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  • Member Since: September 14th, 2007
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta • Canada
  • Website: danknauss.com
  • Job Title: Design. Build.. Sustain...
  • Employer: New Local Media
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Bio

I plan, design, build, and support websites that people enjoy using, that help them do great work, and are simple to maintain.

Interests

Anything, everything. If there is something uninteresting in the world, that in itself would interest me.

WordPress Origin Story

After years of hand-coding, (and not counting the original blogger.com) Movable Type was the first extensible content management/publishing web application I used heavily, starting in 2001. A great community grew up around MT, which had some fantastic Perl plugins contributed by the late Alex King (who would found Crowd Favorite) and John Gruber (Daring Fireball). A lot of that talent and vision came over to Dean Allen’s influential Textpattern CMS and then WordPress as people who cared about quality writing and web standards realized the value of working together under an open source license.

I remember trying b2 and hearing about the birth of WordPress, but I didn’t get into WP until 2004 or so. I started building blog sites with WordPress and Textpattern the following year and dipped into Drupal as well, but most of my work dealt with the Joomla CMS (and its forked precursor, Mambo) until WordPress 2.9 came out. Their plugin architecture and ecosystem made them incredibly versatile and simple to deploy for all kinds of projects, just as WordPress would become.

Nearly ten years of doing web projects on the side grew into a full-time service-oriented consultancy, New Local Media, in 2006, thanks to open source content management systems. Since that time, I’ve moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to rural Iowa, and now Edmonton, Alberta. Today I live and work in Canada as a sole trader with a dozen+ long-term clients who have stuck with me.

I still like to get back to the nineties’ simplicity from time to time with hand-coded pages, and I have a strong attraction to flat file content management applications, but WordPress has been my go-to web publishing tool since 2009. Now it’s teaching, writing, and editing I do on the side, but WordPress is a key tool in all of those activities too.

  • Posted a reply to Coblocks.com feature slides, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    So it seems! At first I thought it looked like Bootstrap CSS and jQuery; I…

    3 months ago

  • Created a topic, Coblocks.com feature slides, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    What's being used to create the button-toggled slides …

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Gutenberg integration plans?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    That makes a lot of sense — great ideas! Using widgets this way is ingenious…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Gutenberg integration plans?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Instead of just bypassing the backend page editor, do …

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Breaks publish date selection list, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Activating this plugin makes the date picker dropdown …

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Hubspot Screen is now Blank (Multiple WP installs), on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    To be clear, this problem was caused by a recent Chrome update as the new…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Hubspot Screen is now Blank (Multiple WP installs), on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I thought I had removed AdBlock in Chrome, but I hadn't disabled all of it.…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Hubspot Screen is now Blank (Multiple WP installs), on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    This plugin shows only a blank screen in the WP admin …

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Conflict: Jetpack Related Posts gets between event body and host details, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Currently it seems to be showing only related events (not posts or other content types)…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Conflict: Jetpack Related Posts gets between event body and host details, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Yes, this is still happening -- related posts are injected below the_content in other post…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to How to deactivate or delete this plugin?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Nope, but it may have had to do with the way the managed hosting environment…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, How to deactivate or delete this plugin?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    If I delete this plugin, it reactivates. If I delete i…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Several Minor Bugs/Defects, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    The is a good plugin for doing something important ver…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Contact Form Not Sending Email Notifications, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Yes, it's working now without the patch. Thanks. :-)

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Conflict: Jetpack Related Posts gets between event body and host details, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    With Jetpack's Related Posts feature active, individua…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Contact Form Not Sending Email Notifications, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks Jake! I guess this is still necessary at Flywheel. (Note to anyone thinking about…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Jetpack Contact Form not sending email, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Same here -- no emails going out from Flywheel, which uses Mandrill for this. Is…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to How do I display a name with commas in the suffix?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    How are you storing suffixes now? I would just add them to the the full…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Filter is not applied with external services like WP.com and Postmatic, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Bylines do not replace the user assigned author in Wor…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Post content in slides, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    The only decent option I'm aware of is Bill Erickson's old Display Posts Shortcode plugin.

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Post content in slides, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    What content shortcodes have you tested? I'm not having any luck with this.

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Best FREE 2FA alternative to replace Clef?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    There are some Google authenticator plugins, and you could also use Jetpack. Most sites are…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Didn't meet my needs, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Post content in slides, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks, that is helpful.

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Extra fee instead of discount?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks, I learned those things after posting here. It also violates the PayPal TOS.

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Didn't meet my needs, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Please let us know when these changes are in.

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Extra fee instead of discount?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Is it possible to ADD a fixed fee or % for certain pay…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Co-Authors and Make theme, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    If you want to use the Co-Authors Plus plugin with The…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Using Co-Authors Plus with Make, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    If you want to use the Co-Authors Plus plugin with Mak…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, SPAM Magnet!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    In addition to the other criticisms about the difficul…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to ReCaptcha for emma, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Yes, this is a major problem. Lots of spam subscriptions.

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Recent updates result in plugin being uninstalled, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    The latest update, performed internally, worked without a problem. Usually updates are made remotely, via…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Recent updates result in plugin being uninstalled, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    No I have not made those tests. It would require creating a staging site and…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Leads 2.7.3 is broken with WP 4.6.1, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Go back to 2.6.9. Versions 2.7.1 and 2.7.2 both break your site, at least under…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Update broke my site, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Go back to 2.6.9. Versions 2.7.1 and 2.7.2 both break your site, at least under…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Update broke my site, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Seems to be a widespread problem. Rollback to previous version.

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Leads 2.7.3 is broken with WP 4.6.1, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Same here.

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Does not update without page refresh when images are inserted from media library, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I fully understand you may not want to support compatibility with these other plugins, but…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Does not update without page refresh when images are inserted from media library, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Sorry, this was a while back and I'm not sure what I was trying to…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Post content in slides, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Do you know a good method for including post content i…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Recent updates result in plugin being uninstalled, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    This is the strangest thing I've ever seen happen with…

    3 years ago

  • Created a new ticket, #28491, in Core Trac:
    Only local image uploads are possible with the customizer

    5 years ago

  • Created a new ticket, #2347, in bbPress Trac:
    phpBB importer conflates all deactivated users as single user "anonymous"

    6 years ago

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