Hello Fellows!

As one of the developers here on the CUNY Academic Commons, I have the opportunity to see quite a bit of what WordPress has to offer. I routinely work with themes, plugins and the core code that ties everything together. I’ve developed my own themes for personal use, and I’ve created plugins that are used by many others. It is this experience, and my affiliation with both CUNY and the Commons, that led Matt Gold to ask me if I’d be willing to share my knowledge and experience with the members of the Digital Fellows group.

Who is this site for?

Right now the aim of this site is to help the members of the Digital Fellows group to become more familiar with the technologies and best practices associated with installing, running and customizing a website built with WordPress. My hope is that the information and feedback that grows out of this site will be useful to others outside the group as well.

I’ve created an about page to consolidate the goals and hopes for the site. As the content and discussion unfolds this post is going to be buried further and further. So the about page will serve as a static reference outlining the purpose of the site and who it’s for.

I encourage you all to participate not only in the discussion that takes place in a post’s comments but also by requesting additional posts about topics you’re currently struggling with. I do not claim to know everything about WordPress, so any research I need to do in order to help all of you will only make me a better developer in general and of more use to the Commons specifically. If you’re a member of the Digital Fellows group then you have my email address and access to the Redmine bug tracking software we use. Please use those two channels to initially reach out with questions and concerns. But I’ve also placed a form on the contact page through which you can reach me if you are a visitor to the site without access to the above forms of communication. I will entertain any and all requests for help and guidance.

Who am I?

Nobody important really. I was bitten by the WordPress bug about 3-4 years ago, and have been trying to build better websites ever since. I’ve primarily built personal sites for myself, family and friends but I’ve also built some professionally. I live in NYC and I’m working towards my AAS in Computer Science at BMCC. Besides WordPress, I’ve also built apps with Ruby on Rails. I am fluent in HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and Ruby. I’ve also written in Java, C, Assembly and Python. Ironically, I can only speak English.

I’ve explored the internals of the WordPress initialization process extensively and I’ve presented at the monthly WordPress NYC Meetup. You can see examples of how I code and the kinds of projects I’ve been involved with on my Gtihub page and the Commons’ Github page. I blog way too infrequently at my personal site and I’m on Twitter but don’t bother looking for me on Facebook – I don’t like it. 🙂

I’m looking forward to helping out where I can and hearing the feedback from all of you on the ins-and-outs of the world’s most popular personal publishing platform.

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