On Saturday, January 23 a panel of WordPress experts will discuss possible business models in free, open, and GPL software at the WordCamp Boston event. The event takes place at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD) from 8am to 7pm. The panel titled “Monetization in a Free World” comprises of experts such as Joshua Strebel of Page.ly, Jane Wells of Automattic, Carl Hancock of Rocket Genius, and Brian Gardner of StudioPress. Jeff Chandler of WPTavern.com will moderate the panel.
he panel intends to inform attendees of possible ways to capitalize on WordPress and share their experiences. Brian Gardner of StudioPress offers premium WordPress themes. “StudioPress is very excited about attending WordCamp Boston and sharing our experiences in the WordPress marketplace with our theme development.” says Brian. “We hope that we can inform WordPress users of many ways that they can monetize their business with the platform.”
“WordPress monetization has become a hot topic as more people have been turned on to the potential of the WordPress platform.” states Carl Hancock, founding partner at rocketgenius, creators of the Gravity Forms plugin for WordPress. “It is a wonderful platform whose monetization potential has yet to be fully realized. Things are only going to get bigger and better in 2010 as more companies such as Page.ly, and rocketgenius bring high quality products and services to the WordPress community”
Joshua Strebel’s company, Page.ly combines WordPress hosting, domain name, webmail, WordPress install, free/premium themes, and popular plugins in a 2 minute setup. “I’m honored to be on a panel with such a talented bunch of experts and I look forward to learning from their responses as well as contributing my knowledge for the greater good of the WordPress community.”
Page.ly WordPress Websites is a unique offering the hosting space that combines the ease of use WordPress.com is known for plus the freedom and customization of a self installed WordPress.org platform. Page.ly recently launched a co-branded hosting product with Tech Blogger Chris Pirillo at lockergnome.net.
The panel’s moderator, Jeff Chandler manages the popular WordPress content driven community WPTavern. “WordPress is the most popular open source publishing platform on the web today and it’s reached the point where viable businesses can be created on top of and around the software. Whether it’s extending the functionality provided by the software or running a service that takes the software to the next level, I hope to get those who have already been successful to provide insight into how they’ve been able to succeed on top of an open platform.” states Jeff.
Jane Wells of Automattic, the creators of WordPress, will also be speaking on the panel providing perspective.
This panel of experts have many years of combined experience working with WordPress as a revenue source and look forward to sharing their insights at the WordCamp Boston event. All panels will be recorded and available via video on WordPress.tv after the event.