WordCamp Europe 2018 Aftermovie

WOW! Just … WOW! It’s been a huge event … and it makes me re-consider my opinions on the Italian desire to be the next host for the next “free spot” available in hosting this WordCamp Europe event.

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The Italian WordPress community events’ calendar

Our friend Pascal Casier has realized an entire website gathering events from all over the Italian WordPress community under a single umbrella, complementary ti all other channels made by the community.
Among the many sections present in the website, there’s a page devoted to show off the ‘social’ events of the current month … the URL si Calendario Eventi. Here you can find all the details of the announced meetup, WordCamps and various encounters officially sponsored but the community.

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As you can see in the above screenshot when you visit the page you have the full month view, with everything listed in the particular date and, highlighted in yellow, the current day.

In the second part of the screen, instead, you have a map of the official communities over Italy, followed by an alphabetically sorted list of the groups [clicking on a city’s name you are redirected to the relative Meetup group page].

Here you have also infos about the current number of the “meetup group subscribers” and, when present – as in the Bari’s case below – the formal link to the announced event.

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I think his initiative is excellent and commendable, and I invite those who have suggestions to contact him on the WordPress’ international or Italian Slack channels.

Also, if you’re into WordPress and are coming to Italy maybe you can plan to say Hi to a local group, and possibly share some of your knowledge and experiences with us. You will be welcomed for sure!

WordCamp Bari 2018 – get your ticket!

Things are moving fast in Bari (Italy) as May 11 (our Contributor Day) and May 12 (the Camp / conference day) approach.

During this week we’ll announce the final roaster of Speakers (we will have two tracks) coming from all over Europe, while the tickets have been put on sale a couple of days ago!

Are you coming to enjoy two days of good people, great food and good time ?

Get Your Ticket

WordCamp Bari 2018 is here!

After two years of work, the entire Apulian community of WordPress users and developers has managed to be granted the ‘right’ to make a WordCamp.

Next May 11 and 12, 2018 we wait all the interested WordPress enthusiast from all over the world to come in Bari and participate to our event.

https://2018.bari.wordcamp.org

Save the date!!!

… and don’t esitate to ask me, or the team, any question you have in case of need! We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or you can drop us a line!

My twelfth year on WordPress.com

After the removal of JetPack’s annual stats infographic, another victim of the new Automattic approach to handling the SAS business of WordPress.com is the deletion of any special email or web-notification of the ‘anniversary’ of subscription to their service.

This year I had to lauch the iOS WordPress app to see the display of my twelfth badge, obtained the last January 4th…

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I think this is quite a goal … both for me as a die-hard user, and for them for keeping up one of the few platforms I have difficulties remembering being down or defeaced.

So happy anniversary to us!

Why you should attend WordCamp Milano

This year in Milan (Italy) there will be the second WordCamp Milano. The video above is a quick recap of the last year’s edition. I was unable to attend in 2016, but this year – from November 18th to 19th I’ll try my best to be part of the community event.

More infos @ https://2017.milano.wordcamp.org

How-To disable AMP on your WordPress.com website

I have grown an aversion to Google AMP. Playing with the new template I saw that when it was made available here on the WordPress.com platform I’ve enabled it.

Since I manage my blog/website in the ‘old school’ way I could not find anywhere over the Dashboard a setting to disable it. A quick search on the official support forum gave me the answer, simply point your browser to:

https:// wordpress.com/settings/traffic/ $YOURSITE.wordpress.com

…and you’ll be propted with the new WordPress.com interface (still under development) and the option to enable/disable this AMP technology…

Things I did not like on WordPress.com in 2016 – ep.1

In a few days it’ll be eleven years that I’m writing here on WordPress.com … and lately I have mixed feelings on the platform.

Some of the new features introduced in 2016 were not of my liking, so I thought to write them down and focus my ideas so to submit them to the Automattic’s team on UI and UX.

The new footer

footer-credits-option-wordpress-comA new Footer Credits Option was introduced earlier this year.

While I do understand the need of affirming the WordPress.com brand for site hosting (mainly due to the rise of Medium.com as a full featured publishing platform with huge social media echo and integration), I find that not all the options proposed are respectful of my Author status. “Powered by WordPress.com” is  – to me – the most right option.

I am not a member of WordPress.com ‘firm’, nor I do feel particularly inside a ‘WordPress.com community’ … since I do participate in any event or coordinated writing effort. So “A WordPress.com Website” or “Blog at WordPress.com” seems misleading to me.

I think that given the WordPress community standards behind Automattic this can be played better in 2017…

Missing template reference

Another personal chagrin is the loss of the mention of the template used by a particular blogger.

Lots of times I found myself discovering the available templates available here on WordPress.com … and being surprised by the stuff published by the various authors and the way they pushed the ‘limits’ of the theme they choose. In this, to make an easy example, my friend Riccardo Mori at System Folder is a master. Now … imagine you go ‘in love’ with the theme he is using: how much efforts do you have to make to see what template is he using if you want to adopt on your WordPress.com space ?

I can understand that if I am in a paying tier this option of hiding my tools and specs … like you can do when you buy an expensive Mercedes. But on free tiers you are hiding a potentially useful information to the platform users…

What do you think ? Let me know in the comments!

Back to Independent Publisher

After some weeks of experiments I’ve switched back to Independent Publisher as the main theme/template for this weblog.

Even if the WordPress.com version is quite a bit different from the Author’s version I still find it as one of the best – free – plain and honest bloggin’ theme here on the platform. So I’ve switched back to it and customized a little the  sidebar. Probably I’ll change the colors/fonts combinations a little more but, if nothing else comes in the way, I’ll stick with it for a while.

Also I do have to make amend for the poor curation of many of the links proposed here without a comment or a word on why I’ve found them worth mentioning them here. This is one area of improvement goals I’ve set myself for the upcoming eleventh year of this blog…

As usual I’m eager to read your comments and ideas, so please share them with me in case!