Becoming French

At the end of 2013 I submitted the paperwork to apply for French citizenship. Ten months later I received a letter telling me that my request had been granted, and in that very moment I became French. The following month I was invited to an official ceremony where I, and many other immigrants, received my certificate of nationality…


Maintenance matters

When you think about it, the idea of “maintenance” or “upkeep” is found in all aspects our every days lives. Take health for example. It’s common knowledge that in order to stay healthy, we have to take care of ourselves. This means eating well, exercising regularly and drinking in moderation. It’s not a promise of long life,…

Maintenance Matters

Showcase: Gravity Forms

Nowadays I delete about 4 out of 5 tweets that I write. Only 1 of 5 only ever gets published. Why? Because I try to avoid reactive, negative tweets, and anything without intrinsic value. (And yes, I consider my own amusement and that of others to have intrinsic value). So sometime between last night and…

Gravity Forms showcase

Remove blog slug from multisite installations

WordPress has this wonderful feature that allows you to create an endless number of websites from a single installation of the software. It’s known as multisite, or a network installation, and setting it up is relatively easy. This network will always be based on the very first website you create, each subsequent site becoming an…

multisite

A New Year, takeaways and things to come

Wow, we’ve barely had time to reflect on 2014 and 2015 has already given us a lot to think about. It now seems not only difficult, but almost inappropriate to talk about anything mundane since the events of last week in Paris left the world in shock (or at least got the bulk of the media…

New Year 2015

Auto-generate your post title with ACF data

Every once in a while you may find yourself with a custom post type that doesn’t really need a title. Take events for example. They will have dates, places and venues, but in many cases giving an event a name is redundant. And anything that is redundant is extra work. Or maybe you have a…

Auto-create your post title with ACF data

Not so secret Santa

The holidays are upon us and I just had a crazy wonderful awesome idea. I want to send you a gift. As you may know, I have been embracing minimalism, which means, among other things, that I’ve been getting rid of a lot of stuff. Books, kitchen items, clothes, electronics, knick-knacks. Olivier and I have…


Web conferences: Keep it simple? Yes please!

November 29, 2014 was the first edition of WPTech in Nantes, a WordPress conference dedicated to developers. And I tip my hat! I gotta say that the organizers did a great job, despite the obstacles they faced in getting there. Originally they had set out to create a WordCamp, a WordPress conference sanctioned by the WordPress Foundation and overseen by…

WPTech Nantes

E-commerce in France: the VAD contract

I often find myself explaining the rules and restrictions of offering credit card payment on a website in France and today, after a client asked if I could send him something in writing on the subject, I decided it was time for a post. French businesses—with their bank accounts in France—must first obtain a VAD contract…

The VAD contract

How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back…

…My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? Just home after an amazing week in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the second annual WordCamp Europe. My brain is bubbling with all the things I learned and all the great conversations had. Before reflecting on the event as a whole, I thought I’d take a moment to follow up on…

How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife?