The WordPress community is growing. Millions of people are working under the banner of WordPress. Some of the biggest organizations associated with WordPress have remote employees located in countries around the world — for example, Automattic, the folks behind WordPress.com, has 300+ employees, all of whom work remotely in countries around the world, from South Africa to Russia to Australia.
Being a WordPress fanatic myself, I have been helping the WordPress community connect with one another by interviewing WordPress developers, entrepreneurs, and users from around the world. Interviewees have shared their personal WordPress journeys and I have created a series out of it, “Series of WordPress Interviews.”
It’s my hope that these stories inspire the globalized community that WordPress has become. This is my way, however small, of giving back to the community that has given so much to me.
Earlier this year, WooThemes shared a blog post showcasing the workplaces of its remote employees around the world. The idea resonated with me, so I reached out to some of the WordPress professionals I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and asked them to share a photo of their workplaces and some details on their hardware. I wasn’t able to list all of them, but a good number of friends responded to me with the images of their offices and equipment.
Hardware: Chris uses a 21.5-inch iMAC with 16GB of RAM. For travel, she uses a 13-inch MacBook, and she also uses an iPad mini to test responsive designs.
Hardware: Chris uses a Mac Pro with 64GB of RAM, the rest is stock. He also uses a Rode Podcaster mic and boom arm and a 34-inch LG curved Monitor (3400×1440). He has two external drives, one 4TB that you see, and another 20TB that you don’t.
Hardware: Muhammad uses a 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display. It has a processor 2.4 GHz, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1600 MHz DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB, OS X Yosemite version 10.10.5
Hardware: Mari uses a MacBook Pro with OSX 10.9.5, plus some G Drive hard drives. She also uses an older Powerbook as a secondary machine.
“I work in the living room of our one-bedroom apartment in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, BC, in the shadow of City Hall. One office chair will be occupied by Dizzy, while the basket on the chair holds Ella, who often snores in her sleep. Currently, the Vancouver Canucks are in the playoffs so we keep our old playoff towels handy to wave during goals. Here’s where the “magic” happens.”
Hardware: Most of his work is accomplished using a Windows 7 Professional 64bit desktop PC with two 23-inch monitors. When he’s on the go, Jeff uses a fully loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display from 2013.
Hardware: Akshat’s primary machine is Ubuntu running on Thinkpad X1 Carbon.
Hardware: Heather uses a 27-inch iMac at her office. Frank, who does their front-end dev work, uses a MacBook Pro and a 27-inch monitor as well.
“I actually don’t sit, we have standing desks and I stand on a bosu ball (we’re trying to get healthier this year, so we all have standing desks).”
Hardware: Depending on the day, Syed uses a different machine. When he’s traveling, he uses a MacBook Pro custom branded for WPBeginner.
Hardware: Jan uses a 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display and a processor 2.5 GHz, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM 1600 MHz DDR3, Macintosh HD, Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB, and OS X Yosemite version 10.10.5
Hardware: Niles uses an older Acer desktop. She also uses a Samsung Chromebook for blogging and minor projects.
“I’m looking for something newer and bigger right now. I think the only thing impressive that I love is the 32-inch LCD Samsung monitor I have with it.”
Hardware: Devin uses a Lenovo Ideapad with a 2.7 Ghz processor and Windows 10 hooked up to two ASUS 24-inch monitors. He typically has PHPstorm booted up on one screen with multiple browser windows and applications open in the other.
“We work in the heart of the San Deigo Gaslamp. Sometimes it can get loud, but we’re typically too hooked up with headphones and knee-deep in code to care.”
Hardware: Suzette uses a MacBook Air with an external Dell monitor using a lightning adapter, external USB ADATA HD710 hard drive, external USB Apple Super Drive, and USB Logitech camera connected to a USB hub.
“I love this setup when working from home, but when I travel the MacBook Air fits right in my purse. I also use an iPhone 5 and I have a very old iPad that I use for testing.”
Hardware: Magnus uses a mid-2013, 13-inch MacBook Air, which is hooked up to a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display.
“WooThemes is a totally distributed company, so I do work remotely a lot of the time, which the MacBook Air is perfect for.”
Hardware: Michael uses a refurbished Lenovo W540 with 32GB of RAM and a core i7 running Ubuntu with Xmonad as the User Interface.
“I’m not much for new and shiny computers and tend to buy refurbished or former SLA (Service Life Agreement) machines that from my experience tend to have the most durable hardware. I go through a new laptop about every three to four years so I make sure they have a significant amount of power for the least possible price.”
Hardware: Bob uses a 21.5-inch iMac and a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display for his main workspace. He uses his MacBook Air for a third screen if needed, but uses it mostly for workshops and when he’s on the road.
“I cannot live without my AT2020 USB mic and my iPad is on hand if I need to refer to an ebook amongst the hundreds stored on it. Oh, and an Airport for on-site backup.”
Hardware: Sarah uses a 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display. It has a processor 2.4 GHz, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM 1600 MHz DDR3, Intel Iris 1536 MB, OS X Yosemite version 10.10.4
Aren’t they amazing?
There are so many amazing people who use WordPress as part of their everyday lives. These people reside all around the world. I hope that this article has taught you a lot about your favorite WordPressers from around the ecosystem.
Which workplace is your favorite? Share your workplace details and a picture of your office in the comments below!