Small Potato Interview

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Well a while ago I decided to interview WordPress Designer Small Potato on WordPress and his site! Now I know there’s been some heat lately running in the WordPress community, but I still have respect for Small Potato.

So, let’s get into the interview! Feel free to add comments and questions at the bottom of the page.

WPCandy:

What is your role in the WordPress community?

Small Potato:

I’ve never… considered that before and wouldn’t know what kind of a role I have in the WP community. I try to help people out where I can. For example, the WordPress.org forums is known for not answering newbie / customization questions. Those users end up coming to Wpdesigner for help.

WPCandy:

When were you first introduced to WordPress?

Small Potato:

I don’t remember exactly, but it was probably around the second half of 2005.

WPCandy:

What inspired you to become a WordPress Designer?

Small Potato:

I went searching for a free WordPress theme. I didn’t like any of them, except for the Orange Sky theme. Afterward, I dug through the WordPress Codex (documentations) and took apart some WordPress themes to learn how to create my own theme. Next, I created some for public use because if I were struggling to find the right themes then surely other WP users were having the same problems. Why not help them out?

WPCandy:

What can we expect from WPDesigner in the future?

Small Potato:

More free WordPress themes, premium themes, a store, bigger and better looking support forum, more tutorials, and video blogging, guest bloggers. A lot of fun stuff.

WPCandy:

How has WPDesigner had an influence on your work life?

Small Potato:

Right now, it’s my full time job.

WPCandy:

Where do you come up with the content for your posts?

Small Potato:

Before I started writing tutorials and etcetera, I published free WordPress themes as blog content. Currently, one of my methods to generate new ideas for blog posts is going through the search engine referrals. I look through the search engine statistics to find out how search engine users are finding my site and through what keywords and phrases. Then, I research those keywords and phrases to come up with content. By doing that, I give users that come to my blog through search engines… exactly what they want.As for my loyal readers, they subscribe to Wpdesigner for WordPress themes and tutorials.

WPCandy:

How long has WPDesigner been online and running?

Small Potato:

Wpdesigner has been online since May 2006. It went on a brief hiatus from August to October because I wasn’t serious about blogging back then.

WPCandy:

How did you develop the WPDesigner website?

Small Potato:

Nothing special, a simple custom WordPress theme, some plugins, and a vBulletin-powered forum.

WPCandy:

Will WPDesigner ever be up for sale?

Small Potato:

As of right now, I can’t imagine why I would sell it.

WPC:

What’s your favorite condiment for hot dogs?

Small Potato:

No condiment for me, I eat it plain, but I rarely eat hot dogs in the first place so there aren’t many opportunities to experiment. One thing’s for sure, I don’t like mustard. Like I always say, if you want to bribe me, my favorite is fried food.

8 thoughts on “Small Potato Interview

  1. Thanks Mike for posting this interview despite our recent agreement about UBD and Adriaan Pienaar.

    I apologize for rushing on this interview. Although I don’t remember whether I did rush, re-reading my answers sure sounded like I did.

  2. Hey Small Potato, no problem dude. What happened, happened. It did catch some people off guard, but in the end it’s just a review.

    And yeah I didn’t think it was too rushed, but if you would like to change your answers for anything, let me know.

    Thanks for stopping by bro.

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  4. Hey Sm Potato,

    I’ve read your recent posts on wpdesigner and am bummed to hear that you may be leaving wptheme design because it is not longer profitable.

    I have an opportunity available that you may be interested in where you could design specialty wordpress themes for specific niches in the health care industry. I currently help a community of practitioners set-up their online presence and am looking for a good WP theme designer to join the growing team.

    If not you, and someone else is reading this post and has the right background and interest, please feel free to contact me regarding the position.

    Brant Hindman
    empirecoaching.contact (at) gmail.com

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