WordPress Person of the Day #0012
Name: Aaron Robins
Country: United States of America
Message From Aaron Robbins: I’m a thirty something web developer living in Northern California. Currently, I work as the lead developer for Cleverful and the Online Media Director for Bayside Church. While I have a background in character animation, compositing and cg technical direction, the Internet and web design are my passion. I’ve been developing website for over a decade and using WordPress since version 1.5.
And here’s the interview:
- Question: When and why did you start blogging?
Answer: I’m not really a blogger. I’m generally too busy and preoccupied building blogs to actually sit down and write anything useful. I started developing with WordPress because of I was working on a comic strip and needed something I could easily modify to be a comic publishing engine.
- Question: How many websites do you have using WordPress and what they are?
Answer: Our studio has many dozens of sites running WordPress, far more then our website has displayed. We have some running more standard installs of WordPress and some which have had the WordPress core heavily modified (which of course you should never do). Some of my experimentle projects include: TiltGamer.com (designed to test wordpress as a game review engine) MouseWallpapers.com (prototype for what became AdvancedGallery) BaysideOnline.com (probably the most extensive functions.php file I’ve written, has several small core modifications mostly related to user management).
- Question: Why did you choose WordPress?
Answer: The way WordPress’ built in functions and api worked really made sense to me. It’s always been a CMS that was amazingly easy to change and extend. Development releases come quickly and the user community is immense. WordPress is a solid blogging platform and a pretty decent base of operations for more complicated sites.
- Question: How much have you spent on your websites (Ads, Hosting, Themes, Etc) and how much is your approximate revenue?
Answer: We spend less then $200 a month on ads, hosting and theme purchases. All I’ll say is that our revenue exceeds that amount.
- Question: What kind of advice can you give to anyone using WordPress?
Answer: Be careful of overdoing it with plugins. Just because your “can” do something with a plugin doesn’t mean your blog “needs” to do it. Concentrate on the content and personality of your site.
- Quick Question #1: How many RSS feeds are you subscribed to?
- Quick Question #2: Free themes, premium themes or your own themes?
Answer: I used and made all of the above.
- Quick Question #3: Do you do most your blogging at home, work, other?
Answer: I do most of my blogging in my sleep. Unfortunately, there’s no plugin to get those thoughts into WordPress.
- Quick Question #4: What kind of devices do you blog from?
Answer: Mac, PC, Linux, iPhone
- Quick Question #5: What is the best way to reach you?