The Abusement of Open Source

The Free Software Foundation has a clear and concise definition of free software - which is tightly connected to what we refer to "open source" with some verbal modifications: “Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software” to show we do not mean it is gratis.… Continue Reading

WordPress Contributing Effort and Focus

End of 2014 was a turning point in my life, and I have been thinking a lot about my contributing efforts for a while now. About a year ago I was teaching at a university, a school, co-organizing WordCamp Europe 2014 and a meetup, spoke at various conferences and meetings for free as well, contributed patches to plugins (plus free plugins and updating themes), mentoring people, teaching interns, and doing a dozen extra things for free. Things Changed at Work [caption id="attachment_11568" align="aligncenter" width="713"] Working crazy hours.[/caption] Our work back then was pretty well organized - we had a large client with an ongoing… Continue Reading

Speaking at WordCamp Belgrade This Weekend

When Marko came for WordCamp Sofia in 2013, I promised that I'll make it possible to attend the first WordCamp in Serbia as well. Despite of our crazy work weeks lately, I had to make it work so there we go :) So Stanko and I are attending WordCamp Belgrade this weekend. I'll be presenting about Building a WordPress SaaS. Since the talks are 25min long, I will cover: the general aspects of the SaaS solutions what are the popular options for building SaaS in the WordPress context some technical tips for building the right process general ideas of building the marketing or sales… Continue Reading

On Working Remotely, Cofficing And Creativity

I've been an advocate on working remotely for over 15 years now. My first two HTML sites that I built for clients as a student were in 1999. In 2001 I was fixing computers and reinstalling OS and software apps, part of that was done from home or with Remote Desktop. In 2002 I started writing a weekly security bulletin for IDG, and 2003 was my half-time job from home for a media outlet working on two of their websites. Since 2008 I've been working remotely full-time, and I've been through all phases of remote work: freelancer, consultant, part of… Continue Reading

WordPress Job Titles and Skills – Where Do We Stand?

Since I've started my analytical research on the community, including the client's side earlier this month, I've had plenty of examples within the broad community (all people building WordPress websites) for things that are quite alerting. Problems in Our Ecosystem Some of the encounters include: Contractors taking on assignments that they are obviously not capable of solving Web design companies asking for their website to be built by an external company WordPress service providers asking me for WordPress work when they found out that they aren't capable of moving a site People labeling themselves as developers, even though they touch no code… Continue Reading

WordCamp Europe 2015 – Call For Papers

The application form for WordCamp Europe 2015 speakers is now open and the instructions are available here - Apply to speak at WordCamp Europe 2015. WordCamp Europe is one of the largest WordPress events in the world, and gathered over 800 WordPress fans together last year. This year's host would be Seville, Spain - a great and friendly location that would gather over a thousand people during the event ( Jun 26 - Jun 28). [caption id="attachment_11064" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Photo Credit: Margarit Ralev from[/caption] Last year's event was here in Sofia and we were truly touched by the opportunity to… Continue Reading

Into 2015

2015 is here again, and everyone is recovering from the New Year's Eve parties around the globe. I would like to wish everyone a happy healthy and successful new year. My TODO list so far is endless, so prioritizing and getting the most out of it would be one of my main targets (priorities!). Also, the reason for this post is mostly Brad's post: Since that's what I plan to do here as soon as I outline the main topics I would like to blog about. 2014 was entirely outside of my comfort zone work-wise, since I dealt with… Continue Reading

WordSesh 3 on Saturday

I'm speaking at WordSesh 3 this Saturday at 9:00am UTC.   I will share my thoughts and experience with the WordPress Core and a bunch of other programming languages and platforms, comparing several architectural or design solutions. It's my third WordSesh and I'll definitely recommend it to anyone - 24 hours of live WordPress presentations is worth checking out!   Update: The video for my Code Architecture talk is already available: WordPress Slides WordPress Code Architecture from Mario Peshev Continue Reading

Back from WordCamp San Francisco

I'm back from my WordCamp San Francisco 2014 tour and I'm genuinely excited after meeting close to a thousand WordPress community members over the past few days. The magic of WordCamp San Francisco is impossible to describe unless you've been there at least once, and if you haven't - I'd definitely suggest you to plan for it. However, WCSF with it's scale would not exist in the same form and from 2015 this would be WordCamp US (or USA), hosted somewhere else and ready to accommodate more than 1500 attendees given the growth pace over the past 9 years in San Fran. [caption id="attachment_9688"… Continue Reading

WordCamp San Francisco 2014

WordCamp San Francisco 2014 is in a few days, and I'm excited to joining the largest WordPress community event so far! The great folks at SiteGround are sending me to join the WordPress Core community summit and the contributor team meetups over the next few days and I'm thrilled to meet again the majority of the WordPress contributors from all around the world. After last year's WordCamp San Francisco I managed to get few of my patches in Core, and contributed more than 20 patches since. It's been exciting and incredibly valuable experience. Let me know if you're attending WCSF this weekend and… Continue Reading