Interview

WordPress Community Interview With Amanda Rush

Amanda Rush designs websites and web applications using various content management systems including WordPress, as well as testing websites for accessibility according to the W3C standards and for Section 508 compliance. She checks for usability with Jaws for Windows, Non-Visual Desktop Access, (NVDA), Window Eyes, System Access, and VoiceOver at Customer Servant Consultancy.

According to Wikipedia “The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet. They are a set of guidelines that specify how to make content accessible, primarily for people with disabilities—but also for all user agents, including highly limited devices, such as mobile phones. The current version, WCAG 2.0, was published in December 2008.”

Amanda is an instructor at the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired, where she helps teach a class on HTML5, CSS and general web design which is inclusive of accessibility. She is also a member of the Accessibility Team where she helps test and makes recommendations for improvements to accessibility.

We chat about WordCamps, the WordPress Community, Assistive Technology and other things during the interview.

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WordPress Community Interview With Robert Sather

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Sather is a 25 year old web developer with 6 years experience in web development, doing mainly plugin and custom theme development. Robert resides in Sandefjord, Norway and has interests in travelling, urban exploration, hiking in the woods, hamradio and airsoft

Robert enjoys creating custom themes as well as looking into WP security. He spends time in the WordPress Support Forums helping with security issues.

We discuss WordCamp Oslo, the WordPress Community, speaking and touch on ham radio operations.

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WordPress Community Interview With Jeff Chandler and Marcus Couch

Jeff Chandler and Marcus Couch host the WordPress Weekly podcast, which covers all things WordPress. They also interview a variety people who make up the WordPress Community.

Marcus Couch has been a WordPress developer for more than 12 years. Besides being the co-host of WordPress Weekly, he is the cohost of the WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast with John Overall. Marcus also helps people plan, develop and implement membership sites at Membership Site Coach.

Jeff Chandler launched WordPress Weekly in January of 2008. In that initial episode, Jeff talked about the release of WordPress 2.3.2 and running WordPress locally. He resides in Ohio and has been writing about WordPress since 2007 at the WPTavern. When he attends WordCamps, Jeff can mostly be found taking part in the Hallway Track.

We had a great time talking WordCamps and the WordPress Community.

I do need to apologize to Jeff and Marcus. This is the first time that I had two guest being interviewed. There are times where you can see that Marcus and Jeff’s face are blocked. I did not realize this happened until I was processing the video.

WordPress Community Interview With Kathryn Presner

Kathryn Presner is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic where she thrives on helping people get the most out of their WordPress experience.

Kathryn gave a presentation at WordCamp US titled “From Shadows to Limelight – How Women Found Their Voice At WordCamp Montreal.” Here she talks about the successful effort to increase the number of women giving presentations at WordCamp.

We talk about being in involved in the WordPress Community and how she first became active in the Support Forums which led to her applying for a position as a Happiness Engineer.

In 2015 Kathryn took part in a brand new WordPress event called Press Publish which made its debut in Portland, Oregon. An initiative of Automattic, the conference mixed advice and inspiration for bloggers with tips on making the most of WordPress.

Kathryn at Press Publish in Portland, Oregon

Kathryn at Press Publish in Portland, Oregon

Kathryn is very active in Ladies Learning Code and Girl Geeks.

Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to be the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders – not just consumers – of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way.

Girl Geeks Dinners whose mission includes:
Break down old fashioned social stereotypes.
Identify routes around barriers to entry for anyone to get into technology.
Encourage and nurture those interested in technology.

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WordPress Community Interview With Thabo Tswana

You might call this post a Special Edition for the WordPress Community Interview Series. I felt the need to get this interview published quickly because of the message Thabo has for the Community.

Thabo Tswana is a web designer living in Harare, Zimbabwe. He states that “He has a hunger to constantly grow and evolve as a designer. He has a genuine passion for programming, technology and website security”.

Thabo was the lead organizer for WordCamp Harare, which was one of the three WordCamps chosen to take part in the WordCamp Incubator Program. The other two WordCamps took place in Denpasar, Indonesia and Medellín, Colombia.

The incubator program was unveiled in February of this year and the three locations were announced in May.

Hugh Lashbrooke, Andrea Middleton, Rocio Valdivia (among others) mentored Thabo and his team throughout the time leading up to WordCamp.

The team was encouraged to start a local WordPress Meetup group and hold regular meetings. They were tasked with finding a venue, setting a date, recruiting speakers, and spreading the word about the upcoming WordCamp.

The goal for the incubator events was to organize an easily reproducible, one-day, one-track event with about 50-75 attendees.

This interview is a bit longer than normal but it is well worth it!

WordPress Community Interview With Miguel Useche

Miguel Useche lives near San Cristóbal, Venezuela. He is a developer at webdibs, a professor at the Universidad del Táchira, and an open source advocate.  Miguel is also a Playstation 3 and PC gamer, Linux user, skateboarder and blogger.

https://skatox.com/blog/2016/11/01/30-cosas-aprendi-la-decada-de-los-20/

We were supposed to do a quick Skype interview during the Global WordPress Translation Day 2 on November 12th but my schedule changed and we were unable chat.

Miguel is one of the organizers of the WordPress Meetup Group in San Cristóbal. There are over 130 members which meets monthly.

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WordPress Community Interview With Anil Gupta

First, I would like to thanks Nirmal Desai who introduced me to Anil and helped arrange this interview. Nirmal is one of the WordPress TV Team members

Anil Gupta is a developer and resides in Ahmedabad, India. Anil and Aslam Multani started a company called Multidots in a rented apartment, two old computers, bad internet service and turned it into a company that now employs over 100 people worldwide and delivers professional web and mobile solutions.

Anil has a great philosophy towards the company, clients and crew (employees). You can read about the company and their relationship ideas in a Linkedin post that Anil posted HERE.

At Multidots we have this engine which shows how these three “C” (Company, Clients and Crew) are connected and responsible. There are three entity in the business – Company, Clients, Crew (Employee)! We really need to align them well. It would not only help company to grow and get better success but would help client and employee to achieve their goals and satisfaction.

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Anil and his partner encourage employees to become involved in WordPress and to give back to the community. Chetan is one of the  team members that contributed for the recent release of WordPress 4.7, Chirag Patel is a Polyglots Team Editor and took part in the Global WordPress Translation Day 2 and as I had mentioned before, Nirmal Desai is an active member of the WordPress TV Team.

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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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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