Once upon a time, the majority of tech workers were women. But starting in the 1980s, the fields of computing and engineering became male-dominated, and female workers turned into something of a rarity. Today, efforts to teach STEM education in school and all-girl coding camps are beginning to turn the tide, but women working in technology are still treated as unicorns—and not necessarily in a good way.
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As a result of this disparity, women in tech field a lot of odd and occasionally insulting statements about their occupation—statements from which their male coworkers are magically exempt. It’s an alienating rite of passage that makes women think twice about pursuing a career in technology.
As a woman working in technology myself, I initially thought of these comments as harmless. I even felt a little special, getting questions that my all-male team didn’t. But as I began to hear the same remarks over and over, I wondered if perhaps they were microaggressions designed to make me feel small. It’s always better to suspect ignorance over malice, but I’m coming right out and saying it: these are not acceptable things to say to women working in tech. Here are six of the things women in engineering, computing, and IT are sick of hearing:
“Excuse me, could you direct me to a developer?”
When I worked in an office as a web developer, I sat in a cubicle just like the rest of my team. But for some reason, passersby would regularly stop by my cubicle specifically and ask me where they could find the web development department.
“You’re looking at it!” I’d say, laughing it off.
If I could go back, I wouldn’t be so smiley about it. This question was clearly directed at me because, as people apologetically admitted more than once, they assumed I was the secretary. However, I think it’d be a far more appropriate mistake to accidentally assume that the woman working in the web department is a web developer. Worst case scenario: she’s a secretary who got lost and stumbled into a web developer’s cubicle for some reason. Best case scenario: you don’t insult her.
“You’re really cute for an engineer.”
I’d be rich if I had a nickel every time I saw this one in internet comments. Even if it’s a technology tutorial written by a woman, if her profile photo is there, commenters know what needs to be done: this woman’s appearance must be judged! And if she is deemed worthy, she’ll get comments like this that have nothing at all to do with the tech topic at hand.
And this is just one scenario. Heaven help a woman in tech whom men decide is unattractive. Either way, as long as she has a physical body, she is most likely going to hear about it in a number of inappropriate settings completely unrelated to her expertise.
“You’re amazing at this for a woman.”
It’s stunning how many people think this is a nice thing to say, even though adding “for a woman” to any compliment pretty much negates it.
An even more subtle version of this backhand compliment occurs when women in tech are praised for basic tasks. I once got told “good girl” for remembering to back up data before making changes to the server. If it’s something you’d expect a man to do easily, applauding a woman when she does the same thing can be insulting.
“I bet you’d rather be home with your family.”
When a man works full time, nobody sits around wondering how he does it all, juggling his work life, family life, and children if he has them. They assume his wife or partner does all that.
With a woman, it’s the exact opposite. Any time she spends at the workplace is assumed to be at the expense of caring for her partner and kids. Never mind that her spouse might be the primary caregiver, or she might not have or want children. The perception is so pervasive that experts warn women not to wear engagement rings to interviews if they want the job.
This is a comment that women in fields other than tech can relate to as well! But when you’re the only woman on the team, this kind of statement feels a lot more personal.
“That happens to men, too.”
When women in tech gripe about their struggles, well-meaning men sometimes pop up to point out that their issues aren’t unique. Men can also have bad bosses and get harassed at work. Men can be underestimated and belittled in their jobs, too.
However, study after study shows that women in tech are treated not only differently from their male coworkers, but worse. These subtle changes in treatment may be invisible to all but the women who experience them, but they have a big impact—women in tech are less likely to get hired, to get raises, and to be promoted.
If nothing else, men have the advantage of role models and mentors who look just like them. They may even have similar hobbies outside of work that women don’t often share. This is why mentorship is championed for girls and women in tech, because seeing somebody who looks like you succeeding can go a long way toward inspiring the same confidence in you.
“Sexism used to be a problem in tech, but it’s better now.”
Yes, gender equality has come a long way, but the fight is not over yet. Some people think that since women no longer have to endure the overt sexism of the ‘80s in which even a Human Resources Department couldn’t help you, they shouldn’t complain about little things like the wage gap or being tacitly assumed dumber than their male colleagues.
Yet even today, being a woman in tech is considered such a detriment that one expert suggested women go by only their initials, so they’ll get a fair shot from employers. The numbers seem to support this discrimination: as of 2013, only 6% of tech executives are female. Part of this divide comes from the fact that too few girls consider technology as a potential career, because they don’t see women working in the industry. And the cycle continues.
Sexism is still a problem in technology, and admitting it is the first step. Because the words people say have meaning—and women can hear them.
About the Author: Lauren Orsini is a writer, developer, and DreamHost user in Washington, DC.
With contributions from the Hippo Thinks research network.
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At Acquia Engage, Acquia and Magento formally announced their commerce partnership, but in reality, the two companies had been working together for a long time.
Magento is one of the most popular commerce platforms available today. Acquia and Magento are part of innovative and passionate open source communities and contribute to the respective movements. Acquia and Magento have strong open source roots and a focus on open APIs. Open APIs are the fundamental architectural decision for tomorrow’s systems. Through this collaboration, both companies have seen that the need for content and commerce is pressing for almost every industry.
This is not your older brother’s eCommerce anymore - Mark Lavelle, CEO of Magento
Commerce is all about customization; this ramped up when multi-channel commerce experiences began gaining in popularity. There is now a complexity that puts pressure on the basics of order management with multiple points for the order (ship to store / in store pickup vs. home delivery for example) and multiple ways to interact with the customer. The experience starts from when they first visit a site and doesn’t end until they have the product in hand.
The partnership between Magento and Acquia is a perfect marriage of what is needed for cutting-edge commerce experience. Acquia, with tools like Acquia Lift that provide content syndication and personalization, helps customers along their journey, but ultimately a transaction needs to be made at the end. That’s where Magento comes in.
In the video below, watch Acquia CEO Tom Erickson and Magento CEO Mark Lavelle talk about the partnership between Acquia and Magento and what’s next for content and commerce.
Over the past few months we’ve been working to dramatically improve users’ experience on iPad — and we’re proud to share those with you now, in our WordPress app for iOS, available in the iTunes Store.
The apps were originally designed with only iPhones in mind, so we wanted to make better use of the space available on the iPad and especially iPad Pro, to maximize your productivity in the app. These changes shipped incrementally, with the very final ones being included in the 7.1 release that went out last week.
We’ve improved the My Sites management to make it easier to handle multiple sites on iPad. Now you can see the posts from that blog alongside the list of blogs, and site management is now all on one screen – no more back and forth!
Managing profiles follows the same pattern.
Notifications has been overhauled, too.
We’re really excited about these improvements and hope iPad users of WordPress will be, too! We look forward to continuing to improve your WordPress experience, no matter what device you use.
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Today, the U.S. Senate voted narrowly to undo certain regulations governing broadband providers, put in place during the Obama administration, that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to obtain approval from their customers before sharing information such as web-browsing histories, app usage, and aspects of their financial and health information, with third parties. Now, ISPs may sell targeted advertising or share personal information and browsing history with third party marketers, without first getting explicit consent from web users.
Cloudflare is disappointed with the Senate’s actions, as we feel strongly that consumer privacy rights need to be at the forefront of discussions around how personal information is treated. The new regulations would have steered the U.S. closer to the privacy standards enjoyed by citizens in many other developed countries, rather than away from such rights.
Defaulting to an “opt-in” rather than “opt-out” standard would provide consumers with greater controls over how, when, and with whom their personal information is used and shared. We believe that individuals should have the last say on what is done with their personal information, rather than corporations.
Regardless of whether Washington ultimately decides to approve rolling back these regulations, Cloudflare will continue to prioritize the sensitivity and privacy of the data we handle from and on behalf of our customers, and to comply with applicable privacy regulations worldwide.
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My colleague Gene Farrell introduced you to Amazon AppStream 2.0 late last year. In his guest post, Gene explained how AppStream 2.0 lets you run desktop applications securely on any device, from within the comfort of an HTML5 web browser (read the entire post to learn more). For example, I used the AppStream 2.0 Try it Now page to launch and then immediately start using Siemens Solid Edge. I simply chose the desired application from the Try it Now page:
I was running Solid Edge a few seconds later, no installation or setup needed:
By Popular Request – New Features for Enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs Since that re:Invent launch, we have been fine-tuning AppStream 2.0, adding in some features that our customers have been asking for. These features will allow our customers to more easily deploy, access, manage and track the applications that they make available for use through AppStream. We’ve rolled most of these out without individual blog posts, and today I’d like to let you know what we’ve been up to. Here are the newest features:
Fleet Auto Scaling – This brand-new feature allows you to use the CloudWatch metrics to scale your fleet up and down in response to changes in demand. This allows you to deliver applications as economically as possible, while still providing instant access.
Image Builder – You can build your own AppStream 2.0 images that contain your choice of applications.
SAML 2.0 Authentication – You can use your existing SAML 2.0 compliant directory with AppStream 2.0. Your users can use their existing credentials to log in.
Fleet Management – You have additional management options for the instances that run your applications.
CloudWatch Metrics – You can observe and monitor seven Amazon CloudWatch metrics, including the size and overall utilization of your fleets.
Let’s take a look at each one!
Fleet Auto Scaling This feature is brand new, and is powered by the new CloudWatch metrics! You can now associate scaling policies with each of your fleets and use them to meet varying levels of user demand and to control costs. If you are using AppStream 2.0 to deliver productivity applications to your users, you can use the scaling policies to ensure that capacity comes online as needed during office hours, and goes away in the evening when your users are done for the day. Here is a fleet with scale out (add capacity) and scale in (remove capacity) policies:
In order to take advantage of this feature, you set the minimum and maximum capacity when you create the fleet:
This will create the default policies, which you can later edit, add, or remove (you can have up to 50 policies per fleet). To learn more, read about AppStream Fleet Auto Scaling.
Image Builder This feature allows you to create custom images that contain your choice of commercial or proprietary applications. In order to do this, you launch an instance called an image builder. Then you log in to the instance, install and configure the applications as desired, and capture the state of the instance as an image. The entire login and customization process takes place within your web browser; you don’t have to download any keys or remember any passwords. The application appears in the Image Registry and is available to your users.
I can launch an image builder from the AppStream 2.0 Console:
Next, I choose the starting point (an existing image):
Then I configure the builder by giving it a name, choosing an instance size, and setting up the VPC:
I click on Review, confirm my settings, and then wait for the builder to launch:
Then I can connect to the image builder, set up the apps, and create an image. I have my choice of two identities when I connect, Admin and Test:
I select ImageBuildAdmin and (when prompted for a password), click on Log me in in the Admin Commands menu:
After logging in, I launch the Image Assistant app and use it to install and test my apps:
To learn more, read about Image Builders and follow the Using an AppStream 2.0 Image Builder Tutorial.
SAML 2.0 Authentication This feature allows you to use any external identity provider that supports SAML 2.0 including Active Directory Federation Services, PingFederate Server, Okta, or Shibboleth:
After you follow the directions in Setting Up SAML, your users can log in to AppStream 2.0 using their existing identity and credentials. You can manage users and groups, control access to applications based on the identity or location of the user, and use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). To learn more, read Enabling Single Sign-on Access to AppStream 2.0 Using SAML 2.0. If you have already set up federated access to the AWS Management Console, much of what you already know will apply.
Fleet Management This feature gives me additional control over my fleets (groups of instances that are running applications for users). I can see all of my fleets on a single screen:
I can select a fleet and then act on it:
Some properties of a fleet can be edited at any time. Others, including the VPC properties, can only be edited after the fleet has been stopped. To learn more, read about Stacks and Fleets.
CloudWatch Metrics AppStream publishes eight metrics to CloudWatch for each fleet:
RunningCapacity – Number of instances running.
InUseCapacity – Number of instances in use.
DesiredCapacity – Number of instances that are either running or pending.
AvailableCapacity – Number of idle instances available for use.
PendingCapacity – Number of instances being provisioned.
CapacityUtilization – Percentage of fleet being used.
InsufficientCapacityError – Number of sessions rejected due to lack of capacity.
You can see these metrics from within the AppStream 2.0 Console:
These metrics will help you to measure overall usage to to fine tune the size of your fleet. As is the case with every CloudWatch metric, you can generate alerts and raise alarms when a metric is outside of the desired range. You could also use AWS Lambda functions to make changes to your environment or to generate specialized notifications. To learn more, read about Monitoring Amazon AppStream 2.0 Resources.
Available Now All of these features are available now and you can start using them today!
One of the highlights of Acquia Engage is when Chief Product Officer Chris Stone and his team of engineers demo Acquia products and give attendees a preview of what is on the horizon. Dubbed “The Mother of All Demos,” this presentation showcases the best of Acquia’s products and offers insight into the future of the company, not just Acquia’s product offerings.
Part of what makes Acquia product presentation so special every year are the live demos of what Acquia’s engineering team has been working on. At Acquia Engage 2016, one of these new tools -- nicknamed “Acquia Pipelines”-- was demoed by Chief Software Architect Barry Jaspan.
“Pipelines” is a tool for automating functions like building, testing and deploying your websites on Acquia Cloud. When you want to make a change to your website, like add a new feature or fix a bug, the process starts with a developer writing some code. When the code reaches a stable point, they commit that code to a code repository. Previously, when a developer committed the code to the code repository, either nothing would happen to it or it would be immediately deployed on Acquia Cloud. This meant that any process that you wanted to run on that code before it was deployed had to run manually by developers on their individual machines.
With a tool like “Pipelines,” you define a process that you represent in code that specifies what you are going to do to the code before it gets deployed. This includes things like transforming the code and validating it’s correct; making sure it’s the code you want before deploy it. “Pipelines” ensures that as your developers are working and writing new code, they are operating in the a consistent manner, using the same process to test and validate code so any errors that occur get notified back to the developer very quickly.
For more on “Pipelines” and to see it in action, watch Barry’s presentation and demo below:
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When building a WordPress site, there’s a number of things you should do prior to launching it. From content to design to the legalities of setting up your site, check below for some essential things to check off before your site is viewable to the world.
1. Be Content With Your Content
Being happy with your content includes proofreading, examining page links, and removing all “dummy” content and space-filler images that don’t serve a purpose.
You should also make sure your video and audio files are compatible and play without any hiccups. It’s not a bad idea to compress image files so they don’t take up bandwidth, as well as make sure your videos are coming from an external site like YouTube rather than uploaded directly, which can slow your site down.
Also be sure to review your site over and over again so it’s perfect for launch day. It would be worthwhile to recruit a second set of eyes to review it just in case you’ve missed something. That extra reassurance will give you the contentment and confidence you need for launching your site.
2. Preview Your Site in Major Browsers and Check its Responsiveness Across devices
To make sure your site is responsive on multiple browsers, view it in major ones like Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc. to check for compatibility problems. It’s also a given that you want your site to be compatible with mobile, so testing it across those devices and ensuring all your content loads is a necessary step. To do all this you can use Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test that can give you feedback and analysis.
3. Make Sure Your Site Does What It’s Supposed To Do
This includes ensuring your forms are submitting data correctly to get back to your users quick. In order to receive messages and feedback, you want to make sure the emails are going to the right place too. To take this one step further, you should review auto-responders as well. You don’t want your automatic emails to say something you didn’t intend.
Something also very essential to the functionality of your site is the check the speed of the site. You can use the WordPress Speed Test to detect which parts of your site are lagging and which are blazing fast.
4. You Don’t Have to Handle SEO Alone…Configure a Plugin
Yoast SEO is a very trustworthy plugin to get your SEO on the right foot. It’s a wise idea to configure your SEO immediately so you don’t have to play catch up later on. After you do that you can set the Google search title, tagline, and post titles — all which are vital to showing up at the top of search engines. Each title should be unique and less than 70 characters.
Prior to launching your site, you should also make sure search engines can’t index your site yet. If you go to WP-Admin > Settings > Reading, the selection “discourage search engines from indexing this site” should automatically be checked. Do not uncheck this part until you are ready for search engines to crawl and index your launched site.
5. Don’t Forget to create a marketing plan
Tasks such as implementing newsletter signups and setting up social icons should be part of your website design strategy prior to launch. You’ll want to include signup forms in all the right places to build an email list so that you can communicate with your audience and keep them updated. As you may know, your social outreach is unlimited if you configure it properly. Once you set up all social icons, ensure the links work and the social accounts are set up.
6. Don’t Forget About Legalities
The best way you can do this is to be transparent to build trust. Show company details and include stuff like tax registration and contact info. If you’re building an ecommerce store, be sure to communicate the security measures you’re taking to secure the checkout process. If you need licenses, be sure to acquire them and try not to break any laws out there. Make sure you have all the right copyrights for images, fonts, etc. and include a copyright statement if necessary.
7. Move Your Site to New Server
If you haven’t by now, you’ll want to acquire and set up a domain for your site. After you’ve secured the domain, you want to create a database and user for the new site location. The next step is to move the data and MySQL to the new location. After that, you can point the domain to the new directory, check the site display to make sure it shows properly. You’ll want to make sure there are no missing icons or some sort of messed up design. Finally, you’ll want to test links and pages to make sure they all work correctly and pointing to the live site rather than the development environment.
8. You’re Going to Need Backup
Security backup is essential and a hot topic these days. BackupBuddy is a great plugin for making a backup of your site in case something goes awry. It would be a complete disaster to lose your work without having saved it. If you’re on WP Engine we automatically create backups of your site for you.
9. Preparing for Launch
Once you’re near ready for launch, look over any miscellaneous tasks you may have missed. Check your third-party plugins and themes and renew their licenses just in case. Caching speeds up your site. WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, and WP Rocket are good tools to add caching (these plugins are disallowed on WP Engine because we already do the caching for you). If your site doesn’t run at an optimal speed, configure your content delivery network for even faster page load times.
Congratulations, you just built a WordPress site! It’s time to decompress and watch your site take your brand or client to new heights.
Of course, the maintenance of your site doesn’t stop there. Make sure you backup your site and set up admin logins. After launch, you still want to set up Google Analytics, connect with Google Webmaster Tools, and clean up anything that sticks out to you still.
This is a very condensed list of things to check off before launching a site. For a more extensive list, read our ebook.
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Google has announced the retirement of its popular WordPress AdSense plugin, which was embraced by bloggers and publishers as a simple way to monetize content on WordPress sites. Existing ads aren’t affected, but within a couple of months, users will no longer be able to change the layout of their ads or visit the front-end… Continue reading →
Nowadays, if you own a website and want to build trust with visitors or potential customers, you need to provide extensive security and data protection. Encrypting a website with an SSL certificate (Secure Socket Layer certificate) is one of the recommended methods to ensure your website is safe. Until recently, a single solution to set up WordPress with SSL wasn’t available. In the past, users needed to be well-versed in web knowledge, but 1&1 has simplified this process from employment up to re-configuration. Here’s how it’s done:
After installing Managed WordPress with the 1&1 WordPress Wizard in the 1&1 Control Center, click in the left command bar on WordPress in the 1&1 App Center. Here you are given several options: change your installed website, edit, delete or link to your domain. The latter must be setup in order to activate your SSL certificate.
Click on Connect domain and choose your domain. You will receive a message stating that your domain is now linked to the installed WordPress website. This can be changed at any time. Now, click on Activate SSL and a window will open for activating the SSL certificate. Next, confirm the terms and conditions for the SSL certificate and click on Activate SSL Certificate for Free to complete the setup process.
After the SSL conversion, you can access your web site by selecting Visit website (please note that conversion can take up to several hours). Click on the lock icon in the left corner of the address bar of your browser to verify that your website is now secure.
Customers can use the significantly simplified setup for existing SSL certificates, or for purchasing additional SSL certificates. If you’d like to learn more about additional security measures 1&1 uses to protect your data, please visit our website.
Finding just the right look for your site can be a fun task. If you’re on the Premium plan, it’s about to get a lot more fun: the Premium plan now includes unlimited access to all our premium themes.
With over 200 premium themes on WordPress.com — and new themes added regularly — that’s more than $16,000 worth of premium themes. We bring the best premium theme designs to WordPress.com, meaning you get new, unique themes to choose from more often. From niche- and industry-specific themes like Aperitive and Marquee to beautiful blogging themes like Radiate to themes with colorful, stylish touches like Gema or Jason, you have more chances than ever of finding your perfect style.
This new addition to the Premium plan gives more of you the opportunity to try our great premium themes and make your sites shine!
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We’re excited to announce Cloudflare’s 105th data center in Rome. Visitors in Italy (and especially around the region of Lazio) to over 6 million Internet properties now benefit from reduced latency and increased security. As our global network grows in breadth and capacity, we are able to stop attacks (typically, outside of Italy!), while serving legitimate traffic from our nearest in-country data center. Rome serves as a point of redundancy to our existing data center in Milan, and expands Cloudflare’s Europe network to 29 cities, with at least five more cities already in the works.
Siamo orgogliosi di annunciare il 105esimo data center di Cloudflare a Roma. Utenti in tutta Italia (e specialmente nel Lazio e regioni limitrofe) insieme ad oltre 6 milioni di proprietà in rete beneficeranno di latenze ridotte e maggior sicurezza. Con la crescita della nostra rete sia in copertura che capacità, abbiamo la possibilità di fermare attacchi (tipicamente originati fuori del territorio Italiano!) e di servire traffico legittimo dal data center più vicino. Roma offre maggiore ridondanza nella rete in coppia con il data center di Milano ed espande la rete Europea di Cloudflare a 29 città, contando almeno altre 5 maggiori città in via di completamento.
To close followers of Cloudflare blog, with Rome (R) and Yerevan (Y) live, the only remaining letters that aren’t as yet at the start of a city with a Cloudflare datacenter are E, I and U. Our hardware on its way to a transcontinental city promises to makes that list even smaller.
Per chi segue il blog di Cloudflare da vicino, con Roma (R) e Yerevan (Y) attive, la lista di iniziali di città in cui non abbiamo un data center si riduce a E, I e U. Il nostro hardware è già in viaggio verso un città transcontinentale e promettiamo di ridurre ulteriormente la sopra citata lista.
Cloudflare partners closely with hosting providers, value-added resellers, managed service providers, digital agencies, and eCommerce/SaaS platforms to optimize our service. If you are a customer working with one of our partners in Italy, which include Altervista, Planetel and Aruba.it among many others, you will also see an improvement in performance. Plus, it only takes a few clicks to add Cloudflare via one of these partners to make your site faster and safer in seconds. To become a Cloudflare partner, in Italy or anywhere around the world, click here.
Cloudflare collabora strettamente con hosting providers, value added resellers, managed service providers, agenzie digitali e piattaforme eCommerce/SaaS per ottimizzare i servizi. Se sei cliente di uno dei nostri partners in Italia, tra cui citiamo Altervista, Planetel e Aruba.it, anche voi noterete un aumento di performance. Inoltre, tramite questi partners, con pochi clic si può aggiungere Cloudflare e rendere il tuo sito più veloce e sicuri nel giro di pochi secondi. Per diventare partner di Cloudflare, in Italia o ovunque nel mondo, clicca qui.
Another day, another continent
After Asia, South America and Europe, our 106th Cloudflare data center will be back in North America. Everything’s up to date in our next city! To win some Cloudflare swag: can you guess the name?
Dopo Asia, Sud America ed Europa, il 106esimo data center verrà attivato in Nord America. Vuoi vincere un premio? Indovina la prossima città dove “Everything’s up to date”!
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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community.
This year’s CMS Africa Summit was my third attendance at this amazing conference. My colleagues Marjorie, Sarah, Hannah, and Luminus joined me for the event and in doing so we sent Automatticians from three different continents.
For several years now, Automattic has been the title sponsor for CMS Africa Summit. After conferences in Kenya (2015) and Uganda (2016), the 2017 edition took place in Abuja, Nigeria. The team behind the summit consists of industry leaders from all three of those countries. Together they also represent some of the world’s most popular open source content management systems (CMSs): Joomla, Drupal, and (of course) WordPress.
As one of the tech hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is leading tech innovation on the continent. The conference by consequence focused on the practical use of CMSs, more so than in previous years: how they can boost local businesses and grow the economy.
For that reason, the attendees were very interested in eCommerce as a way to take their startups online. We introduced them to WooCommerce as an open source tool for economic empowerment, and shared practical and localized guidelines. Many of the entrepreneurs we encountered expressed their love for open source software because it doesn’t require them to invest their precious startup budget in software.
The slides and summaries of our talks can be found on our respective websites. Here’s a selection of some of the other talks we loved. Prosper Otemuyiwa, our favorite keynote speaker, focused on how to build a product the open source way. Nigerian CMS organizer Adedayo Adeniyi talked about the need for online growth in Nigeria and putting checks and balances in place for high-quality local web development. Software developer Idris Abdul Azeez highlighted the importance of documenting not only software configuration but also its development process, since writing readable code is a necessary cornerstone for the open source community and facilitates members’ contributions.
We were moved when lead organizer Oduor Jagero shared his excitement that Automattic had sent a team of staff to attend, present workshops, and connect in person with the Nigerian tech and open source community. Beyond the financial support, taking the time to teach and to listen to the local stories is especially appreciated. If you’re ready to listen too, here’s a great place to start: Jagero asked his friends on Facebook to share their blog posts about love. Three of the best stories will be awarded a basket of WordPress goodies. Here are the best ones he selected: Lovine Mboya, Akello, and Nepenthe.
CMS Africa Summit 2017 was amazing, just as in previous years. As outsiders, the local community welcomed us with open arms. The eagerness to learn, grow, and be successful was inspiring. On to the next one!
Below are some pictures taken by organizer David Aswani.
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