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

What Does “Open” Mean?

I've been an Open Source advocate for about 10 years now, and this has been something that determined me over the years. If you start applying Open Source to your life, suddenly everything changes. Completely. Contributing to WordPress Marko and I led a workshop on "Contributing to WordPress" for my CMS students last year at "Telerik Academy". I didn't expect anything particular back then, mostly because of the fact that all of them were looking forward to their first jobs and were only interested in learning enough in the tech field to land their job, start earning some money and improve their… Continue Reading

WordPress Developers – Interview with David Bisset

Our last interview in the Google+ WordPress Developers community is with David Bisset - a BuddyPress freelancer from Florida, one of the WordCamp Miami organizers, recognized WordPress expert and the creator of WP Armchair. David and I discussed the freelancing business of his and I find it quite amusing (in a good way, just like I said in the video :) ) that he's working with European clients, which isn't quite common with most of the WordPress freelancers or small agencies. We went over the large events coming over the next few weeks - WordCamp Europe and WordCamp San Francisco, and… Continue Reading

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

The Right People Behind a Business

I've had a few conversations over the last month with people who have contacted me for work lately and we've had a meeting or two (or currently work together). I rarely check my leads and referrals when they contact me through my blog or Twitter, which is a bad habit and I'm catching up now, and my research led to some interesting results. One of them met a former client of mine in London One of them googled "WordPress Developer Bulgaria" Another lead through Post Status - thanks Brian! One more liked a comment in a technical blog and reached… Continue Reading

WP Mentor, Helping and Community

Last month Matt from Matt Report launched a great site called WP Mentor. Setting up a mentorship program for the WordPress community is an incredible idea so kudos to Matt who made it happen :) If you can't see the value in that site, let me explain. Balance and Entertainment I've been helping people since I've started teaching classes in 2006 and I've always enjoyed that. It's challenging to explain a concept, technology or an idea to someone else and it's a process that actually entertains and educates both sides. If you're a senior engineer with a team formed by… Continue Reading

2013 Overview and 2014 Goals

I'm quite happy with what happened in 2013 and I'm grateful to everyone who supported me in any way during my endeavor :) WordPress Core The most significant accomplishment for me was finally getting some of my patches in the WordPress Core. I have contributed more than 15 patches to the core in 3.7 and 3.8, and I'm determined to continue contributing in the next few versions as well. Thanks to SiteGround I'm able to work on the core as a part of my WordPress Ambassador position duties so huge props to the company owners and all the incredible folks that… Continue Reading

The Ten Years Linux Journey

A Linux/LEMP discussion on Twitter today reminded me that I've spent about 10 years within a Linux environment now. It's not exclusive per se, there were times where I got back to Windows for a few months (keeping at least one system Linux-driven all the time), but it's been a great time and I'll tell you my experience with the mystic or notorious (depending on where you stand) platform. Note: Most of you know that I'm not an Apple fan but I'll keep it for myself in this post, just reviewing some slides over the years. Therefore please keep the… Continue Reading

Theme Reviews, Guidelines and Community

I've accidentally started a long discussion due to a small and fairly insignificant bug that turned out to be more than enough for several major theme authors, reviewers and theme lead devs to chime in and share their thoughts. I usually try to avoid those scenarios, but every now and then the tension needs to be released. These are my observations, thoughts and ideas based on my experience over the past 2.5 years with the theme directory. Theme Reviews in 2011-2012 I have joined the WPTRT in 2011, after doing a dozen reviews as a "candidate reviewer" before getting my… Continue Reading