I was contacted by someone named “Ovidiu” about branching my WordPress styles plugin for WPMU (WordPress Multi-User), and he has published it in the WPMU plugins directory. His announcement is also listed on the WPMU forum for technical support. All questions regarding the WPMU should be directed to that person.
I added it as a branch to my Subversion slot in the official WordPress plugin directory.
I have been fortunate to complete a few projects of late. They both consisted of ports of design concepts to the WordPress platform. Both sides needed a powerful, semantic, web-based publishing system; and WordPress fulfilled all of their desires.
The Art of Capping
The Art of Capping is a satirical blog that uses comics for their blogging medium. A few of the requirements specific to this project were:
- A rating system for posts.
- A “Youtube-like” effect for giving URLs to comics for embedding externally.
- Customized title generation through PNG.
- Optimized layout for maximum ad-revenue potential.
The webmaster of the website had the following to say of my work (requested to remain anonymous):
“Chris Poteet is a remarkable person to work with. He worked diligently on our WordPress blog development project and made sure to address the project requirements for a somewhat non-traditional implementation. Chris underestimated the scope of the project slightly, but he still completed the work in a most professional manner, taking care to keep us abreast of his progress and, most importantly, keeping us excited about the project. I have contracted many developers using all of the various sites on the Internet; Chris was by far one of the best experiences I’ve had, and I’d wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in search of a solid, affordable developer. His tone and sensibility make him truly feel like part of the team, if only for a short time.”
Michael Cochrane L.L.B.
I was approached to port an existing layout to the WordPress platform for Michael Cochrane who is a lawyer, author, and TV personality. A few of the requirements specific to this project were:
- Conversion to 3 column layout with widgets.
- Conversion of image-based navigation to text to improve SEO and scalability.
- Restructuring existent content to semantic, well-structured markup.
Kate Morgan is the President of Podwise Social Media Inc. is the individual who sub-contracted me on this contract, and she had this to say of my work:
“I would highly recommend using Siolon and Chris Poteet for blog design, integration and customization. Not only did the end project exceed both my expectations and that of my client, but Chris was reliable, conscientious and creative.”
Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress lead, has the following to say on this question.
Someday I think there will be a realization that the real story is more exciting than the cookie-cutter founder myth the media tries frame everything in. It’s not just one or two guys hacking on something alone, it’s dozens of people from across the world coming together because of a shared passion. It’s not about selling out to a single company, it’s dozens of companies independently adopting and backing an open source platform for no reason other than its quality. I’m not a millionaire, and may never be, but there are now hundreds of people making their living using WordPress, and I expect that number to grow to tens of thousands. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, not the prospect of becoming a feature on an internet behemoth’s checklist.
Finally it’s not Web 2.0, or another bandwagon me-too content management system with AJAX, it’s a mature project that has been around and grown up over four years of hard work, and it has many, many more years of hard work ahead of it. I smile these days when I see WordPress referred to as an “overnight success,” if only they knew how long an overnight success takes.