Category: CP Community

Meet the Community: Earle Davies

ClassicPress Slack Handle: elrae
ClassicPress Forum Handle: elrae
Social media handles: I only use social media for their APIs, not really to post or share anything
Website: https://e11group.com
Where in the world are you located? FL, USA

Tell us about yourself — occupation, hobbies, etc.

I worked in grocery retail as a customer service manager for 10 years and did programming as a hobby for fun. At one point I got more seriously involved in programming so I could make more money on the side and help with the bills. Then one day my current employer made me an offer to jump ship from retail and work as a developer full time, and I’ve been doing that ever since. That gives me a unique advantage in that I have years of experience dealing with people, complaints, managing my own time, and finding solutions.

Other than the alarm clock, what gets you up in the morning?

It’s a cliché for all developers, but when I can’t solve a problem I can’t sleep. So it motivates me to get up and solve whatever particular problem I’m working on. Also, if I’m working on a big project with complicated code that excites me.

What’s your dream job?

In my current capacity I manage a few developers and contractors; working on everything from small-scale business websites to large non-profits and government projects. My dream job would be to do essentially the same thing I am now, but with a bigger team.

You talk a lot about programming. Do you have any other interests outside of coding?

Not really. I’m a workaholic so I basically work 65-75 hours a week and it doesn’t leave much room for hobbies. I don’t remember what it’s like to have free time.

I do get out every once in a while and do things: tennis, hanging out and watching football, etc. but there’s nothing I do consistently I’d consider an interest or hobby.

How did you hear about ClassicPress, and what made you want to get involved?

I don’t recall the exact place I read about ClassicPress, but I know I’ve seen and read about it in many places (Twitter, blogs, WP Tavern, WP Slack, etc). I wanted to get involved because I use WordPress as my go-to CMS for hundreds of clients currently, and thousands in the past. I don’t like the direction they’re going, the decisions being made in closed channels, and the fact that no one can admit they are wrong there. I enjoy working on solving open source issues and making the tools I work with better, so getting involved with ClassicPress will help me in the long run too.

How does ClassicPress fit into your overall plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to continue producing easy-to-use CMS solutions for my clients, and ClassicPress will be that solution. I also want to step back from day to day production and manage a larger team, which will give me more time to work on open source projects.

Do you have some examples of your work you can share with us?

My client base is very …. eclectic, to say the least. I do music brands, small businesses, international non profits, the UN, US government (house of representatives), and everything in between! These are the top three favourite sites I’ve built using WordPress. Hopefully I’ll transition them over to ClassicPress eventually.
cathedral.org
washburn.com
betterworldcampaign.org

Done fast; done cheap; done well: what’s your choice(s) and why?

If I had a choice, I’d do all 3. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case; a client can pick 2/3. Doing things fast rarely leads to a good product for both the developers who must maintain it, and the end user who has to use the product. When you do something cheap, often you get what you pay for; and the quality is terrible. Done well is subjective depending on what metric of “well” you use. If an application looks right and functions properly, but the underlying code is spaghetti, I wouldn’t consider that being done “well”.

Meet the Community: Dick Metcalf

ClassicPress Slack Handle: Dick_Metcalf
ClassicPress Forum Handle: Dick_Metcalf
Facebook: facebook.com/dick.metcalf
Twitter: @rotcod2010
Website: contemporaryfusionreviews.com
Where in the world are you located? Washington, USA

Tell us about yourself — occupation, hobbies, etc.

I spent close to fifty years rovin’ around the world before finally deciding (in 2014) that it was time to hit the retirement trail. That was as a soldier, then a contractor, then a Department of the Army Civilian in the logistics career field.

During all that time, one of my most intense passions was music. The playing of it (back in the day), the recording and now, in my twilight years, writing about it. I actually started my original magazine, IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION, way back in 1990… and it’s still up and running. I like to think that my playing, though on an amateur level, gives me an “edge” over other music journalists. I performed on (over) 60 CD’s… You can hear (and download for free) many of those works at this “Internet Archive Collection”!

My involvement in web, database and enterprise networking activity from the early 1990’s all the way to now has helped me stay ahead of the game, even though I’ll be 73 years old this coming September.

Is IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION your only magazine?

No, I have started another. I had been running an online magazine called IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION since 1990, all for free in my spare time. When I retired from Federal service in 2014, I worked with my son to create a new magazine and called it Contemporary Fusion Reviews. Contemporary Fusion Reviews specializes in music reviews and is designed to provide some expedited and expanded review services that many players and promoters have been discussing with me for about ten years now.

You clearly have a big love for music, who are your favourites?

It’s a diverse group, to be sure… For example Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Aretha, Funk-a-delics and on and on.

Other than the alarm clock, what gets you up in the morning?

The smell of espresso… and then it’s off to writing music reviews.

What’s your dream job?

It’s the job I have right now… writing music reviews for a “contribution-based” model. All at my own pace, for a little coin and a lot of GREAT music!

You have the nickname Rotcod Zzaj, where did that come from?

The “Rotcod Zzaj” name was from some young black dudes who were watching me play keyboards in an overseas Service Club for us military types in Pyongtaek, Korea… They were stoned out of their minds, and sat at rapt attention as I played my original jazz pieces on the piano. When I was done, they said they were going to call me “Doctor Jazz” from that point on. But a couple of weeks later, I was playing there again, and the same two cats showed up, weeded out again… they told me that they’d been thinking about it, and that my music was cool, but that it somehow sounded like “backwards jazz”… We discussed it and turned the letters in Doctor Jazz around to fit their perceptions. So, thereafter, I was known as Rotcod Zzaj.

How did you hear about ClassicPress, and what made you want to get involved?

I was searching the web for alternatives to WP 5.0/Gutenberg, because I had tested G-berg and was TERRIBLY disappointed with it. I also loved the idea that CP is truly community-based, and it appears that it will stay that way for the long-term.

How does ClassicPress fit into your overall plans for the future?

I run 5 websites; CP is deployed on all of them, and will remain that way for the long term. I’m finding out (from my son and others) that you never stop learning in the world of the net.

What is your experience with and opinion of the community?

My experiences with the CP community have been both rewarding and helpful in all respects. I was particularly impressed with the way James Nylen jumped in with both feet and helped me solve a site problem I had. But, more than that, there just seems to be a great sense of “helping each other out”, a true treasure!

Done fast; done cheap; done well: what’s your choice(s) and why?

Done well… In fact, CP has proven that “well” is always better. Every upgrade I’ve run has gone seamlessly, and it can’t be beat! That’s my opinion of course.

Meet the Community: Daniele Scasciafratte

ClassicPress Slack handle: @mte90
Social media handles: @mte90net on twitter, @mte90 everywhere else
Website: https://daniele.tech
Where in the world are you located? Rieti, Italy; known as “the center of Italy”.  Saint Francis did the first Live Nativity here.

Tell us about yourself — your occupation, hobbies, etc.

I am Full Stack Developer but working mainly with web stuff and sysadmin right now. My friend Eugenio and I started a web agency four years ago called Codeat. We develop sites mainly using WordPress and also develop premium plugins.

I am also an Open Source contributor. I have been part of the Mozilla Italia community for 6 years, and currently am working on community management there. I am also part of the Reps program (where I served 2 years on the Reps Council) and TechSpeakers program.

I have been part of the WordPress Italia community for 5 years; I am a PTE for Italian and also a WP Rome/WP Terni meetup co-organizer. I was part of the team that organized WordCamp Rome 2018. I have contributed to WordPress core since the 4.3 version and I am also one of the maintainers of GlotPress, the plugin that lets everyone localize and download the plugin/themes localizations file. I am the creator of the GlotDict browser extension for polyglots, and one of the maintainers of Varying Vagrant Vagrants. I have attended and presented at a lot of WordCamps to talk about WordPress development and how to contribute to WordPress.

Finally, my real passions are Italian, European and American comics. I have a huge collection I started about 13 years ago.

Other than the alarm clock, what gets you up in the morning?

Before I leave the office each evening, I have a habit of writing my to-do list so the next morning I understand my priorities for the day. This helps me to wake up motivated for a good day. Of course, this doesn’t happen every day; the trick is to organize the boring stuff and, if it is possible, to automate it.

A real Italian coffee is another way to get up without any problems.

What’s your dream job?

This is not an easy question. When I finished high school in 2009 I started working as a freelancer. I liked to work with development and Linux so I began to see this as my future. As a Mozilla contributor, I strongly considered applying for a job there but I didn’t liked the way they managed their employees with yearly contracts.

Working in my web agency with a friend, having the chance to pick the best projects, and doing what I please with no boss is the best, in my opinion.

How did you hear about ClassicPress, and what made you want to get involved?

I am one of the grumpy people who has been against Gutenberg since WordCamp Europe 2017 when Matt said it would be integrated into WordPress core. This planned integration was delayed with 18 months before it was released as WordPress 5.0. This slowed progress on a lot of other proposed WordPress features.

Ignoring the opinion of the WordPress community on top level decisions like Gutenberg was one other reason for me to find a new project I could contribute to. I wanted to be part of a project where the community is at the center and I can make a contribution that matters, rather than being ignored for years.

I wrote a long article about my choice to contribute to ClassicPress that discussed the problems with technical implementation, rather than just complaining about the UX. The funny thing was that at the time I wrote it I wasn’t yet thinking about becoming part of the Founding Committee and leading the i18n team.

How does ClassicPress fit into your overall plans for the future?

I currently use it on my personal blog.

An Open Source project like ClassicPress needs more developers in order to grow, and has a need for more localization and code contributors. I am hopeful that more developers will want to join our project to help with all the backports, new features, bugfixes, and improvements the community has asked for. I am available to mentor new core contributors and am hopeful that as the community grows, ClassicPress will meet their goals.

Done fast, done inexpensively, or done well: Which two do you choose?

Good question!

When I first started as a contributor I saw usually the first approach. A lot of cool things were started without planning or considering the possible challenges. As my experience grew and my role changed, I learned to appreciate tasks that were done well but slowly because they succeed over the long term, rather than failing due to lack of planning.

Meet the Community: Laurence Bahiirwa

ClassicPress Slack Handle: @omukiguy
ClassicPress Forum Handle: omukiguy
Twitter: @omukiguy
Github: @Bahiirwa
Website: omukiguy.com
Where in the world are you located? Kampala, Uganda. Yap, it’s in Africa.

Tell us about yourself — occupation, hobbies, etc.

I have been a freelancing web developer but have since moved to teaching high schoolers. Yes, I now have to put on a shirt and proper pants with closed shoes. Long gone are the days where I put on a t-shirt, shorts and sandals the whole day; even for meetings. 3 months ago, I used to work at an advertising agency as a web developer and part time graphics designer. Programming-wise, I am self taught, having graduated from business school in university. I have to study about two hours every day to keep up with the changing technology and grow my dev skills.

For fun, I love to troll my friends on Twitter, watch, coach and play rugby.

What do you teach?

Information and communications technology. My students are doing Cambridge education system so they learn up-to-date things. It allows me to learn and also share what I have learnt. Preschool through Grade 3 have Lego robotics while the Grade 4-12 learn stuff in their syllabus from computer basics to web authoring in HTML, CSS and JS. The students mostly love seeing what I am doing with my free time and how I am making the world better.

Can you tell me some more about the projects you are doing in your free time?

E-commerce payments are a pain in Uganda, and Africa as a whole, since most payment systems like PayPal, Stripe etc. map Africa as a risky locale with fraud and other financial dealings. Teaming up with a friend, we decided to make payment gateways to support the simplest of payments using USSD (mobile phones) to grow e-commerce in our community. Right now we have ported this to WooCommerce, hopefully ClassicCommerce soon and into simple give/donate plugins. We shall extend this to static sites too and other CMSs.

Other than the alarm clock, what gets you up in the morning?

The thought of my 6-year-old getting to school late. And the cooing of his new little sister. Most times, she won’t allow me sleep from 3-7am. Outside that, knowing that I am passing on what I have learnt to a new generation is a big motivation.

What’s your dream job?

I am doing it. Learning, teaching and sharing what I know.

How did you hear about ClassicPress, and what made you want to get involved?

Gutenberg’s introduction into WordPress core sent me searching and I found Scott on Twitter. I got curious and started following the CP growth. I have developed with WordPress since 2011 and was very engaged in my local community. Thus I had started a journey to commit to core and was learning the strings. With Gutenberg coming up, I was excited about the new editor but as I tried to learn it, I realized it made work a lot harder and more expensive in cost and time. I am no Javascript hero but the continuous integration in GB was a black hole. The local market I serve here does not value websites much, so the work vs pay aspect would have been a nightmare. They want quick, “cheap” solutions. The learning curve was … [am speechless] for my clientele, so I started looking for a solution that still had the old editor and was here to stay (the Classic Editor plugin won’t be here for long).

On arrival, I was blown away by the community and the long term goals of CP. Democracy through the petitions and a fresh place to learn the core and strings involved. I was able to contribute to core in my first month with James Nylen and Artem Frolov providing back to back guidance. I was able to submit a PR for the ClassicPress petitions dashboard. Those two made contributing to open source a utopia. I hope CP never loses that; it’s priceless. The dashboard widget gives me more gas to push.

How does ClassicPress fit into your overall plans for the future?

  1. The simplicity of the editor and security-first approach of ClassicPress makes it magic for my clients and development a lot more fun.
  2. Democracy.
  3. Contribution friendly community.

Those make CP a keeper.

Done fast; done cheap; done well: what’s your choice(s) and why?

Burnt actually. Well done maybe. Steak should NEVER be raw. Lol

Meet the Community: Nerissa McCanmore

ClassicPress Slack Handle: none
ClassicPress Forum Handle: Nyssa The Hobbit
Social media handles: Nyssa the Hobbit (@NyssaTheHobbit) on Twitter
Website: https://nyssashobbithole.com
Where in the world are you located? USA

Tell us about yourself — occupation, hobbies, etc.

I am a housewife/mother, writer/novelist and blogger. I like to read (especially old/modern classics and gothics), tinker with my site, ride my bike on the trails around town, listen to Goth/Industrial and rock/metal and I also blog.

You mentioned you like to read, any recommendations or favourites?

Some of my favorites are Clarissa by Samuel Richardson, Jane Eyre, the works of Jane Austen and Diana Gabaldon, The Time Machine by HG Wells, The Trial by Kafka, the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Other than the alarm clock, what gets you up in the morning?

My cat Creamsicle (who must be fed). Creamsicle is a red tabby of about 2 years old or so. She’s a rescue so we don’t know the exact details. We’ve had her for a year and a half. She was a stray who didn’t seem as comfortable with humans at first. But now that she’s settled in, she’s happy and loving.

What’s your dream job?

Novelist. Alternately, library clerk or proofreader.

How did you hear about ClassicPress, and what made you want to get involved?

Through blog posts discussing the horrors of Gutenberg. I didn’t totally hate Gutenberg, but through testing I soon discovered that I couldn’t do everything I needed to do. Also, the attitude of some Wordpress people was a turn-off.

How does ClassicPress fit into your overall plans for the future?

I hope to use it to keep my website and blogs running smoothly.

You’ve mentioned your blogging quite a bit, what do you blog about and where can we read it?

The blog is hosted on nyssashobbithole.com. And, like it says on the blog, “Nyssa’s Hobbit Hole covers various topics–book reviews, religion, abuse, narcissism, college memoirs, Goth, politics, writing, etc.” Beside that I also do travelogues. I’ve been running it for 10 years now. I also have a writing blog focused on my writing projects and the act of writing itself.

Speaking of writing, you are also the author of two books, what can you tell us about that?

Tojet is a fantasy romance; The Lighthouse is a collection of Gothic stories. I self-published them while my son was small and I didn’t have time to look for traditional publishers. The fantasy was based on a dream I had in 1996, while the other is largely made up of dream-based stories that I started writing in the early 90s. In those days publishers didn’t like novellas or long short stories, so I put them together into one book with a central theme, a club for the paranormal and the strange.

Done fast; done cheap; done well: what’s your choice(s) and why?

I like all three together the best. 🙂

Meet the Community: Lesley Jones

ClassicPress Forum Handle: Zooey
Website: http://elements.uk.com/wordpress/
Where in the world are you located? England, UK

Tell us about yourself — occupation, hobbies, etc.

I took early retirement from Project Management Support nearly four years ago. When I first started in Personnel, it was my dream job, but things changed rapidly once we were privatized. I found myself changing roles every single year, just to stay one step ahead of redundancy. I became a Billing Specialist and loved it, but eventually that was outsourced to India, along with almost every other admin job. I was retained, but by then bullying had become rife and was taking a serious toll on my health.

Other than the alarm clock, what gets you up in the morning?

Our assorted zoo, which at the moment comprises 11 cats (mostly rescues from Eastern Europe), 6 rescued ferrets (who have the run of their own room), 2 llamas and 4 Golden Guernsey goats. We have had more – up to 18 cats at one time, 17 ferrets, a rescued pig, ex-battery hens and a fully grown green iguana (who also had her own room converted into a giant vivarium).

How did you end up with an entire zoo of animals?

I wish I knew! Many came from the newsgroups at work, when we were still allowed newsgroups. I think that accounted for our oldest cat (Merlin is now 17), our pig, our iguana Eddie Lizard and the first batch of ex-battery hens. I have also been a home checker for rescue centres and Cat’s Protection. I once transported a cat for our local CP (That’s Cat’s Protection, not ClassicPress), stopped for a break on the way home and the cat stayed until the end of her days. She gave us two unexpected kittens a few weeks later, which we also kept. We belong to two ferret rescue groups and we used to do public relations at various country shows. That involved handing our ferrets to anyone who wanted a cuddle and answering any questions.

What’s your dream job?

I’m doing it now. Caring for our zoo and my passion for photography. I have a full frame DSLR and in a few days I will be off for a week of landscape photography from Northumberland to the Western Highlands, the Isle of Skye and back home via the Lake District. I have a detailed itinerary which begins every day with “Get up at 04:00”. I also love street photography and try to get up to London once every couple of years. Recently my husband bought me a bridge camera which I take to local wildlife reserves. In the past couple of years I’ve seen and photographed kingfishers, hares, almost half the species of UK butterflies, dragonflies/damselflies and all kinds of assorted bugs. Last summer I was having lunch while sat on top of a hill surrounded by literally hundreds of butterflies. You can’t get an office better than that!

What sparked your interest in photography?

My Dad used a cine camera for as long as I can remember. I always wanted to be like him, so I saved up my birthday money and bought myself a Kodak Instamatic when I was about seven. I still have it today. My work horse used to be a 1980 Olympus OM2n until a friend sent me a link to a Guardian/Sony photography competition which, to my amazement, I won. I was always a fan of film photography (and in fact, I also own a 1940 Leica IIIb), but the prize was a digital Sony A700. I had a rather steep learning curve, but now that camera is 12 years old. I have since upgraded to a Nikon D800. The quality is superb, but the downside is the extra weight. I expect to feel like a packhorse during my trip to Scotland.

How did you hear about ClassicPress, and what made you want to get involved?

I’m not a technical person and built my own website as a “display cabinet” for my images. It took a year of hard work, but no sooner had I finished than I heard about the Gutenberg changes. I read as much as I could, but didn’t understand enough to make an informed decision. My gut feeling (as it remains today) was that it was wrong and broke trust within the WP community. I found the ClassicPress site by accident.

How does ClassicPress fit into your overall plans for the future?

I hope I will be able to use it in the future! I do however, as a blogger and photographer, still fret about the necessary tools (like a good image gallery) that someone like me will need. But I must say that so far the community has looked after me very well and I don’t worry too much.

You gave us a picture of a chicken to use, can you tell us about this photo and why you use it as an avatar?

Coral was one of the last ex-battery rescues before the enriched cage law came into force in 2012. I think her story is best summed up in a blog post I wrote about her not long afterwards. I guess I use it as an avatar to remind myself that although rescuing one animal won’t change the world, you can change the world for that one animal.

Done fast; done cheap; done well: what’s your choice(s) and why?

I’m a perfectionist with my photography, so it would have to be a job done well! Although as a retired person with so many mouths to feed, I do have to watch the pennies.

Directors Added to ClassicPress Limited

ClassicPress has, and always will be, a community-led project. My goal from the outset was to create a structure where democracy rules and no single person could change the direction of ClassicPress without oversight and checks and balances.

It is therefore with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of three new Directors to ClassicPress Limited.

Michelle Coe, James Nylen and Wade Striebel have been pivotal in shaping, building and delivering ClassicPress to a worldwide audience and they have proven through actions their commitment to the long-term success of ClassicPress. It is an honour to welcome them as Directors of ClassicPress Limited.

This is an exciting step in the journey of ClassicPress, and I hope over time we will explore more ways to officially give ownership of ClassicPress to the community who continues to bring it to life.

I’d also like to express my everlasting gratitude to my fellow committee members and members of the community. Your generosity and hard work in making ClassicPress a reality is a gift to the world.

Scott Bowler, Founder
ClassicPress

What is missing in the ClassicPress project that you could contribute to?

Every open source project has an amazing community where individuals can use their particular skillset to help the project evolve. To ensure the project is managed and promoted in a way that maintains its primary objective, it needs feedback and help from the ever-growing user base.

One of the reasons we created ClassicPress was because WordPress was not listening to its users. We do not want to make the same mistake. This project has a simple motto, “The business-focused CMS. Powerful. Versatile. Predictable”.

And we need you!

Committee members are continually improving the project in all areas, from coding to marketing, but they can’t do everything on their own. Every project born from a fork has a lot of work to do, especially in areas such as new infrastructure, defining roles, procedures, tools and organizing tasks. ClassicPress is up against a big competitor in WordPress and it is not easy to compete without resources, which in our case, comes down to people.

ClassicPress is a community-led project, and anyone can contribute to it. Since the project started, many people have helped in a variety of areas, and we are certainly very grateful for that. You can clearly see this in the discussions on our public forums and our Slack channels. We couldn’t have launched Aurora without you!

As we move toward version 2, we need your support.

Many people are watching ClassicPress to see what we will do, and we need more hands to move it forward. If you are not a developer, designer, marketer or a native English speaker, you may be wondering, “How can I help?”

Well, you are already contributing to the project by reading this article! 🙂

Actually, it is very easy to contribute, depending on your available time. We have prepared a small list of example tasks where you can help the project and be part of our community.

Let’s start!

  • Join the forums and our Slack channels
    • In the forums, subscribe to the categories that you are interested in most and join discussions
    • On Slack, join our public meetings
  • Help us with theme development for the ClassicPress website
  • Help us with promotion on Twitter and other social media platforms by sharing our content (or writing your own!)
  • Spread the word about the project with your co-workers or at events
  • Help us with writing documentation about ClassicPress
    • If you do video, we would also like some short videos about ClassicPress
  • Test various WordPress plugins with ClassicPress and ask plugin authors to support it
  • If you are not a native English speaker, contribute to the localizing of the code messages in your language
  • If you are a developer, check the GitHub issues and join discussions or make pull requests
  • Donate a small sum of money to enable the infrastructure to keep growing

We invite you to help us by finding the areas where we are lacking — how can we make it easier for you to contribute to ClassicPress?

We look forward to your comments!

Photo by Ryoji Iwata on Unsplash

Meet the Community: Wade Striebel

ClassicPress Slack Handle: Wade Striebel
ClassicPress Forum Handle: @wadestriebel
Twitter: @wadestriebel
Website: https://wade.striebel.ca/
Where in the world are you located? Canada

Tell us about yourself — occupation, hobbies, etc.

I am an entrepreneur (serial-entrepreneur, if I am being honest). I started my first company in my second year of University and from there things snowballed to where I am today.

My first company was based around helping seniors learn technology, whether that be emails, Facebook, or sometimes even just how to turn on the computer. From there, we grew to a small team that started doing website design and development.

Jumping to 2019, a friend and I co-founded a new company called Airranged at the beginning of the year, and I have a few side projects on the go, my favourite being Resume’ed!

Hobbies include skiing, coding and ClassicPress.

I love getting out and skiing on fresh powder and just forgetting the world for a couple of hours. I was even a ski instructor in high school (great high school job!).

Anything coding is my other passion; I am all self-taught and love learning new bits and pieces.

Finally, ClassicPress – I am the Community team lead and am on the committee. I thoroughly enjoy chatting to everyone and learning from the community; it has been exciting to see the community grow as fast as it has.

Airranged and Resume’ed sound interesting. Can you tell us some more about what they do?

Sure, I love chatting about the products I am currently working on! Let me start with Resume’ed since I just launched that at the beginning of March (see https://www.producthunt.com/posts/resume-ed ).

Resume’ed essentially fills a gap in the market that affected me and my mom when we graduated from University. Both of us wanted to put a resume online; she wanted something where she didn’t have to know how to code, and I wanted something that was modern and flexible. After weeks of searching, I never found the ‘right’ thing; some looked great but required coding knowledge while others were limiting in nature.

So in September of 2018 I finally decided to build a better way. I built an MVP and started using it for my mom and I. It worked amazingly well! It was flexible but modern, and required no coding knowledge to get started. So, in short, Resume’ed helps you craft a personal brand with a unique e-resume. Resume’ed is now used by great people at Tesla, Apple, and even the Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Airranged is a business my friend and I co-founded. Airranged started as a property management service that helped Airbnb Hosts maximize their Airbnb revenue without the hassle of dealing with guests, problems, or the pricing. Our dynamic pricing algorithm helped us double the booking revenue year over year for our listings. We are now planning on launching a SaaS service that allows any Airbnb Host to leverage our pricing algorithm along with automated messages. Our SaaS offering will be available soon!

Other than the alarm clock, what gets you up in the morning?

Learning something new. Put simply, I love to learn! I look forward to waking up and working through a problem I haven’t seen before. I think about it all the time, until I get through it and move on to the next task.

What’s your dream job?

This is my dream job. I love waking up every morning and finding something new and exciting to work on.

How did you hear about ClassicPress, and what made you want to get involved?

Scott Bowler and I were connected prior to ClassicPress and when he started it, he asked if I would be interested in getting involved.

I said yes because I could see Scott truly wanted to do something different; creating an engaged community around a democracy where the people decide the future of the project, and that excites me. The possibilities are truly endless; looking through the forums and petitions you can’t help but get a little excited about the possibilities with V2.

How does ClassicPress fit into your overall plans for the future?

I hope to continue to be involved with ClassicPress, as I see the value and community we have built over the last couple of months. I enjoy interacting with everyone on the forums and on Slack, and I have learned so much from this diverse and growing group of ClassicPress users.

As the Community Team Lead, I’m hoping that now we’ve released ClassicPress v1 we can continue to grow this engaged community. I intend to lead the way to ensure that every new ClassicPress user feels as welcomed and heard as every user before them.

Some short-term goals for the ClassicPress community involve the launch of the ClassicPress Jobs Forum (we know a lot of you have been asking for one!), setting up the first ClassicPress Meetup, and the launch of the new ClassicPress website. If you are interested in helping out the Community Team please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally.

Done fast; done cheap; done well: what’s your choice(s) and why?

Depends on what we are talking about!

I am a strong advocate for getting an MVP out as fast and cheap as possible in order to validate your assumptions before spending valuable resources on something that people don’t want. On the flip side, I tend to also fall into the trap of perfecting a project before releasing it!

Meet the Community: Ian Grieve

ClassicPress Slack Handle: azurecurve
ClassicPress Forum Handle: azurecurve
Social media handles: azurecurve on Twitter
Website: https://www.azurecurve.co.uk
Where in the world are you located? England

Tell us about yourself — occupation, hobbies, etc.

I am an ERP consultant, working with Microsoft Dynamics GP, who runs a popular blog on that subject. I’ve also written seven books on Dynamics GP.

I read a lot and watch a lot of movies, mainly Science Fiction & Fantasy.

I enjoy walking in the country, baking (pies, cakes and biscuits), visiting distilleries and ruined buildings, such as castles and abbeys, and am always looking for new software to have a fiddle around with.

Other than the alarm clock, what gets you up in the morning?

I’m always awake well before my alarm might go off; early morning walks are a favourite I get to indulge in since starting a new job where I work from home.

What’s your dream job?

Pretty much what I do now as an ERP consultant; if I wasn’t doing this, I’d probably try for something in the Scotch whisky industry as I love both whisky and visiting distilleries.

You clearly have an appreciation for whisky. Does this also include whiskey?

Yes, I also like whiskey; I’ve visited distilleries in Ireland and the US (Kentucky so far, but hopefully more this year) as well as all parts of the UK. I aim to visit more countries in future to tour distilleries.

How did you hear about ClassicPress, and what made you want to get involved?

When Gutenberg was near to release and wasn’t getting any better, I started looking around for alternatives and found ClassicPress. It seemed a good alternative to Gutenberg and getting involved, even in a small way, seemed like a way to contribute back to the community I’d be drawing from. It was that same logic which saw me start the azurecurve blog on Microsoft Dynamics GP back in 2011.

How does ClassicPress fit into your overall plans for the future?

It replaces WordPress and means I can avoid Gutenberg; even using the Classic Editor plugin is only a temporary reprieve if you stick to the WordPress platform. ClassicPress allows me to work the way I have for the last few years.

If I changed platform I’d have to not only learn a new system, but also find ways to plug the gaps for all of the plugins I wrote to extend WordPress; as it is, all of these plugins will continue to work. I have taken the opportunity to update and improve them for launch with ClassicPress.

You’ve certainly made a big contribution to the ClassicPress plugin range. What is your motivation?

My plugin development is generally, although not always, around functionality I need for my own sites. I have released 31 plugins and have two new ones currently in development.

Done fast; done cheap; done well: what’s your choice(s) and why?

Done well. I try to do my best at everything I do. Professionally speaking, well and fast seem to coincide a lot, but, historically, in writing plugins for WordPress I had fast and not especially well. The community of ClassicPress has been very welcoming and willing to help with advice which has allowed me to improve my plugins enormously.

Done cheap never works in anything but the shortest of times; it is always a false economy.