About Perishable Press

About the author..

[ Photo: Jeff Starr (aka Perishable) ] Jeff Starr is a professional developer, designer, author, and publisher with over 10 years of experience working with WordPress. His books include Digging into WordPress, The Tao of WordPress, .htaccess made easy, and WordPress Themes In Depth.

In addition to books, Jeff writes tutorials on WordPress, web development, security, and much more at Perishable Press, DigWP.com, and WP Mix. He runs his own design business at Monzilla Media, served for two years as WordPress Editor for Smashing Magazine, and authored a series of video tutorials on securing WordPress sites.

Over the years, Jeff has developed over two hundred WordPress themes and sites, and also maintains a growing collection of free WordPress plugins. Additionally, he recently launched USP Pro, a premium WordPress plugin for creating unlimited front-end forms.

About the site..

Perishable Press features articles and tutorials on many aspects of digital design, and is very much a work in progress. It is where I test code, post discoveries, and share solutions. Perishable Press has been online since 2005 and continues to evolve in terms of content, structure, and design.

Perishable Press strives toward web standards, usability, and accessibility. The site runs on an Apache server, and is built with WordPress, PHP/MySQL, HTML5 (current theme), JavaScript/jQuery, and lots of fancy CSS+CSS3. Perishable Press is happily hosted at Media Temple on a (dv) server.

Perishable Press provides high-quality, in-depth articles on web design and development, graphic design, social media, blogging, software, and more. Learn how to use WordPress, PHP, SQL, HTAccess, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to create beautiful sites that are usable, accessible, and secure.

On the surface, Perishable Press delivers high-quality articles focusing on digital design and web development — WordPress, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, XML, RSS, (X)HTML, CSS, HTAccess, and many other 1337 acronyms — along with just about anything involving creativity, inspiration, and artistic expression.

The primary thrust of the site focuses on the geekier side of web design and development, with successive thrusts covering everything from digital photography and graphic design to multimedia production and creative writing. I like to imagine a niche where “Modern Creative Media” represents the dynamic intersection between creativity and technology.

Thanks for dropping in to check it out. Feel free to dig around and explore.. as they say, “there’s gold in them thar hills!”

Favorite Things

My favorite things web-related include clean, sophisticated sites; unobtrusive, gracefully degrading implementations; progressively enhanced designs; well-formatted, semantical code; strict standards compliance; separation of structure, presentation, and behavior; as well as simplicity, usability, accessibility, et al. I am also especially fond of WordPress, which powers the site and is continually modified and tweaked to suit my diabolical development purposes. I even co-authored a book about it.

I also work diligently with graphic design, image editing, vector art, iconography, and typography. I love to sketch, draw, and paint, and thoroughly enjoy diving into artistic realms over a good cup of coffee. Beyond those things, I am also into digital audio mixing, video editing, and digital photography. — “It’s all good.”

Current Projects

In general, I like to keep several projects going at once. Here is a list of my current online endeavors:

Perishable Press
Perishable Press serves to define and highlight ideas, consolidate and integrate projects, and organize and express the myriad happenings unfolding throughout my vast creative empire.
Digging into WordPress
Co-author Chris Coyier and I help you get the most out of WordPress with our book, Digging into WordPress, and its official companion site, digwp.com. This project began late 2008 and has helped many people take their WordPress skills to the next level. And it’s a lot of fun too ;)
.htaccess made easy
My new book (and website) about .htaccess. Learn everything you need to know about .htaccess with in clear, concise language and hundreds of awesome techniques. Membership includes access to the Help Forum, template files, lifetime updates, and all the extras.
Monzilla Media
Established in 2007, Monzilla Media is where I do business. From small business sites and personal blogs to WordPress plugins and customized themes, Monzilla Media strives to develop high-quality web and new media solutions.
The xy.css stylesheet is a lightweight, flexible CSS template for designing websites on a responsive liquid matrix. The site itself documents xy.css and showcases many examples of use. It’s very much a work in progress that I hope will manifest into something in the future. Keep an eye on the xy blog for explorations into the exciting realm of responsive, grid-based design.
Launched in December of 2012, WP-Mix is a flow of high-quality code, snippets, and tutorials to help with WordPress development and web design in general. The site itself is designed with xy.css, so it’s responsive and sticks to a CSS matrix (vertical & horizontal grid). See it in action by clicking the “show matrix” button at the top of any page.
CSSresetr lets you experiment with various CSS resets and watch them work on live web pages. You can use the site’s demo pages or even upload your own. Also includes a complete library of all the best CSS resets. 100% Ajax-powered and awesome.
A place for collected images, random photos, and lots of random nonsense. There’s a private chat/upload forum on the site so members can sit there and chat, upload images, and watch the updates in real-time right there on the screen. It’s a lot of fun, and basically where I go to chill out and relax online.

Thank you..

For those of you who subscribe to the Official Perishable Press RSS Feed, I would like to thank you. Knowing that you are reading is truly inspiring and encouraging. If you have not yet subscribed, I would of course be honored if you would choose to do so. Either way, thank you for spending a few moments here at Perishable Press!

More Information

For more information about Jeff, check out his Google Profile.