Aaron and Brian will be presenting Do Big Things With A Small Team on Saturday in the Business/Project Management track along with Pete Mall and Sara Cannon.
Aaron is CTO and a Partner at Range. Aaron has more than ten years of web development experience and has been a regular contributor to WordPress for the last five years.
He has experience writing quality code that is both fast and scalable, and has a knack for translating ideas and goals into functional sites. He’s been called both a coffee snob and a beer snob, but considers both to be compliments.
Brian is a Junior Partner at Range, a boutique web development and design agency. Range is also a WordPress.com VIP development partner.
Brian also runs Post Status, a blog dedicated to news and resources for WordPress professionals and enthusiasts.
Why do you use WordPress?
Aaron: It’s flexible and extensible.
Brian: WordPress is powerful, flexible, and easy to use. I don’t know what else I would use.
What would you say to convince someone to attend a WordCamp?
Brian: WordCamps are cheap and give direct access to some of the leaders in the WordPress community. It’s a great time to learn, but even better, a great time to get to know like-minded folks.
What is your favorite WordPress project you have worked on recently?
Aaron: The new Flickr blog has been fun. It hasn’t launched yet, but should have by the time the event happens.
Brian: Ping me in a about a week 😉
Do you have any advice for someone looking to start or grow a WordPress based business?
Aaron: Work with the community not against it. It sounds so simple, and yet it makes a HUGE difference.
Brian: Follow those who are doing what you want to be doing, see how their doing it, and try to emulate it. Over time, you’ll develop your own styles and opinions.
Also, progress > process. Good processes are great. But don’t get overwhelmed by the new and shiny. This is the web and it evolves fast. Stay aware but don’t get distracted by tools. Re-think your process and tools when it’s smart, not when you first see them
What is your favorite WordPress-related resource?
Aaron: Honestly, it’s the code. That’s where I go to figure out most things.
Brian: Post Status, of course 🙂 I hope it’s yours too.
Tell us something awesome about yourself that is not WordPress related
Brian: My wife and I have a Great Dane named Lucy May. She’s blue, big, and spoiled rotten. I’d say you should follow me on Instagram, but if you do, it’ll just be a bunch of pictures of her or the craft beers I’m enjoying at any particular time (typically quite hoppy varieties).