Kyle will be presenting Mastering WordPress Troubleshooting. You can join us for free for the live broadcast on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 1pm EST. You can also purchase the recording to watch at any time for just $19 (or $9 if you’re reading this before the broadcast).
During this session, Kyle is going to show you how to tackle any and every difficult bug you might encounter with a WordPress website, whether you currently understand the problem or not. By the time the presentation is done, you’ll be equipped and ready to identify, research, and solve even the trickiest of website bugs.
Without any further ado, here are Kyle’s answers to my interview questions.
Where can we find you on the internet?
When and how did you get started with WordPress?
What resources do you turn to when you want to learn something new?
Post Status Notes keep me very informed of everything important happening in WordPress. I also routinely peruse managewp.org and wptavern.com for more news. But probably my best source of information is podcasts. I listen to many different podcasts (and co-host a couple) on many topics. Some of the more educational variety which I enjoy include WordPress Weekly, Apply Filters, Shop Talk Show, Post Status Draft, Art of Value, Kitchen Sink WP, Startups for the Rest of Us and a few others.
What is your favorite WordPress feature/aspect?
WordPress is packed with hundreds of things we take for granted. The user roles and capabilities system and multisite are so awesome and powerful. But I also love little things like get_plugin_data() and all the other core functions which power the plugin system.
What is your most frustrating thing to debug/troubleshoot?
Humans. When it comes to WordPress though, email issues are typically quite tricky just because there’s so many points at which something can go wrong. Others would definitely be anything that requires waiting as a part of the troubleshooting process like cookies, caching, crons, DNS propagation, etc.
What advice do you have for others looking to become WordPress experts?
Paying for WP Sessions is a great start. But really, “expert” is an elusive and lofty title. It isn’t easy to become an expert in anything. My advice would be to work hard to immerse yourself in things that really challenge you and maybe even scare you. Hate public speaking (of course you do, everyone does)? Do that. Speak at local meetups and WordCamps. Those events will challenge you to become proficient in a topic and will work wonders for your self confidence. Also partner with others on ambitious projects that are just a little beyond what you already know. Avoid what’s easy. Make yourself uncomfortable.
What is one interesting non-WordPress-related fact about yourself?
m a pretty long time, die-hard fan of the Michigan Wolverines and the Green Bay Packers.
If you want to learn more about troubleshooting your own problems and how to save yourself both time and hassle, make sure you register for Mastering WordPress Troubleshooting