About Me

Joseph Dickson is a web developer in higher education at Pitzer College¬† and an avid fan of WordPress. In September I spoke at WordCamp Los Angeles and am a member of WordCamp Riverside‘s team of organizers. I’m also a Member of the Inland Empire WordPress meetup community

How I use WordPress

Joseph Dickson

I’m an advocate of using WordPress’ core features whenever possible, particularly Child Themes, Multisite, WP_Query, conditional, and template tags. WordPress Core has a proven track record for stability and long term support. Developing sites using core features pays off in the long run by making them easier to maintain compared to sites that rely heavily on plugins

There are times when plugins are necessary such as for creating calendars, additional meta boxes or forms. 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.


  • 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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