My name is David Artiss and I’m an Enterprise Happiness Engineer at Automattic, working on the WordPress VIP team. I provide front-line support to enterprise clients.

The WordPress.com VIP team at Automattic are hiring

We provide consulting, support, hosting, training, and other services to some of the biggest and best WordPress sites for clients like Time Inc., Facebook, TechCrunch and The New York Times

I am a WordCamp speaker and volunteer as well as a long-time contributor to WordPress, having assisted with Core, Documentation, Support and WordPress.TV. I am also the author of a number of free WordPress plugins.


When not working, I’m a blogger-cum-writer. This site was named as a weekly blog highlight by public relations service company Cision on 4th December 2009 and has been mentioned on the BBC website. Twice. I am also a journalist for the technology website, The Big Tech Question and have also been known to make an appearance on the PC Pro podcast.

Reading as often as I can (comic book and non-fiction), I also watch a lot of films (action and comedy), TV (comedy and documentary) and listen to music and podcasts. I’m a Star Wars, Star Trek and Marvel nerd. An avid gamer and amateur theatre performer rounds off my social time.

Although I try and keep out of politics, I am an EU Remainer 🇪🇺.

Mildly bipolar, an ambivert, aphantasmic and a lucid dreamer. I’m also cross-dominant and a sufferer of sensory overload. Tea-total, I’m a total hit at parties. 

WW: UI Confusion

If you wish to change measurements on the Weight Watchers (now WW) app you have to head to their website to do it (down vote for the fact that you have to). But, once there, the UI gets very confusing. So, let’s see how it normally works… Head into the Settings and scroll down to,…

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What’s in my bag? 2019 edition

Back in 2017, I revealed, after just a few months working and travelling for Automattic, what I carried with me in my backpack. 2 years on, and many more trips, and that content has changed. I don’t carry everything with me at all times and will modify the bag contents based on where I’m travelling…

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What’s in my pencil case? 2019 edition

When travelling, I do so with a Clairefontaine pencil case. It’s not too big but enough for to carry a selection of useful stationary items. You see, I like my stationary. Nothing ostentatious but just good quality. So, what do I carry? Mitsubishi Pencil Company 9800 HB pencil. Thought of as one of the best…

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