I also want to take this opportunity to thank all the regular readers, as well as the many WordPress plugin/theme developers and service providers who have worked with us throughout the year as we strive to lead WordPress users to the best resources.
WP Mayor is 5 years old! I started this site in November 2010 as a way of sharing what I was learning while developing WordPress websites for clients (I ran an agency in Malta at the time).
I’m very thankful of how the site has grown during the past five years, it’s a long time in internet years and while others have fallen by the wayside we have continued going strong. Thankfully this is no longer a one man job, Alyona and Mark have been doing a great job, and we also need to thank the many guest bloggers who have contributed and continue to contribute regularly.
As mentioned in earlier posts, this year I’ve tried to vary my conference schedule by attending more non-WordPress events in order to widen my perspectives and get a better feel of how the tech world in general is moving.
Last week I attended Web Summit in Dublin, and I have to say that it has by far been the biggest and most interesting tech conference I’ve been to. With over 40,000 participants and some amazing speakers like Michael Dell, Dan Brown and Stewart Butterfield, it’s one conference I don’t regret going to.
As many of you know, I run two successful businesses: WP Mayor and WP RSS Aggregator. We are also working on some new plugins, and in the meantime I’ve been living a digital nomad lifestyle for the past four years, visiting around 50 countries in the process. It’s not always easy to handle all the work while concurrently traveling and leading a distributed team, but I’ve learnt to set up systems and workflows to help me achieve this.
Since I frequently get asked about my workflow and software that I use, I’ve gone ahead and written an article about my workflow over on my personal blog. So if this is something that interests you, I’d recommend that you check this post out and let me know if you have any suggestions on improving this workflow further.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending SmashingConf Europe, which was held in the fantastic city of Barcelona. This year, as I have mentioned in earlier posts, I am making an effort to attend conferences outside the WordPress track. I’m doing this to widen my network as well as to avoid getting too focused on the WordPress world while ignoring other technologies that are taking the web world by storm.
WooCommerce is becoming a huge player in global online e-commerce, and online bookings is an important sub-niche. Hotels, travel operators, tours, spas, personal trainers etc etc all need a booking system for their website. So which WooCommerce extensions are best for bookings at the moment? Unlike other niches, there’s not much to choose from at the moment. In fact, there are only two leading solutions for WooCommerce bookings. The first to arrive on the scene (and most flexible) extension is the WooCommerce Booking & Appointment Plugin from Tyche Softwares. WooCommerce Booking & Appointment Plugin WooCommerce Booking & Appointment plugin transforms your…
A short while ago I had announced that I’d be attending MicroConf Europe here in Barcelona.
MicroConf is a conference for self-funded startups. When I heard that description the first time I heard of MicroConf, I immediately thought of the WordPress community. Why? Well, if there’s one ecosystem that is chock full of self-funded bootstrapping entrepreneurs it has to be the WordPress one. I did meet a number of WordPress product owners at MicroConf Europe, and all agreed that it was a great experience and they’d be returning next year. Read on to learn why I think you should attend the next MicroConf.