Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego!
I've been working on a small side project for a while now and I'd like to tell you all about it.
The idea came about with the relaunch of uProfiles on the Umbraco website as part of their regular blogs. If you haven't checked them out, I highly recommend it. It's a great way to read about some of the well known community members within the Umbraco ecosystem.
What I hope to do over the coming weeks and months is to introduce to you some newer members of the Umbraco community. People who have only just started using Umbraco and hopefully introduce them to the amazing world of Umbraco.
Umbraco is a CMS but it's also a community of like minded people who are always willing to help others. Whether that is helping making the Umbraco documentation better, making the CMS better or just helping each other with a difficult problem.
To kick start this project, I put a shout out on social media.
I was pleased to get a number of replies and one of the first people to join the project was someone from Umbraco HQ!
I sent the same questions to each of the volunteers and I hope you will make them all feel super welcome.
Welcome to Community Corner with......
Support warrior at Umbraco HQ
How long have you been using Umbraco?
Since February this year 🙂
Twitter handle if you have one:
Introduce yourself to the Umbraco Community.
I got started with Umbraco by accident, had been mainly using PHP and Wordpress, but when I needed an internship Umbraco was recommended. Once I started it moved very quickly, from having barely used any C# things or Visual Studio to a certified master in 5 months, and I feel like there is way more to learn even now than when I started!
In my spare time I love watching movies in the cinema, listening to Rock and Grunge music and following American Football!
What are you currently doing with Umbraco?
As a support team member at Umbraco HQ I do a little bit of everything at all times 😉 I recently joined the Umbraco Documentation Curators team and have since then been looking into even more different things - did you know Umbraco has a translation section that is hidden by default? 👀
Why are you using Umbraco?
It's my job 😁, it is a lot more fun to use than other frameworks I have worked with in the past though, if I were to go to a web agency today I would probably want to work with Umbraco.
What would you like to see more of in the Umbraco Community?
Consolidation of resources - I just learned the other day there is a Community Slack channel.. Did you also know there is a Community Gitter channel? And the forum on Our, what about the very active Twitter community?
It can be very hard for a new guy to know where to go for information, a proper overview of where the community "lives" would have helped me a bit at the beginning 😁
If there was one question you'd like to ask the Umbraco Community, what would it be?
Having recently joined the Documentation team - what do you feel is the most needed update to the documentation? What inhibits you from contributing?
Is there anything you found difficult when you first started using Umbraco?
Everything! 😄 It was a very different world, and a lot of things to learn - still is for me! Thankfully there are some amazing people that are always willing to help.
Anything else you'd like to say?
Thanks for letting me participate, great initiative by Owain Williams! #h5yr
Thanks Jesper! #h5yr!
To all of you that are reading this, please feel free to reach out to Jesper via twitter or leave a comment below if you'd like to answer his question to the community.
I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the next Community Corner post! I wonder if the next one will have as many emojis!