WPWeekly Episode 164 – Interview With Lester “GaMerZ” Chan

In this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I travel to Singapore to interview Lester “GaMerZ” Chan. Chan has 23 different plugins in the plugin directory, amassing an incredible total download count of 12,241,325! This accounts for approximately 1.6% of all plugin downloads from the directory.

Chan explains how he handles support for 23 different plugins and offers suggestions to improve WordPress.org to make providing support easier. One of his suggestions is to give plugin authors the ability to close threads in their plugin’s support forums. Chan describes what the WordPress scene is like in Singapore and informs us that there a shortage of WordPress developers. Last but not least, he explains his role as “Tech Guy” for the Tech In Asia website which is powered by WordPress.

Stories Discussed:

Reader Poll: What Are Your Favorite Features In WordPress 4.0?
Meet John Blackbourn, WordPress 4.1 Release Lead
Ben Gillbanks Announces The End of TimThumb
GoDaddy and Media Temple Engage in Strategic Partnership With WP101

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

Gravity Forms Personality Quiz Add-On lets you create simple, un-scored personality quizzes (think Buzzfeed-style quizzes). While there is an official quiz add-on for Gravity Forms, it is focused on graded quizzes like those you might take in school. This add-on lets you easily create quizzes that return a result rather than a grade, like “How Texan are you?” or “What Disney character would you be?”

TTT Crop This is an easy and fast way to crop any uploaded image into WordPress. No more complicated graphical editors, photos of people without heads, or products with a wrong view. Select the thumbnail, edit the crop area, and save a new thumbnail image.

WP Family Tree is a graphically formatted family tree generator for WordPress. Family members are registered as custom post types through which you can manage things such as name, birthday, the person’s picture, occupation, etc. You can also establish relationship associations, such as who a person’s mother and father are or their spousal relationship.

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