A new chapter

So I have some big news! As of today, I am now a WordPress Engineer for HumanMade!

As many of you know, I have spent the last two years working as the lead frontend developer for a local Magento agency. This pushed me into a new field and different direction from the WordPress community I had spent so much time in, and started out as an interesting challenge.

However, while I am grateful to have been earning a salary and not still working for myself, during this time – my stepdad was diagnosed with terminal Cancer and we lost him only 3 months after, and then less than 6 months after he passed away, my mum was also diagnosed with Cancer (which she thankfully beat), working within the Magento space was not something I enjoyed.

Frontend Development seemed almost like a second class citizen. Magento is a beast of a system and any real development needs a huge amount of knowledge of backend technologies. The way Themes have been introduced in Magento 2 (The official theme is built using LESS and compiled inside the admin – eh?!?!?), means that what you could do as a frontend developer was extremely limited.

Trying to create a new theme from scratch meant creating incredibly complex build scripts to cope with all of the symlinks needed in different development environments, or you could use a community build set up but that meant using their starter theme as a base. I did try extremely hard to love the community build scripts and workflow (even writing this post about them: https://kirstyburgoine.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/using-frontools-out-of-the-box/), but ultimately, I didn’t find the work I was doing was challenging or interesting.

Once you come to that realisation, then it is time to move on to pastures new! And that is what I have done.

I am extremely pleased to say that I have joined Human Made!

HM work on Enterprise level WordPress websites and are a company I have been aware of through the WordPress community pretty much since my first WordCamp, WordCamp Edinburgh back in 2012. Over the years, I have watched them grow and do some truly amazing work.

I will be joining them as a WordPress Engineer / Frontend Developer, which is so exciting I can’t even put it into words properly and I’m also happy to be back in the WordPress space again.

Onwards and upwards! ๐Ÿ™‚

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