There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Sarah Hawk

Luckily the same thing can’t be said of SitePoint books. So if you’ve had your eye on one of our titles for a while, now is your opportunity to pick it up for the grand price of $0. And you don’t even have to do anything out of the ordinary!

May is a golden month at the SitePoint forums with the introduction of The Golden Post Prize Program. This is an initiative that I’m particularly excited about because some time ago when I asked you what you wanted to see at the forums, the overwhelming majority of you said that you wanted to see the bar set higher on post quality. In order to achieve that we have been working hard to cull the low quality posts, but it gives me much more pleasure to reward those of you that are responsible for the really great contributions to the community that we’re starting to see more and more of. So find out how you can grab a free copy of your favourite SitePoint book.

In case you missed it on Friday, this weekly community roundup comes to you on a Monday for the first time due to the introduction of Facebook Friday – special weekly deals exclusively for our Facebook fans. SitePoint forums

Last week was a huge one for us here at SitePoint with the launch of JavaScript Live! Those of you that are taking the online course will no doubt know how successful it has proven to be. Those of you that missed out this time can make sure that doesn’t happen again by putting your name down to be contacted when the next course opens for enrollment. We are aware that there were a few teething issues with the registration process this time around but you can rest assured that we’re ironing those out for next time.

Hot Topics This Week
The hottest of the hot topics this week has got to be from our very own Marketing Manager, Shayne Tilley. Shayne brings up that often shied away from subject of software piracy. Let us know what you think about it in General Chat.

Datura demonstrates just why she won our Graphic Design Guru of the Year in 2009 and has written an amazing tutorial named Tiles Made From Nature which can be found in the Graphic Tutorials and Methods forum.

If blogging is your thing then it might interest you to read just what kind of blogs it is that people like to read. That is the topic du jour in the Blogging forum this week.

The PHP geeks are talking about securing their code in the PHP Application Design forum this week. Take a deep breath before plunging into this one.

And last up for this week, in the How to Buy and Sell a Website, Flippa’s Luke Moulton and some of our most knowledgeable members in the world of the website marketplace give their advice on the best way to sell a blog.

On that note, I’m gone.

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  • http://www.jasonbatten.com NetNerd85

    Have enough SEO urls in that blog post? wow, interesting article though, sounds like you guys are marketing more and more. What’s the go? new CFO? new investors?

    • http://thehawk.wordpress.com HAWK

      You cynic, you! I didn’t have SEO in mind when I wrote the post – my purpose was simply to make it as usable as possible. The Community roundup is intended to (a) get those of you that read our blogs over to the forums and (b) help those of you that read the blogs to save some time by telling you what’s going on. If you had to search out every reference I made, it would defeat the purpose!

      And the only new thing around here is me. I started as the new Community Manager a few months back and I’ve been blogging like this ever since.

      I’m glad you found it interesting. :)

  • dcunited

    Technically, in the ‘no such thing as a free lunch’ way, the books still are not free. The principle is that someone pays for everything, you are just eating the cost rather than passing it along to the consumer.

  • Niubi

    I don’t know about that…. DubLi seem to be proving the exception to the rule!

  • AndrewCooper

    Great blog post again Sarah! :D You’re certainly putting the SP community on high alert for all the offers and great ideas you’re rolling out! ;)

    @dcunited Actually if you think about it in a different light this could well earn them more money through an increased positive perception on SitePoint as a whole from new potential customers who join the SP Forums. They see the community is great they get a free book and realise how amazing it is and decide to actually buy a book…Or two. Giving away a free book doesn’t mean anyone has to pay the price for it. That’s how I see it anyway. And if it turns out that the person who gets a free book doesn’t return for some more juicy SP goodness…Then at least SP can still have that great feeling inside that they’ve helped someone out someway and taught someone a thing or two!

    Andrew Cooper