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Donna McMaster

  • Member Since: January 1st, 2009
  • Corvallis, Oregon, USA
  • https://www.donnamcmaster.com
  • @mcdonna on WordPress.org and Slack
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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” OOP 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.

  • Posted a reply to Not working with `page-attributes`, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks, Ben, using "simple_page_ordering_is_sortable" solved the problem for me!

    7 months ago

  • Created a topic, very easy and no more spam!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I’d been getting a dozen spams a day on two of m…

    7 months ago

  • Created a topic, solid and useful, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I've been using Duplicate Post for years and feel emba…

    10 months ago

  • Created a topic, finally a plugin that lets me organize media!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I have several clients with large media libraries and …

    10 months ago

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

    10 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Close to 180 days of records even after selecting 30 days in settings, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Pete, I had not reset the database. I just went in and did that on…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Close to 180 days of records even after selecting 30 days in settings, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Luke, sorry to be so slow getting back to you. I deactivated and reactivated Stream…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Close to 180 days of records even after selecting 30 days in settings, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Okay, just cycled Stream. Will make a note to check back tomorrow. Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Show logins for a single user role, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I would also like to be able to filter records (all actions, not just logins)…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Close to 180 days of records even after selecting 30 days in settings, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I'm confused, Luke. I'm running Stream 3.0.7, but I still have records going back to…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Protects my sites and saves so much time, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to workaround for bulk assignment, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Nadia, I'm super happy with EML! Appreciate your adding the bulk category assignment to the…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Dashboard update Jetpack 3.x failing, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    My problem is slightly different. The site is running Jetpack 3.9.6 but there is no…

    1 year ago

  • Donna McMaster's profile was updated

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, quick, easy, useful, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to workaround for bulk assignment, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Okay, someone shoot me now. I just found the bit where it says that the…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, huge time-saver for large image libraries, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, workaround for bulk assignment, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Changelog has incorrect dates, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Close to 180 days of records even after selecting 30 days in settings, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Just adding my voice and my thanks in advance for fixing this! I have 50k…

    1 year ago

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

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Looking for testers - The SEO Framework 2.6.0 Alpha, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks, Sybre, I appreciate the description change. I'm starting a new site this week; will…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, worked like a charm, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to In debug mode, there are many notice for Undefined variables, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I'm seeing the same thing today -- you'd think 11 months would be long enough…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, great for cleanup, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, so simple and easy to use, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, error messages on 404 page, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Automatic Website Update Nightmare, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Can you give us a link to your page?

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to "You do not have permission to manage these items", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Yes, it has been a good friend and I hate to switch. I have looked,…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to "You do not have permission to manage these items", on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Thanks, @deepbevel, you just saved me a bunch of time and headache!

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, using deprecated function, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, handy time-saver, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, indispensable!, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, adds many options missing from WP's Settings, on the site WordPress Support Forums

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Error after todays update, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Steve, I sent an email to support@piklist.com last night with access to a testbed that…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Error after todays update, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    for the fastest response, post at http://piklist.com/support/forum/wordpress-helpers/

    2 years ago

  • Created a new ticket, #34137, in Core Trac:
    create new dashicons:

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Thank you for updating WordPress SEO by Yoast? Why do I see this 10 times a day?, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Good news! The new plugin is already going obsolete. Yoast just released WP SEO 2.2,…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Excellent, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    And a gazillion You're Welcomes. :) I just discovered Rachel Baker's plugin to humilitize the…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Thank you for updating WordPress SEO by Yoast? Why do I see this 10 times a day?, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I built a plugin with Kevin's code. Let us know if it works for you!…

    2 years ago

  • Released a new plugin, WP SEO Humility

    2 years ago

  • Committed [1159329] to Plugins Trac:
    Adding first version of wpseo-humility plugin

    2 years ago

  • Donna McMaster’s profile was updated

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Various collation types in DB after upgrade to 4.2.1, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I did. :) They just told me to change the collations.

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Unknown collation: 'utf8mb4_unicode_ci', on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    @DrProtocols, I understand what you're saying. But if you have not used 4-byte characters (e.g.,…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Various collation types in DB after upgrade to 4.2.1, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Do I have to expect any issues in the future if the database contains a…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Unknown collation: 'utf8mb4_unicode_ci', on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    The WP Migrate DB plugin translates the database from one collation to the other when…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to PHP Notice in plugin and log files, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Whoa. May I suggest, NextScripts, that you put your test sites INTO debug mode. These…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Thank you for updating WordPress SEO by Yoast? Why do I see this 10 times a day?, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    Nice! Thanks, @Kevin!

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Thank you for updating WordPress SEO by Yoast? Why do I see this 10 times a day?, on the site WordPress Support Forums:
    I have good news and bad news. Normally it would be easy to unhook the…

    2 years ago

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