End of An Era

Today I gave a talk on the EU Web Accessibility Directive at WordCamp Turku. The slides to my talk are on SlideShare, but a blog post summarising the talk will be up here next week. Today was also my last day at Zeeland Family.

I joined H1 in 2012 as the third employee. It was my first “real” web development job working for a company, after almost 4 years of working as a freelancer. In 2016 our small team was acquired by Zeeland Family, and overnight we gained over 130 new colleagues. During these years I’ve had the priviledge of working with extremely talented, smart people and all-round fun and lovable human beings. Thank you, you know who you are.

Now though it’s time to move on, meet new people, face new challenges and learn new things. 

Same Job, New Family

No, not that kind of new family. Our company H1 – my employer – was acquired today by Zeeland Family, one of the most versatile marketing agencies in Finland. Me and my four colleagues Aki, Jenny, Marco and Tomi will be joining their digital team and strengthening the company’s WordPress expertise. I’m pretty excited about this! The past 4.5 years at H1 have been the best time of my professional life, and I’m looking forward to topping that.

A European WordCamp

Last night I got home at 3:00 from the first ever multi-nation WordCamp, WordCamp Europe 2013 in Leiden, The Netherlands. The weekend was packed with many inspiring talks, but above all it was a unique chance to meet other developers and designers from around Europe and the world. Based on discussions I had during the past two days, advanced use cases of WordPress as an app platform are becoming more and more common. I also had the opportunity to talk to many WordPress “superstars” like Andrew Nacin, Nikolay Bachyisky and The Matt.

Putting together a conference of over 700 people can not be an easy task, but everything went pretty much without a hiccup (there were occasional wifi problems but that’s almost to be expected). A big thanks to the international team of organisers!

An Introduction for WordCamp Europe

Tea break on the balcony

Hello WordCamp Europe attendees! My name’s Daniel and I live in Tampere, Finland. After seeing similar posts by Rhys, Nuno and Jeremy, I thought I’d steal the idea and introduce myself to the WordCamp Europe croud in blog form. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂

So here goes: I’m the main translator for the Finnish version of WordPress and get paid by my employer H1 to work on interesting WordPress projects all day long. My first experiences with WordPress date back to 2005, professionally since 2008. I’m traveling to Leiden with all my beautiful colleagues (Aki, Jaana, Marco and Markus) so it’s going to be a grand weekend!

In addition to learning lots of new things from the conference sessions, I’m looking forward to meeting fellow WordPress professionals and discussing the following topics:

  • Using WordPress as an application platform
  • Scaling issues in deeply hierarchical and/or multilingual sites
  • Development/staging/production environments and workflows for teams

We’re arriving in Leiden on Friday evening. See you there folks! Meanwhile you may connect with me on Twitter.

Sublpress: Manage WordPress Sites in Your Text Editor

Sublpress is a new extension for Sublime Text by Nic Dienstbier that makes it possible to manage your WordPress site (or multiple sites) in the editor. Currently you can edit settings, create and edit posts and manage taxonomy terms. All features can be easily accessed via the Command Palette.

Creating a new post with Sublpress
Creating a new post with Sublpress

I tested Sublpress in both Sublime Text 2 and beta of Sublime Text 3, and my initial impressions are it seems to be a bit more stable (ironically) in the latter. This could be just something relating to my setup however.

Sublpress options
Sublpress options

I’m still not entirely sure whether I want to manage my WordPress sites in my text editor, but if it sounds like fun to you, go get Sublpress on GitHub. 🙂