Chosen & Pretty Filters

In the past month I’ve released two WordPress plugins that I think ended up complementing each other rather nicely: WP Chosen WP Pretty Filters Together they make filtering posts in WordPress a much nicer experience: If you’re a plugin author that’s bundling the Chosen library or doing something interesting with post filters, I hope you’ll consider […]

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I’m difficult to work with

When I was in third grade, my elementary school guidance counselor setup a meeting with my parents and I to talk about my behavior. I’ll spare you the details, but the gist is that “John has a high comprehension level and enormous potential but does not apply himself.” Whether or not that was or is […]

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WordPress is a Conduit

When people talk about WordPress, they call it various things: Blogging software A content management system An application framework In the past, I’ve gone on the record and called it something even bigger, but none of these descriptions truly accurately describe what WordPress actually is, at least to an ever-increasing number of people. WordPress, the software, […]

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“I’m too busy”

TL;DR – If you ping me directly for help with something, you will probably get it. BuddyPress & bbPress recently switched from IRC to Slack for real time synchronous communication. Philosophically, I prefer the openness of IRC, but I do appreciate how convenient Slack is for everyone, and it’s anecdotally a more inviting and active […]

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Evolution of WordPress’s Admin UI

Below is a gallery of screen shots I took of WordPress’s administration area (and a few other bonus shots) ranging from it’s first public release through to December 2013. Unfortunately, they are in random order; WordPress’s media library imported them asynchronously and ordering them chronologically will require a do-over (which maybe I’ll do later… meh, for now.)

My personal favorite version (though not the popular vote) is 2.9. I guess it’s like listening to an old original song and album — WordPress 2.9 reminds me of a simpler (yet exhilarating) time in my life, and each UI tweak & change, each new feature since comes from a younger generation doing exactly what I expect them to naturally do: remix the remixes, test boundaries, crush limitations, and change expectations.

What’s your favorite, and why?

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for not letting my apostrophe usage severely negatively impact your viewing & reading experience.

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