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Steve D

  • Member Since: February 18th, 2008
  • Muncie, Indiana
  • stephendowell.com
  • @steadwell on WordPress.org, @stevarino on Slack
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Bio/Description

A software professional from the IBM mainframe world, I’ve taken up web development since the waning days of the last millennium.

A WordPress user since 2007, I’ve since become a WordPress disciple. It’s been a great deal of fun but I realize that I still have a lot more to learn. That’s part of the beauty of it!

WordPress Origin Story

My first attempt at installing self-hosted WordPress ended with me giving up on it and leaving the support group a rather harsh final comment. However, several months later I realized that the problem was with my web hosting (you get what you pay for) and when I finally switched to a decent one, installing WordPress was a snap.

Fortunately, I wasn’t banned from the support forum and have practically built a new career on the CMS over the last 7 years.

  • Posted a reply to Custom CSS, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks for your quick response!

    2 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Custom CSS, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    This really more of a question than an issue. I've got the formatting resolved.

    3 months ago

  • Created a topic, Custom CSS, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    It seems that when I first starting using this plugin,…

    3 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Tops posts and pages widget, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    All I did was go make myself a sandwich LOL and when I returned to…

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Tops posts and pages widget, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Okay, stats seem to be accumulating again. I guess I need to figure out what…

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Tops posts and pages widget, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Update - now "There are no posts to display. Want more traffic?" What?

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Tops posts and pages widget, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I've stabilized my site which is now https://amazoniabookshoppe.com but the problem with the "top posts…

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Subdomains not secure, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Finally got resolution! The valid certificate furnished for my apex domains is from cloudflare. The…

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Subdomains not secure, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    To further point out the security issue - https://fundament.cognitive-design.org/ - the browser indicates that the…

    4 months ago

  • Created a topic, Subdomains not secure, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hello, Love this plugin, it saved many a headache in …

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘Exception’ with message ‘unknown engine, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I've been using both Cloudflare and W3 Total Cache for a number of years and…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Tops posts and pages widget, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks for helping Cena, The support thread mentioned is https://wordpress.org/support/topic/popular-posts-not-working-after-update/ . Also, since I posted…

    5 months ago

  • Created a topic, Tops posts and pages widget, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    About a month ago, I noticed my "top posts" widget dis…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘Exception’ with message ‘unknown engine, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks cbrandt, Yeah, GTMetrix is what started this entire escapade. Perhaps I shouldn't worry about…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘Exception’ with message ‘unknown engine, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Was able to circumvent the problem by using the previously described techniques, thanks for that.…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘Exception’ with message ‘unknown engine, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I was able to fix my problem by resetting to default and then selecting all…

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Font Awesome 5, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Awesome! Thanks @famethemes

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘Exception’ with message ‘unknown engine, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Same here, I'm following this to see what comes of it. Meanwhile, I'm doing some…

    5 months ago

  • Created a topic, Font Awesome 5, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    First of all, I'd like to say that I love screenr and …

    5 months ago

  • Created a topic, Author link “not found” when not logged in, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    When logged in, clicking the author of a post takes yo…

    5 months ago

  • Created a topic, Kudos, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Works like a champ!

    5 months ago

  • Posted a reply to 404 not found after ajax content load, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Okay, it could be a caching issue/slow connection with my local environment. We'll consider it…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to 404 not found after ajax content load, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Manish, Thanks for taking a look at this. Like I said, it's not a…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Main Nav Refinement, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Found a solution specifically for _s (underscores) HERE for anyone with the same dilemma.

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Main Nav Refinement, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I recently built a theme from underscores and when I n…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Length error in minified js, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Okay, After removing the mPS2id-target class from the target div, the error persisted, making me…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Length error in minified js, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks for your quick response! I coded the link and target in html via "text"…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Length error in minified js, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hello, First of all, great plugin, just what I needed…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, 404 not found after ajax content load, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Manish, I'm getting the following error in my cons…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Display latest n posts, regardless of blog ID, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Okay, solved my own dilemma. There's an option I overlooked. Disregard this! Status: resolved

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Display latest n posts, regardless of blog ID, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I've seen something in the support forum that mentions…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Handling Mixed Content warnings, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I've been getting a repeating list of the following wa…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Exclude image caption from excerpt, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    First of all, thanks for this plugin. I've been using …

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Get the image caption out of the excerpt!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    It was a plugin. Sorry!

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Get the image caption out of the excerpt!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Surely I'm not the first to kvetch about this but I se…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to handshake fail – TLS fatal alert, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I set this back to "not resolved" because I'm still getting the same error in…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to handshake fail – TLS fatal alert, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Setting fopen to "On" in php.ini resolved the problem.

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, handshake fail – TLS fatal alert, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Noticing that the products aren't showing in my posts …

    2 years ago

  • Steve D’s profile was updated

    3 years ago

  • Steve D’s profile was updated

    3 years ago