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Joined Plesk

A new chapter has started for me today, as I have started my first day working at Plesk. My main focus has always been building up my company till the day my old boss from 1&1 called my up. He was joining Plesk as their CTO and asked me if I wanted to join. He […]

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Caching can be overrated

Caching is something that always comes up to speed up your site. People see it as a requirement to have and trust fully on it to be working. The main issue I have with this is the fact that it doesn’t solve problems but simply hides them. People never look deeper into the issue to […]

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Looking back at my contributions

After a stormy year with all kinds of things happening around and outside WordPress, it’s a great moment to reflect on all the contributions I have done to WordPress. I like to highlight all the things I have accomplished during my time contributing back to WordPress and related projects. I have grown as a person and as a developer. […]

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Uninvited from the WordPress community summit

After being invited a month ago and have already arranged the hotel and flight tickets, today was the moment I was uninvited. This in a way that I would never do. I would not have mind as much if I would have lived around the corner but I’m coming from The Netherlands. It isn’t that […]

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Doing image manipulation the advanced way in WordPress

When you deal with images on a regular base you have experienced difficulties one way or the other. It can be that you have lot’s of image sizes, you want smaller images, dealing with animated images etc. Lot’s of cases where WordPress doesn’t work as good as it should have. The thing here is that […]

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Security optimisations in WordPress

I never was a fan of the plugin/theme editor in WordPress. It creates security issues when someone is able to login. In combination of default plugins/themes, a hacker can write an automatic script that can change the code of a site and still be really fast doing so. You can easily protect yourself by disabling […]

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WordPress & PHP 5.2

It’s a love/hate relationship between WordPress and PHP that lately seems to be heated up due to still the minimal version being PHP 5.2. Specially plugin developers want to push the required version higher even though the stats show it’s a risky thing to do. In this posts I want to highlight some things to […]

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Moving to become an agency

Recently I have stopped working for 1&1 where I have worked for 18 months. During this period I learned a lot on how hosting works on a big scale. Working with some of the most talented people in the world has been a great experience. I therefore hope there will be a day that I will work […]

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Why I care what happens with BackPress

As many know, I’m the lead developer of GlotPress. Simply because I was the only one at that time who cared about Polyglots and also had the technical skill to make GlotPress better. But by getting GlotPress a live, I was building on something called BackPress. At the time I didn’t know exactly what the […]

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New server setup

After running for years everything on one VPS, I thought it was time to move to a multiserver setup. Then people wonder if I need it and the answer isn’t as simple as saying no. I don’t need it because of traffic, load etc. On the moment you want to want 100% uptime but still […]

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Stepping down a bit

This is a post that I wanted to write for a few months now and it’s hard to find the right words without hurting the community I truly love. Like I really don’t want to call out people in the community but sometimes things go always in the way against you. And since the end […]

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WordCamps 2014 recap

Last year was a great year of visiting WordPress events over the world and then specially WordCamps. In total I went to 10 WordCamps where I went to 5 new WordCamps which include that I finally went to Asia to have a look at the community in Tokyo. With a big thanks to my employee 1&1 […]

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