Blogging And Helping the WordPress Business Ecosystem

There’s been a good amount of WP drama lately for various reasons, but one of the most important ones is struggling. Because that’s where many people are in the WordPress community – they struggle. Freelancers work with non-educated customers asking for cheap changes. Agencies have a hard time growing since decent clients tend to avoid WordPress for […]

Broken Updates and Personal Website Management

Yesterday a large number of websites were broken due to a security fix that affects the Shortcodes API. I’m grateful for the security efforts of the WordPress Core team and I do appreciate various fixes that are automatically updated. 2 years ago Ipstenu wrote in her blog something about the automatic updates when people freaked […]

7 Reasons Why I Avoid Estimates

Every time I need to do estimates, I cringe a little. I no longer do estimates for small and medium clients since it creates false expectations and takes a huge amount of time. Which is why I talk about pricing and budgets a lot: An Estimate is Not a Deadline Estimation is Arbitrary – Risk is Out […]

DX Plugin Base – Ongoing Updates

I built DX Plugin Base several years ago as a general plugin framework that we could use internally, and something that could serve as a code repository for most of our projects. I’m really happy that some folks got the plugin and built their own reusing most of our code, such as the Metwit Weather Widget. […]

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 […]

Brain Workout and Bredogenerator

My multitasking regime is notorious, and I’m quite used to switching context all day long, doing five and more things at a time. While this may be a tough process to follow, one of the reasons I’m capable of accomplishing that is my brain workouts started a while ago with the Bredogenerator exercise. I blogged […]

BackPress and WordPress Development

Today WP Tavern announced that BackPress is coming back from the dead. For those of you unfamiliar with BackPress, it’s a collection of PHP scripts (or a library, or a sort of framework if you want) for building web applications. On top of that the syntax is quite similar to the WordPress APIs, since it’s a “simplified” […]