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  • Member Since: April 29th, 2011
  • Location: Wokingham, UK
  • Website: damienwilson.co.uk
  • Employer: My Website Solutions
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WordPress Origin Story

When I first started building websites I discovered that HTML just wasn’t enough – I needed something to happen, some functionality that sprung in to play that made a difference to the end user, to help them engage. I’ve been coding with PHP since 2006 and the way I began was to read the documentation. I’m one of those guys that has to know how the cogs turn, what makes them move and why they move – the documentation was well written so that’s where I started.

I remember one day back in 2009 I came across an article with Matt Mullenweg and it was discussing this amazing software that was written for bloggers. The truly amazing thing was, it came with a 5 minute install!

Around about the same time in 2009 a lady came to me saying she had a problem with her website. It was built using WordPress. Up until this point I had never seen the code base so, I just jumped right in and fixed it – as I recall it was a theme related issue, the white screen of death.

I haven’t looked back to be honest. I’ve played around with Joomla and Drupal and while the code-base was simple enough to understand, the execution always struck me as over-complicated for the end user.

  • Posted a reply to Custom Fields (ACF) are being ignored, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Kevin, Many thanks. It is highly likely there is something I am missing however;…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Custom Fields (ACF) are being ignored, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi there, Your plugin is really cool. Thank you. I h…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Bug: Plugin not working with WPML cross-domain, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Did this ever get sorted?

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Brilliant, right out of the box!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I've been using Yoast SEO for quite some time on a MS …

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error., on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    1 star due to configuration errors? - tut tut!

    4 years ago

  • Created a topic, [P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)] Exceptional – thank you, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I have a Multisite install running 4.6.1 core. This p…

    4 years ago

  • Created a topic, Doubles server wait time and adds to page load, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Over the past few months I’ve noticed a signific…

    4 years ago