“In a time not distant, it will be possible to flash any image formed in thought on a screen and render it visible at any place desired.”—Nikola Tesla
The future is bright, but we’re not there yet. And the best way to share images with the world so far is put them online. However, just throwing them out there will not do, not yet anyway—images have to be handled with care. In WordPress we have some great tools for adjusting images for the web.
The Bucharest WordPress meetup has been around for almost a year now, and each time it has proven to be a useful lesson. It was here that we officially introduced ShortPixel to the world which—besides me being terrified of public speaking—turned out to be a great gig.
We wanted to engage even more with the WordPress community, so we started looking at the coming international WordCamp events. We’ve been thinking that a good way to do this would be to volunteer for the first WordCamp, and meet the most involved people with WordPress. Germany looked like a good fit.
It’s been a shifting turn for us to start a project that is mainly designed for WordPress users. And I must say, it feels good to be part of such a nice crowd! I’m also excited to finally say hello to everyone we’ve met so far along the way, and tell our story.
We’ve started to build ShortPixel over a year ago (just realized) and many things have happened since. Some of these moments should not go unnoticed, so I’ll recall some of them here below.
I̶m̶a̶g̶o̶o̶s̶e̶ ShortPixel was born. With a twist.
The original name we had in mind for our service was ‘Imagoose’—it sounded funky, but when written down, it became clear that it was a bad choice to address our users this way. Our logo was originally a constipated feverish robot. Meanwhile, we gave it a chill pill to change this frightened look.