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  • Member Since: January 5th, 2009
  • Location: Northern NJ, USA
  • Website: www.mikematera.com
  • Job Title: Webmaster, tutor, trainer, and Website creator
  • Employer: MikeMatera.com
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Bio

WordPress tutor, trainer, Website creator, and general WP enthusiast.

Interests

Music, comedy, fitness, cycling, food, travel, and pinatas.

WordPress Origin Story

I’d been creating Web sites since early 2000, first learning to code HTML, then gradually working with desktop software. I used CoffeeCup HTML editor, FrontPage Express, and Namo Web Editor, to name a few. Eventually, I worked with FrontPage and NetObjects Fusion. Ultimately, I wanted to allow non-techie team members and clients to update site content themselves. I played around with PHP and MySQL to that end, but I knew that I really needed a properly-coded content-management system.

Joomla was enthusiastically recommended, so I tried that. I found it way too clumsy, and knew that my clients and colleagues would find it even more so. WordPress had been on my radar, but as most of us did, I thought it was really for blogs. I was pleasantly surprised by how nicely it worked as a content-management system, though in the beginning, I was using it all wrong – hacking up theme files and scratching my head trying to figure out how sidebars and templates worked.

The main hurdle was designing with it. I found that very challenging, but soon discovered Artisteer, a desktop app for creating WordPress themes. I later discovered a theme called Twenty Ten Weaver, which provided numerous customization options to the then new Twenty Ten theme. But the big moment for me was when I learned how to create child themes.

It was still challenging coding custom page layouts. It took me a long time to warm up to page builders. The first one I ever saw was WP Bakery’s Visual Composer, which I did not like. A client wanted me to teach it to him, and was angry with me because I didn’t know how to use it. I had never even heard of it.

Eventually, I discovered Page Builder by Site Origin, along with Divi and Elementor, and now I appreciate how easy it is to design in WordPress. It’s so much quicker than it was back when I started with the platform in 2009. And now that the Gutenberg editor has arrived, I can go back to the simplicity of core WordPress for site and page creation.

  • Created a topic, Robust Without Nagging or Bloat, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    All-in-One SEO has been my go-to SEO plugin for over a…

    4 weeks ago

  • Created a topic, Works Great!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Simple to set up and very reliable. I recommend Master…

    4 weeks ago

  • Created a topic, Simple and It Just Works, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I tried other plugins, but there was way too much muck…

    9 months ago

  • Created a topic, Works Great!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Very easy to use - the entire process took under a min…

    10 months ago

  • Created a topic, Wish I’d Found This Theme Sooner!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    The free version alone is incredibly flexible. You can…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Brilliant and Very Useful!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I use it for staging sites. When I finish a project an…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Amazing, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    This has made Gutenberg what it should have been - and…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Can’t edit Seo title and meta description, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi: I'm working on a site built by another designer, and I don't understand how…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Yes – Broke My Site’s Page Too, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Fortunately, I reverted back to a slightly earlier rev…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to solution in search of a problem, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    >> As a WordPress aficionado and tech person, if I can’t figure out Gutenberg, how…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Totally Disgusted, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Yes, the Disable Gutenberg plugin looks like a viable option. You can choose to use…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to I would give a 1/2 star if I could, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hear, hear! Exactly the issue I'm having with regard to blocks. There's no intuitive way…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Very Limited and Unintuitive, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    If I create content and then want to move that block i…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to is it possible to disable elementor for individual pages?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Absolutely. I've been looking for this kind of thing since I started using page builders.…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Works Very Well!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    You're welcome, Mihaela!

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Works Very Well!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    For anyone finding that this plugin didn't work, here'…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Great Value, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    You're welcome! Will do. :)

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Great Value, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    It's very easy to make a clean, fast WordPress site wi…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Can’t Set Tab Order, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks for your reply, Christie!

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Can’t Set Tab Order, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    This plugin is useless. You can create pretty forms, b…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Had Been Great – Stopped Working, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hey WP Community: This review was posted in error. I, in fact, was not using…

    4 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Had Been Great – Stopped Working, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks, Scott! I have emailed you - I greatly appreciate your quick reply. Mike

    4 years ago

  • Created a topic, Had Been Great – Stopped Working, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    This plugin used to work great. I even wrote a positiv…

    4 years ago