Speaker Highlight: Dan Nisbet

Dan NisbetWhat’s your favorite theme or theme framework? Why?

I’m a huge fan of the Genesis Framework. When I work with WordPress, my goals are more design-orientated, and I appreciate having Genesis there to cover the more technical aspects, from proper HTML to SEO.

If you could change one thing today about WP, what would it be?

Better image management. At the moment, its the one large downside I have with WordPress. Many of my clients have often requested ways of archiving or categorizing image files to make them easier to find, and I’m inclined to agree with them.

Where do you see WordPress going in the next 2-3 years?

Coming from its blog roots, I really see WordPress maturing into a content management system. Blogs have progressed from a simple list of posts to so much more these days and I think WordPress will be leading the charge.

What’s the biggest misconception you encounter about WordPress, and how do you clear it up for your clients?

The largest misconception I hear is that all WordPress websites look the same. While many WordPress websites can take on a particular look or style, showing clients my portfolio usually clears it up when they see the variety in my design.

When was the first time that you really got excited about WordPress OR at what point did you decide to make it your career?

I started using WordPress as a personal blog around 2005. At the time, I hadn’t really put any focus on my website as a designer and it was simply a playground for me to try new things. I was quickly impressed with the built in functionality of the time. It wasn’t long after that I was working it into more client projects!