How were you first introduced to WordPress?
I maintained dozens of websites for friends who were starving artists and musicians, so like all good developers I built my own CMS. When none of my starving artist and musician friends wanted to pay for it, I switched them all to WordPress so they could maintain their sites themselves.
What do you like about it?
It’s so prevalent. It’s becoming a web standard, so it’s easier to suggest, develop for and contribute to.
What do you do with WP now?
How as the WP community helped you?
There’s so much discussed and written about WordPress online now, I rarely have a question that hasn’t been answered.
Did learning WP lead to any significant changes in your life?
Yes! I was a full-time PHP developer, and got my first full-time WordPress job about 4 years ago. Suddenly I was dropped into the deep end, and had to *really* learn the patterns and best practices. Which lead me to an awesome community, a lot more work, and a new revenue stream.
What would you tell a new user? A new developer?
For users – have a clear intent for your site, and hire someone to set it up for you.
For developers – setup a site you don’t care about, and break things. Most people start because they need a website that matters, so they’re afraid of it.
Anything else we should know?
I also build non-WordPress web apps like WhatWeDid.Today, cronForWP.com and TimerDoro.com.