The Abusement of Open Source – Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

The Free Software Foundation has a clear and concise definition of free software – which is tightly connected to what we refer to “open source” with some verbal modifications: “Free software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

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WordPress Contributing Effort and Focus – Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

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 …

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BackPress and WordPress Development – Mario Peshev on 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” …

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Outsourcing and Hiring Remote Talent – Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

Last month Automattic announced the acquisition of WooThemes – one of the largest WordPress theme companies out there. In addition to adding Woo’s portfolio to Automattic’s arsenal, the company behind added a team of 55 to its manpower which is something incredibly important when you’re growing.

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Business Decisions Impacting Your Customers Could Be Fatal – Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

As a WordPress agency owner running my business and being responsible for dozens of people, my main goal is stability. Stability in Business John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” Since life is fragile itself and things change every single minute, the least we could do is stabilize as many variables …

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The Problem With Having To Educate Your Customers – Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

John Locke wrote an article named “There are no Clients from Hell” referring to the popular site for freelancers – Clients From Hell. I’ve been following the site for some time and there are plenty of educational stories, both for freelancers and clients. What John says in his post is: This site encourages the idea …

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WordPress Job Titles and Skills – Where Do We Stand? – Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

Since I’ve started my analytical research on the community, including the client’s side earlier this month, I’ve had plenty of examples within the broad community (all people building WordPress websites) for things that are quite alerting. Problems in Our Ecosystem Some of the encounters include: Contractors taking on assignments that they are obviously not capable of …

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Setting The Wrong Example – Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

What I call a “Community Virus” is a fraction of a community that sets a bad example. You know, when you’re a part of the society and there’s a small (or larger) number of people doing bad stuff and are loud and annoying at the same time, and you tend to get embarrassed while shopping near them in …

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