Who is behind Code Potent?
That would be me – John Alarcon. Most of my time is spent working on plugins, writing tutorials and articles, and helping out a bit around the ClassicPress project. I'm a tall stack PHP application developer which really just means that I wear all sorts of hats from the server level to the browser level – and beyond – but, I don't chase the latest technological flavors-of-the-month. So, yeah... or, were you wanting to learn more about Code Potent?
- Who is behind Code Potent?
- What is your ClassicPress origin story?
- Are you affiliated with the ClassicPress project?
- What does "code potent" mean?
- Are you available for an interview?
- What are your official social channels?
- What plugin are you using for your plugin directory?
- Can we reprint your articles?
- Why can't I find what I'm looking for?
- I have a plugin or tutorial idea, want it?
- Can I submit a guest article?
- How can I support what you're doing?
- I wrote an extension for your plugin – can you list it?
- Are you available for custom work?
- Will you be supporting ClassicPress long-term?
- Where can I find a repo for x, y, or z?
- Where can I send email?
- Oh, you do web stuff? Can you take a look at my printer?
Who is behind Code Potent?
What is your ClassicPress origin story?
I started with PHP in around 2000 and found WordPress in around 2003. It was cool. I continued with it – pretty much tinkering and figuring out how things worked – and got more serious with it in later years after custom post types became a reality. By that time, WordPress had been a great success for a long time, so there wasn't a huge need for volunteers. I just continued doing my own thing. When ClassicPress was created in mid 2018, I was excited by the guiding principles of the project. A lot of people were. And, there was a real need to get all hands on deck. I decided to get involved.
Are you affiliated with the ClassicPress project?
Code Potent is an avid supporter of the ClassicPress project, but, there's no affiliation directly with it. My opinions are my own.
What does "code potent" mean?
In 2016, I coined the term code potent to refer to writing intentional and performant code. It’s not about the language or the platform – it’s about creating responsive, well-mannered software. Another way to say it would be creating fast code that plays well with others. In case you didn't catch it, the term code potent is used as a verb-adverb combination – like work hard or sing loud. Yes, I'm a geek.
Are you available for an interview?
I can provide written answers to questions with 10 days' notice. Please submit the interviewer's name, the domain where the content will be published, and the list of questions for consideration. Please use the same process for requesting a written, live, or recorded interview.
What are your official social channels?
- @codepotent Twitter
- @codepotent Facebook Page
- @codepotent Facebook User Group
- @codepotent ClassicPress Forums
- @codepotent ClassicPress Slack
What plugin are you using for your plugin directory?
The Code Potent plugin directory here on the site is created with an in-house plugin. It's a little ditty built with jQuery and CSS grid on top of a few custom post types and taxonomies.
Can we reprint your articles?
All articles, tutorials, and texts presented here are subject to copyright law. The decision to allow reprints is made on a case-by-case basis. You can request permission for a single piece, or, I'm happy to discuss an ongoing relationship if you'd like to continue publishing my work from time to time in a more streamlined manner. The content of articles should be maintained in their original form, without substantive edits of the content, however, editorial notes are permitted where it may bring additional clarity to your audience. If an article contains code, your site must have the ability to properly format code examples to maintain the readability and value of the work. Articles should include a succinct author bio, a sentence indicating that the post originally appeared at CodePotent.com, and a link back to the original article – these can be placed anywhere on the page that works best with your layout. Links in articles are expected to remain intact, with the rare exception of affiliate links which can be removed at your discretion. If you wish to remove any other links, this must be requested directly on every occasion. Code Potent reserves the right to approve final versions and to revoke permission to use future works. If you have an ongoing relationship to republish, you may republish any work that is greater than 10 days old. It is requested that you notify Code Potent of your republishes, so, that I can also share them to social media. If you are granted permission to use a particular piece of work, you'll maintain that right in perpetuity, without regard to any ongoing relationship.
Why can't I find what I'm looking for?
If you've already tried a site search, the sitemaps would be a good place to check. Most likely, you'll find what you were looking for. However, as a token of appreciation to those who promote Code Potent on social media, some content is released privately and reserved solely for them and it would not appear in the sitemaps or search. If you'd like to be on the inside track, just do some liking, following, and sharing. Your support is appreciated!
I have a plugin or tutorial idea, want it?
I'm always looking for (and sharing!) strange, new ideas – hit me up!
Can I submit a guest article?
If you can write 500-1000 words on a topic related to ClassicPress, I'd love to publish you – pitch me! It's not a paid gig, but will likely provide valuable exposure as more and more people continue searching for high-quality ClassicPress content. I'm looking for helpful tutorials, informative articles, interesting comparisons, slick infographics – mostly educational-type stuff – though I'll also consider news-oriented items. Anonymous items will not be considered for publication.
How can I support what you're doing?
First, thanks for even thinking of this! If you'd like to support what I'm doing, you can share articles with your social circles, upgrade to paid versions of my plugins, subscribe to services I may offer from time to time – or even just leave a comment now and again! I appreciate every level of support no matter whether it pays my bills or just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :)
I wrote an extension for your plugin – can you list it?
If you've built an extension for a Code Potent plugin and would like to have it listed here on the site, please make contact. There is no formal application process; just describe what your extension does and how it provides value to end-users. For best chances of inclusion, your extension should be production-ready, documented, supported, and laser-focused. Be sure to include a link where I can take a look.
Where can I find your refund policy?
Please see the Refund Policy page for the most current information.
Where are your plugins?
Code Potent plugins will continue to be hosted at GitHub until the ClassicPress plugin directory is available. You can download the plugins there, or, you can visit the more user-friendly plugins page here on the site. "Why not just upload them to the WordPress directory where they're easier to install," you might be wondering? While the plugins may work with WordPress in some cases, Code Potent is a ClassicPress outfit. While this is a temporary and minor inconvenience, it does attest to Code Potent's commitment to ClassicPress. Your patience and support is appreciated.
Are you available for custom work?
I'm not available for custom work at this time. However, if you have a specific need, feel free to contact me – I'm happy to point out talent in the space. You might also consider posting to the ClassicPress Jobs forum – it could use a little love!
Will you be supporting ClassicPress long-term?
I believe in the guiding principles of ClassicPress and remain committed to supporting the project in a variety of ways. You can read more about my commitment to support ClassicPress.
Where can I find a repo for x, y, or z?
Navigate to GitHub to find my public repositories and gists. If you're not finding something, it's possibly just listed as a private repository. Contact me if you're not sure.
Where can I send email?
You can use the contact form or send an email to .
Oh, you do web stuff? Can you take a look at my printer?
Sure. Let me take a look. Yep, looks broken. Replace it.