Advice Needed Regarding WordPress Programmer, Plug-In Developer

Advice Needed Regarding WordPress Programmer, Plug-In Developer

I need to hire a WordPress Developer and WP Plug-In Developer (preferably the same individual or company). I don’t know whether to outsource, do contract labor or hire a programmer/developer full-time, in-house.

I also don’t know what a fair price is for the services I require. Can someone please help me with the following questions?

I am trying to develop a site, but the functionality the site needs exceeds my skill-set.

I need to hire a programmer to develop custom plug-ins and ensure proper functionality for the site. The site is about average complexity in terms of functionality relative to most established mutli-user sites/communities.

Should I:

    • Outsource, hire contract labor or a hire full-time programmer?
    • How much should I pay for each full time and outsource/contract? (Site will be fairly elaborate but about average for sites of it’s nature.)

Does WordPress being open source cause any problems with security? I’m comfortable with the platform, but is it worth it to just trust someone else to develop a site using a platform I’m not familiar with and unable to work within?

I will publish all relevant comments so go ahead and put your link in the URL section.

WordPress Forums

I’ve developed a lot of sites but haven’t coded from scratch since 2005 (Dreamweaver days before CMS took off). I have adequate knowledge of HTML, but not great. I’ve developed hundreds of sites, but nearly all using WordPress, Weebly or some similar platform that makes it easy for people like me to make a good looking website without the development skills I would presume most on this forum possess.

For what it’s worth, I tried posting this to the WordPress development forum, where the admin shut it down on grounds that it belonged in the “Jobs” section. “Jobs” wouldn’t publish it because it’s not a job listing.

Hopefully Reddit can come through and provide me with some objective insights from people with nothing at stake to help me make a decision about what type of help I need and how much money I should set aside for those services.

Jan Dembowski

“Brute Squad” is right… As you can see, Jan was none too eager to allow anyone to potentially help me, even though (at least IMHO) she’s dead wrong about this. I know Reddit can be pretty brutal at times too, but I’ve endured plenty of other people’s superiority complex today so please go easy on me and if you can help answer my questions take the two minutes it takes to do so.

** In addition to comments, I’ll publish a followed link in this post to the site/URL of choice for whomever provides the most helpful answer. **

Robert Mann is a Pathetic Coward (An Open Letter)

Robert Mann: Disgusting Human Being, Liar and Coward

I came upon a post by a pathetic individual by the name of Robert Mann while conducting research. The post consisted of intellectually dishonest, misrepresentations of both myself and my father. These misrepresentations were deliberate, and in my own personal case even the most cognitively-challenged individual could have figured out that the Facebook post Mann cited in an effort to attack my character was a lighthearted joke.

It’s pretty creepy to know that some weirdo that I’ve never heard of is Facebook stalking me. I’m not going to link to his site, because I don’t want to give him any publicity, but I will post my response to it below in the form of an open letter.

The following is an open letter to Robert Mann:

Robert Mann,

You are quite possibly the least intellectually honest person whose work I’ve ever read.

Your misrepresentation of what my father said coupled with you dragging me into it by trying to misrepresent what was obviously a lighthearted joke as a “racist comment” is as intellectually dishonest an act as I’ve ever witnessed.

For one thing, my father was absolutely right in his description of political prostitute Jay Dardenne. You totally and deliberately misrepresented what he said, and you did it with malicious intent.

You dragging me into it with yet another deliberate misrepresentation of a JOKE crossed the line.

If you can’t construct logical arguments as a means to persuade others of your political views you have no business writing or even speaking about politics.

Robert MannYou’re an angry old man and your willingness to lie and deceive is disgusting. What’s more disgusting is that low-character individuals such as yourself actually influence others. It is a sad reflection on society when someone like you is taken seriously by others.

You’re not man enough to make those same comments about myself and my father to either of our faces. If you care to prove me wrong, I would be delighted. We both know that won’t happen however… Because you’re a coward, and cowards don’t confront people with malicious, unprovoked attacks in person.

You are a lying, intellectually dishonest coward. I’d be miserable too if I had no conscience, and used lies and misrepresentations to impugn the character of people who have never even heard of you, much less wronged you in any way.

Robert Mann Sushi
This is Sushi, my now-deceased dog and best friend of 17 years. Scumbag Robert Mann used my dead dog to attack me.

I am flattered to know that you’re Facebook stalking me however. It is creepy, no doubt. But I’m more than capable of defending myself from sinister creeps such as yourself, and would welcome the opportunity to do so in person.

But seriously though, using my dead dog and best friend of 17 years as a means of attacking my character is one of the lowest, most pathetic acts I’ve ever witnessed. You really are a despicable human being.

In conclusion, you’re a loser. In the future, if you wish to attack my character with lies and misrepresentations, I kindly ask that you do so directly to me face. I have a feeling your cowardice will never allow that to happen.

Sincerely,

Peter Egan Jr.

* Update *

Unlike Mann, who wrote his libelous attacks in hopes that the subjects of his defamation would never learn of his deed, this letter was sent directly to Robert Mann via Twitter. He was notified of its existence within ten minutes of it being published.

Rather than attempt to defend his deliberate mischaracterizations and character assassination, he did what I expected him to do. He blocked me on Twitter and issued no response or defense of his sinister blog. I guess the old cliche is true that you can’t defend the indefensible.

Provided with an opportunity to explain why he felt it necessary to launch vicious personal attacks on two different people he doesn’t even know and whom he has never met, Mann took the coward’s way out. His response is fitting, and consistent with the rest of his cowardly behavior.

Robert Mann is a coward whose cowardice is his defining characteristic.

Donate to Easter Seals Louisiana

Please Consider Donating to Easter Seals Louisiana

Back in the days when Peter Egan was in the medical supply business, by sheer happenstance I came into contact with Easter Seals Louisiana when they contacted me about a product they needed that I had in-stock. They wanted to know if they could buy it, and get it within 24 hours.

Easterseals Louisiana Logo

[TL/DR Version: You can and should donate to Easter Seals Louisiana here: http://es.easterseals.com/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=2381&pxfid=143923]

Once I learned the situation, I told them they could not buy it, but that I would give it to them and would deliver it myself that same day.

They were coordinating the travel, room and board arrangements for a group of disabled guests of a former New Orleans Saints player who was a fan favorite, and was tragically diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) shortly after his playing career had ended. Anyway, he was hosting a group of kids who also had ALS or other debilitating condition(s). One of them required a special sliding bench to get into and out of the bath tub, and that’s how Easter Seals came to know who I was.

They found me online, called and I brought them the bench. I got to spend a good amount of time talking with the ladies who worked there, and they told me in no uncertain terms that the item they needed most was adult diapers/briefs. Upon learning of this, I made it a point to take a carload of them with me every time I made the trip into Covington (I was living out-of-state at the time). They didn’t care about the brand or the size. They were grateful for whatever I brought them.

In getting to know them a little bit I recognized that Easter Seals Louisiana was an elite charity in terms of the work they do and the character of their employees (at least those with whom I’ve had interaction).

While I am no longer in the online retail medical supply business, I do still try to help out this truly worthy and deserving organization to the greatest extent possible. I wish I still had product I could bring them regularly, but unfortunately (or fortunately, however you with to view it), monetary donations are the best I can offer them at this point in time.

Earlier this month, I made an online donation to Easter Seals Louisiana, and set up a donations webpage to make it nice and easy for my friends in real life, friends on social media, followers and readers to donate as well. If everyone within one or more of the aforementioned groups donated just $1, the total amount raised would be close to $10,000.

The donations are tax-deductible, and in all honesty I can’t think of a more worthy cause to whom your donated money should go.

So if you’re reading this and can afford to donate $1, $3, $5 or perhaps even more, please visit the Easter Seals Louisiana donations page and make whatever contribution you can – even if it’s only $1.

Thought Catalog Sets Record for Email Spam

Thought Catalog Inundates Email Inbox With Thousands of Daily Spam Emails

By: Peter Egan

I don’t know what Thought Catalog is. As best I can tell it’s one of those article marketing (read: “spam”) sites whereby anyone can publish blog posts to a relatively authoritative site, at least according to the various tools and browser extensions  that evaluate domain and page authority.

Over the years, I’ve received more than my fair share of spam emails, but never have I experienced anything like I have the past few weeks with this site called Thought Catalog (I’m not linking to the spam site – if you want to view it for yourself please enter the URL into the browser manually, it consists of the two words, combined as one with no spaces, followed by “dot com.”)

I’ve wound up having my email address sold to spammers dozens if not hundreds of times, and it’s a nuisance to be sure. However, I’ve never seen email spam at a volume that even comes close to approaching the amount of spam one of my email addresses has been inundated with by this Thought Catalog site. I’m not talking about a few emails a day. I’m not talking about a few dozen emails a day (which would be excessive no matter the circumstances). No, I’m talking between 500-1,000 emails every 12 hours or so. The amount of email I’ve received from this site over the past few weeks has made it next to impossible to keep track of that inbox and identify any important emails that I either did sign up for or want to receive.

Thought Catalog Email Spam

That brings me to my next point, I have no recollection of ever encountering this site before, and know I never agreed to receive 1,000+ emails per day from their spam authors.

My message is, if you’re within reading distance of this blog, my advice is to stay as far away from Thought Catalog as possible lest they parasitically attach themselves to your inbox and attack you with so many automated emails that your inbox will be virtually useless until you unsubscribe, if you’re able to unsubscribe. I’ve tried to unsubscribe several times now (it’s worth pointing out I never subscribed in the first place), yet as of the time of this writing I am still receiving about 20 emails per hour from this spamlog.

There is no legitimate reason to ever visit Thought Catalog, and if you do, or if they somehow obtain your email address via subversive means, whether or not they honor your unsubscribe request will determine whether your email address can be salvaged or if you’d be better off starting anew and hoping Thought Catalog doesn’t get a hold of your new address.

I have a log of online presences and a log of email addresses. I have or have had no less than 50 email addresses over the past ten years. Not one of those addresses has ever received anywhere close to the volume of email spam that the address about which I’m writing has been subjected to by spam blog Thought Catalog.

I don’t care what the nature or topic of your site is, if you’re emailing someone several hundred times each day, you’re a spammer who deserves to be blacklisted from the web, as is my opinion as it relates to Thought Catalog.

The bottom line is that this post is a warning, attempting to get the word out about Thought Catalog and the fact that if they get a copy of your email address, you might as well delete it because they’ll spam it so heavily you’ll never be able to find another non-spam email again, at least in that address.

You’ve been warned, please act prudently as it relates to spam blog Thought Catalog.

Thought Catalog

Why is Wikipedia Begging for Money?

WikiPedia Chooses Blind Communism Over Knowledge

I’d like to offer a very generous proposal to make Wikipedia financially solvent without the world’s largest online encyclopedia having to beg on street corners for spare change while unshaven and at least a week since their last shower.

Wikipedia and Communism

Okay, so I took some license here with regard to the panhandling, disheveled appearance and putrid body odor, but the analogy is really not that far off the mark. At least to me, that is precisely the image that pops into my head when I see one of the world’s largest and most successful websites threatening to close down permanently due to financial shortfalls.

Of course, this should come as little surprise considering Wikipedia has relied on donations and volunteer for the duration of its existence. At some point the amount of work is inevitably going to reach the point of excess relative toward the good will and charitable nature of others.

Communism Killed Wikipedia

So here’s my proposal:

Sign over Wikipedia to me, Peter Egan, effective immediately. In so doing, I will be assuming full control of both the organization’s assets and liabilities. Wikipedia will incur no additional financial losses from the moment the paper is signed.

And yet, I haven’t a doubt in my mind that I can not only turn around Wikipedia’s financial fortunes, but do so in a hurry too. If in four months, I don’t have the company solvent at the very minimum, I will incur my losses and spend as long as necessary paying them back.

I don’t foresee that scenario occurring though. You see, I am aware of a few concepts called supply-and-demand, and I have no doubt whatsoever that advertisers would be getting in line the moment the announcement was made that Wikipedia would began selling a small advertising spots in a manner that did not in any way corrupt the integrity of the information (which was always overblown anyway).

So Wikipedia, you can either fold like quitters and losers and lost one of the greatest developments in the history of the internet die needlessly because you were too stubborn to put your liberal egos aside long enoughCommunism is bad, mmkay to come to your senses and make a rational decision.

Reneging on the vow to never accept money from advertisers is far less of a breach of principle than is throwing away one of the treasurers of the internet, all because you wanted to prove how much you hate capitalism.

My final question is this: Since your communist utopia of Wikipedia is failing financially and on the bring of collapse, are any of the site’s founders or major contributors intelligent enough to recognize that this is merely one major example proving the point that communism is a failed economic system everywhere it is and had every been tried? Can they see that it always will fail until the end of time so long as people continue to delude themselves into thinking that it only needs one more chance to work, and that the hundreds of failures from over the past hundreds of years are all aberrations?

This my readers and friends, is why communists being allowed to vote in a free society is a recipe for civil war and economic collapse. As as much for freedom of expression as the next guy, but not when said expression takes the form of mass murder, misinformation and financial calamity; which is what has happened every time communism has been tried anywhere, ever.