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WordPress Community Interview Series with Ahmad Awais

Ahmad Awais is a Core Contributor, a Plugin Developer and also on the Polyglots Team.

He is one of the organizers of the Lahore Pakistan Meetup. The group was featured on WPTavern  last December. Over 500 people attended the meetup.

After the release of WordPress 4.6, Ahmad wrote:

WordPress 4.6 has been released. It is the 4th major version release where I was able to contribute code to the WordPress core. Giving back to the WordPress community; especially in the form of core contributions — has been an incredibly empowering and inherently humble experience for me

He is one of the moderators on the Facebook Advanced WordPress Group. The group recently held a Giveaway after surpassing 20,000 members. The WordPress Community responded by donating several thousands dollars worth of prizes. Ahmad and Maedah Batool spent over one hundred hours managing the giveaway. A complete list of prizes and sponsors can be seen here

Setting Up Shop (E-Commerce) – Derek Schmidt

From the stage of WordCamp Asheville 2016 Derek Schmidt takes you through a demonstration on how you can setup an e-commerce website using WordPress and WooCommerce. This talk also goes on to cover setting up various products and product types, setting up taxes, payment gateways and shipping rates. Derek also shares how you can connect to your customers and keep driving them back to your website for more conversions.

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WordPress Community Interview With Tammie Lister

I was lucky enough to interview Tammie Lister recently. She lives in southern England and is a Tuxateer at Automattic. Tammie is a member of the Theme Review Team as well as the Core and Design Teams. She was one of the organizers of WordCamp Brighton 2016.

“WordPress is created by more than core committers and more than one company.” A Tweet by Tammie early this year.

Tammie has several videos available on WordPress TV.

As has been the case since these interviews started, I came away with more knowledge about WordPress world and the people who contribute. In addition, Tammie taught me some British Slang!

Ace!

How to Get 100 Content Ideas in an Hour: Nicole Kohler

If there’s one thing worse than writer’s block, it’s running out of ideas for your blog or business — or not having any to begin with. Luckily, the internet has made getting inspired an easy task, not to mention an incredibly quick one. In this talk, Nicole shares tips, tools, and content “lifehacks” you can use to generate 100 (or more!) content ideas in less time than it takes to settle on a new theme. Filmed at WordCamp Boston 2016

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WordPress Community Interview With Petya Raykovska

I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend a few minutes interviewing Petya. I first contacted her in early May and we were finally able to get our schedules worked out a few days ago.

Petra is a native of Bulgaria and is currently employed by Human Made. She is a contributor to the Core, Community & Polyglots Teams and was one of the organizers for WordCamp Europe 2016.

She took a very active role in the Global WordPress Translation Day which was held on April 24th, 2016 and continued for 24 hours. A recap of the event can be found on the Polyglot P2 page here: Recap and Results. Also, videos of the event are available on WordPress TV.

On a side note, I am normally a very positive person. I try very hard to have a good attitude at work and at home. After Petya and I ended our Skype call, I found myself more upbeat than usual, a spring in my step and a song in my heart. Her excitement is very infectious!

Make sure to watch the video all the way through. I had a little surprise for Petya near the end!

 

WordPress Community Interview With John Sterrett

Are there other tech events similar to WordCamps?

You betcha! And this is a little different than my past post.

If you have been involved in WordPress for any length of time you have probably heard of Joomla Events and DrupalCon.

I had the pleasure of helping my good friend John Sterrett organize two events related to the SQL Server field in 2010 and 2011. These events are called SQL Saturdays and are low cost events which feature multiple tracks for beginners, intermediate and advanced users of SQL Server.

John is a Microsoft MVP and is a consultant who specializes in SQL Server performance tuning, high availability, disaster recovery, database design, development and database administration. He is a well rounded consultant who has worked on government projects, startup projects, ISV projects and projects for global corporations.

So, sit back and enjoy something a little bit different.

WordPress Community Interviews With Matt Cromwell and Jeff Matson

This week I have interviews with two people who are big proponents of the WordPress Community. WordCamps, Meetups, hallway tracks, community and WordPress TV are discussed.

Matt Cromwell

Matt is the Head of Support and Community Outreach at WordImpress, who built the Give Donation Plugin. He also is plugin and theme developer.

Matt is married with four children and also dabbles in U.S. history, politics, religion and music.

Jeff Matson

Jeff is a Documentation Mercenary at Gravityforms. He contributes to the WordPress and BuddyPress projects and is the  creator of the notifybot plugin.

Next week: We learn about another group that hold events similar to WordCamps.

Matt Gibbs: Diving Into Commercial Plugin Development

Learn key takeaways from my running a plugin business. Matt Gibbs goes over how to determine whether your plugin idea can sell, how to set the price, deciding on the business model, whether to self-host, and handling support.

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From WordCamp Asheville 2016

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WordPress Community Interviews With Ken Kramer and Topher DeRosia

I want to thank all of the people who have agreed to do the video interviews. Sometimes trying to get a day and a time scheduled is an issue but everything works out in the end.

As I do more interviews I find myself getting more comfortable while recording. Many thanks to the people who have made comments and suggestions for improvements. I am also learning more about editing the interviews and hope to make the videos more enjoyable to watch.

“Strive to improve!”

 

Ken Kramer

Ken has been involved in WordPress for 3 years and attended his first WordCamp in 2015. Ken, along with members of the Lehigh Valley WordPress Meetup, decided to organize WordCamp Lehigh Valley.

 

Topher DeRosia

Topher is a WordPress Developer who has a passion for life success stories. He started HeroPress (the first story appearing in March 2015) with the idea of people telling how being involved in the WordPress Community changed their lives.

Staff Pick: Theming in WordPress – Where do I start?

From the stage of WordCamp Europe 2016 here is Edmund Turbin’s great presentation on how to get started in creating WordPress themes.

Base theme, child theme, framework – These are a few of the options you can use for creating a WordPress Theme. Wether you are developing a theme for your personal blog, a clients website, or a theme to be used by other sites and the WordPress community, it is important to know the different approaches for getting started with theme development.

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