Ian Pope is a web developer, design engineer as a contractor, and lead developer for a marketing agency in Portland. I spoke with him about his work and WordPress.
What kind of work does being a “lead developer” mean?
I design, develop, and implement both WordPress and HTML websites for a number of clients. Probably around 10 to 25 websites on any given week. I appreciate… how modular regular HTML is. It’s easier for me personally to write code, as opposed to creating an entirely different WordPress Theme. Continue reading
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Brian Balla. Brian is a WordPress Web Designer located in Portland, Oregon.
In 2009, Brian Balla left a 9 to 5 corporate design position to embark on a career as a freelance web designer and WordPress specialist. Since then, Brian has been able to retain a client roster of over 55 small to medium sized businesses in five states and two continents. With a background in small business, Brian is passionate about helping business owners and scrappy start-ups make their websites work harder for them. From one-page informational websites to complex enterprise level applications, Brian offers his clients expertise in a variety of areas including web design, WordPress development, standards compliance, analytics interpretation, and search engine marketing and optimization.
How did you get introduced to WordPress?
During high school and college, most of my free time was spent either writing or building websites.
Upon completing college, my web design hobby went to the “back burner” and laid dormant for several years as I immersed myself in suits and ties and 8 o’clock meetings. Fast forward to the fall of 2006. As I was searching for a restaurant for dinner later that evening, I came across a website with the link “Powered by WordPress = Code is Poetry”. This reminded me of my days designing and developing. I skipped the menu and I followed that link. Fast forward again to several weeks after that. I had fully immersed myself in the world of WordPress and began building and breaking things faster than I could keep track. Continue reading
Copyright Kate Ringland
WordPress can be utilized by more than just businesses and passionate bloggers. As WordPress community member Kate Ringland
demonstrates, the content manager can be used as a virtual resume and a means to network with current and potential business associates. Kate says:
Overall, WordPress makes building and maintaining my website easy…WordPress is also the choice of most academics I’ve been involved with, so it’s easier for everyone if we’re all using the same system.
Kate is a Ph.D. student in Informatics at University of California, Irvine. She studies human computer interaction, Assistive Technology, and technology for people with autism. Continue reading
The following is an interview with Bruce Elgort, a teacher here at Clark College. He teaches PHP and other web programming classes in the Computer Technology Department. I chose to interview Bruce because I wanted his perspective as a user of WordPress for networking. I chose my questions to fit under the theme of “How is WordPress useful?” This is a question that many people who don’t plan to use WordPress specifically for business might have, so I thought it was an important topic to cover.
Bruce Elgort (@belgort) served as the Chairman of OpenNTF, the preeminent open source community for the IBM Collaboration Solutions development platform from 2001-2013. He is also the co-creator of IdeaJam, the award winning idea management software from Elguji Software, where he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. You can hear Bruce regularly as the co-host of the Taking Notes podcast.
Additionally, Bruce is often asked to speak around the world at technology industry events about trends in the technology space as well as entrepreneurship. As part of his commitment to give back to his local community, he serves as a board member of the Clark County Skills Center, and is a technology and event volunteer for the Children’s Cancer Society. Continue reading
This is a review of the Slideshow Gallery WordPress Plugin. It is designed to add a slideshow to your WordPress site.
After installing the WordPress Plugin, you will see on the sidebar a new option for the Slideshow Gallery WordPress Plugin options and customization.
From here you want to navigate to manage slides and create a new slide.