Open Source, Open Road
Matt Johnson / @xmatt / alleyinteractive.com
Pantheon Agency Summit, 2015
- Full-service digital agency: design, UX, development, content workflow strategy
- Founding member of Pantheon agency partner program
- Still have some unused Pantheon v1 invite codes (where do I redeem them?)
- I learned to program in my parents' basement in the 1990s.
- My first exposure to open source software was installing Linux on their PowerMac and experimenting with tools like gcc, Apache, MySQL and PHP.
- Open source means open access, and open season on creativity.
I met the co-founder of Alley Interactive in 2008 at Drupalcon Boston and he got me a job at the New York Observer.
The Observer has always been a ragtag operation. That's what it took to be willing to use Drupal in the late '00s as your CMS.
The world has changed a lot since 2008.
From Drupal to WordPress...
- We work with the media and content industry.
- Our mission is to bring creative open source solutions to that industry.
- Alley was founded 5 years ago and did only Drupal. Now we do only WordPress.
...and from hosting to design.
- Development has always been our most core service.
- Clients need us to get their site onto servers. Now that Pantheon's here, we can do it without spending our own time on servers.
- We've built a true value-add design and UX practice with those spare resources.
Freedom from hosting has been huge for us.
- It has let us focus management attention on defining our media sector focus.
- It has let us take the time to build a design and UX practice correctly.
- Frankly, it has let us spend time with our friends and families, and turn off our computers at night.
The open source future is bright
- Linux and its open source toolchain command the web server market; no one considers building a company like Pantheon on proprietary tools.
- We've made inroads with WordPress in big media that no one would've dreamed of in 2008.
Have a great day!