“Appreciate the people around you”

Came across a moving post on Reddit from someone I’ve never met, who has a nice tie:

We care so much about the health and integrity of our body that until death, we don’t notice that the body is nothing more than a box – a parcel for delivering our personality, thoughts, beliefs and intentions to this world. If there is nothing in this box that can change the world, then it doesn’t matter if it disappears. I believe that we all have potential, but it also takes a lot of courage to realize it.

mylasttie, /r/GetMotivated

“The job of leadership is to foster alignment and enthusiasm toward the right goal.”

Just saw this from Ev Williams on Medium about being a leader. It rings true to me:

Try to be a good one, by helping create alignment (communicate well), be enthusiastic (sucky attitudes are for big companies), and help us (and your team, especially) figure out if we’re trying to do the right things (short term and long term).

Read the full post here.

#development, #leadership

BuddyPress welcome screen design ideas

For the BuddyPress 2.2 dev cycle, I decided to spend my time exploring ideas about the experience of a new user after they activate the plugin on their site for the first time. Currently, we redirect the user to a screen listing the new major features of their version of BuddyPress; it’s a mixture of a changelog, and since 2.1, also contains elements of a “getting started” guide.

I think improving the new (site owner) experience is going to be critical for BuddyPress’ growth in 2015. Today I am sharing some screenshots of what I’ve come up with so far, but it looks like my ideas won’t be ready for wider consideration into a release until probably the 2.3 dev cycle — unless you can help. Check out my welcome screen branch on Github.

I researched a few tens of the most popular WordPress plugins (according to the list on WordPress.org), and I was surprised to see so few plugins trying to do something similar; banners across the top of wp-admin were fairly common. WooCommerce stood out because it has a similar post-install screen as to what BuddyPress currently has (we’ve both copied WordPress’ “About WordPress screen!). Automattic’s Jetpack stood out the most with its distinctive design (after you followed a banner to get to it), I suspect only because of that plugin’s requirement to connect to WordPress.com.

This is ripe ground for BuddyPress to develop an innovation lead on in 2015. I can’t propose these changes without the help of a really great designer, or two. I have put in a lot of time and effort to try to come up with a punch design solution for this problem, but it’s missing a certain je ne sais quoi I’ve not figured out yet.

BuddyPress 2.0 “Juliana” has been…

Paul Gibbs:

Woo hoo! We did it! 2.0’s going to be a great release of BuddyPress. Big thanks to all users and contributors.

Originally posted on BuddyPress Dev Updates:

BuddyPress 2.0 “Juliana” has been released: http://buddypress.org/2014/04/buddypress-2-0-juliana/

Special thanks to the readers of this blog who have helped with development and testing during this dev period. Go enjoy a slice of pizza!

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2.0 Beta 1 is now…

Paul Gibbs:

The BuddyPress team has worked hard this year, and we’ve recently announced the availability of 2.0 Beta 1. Now’s a great time to spin it up on a test site, whether you’re a long-term user or have never used it before.

Originally posted on BuddyPress Dev Updates:

2.0 Beta 1 is now available! http://buddypress.org/2014/03/buddypress-2-0-beta-1-is-now-available/

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