I joined the CP community at Christmas last year and looking back over 2019 I am astounded at how far I have progressed with my learning. Some time in 2018 I’d decided I really needed to know more about the inner workings of WordPress and I bought a book to study. Then Gutenberg hit and I realised that WP was moving away from me so fast I would probably never keep up. The book was thrown in the corner.
When I discovered CP it seemed like the perfect solution - a stable platform based on the “good old” WP, plus a friendly, helpful community that gave me encouragement and support to learn and try new things. In the past 12 months these are just some of my achievements.
Developed my own theme framework based on GeneratePress. This includes a child theme package that has lots of stuff I regularly use on sites - hero image, various layout options, a contact form, sliders, colorbox gallery, fork awesome, etc. I was already using GP on about half my sites, but this year I converted them all to use my own theme.
Wrote my first plugin. This is a utility plugin that is now installed on every site I manage. It primarily hides stuff the user doesn’t need to see, but I am regularly adding in other bits of code for extra small enhancements. I also recently made a personal fork of an email logging plugin to record every email sent by CP. Both of these can be updated via Code Potent’s Update Manager.
Cracked GitHub! (well, sort of ) I can at least now submit a Pull Request and I’ve been regularly contributing to the Classic Commerce project. I was so pleased with this one that I wrote a tutorial: https://simplycomputing.work/github-desktop/
There’s a lot more smaller stuff I better understand - custom post types, functions and using hooks and filters, the template file structure and how to over-ride it, and so on.
So, to the entire CP community… here’s hoping 2020 is a successful year, both for the CP project and for each of you personally. And thank you, one and all.