The $15 WordPress gig

Three weeks ago I received the following message on LinkedIn: Hello, I'm looking for someone who could customize a WordPress plugin we bought. It's a car reservation system, we need to change the pricing model and add a few extra SQL tables that would operate with the plugin. The contact is a manager of some small agency, in his 50s, so I replied with my usual template for people who get in touch with me as I do dozens of WordPress things here and don't look like scam - that I can forward that to my peers and share it in the relevant… Continue Reading

Responsibility and Trust in Business

Few minutes ago I found out that Kickstarter was hacked, and user information was exposed. It's not the first time a popular site gets hacked (and it won't be the last, for sure), the interesting part however is why did that happen and what would be the right path for a service like this to handle the data protection layer for its users. That's how I see the three layers of trust/responsibility relationship in that combo: There are other interpretations and possible role assignments, but let's stick with that for a bit. Users/Customers Let's apply that Kickstarter example to another… Continue Reading

Regular Blogging and Misconceptions

After a short discussion on Twitter related to my Daily Blogging is disappointing post, Chris Lema said that I was wrong: @mattmedeiros @sarahpressler @no_fear_inc Yes he is. But he's also wrong. :) I'd explain, but I'll do it tomorrow. In a new daily post. :) — Chris Lema (@chrislema) January 13, 2014 and then he followed up with another post - Five reasons I recommend daily blogging (even if you disagree), with another subtitle labeled "This is a post about regular writing". Now, since I respect Chris Lema a lot and being able to chat with him helped me and my business,… Continue Reading

WordPress Services and My Pricing Strategy

Pricing has always been a painful topic for everyone, both clients and contractors/companies. Clients try to keep it as low as possible (normally) and contractors try to earn more (again, normally). There are quite a few videos, books, tutorials and blog posts on the subject, and not as many people talking about that. Chris Lema is one of the most open people when it comes to pricing, and he's helped me to negotiate on projects and find out the best possible way to discuss projects with serious customers who would like to build a given software and have a clear vision… Continue Reading

Daily Blogging Is Disappointing

Few of the people I follow regularly recently turned to the "daily blogging" routine and I just stopped reading them. Not that they started writing for the sky and mountains or anything - I just can't catch up with everything, and the new content sounds like a magazine article rather than a professional opinion or review. Unless your work is full-time writing or R&D and your blog is your very top priority, please don't do that. There are too few examples of successful daily bloggers (I won't point fingers, I can think of three or four myself) that don't do… Continue Reading

On WordPress and Working Smarter

Today I found two brilliant posts that I would like to share with as many people as possible. While everyone is focused on what the market says or what seems natural, occasionally there are many obvious factors that are left unnoticed and could affect our entire life and career. The first article that I've read was Morten's "WordPress is Not Easy and That's OK". It covers several perspectives from people outside of the WordPress community who have heard how easy it is to use the "5-minute install" and build everything with themes and plugins, and tried that on their own.… Continue Reading

QA != Tester

Last Saturday I had one of those epiphany moments for something way too obvious, still too shocking for me at the moment of speaking. It was related to the QA process and the place of the QA role in the software industry. I got involved in a discussion on Saturday evening regarding several different technical specialties. There were three of us teaching classes at the Telerik Academy here. Trainees could end up as: developers, frontend engineers, support experts, QA guys etc. Not surprisingly for me, most people tend to lean towards the development department, i.e. trying to join the dev… Continue Reading

Remote Work Is Just As Good

I have a hard time resisting remote employment opportunity discussions online, due to the fact that I spent several years of my life on a flexible timing and remote work business structure. Today's reason is Rarst's tweet regarding StackExchange: Even though I'm not a regular help guy there, I do try to follow discussions and threads (especially in the WordPress section, as well as Java categories) and I admire their policy of remote working. I was just as impressed by GitHub when two of their employees attended OpenFest and defined their values in their track (the video available here). Communication is… Continue Reading

The Business-IT Industry Relationship

The WordPress platform allows for a number of users to build business ideas over a number of options. Browsing online or offline (at a WordCamp or a regular WordPress meetup event) we could get in touch with WP developers, designers, writers, system administrators, support engineers and other technical. On the other hand, small teams are managed by WP managers and team leaders, CTOs and CEOs of WordPress-driven companies, financial managers aware of different aspects correlated with the eCommerce activity status as well. So, by all means, we have a coherent and cooperative relation between managing and executive personnel, that is… Continue Reading