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Every once in a while, I’ll stumble on an article/rant about how horrible WordPress is. Developers will complain about all facets of the CMS from security, plugin conflicts, performance, and templating. I noticed a common thread with some of these posts, and that was just how unclear people were on how to develop with WordPress effectively. I want to provide my learnings to course correct some of these attitudes. I have developed dozens of sites in WordPress over the years and learned a great deal. I can give some insight on how to make your development experience more pleasant.

Select the right template

This might be the most crucial tip. If you select a template that is hard to use or inflexible, you’re not going to be successful. There are hundreds of templates out there, and some provide fully baked styles for you, while others are bare bones. In my option, a barebone template is the way to go, and Sage, by, is the way to go. A few key…

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This was written about a year ago and now the site is live! Visit We have more updates coming down the line including a recorder store locator and the ability to edit and add bands on the site.

In March I decided to take a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a week to get away from the city. Little did I know that I would have to deal with the onslaught of “Spring Breakers” clogging up the beaches and bars. If you want to feel old, go to Cabo on spring break, you’ll be cursing auto-tuned hip-hop and ironic offensive t-shirts. Despite the annoyance, I managed to find a little area by the pool where I could drink a few Modelos, read and listen to music. …

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Most web developers will sympathize with this.

You’re working on an exciting personal project utilizing the latest and greatest framework. The late-night hours you have spent are paying off, and despite your fatigue, you are adamant to complete it and share it with the world. But then life happened. Work becomes pretty intense and the mere idea of opening up your laptop when you get home makes you anxious and break into a cold sweat. Sound familiar?

A month or two pass, your job has settled down and you can now find the time to dive right back into your project, but there is a problem. The code you wrote back then was under thought, you have no idea where to start and the project does not capture your attention anymore. …


Tom Astley

Web Developer out of Chicago.

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