Speakers: Jonathan Bossenger

  • Intro to Gutenberg Block Development

    Speaker: Jonathan Bossenger

    August 11, 2020 — With WordPress moving more and more into the world of blocks, knowing how to build your own blocks has become valuable knowledge. However, if you are a plugin or theme developer, you might not be sure where to start. This workshop will serve as a guide to building your first block.

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  • Freelancer/Agency Panel Discussion: Different ways to run a WordPress Business

    WordCamp Johannesburg 2018Speakers: Anchen le Roux, Andrew Lima, Iwan Pieterse, Jonathan Bossenger, Shane Rielly

    April 12, 2019 — A panel discussion on the different types of WordPress agencies/businesses including WordPress products, SaaS services, working as prof freelancer for example Codeable and other ways of delivering services.

  • Jonathan Bossenger: Freelancing Lighting Talks: Don’t Panic – A developers guide to freelancing

    WordCamp Johannesburg 2018Speaker: Jonathan Bossenger

    April 12, 2019 — As the world becomes more interconnected, there are multple opportunities for freelance developers. You may be thinking that striking out on your own is easy. The truth is that there are a number of factors to be aware of, and the modern freelance developer needs to be prepared in order to succeed.

    Starting 2016 I left the world of employment to become a full time freelancer. I was fortunate in I had another source of income, but as a husband and father of two, with all the usual bills to pay, I was not prepared for the effect working for myself would have on my mental state, my health or my family.

    Towards the end of 2016 I joined Codeable, a freelancing platform for WordPress. Where Codeable was different from all other platforms was that it held quality and customer service/communication as the most important factors of freelance development. Since joining Codeable I was able to turn my work situation around such that I now earn 3x as much as I did when I left employment and I am in the favourable position of being able to turn work away.

    While Codeable had a big part in bringing me leads to quality work, it was the lessons I’ve learned since joining Codeable about being a successfull freelancer that are the focus of this topic. Being a part of the Codeable community means I have learned so much from other experienced freelancers about things like work/life balance, how to communicate with clients pre hire, how to prevent scope creep and how to manage time and projects on my own.

    My talk will be split into two parts, The first will be around the 1st year of my time as a freelancer, scrounging for whatever work came my way because I wasnt in a position to say no, essentially all the things I was doing wrong. The second will be around my second year, when I learned from Codeable, and other Codeable developers, and how these lessons lead me to where I am today.

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  • Jonathan Bossenger: The Ball Is In Your Court – How You Can Contribute To Open Source Projects.

    WordCamp Cape Town 2016Speaker: Jonathan Bossenger

    November 2, 2016 — More often than not the average WordPress user doesn’t understand the core principles behind the idea of open source software like WordPress. This often leads to misdirected frustration by users at what is seen as a lack of product support. The talk will look at the realities of an open source project and how you can get involved and help make a difference.

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