WordCamp Bucharest – Tips for Enterprise WordPress Projects

I spent the weekend at Bucharest attending the local WordCamp -- a wonderful event made possible thanks to passionate organizers and volunteers, top-notch speakers, generous sponsors, and the Romanian WordPress community! [caption id="attachment_13239" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] WordPress enterprise tips at WordCamp Bucharest[/caption] The topic of my presentation was "Tips for Enterprise WordPress Projects". I did a quick survey before filling out the form, assessing the topics that some local peers would be eager to hear about. Enterprise-grade WordPress applications and large organizations using WordPress were among the most cited ones. And here's the summary of the talk: Decide if enterprises are… Continue Reading

Dealing With Bullies And Dominance Behavior

I stumbled upon a video called "How to Stop A Bully" by Brooks Gibbs today while surfing through LinkedIn. Here's the original version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oKjW1OIjuw Now, Gibbs shares a number of valuable lessons during his research. Bullying is also called a "Dominance Behavior" by psychologists or establishing a state of power over other human beings. The most common mistake is responding out of anger. As soon as you fall for it, you've lost the bullying game. Bullying In Nature Bullying is extremely popular across all ages, jobs, locations, situations, and places. It starts as early as kindergarten throughout school, jobs, and family gatherings.… Continue Reading

Why Most Software Engineers Don’t Contribute to Open Source?

People contribute to open source for different reasons and with different agendas in mind. There are different philosophies and theories about open source products. Some claim that there is reciprocity if you use something for free. Others demand a regime similar to socialism and Marx’s slogan - “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” That doesn’t resonate with everyone. People are somewhat selfish by nature and solving global problems isn’t always at the top of their minds. That’s the reality we live in. Some do genuinely support the philosophy and spend a significant amount of… Continue Reading

Talking WordPress Retainers and Selling to SMEs With Curtis McHale

My friend Curtis has been innovating in the sales and marketing space for WordPress consulting for years, and he's literally just started selling his latest book "Finding and Marketing To your Niche". His content is top-notch and I've personally been following his blog closely for quite some time now. That said, we've been talking with Curtis on business and marketing strategies, and I joined his podcast "The Smart Business Show" in order to share more nuggets from our own philosophy at DevriX and what drives us to focus exclusively on ongoing WordPress retainers. For us, implementation wasn't really the problem; it was… Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Business and Cash at WordCamp Sofia 2016

Bulgaria is hosting yet another WordCamp this coming Saturday and I'm happy to join the speaker forces (despite having to wake up at abnormal hours on a Saturday) 💤 DevriX will be present at WordCamp Sofia 2016 and our team would be around over the weekend for any questions regarding WordPress development, business growth, remote working or building SaaS solutions. Additionally, we're sponsoring the event and presenting with 3 team members of ours - talking management, sales, and WordPress business market overview. I would cover a sensitive topic for developers who are struggling with finding market opportunities for selling their services. We'll talk about the… Continue Reading

Building SaaS with WordPress – a WordCamp Netherlands 2016 Talk Slides

WordCamp Netherlands is over now and it was a pleasure giving a talk at the very end of the second day of presentations. Surprisingly the room despite of the three long days of contributing to WordPress and a number of great WordPress talks for developers, designers, bloggers, business owners, marketers and other industry experts and people joining the WordPress community. [caption id="attachment_12131" align="aligncenter" width="906"] Photo credit: https://twitter.com/jmslbam/status/787670505931337729[/caption] That's the spirit and I'm looking forward to attending more events with motivated enthusiastic people eager to learn more about the community, business and technical ecosystem and participating at 100%! Here are the slides… Continue Reading

Talking SaaS at WordCamp Netherlands This Weekend

The Netherlands is one of the most active communities in the European WordPress ecosystem, and I'm very much excited to talk about Software as a Service applications in the WordPress context this weekend in Utrecht! WordCamp Netherlands is hosted in Utrecht this year, with a Contributor Day on Friday, Oct 14, and a couple of days with talks in two parallel tracks on Oct 15 and Oct 16. I'm basically closing the WordCamp with the last talk of day 2 talking about "Building SaaS with WordPress" while Franz Vitulli is talking about Slack and internal communication in the other room. I will share… Continue Reading

DevWP Redesign – UX Recap and Content Planning Flows

The last redesign of DevWP was about a year and a half ago (give or take), but I'm really happy to announce that we've done some minor updates in the internal structure plus a brand new landing page for the main domain: Our previous redesign (again by our Creative Lead Alex) did follow my overall idea, but wasn't as functional as I wanted it to be. My initial goal was staying closer to what the internal pages print (overall structure and a sidebar) in order to be consistent, but that led to various limitations - either repetitive information in sidebars and the… Continue Reading

Ask Me Anything on ManageWP – Sep 14, Open Floor

Since I've been moderately quiet online over the past year, it's about time to get back with some fresh ideas, insight and tricks from my long business journey lately. I delivered a presentation on remote teams at WordCamp Europe in Vienna, but haven't posted a recap yet due to some presentation format issues with both Slideshare and Slide Deck, so it's pending as well. There are a few things planned over the next months, including a slight face lift of the blog here since the homepage is not even usable to me! :) But that will come after we've wrapped up the… Continue Reading

WordCamp Belgrade 2016

Being based in Sofia, attending WordCamp Belgrade last year was pretty much a no-brainer. Luckily, the incredible organizing team in Serbia is organizing another event happening this weekend, or in other words: enter WordCamp Belgrade 2016! It's been close to a year since my sabbatical after WordCamp Europe 2015 when I had to take a long break, rearrange some of my priorities, focus on certain personal and professional things in my life and scale a number of things that would allow me to regroup our resources and give back as a team. We used to contribute more than 5% "before it was cool"… Continue Reading