I’m a WordPress Developer who writes cool shit.
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The bread and butter of my freelance work. I am a WordPress developer. You can hire me for anything WordPress related. Custom plugins? You bet. Custom themes? I can do that. Custom code for someone else’s plugins and themes? Why not! Are you an agency looking to outsource part or all of a project? I do that. Are you a company looking to bring on a consultant to repair, optimise, and maintain your web presence? Sounds perfect.
WordPress Speed Optimisation
When your site feels sluggish, give me a call. I routinely work with clients to optimise their websites and squeeze every last millisecond out of their site that I can. I do a ground up, full website optimisation service. Which means everything from the host and the database to your code, plugins, themes and images. This is no 6 step system you read on the internet, it’s my years of experience and critical thought put into your website that speeds it up.
X Theme / Pro Theme Customization
If you use the X Theme or Pro Theme by Themeco, I can help you take it to the next level. With years of experience using these systems and both customizing them and enhancing them for hundreds of users, you can be sure I’m the right guy for the job. From custom blog layouts and search results pages, to enhanced Woocommerce product pages and archives. You may even be familiar with the plugins I’ve created exclusively for X/Pro: Cornerstone Placeholder Images, Cornerstone Custom icons, and the ever so popular Global Blocks for Cornerstone (impressive functionality which Themeco has now rolled out into their theme).
Michael is the kind of guy you want to go into business with, not just work with. He, and everything he does, is the highest quality.Josh Motlong, joshmotlong.com
- Using Cloudflare with WordPress in 2021For years I’ve championed the use of Cloudflare wo WordPress developers and business owners. That’s never changed. What has changed is Cloudflare itself. Bigger and better every single year, but that means we need an updated guide for you to reference. Here it is, no frills, just direct settings and screenshots for how I setup … Read more
- Yoast’s “Enhanced Slack Sharing” feature… improved.The recent Yoast update came with a cool new feature: Enhanced Slack Sharing. This isn’t magic, it’s using existing Twitter-based meta tags in the HTML to add extra data to previews. Slack uses these still (Twitter dropped support), hence the name. Here’s what it looks like: The extra meta tags added now give us an … Read more
- Dynamic Open Graph images using Microlink CardsThere’s one thing I dislike about blogging, and that’s creating a custom open graph image for each blog post. Even with a handy PSD template, I often forget. Worse yet, when I want to change them, I’m left editing all my existing posts. The good news is that there is a better way to do … Read more
- How to use Themeco Pro template colors anywhere on your siteThe new pro theme by Themeco has many amazing features. One of which is the colours templates. This tip will convert your colour manager palette into global CSS variable that you can use anywhere.
A few years ago, I put out an in-depth article about high speed WordPress hosting. I took a backup of a live, content filled site that became my “real world baseline”, as it had various images, dynamic elements, and shortcodes in it. I used this backup on several popular hosting platforms and performed in depth speed and load tests to determine how the the same site, with the same configuration, would behave on different hosts. While the results are now a little too outdated to publish, the verdict was clear: most hosts are crap, it’s a buyer beware industry, and there’s few you can trust.
Here’s who I use:
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Commerce7 for WordPress
The Commerce7 for WordPress plugin was created for an easy integration between the bespoke ecommerce platform and WordPress sites. It’s now the most popular way to add Commerce7 to your WordPress website, being used by over 500 wineries around the world.
X Theme and Pro Theme Plugins
Cornerstone Custom Icons
Enables the user to add their own custom icons to the built in Cornerstone and Pro Theme icon controls and elements, thereby removing the reliance on FontAwesome and providing a better opportunity for branding with custom icon sets on your websites. Works exclusively through the use of Fontello’s free icon font service. Updated regularly to work with new theme releases.
Cornerstone Placeholder Images
Placeholder.com Images element for Cornerstone and Pro Theme Builder. This plugin provides a quick element to insert placeholder images into your layouts for quick mockups or demo content.
Global Blocks for Cornerstone
The original X Theme game changer, released in early 2017. I had been using this set up internally on client sites, but when the Themeco community started asking for the same functionality, I released it in a plugin. It became so popular that Themeco adopted the functionality and the name into their own builder, to ensure their entire customer base had access to it. You can see the original plugin here:
Custom Icons for Elementor
Enables the user to add their own custom icons to the built in Elementor icon selectors, thereby removing the reliance on FontAwesome and providing a better opportunity for branding with custom icon sets on your websites. Works exclusively through the use of Fontello’s free icon font service. Updated regularly to work with new theme releases.