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Christopher Anderton

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  • Member Since: June 1st, 2004
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • github.com/christopheranderton
  • Co-founder, Creative Director at Deluxive State AB (Inc.)
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Bio/Description

Graphic designer, illustrator and creative mad man (that includes setting up a booth with free christmas candy in Stockholm City, just to see the people’s reactions).

Founder of The Swedish Food Blog Awards (Matbloggspriset) back in 2005, which is growing every year (featured in swedish, UK, U.S. media.). Strong beliver in Open Source and standards.

Gonna do some interesting things at Github (my homepage link). Remember kids. Helping out is better than not helping out.

Interests

[a. Create: Food, music, art, design (different areas).
[b. Things: Books, my Mac Pro, Vectrex, my vinyl collection (jazz, sould, ska, rocksteady)
[c. Do: Nice things to others, read, travel, learning persian, say no to sexism and no to bullying.

WordPress Origin Story

Around 2003 i started my first blog. It was about me and my life. Very original. Actually, it was more of a learning playground. How to make themes, how to do this and that. Remember, i’m a graphic designer and illustrator and not into code. However, i remember the words from my old teacher at Design school ”It’s not the tools, it’s your creativity”. Some of my classmates misunderstood him. They thought that they could just be creative and let somebody else take care of the ”dirty work”.

But knowing your tools is a way to release your creativity in every way you could think of. Just ask a designer or artist working with paint, wood and so on.

So i wanted to learn so much i could. At the time i was using Movable Type (MT). For those who remember, MT was the blogging software most people used. I was also looking at b2 cafelog, the mother/father of WordPress. But i stayed with MT. Later i heard of a b2 cafelog fork called WordPress. I don’t know, but the name ”WordPress” was stuck in my head for weeks. Then i downloaded WordPress 1.0 codenamed ”Davis”. This was in the beginning of 2004. It was a rough transition from MT. Most of the things was much harder with WordPress. Creating themes was impossible for me. I didn’t get it. But as the time went by, new versions with new functionality was released. And more and more users migrated from MT to WP. The community was growing and was more active.

GPL was something i never heard of back then. MT was a commercial blogging software, but WP was not. It was the first time i could see how effective WordPress using the open source model was. Everyone could join in. It was a time when developers could be legends, and i watched it all. A GPL version of MT was later released but then it was too late. WordPress was king of the hill.

In 2004 me, my brother and a friend of ours started a food blog (in swedish) running WordPress which i designed a theme for. It was the first time i did something like this with WordPress. It was featured in Smashing Magazine a couple of times, and i was getting business offers from here and there. And in 2005 we started the Swedish Food Blog Awards (still running), and was getting our first media attention in Swedish newspapers. All this was made possible because of WordPress. I don’t see WordPress as a software, no, i see it as a living organism.

WordPress is better then ever.

  • Posted a reply to "Make Social Media Feather's icons PageSpeed compliant", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    You can always squeeze images a bit more, but also, you can do it yourself…

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "How to find out Plugin "domain"", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. Not all plugins are using a text domain for localization, but most of them…

    5 months ago

  • Created a topic, Removal of referral link in forum post, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Loop Loading Time with 10,000s of posts?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    The loading time depends on the database speed. You can always clean up your database…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Updated software to WP 4.0 and now each pages template section wont load", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. What theme are you using? Is the theme up-to-date? Are you using any plugin?

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Featured Image Size", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Alright, this is a old thread. But anyway. The title doesn't say so much. You…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Top navigation font size", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    You could add this to your stylesheet: #access ul a { color: #A8654E; /*this is…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Can't edit galleries in SemPress after upgrading to WP 4.0", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Couldn't reproduce the issue. Tested on WordPress 4.0 and 3.9.x updated to 4.0 (theme and…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Hard to move widgets in Chrome when the screen width is less than 600px", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Couldn't replicate this on WordPress 4.1-alpha (vanilla install for the occasion) with Twenty Fourteen (haven't…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Header image not. working", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers, i tried to replicate your issue on 3 installs (3.9, 4.0 and 4.1 nightly)…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "how to delete featured image from the top of the post", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    ksea -> You could create a quick child theme for this, removing the the_post_thumbnail for…

    5 months ago

  • Christopher Anderton’s profile was updated

    6 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Which tags is WARNING: The flexible-width and fixed-width tags... talking about?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I agree that it was ”hard” to find. I didn't see anything about this in…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "3.8 admin panel design is very bad", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Nordi C. Considering that mobile/handheld (web) use is growing at rapid rate (Where i live…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Author Box", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I don't know (in a rush, so i don't have the time to install it…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Bug - Disables WP Built-in Installer", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cannot replicate on three different installs. Be sure to check that you don't have any…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Broken in 3.8 with Debug True", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Another update. A workaround is to set: error_reporting( E_ALL ^ E_STRICT ); instead of define(…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Broken in 3.8 with Debug True", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Update: Test Environment was running PHP 5.4.19. Testing with PHP 5.3.27 the debug messages is…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Broken in 3.8 with Debug True, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Jquery APIv3 issue", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. For getting help from the plugin developer or other users, please include the following:…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "MAMP Error Establishing database connection", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. Did you edit wp-config-sample.php and the renamed it to ”wp-config.php”? I know it seems…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Set Featured Image Fails on WAMP, WP 3.7.1", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. May seem like a stupid question, but did you set the ”Featured Image” for…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Instal XAMAPP and WordPress on same external drive, OK?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. While i work on Mac, it should be no difference. You can install WordPress…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Trying to get Website live, but receiving HTTP response (403)?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. Be sure to read this: http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory#Using_a_pre-existing_subdirectory_install Let me know how it goes.

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Problems with translation when using poedit", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    franckbinisti -> Cheers. I think you need to start a separate thread as your problem…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Mandrill conflict event-calendar-scheduler", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    What i don't get, is according to the Nextgen Gallery changelog, this should be fixed.…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Internal error when restoring the package in localhost", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I could not find a solution. Try to post at StackOverflow and other similar sites…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Difficulties finding a similar theme", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Honestly i think you gonna have hard (as you said) time to find something similar.…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Some constructive feedback", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Nice to hear Vasyl! It's always nice to see plugin devs answer that quick! I…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Do not install it.", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Have to jump in to this thread. I understand that it could be very frustating…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Internal error when restoring the package in localhost", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    As i understand it means that the browser is reading the whole file as a…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Editing javascript in header", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. 1. The Jquery version you like to use is quite old. 2. Don't ever…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Gallery images lost lightbox effect", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. You have already posted this question. The answer is the same. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/gallery-images-lost-lightbox-effect

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Mandrill conflict event-calendar-scheduler", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Related thread (with the answer and workaround): http://wordpress.org/support/topic/wp_mail-has-been-declared-by-another-process-or-plugin It seems that the events-calender is using…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Gallery images lost lightbox effect", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    First of all, you got lot's of scripts running at once. Also you are running…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Some constructive feedback, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Non GPL compat font included + suggestions, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "video not in header", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    See also: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/contentphp?replies=1

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "video not in header", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I replicated this issue on my devinstalls. Quick fix (i suspect there is a better…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Pages error?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. You need to go the menu section in your WordPress admin and add your…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Eliminate Comments Animation", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    1. ) Open functions.phpin your theme folder. Find this (line 627 to 628): printf( '<span…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Date Format", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Line 622 to 637 in functions.php is where you find the Date function. To modify…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "Disabled links in standard posts", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cannot replicate that problem actually on three separate installs. You don't have any plugin clashing…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "WordPress User Interface Clunky, Slow and Outdated", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I designed a fully functioning website with multiple pages, links and images in less than…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "WordPress User Interface Clunky, Slow and Outdated", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Cheers. UI: http://make.wordpress.org/ui/ It's not just change the UI to make it look cooler. You…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, ACF Premium addons (and in general). GPL confusion., on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to "what is this 'text domain'?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    It's for translations. Read more here: http://codex.wordpress.org/I18n_for_WordPress_Developers http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/load_plugin_textdomain

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Some typos in the code, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to "Is there is a way to make this theme of 3 coloums?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    You can changed it in init.js (JS folder) on line 100. var numCols = 4;…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Adds (harmless) hidden .json file to the child theme, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

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