Husband and wife duo Topher and Cate DeRosia announced the launch of The HeroPress network earlier today. It is a collection of content from various sites they work on in a centralized location.
âIts overriding goal is to be a hub,â said Cate DeRosia. âIt will display the latest articles from the HeroPress network, as well as community news (to be added shortly). We may also post information that we think is useful or educational.
The âhubâ will integrate the content of at least eight projects:
The team launched WP Podcasts two weeks ago, making over 7,000 current episodes of dozens of WordPress shows available in one place. Find It WP is currently in beta and will be the next project to launch on or before October 19. They will soon be launching the public group Slack with channels dedicated to different types of professionals.
âYou could say it’s like the portals of yesteryear,â DeRosia said. âWith HeroPress spanning over 8 or more entities, we wanted a place where people can go and get the latest insight into what’s going on. “
She also mentioned the idea of ââexpanding their educational offerings in the announcement message. However, news about it will have to wait until they build the projects currently underway.
The team will open funding options on October 24. The HeroPress Network is a for-profit business, but its goal is to make all of its content available for free to the community at large.
The original HeroPress.com website failed to meet its fundraising goal in 2015. It drew 33 backers who pledged $ 21,855 of its AUD $ 60,000 goal on Kickstarter. There were early reactions, especially from lead WordPress developer Andrew Nacin. who cited his “unambiguous worship of heroes” and the initial lineup of male speakers as issues. However, a lot has changed in the six years since fundraising.
DeRosia called the first fundraising event a test to see how the community would receive it. The project has never been funded since then. Accommodation and resources were provided for the project, and a few other companies occasionally donated their time and tools.
Although he failed to raise their initial funds, the project continued. Today, HeroPress has been successful by simply providing a platform for people to share their journeys in the WordPress world.
Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko wrote on first try in March 2015. Since then, the site has published more than 200 others.
âIt has always been a challenge figuring out how to fund the project,â DeRosia said. âWhen the pandemic hit and the sponsors had money they couldn’t use on WordCamps, they started conversations with us. We’ve been brainstorming ideas since then and believe the HeroPress Network gives us the best resource for reasonable funding. We want to re-value both the community and the supporters, and the diversity of what makes up the network offers more options. “
If everything falls into place, DeRosia herself or one of their daughters could have a salaried position for the project. She has a background in English and journalism, and she described it as a ‘dream job’.
I asked DeRosia why she was personally involved in this project. What made her get up every morning to build it?
âTopher and I grew up in a poor rural setting here in the United States,â she said. âWe come from communities that are dying because there are no jobs. WordPress has always been a great answer to this.
âWith HeroPress.com, we are able to provide a stage where people can relate how they built their lives, no matter where they lived or what circumstances they lived under. It’s great, but it doesn’t go any further.
âNow, with The HeroPress Network, we can provide streamlined, searchable access to handy tools anyone can use to create the life they want using the WordPress platform. We can also demonstrate how community and business can work together to achieve the best for both.
âIf the option for something better is there, I want to help people find it. Helping new people get started with WordPress brings wealth to the community that it needs to thrive. Helping established businesses connect with people and resources continues to grow.
âIt’s so amazing to have the privilege of seeing people form relationships that allow them to thrive. And who wouldn’t get out of bed every morning to do that?