Author: Topher DeRosia

Help a HeroPress friend

Hey folks, HeroPress contributor Michael Beil is fighting for his life right now. Michael’s a personal friend, and a tremendous person. There’s an online donation form to help with medical bills and life in general. If you can, please help out. You can read Michael’s HeroPress essay here.

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Finally SSL!

I’ve been wanting to get SSL on HeroPress for a long time, but couldn’t for a variety of reasons. Well, it’s finally there! That means the HeroPress Widget will finally work properly on sites running SSL, I could someday do a Give campaign, etc. One downside is that it broke our connection to WordPress Planet. …

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The Other Side Of WordPress

Something that’s always bothered me about HeroPress is that it’s just so happy and upbeat all the time. Sure, people talk about some hard things sometimes, but it always ends with everything being better and awesome and happy. I’d like to clarify that it’s not always like that. Sometimes it ends in tears, frustration, and …

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You'll be happiest when you define success by the number of lives you touch for the better.

Defining Success

When I first started HeroPress I assumed we’d get at least 1000 page views per day. How many WordPress developers are there in the world? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? What about bloggers? Users? Millions of them? Surely even a tiny tiny fraction of that would make for thousands of page views, right? I’m …

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WordCamp Europe 2016

Thanks to the generosity of some kind friends it looks like HeroPress will be going to WordCamp Europe. Happily, that means not only me, but my wife will be able to come as well, which is fitting given the amount of work she’s put into HeroPress. We’d love to meet as many people as possible, …

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One Year

One year ago, on March 25, 2015, we published the very first HeroPress essay. It was by Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko, and titled “Finding Your Place“. It’s been an amazing journey for me (Topher) personally. I’ve met a huge number of amazing people in the last year, far more than did essays. People who’ve enlightened me, …

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Transparency Report

Last September I (Topher) went to WordCamp Pune and did a GoFundMe to pay for the trip.  I promised any extra money from the GoFundMe would be used to sponsor a WordCamp that needed it. I had $170.00US left over, and it went to WordCamp Seattle.  Since the GoFundMe was a personal venture to send …

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