DevPress.com is a collaboration between Patrick Daly, Tung Do, Ptah Dunbar, and Justin Tadlock. Their goal is to create well designed, flexible, high-standard themes and plugins that can be used by anyone – from the newbie to the expert developer. They have donated a wopper of a prize, in the form of one DevPress Club membership for each WordCamp Attendee.
Tell us a bit about your business. How do you use WordPress?
WordPress is the backbone of our business. Everything we build is for WordPress and everything we’re built upon is WordPress. DevPress builds quality themes and plugins and uses our community website to engage with our Club members.
WordPress is easy to use. Like most, we got our start years ago when it was a smaller project that made blogging simple. Since then the community has grown into something truly unprecedented and even more amazing is the adoption that WordPress has among website CMS choices. For us, its easy to label WordPress a clear winner for website platforms.
Why did you decide to get involved and sponsor WordCamp Cape Town 2011?
No matter what WordCamp, we’d love to be there. Since we can’t attend every camp, we extend free DevPress Club memberships to any WordCamp.
What are your thoughts on the WordPress community as a whole? And the South African WP community?
The community as a whole is large and even growing rapidly. Its hard not to notice that the WordPress community may be the biggest online community ever. Because of its size, the community is vibrant and ever-changing. We can only look forward to what’s coming next. We honestly don’t know much about the South African community, so here we are ready to learn!
What are you most looking forward to at WordCamp Cape Town?
Since we can’t attend, we’re just looking forward to everyone having a great time and learning lots about WordPress.
Who in the WordPress community inspires you? Who do you follow?
This is a tough question because hundreds of names come to mind when choosing from the vast array of great WordPress leaders. We’re obligated (yet thankful) to mention Matt Mullenweg as a great inspiration. Others come from the core team and those that spend countless hours volunteering to make WordPress better.
What is the most exciting improvement to WordPress that you have noticed in the last year?
Possibly the best thing for WordPress themes was the implementation of the theme review team. Bringing repository themes up to standard can really go a long way to improve the quality of all themes. We’re happy to see a commitment to raising the bar for WordPress quality.
Where do you see WordPress 2 years from now?
Maybe not in 2 years, but soon WordPress will make a big debut into the enterprise market and highly professional WordPress services will begin to take root.