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Matt (00:00:01) - It's the WP minute support independent WordPress content like this. Go to the WP minute support to purchase us a digital coffee or join the membership. Your $79 a year goes a long way to helping us keep this content coming and we can't thank you enough for your support. So the experiments continue here on the Short Form podcast kind of today I'll be pulling some of the more impactful links of the week and chatting about them briefly. Let's see how we do with this. And as always, if you have some thoughts about how the show should should go, feel free to email me Matt at the WP minute with your feedback and suggestions or if you just want to say hi, let's get into the WordPress news. So the first link we're going to talk about today is from WordPress.com and it's WordPress.com initiative to get folks who are transferring away from Google domains to transfer your domain registration to well, WordPress.com. Here's just a quick clip of the article. But if your domain name is currently with Google domains, things recently became complicated.
Matt (00:01:03) - You may have heard that your account has been sold to Squarespace. Everything is expected to transfer and closed later this year. Fortunately for you, you're not locked into that deal and we think we can do better for the first million domains that move from million domains that move from Google to WordPress.com will pay your transfer fee, which also extends your registration for an additional year. And that's just the beginning. Here's our commitment to you. When you bring your domain from Google to WordPress.com, your renewal price will be the same or even lower than what you are paying with Google domains. And that goes for every one of the 400 plus top level domains we offer. This will also apply to existing WordPress.com customers across across most domains, meaning that in many cases we're lowering your prices. This isn't a temporary thing. We're committed to keeping the prices domain domain prices low and will only raise them if our wholesale costs go up and then in parentheses will run our domain business like Costco, which I thought was just like an interesting little quip at the end there.
Matt (00:02:04) - So yeah, Google domains. It's still mind boggling that the company behind what the largest email service or the second largest email service behind Microsoft maybe with Hotmail and exchange rolled into one or Office 365 whatever it's called now is getting rid of their domain registration business. Squarespace is purchasing it. And interestingly, this is a tweet from Matt Mullins. This might cost a ton of money, but I was bummed we didn't even get a crack at this. My guess is Cloudflare, GoDaddy and Bluehost in either why Google didn't make this. Why didn't Google make this a competitive process question mark concerning to have so many domains going to a proprietary CMS? Yeah, I mean a little jab at Squarespace and closed source CMS, but it was at Google, which I don't know, have they always been the best stewards of of open source? I guess you could make that argument. They did work hand in hand with WordPress for a while there. So Matt coming out and saying this might cost a ton of money, I don't think he's talking about the purchasing price, but of what this renewal.
Matt (00:03:11) - In transition price transfer price is going to cost Automattic to get these domains. So it's just a nice thing when I guess Tumblr's burning money and this is just another burning money thing to transfer over. I think maybe the consumers would make their decisions where they want their domains to land. But yeah, I mean, I guess with a ton of domains that are out there, you can't even imagine. Obviously, he's saying up to a million they'll match. I'm sure there is millions more. It is interesting that Google didn't make it to Squarespace, but hey, these are how the deals are done. I guess at this space it is weird that there was no kind of movement around that with other big tech firms and and stuff like that. So anyway, if you're transferring away from Google's domain service, you can go to wordpress.com. Next up is open source unity, joint concerns over the proposed Cyber Resilience Act in the EU. I don't pretend to know the law of the EU or too much in detail here, but I do want to highlight this because it's a well, it's a joint effort.
Matt (00:04:16) - This is an article written by Tim Doyle, Drupal Associate Association CEO. It should come to no surprise that open source projects would act collaboratively, but it's somewhat of a first in my understanding that Open source matters Inc Joomla Typo three WordPress and the Drupal Association have issued a joint letter to the legislators of the European Union raising concerns with the proposed Cyber Resilience Act and the concerns raised by our four organizations whose communities collectively serve. Over 50% of European websites are significant enough to warrant such a first. The impact of the regulation as proposed would undermine effective software practices in its band on unfinished software chill the contributions of tens of thousands of developers who make free contributions to open source software due to an expansive definition of commercial activity and would impose one size fits all compliance costs, likely causing development to gravitate to large for profit firms that can absorb the costs. Definitely. Read more as this unfolds. I'm sure we'll report on it here at the WP minute. Stay connected to the newsletter in the podcast as always, the WP minute so you can be well aware of what's coming next.
Matt (00:07:45) - Slash remembers. WordPress dedicates this page to the memory of those we've lost. They've shaped our project and enriched our community as we remember their passing and commitment to WordPress and open source software. We celebrate their spirit forever in our hearts. Their legacy endures through every line of code and every user they've impacted. And you can scroll down the list of folks that this page is commemorating. Starting off with Kim Parcell passed away in 2015. There's a little quote. There's a link to each person's dot org profile and then a link to a place where they're sort of being memorialized. I'm certainly going to recommend Clint Warren be added to this list. He's a friend of mine that passed away many years ago who was really big in the WordPress education space. He was running classes and creating courses and stuff like that. He had put together, I want to say WordCamp New York one year or WordCamp Jersey. I don't know if there was if there still is a WordCamp New Jersey. But at the bottom of the page says this memorial is volunteer, managed, maintained and managed to add a tribute for a lost contributor.
Matt (00:08:57) - Please contact us at memorials at WordPress. Know. I don't know if. Does it have to be a contributor? I'm not sure about to find out, but there are three videos of Clint speaking at WordCamp and I think he had an amazing impact not only on myself but the folks around him. So if you want somebody honored from the WordPress space, check out wordpress.org, Slash remembers. That's it for today's episode. If you enjoy our content, subscribe to the mailing list. The WP. Com slash subscribe follow the podcast and your favorite podcast app. Both podcasts in fact the WP minute and the WP minute. Plus you can get them at the slash subscribe link or search for us in your favorite podcast app. Just search for the WP minute and add both podcasts. They're both free, they're both fun, they're both about WordPress. Add the WP minute to your podcast app, tell others. And by the way, we're looking for sponsors for the podcast. You can get your business in front of the WP minute audience starting at $500 for the month.
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