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WordPress Community Interview With Katarzyna Janoska

Katarzyna Janoska resides in Łódź, Poland and is a front end developer as part of the distributed team at OnTheGoSystems.

She recently spoke at WordCamp Gdynia 2016 about working remotely and the pros and cons contained therein. She stated that she has a habit of not knowing when to stop working and take a break. Katarzyna (or Kasia) said that she received a lot of comments and suggestions from her audience after her presentation. You can see her presentation HERE.

We talk about WordPress Community in Poland and WordUps in Poland.


WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/12/02

I am a WordPress user and I am sure there are a lot of folks like myself who are confused to a certain extent about what exactly the REST API is and does. I hope that these two videos will help users and beginners have a better understanding of what the  REST API is capable of.

Siobhan McKeown: The WordPress REST API – A Guide for the Perplexed

Siobhan McKeown gave this presentation at WordCamp Milano 2016. The talk is geared towards non-developers where she explains the concept behind the WordPress REST API.

Everyone’s taking about the WordPress REST API. Everyone says that it’s going to transform WordPress. But what actually is it?

Michael Martin: WordPress Rest API – How To Build A Webapp

Michael Martin’s presentation at WordCamp Belfast 2016 is about using building apps using custom post types, meta boxes, and the REST API.

Building a single page app in React or Angular and need to let the client manage content? Or support multiple languages?

Slides for his presentation can be found HERE.

For more great videos from WordCamps around the world go to WordPress TV.

WordPress Community Interview With Blessing Mpofu and James van der Hoven

I am publishing two interviews this week because, well, basically I screwed up. I have been randomly choosing people to contact after looking at recent WordCamp sites. I was looking at the WordCamp Cape Town 2016 website and I just happened to contact Blessing and James within a few hours of each other. They both replied that they would be happy to chat.

Blessing Mpofu

Blessing works as a Team Director and Digital Media Manager. He also blogs about inspiration and leadership at blessing.im. On his blog About page, Blessing states the following – “You haven’t led until you lead people who, in a sense, don’t really have to follow you, but do so by choice”.

Blessing is also working toward his degree in Theology.

You may notice a slightly different format to the video. Blessing wanted to use a video conferencing service called Zoom. It worked great! It looks like each person on the “call” can record their own video. There are some other nice options as well.

James van der Hoven

James is the owner of Vane Digital and gave a talk at WordCamp Cape Town 2016 titled “Integrating OroCRM into WooCommerce”. He leads a team who are “capable of implementing the best performing ecommerce solutions for our clients and to ensure the smooth integration and automation of their business processes“.

More videos from WordCamp Cape Town 2016 can be seen here.


WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/11/25

Before I get to the video highlights this week, I wanted to put out a call to action.

While searching for videos to highlight I came across the fact that there are only 109 videos from WordPress Meetups. I took a quick look at Meetup.com and found out that there are over 1,100 WordPress Meetup groups with 376,000 members. I know it can be inconvenient to setup a video camera to record a meeting but I think that these would be a fantastic addition to WordPress TV. You can upload WordPress related videos on the WordPress TV Submit Page.

Now….on to the videos!

Pascal Birchler: Internationalization Improvements in WordPress 4.6 And Beyond

This video comes to us from WordCamp Geneva.

In this talk, Pascal talks about all the recent improvements to i18n (internationalization) and l10n (localization) in WordPress 4.6 and upcoming versions.

Adam W. Warner: WordPress Security for Beginners – Simple Steps to Build Your Master Plan

From WordCamp Baltimore, Adam Warner talks about the fact that security can seem intimidating and complex for many of us, but we shouldn’t (can’t) let that stop us from making sure we’re doing everything we can to secure our WordPress sites.

His presentation slides can be seen HERE.

For more great videos visit WordPress TV.

WordPress Community Interview With Brittney Moffatt

Brittney Moffat resides in northern Ohio in the US and has been using WordPress for one year. She is the Social Media and Marketing Assistant at a local child care agency.

For the past few months I have been choosing people to interview basically at random, I would take a look at a recent WordCamp, scan the list of speakers and contact someone who I thought would have an interesting message.

I met Brittney at WordCamp NEO in June and then again at WordCamp Ann Arbor. I approached her about doing an interview for three reasons: she was fairly new to WordPress; she is enthusiastic and she was in the same time zone as myself! Just kidding about the time zone thing.

We talk about her experiences at WordCamps, the WordPress Community and her involvement in the local WordPress Meetup group.

Brittney, good luck in your very first presentation next month!

For more interviews click HERE.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/11/18

The videos highlighted this week are geared towards getting young people involved in WordPress, blogging and programming.

As the grandfather of a 9 year old granddaughter, I find myself  talking with her parents discussing technology, internet safety, security, blogging, programming, etc.

I would love to chat with someone who is involved in a program for kids. This is something that I have on my “To Do” list for the WordPress Community Interview Series. If you know of someone or would like to chat about the it, please leave a comment!

The first video is from WordCamp Cape Town 2015. There is a local program called Code 4 Cape Town that encourages young women to become involved in technology to create a greater diversity in the South African tech industry.

Emma Dicks: Code For Cape Town

The next video comes from WordCamp Orange County 2016. It is a fact that that children are using gadgets at an earlier age every year. Tabitha talks about getting kids involved in WordPress.

Tabitha Chapman: Kids and WordPress

Presentation slides can be seen HERE.

For more WordCamp video visit WordPress TV.

WordPress Community Interview Series – Global WordPress Translation Day 2

It was a stupid idea. Contact several groups who were involved in the Global WordPress Translation Day 2, record Skype video calls and splice them all together. Stupid.

But the more I thought about it, the more I began to like the idea. Finally after a week or two of thinking it over I contacted Petya Raykovska of the Polyglots Team and asked if she had any issues with the idea. She was actually excited about it and gave me her blessing.

I began to collect information from the Polyglots Team page on make.wordpress.org. After I had randomly picked 25 teams, I contacted them and asked if they would be interested in doing a quick Skype video call , which would be eventually published on WordPress.TV.

I created a list of the teams that I had contacted and also had maps that I marked up to show the contacts, cities and timezones.

The translation event started at 00:00 UTC on Saturday, November 12th. For me, that converted to Friday evening at 7:00 PM EST. I started my first interview at 10:00 PM EST and recorded the last one at 8:30 AM EST. I was able to connect with 16 teams or individuals. This was short of the 25 I had contacted but confusion on my part about time zones led to a few being missed.

I got to talk with some great people and actually was able to spend some time chatting with 2 people who are on the WPTV Team, Pascal Casier and Olegs Belousovs.

I split the interviews into 2 parts which are a about 50 minutes in length.

I want to thank everybody that I was able to talk with Friday night and Saturday morning. AND I need to apologize to the teams that I was not able to connect with during this fantastic event!

Part 1


Part 2


For more interviews on WordPress TV click HERE.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/11/11

Before we get started on this week’s videos, we want to call attention to the Polyglots Team translation efforts on November 12th. Global WordPress Translation Day 2 is a 24 hour event dedicated to translating WordPress and making it available to more people around the world.

This week we again feature two videos from two different WordCamps.

Pippin Williamson and Caleb Burks: eCommerce Town Hall

From WordCamp Denver, Pippin and Caleb discuss eCommerce in a Town Hall setting.

Building a WordPress site is one thing – turning that site into a revenue-generating machine is another.

Ivana Ćirković: How I Met Your WordPress

This video is from WordCamp Bucharest and features Ivana Ćirković talking about her WordPress journey. Ivana discusses her start as a blogger / website owner and goes through her experience of learning about WordPress, SEO and customer relations.

Talking about her experience with WordPress from the beginnings, Ivana wants to inspire others to be part of this growing community and share all the benefits WordPress has to offer.

Her slide presentation can be seen HERE.

For great video, please visit WordPress TV.

WordPress Community Interview With Troy Dean

Troy Dean had submitted a testimonial video to WordPress TV a few weeks ago. I thought it was very well done and interesting, so I did a C&C (contact and connect) and the result is the video interview below.

Troy resides in Melbourne, Australia and is the Director of Cool and co-founder at Video User Manuals Pty Ltd. Video User Manual is a video tutorial plug-in to teach clients how to use WordPress. He is also co-founded WP Elevation, the world’s first business accelerator program for WordPress consultants. He is a regular speaker at WordCamps.

Troy talks about the WordPress Community and gives tips for first time speakers. We also discuss issues facing the volunteers at WordCamps who are setting up video cameras to record sessions.

For more WordPress Community Interviews click HERE.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/11/04

Before we take a look at the featured videos today, I wanted to mention some interesting stats about the number of videos being published on WordPress TV.

As we know, the number of WordCamps has been steadily increasing over the years. So too have the number of videos being published. BUT what has caught my attention is the large increase of videos coming from WordCamps. In 2012 the average number of videos published was 6 per WordCamp. In 2015 that number grew to 16 published videos per WordCamp. Some WordCamps are able to hire profession firms to record, edit and upload videos but the majority of video content is recorded by volunteers. You can see below the actual numbers below. FYI: as of todays date, over 1100 videos have been published for 2016. Let’s give a big shout out to the volunteers who are helping with this effort.


OK, now onto the videos!

Gerroald Barron: Beginner WordPress Security

For beginners and users comes this video from WordCamp Birmingham 2016. Gerroald talks about the basics on hardening your WordPress application and best security practices. The importance of Strong passwords, Two-Factor, secure file permissions, using SFTP encryption, changing Salts and the importance of maintaining backups and updates.

Presentation slides can be see HERE.

Björn Wijers: The Benefits Of Your Own Internal WordPress.org Like Repository

This video comes to us from WordCamp Nederland 2016. Björn talks about pro and cons of having your own WordPress.org like repository for your organisation and to create one yourself.Also, he discusses how to setup an internal WordPress repository for clients using github-updater, Git, Atlassian’s Bitbucket Server.

For more great videos go to WordPress TV.