Alex King

I’m sad and mourning along with the community the loss of Alex King, who died from cancer after a battle of over two years.

Matt Mullenweg and Alex King, WordCamp Utah 2008 (by Sheri Bigelow).

Alex was one of my web heroes! I followed his blog closely during my formative years, used his task software and WordPress plugins, and once upon a time reached out to apply for a job in his company, at a time when I was just beginning to develop WordPress sites full-time. (It didn’t work out since the position was Denver-based and I lived in an RV, and wanted a remote position).

He inspired me in person as well; I met him first at WordCamp Utah in 2008 where he gave a talk about new tools from Crowd Favorite, including the Carrington theme and framework. Ran into him again in 2010 at WordCamp Boulder—and enjoyed talking shop with him then, and over the years at other WordCamps.

I admired Alex’s pragmatism, friendly writing, and open speaking style—and his technically savvy blog posts inspired me to do better work, to think more clearly. He contributed an enormous amount to WordPress, the open source community, and to the web. He’ll be missed.

Photo credit: Sheri Bigelow.

Other remembrances:

Meet Twenty Sixteen

Lance Willett:

I won’t be involved in the new WordPress default theme this time around — excited to see Twenty Sixteen! (Recap by David Kennedy.)

Originally posted on David A. Kennedy:

Today, Tammie Listerintroduced Twenty Sixteen, the next default theme for WordPress, to the world. It’s designed by the Takashi Irie, who also created Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Fifteen. In his own words:

Twenty Sixteen is a modernised approach of an ever-popular layout — a horizontal masthead and an optional right sidebar that works well with both blogs and websites. It has custom color options that allow you to make your own Twenty Sixteen. The theme was designed on a harmonious fluid grid with a mobile first approach. This means it looks great on any device.

If you want to get involved, make sure you’re following the Make WordPress Core blog, and check out the meeting times for Twenty Sixteen.

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ThemeShaper: Theming With the REST API – Meet Picard

Theming With the REST API – Meet Picard

The future of WordPress theming may dramatically shift with the official adoption of the REST API but you don’t have to wait for the future to take advantage of it now. Clone Picard and Tango. Experiment and see what you can do. These are exciting times for themes!

The time is now.

New Theme: Twenty Fifteen

Originally posted on News:

It’s that time of year again. The snow has started falling in northern countries, friends are gathering together to exchange presents, and it’s time to launch a beautiful new annual theme for WordPress.

Hello World, Twenty Fifteen is here.


Twenty Fifteen is all about the details. Everything you publish is elegantly set in Noto Sans and Noto Serif, keeping the design harmonious and balanced in multiple languages around the globe. That polylingual pixel perfection is matched by its responsive design. From device to device, Twenty Fifteen will look smart and polished.


The attention to detail is reflected in the menu design. Check out the descriptions under the links in the demo and the screenshots above. Learn how to add menu descriptions on the theme showcase page.

The fine details and strong structure make Twenty Fifteen look even better with a bit of customization. We have five featured color…

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Beep Boop Goes The Wheel

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8 Years on


Totally geeky and egocentric stat but I’m very proud to be a blogger. I haven’t had this particular blog on for all 8 years—it’s been just a few, but I was within the first 700 users to sign up in the beginning.

Since then this blogging service has grown up just a bit: see a live look at activity across