For digital agencies, for developers, and for the open source community, SilverStripe is now based in London.
It’s been nearly nine years since SilverStripe first went open source. During that time, hundreds of thousands of sites have been built by teams that needed a powerful, flexible CMS to help them collaborate like no other.
During that time, we’ve also been revolutionising the public sector web, both at home in New Zealand and abroad. Most recently, we’ve used our CMS as the core of the country’s Common Web Platform. This initiative has put over 60 New Zealand government and council websites on a strong, modern foundation to better serve citizens’ increasingly digital expectations.
But the greatest achievement during this time is how SilverStripe has spread around the world. Why? In the words of one of a SilverStripe community member:
SilverStripe was built with the idea that content authors, developers, and designers all have different skill sets and roles on a project. It tries to provide the best possible experience for all three roles, while also trying to keep them from tripping each other up.
Phil Quinn, CEO, Quinn Labs, San Francisco
Wave after wave of developers, addons, partners and agencies have sprung up globally.
I think it’s time we joined them.
The rising tide
London agencies are already using SilverStripe to power the sites of UK brands, including a major energy company and the most famous cricket club in the world. Almost a dozen UK councils already rely on SilverStripe to provide an efficient, consistent experience to the public, and that’s just the beginning.
But this is more than a London office for us: we’re here to do everything in our power to help more of the UK and Europe’s strongest & most ambitious digital agencies deliver these kinds of projects. Our experience in the public sector means we’re perfectly placed to help governments of all sizes deliver the pinnacle of digital experience for citizens.
So come and visit us for a coffee! We’re in Rainmaking Loft, right beside the landmark of Tower Bridge. Our team now includes SilverStripe’s UK ambassador, Joel Edwards and our first local hire, Daniel Hensby, who many will recognise as one of the ten core committers for our open source project. I’ll be in Europe regularly, too: my next trip sees me based in London for most of June and July.
We’re excited to be able to better support the UK and European SilverStripe community and introduce more developers to our open source software. Expect to see much more SilverStripe activity in the Northern Hemisphere!
- Sign up for our first two official European SilverStripe meetups in London and Amsterdam
- If you’re new to SilverStripe attend our free Jumpstart course on the 18th June
- Or if you’re keen to get together with other developers and hack on open source projects join our first official London hackfest
- Meet us at PHP Netherlands where principal SilverStripe developer Chris Pitt is speaking
- We’re also sponsoring the Share Digital UK local council event 9th July