WordCamp Tokyo

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on October 24, 2016

When an opportunity to attend WordCamp Tokyo 2016 presented itself, I did not hesitate to jump on it. Not only is WC Tokyo one of the largest WordCamps out there, but it’s also a great example of how wide-spread WordPress community is. It was also my first trip to Japan, which made the experience that much more exciting. The Camp was held in the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo, a very popular part of town for tourists and locals alike. While the vast majority of attendees were Japanese, the Camp had a track for English-speaking participants. I enjoyed the talks, and the one I looked forward to the most was given by Takayuki Miyoshi, the developer of the ubiquitous Contact Form 7. Considering his plugin is installed on millions of WordPress sites (some of which are mine), I was expecting a lot from his talk titled “What is the responsibility of plugin developers.” To kick off his talk, Takayuki apologized for his poor English and proceeded to give the talk in Japanese forcing us non-Japanese speakers just read his slides. That was a bit of a detractor from the experience, but given his contribution to the community, I was happy to be […]

Easy way to override post title on public pages in WordPress

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on December 18, 2015

Have you ever wanted to give your page or post a different H1 title from the actual post title? I know I have. Last time I encountered this was while working on MemberPress membership names. What looked good on a page didn’t look good as the product name in Stripe checkout. How to override the original post title? In WP Admin, the easiest way to achieve this is to use Advanced Custom Fields plugin; Just create a new field group, add a text field to it and set it to appear for the desired content types.

B2C business owners: It’s ok to ask your customers to leave a good review.

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on September 30, 2015

Many small business owners still think that when it comes to online reviews, no news is good news. That might’ve been ok in the past but it is not anymore: In our modern, social-media amplified world, businesses live and die by their online reputation. One persistent voice can do irreparable – and sometimes fatal – damage to your business. Just like you wouldn’t take an insurance policy after you’ve been in an accident, you need to manage and protect your company’s online reputation proactively. 

WordCamp Baltimore

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on September 29, 2015

I attended my third WordCamp Baltimore on September 12th, 2015 and, once again, had a great time. The thing I enjoy the most about WordCamps is the people: the Camps are a great opportunity to spend time with old friends and make new acquaintances. Exchange ideas with colleagues and – as silly as it may sound – feel the camaraderie. Being a solopreneur who works from home, it is something you often long for.

Occupational Safety Card Training in Finland

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on July 15, 2015

Turvakoulutus Akatemia (Finnish for Safety Training Academy) is my brother’s business that offers Finnish Occupational Safety Card Training as well as Finnish Hot Work License Training in my native Finland. In addition to launching his business, my brother Tuukka wanted to learn basics of WordPress. As an exercise, we built his site using one of the default themes, Advanced Custom Fields plus a couple of other plugins.

Custom Post Type Rewrite 404 Errors

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on August 6, 2014

I was building yet another WordPress site and kept on getting 404s for my custom post type (CPT) links. It was very unusual, because it was a clean, new install with 2012 theme. To troubleshoot the issue, I ran down the list of usual suspects: Is ModRewrite enabled (Yes, because other pretty URLs worked) Was the CPT public and publicly queryable: Check Did the CPT rewrites work with just plain /%postname%/ – Ditto I was trying to use custom taxonomy terms in my URLs with the help of the Custom Post Type Permalinks plugin, but I had used it numerous times without any problems in the past. Turns out it had nothing to do with custom post type rewrites or the plugin

Step Afrika!

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on October 6, 2013

In the spring of 2013, I participated in a pro bono project through Taproot Foundation. Our group’s task was to redesign the website of Step Afrika, a DC-based stepping dance company. My role on this project was to be the WordPress developer; “wiring up” the HTML template provided by another team member into a WordPress theme. Step Afrika!’s website has a custom WordPress theme built on Twitter’s Bootstrap framework. Advanced Custom Fields plugin was used to give the website manager easy-to-use interfaces on the back-end to make the maintenance as simple as possible. Because Step Afrika! doesn’t have an in-house web developer, I recommended they host the website with WP Engine hosting, because caching, automatic backups, and a staging environment are included in every plan. This was my first Taproot project and I really enjoyed working with a new group of people on a successful project.

Vito Services

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on October 6, 2013

I worked on Vito Services, a local plumbing company, website project as the WordPress developer. This was a design by Chris Marlow that was laid out on a 14-column custom grid and turned into HTML with Twitter’s Bootstrap framework. Vito Services website uses custom taxonomies to tie different types of content (pages, troubleshooting tips and coupons) together for easy maintenance.

Exploring the iOS app for WordPress

Written by Antti Koskenrouta on July 7, 2013

This is just a quick test post to see how we’ll the WordPress app for iPhone works. Mainly I’m interested in seeing if this would work for my clients who want to make quick updates to their blogs using their smartphone. Adding an image here too just to see how well it works. (By the way, these are the first ribs I grilled myself. Yes, they were delish!) 🙂