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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 Polyglots team lead.
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 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.

Tips to enhance your experience with the Block Editor

15 April 2019 | 7 Comments | Remkus de Vries

Today I’d like to highlight two plugins that supercharge the new Block Editor experience. They’re very different in nature, but I find them both equally impressive. There’s some news about the upcoming WordPress 5.2 release, and there might be mention of a bonus link. Come and find out. Gutenberg on steroids We’re four, five months […]

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PHP requirement for WordPress, WooCommerce dashboard and Gutenberg 5.4

8 April 2019 | 8 Comments | Remkus de Vries

Today’s roundup is all about various upcoming updates across the WordPress ecosphere. From WordPress itself to Gutenberg, PHP, and WooCommerce. Let’s get started! WordPress wants you to update your PHP If you’ve been following my roundups, you may recall that WordPress is finally bumping its minimum PHP requirement in the upcoming WordPress 5.2 release. I usually […]

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Plugin tips for A/B testing, profiling and more!

1 April 2019 | 6 Comments | Remkus de Vries

Today’s roundup highlights some useful WordPress plugins. They’re either new, or have recently been updated with interesting features. From A/B testing to profiling and more… And of course, I have some bonus links for you as well! A/B testing made easy Testing between two versions, to see which one works best, is called A/B testing. […]

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Minimum PHP version requirement, WP 5.2 Beta 1 and Gutenberg 5.3

25 March 2019 | 13 Comments | Remkus de Vries

We’re getting ready for another big improvement for our favorite CMS. Today, I’d like to share with you the release of Gutenberg version 5.3 as well as the first Beta for WordPress 5.2. And, some exciting news on the minimum PHP version requirement for WordPress. Gutenberg 5.3 We’ve seen the release of Gutenberg 5.3 this […]

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WordPress news and Gutenberg tips: Use reusable blocks

18 March 2019 | 10 Comments | Remkus de Vries

Another week, another roundup! We saw WordPress’ growth hit an important milestone last week, and an interesting proposal was made concerning available blocks in the editor. Let’s see what that’s all about! In this edition of my roundup, I also share a few more tricks about the Block Editor itself. And, last but not least, […]

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New commenting plugin option, a book release, and a WordPress milestone

11 March 2019 | 1 Comment | Remkus de Vries

It’s time* again for a new roundup of WordPress news! Today I’m sharing a new commenting plugin for WordPress, the release of a new book about Object Oriented Programming in WordPress. The WordPress Project also crossed an imported milestone this week. Keep on reading and you’ll learn all about it! New commenting plugin option For […]

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Release schedules, selling digital downloads, and some bonus links

4 March 2019 | 4 Comments | Remkus de Vries

In this roundup, I’ll discuss what’s going on with the WordPress release schedule. I’m also highlighting a new e-commerce solution for selling downloadable items in WordPress. And of course, I carefully selected some bonus links for your reading pleasure. Let’s dive in! WordPress Release Schedules WordPress has typically seen three to four releases per year […]

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WordPress 5.1 is incoming, Gutenberg Phase 2 updates, and bonus links!

18 February 2019 | 29 Comments | Remkus de Vries

We have a big week ahead of us! WordPress 5.1 will be released this week and with it comes a lot of improvements for the Block Editor as well as a whole bunch of other improvements. I’m also updating you on Gutenberg phase 2. And of course, there are some bonus links as well. Let’s […]

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New WordPress tools, plugins & presentations to learn from

13 February 2019 | 9 Comments | Remkus de Vries

Today, I’d like to highlight a couple of valuable news items from the WordPress Community. We saw some great things happening with new solutions and updates to already existing plugins. Enjoy! WPCampus Online WPCampus Online happened on January 31 and featured a lot of great content. If you missed out or want to revisit the conference, the […]

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WordPress newsletter recommendations, related events, and Gutenberg writing tips

4 February 2019 | 2 Comments | Remkus de Vries

We’re diving a bit deeper into some of the options to make better use of the Gutenberg editor in this edition of my roundup. Additionally, I’m highlighting two WordPress related events as well as two very different, but highly recommended WordPress newsletters. WordPress Newsletters I’d like to highlight two very different kinds of WordPress related […]

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