October 13, 2016 Business

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

September 15, 2015 Business

On WordPress Development Retainers

With over 40 people working at DevriX right now, we have revised our service solutions and focused on promoting a type of service that combines our recurring revenue goal with iterative development solutions for some of our clients. While we do provide maintenance services, we realized that a development retainer would be incredibly useful for most of our leads. This month

April 22, 2015 Business

The Challenges Of Building a Site For a Friend

I often receive referrals or friends asking me to set up a WordPress website for them. It’s usually something fairly small – such as a 5-page business website or a simple magazine website. They are close friends of mine or have been recommended through my network. They have received some offers, but are looking for a

February 26, 2015 Business

Code Quality And Free Plugins

Update Apr 29, 2015: My friend Emil from ThemeReview.co announced their Plugin Review service which I highly recommend for all plugin authors, business owners and clients – high quality means higher security, better performance and compatibility for your project. We have these regular discussions on Open Source, the future of WordPress and such. I’ve been discussing the

February 25, 2015 Business

On WordPress Talent Shortage

Last week Andy Adams posted a great post – The WordPress Talent Shortage Might Be a Pricing Problem. I hadn’t met Andy before, noticed the post through Brian and Jeffro, but I read it three times and I do agree with a lots of his thoughts and conclusions. I’d like to propose that the shortage of developers

July 19, 2014 Development

Web Development and WordPress Online Training

The end of my PHP course at the Software University is near, and I’m planning a new program for WordPress development. I’ve been teaching courses since 2006, take a look at my training portfolio. Few of the companies where I have trained employees are: VMware, SAP Labs, Software AG, Melexis, and I have also trained groups at CERN

April 6, 2014 Development

Periodic Table, my First Public Upload

Recently I found a link to an app that I’ve published online almost 10 years ago and as far as I remember, it’s my first publicly available application ever, free for download: I’m definitely not proud with the overall end product or the code quality produced back then, but that’s my first contribution to the

December 16, 2013 Plugins

Plugins Scalability

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the state of plugins. In my previous post I’ve mentioned the free and premium plugins, and additionally I could split them in other categories, such as: small and large, self-contained and extensible, user-oriented and developer-related, optimized and non-optimized. I could go further with secure/insecure and everything, but that’s another story. I’d also

December 15, 2013 Beyond

The Low Barrier of WordPress

Coen Jacobs wrote a post recently, asking Is WordPress Too Easy? I was about to follow-up on that, but due to time constraints, my thoughts flew away, but I felt the urge to do a part 2 on that series, with some other thoughts. What is WordPress? No, I’m not going to define that as

November 1, 2013 Development

My Paradox With The Switch Statement

Ever since high school, I have always been suspicious when it comes to the switch statement in programming. It is quite intuitive if you think about it, but in my opinion it has various limitations in some scenarios: it’s error-prone by missing a break; clause here and there chaining cases isn’t always intuitive to read,