Reflections of a WordPress Developer

It’s now been over six full years since I first started really working with WordPress. September 20th, 2010 is when I first opened my account to submit a small plugin I built that afternoon. Six years later I can say without reservation that I’m so glad I chose to get involved with the project both through my own successes and the failures as well as those of the project itself.

It’s safe to say today that WordPress, both the project itself and the community around it, is not what it was six years ago. For the most part this evolution has been positive but of course it has had it’s road bumps as well. As I get more involved in my new position this fall and look forward to the next few years in WordPress and other technologies I’ve forced myself to sit bad and re-examine what WordPress means to me as both  a WordPress developer and as simply a developer looking to get the job done in the best way possible. Continue Reading

Vagrant is Not The Answer For Everyone

After working with Vagrant for nearly three years and even writing a post on how great it is I can now say without hesitation that it is not the solution I thought it was. I don’t say that lightly either as I’m about to launch version 4.0 of my Primary Vagrant project. Instead I say it based on the expectations we have put on it as a development community combined with ecosystem (or lack thereof) of the tools we have been using to attempt to bend it to our will. Continue Reading

I have a voice

It’s been years since I really blogged on here regularly. Sure, I’ll get up a post or two every now and then but I haven’t really written anything since 2013-2014. The irony: for most of that time I’ve spent more time working on the code for this site than I ever have. These last few weeks, even as I’ve plotted and schemed to start writing more, I’ve put even more time to simply changing the site itself without a single post to show for it. This has left me asking why and, after even more time thinking about it than I’ve spent working on the site I think I finally have a descent grasp at what has been going on. Continue Reading

Onward and Upward

What a year so far (I’m finding it hard to believe it isn’t over yet). For the first time in a while I find myself getting back into the swing of things with this website as well as personal projects such as Better YOURLs and Primary Vagrant, the latter having received a nearly complete rewrite twice over the last few months. Next up is getting back to working on this site and actually start writing again. I’ve changed a lot these last few months to make this possible and I’m pretty excited as the pieces are starting to fall into place. Continue Reading

Why I’ve Stuck With WordPress

One question I’ve been asked more often lately is why, considering all the newer technology that is available today, have I stuck with WordPress for my career and my side work? Well, there are 5 reasons for that to be honest… Continue Reading