St. Charles resident, and Cardinal’s fan, Jason Yingling is next up to bat in our Speaker Interview series.
NILE FLORES: What got you interested in WordPress?
JASON YINGLING: My first experience with WordPress came while trying to set up a site I could easily update and manage content on back when I was only familiar with basic HTML and CSS. I kept seeing WordPress pop up as a suggestion and decided to try to figure it out.
NILE FLORES: What is the most interesting WordPress-related project you’ve worked on?
JASON YINGLING: At Red8 Interactive we recently launched a large site at BishopRanch.com. It’s got tons of custom functionality and has the biggest ecommerce setup I’ve ever worked on. It also was created to use reusable templates so they can add new pages of any kind in the future using Advanced Custom Fields and flexible content fields.
NILE FLORES: Name 3 WordPress plugins that have always been on your MUST install list, and why.
JASON YINGLING: Advanced Custom Fields is number 1 and 2 through 3. But instead of cop out on the question I’ll say Gravity Forms as number 2. Although it’s not the most fun to customize styles on. And for 3, I’ll throw out Easy Footnotes if it is a blog, because I built it, and I use it in every post I write.
NILE FLORES: What is something interesting about you that the WordPress community doesn’t know?
JASON YINGLING: I developed and write for a St. Louis sports based site called ViewFromThePine.com. Although I guess that is not really that interesting.
NILE FLORES: In regards to new WordPress users, what one or two pieces of advice would you give them that could be very helpful?
JASON YINGLING: If you’re a developer get familiar with Advanced Custom Fields, it will save you tons of time. As a user, learn some basics of development. It’ll save you time and money trouble shooting small issues.
Looks like his presentation, you’ll all have to take some great notes. Feel free to ask Jason questions in the comment area below or at WordCamp St. Louis.