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Remkus de Vries

Remkus is Manager Partnerships and WordPress Community Liason at Yoast. He co-founded and lead WordCamp Europe and WordCamp Netherlands. During more than a dozen years he's spoken at many WordCamps and WordPress Meetup groups as well as mentoring upcoming WordCamps.

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Before joining Yoast in early 2017, I was running a small WordPress Agency for 13 years. During those years, but especially since 2008, I’ve been very active in the WordPress Community both here in the Netherlands as well as abroad. I’ve co-founded  WordCamp Netherlands back in 2009 and have been the team-lead half a dozen times.

Additionally, I co-founded WordCamp Europe back in 2012 and (co)lead the first two editions in Leiden (2013) and Sofia (2014) and have been part of the WCEU organization ever since. I’ve also been acting as the admin for the Dutch WordPress site, as well as been the global team lead for the Polyglots team.
So, you could say I have a love for WordPress as software as well as the larger WordPress Project and for which it stands: democratizing the internet. This is why I love working at Yoast as our motto “SEO for Everyone” extends on that greatly.

At Yoast, I’m Manager of Partnerships and WordPress Community Liason. My volunteer work, as mentioned above, is now donated by Yoast to the WordPress Project. Over the years I’ve spoken at many WordCamps and have assisted getting WordPress Meetup groups from the ground and mentored upcoming WordCamps. This means I can give back to the Community as much as I can and help make the WordPress Community grow.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, doing lots of reading, watching documentaries, and going to car events.

WooCommerce 3.7 and Gutenberg 6.3 updates

19 August 2019 | 7 Comments | Remkus de Vries

The past week was all about two big plugins releasing important updates. Both WooCommerce and Gutenberg got significant improvements. Gutenberg saw another accessibility improvement and WooCommerce now has even more integration with, well, Gutenberg 😄. Let’s dive in and see what’s what! WooCommerce introduces more Block Editor integration WooCommerce 3.7 was released last week and […]

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Remkus' Roundup Blue Skies.

WordPress 5.3, Atomic Blocks and EditorsKit

12 August 2019 | 2 Comments | Remkus de Vries

You might think it would be quiet in the world of WordPress because of the summer holidays, but there are some interesting things beeping on my radar. What about the next major version of WordPress: the 5.3 release? Also, the developers of Atomic Blocks and EditorKits haven’t been loitering around; they’ve added some useful features […]

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WordPress 5.3

Syntax-highlighting Code Block, theme accessibility news and Gutenberg 6.2

5 August 2019 | 8 Comments | Remkus de Vries

After a short break, we’ve returned with a new WordPress Watch. In today’s edition, let’s check out a cool new way to share your code in the block editor. We’ll also look at some nice updates to the Gutenberg project – which includes new features for the block editor in the next major release of […]

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Gutenberg refinement, Block Directory Concept, and MailPoet

15 July 2019 | 2 Comments | Remkus de Vries

It was another full week with lots of WordPress news. Today, we’re highlighting a cool WordPress newsletter plugin that had a big update. We’ll also see that Gutenberg got yet another polish and we’ll have a bunch of bonus links for you. Let’s check it out! More Gutenberg refinement The latest release of Gutenberg, version […]

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Remkus' Roundup Blue Skies.

WP-CLI webinar, Post Status Notes, Google Site kit, and more plugin news

Last week was a busy week, with lots of things happening in the WordPress Community. Which means several different news items to cover today! We’ve got an awesome webinar and two cool plugins to discuss and that’s not all… Let’s get started! WP-CLI webinar WP-CLI is the command line interface for common WordPress tasks and […]

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Gutenberg 6.0, WPGraphQL, and WP Engine news

WordPress 5.2.2 launched last week, but of course, that wasn’t the only news happening. There was a lot going on in the world of WordPress as it was the week of the largest WordCamp Europe (over 2800 attended!). Let’s see what happened this last week! Gutenberg 6.0 The Gutenberg project kept publishing improvement after improvement […]

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WordPress 5.3

WordProof, CoBlocks update, Genesis framework 3.0 beta and more

17 June 2019 | Remkus de Vries

Another week, another news roundup! In this edition, we’ll cover an interesting solution to really authenticate your content. I’d also like to highlight a tutorial on how to add AMP to your site and a cool gallery block enhancing plugin. And there’s more, so let’s get started… Time-stamping your content with WordProof In this day […]

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WordPress 5.3

Sign in with Apple ID, full site editing plugin and bonus links

11 June 2019 | 2 Comments | Remkus de Vries

We had a lot going on this past week in the world of WordPress. Lots of interesting plugins and tutorials and general WordPress news. WordPress 5.2.2 is still slated for this week, but don’t let that stop you from catching up first! Let’s dive in! New Wordfence Login Security Plugin Wordfence, a Firewall & Malware […]

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Remkus' Roundup Blue Skies.

Happy sweet 16 WordPress, microblogging and Hello theme launch

We have a wide arrange of topics to discuss in this roundup. Everything from a perfect microblogging theme, to spinning up your WordPress hosting environment and lots in between. And, there are even some bonus links this time. Let’s dive in! Happy Sweet 16 WordPress! Today is an extra special day in the land of […]

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WordPress 5.3