WordPress Plugin: Advanced Custom Fields

I’ve been using the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin for a few years now and I can’t imagine building a website without it. It allows you to take full control of the WordPress admin so that it’s much more intuitive to manage your site’s content. Instead of one big editor, as if you’re writing a long blog post, ACF adds smaller form fields (text, textarea, radio buttons, checkboxes, etc.) that more closely match smaller sections of content. My clients have really enjoyed the simplicity of maintaining their own site as well. Plus, when it’s been a few months, or longer, since I last updated a website, it’s nice to be able to immediately understand how to edit the content. There’s a “pro” version of the plugin with additional features, including repeatable fields, media galleries, and more.

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WordPress Plugin Training Course

I’ve been steadily going through the WordPress: Plugin Development training course by Jeff Starr on LinkedIn Learning. I’m really impressed with the quality of instruction in this entire set of videos. I’ve learned a lot and it’s really helped me fully understand how to plan, design, develop, and publish a complete WordPress plugin. If you’ve wanted to dig down deep in the subject, I’d recommend taking a look. There are a couple free introductory videos, as well as a course outline, that will give you a good idea of what the course is all about.

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Follow Me on Letterboxd

My brother told me about this fun social media platform dedicated to cataloging, rating, and reviewing all of the movies that you’ve ever watched. You can even make a list of movies you want to watch in the future. I’ve gone through and added and rated hundreds of movies that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I might write a few simple reviews at some point too.

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Follow Me on Goodreads

As a dyslexic, reading has always been a bit of a challenge. On a positive note, it also makes me a good editor because I’m a very methodical reader. I haven’t read a lot of books for pleasure over the years, but I have enjoyed some. I especially like well-written books about science fiction, time travel, and futurism.

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Technical Editor for Web App Testing Guidebook

My good friend, and former rising star co-worker, Kevin Lamping, has just finished writing a new book on web app testing. For some odd reason he trusted me to be Technical Editor on the book! I managed to muddle my way through the complex code samples and offer some suggestions, in spite of my lack of expertise on the subject.

He even trusted me with the design of the book cover! Some of you might recognize the background photo I used from a nearby Addison artwork. He’s really put in a lot of work on this creation and it’s now available for purchase from Leanpub in a variety of e-book formats. Name your price and grab a copy today!

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