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Highlights: WordCamp London 2016

This weekend (April 8-10), we had the pleasure to join hundreds of like-minded folks at WordCamp London 2016!

Fresh Tracks

There were over 30 sessions ranging from talks geared for developers, programmers, designers, marketers, freelancers, community and all sorts of professionals involved in WordPress and those still beginning to use WordPress. There is a talk for everybody.

WordPress in Croatia
There are many use cases of WordPress – from news sites to business and so on.
One interesting usage of WordPress was in a talk by Emanuel Blagonic on how they use WordPress to create a site for a huge city in Croatia.
Like any project, Emanuel and other developers also experience a lot of challenges along the way. When their city, Rijeka, decided to go with an open source CMS, their citizens have different views on this. With developers and citizens efforts combined, public sites like that one of the city of Rijeka, are on the right track of making public data transparent, accessible and open to all that helps change the face of Croatia.

Winning Big Named Clients If you’re running an agency, the million dollar question is how to win big name clients. That’s exactly what the talk of Tom Greenwood is all about. In gaining popular clients, Wholegrain Digital didn’t hire sales people, didn’t advertise, didn’t bid for tenders, didn’t go networking and they also didn’t pay for referrals. So how did clients come to them? Clients come to them through organic search or usually by word of mouth from other clients. Tom’s advise in winning clients and keeping them is like being a good lover. The foundation of a good relationship is being a good listener, treat the other person fairly and with honesty.

“We won big named clients by downselling rather than upselling.”

By teaching clients how to do things themselves allows them to save time and money. And by being helpful, when they need help in the future, they will remember you and get back to you and most likely give you a contract for a project. According to Tom, winning big name clients like Lenovo, Jamie Oliver and M&S is not a secret. The answer is out in the open: love.

Multilingual WordPress
In this fast paced WordPress world, we want to reach potential clients and users of our services by making WordPress sites multilingual.

Matt Pilarski talks about the benefits of multilingual websites.

There are machine translations, which is not 100% accurate. On the other hand, there are human translation and translation services that capture contexts of emotions, expressions, and are accurate. There are a lot of multilingual plugins to choose from at the repository. His advise is to not enable all languages, because it’ll definitely cause errors.

In conclusion, though there are many solutions there isn’t a perfect one, however there are many solutions that can easily make your site multilingual. Translation services or a simple plugin may do the trick; it all depends on your needs and what works best for you.

It’s About the Community

Starting with a Contributor Day on April 8, attendees were introduced to the basics of contributing to WordPress, how and what they can contribute. We were divided into teams based on the contributions we’d like: Core, Themes, Meta, training, community, polyglots, support, TV and so on. The Polyglots team where we joined was led by Taco. Though we’re in an English speaking country, it’s great to see a massive range of languages where WordPress was translated into: Dutch, Polish, Slovenian, German, Hebrew and Tagalog.

First Time Attendees

A first time WordCamp attendee asked at Contributor Day
“What do you get out it?”
WordPress is an open source platform that powers more than 25% of the web. Not only that companies, developers, designers and other professionals use WordPress to make a living, but WordPress also help give voice to people who need one in the form of democratized publishing.
Contributing to WordPress opens you to a lot of opportunities such as community awareness and you become a part of it. You make new friends, new connections and learn new things from other professionals and contributors which is essential to growth. Contributing to WordPress is never by force; it’s at the person’s own will.

“So why do you do it?”
Contributing to WordPress will make the web more accessible, will provide a great platform today for a better future.

“Anything else that I should know about?”
WordCamp is an open community and everyone is encouraged to have fun, but also be mindful of others. View the Code of Conduct here.

Come with an open mind, take good ideas and plant them like seeds, let the idea grow and make use of these new tips at work or other professional practices.

And of course, don’t forget your WordCamp IDs:

Fun & Games

You’ll definitely feel nostalgic during the after party with some arcade games like Taiko drums, Mario, zeebo, racing games, board games, card games and a lot more!

Continuous Contributions

WordPress Global Translation Day is happening on the 24th of April. It’s a full day of all things WordPress, with live training sessions that starts at 0:00 UTC. There will also be local events that will start in different timezones.

Growing Community

WordCamp London and WordCamps in general are events organized by the community. It can start small from a local meetup.
Bring WordPress to more users, keep the community open and continue growing.

Thank you WordCamp London 2016 for a wonderful weekend. See you next time!

Highlights: WordCamp Norway 2016

Despite the cold weather in Oslo, there were warm and smiling faces who greeted us at Dekode office, the venue of WordCamp Norway 2016 speaker / sponsor dinner on 19 February.

Photo by Rarst

Food and drinks were served and it’s time to party!
We met a lot of interesting people and companies sponsoring the event such as the folks from Angry Creative who created a WordPress card game.

Jimmy goes, “this WordPress card game is still in beta version.”
They are still in the process of testing it and there’s no better way than to play it.

The main aim is to have a great fun experience and at the same time teach a little bit about WordPress and the importance of contribution to the community.

It was a fun game and we like the concept. Just like any other game, at the beginning the rules were unclear, but as you play it you understand more.
We are excited to be one of the first players and we’re hoping to play it once more when it launched publicly.


20 February was WordCamp Norway held at Gamle Museet Oslo from 9 – 5pm.
Gamle Museet is a spacious area that accommodated hundreds of WordCamp attendees. The ground floor was divided into two for tech talks and inspiration scene talks.

One of the 16 keynote talks was mine about Contributing to WordPress for Business, Profession & the Community.
The talk covered five for the future, and contributing to core and more such as:

Contact Form 7 creator, Takayuki Miyoshi talked in WordCamp Tokyo 2015 about why we should choose free plugins.

“If good plugin developers don’t grow, the WordPress community will be weakened.”

According to him, free plugins are high quality and good for the community. Paid plugins have paywall and only paying customers can access them. Therefore, premium plugin authors can’t get as much feedback as free plugin authors.

Feedback has a huge role in developers’ growth and learning. “The more (good) codes are available, the better our developers become.”

My team member Kazue Igarashi who contributed to Underscores (WordPress started theme) led the development of IEMOTO, which Underscores-based grunt-init template for WordPress theme. Iemoto follows all the fixes and feature upgrades of Underscores where you can automate theme development process.

Contributing to theme creation allows you to gain experience and skills. It’s also an extension of your professional profile where you can showcase your talents in theme creation.
Working with themes also lets you meet all sorts of clients with different needs that helps you learn more about how you can adjust your time and design to make them happy.

WordPress Localization & Globalization
You can start contributing to WordPress translation by becoming a translator and joining the polyglot team of your choice.

When WordPress was translated into Japanese, Japanese speaking users were able to appreciate and understand WordPress even better. As a result, the number of users and developers in Japan increased.

Previously in our company, all our sites were exclusively in Japanese, then we started translating them into English. And the benefit was there were more foreign clients understanding our services and what we do. The number of English speaking clients start to grow.

When WordPress is in the language you understand, your relationship with it gets deeper.

Development & Cloud Environment
VCCW is a Vagrant-based WordPress development environment created by our teammate Takayuki Miyauchi.

99% of our projects and work are mainly WordPress, and we wanted a convenient and reliable cloud environment.
AMIMOTO is WordPress & WooCommerce dedicated Cloud Environment that is suitable for maximising the performance of (WordPress & WooCommerce) through a dedicated cloud environment.

Japan WordPress groups are active in the community, with lots of variations like WordBench, WordCrab, WordOnsen and a lot more.

There are many ways to contribute to the community such as volunteering in WordCamps, taking photos, speaking and organizing.

You can also create WordPress-related events, like the one we went to in London, A Day of REST, a WordPress REST API event organized by our friends from Human Made.

By organizing WordCamps and local meetups, you help increase the number of WordPress users and developers in your area. Speaking on the other hand lets you inspire others with your knowledge & story.
By being around people, it helps develop your public relations and verbal communication skills.

To summarize, contributing to WordPress increases your awareness with the platform and helps increase your brand awareness. In addition, it lets you learn skills important to your career growth.
When we contribute, it let us learn about the most important value which is the value of sharing.

Contributing to WordPress for Business, Profession & The Community is the final talk at WordCamp Norway.

For dinner, some organizers and speakers headed to a nearby restaurant where we can try traditional Norwegian cuisine like bakt torsk and others like tartare de boeuf to more common ones like steak and pizza.

The afterparty started at 7 pm, at the same location as WordCamp Norway, where they transformed the ground floor from session hall to dance hall complete with DJs and drinks bar.

21 February. The original plan was a day of sledding, but due to lack of snow, the alternative activity for all WordCamp attendees was a guided tour at the Opera House, which is mainly about architecture and the history of the place.
The Opera House at the center of Oslo provides a great view of the whole city especially on a sunny day.
Reaching the top is breathtaking where one can see until the line that separates earth from sky.

Part 2: WCTokyo 2015 English Session Summary

 WordPress & Security

Daisuke Takahashi is a Systems Information Science freshman student of Future University Hakodate.
He’s the lead organizer of Google Developer Group Hokkaido (Android & Polymer) and WordPress core contributor.

Daisuke is an Information Security specialist and he’s done a lot of developments with SELinux and YubiKey (FIDO U2F). He talked about WordPress 4.4 and security.

What’s new in 4.4?


He demonstrated 2FA using YubiKey.
By default, a 5-digit code is sent via email or phone call. And this 5 digits code may be extended.
According to Daisuke, “if you’re using Chrome, YubiKey is easier than time-based authentication.”

WordPress + Docker – Reusable WordPress Development Environments

Jordan West is in charge of the Javascript things in Automattic and he’s been living in Japan for nearly a year.

Q & A Session

Mika Epstein has been using WordPress for 9 years. She writes and reviews plugins and helps in the WordPress forums.

“The WordPress forum is the easiest way to learn WordPress, especially for those who cannot code.”

Understanding who to write the code for makes your code better.

There are 6 people reviewing plugins where each one of them review about 10 plugins a day.

Plugin review takes about 5 – 10 minutes. Security is the top priority, so the review team read all the codes and make sure there are no errors.

With 30 plugins submitted per day, only half are approved.

Q: What are the key points in creating a plugin?

  • Make sure not to spam
  • Protect users
  • Take a plugin and learn from it

Q: When’s the least plugin submission?

Q: Why are plugins rejected?
The plugin includes its own jQuery.

Q: To submit a WordPress plugin, what do developers have to prepare?

You can also check it in the readme validator.

Q: What skills does a developer need to have?
“Patience, logical thinking and knows how basic code works.”

Q: Do you use any tools for scriptwriting?
“No. I download zips and open them in Poedit and find the main file / readme. Is there anything I see that is not GPL? Because many Javascripts are not GPL compatible.”

“You cannot automate to find out what’s wrong,” she continued. If she sees something that is not GPL compatible, she will ask the author(s) to change it, or ask them to change the license because all codes on WordPress should be readable and can be edited by others.

Q: As a curator plugins, what areas (good for development) are lacking at the moment?
There are plugins still lacking in eCommerce to connect with multiple stores.

“Stores and many physical locations want WordPress to control that; there are no plugins to do your “inventory”, but this is not a good way to start writing a plugin.”

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