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
I’m an advocate of using WordPress’ core features whenever possible, particularly Child Themes, Multisite, WP_Query, conditional, and template tags, just to some of my favorites. WordPress Core has a proven track record for stability and long term support. Developing sites using core takes more time to build but pay off in the long term by making them easier to maintain compared to sites that rely heavily on plugins to create custom features.
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.
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
- Speaker at WordCamp Los Angeles 2018
- Organizer at WordCamp Riverside 2018
- Speaker at WordCamp Riverside 2017
- WP Query Presentation at Advanced IEWP
- Conditional Tags Presentation at Advanced IEWP
- Volunteer Member of the Make WordPress Marketing Team
- Volunteer at WordCamp Orange County 2017 & 2018
- Bachelor of Arts in Art from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2001