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Me, in a nutshell
Hi, I’m Michael. I’m a WordPress developer living in Calgary, Canada. I like to make plugins, tinker with websites, talk at WordCamp and WordPress Meetups, and in general just work with WordPress based sites.
When I’m not in front of a screen, you can bet I’m in the mountains hiking or at the local pub eating far too many hot wings.
And yes, I do know Jason Bourne. Thanks Matt Damon.
What I do
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 ms 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).
Show the cart count and cart total in a Pro Theme cart elementAugust 24, 2018 | X Theme and Pro ThemeOne request many Themeco users have is related to the cart elements in the header builder. That request is simple: “How can I show a cart count or cart total in the Pro element?”. This post will answer that question. There are two presentations that I will be focusing on; one will show the cart count and total cost in ... Read More
Adding custom font families to the Pro font managerJuly 6, 2018 | X Theme and Pro ThemeEDIT Nov 2018: Themeco has now included this functionality in the core theme, this tutorial is no longer needed if you’ve upgraded. The font manager in Pro theme is a life saver for managing your fonts, but what if you have a custom font file enqueued that you’d like to access? I’ll preface this tip with 2 things: 1) first, ... Read More
Enabling AJAX Add to Cart on single product views, with X overlayJune 14, 2018 | X Theme and Pro ThemeOne simple tweak I make on many of my Woocommerce based websites is to enable the AJAX add to cart functionality. In many cases, having the user directed to a cart page isn’t ideal for your shop, and a hard reload to the same page is just silly. Someone in the Themeco community asked about how to do this, so ... Read More
Override the Pro Theme header assignment for specific pages and conditionsJuly 17, 2017 | X Theme and Pro ThemeThemeco’s Pro Header Builder is pretty amazing. From it’s in depth controls to endless styling options, anyone can make a truly magnificent header. But what do you do when the specific page you’d like to target isn’t available as an assignment? How about when you want to show a specific header for logged in users? Or for different user roles? ... Read More
How to use Themeco Pro template colors anywhere on your siteMay 30, 2017 | X Theme and Pro ThemeThe new pro theme by Themeco has many amazing features. One of which is the colours templates. This allows you to set your branding colours in the Pro editor, and re-use them in header and footer elements. But what about outside of headers and footers? Well, at the time of this post, we still don’t have access to them in ... Read More
Using Cloudflare Rocket Loader with X Theme 5 and Themeco ProApril 11, 2017 | Speed OptimisationCloudflare has quickly become a popular choice among X users, and that’s no surprise. But early on we all noticed one distinct problem: Rocket Loader didn’t play nicely with Cornerstone. We quickly discovered that using a page rule to exclude cornerstone URLs from performance was the key to success. But with this new update, the target URL has changed. This ... Read More
WordPress Hosting Speed Tests
Last year 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. Read the results here:
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 game changer, released in early 2017. I had been using this set up internally for client for nearly a year, but when the Themeco community started asking for the same functionality, I ported it into 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.