November 13, 2013 Community

Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

My talk at WordCamp Sofia two weeks ago was related to choosing the right WordPress theme. Slides are available here. The gist of the talk was making users cautious about their WordPress sites and managing their stack properly, especially in the WordPress context. I find it quite common for users to browse for random, free

October 20, 2013 WordPress Business

On WordPress, Windows, Knowledge and Testing

I had an interesting conversation with a friend earlier today. It started with the persistent state of WordPress in some point of time, backing up and restoring a state after a failure, testing plugins here and there and keeping the site as useful, flexible and stable as possible at the same time. The gist of

September 16, 2013 Plugins

1000+ Downloads of DX Plugin Base

Almost 2 years ago I built the DX Plugin Base plugin as a skeleton for my own plugins – to copy-paste snippets that I regularly use like: adding custom post types, metaboxes, implementing the Settings API and so forth. Few days ago it hit the 1000 downloads mark and I’m pretty happy that other people find

September 13, 2013 Community

5 WordPress Contribution Tips Learned from Scribu

If you have used WordPress for at least a few months, you have probably used a plugin by scribu or at least heard a discussion over one of the tools or plugins he is involved with. Recently Cristi (scribu) announced his “retirement” from the WordPress industry and he’s currently involved in just a few projects,

September 9, 2013 Community

Contributing Together

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time poking others’ projects. Since I have more time than I had while working full-time for an employer, I’m polishing more of my snippets and I’ve been busy with small enhancements that couldn’t find a place in my long list before. Additionally, I find myself sending more pull

September 6, 2013 Community

WordPress IRC Chats Schedule

Since I tend to forget when most WordPress dev chats are or pick wrong time zones instead, I set up a small weekly schedule with weekly IRC chats: http://devwp.eu/chats/ I got the schedules from the Make blogs and listed them with custom post type entries in a calendar. The handy thing is that one can control

August 7, 2013 WordPress Business

The Cost of a Project

I just got back from the supermarket. While leaving with my groceries, I overheard the following conversation: Come on, you even teach while sitting – that’s such a lack of motivation! I do what I got paid to do. So, if you were earning X extra every month, you would be more excited? Sure. The

August 5, 2013 Plugins

DX Plugin Base v1.3 with AJAX

Earlier today I pushed an update to my skeleton plugin builder – DX Plugin Base. The plugin is meant to be used as a base for creating new plugins, you can either copy-paste it and just delete and replace what needs to be changed (that’s what the author of the Metwit Weather Widget did) or

July 7, 2013 WordPress Business

Building a WordPress Website

With 2.5 billion people using Internet over the world (and counting) positioning a business online is crucial. Picking the right solution for your business website is just as important, as it would determine different factors, such as: the cost of building a website the ease of maintenance and extensibility availability in terms of experts being

February 16, 2013 Plugins

Theme Mentor – inspired by Theme-Check

Today I finally released the first version of Theme Mentor – a theme review plugin inspired by the almighty Theme-Check. Over the last year I have spent more than 200 hours fixing themes for the WordPress.org repository gone through the Theme-Check tests. There are numerous issues not covered by Theme-Check, easy to miss during your