EP23 – How Did You Get Started In WordPress Web Development? – WPwatercooler – February 25 2013
Show notes found here:
Suzette Franck- She started in 1995 and discovered the internet and was fascinated with the internet. She taught herself html and started creating websites for her friends. Shipping ahead 15 year later she had a gallery client that was using blogspot and setup WordPress. She had a record company client that she used WordPress for, and she and her client really loved it. She was able to put together a website quickly vis using Homesite with tables and dealing with all of that yucky stuff.
Steve Zehngut – Steve got into the business in 1991 or 1992 programming in Director and picked up Flash in 1998. Zeek became a full service web shop in 2000 and started using custom CMS’s. They picked up a Mombo project in 2002 for Fox reality channel. He got into WordPress because of the political clients that he was building websites for. He asked a friend if he should have used MovableType or WordPress, he picked WordPress.
Dustin Filippini – Started in late 1990’s in highschool and helped his friends on the side. Dustin went full time 2 years ago as a WordPress developer. He tried Drupal and got into WordPress back in 1.5.
Dave Jesch – Dave started in 1979-1980 on IBM’s building shrink wrap software. In 2008 or 2009 he built a dog rescue site using PHP. He did a little bit of work with Drupal, OSCommerce and a few other packages. His wife was taking a class in social media and was introduced to WordPress. Dave picked it up and started to extend it and started to build ecommerce sites using it. He loves working with SQL, jQuery and Ajax.
Lucy Beer – She doesn’t call her self a hardcode developer, but she comes from a marketing background. She spent 8-10 years doing marketing for bands. She started with Blogger and quickly realized the limitations. She discovered WordPress back in 2004 and transitioned from marketing to training people how to use WordPress. She wanted to make WordPress do more, so she learned a bit of PHP and CSS along with theme development and tweaking code.
Patrick Rauland – He fell into it on accident and took on a role as a Student Web Developer at the local university and after college and started with a company that did straight PHP development. He talks about having to build login forms over and over again and saw that a CMS would be the way to go. He tried Joomla, Drupal and landed on WordPress and started working with it.
Jason Tucker – Started as a Windows Systems Admin, he delt with classic ASP and how that works. Before that creating sites using HTML and tables. Jason talks about Wayback Machine and how you can pull up old sites and look at them (if they were cached), one if his favorite things to do when reminiscing. embarrassment with using Java spinners and such. 1994-1995 he got into doing web design and 1997 he built his first small client website. Looking at the styles people did back then. He hated dealing with forms back then, and something like Gravity Forms in WordPress was a game changer for him. Jason started with server side include (shtml) and building sites using it since it was easier to way to incorporate sidebars, headers and footers.
Se Reed – She comes from a content development side. Her degree is in journalism she later worked on online radio and television shows. She stopped and started her book store, OPEN. Her friend was doing WordPress and went to the first WCSF, and she went there for a wedding. Discussions about WordPress and WordCamp led her to getting into WordPress. She too had a geocities site, only a few people on the panel used it. Jason said he worked for a web host, and didn’t has to have a crappy Geoshitties site.
Dustin asked how did we all get involved in WordPress:
Dave says it’s extensible, and that is why he loves it. Se like it because the client can make content changes. Lucy like that she can build a website, make changes and update it whenever she wants. After that she got more into it and learned the power of it. Dustin said the community is what brought him to it.
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