All About Me
Some people are real developers and eat, sleep and breath code. I’m the opposite – I struggle with even the simplest functions. If it wasn’t for Stack Overflow, Dream in Code, the WordPress Codex, W3C Schools and Google I’d be well up the creek without a paddle. And probably without a canoe as well.
Most of the plugins I’ve created were because of the poor usability of those already available. All too often a plugin will be very functional but incredibly clunky to use. Or they may have been almost impossible to style or had poorly executed code. It wasn’t even clear on some of them how to add it to your site.
So my starting point was to consider how people use websites. This lead me to write a very simple little callback form plugin. Really easy to install and set up and simple for visitors to use. I used the same principles of simplicity and usability and built the Quick Contact Form. This has gone from a basic contact form to a sophisticated and very configurable plugin with all sorts of funky features. More plugins tumbled out now I had the hang of things. Some have been uploaded to the repository and some I just use for customer projects.
If you fancy having a go at writing your own plugin it can be a bit daunting but a great place to start is the wordpress page Writing a Plugin. It took a while to get to grips with the format but I had loads of help from the plugin options starter kit.
PS: some have commented on the lack of Social Media thingies on the site. That’s because I really can’t be bothered with all that guff. Having a Facebook like is of no importance to me, I steer well clear of anything to do with Google and I can’t see the point of Pinterest or Instagram.
If the Social Media thing means a lot to you then well done. I prefer to have a life. And drink beer with friends I can talk to. In England. Where I live.
But I have resurrected my Twitter account though as it’s any way to post update info. If you want to follow me there is a button right up the top of the page. If nobody bothers to follow me though I’ll just turn it off, no point in twitting if nobody is going to read the thing. And if you feed the need to share then there are some buttons on the next line you can use.