July 14, 2014 Community

WordPress Products and Demos

Last year at WordCamp Sofia I gave a talk named “Choosing the right WordPress theme”. Contrary to the first guesses title-wise, since I’m not a designer at all, my topic was focused on the different sources to find a theme, based on a given set of requirements. Few of my slides were referring to the product piracy –

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

November 11, 2013 Community

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

July 29, 2013 Community

On WordPress and Release Cycles

The annual State of the Word session by Matt covers the latest updates on the platform – usage, coming updates and new features from the past year and other valuable stats so that WordPress experts could see their place on the map and see if there are any business decisions to be taken for the next

April 18, 2013 Community

WordSesh overview

Last week we had the first large WordPress ‘meetup’ online called WordSesh. It was an incredible event that was yet another proof for how awesome the WordPress community is. I had the chance to speak at WordSesh and I presented the WordPress.org Themes Directory and the process of reviewing themes. The video is embedded below

January 11, 2013 Development

The 3-Hour Theme Experiment

As a former ThemeForest author and a WPTRT member, I’m intrigued by all the fuzz about parent-child theme relations, theme frameworks, premium themes using the same infrastructure, startup themes and so forth. I remember my positive impression towards Genesis and their hooks model (even though pretty hardcore for customization in practice) and WooThemes and their

December 8, 2012 Development

ColorScheme Designer

I’ve been doing software and web development for many years now, but my design skills are pathetic (and it’s an euphemism for them). However, I’ve tried an amazing tool a few times for color schemes for my WordPress themes that is absolutely amazing – called ColorScheme Designer. A number of color options are left for the

August 12, 2011 Community

Theme submission steps – presentation

The WPORG theme reviewers’ mailing list got an interesting email from Chip where he shared an awesome SlideShare presentation. The WordPress.org reviewers are volunteers and they help each other with technical and philosophical questions on the WordPress platform, best practices designing and structuring a theme or a framework, obsolete and modern functions, security and more. It’s

August 1, 2011 Development

How to Start a WordPress Project?

Starting a new WordPress project requires some initial planning to avoid some common mistakes. Failing to adhere to an action plan may easily incur technical debt (with an unpredictable setup, libraries, and plugins). The WordPress Theme Industry There are tons of themes available – free or premium – and lots of theme markets for premium

July 16, 2011 Development

WordPress custom pagination

When designing a theme pagination is required for listing of posts on the index page. WordPress, by default, presents only the ability of one to use “Previous page” and “Next page” – which might be enough to navigate through the archives but is however incomplete and annoying. The standard navigation has <<, >> and numbers