Hey, I’m Tom
About This Blog
This is my personal blog where I share articles, notes, tips, and resources related to WordPress development. I also discuss my projects both personal and commissioned.
I aim to post at least three times a week, each time in a different category, but I often post more frequently than that.
Some of my more popular posts include:
- My Thoughts on Building Web Applications with WordPress
- WordPress User Interface Design
- Why WordPress Isn’t Viewed as an Application Framework
- Using CodeKit For WordPress Plugin Development
- Don’t Feed The Trolls (or What I’ve Learned About Negativity on The Internet)
I also frequently share functions, code snippets, and general tips on how to achieve certain things in WordPress such as:
- Properly Calculating Page Offset in Custom WordPress Queries
- Using WP_User_Query To Retrieve Users Across Multiple Roles
- How To Prevent a Page From Being Deleted in WordPress
- Add a Separator To The WordPress Menu
- Programmatically Set a WordPress Template
I share various WordPress plugins that I’ve developed and maintain as well as notes on how I’ve built them. A few examples include:
- Comment Tweets For WordPress
- WordPress Widget Boilerplate
- WordPress Plugin Boilerplate
- Single Post Message and how I built it
- Comment Images and related notes on its development
If you’re a developer, designer, or a blogger who is passionate about WordPress, I invite you to subscribe!
A Bit Of History
I graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science focused in Software Engineering.
Shortly thereafter, I worked for CareerBuilder.com as a software engineer and as a team lead primarily working with .NET.
I’ve been a Microsoft MVP since 2011.
When it comes to engineering, I believe in going deep rather than wide and have since begun to narrowly focus my professional development efforts.
I believe that WordPress is the best blogging platform on the planet, and I also believe that it can serve as a tremendous foundation for building applications. Through blogging, projects, and speaking, I aim to help other bloggers and developers get involved with the WordPress community.
Projects and Commissions
I maintain a number of different projects. As evidenced throughout this page, I’m primarily spending my time working with jQuery and WordPress.
Here’s where you can find my work:
- All of my open source projects including example code for certain blog posts are available on GitHub
- Comment Tweets allows authors to include tweets relevant to the given post in the comment stream of their blog.
- Comment Images is a plugin that allows readers to upload images along with their comments.
- Category Sticky Post allows you to mark a post as sticky within a specific category archive. It works exactly like the typical sticky post functionality within WordPress, except that it’s specifically for category archive.
- Tag Sticky Post allows you to mark a post as sticky within a specific tag archive. It works exactly like the typical sticky post functionality within WordPress, except that it’s specifically for tag archives.
- Tipsy Social Icons makes it easy to include a variety of social icons and custom labels into your WordPress blog or site.
- WordPress Plugin Boilerplate is an organized, maintainable boilerplate for building plugins using WordPress best practices.
- WordPress Widget Boilerplate is an organized, maintainable boilerplate for building widgets using WordPress best practices.
- Collapsible Menus makes it easy to create a collapsible menu using nested, unordered lists.
- Simple Overlay is a lightweight plugin that makes adding overlays trivially easy.
I’m available for hire and enjoy partnering with others for fun and interesting projects. If you’re interested in hiring me, please contact me.
There are currently two versions of the theme available:
- Standard For WordPress.com, with which we had the honor of being Automattic’s fifth partner in the premium theme marketplace.
- Standard 3.0, which is specifically built for self-hosted WordPress installations.
We also released our first analog product in the third quarter of 2012 that aims to close the gap between capturing ideas for blog inspiration and sitting at a computer.
Action & Influence, Inc.
I’m the technical co-founder of Action & Influence where we seek to optimize your people, teams, and how they work together. I’m responsible for building the technology applications that power the company.
For more information about the Action & Influence process, visit our website.
Writing and Speaking
Aside from my personal blog, I also aim to contribute to the WordPress community by providing various tutorials and articles on other blogs.
- Earlier this year, I contributed to Smashing Magazine where I provided and discussed A Process For Professional WordPress Development.
- I’m also regular contributor at Envato’s WPTuts+ where I cover a variety of WordPress topics about four times a month.
If you’re interested in having me contribute to your blog, feel free to contact me.
I’ve recently begun speaking at a variety of events in the Atlanta area covering all things WordPress.
I’ve given talks on the following topics:
- Getting started with WordPress Plugins
- Advanced Topics on WordPress Plugins
- Unit Testing in WordPress
- Migrating To Standard 3
- …and more.