Moving on

I have some exciting news to share today. This month will be my last month at WooThemes. Starting June, I will be joining Radish Concepts. It’s a new company (note the lack of a proper website :) ), managed by RichardDavid and Arjan, in which I wil be forming the main development team with Gaya and Arno joins as designer. I’m really excited to jump in new challenges, continue to learn and develop my coding skills and work on cool projects.

Over the past months I’ve learned that I wanted to expand my knowledge on other programming languages, frameworks and get a larger toolbox for my web development work. In my spare time, I’ve always been investing in my development skills by coding on various side/test projects, based on different frameworks.

As much as I love WordPress and the growing ecosystem around it, I no longer want to be exclusively developing WordPress products. At my new job, I will be working with various projects, based on Laravel, OpenCart and others, but also WordPress powered projects still. This doesn’t mean I’m saying goodbye to WordPress, but will give me a broader set of tools to work with. Continue Reading…

Changing the number of product columns in WooCommerce 2.1

Some people asked me this question on Twitter and I always pointed them to the support forums we’ve got. When this question got asked for the 10th time this week, I figured I had to check if this was actually any different in WooCommerce 2.1 now. Turns out, it’s not. It still works the same as it did in previous versions.

Hi! In new WooCommerce 2.1.2, how can I change the number of shop columns? All fixes that I can find on Google are not working in this release.

Well, here we go. Let’s debunk this myth that it’s no longer working by showing some examples. Continue Reading…

While I’m sitting in the departure area at Schiphol Airport, sipping on a Starbucks drink, I suddenly realised that it was over three weeks since my last post here. So far so good with my blogging resolutions

And now there’s a special of the Dutch Webdesigner Magazine being published, with two articles by me in it. To top that off, I’ll be speaking at WordCamp Norway this weekend. People will visit this site and will see a very inactive blog, so this is just a quick update that I’m still alive and will get into blogging more soon.

If you are at WordCamp Norway this weekend, come say hi and we’ll have a chat. I’d love to talk to people using WooCommerce, or about any subject really.

Looking back at a great 2013

It’s the last day of the year, which is a great day to look at I have achieved and what happened this year. In my 2014 resolutions, I gave some parts away already and most events that I’ll mention in this recap already have explaining blog posts published.

Today is also the last day in the month December, which ends the Blogging for Benjamin competition. In the month December, I have published 31 posts (including this one), which leaves me in a 3-way tie with Patrick and Mike. Well done guys, we surely published a ton of great content in this month, keep up the good work!

Without further ado, here are my highlights of 2013. Continue Reading…

My 2014 resolutions

With little over one day left on the calendar of 2013, it’s about time I start thinking what I want to achieve in the new year. I’m never really good at making real resolutions, but I like to have some idea of what I’m going to focus on. These resolutions are not real goals, so they might be a little hard to actually complete. Continue Reading…

Blogging after the Blogging for Benjamin competition is over

The Blogging for Benjamin competition is coming to an end. In just two days time, we celebrate the end of another year. At the same time, our blogging competition is ending too. But our blogs live on, with a bunch of new content and ready for a new year.

It sure was a bit of a struggle to write and publish 31 posts this month. At first I started with a nice backlog of scheduled posts, but work and other things quickly made it impossible to keep that schedule going. I think that most posts I’ve published this month were mostly written on the same day. Continue Reading…

Why do you want my newsletter?

MailchimpFor a couple weeks now, I have a newsletter signup form in both my sidebar and in my comment form. I didn’t expect many people to subscribe, so it was basically just a test. Besides having the forms available on obvious positions, I didn’t do much promotion for it. So you can imagine I was a bit baffled when I saw there were already over 50 people subscribed to my newsletter (after weeding out the obvious spammers).

To all of you expecting a stunning designed and well thought out newsletter, I’m sorry. Nothing like that is going to happen. I want my newsletter to be a really personal message that I can directly push to your inbox. Continue Reading…

WordPress plugins should do one thing and do it well

I mentioned the Unix philosophy ‘Do one thing and do it well’ in yesterdays post already, the User Switching plugin was a prime example of a WordPress plugin sticking to it.

In the past, I’ve discussed easy to use and expand plugins. Patrick Rauland posted about adding functionality to lean plugins yesterday as well. It clearly is a hot subject, but what exactly is this all about? Why should WordPress plugin developers care about keeping the number of features in our plugin as low as possible? I like to explain why this is important and a couple best practices to make this happen. Continue Reading…

User Switching is a little gem of a WordPress plugin

A couple days ago, I saw this tweet by John Blackbourn. I’m following John for quite a while now, not in the last place because I’m a fan of one of this free WordPress plugins. Enter User Switching. This little plugin is a real gem in the plugins directory. Not only does this plugin do just one thing (which I’m a fan of), it does it really well.

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to test with multiple user accounts on the same WordPress powered website? Incognito windows and using multiple browsers only gets you so far. This plugin offers a one click swap between user accounts, logging you in as the selected user. It also comes in hand when you need to actually see what a user is seeing when they report an issue. Continue Reading…

Merry Christmas to all of you

Today was a really tough day to come up with a blogging idea, but at the same time there is plenty to blog about. It’s Christmas today and everybody is spending time with their family and loved ones. All over the world, there are tables filled with food and presents underneath the Christmas tree.

Christmas is one of the few holidays that is celebrated in very similar ways all over the world. It has a couple required ingredients; a Christmas tree, dinner with family and often times there are presents involved. It makes me realise how good our life really is, with having the luxury to celebrate Christmas. I’m sure not everybody in the world has the opportunity to celebrate it in a such an extensive way like we do.

I hope all of you have a great Christmas and have been able to celebrate with your family and loved ones today. Our Christmas dinner has just finished and my mother in law did an amazing job; I’m so stuffed. The remainder of tonight will be filled with playing games and just relaxing. Tomorrow we have another day where the Dutch officially celebrate the second day of Christmas. This is usually just a day to relax some more and enjoy the leftovers of todays Christmas dinner. Continue Reading…