Peter Shackelford Speaker Interview


Peter Shackelford

Peter has been building things with WP since 2009 and is currently the Web Architect at Spring Arbor University.

Peter will be participating in the “Lessons Learned From WordPress Developers” at 4:30pm in the Vandenberg Room.

Why do you use WordPress?

The WordPress community is great. I am where I am today because people have freely shared what they have learned. It is approachable for both users and developers and is very flexible.

When and how did you start using WordPress?

I first started using WordPress when I was making a little website for the non-profit my wife and I were starting. In 2009 I did my first project as a contractor and have been building platforms, microsites, multisites etc… on WordPress ever since.

What would you tell someone to convince them to attend a WordCamp?

Come, see what this is all about. You may even get a cool shirt out of it.

Tell us about something awesome you’ve experienced at a WordCamp in the past.

Meeting, in person, people who have either helped me on a forum, written a blog post showing how to sort out a problem I was trying to solve or who wrote a plugin I use. That is quite awesome. It is a chance to say thank you! Being able to help out at the happiness bar is also pretty great.

Give an example of a cool WordPress project you have worked on recently.

Building the Spring Arbor University website is my responsibility. I worked with Topher (X-team) to fix things that were amiss and make improvements. Getting rid of the slider/carosel on the home page and replacing it with something useful was cool.

What is your favorite part of WordCamps?

Learning things and meeting people.

What advice do you have for anyone looking to start or grow a WordPress based business?

Think a lot. Try things out. Keep doing things better. Connect with the community.

Tell us something awesome about yourself that is not WordPress related.

I have three heads of cattle. I enjoyed milking my own cow for 13 months through rain, sleet or shine.

Name someone in the WordPress community who inspires you.

“I can’t believe how many questions this form has! It just keeps going!

Curtis Grymala, Mika Epstein (Ipstenu), Andrea Rennick (andrea_r) ”

What is your favorite WordPress related resource?

WP Tavern

Where can we find you online?

@pixelplow on Twitter.