WordCamp Moscow 2016

I’m Konstantin Kovshenin, a WordPress core contributor, ex-Automattician, public speaker and consultant, enjoying life in Moscow. I blog about tech, WordPress and DevOps.

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WordCamp Russia 2013

If you have ever planned a WordCamp or any other similar event, you know that it’s a lot of hard work – speakers wrangling, volunteers, venue, food, drinks, video, photos and everything else. And now that it’s all over, let’s talk about WordCamp Russia.

Expound for WordPress.com

The magazine-style theme Expound has just been released for WordPress.com users. Some slight changes and updates will be pushed back to the self-hosted version in the coming weeks.

WordPress Speed and Performance Session from WordCamp Russia

I gave this talk in a couple of weeks ago at the very first WordCamp Russia 2013 which was a big success (will publish a recap separately). It covers most of the basics: what is site speed and why it’s important, a little bit of object caching, transient caching, page caching, opcode caching, browser caching, image compression, etc. Before you hit “Play”, please note that the...

WordCamp Russia is in less than a week!

I first thought of making a WordCamp in Russia a little over three years ago, when I was running a web development shop in Moscow. I had filled out my application form and was a single click away from applying. I don’t quite remember what stopped me back then, but whatever it was, thank god! I had no idea what it is like to organize a WordCamp, in fact, I haven’t been to a single...

WordCamp San Francisco 2013 Recap

This was my second WordCamp San Francisco, and I absolutely loved it. I haven’t attended too much of the sessions, most notably: Mark Jaquith on deploying, code UX by Nikolay Bachiyski, funny theme stories by Ian Stewart, introduction of the O2 theme by Beau Lebens, roles and caps by Andrew Nacin and obviously State of the Word, by Matt Mullenweg, speaking of which, I was named...

Expound: A Free Magazine Theme for WordPress

Meet Expound — a free magazine theme for WordPress. Freshly baked, straight out of the oven, filled with _s goodness, a responsive layout, wicked support for featured posts and more! Expound was initially built for WP Magazine, a little blog with a big goal to change the perception of WordPress in Russia. It supports up to five featured posts on the home page, post thumbnails, custom...

Don’t do_shortcode

Shortcodes are pretty cool, and the do_shortcode function is pretty neat as it can parse and execute shortcode callbacks from arbitrary strings, but that function invokes a fairly large regex every time it is called. That regex looks for all registered shortcodes within a string. For each match, it runs a replacement with a callback function, which also take the time to parse the shortcode...

WordPress Turns 10!

Ten years of WordPress, wow! I started a simple tech blog as a hobby using WordPress 2.6 over five years ago. Today I work on some of the largest WordPress instances in the world, I write plugins and themes, and contribute to WordPress Core. WordPress has changed my life. I’m co-organizing a WordPress anniversary meetup tonight here in Moscow. We’ll be looking through some of the...