These are a list of resources and other people I trust with my life in the WordPress community. Should you have an issue that I’m either too busy, don’t want to, or can’t handle for you…please check out these folks!
- PagePipe (Steve Teare) – there are few people as obsessed with speed as I am. This is one of them and he’s been messing with it for longer than I have.
- WP Speed Matters (Gijo Varghese) – Gijo is a real speed fanatic. Also runs a helpful FB group. I imagine him being really busy managing his awesome speed plugins…Flying Scripts, Flying Analytics, Flying Images, Flying Pages.
- Alentejo Web Design (Fred Vd Meijde) – Fred is an official admin for Swift Performance plugin and also another experienced speed specialist.
- woorkup (Brian Jackson) – a well-known community speed fanatic. I think he’s quite busy, but there’s no challenge he won’t turn away from.
- Kinsta (blog) – I’m not a fan of their webhosting service but they do have super helpful blog guides written by the one and only Brian Jackson himself.
- LiteSpeed web server and cache plugin – really helpful team on the forums and support channels. Do contact them if you’re on LiteSpeed server!
- WoOSH.dev (Daan van den Bergh) – the maker of useful speed optimization plugins like CAOS, OMGF, HELL. He also does speed optimization as well.
Server admins, engineers, dev-ops:
- WP-Bullet (Mike Andreasen) – extremely knowledgeable systems engineer/admin on all server stuff (NGINX-diehard). I love arguing all day with him about whether NGINX or LiteSpeed is better. What I like most is that he has experience with every stack, even the ones he doesn’t like as much. A true master server-tweaker who specializes in WordPress and WooCommerce. Hire him on Codeable.
- MC2.dev – I think they are formerly Martynas IT. They are good and long history in admin community.
- WP Allied – Walter is one of our in-house developers. He does an incredible job on all custom WordPress development and also has maintenance plans. Trust him with your life.
- Sridhar Katakam – runs a massive membership tutorial site for Genesis, also another one for Oxygen pagebuilder. Awesome guy. I use him for all our “code laundry” when our in-house developers are busy.
- Christoph Herr – another awesome WordPress/Genesis developer. I use him for our “code laundry” as well.
- Seekmid – plugin developer who loves doing complex computations.
- Yin – one of our internal developers.
- Travis Smith – A-level developer and former WP theme/plugin repo team. $150/hr.
- Swoon & Creative – nice gal who’s done work for some of my clients. Reasonable rates for professional work. Don’t go any lower than this.
- House of Grays – pricey and they’re always too busy but good quality work.
- Melissa Yeager – sexy sexy!
- Makeshift Creative Studio – this is my friend from college. She’s great. Sexy classy hipster artsy.
- Dribbble – go find the other ones yourself! 🙂
Full service agencies:
- Soulheart – really nice folks. Great for small companies. They will take care of you and stress out about your business for you.
- Chillybin – are you a big company that needs someone who can do super polished/professional stuff on an enterprise level?
People/Stuff I liked reading:
- Julia Evans (developer, some admin) – also her clever funny education WizardZines.
- HaydenJames (Linux systems analyst) – great Linux stuff
- INTERNETINGISHARD – fun resource on HTML/CSS.
- Varvy – free resources and textbook explanations on page load and speed optimization.