WooCommerce in Real “Live”

My slides for the very first WordCamp Harare are now available. I spoke about my experience of setting up my first live WooCommerce store after having worked with WooCommerce for 2 years in testing environments. https://speakerdeck.com/jobthomas/woocommerce-in-real-live

Zwarte Piet and My Own Racist Blind Spots

In 2011, I met my South African wife in Belgium. Her friend Crystal was visiting the town where we both lived in late November that year. Both of them were absolutely shocked when they saw Zwarte Piet (or Black Pete). Blind spots Up until that point, I had never ever considered the racist implications of […]

Afrihost, or How Customer Service Should Work

Update: https://twitter.com/jobtex/status/1040526000809861120 For the last three years, we’ve been customers of South Africa’s internet service provider Afrihost. While sometimes the product was failing, their support has been amazing throughout. Yesterday, we stopped using Afrihost, because the fibre provider in our neighbourhood doesn’t have a contract with them. So this seems an appropriate moment to say thank […]

Contributing to Code without Coding

I’ve been working at Woo for over almost two years now. During that time, I’ve learnt a lot. While working with the different plugins, themes and extensions we offer, it is normal to encounter bugs: small (or big) things in the software not working as they should. Using Software and Reporting Bugs Just using the software […]

WordPress Customisation for Dummies (Like Me): Workshop WordCamp Cape Town 2016

A lot of beginners encounter all sort of tutorials on how to add some custom code to the functions.php file or even more basic: change the layout beyond what the customizer allows. Aspects In this workshop, I introduce WordPress beginners to some good standards in terms of customisation. Choosing a plugin that allows custom CSS […]

Routers Scare Me (So Here’s a Tutorial for Myself)

I work for a web company, and because of that a lot of my friends and family expect me to know everything about the Internet. Well, I don’t. I’ve just learnt to use Google efficiently. And for that very reason, routers scare me. Because when I’m trying to configure the connection to the Internet, I […]

From (Too) Long Talk to Workshop That Works

To Really Work Very often, when conferences list workshops, what is offered is not an actual “workshop” but just a long talk. There are several reasons why you should avoid that. First of all, you’re communicating to the audience that they’re attending a workshop. As the word says, there should be work involved. If your audience […]

Say hello to WooCommerce 2.6 “Zipping Zebra”

I’ve updated all of my test sites already and have been playing around with the newly added “Shipping Zones” for a while. WooCommerce 2.6 is an amazing update and you should get it for your store as well. Read the post on our development website on how to update safely. Oh, and I even made a […]

Ethical Consumption in South Africa: Chocolate and Coffee

When I arrived in South Africa about three years ago, fair trade was not really a consideration here. Very few brands were offering clear information about their supply chains and the control or transparency of those chains by external organisations. In the last few years, there has been quite a big change. Why should you care? […]

ScaleConf 2016: Scaling Support by Education Customers

https://youtu.be/ZP1jImalXfU A few months ago, I spoke at ScaleConf 2016, which was quite intimidating. It’s a developer conference, and I’m not a developer. I posted my slides a while ago, but now you can also watch the video as well. I hope you like it! I really enjoyed infusing Thomas Kuhn’s theory of paradigm shifts I […]

Bono & Eugene Peterson: The Psalms

https://youtu.be/-l40S5e90KY The Psalms Fuller Theological Seminary, with several famous theologians on staff–including Richard J. Foster, Miroslav Volf, and Joel B. Green–has documented a meeting between Bono and Eugene Peterson. Bono has never hidden his Christian background; he reached out to Peterson when The Message translation of the Bible was released to say thanks and invite […]

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