About

Justin Tadlock holding a big watermelon

Do you ever think you can be two people at once? Well, that’s me sometimes.

See, I was born and raised a country boy in the Deep South. I grew up in a tiny place called Highland Home in a remote area of Alabama. Growing up, I always had dreams of “the big city.” Sure, I was a country boy at heart, but I always longed for something bigger and better.

When I headed to college in 2002, I was fortunate enough to attend Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, which is a beautiful city with a country attitude. It was the best of both worlds. I could have a nice day out watching the squirrels but still have access to Best Buy a few minutes down the road (any city that has a Best Buy is “the big city” in my book). Plus, the college girls were not above wearing cowboy boots and short skirts.

After earning my degree, I headed off to live in Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after, I cruised overseas to teach English in Seoul, South Korea, one of the largest cities in the world. I loved every minute of it.

I eventually made my way back to where I am now — smalltown Alabama. I love it here, but I miss the big city life too. It’s more the diversity I miss than anything else. Down here, there’s plenty of trailer-trash hicks, wannabe rich people, and a whole lot of nice people in between. Mostly, they’re all good country folk at heart. I don’t necessarily fit in with the gun-totin’-Bible-thumpin’ crowd, but it’s home. It’ll always be home, no matter where I am in the world.

I moved back home to get back in touch with my roots. I wanted to write The Great Southern American novel. Yeah, I need to get on that.

So, you wanna know more about me?

I’m more than just a man with a constant identity crisis. Really. You might even find me interesting.

WordPress

I’m probably best known for my work with WordPress. At the time of writing, I have over 200 posts about WordPress, many of which are awesome tutorials to teach you how to do cool stuff with the system.

I also co-wrote a book called Professional WordPress Plugin Development with two awesome people, Brad Williams and Ozh Richard. If you’re interested in any kind of WordPress development, it’s worth the read. However, I am slightly biased.

Most of my work involving WordPress is on Theme Hybrid, which is where I run my WordPress theme and plugin community. It’s one of the oldest and longest-running clubs in the WordPress ecosystem. The members there have been good to me, and it’s so nice to see many of the same faces around today that were around when the site first opened its doors.

Writing

Right now, I’m sorely behind on writing. I need to take Stephen King’s advice and write at least 1,500 words per day. Technically, I write a lot more than that, but it’s for my job. I need to focus on 1,500 words of creative writing every day.

You can always check out my past work in the Writing section of the site. There’s some good stuff. A little embarrassing stuff. And a whole lot of stuff in between.

Video Games

I’m a Halo fanatic. I own an X-Box for the sole purpose of playing this game. And, to be perfectly honest, I’m not as good as I think I am. But, there’s something deeply satisfying about owning some 12-year-old kid who is driving you insane with his incessant need to spout nonsense into his microphone.

Feel free to join me if you’re into Halo. My gamertag is justintadlock.

Gardening

Since moving back home, I’ve found that I love gardening. The picture at the top of this page is me holding a 50-lb. watermelon I grew last summer.

Gardening is something new for me. I learned a lot growing up watching my parents and grandparents garden, but it was never something I was interested in as a kid. It didn’t fit in with my big city dreams. Now that I’m older, I find it relaxing yet challenging.

Cooking

Cooking is a passion of mine. From time to time, I might post recipes or pictures of food. I learned how to cook at about the age of 11. I’m a child of divorced parents and was living with my dad at that time. He worked the night shift 48-hours/week, so learning how to cook was pretty much a priority. Don’t get me wrong; my dad always made sure I had something to eat prepared. But, I had to learn some things earlier than other kids.

Fortunately, my dad is an awesome cook. Most All of the women in my family are great cooks too. I had a lot of good teachers. Plus, anyone who went to college but didn’t learn how to cook probably had too much money to properly enrich themselves in the true college experience.

Cooking is an ongoing learning experience and experiment. It’s a little bit of art and a little bit of science. That’s what I love about it.

Movies / TV

I don’t have cable or satellite. The only TV programs I’ve actually watched in the last 5 years have been Auburn Tigers football, Atlanta Braves baseball, and a few other shows here and there.

However, I have several hundred movies and TV series on DVD/Blu-ray. My obsession started when I got my first DVD player at the age of 17 and the first X-Men movie. Ever since then, I’ve been building my collection.

I watch more TV shows than movies because I feel like I get more bang for my buck. I get upwards of 16 hours worth of value in comparison with the 2 hours I get from a movie.

My favorite genre is the space opera. And, of course, anything by Joss Whedon.

This site runs on

22 Responses

  1. Giancarlo Leonio
    Giancarlo Leonio Published |

    Hi Justin,
    I saw your post about loading files within WordPress themes and found it very useful. Thank you. I made a board on Verious.com with your tutorial and some other top resources with code snippets to extend the capabilities of WordPress sites. Please take a look at let me know what you think.
    http://www.verious.com/board/Giancarlo-Leonio/code-snippets-to-get-started-with-wordpress

    Giancarlo

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    1. Carsaden
      Carsaden Published |

      Hi Justin,

      I just found this blog.

      Blog It is very interesting to visit.

      Greetings from me.

      Reply
  2. Justin Casey
    Justin Casey Published |

    Hey, I love the site. You’re tuts rock! I am a site designer/developer that uses WP whenever possible.

    Thanks for all the great articles about WP!

    Reply
  3. Steve
    Steve Published |

    Thank you very very much for the “Cleaner Gallery” Wordpress plugin – it’s saved me a lot of headaches. :D

    Reply
  4. melle
    melle Published |

    Hi Justin, I’m sorry to post randomly like this but I can’t find an email address for you anywhere. I am using your ‘My Life’ Wordpress theme and I can’t work out how to give my static pages those nifty little blue buttons at the top right of screen that they have on the sample view page. If you could help me I’d really appreciate it (as you may be able to guess I am fairly hopeless with technology!). I have put my email in the box above. Kind regards, Melle

    Reply
  5. Renaya
    Renaya Published |

    Hahahhaha…. I love this part

    “There‚Äôs something deeply satisfying about owning some 12-year-old kid who is driving you insane with his incessant need to spout nonsense into his microphone”

    Reply
  6. LadyAmethyst93
    LadyAmethyst93 Published |

    Hi, I like your my life theme and I was wondering if there was a way to make my oldest post show up first?

    Reply
  7. Priyank
    Priyank Published |

    Best part…”This site runs on”
    hahahaha…
    My site also runs on same….. ;)

    Reply
  8. Daniel
    Daniel Published |

    Hi Justin. I’m in the process of planning my first WordPress site. I am really interested in your plugin, ‘Members’. I wreally want to use the new forum technology, MOOT.it. If you have not seen it, please take a look. As a developer Im sure you will appreciate the technology they are developing. The problem I have is membership management. I want to enrole in their SSO plan but in order to do so, I need to have my own membership solution in place (at least as far as I understand it). Would you be willing to take a look and see how your plugin can be integrated with MOOT forum SSO technology? Thank you in advance and keep coding:)

    Reply
  9. Game of Thrones Free
    Game of Thrones Free Published |

    Hello my friend! I wish to say that this article is awesome, great written and include approximately all vital infos. I would like to peer more posts like this.

    Reply
  10. Pinakin
    Pinakin Published |

    I am currently using your theme and just came here to say thank you for providing it for free :)

    Reply
  11. Joclyn H.
    Joclyn H. Published |

    Im so glad I landed on your site! I noticed another blog and wound up here and now will likely go crazy in your wordpress blogs as I am just starting one…thanks for the insights :)

    -J

    Reply
  12. John Bergeron.
    John Bergeron. Published |

    Hello:

    I am working on a website for a police Union.

    I am sing Members 0.2.3 for my log in.

    Is there a way to modify the log in form?

    The client would like it a bit sleeker. (both fields matching)

    Any help would be good.

    John

    Reply
  13. Nikhil Singh
    Nikhil Singh Published |

    Theme you are using is great. Can you suggest me some light weight themes?

    Thanks in advance.

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  14. Kristi
    Kristi Published |

    Hi Justin,

    I too apologize for contacting you like this. I cannot find a way to do it in private. I am also using your my life theme and have been using a static page of my choosing. However, now I have decided I would like my latest post to show up as the home page. Unfortunately, I can get it to show, but only part of it. It will not show the entire post. I went to Appearance/Customize/Static front page and selected “your latest posts” then went to Settings/reading and selected “1” post per page, but what I am getting is a summary (even though I unmarked that) so it does not fill the whole page with the whole post. I have supplied my email in the email box. If you could assist I would be forever grateful. Happy Holidays!

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  15. Granat On
    Granat On Published |

    Dear Justin,

    two of your themes were featured in my article about the most beautiful free responsive wordpress themes in the world. You did a great job! Thank you.

    http://granaton.com/wordpress-responsive-theme/

    Please keep me informed about your forthcoming.

    Yours

    Granat On

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  16. Himanshu Jadli
    Himanshu Jadli Published |

    wow… the site is run on.

    Reply
  17. Tabitha Farrar
    Tabitha Farrar Published |

    I have stalked you down just to say thank you for the “clean my archives” plugin. I was going to write it on the wordpress site, but I couldn’t be bothered with all the registering etc…seriously that is how little care I have for anything too technical, its a shame I cannot employ a webiste manager and have to do it myself as I would really rather be doing anything else- like painting my nails or chopping onions……

    Thank you!!!

    I am always skeptical about plugins as they are rarely as easy as they claim. When I installed yours and copied the short code into the page I pressed “view page” and literally said out loud “FUCK ME it worked” when the page reloaded.

    I was so impressed that I just spent half an hour trying to work out how to thank you.

    I might write you a tribute song.

    Reply
  18. Sheena Cook
    Sheena Cook Published |

    We have a new WordPress website that is still being populated with the information from our old site. We have your Members plug-in but I want to know if I can customize some of the fields? For example, Can I add fields for Company Name, Job position? Also can I change the name of some of the fields – mainly the phone number options – e.g. Work, Home, Cell, Fax instead of the names currently in the plug-in. I didn’t know how else to contact you.

    Thanks

    Reply
  19. Phung Ngoc Hung
    Phung Ngoc Hung Published |

    Hi Justin,

    I’m Hung, i’m from Viet Nam.

    I am reading your website and i like that the way i writting the blogging, and wordpress.

    You’re a great man!

    Have a nice day man!

    Thanks,

    Reply
  20. Vaibhava Karanth
    Vaibhava Karanth Published |

    OMG , So you have been to Seoul ?

    That’s the city where I always wanted to be.. even if its just for a short time ^_^

    Reply
  21. Rahul
    Rahul Published |

    Hi Justin!

    I am a learning WordPress developer and have gained so much from your priceless contributions for WordPress. I also have a copy of your plugin development book and come to your blog regularly to learn more of WordPress, and enjoy food recipes you share sometimes.. :)

    As I have become comfortable with WordPress, I’m now looking forward to learn Hybrid Core and develop some themes for it.

    I want to thank you for all the great writings and help you offer here.

    Greetings :)

    Reply

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