress podcast called PressThis recently interviewed Vitaly Friedman who is the creator of SmashingMagazine.com, one of the most popular sites dedicated to the topic of web design. During the interview, I found out that the site is run on eight different servers, two of which are media servers. I’ve also developed a new found respect for the people involved with SmashingMagazine as a bunch of hours and hardwork goes into everything they publish on the site. Another example of how consistent, quality content mixed with hardwork goes along way. Also part of the discussion is the reason why Smashing decided to acquire Noupe.com.
The episode is about 46 minutes in length but is well worth the listen.
By Jeffro on February 3, 2009
The other night, I picked up the January 2009 issue of the good yet, expensive Practical Web Design magazine. Browsing through the issue, I came across a giant photo of Matt Mullenweg as WordPress 2.5 took the crown for Open Source application for the year 2008. Taking photos of the article was a pain in the rear so I scanned the article into a digital image and wanted to share it with you because there is very little information on regarding Practical Web Design Magazine on the web since they are now referred to as .net.
Congrats to Matt and everyone involved, although we are currently using WordPress 2.7 :) My how development time flies!