About Me

Joseph Dickson is a web developer in higher education at Pitzer College  and an avid fan of WordPress. I’ve recently spoke at WordCamp Los Angeles this year and a member of WordCamp Riverside‘s team of organizers.

How I use WordPress

Joseph Dickson

I’m an advocate of using WordPress’ Core features, particularly Child Themes, Multisite, WP_query and conditional and template tags, just to name my daily favorites. WordPress Core has a proven track record for stability and long term support. This makes projects more involved to build out but relatively easy to maintain over the long term.

There are times when plugins are necessary such as for creating calendars, additional meta boxes or webforms. I frequently turn to Advanced Custom Fields, Events Calendar Pro and Gravity Forms for their flexibility, support, and reliability.

I use Desktop Server for theme and plugin development as well as prototyping and testing. Particularly when LAMP isn’t available.

For personal use I try to stay as close to stock WordPress as possible but frequently add Jetpack for Video CDN, backups, gallery creation all in a single plugin.


  • Web Developer at Pitzer College | 2009 to Current
  • Online Editor at Long Beach Press Telegram | 2005 to 2009
  • Online Content Producer at Inland Valley Daily Bulletin | 2002 to 2005


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