Belgium, France and England

One of the big advantages of both Kim and me working remotely is that we aren't tied to a single location. A few months ago, that meant that we were able to spend almost seven weeks in Europe without taking much leave. Itinerary I love living in South Africa, but at the same time, I do [...]

Four principles for successfully handing over a store to your customers

Sometimes we’re under the impression that finishing a WooCommerce development project is the end of the road, but that’s really just the beginning. When you hand over a site it’s the start of that store’s life cycle and, as a developer, you likely will not be the most important person on the store anymore. The [...]

WooCommerce in Botswana

WooCommerce is used by store owners from all over the world – store owners such as Tshegofatso Tlhong. Tshego is a young woman from Botswana with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and is also the managing director and founder of Ziigie.com. We sat down with Tshego to find out more about how WooCommerce is helping her to [...]

Propaganda, DJ Eazy, Kurt Shröder, Puno Selesho

South Africa is out of the way for a lot of artists, so it's always exciting if musicians I admire visit our country. Since the early days, I've been following the record label Humble Beast and it's been an absolute pleasure to welcome Propaganda shortly after we saw Sho Baraka here in June. After a [...]

Lotte, Hamed, Sina & TBA

Kim and I just got back from 6+ weeks in Europe. We got to spend a lot of time with family, which was great, and that time included quality moments with my sister, Lotte, and her family. Lotte is pregnant with their second child and we went to a park close to their house in [...]

Sho Baraka, DJ Eazy, King Smasher, Lux Kent (Cape Town)

Several years ago, I first heard about Humble Beast, the record company hosting amazing artists like Beautiful Eulogy, Propaganda, and Sho Baraka. The latter was in Cape Town this weekend and performed together with Good Hope FM's DJ Eazy. The evening was opened with a rap battle and short performances of locals Lux Kent (feat. [...]

Knysna

Until recently, I had only driven through Knysna while road tripping through South Africa. We decided to spend the long Easter Weekend in this peaceful coastal town. Our B&B was situated on the central Thesen island. The long drive was worth it. We enjoyed exploring the nearby forests, venturing in the local harbour, visiting the [...]

The Quest for 666

Every year at the Grand Meetup, when our whole company gathers in the same physical space, we give flash talks: 4-minute talks about any topic. Two months before the 2016 Grand Meetup, we sat in an Ethiopian restaurant in Berlin with a few of the WooCommerce team and we chatted about all sorts of things, [...]

Syrian refugees & selective memory loss

There I was, sitting at a B&B, having breakfast. The other guests were a French elderly couple living in Durban. So the host and the guests started talking about Syrian refugees. "I had a chat with someone high up the ranks in the South African government," our host explained to them. "We were supposed to have [...]

The worst reply to mentions of white privilege

"I've worked hard my whole life." That's it. The worst reply.* And yet it's one of the replies I've heard the most from white people here in South Africa. What's so bad about it? #1: Wrong topic By pointing to your working hard, you're not addressing the issue that the words "white privilege" address. White [...]

The Justice Conference (Cape Town)

South Africa is a country in pain, the wounds of centuries of colonialism followed by the brutal system of Apartheid have left deep wounds that are only now starting to scar before they can start to heal. Questions The Justice Conference tried to address some of the questions our country is grappling with from a [...]

Damaging effects of short-term missions

During my MA in theology, I wrote a paper on short-term missions (STMs) in January 2010. Seven years later, not much has changed: too little critical reflection on STMs is happening. One of the most prominent Christian mission organisations, YWAM, still includes STMs as part of their discipleship training school's outreach part. Having just finished [...]

Getting Sassy with WordPress 4.7 and Jetpack

I'm not a WordPress developer, I'm a WordPress site builder. I don't develop the blocks to create a website, I use those that others have created. Those blocks are themes and plugins. Tweaking designs However, the styling and design will not always look exactly like you want. You're happy with the majority of it, but [...]

WordPress: A 💖 Story

Below is a summary of my keynote at CMS Africa Summit 2017, a community summit in Africa. I love working with WordPress. I'm not a web developer, but I've tried a lot of different solutions for making websites. My first proper site was built with Flash, and though it was cool back then to have [...]

Belgian bands growing up

When you listen to music, you get influenced by a lot of other musicians, but I doubt anyone has as much influence as your local bands. Especially in Belgium, where everything is only a short train ride away, I've looked up to several bands. I still listen to some of those musicians regularly. So which [...]

Cambodia

The first ten days of our trip, we were in Vietnam. On the last day of 2016, we flew into Cambodia for the next half of our holiday. Start We arrived in Sihanoukville when the sun was already setting. It was New Year's Eve, and we had no idea what to expect of this coast [...]

Vietnam

Kim and I have family and friends all over the place. It's great to visit them, and we love them, but it sometimes results in us exploring less than we'd like to. So we decided to go on a 3-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. The first ten days we spent in Vietnam, and we [...]

Acrobat Reader: Scanning without scanner

A lot - as in a lot - of admin these days is still very document focused. One thing that always slows down the process, is the need for scanning those documents. Either I have to scan at work, or go to a copy shop, or just buy a scanner. Scanner app At least, that's what [...]

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