Interview With Ryan McCue

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This is a guest post by Brady Valentino of BVPhotography.ca.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan McCue, of CubeGames.net. Ryan isn’t the most well known guy in the WordPress community, but is an avid user, fanboy, and general WordPress lover, so Mike decided to have me interview him. So, let’s get right into this interview.

Brady asks:

Hello Ryan, how are you?

Ryan answers:

Firstly, I’m good, thanks. I’m currently digging into some old code of mine and debugging PHP errors.

Brady asks:

For those who don’t know you, care to provide some information on yourself?

Ryan answers:

I’m a 14 year old Australian PHP developer and (wannabe) designer. I currently spend most of my time doing school work, contributing patches to WordPress and bbPress and developing Lilina.

Brady asks:

How, and when did you first discover WordPress? What CMS, if any, did you use before WordPress? Why did you decide to switch?

Ryan answers:

I first discovered WordPress around 2006. I had grown unhappy with Simple PHP Blog (http://www.simplephpblog.com/) as a publishing system, for the fact that permalinks were non-existent and I hated how comments were displayed. After then installing WordPress, I spent months fiddling with it and integrating it with the rest of my site. Around early 2007, I changed my site from a mixture of custom PHP and WordPress to being completely powered by WP.

Brady asks:

What is your favourite thing about WordPress?

Ryan answers:

My favourite thing about WP would be the extensibility with the plugin API. It’s so easy to use because of the vast amount of hooks that are available to use. I’m also loving the automattic (pun intended) plugin upgrader in 2.5, which makes it easy for me to upgrade my plugins.

Brady asks:

What is your least favourite thing about WordPress?

Ryan answers:

I can’t really say that I have a least favourite thing, as I love everything about WordPress. However, the naming of some of the template tags makes no sense and I have to look them up at times.

Brady asks:

What were your original intentions for your site?

Ryan answers:

The original intentions for my site were basically to have some sort of presence on the web and to have somewhere where I could store my thoughts, bits of code and everything else.

Brady asks:

Do you have anything big planned for the future of your site?

Ryan answers:

At the moment, I don’t have anything really big planned for my site. I’m quite an infrequent poster and I tend to post more asides than long articles.

Brady asks:

What is your most memorable moment with WordPress?

Ryan answers:

My most memorable moment with WordPress was upgrading my sites to WP 2.5 and running the plugin upgrader. I had so much fun 🙂

Brady asks:

Final question, do you believe in Santa Clause?

Ryan answers:

Yes, it’s quite a good movie from what I’ve heard. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Interview With Ryan McCue

  1. I was running out of ideas for questions, and Mike really wanted this to stay focused on WordPress. I probably should of organized the questions better.

    It was my first interview, so don’t be too harsh. 🙂

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