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  • Member Since: April 14th, 2021
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • GitHub: DanSoschin
  • Job Title: .org Director, Strategic Initiatives
  • Employer: Automattic
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Bio

Tampa, FL resident by way of Northern Virginia and San Francisco, Dan first found WordPress when exploring content marketing back in 2009 and it was love at first “site”. Dan and his family of four spend their weekends biking around Tampa searching for the best donuts and pizza, visiting one of the many amusement parks in the area, collecting all sorts of things, building Legos, beach-going, walking, and laughing until they cry.

Dan’s wife (originally from Saratoga, CA) owns a pilates studio in Tampa, so he has no excuse not to stay in shape!

Dan spent 10 years working in enterprise software in a variety of roles (product management, product marketing, marketing), and then 10 years working in a pure marketing role for various online learning companies.

Dan graduated from the University of Virginia and attended Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci/Tech in Annandale, Virginia.

Interests

family, outdoors stuff (biking, hiking, scooting, climbing, rafting, beaching, walking), movies, coins and memorabilia, travel, games, laughing.

WordPress Origin Story

In 2009, I was the head of performance marketing at a large university. Back in that day, schools really did not do a lot of online marketing – especially blogging and content creation. However, I was focused on growing online enrollments and believed we could create blogs/content for each school at the university. Looking over the shoulder of my web developer one afternoon, I saw that he was fiddling with one of the new sites we were just about to launch, focused on homeland security news/opinion. I asked what he was using to create the website/blog and he said, “WordPress”. For me, it was love at first “site”. The rest, as they say, is history…

Contributions Sponsored

Dan Soschin contributes 40 hours per week to the Marketing team.

  • Wrote a new post, How to Convince Your Employer Attending WordCamp is a Smart Investment of Time, on the site WordCamp US 2021:
    Here are seven tips for how to pitch attending WordCamp to your employer as a…

    14 hours ago

  • Wrote a new post, Create Your WCUS21 Attendee Pod, on the site WordCamp US 2021:
    Get your WordCamp game on by attending this year’s event, which it turns out is…

    2 weeks ago

  • Posted a reply to video player plugin that cannot fast forward but can backward, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I understand. I'm not aware of anything that lets you rewind but not fast forward.…

    1 month ago

  • Wrote a comment on the post PROPOSAL: Learner achievements on profiles, on the site Make WordPress Training:
    I'm definitely on the fence regarding "lots of badges" vs "tiers"... though, I suppose you…

    1 month ago

  • Wrote a comment on the post WordPress 101: Microcourses Proposal, on the site Make WordPress Training:
    Love this type of format/structure as it really helps calibrate the end user's expectations: Take…

    1 month ago

  • Wrote a comment on the post PROPOSAL: Learner achievements on profiles, on the site Make WordPress Training:
    Hi Hugh & Training Team: I'm a bit new to the contributors community (though a…

    1 month ago

  • Posted a reply to Problem with categories menu, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! Are you using any plugins that create menus? This could be a setting with…

    2 months ago

  • Posted a reply to WordPress Customize menu layout options blank, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! It looks like you are using Woocommerce (plugin) and maybe themehunk / megamenu plus?…

    2 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Warning: add_submenu_page warning after updating, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    That is wonderful news! I'm so glad you were able to work toward a resolution.…

    2 months ago

  • Wrote a comment on the post Care and influence: a theory about the WordPress community, on the site Team Updates:
    This is a great primer for understanding the interdependency of each "group" within the ecosystem.…

    2 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Change Admin Dashboard View Site, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Matthew - I'm not a great resource when it comes to coding (LOL, sorry).…

    2 months ago

  • Posted a reply to i want a WordPress page, in which students can search there result., on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! Try these steps here: https://wordpress.org/support/article/creating-a-search-page/ Beyond that, I probably won't be able to assist…

    2 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Change Admin Dashboard View Site, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    You'll need to modify the functions.php file to tell WordPress what you want the link…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to i want a WordPress page, in which students can search there result., on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I think I understand that you want to exclude certain types of information from being…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Slideshow not working, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! It looks like you are using Elemntor as your theme. I recommend heading over…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Default search settings, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! If you are using the WooCommerce plugin for your site, you may want to…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Position Top Navigation Below Header Image, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! Sorry to hear you are experiencing "no joy". :) I would recommend contacting the…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Change Admin Dashboard View Site, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Matt - As you know, that link brings you to the live homepage of…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Site Hacked, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi, sorry to hear your site got hacked. Here are some great resources to review…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Account Gone?!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! Sorry to hear you have encountered this situation - that must be terribly frustrating.…

    3 months ago

  • Created a new ticket, #53631, in Core Trac:
    Enable customization of system notices

    3 months ago

  • Created a new ticket, #53630, in Core Trac:
    Prior State Recall for Panes in Editor (Collapse/Expanded)

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Recovery Mode not initialized, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! Are you able to access your hosting environment? If so, you can try to…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to How to go about a php script that runs in background, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! This may depend on the type of hosting you have and folder/server permissions. You…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to i want a WordPress page, in which students can search there result., on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! There are many great plugins that extend the search functionality of WordPress. You can…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to send email Between WordPress Users wordpress, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! I have not used a plugin to do this, but a quick search of…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Updating Failed, You are offline, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Perhaps there is an issue with the themes. Can you try activating a default WP…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Copy mulitple blocks without code?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! I am able to copy text blocks and paste into Google without any source…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Best plugin to track Country of the User IP, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Or these plugins: https://wordpress.org/plugins/search/geolocation/

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Best plugin to track Country of the User IP, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! Have you tried any of these? https://wordpress.org/plugins/search/geolocation/

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to “Add new post” screen layout, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I'm going to post this as a feature request... that the WP editor interface should…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to That Email Address is already in use. Please try again, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! I checked with some other folks whose knowledge of WP customization and the plugin…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to How do I stop blocks from fading when editing?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Also, you may want to click the triple-dot menu in the top-right and toggle the…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Menu cascading onto next line, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Have you considered using a plugin? With regards to custom CSS, you may want to…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Search for woocommerce in two langauages, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Check out this topic: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/search-multi-language/ It looks like in many of the translation plugins, you…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to That Email Address is already in use. Please try again, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Would you consider using a plugin to manage your registrations? If so, many of the…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Virus detected JS:Trojan.Cryxos.6138, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Fantastic troubleshooting - thanks for the update. I hope that it is a false positive!

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to My site is taking forever to load, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I used Google's pagespeed insights tool which failed to index your site (likely because of…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Change Text with Hover Over, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    What theme are you using? Usually, you can click "Appearance >> Customize" and that will…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to That Email Address is already in use. Please try again, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! You can modify the message users see when encountering this state, but it requires…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Menu cascading onto next line, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! A quick, non-programmatic workaround would be to reduce the length of the names of…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to using different footer for one page only, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! You can do this by creating a different template for your post or page…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to “Add new post” screen layout, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! Try this: 1. In the add new post screen, click the "triple dot" button…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to My home page not properly working, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! Here are some suggestions to consider: 1. Before you do anything, grab yourself a…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Admin dashboard menu GONE, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Try the suggestion in this post to disable the warning messages and then you likely…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Admin dashboard menu GONE, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    From: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/admin-bar-missing-14/ Otherwise, it may be that some update to the site was made (such…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Admin dashboard menu GONE, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi! This looks like a user who does not have admin permissions. I would start…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to meta keyword, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    どういたしまして。

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Blog Content not shown, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I'm delighted to hear you were able to resolve your issue! Good luck out there!

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Website tag not updating, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    No worries at all! Trying to help and steer you to the right places. I…

    3 months ago