Why I Backed Pressgram


I just backed Pressgram.

What is Pressgram you ask? Pressgram is an iPhone image sharing app in development that will allow users to share filtered photos directly to hosted WordPress blogs.  This allows the content creators to retain 100% of the rights while still having great functionality.

When this project was announced at WordCamp Atlanta it immediately resonated with me. I actually told the guy behind the project, John Saddington, that I was going to back the project while attending WCAtl.

Instagram: All Ur Data Are Belong To Us

Like many others I quickly exported my data and quit Instagram when they changed their Terms of Service. I didn’t like the attitude of another behemoth social network pulling the privacy rug out from under customers. Even though they later somewhat recanted the damage was done and I don’t want to invest my time and energy on content that will be held hostage on a platform that I don’t pay money for (read: have some control over).

Since leaving Instagram I’ve tried using Flickr’s app which is a good app.  But, I still have the lingering reluctance of putting my content on someone else’s service.  I currently share photo content via Cloud app, but I don’t actively share pictures of my family, friends, or things I’m doing.  I hadn’t lost the desire to share photos, but I have run out of mental energy to want to keep up with the data privacy issues.

It’s The Data Silly

My wife Amanda and I have had numerous discussions about where our data goes and who has control of it.  We love the ubiquity of cross-device productivity apps, but hate that the usefulness of these apps is often tainted by proprietary data formats or locked down storage areas.

The only app we use that has bucked this trend is the Day One app.  It’s a digital journal that has an iphone app and a native Mac app.  It has a great feature set and is well developed. The feature that sold me on this app over the others is that all the data is shared to my Dropbox account in an XML format. Now my wife and I can both add data without fear of our information being sold or misused in some way yet to be dreamed up by a marketing executive.

Reserve The Right To Reserve The Rights

Just like I can control the data of my Day One journal, with Pressgram I’ll be able to control my photos. I will be able to post my photos to, my blog, and share them where I want. Call me a control freak, but that’s not too much to ask. An added bonus is that I’ll be able to have the pageviews and analytics that I could never retain at Instagram.

Here’s a video explaining more about Pressgram.  If the idea behind this app resonates with you then I encourage you to back it at Kickstarter!

Products Shipped January 2013

One of my goals this year is to build three extensions per month to have a total of 36 new products this year.   I thought about making it one per week, but I realized that’s crazy and I would end up with some half-baked code.  Three per month is totally doable.

In January the following three extensions went live.

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Pushover Notifications for WooCommerce

In December I saw some tweets about the Pushover App which is an iOS and Android application that has an API making it easy to send notifications from your web app.  I loved the concept and wanted to do a free plugin for WordPress.org.  Chris Klosowski had already built a general WordPress notifications plugin so I decided to build one for WooCommerce that would allow store owners to setup notifications to their phones of new orders, low stock, back orders and out of stock events.



UPS Shipping Method for WooCommerce

WooThemes asked me to rebuild the UPS shipping module for WooCommerce.  Up till now I had only built payment gateways so it was fun to build a shipping module.



Easy Digital Downloads – CSV Product Import

Last fall Pippin Willamson asked me to build an import module for his Easy Digital Downloads ecommerce plugin.  After some delay on my part this plugin went live mid-January.  It was my first plugin to be added to WordPress.org which was a fun milestone.

New WooCommerce Plugin – PayPal Express

I’m proud to announce that a new WooCommerce plugin that I developed is available for purchase over at Woo Themes – PayPal Express Checkout.

The plugin adds the the functionality of the PayPal Express payment metnod to your WooCommerce site and  puts the  “Checkout with PayPal” button on your cart page.


Update: I’ve sold this plugin.  You can purchase the plugin from WooThemes.