rtCamp newsletter for January 2024

Hello,

In the recent State of the Enterprise WordPress Survey, more than 100 enterprise brands participated from all over the world, including PMC, Macy’s and The Times. WordPress remains an enduring favorite with businesses of all sizes. 74% of respondents confirmed that moving to WordPress has been a positive return on their investment. Notably, 35% of the surveyed brands see upwards of 1 million unique visitors monthly.

On our recent blog, we elaborated how our Staff Augmentation offering can help you scale your WordPress teams faster, with reduced risk and optimized Total Cost of Ownership. Our process ensures seamless integration and quick onboarding of our experts on your team.

On that note, we are thrilled to share that we recently onboarded 30 new rtCampers to our growing team!

In the coming weeks, we are looking forward to the upcoming WordCamps. After a long break, WordCamp Pune is back, and we are excited! Pune being our hometown, and the city where our WordPress journey began, we are proud to participate as Gold Sponsors, and reconnect with the vibrant local community.

Early next month, we will also be participating at WordCamp Asia. We hope to meet businesses and WordPress enthusiasts from the global community. 

In case you missed, catch up on all the exciting things we accomplished in 2023 in our Year in Review

WordPress News Snippets

  • Gabe Bullard discussed how Newspack helps small publishers improve their websites with audience development, membership, and advertising. It is seen as a kind of infrastructure that local news needs to thrive in the digital age.
  • WordPress Performance Team released two plugins that help with page loading performance. The Auto-sizes for Lazy-loaded plugin lets images drip-feed with page scroll, while the Speculation Rules plugin predicts clicks and pre-renders content.
  • The WordPress Themes Team is working to revamp the Theme Handbook with a focus on modern block theme development. The project aims to finish by June 2024, and they need volunteers, especially for the accessibility chapter.
  • Josepha Haden Chomphosy reflected on the “2023 State of the Word” in WP Briefing Episode 69. She highlighted the releases, events, increased contributions, and the planned outreach efforts.
  • Matt Mullenweg shared what’s new at WordPress with SaaStr’s Jason Lemkin in an interview. They discussed the shift towards user-controlled content, the role of AI and Automattic’s new ventures. Mullenweg credited his recent sabbatical for fresh ideas, and spoke about the challenges of running a fully distributed company.  

From Around the Web

  • Gartner predicts a 6.8% increase in global tech spending, while Forrester estimates a 5.3% growth in 2024. Cloud, AI, and cybersecurity solutions will drive the tech spending, with Asia-Pacific leading followed by North America and Europe.
  • OpenAI introduced a new self-serve ChatGPT Team plan. The plan offers access to advanced models like GPT-4 and DALL·E 3, and tools like Advanced Data Analysis. It also includes a dedicated workspace and admin tools for team management.
  • In a recent study, code analytics firm GitClear found that use of GitHub Copilot increased code churn significantly. Code written with Copilot reduced code reuse and refactoring, hindering maintainability. 
  • Matt Brown from Matrix Partners shared about an emerging model called “dark software” for building SaaS and fintech services. It involves taking components from different vendors, which are assembled into full-stack offerings for specific client segments.

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