My name is Yann (yann.com) and I am presently a freelance open-source web developer based in Paris, France. My experience with the Internet and free software systems goes back to ca. 1994, when I installed my first Yggdrasil and Slackware CD-ROM based GNU/Linux distributions and connected to the Internet in Japan, where I was living at that time (and teaching a few CS and IT classes to French and English-speaking students). Even before that, I had been experimenting somewhat with BBSs and the wonderful French Minitel network.
I got my first computer at the age of 12 (a Commodore 64) and never ceased programming as a hobby since that day. In 1996 I founded one of the first web design agencies in France, properly dubbed abc.fr (I still use that domain name for my personal e-mail).
After running this company for 10 years, I decided I had enough of building websites for other people, and crossed over to working for one of the top-3 worldwide Internet high-tech publishers. I became Technical director for the portals of the Bestofmedia Group, managing a team of 20 PHP/MySql developers that make the tomshardware.com, Tom’s Guide and Tom’s Games sites run worldwide.
In 2009, I realized it was time for me to give back to the open-source community a bit of what I had benefited from all those years. I thus became self-employed again, and started a bunch of new projects, mainly involving the promotion of hyper-local community websites run by citizens. I built up on the experience of running Nogent-Citoyen.com, one of the most successful independent hyperlocal web projects in the Paris area, together with my wife (a professional journalist).
In the course of publishing my own sites, I had become more and more involved in WordPress.org-based developments, and started publicly releasing my own plug-ins. I have contributed around 25 WP, WP MU, BuddyPress and WordPress 3 plugins over the last 2 years, some of which have become quite successful (over 61,000 downloads), with a user community actively requesting new features and improvements. Here’s how I became one of the top-400 WordPress plugin authors in the course of a few months, and decided to focus on that platform, and become an independent open-source software developer and professional WordPress consultant.
I founded my new company, Celyan.com in the begining of 2010, dedicated to publishing hyperlocal community sites and providing strategic consultancy services (including SEO auditing) and custom software development to professional users of the WordPress, BuddyPress and bbPress platforms worldwide (50% of my clients are based outside of France, my plugins have been translated in 9 languages).
Over the course of my career I have also been a CS and IT teacher in Tokyo and Paris (to BA and International MBA classes), and a professional English->French technical translator (for Data Communications Magazine among others)
This site is my personal blog, with random rants about anything geek ranging from trips in Japan to voiding warranties on home electronics gadgets or messing with a soldering iron. It also covers some more technical stuff with a professional angle on WP or PHP/MySql development techniques. Sometimes I write in English, sometimes in French, depending on my mood of the day. I usually translate the most popular posts in the other language.
Please use the provided contact form for any inquiry.
You can also download my CV here (Pdf format)