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mcdonna

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  • Member Since: January 1st, 2009
  • Corvallis, Oregon, USA
  • https://www.donnamcmaster.com
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Bio/Description

Web developer since 1995, WordPress since 2010. Software engineer & technology product management before that, so I work on the geek side and collaborate with graphic designers.

WordPress Origin Story

I was a software engineer/engineering manager in Silicon Valley for about 15 years before seizing on web development in 1995 as a way to escape the big city. I embraced PHP/MySQL in 2001, when PHP-Nuke was about the only CMS around. It wasn’t what I needed for my small business clients so I built my “McWebby” CMS from scratch over the next few years. Around 2005-06 I tried Drupal and Joomla, but hated the admin interface for both. By 2010 it was clear that I couldn’t keep adding features and supporting McWebby forever, so I did another review of my options and found that WordPress had evolved into a full-fledged CMS. Frankly hated it at first because the model was very different from my own :) but over the years I haven’t found anything I can’t implement with WordPress. I’m hooked.

  • Created a topic, super simple and works, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 month ago

  • Posted a reply to "GCE 2.1.0 now updated for GCal API v3", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    @jojaba I ran into the same problem with the patch for 0.7. The problem is…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "GCE 2.1.0 now updated for GCal API v3", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    @EvilAxel: @mthoney posted a fix for 0.7.x in the previous thread. It worked for me…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "GCal API update on Nov 17", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    @lisa thirdside, the "fix" that Phil posted is actually the default way to embed a…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "GCal API update on Nov 17", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    @mthoney thanks for the fix! It worked great on two sites. On a 3rd site…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Media-Tags 3.3 Beta A", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Just tried it on a WP 4.0 site with some media tags set. When I…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Error: Non-static method WP_Hotfix_Controller::init() should not be...", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    need a hotfix for hotfix! this is a real pain

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Media-Tags 3.3 Beta A", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks for sharing the 3.3 Beta. I just tested it on WP 4.0. After activating…

    6 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Media-Tags 3.3 Beta A", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks for the update, Paul! I've used Media Tags on several sites over the past…

    6 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "need option to see generated password", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Onlookers and malware are threats that I can control. I work in a secured environment,…

    6 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Are you using the "Event Display Builder"?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks, Phil, looking forward to the new version when it's ready!

    6 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Are you using the "Event Display Builder"?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    And finally, on a 3rd site I used the same list code as for the…

    6 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Are you using the "Event Display Builder"?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I also edited the display code for the small grid in the sidebar here: http://www.cedarwoodschool.org/calendar/…

    6 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Are you using the "Event Display Builder"?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I'm using the following code for event lists here http://www.corvalliswaldorfschool.org/calendar/upcoming-activities-and-events/ and here http://www.cedarwoodschool.org/calendar/. Note that…

    6 months ago

  • Created a topic, need option to see generated password, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "well-crafted and easy to use", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thank YOU, Phil! I have Simple Stripe Checkout running on two websites now, with several…

    7 months ago

  • Created a topic, huge productivity multiplier, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "My error log is filling up w a "non-object" PHP Notice", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I don't know either but it's driving me nuts! Getting dozens of these daily. [27-Jul-2014…

    7 months ago

  • Created a topic, well-crafted and easy to use, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Great plugin, but not fully documented", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Regine, I had the same problem with the names. I was able to find them…

    10 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Name of custom icons", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks to @wdesousa for answering this question in a different thread (http://wordpress.org/support/topic/icons-ecast-hosed): As to icon…

    10 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Name of custom icons", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Regine, I'm baffled too! I found no clues in the plugin code. I found some…

    10 months ago

  • Created a topic, error messages on Users admin page, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    10 months ago

  • Created a topic, an essential plugin, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    11 months ago

  • Created a topic, works great; easy for clients to use, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    11 months ago

  • Created a topic, works great; easy for clients to use, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    11 months ago

  • Posted a reply to "Do Not Use!", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    You may want to consider finding a hosting company that is less restrictive or has…

    11 months ago

  • Created a topic, works well; wish I could get image ID, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    11 months ago

  • Created a topic, plugin conflict: Categories Images & Ajax Thumbnail Rebuild, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    11 months ago

  • Created a topic, media loader needs updating, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    11 months ago

  • Replied to an idea, Built in tags (or categories) for media files.

    11 months ago

  • Created a topic, very simple, non-intrusive, works well, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, very easy and no more spam!, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "PHP Notices (with WP_DEBUG on)", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Likewise I had to go edit the plugin code to fix errors that were appearing…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "how to de-activate post locking in Wp 3.6??", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Okay, the code snippet didn't work for me. The plugin works but it completely removes…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, works but doesn't warn, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "how to de-activate post locking in Wp 3.6??", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks esmi! I see that there are two fixes suggested on that page: - a…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "how to de-activate post locking in Wp 3.6??", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Likewise it is driving me crazy. I have a number of clients who are located…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "how to add a "show all categories" option to the legend?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks, Andy, that answers my question. Much obliged.

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, very easy and works well, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to "how to add a "show all categories" option to the legend?", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks, Andy! I was hoping to add another box like the category boxes, but that…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, how to add a "show all categories" option to the legend?, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, works, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Error "Missing argument 1 for WP_Http_Cookie", on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to "works well on both Dropbox and Amazon S3", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks, Caspar. Appreciate all your hard work on BWPU, and thanks for making it available…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, works well on both Dropbox and Amazon S3, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to "Fatal error 3.0.8 to 3.0.10", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Another site bitten by this ... new client and the idea was to do a…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, very easy and works well, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, it's replaced my custom code as well as other metabox plugins, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, wonderful and so easy!, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

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