WCSTL Speaker Interview: Bruce Chamoff

Bruce Chamoff will be speaking on Making Plugin Development easy. Bruce is a designer and developer from the greater New York City area. He’s also an Udemy instructor and you can find his website at WebDesignerMall.com.

Here’s our interview with him so you can get to know a little bit about him:

NILE FLORES: What was it about WordPress that got you to start using it?
BRUCE CHAMOFF: I started blogging in the early days and since WordPress was the most popular solution for blogging, I started using it after considering Typepad and Blogger. WordPress also had the most attractive interface at the time. I started using it as a web design tool for regular websites after using both Drupal and Joomla for years and experimented with WordPress as a web design tool. Eventually, I started using It exclusively.

NILE FLORES: What motivates you to give back to WordPress and its community?

BRUCE CHAMOFF: Teaching is one of my biggest passions and no matter what the subject is, I love sharing my experience and expertise with others to watch them succeed. I like combining the personal attention that WordCamps offer speakers. I have several WordPress courses on Udemy.com and some of my students actually attend the WordCamps just to meet me in person, so WordCamps allow the speaker to directly interact with others who need their assistance in a certain topic. They make a perfect way to allow anyone with experience in WordPress to give back to the community.

NILE FLORES: How many WordCamps have you been to, and what was your best 1 or 2 experiences that you had when attending WordCamp?

BRUCE CHAMOFF: WordCamp St. Louis is the fourth one where I have attended and spoken. My best experience at a WordCamp so far occurred last year in New York City where I spoke at the United Nations. Just the thought of a WordCamp being held at this great world landmark was mind-blowing where I spoke in front of 300 people. Also, the WordCamps give me a good reason to travel around the country and see cities that I have never thought of visiting like Cincinnati and Jacksonville.

NILE FLORES: What is your number 1 tip for WordPress users?

BRUCE CHAMOFF: My number one tip is just delve in and start using it. WordPress can be very overwhelming and intimidating to newbies, because there are so many things to do like installing themes to adding blog posts. Use everything you can to get familiar with it. The most important tip I can offer is to be patient with it. It does take time to get comfortable.

NILE FLORES: What is your favorite feature in WordPress?

BRUCE CHAMOFF: I love experimenting with different plugins and of course the fact that it is open source. Plugins are the one thing that makes every site different and allows web designers to be unique. The open source feature allows web developers to create any type of website they want and can envision for their clients.

NILE FLORES: What are your 3 most favorite WordPress plugins?

BRUCE CHAMOFF: Admin Columns, Advanced Custom Fields, and Shortcodes Ultimate.

NILE FLORES: What is your favorite WordPress theme?

BRUCE CHAMOFF: Divi3

Want to meet Bruce or hear his talk, buy a ticket and come on out to WordCamp St. Louis, on March 18th, at Washington University.

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