For many, many, many moons, this blog has been slumbered. Not quite dead, but certainly not alive and kicking. And as I’ve hinted on twitter a couple of weeks back, this is about to change. WP Realm started out as a multi-person project, but from now on this is a one-man project handled by me, Remkus.
Hi there! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Roan de Vries. I’m 18 years of age and I’m studying music in The Netherlands. I think you can guess my hobby by now, which is making music in general, but specifically playing the guitar. Most of you probably never heard of me, but you may have heard about my dad: Remkus de Vries.
My experience so far in WordPress has been very limited, but I have been to my first WordCamp recently in Antwerp. I’m very keen to learn more about WordPress.
My dad pointed me to an article about improving the WordPress New User Experience by creating a more beginning user friendly environment. As I was reading it made me curious how I would perform on those tasks. I thought I’d do my share and give a look inside my head on how I complete a set of four very beginner tasks (as shown in the article). [Read more…] about A New WordPress User Experience Write-Up
Konstantin Obenland just posted an update about the plugin directory redesign. Basically, if you haven’t looked at the new proposed design yet, now is the time if you want to have any say in the choices being made. Do note, however:
Please keep in mind that it is by far not a finished product. There is still a lot of work to be done, mainly around front-end technology, search, and developer facing interfaces. Every decision that has been made so far is up for discussion, which is the purpose of this post.
So, log in with your WordPress.org credentials here and check out the new admin interface as well the new plugin page. Check out the open tickets before you create a ticket, but by all means, create tickets and start discussing.
Oh, how time flies. Apparently it’s been two years since Copyblogger launched their Rainmaker platform. Transforming the already platform from an easier, more secure, and maintenance-free way to build a powerful (marketing) websites to now a complete digital marketing and sales solution.
The website aspects of the Rainmaker Platform have become a lot more powerful in the last couple of years. It’s now complemented by integrated email, marketing automation, an online course builder, podcasting and content optimization tools, and much more.
As of today Copyblogger opens up their Rainmaker Platform for everyone to test. If you, like many other people, have been curious what the hype is all about, but weren’t ready to commit to start paying before you fiddled with it, then now’s the time to see what’s behind the login.[Read more…] about Copyblogger Opens Up Their Rainmaker Platform
With every new site or project, there comes a new WordPress install, and a few steps are needed before you can start to work. They usually involve one or more of the following:
- download / update WordPress
- create a new database and database user
- set up Apache vhost
- set up vhost url on system hosts file
- install your favorite plugins
- install a theme
This is a fairly simple process, which takes up a few minutes every time you start on a new project. However, since I like to automate things to decrease the chance of screwing up, and saving time, I’ve started to play around to see if I could somehow streamline this process. [Read more…] about WordPress wp-cli Kung-Fu Made Simple
addicted very keen on going to as many as WordCamps as possible, but some of them are in a country that I can’t get to because of whatever or sometimes there are two or more in one weekend. This basically means I can never see all the WordCamps that I’d like to… but I would like be in on the buzz, you know, the stuff people share. Right now twitter is pretty much the best way to keep track, but it’s not ideal. In fact, this is exactly the reason why David Bisset created WPArmchair. [Read more…] about WordCamp Lovers Unable to Attend a WordCamp: Meet WP Armchair
When I started building WordPress sites I actually thought my job was done once I handed off the site to the client; the code is written, it is theirs now. I suppose that worked: I was able to pay my bills, but didn’t see many of those clients again.
Then I started providing some documentation and training for clients. Yes, it was a bit of a pain, but curiously enough they kept coming back for more work, and not just more training work, also development work.
I firmly believe that upping my game by providing training and documentation is the reason clients started coming back. Expanding my level of service created a great way for me to earn more, both with my hourly rate and also by having more items to charge for.