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Gary Jones

Gary Jones is a UK-based WordPress Engineer, code consultant, and father of extremely premature twins. Driven by a passion for excellence, he creates elegant WordPress plugins and theme solutions for clients, and provides services, including code audits, for other designers and developers. Gary is a key contributor to the Genesis Framework and has contributed to all except one major branch of WordPress Core since 3.3. He has contributed to many open source projects in the community, and is a co-host on the UK Genesis podcast. A former teacher in schools and prisons, Gary's goal is to educate WordPress professionals on how they can improve their code. His motto is knowledge is power.

  1. Steve Heyes on 2009-05-01 at 14:45

    What’s your favourite kind of cheese?



    • Gary on 2009-05-01 at 17:04

      Historically I always ate Cheddar, as that’s what my mother always used to buy. I’m quite partial to lots of different cheeses though – currently there’s quite a few mini Babybels in our fridge, along with some Red Leicester, some “plastic” (processed) cheese slices, and some squidgy cheese spread, both in plain flavour and with chives.
      I also like the Garlic Roulade – anything with lots of flavour, (or maybe it’s just the garlic I love).

      What’s your favourite kind of cheese?



      • Steve Heyes on 2009-05-01 at 22:08

        A nice bit of brie. With a few grapes and some crusty bread. Glass of rioja to wash it down.



  2. Matt (legside78) on 2009-05-28 at 13:26

    Is your name spelt correctly on the electrol role?



    • Gary on 2009-05-28 at 14:27

      It is, as it would have been me that put it on there.
      Although “Garry” is the second most popular way of spelling the first name similar to mine, “Gari” and “Garrie” are also valid alternatives.



      • Matt (legside78) on 2009-05-28 at 14:29

        I have to say, I like Garrie as a spelling. Or Steven, but thats a different name.



  3. Dan on 2009-06-26 at 18:03

    Are you using Pure CSS Dropdown? If so, how’d you get the rounded corners? Real nice touch! Mind sharing?



    • Gary on 2009-06-26 at 20:29

      Yes, the site uses CSS only dropdowns. It’s created via the default styles that come with my theme – Thesis – and my own styles. I doubt the dropdown works in IE6, but that’s a decision I’ve made not to support it. The parent pages all link to their child pages anyway.
      The rounded corners are also done with CSS. Again, it may not be supported in some browsers, but they’ll just get the square-cornered version, which is fine with me.



      • Dan on 2009-06-26 at 21:11

        Thanks Gary! I also use Thesis on my site , soon to be http://bnriverkeeper.org. I’m going to try and add a little style to my dropdowns and I appreciate your help.

        Dan



  4. Jorge l Nokia-Tips.com on 2009-08-16 at 01:43

    What’s the easiest way to learn basic php to dive into Thesis and which smartphone do you currently use and why?



    • Gary on 2009-08-16 at 01:50

      My phone at the moment is a Samsung Tocco. I bought it a year ago last week, and its served me well. Having since played with an iPhone (it’s clear to see where Samsung’s inspiration comes from), I noticed how poor the UI was, but a firmware flash or two later, and it’s behaving itself a lot better.

      As for PHP – there’s plenty of free online resources around, but really, once you’ve learnt one programming language, and understand the concepts of coding (like what is a function, conditional loops, variables, general syntax etc) then converting from one language to another is far easier. Thesis isn’t too difficult to understand – it’s the PHP that non-coders struggle with. Read the forums, and Answers sites, and you’ll soon pick it up.