Hello World! A Brief Introduction
If you’ve posted on the WordPress support forums then we’ve probably made contact already. If you’re new to Max Mega Menu – welcome! I’m Tom, the developer of Max Mega Menu.
This is my first blog post, so I’ll keep it short (hopefully!) and use it to quickly introduce myself and give a brief history of Max Mega Menu.
I’ve been developing stuff for the web for about 15 years. I started developing free plugins for Invision Power Board, and quickly realised I got a kick from seeing other people making use of the code I’d written.
Fast forward a few years, a degree, a few jobs, a long break from computers (I was a gardener for a couple of years, determined not to get another “proper” job!) and I’m almost back to where I started. For the past 3 years I’ve been working almost exclusively on developing and supporting WordPress plugins. I have a great job 🙂
I live in West Wales, UK with my girlfriend and our cat. In the summer I go surfing (badly) and in the winter I go snowboarding (also badly). Inbetween I’m usually attempting DIY or doing something in the garden – I seem to find repetitive manual labour oddly relaxing.
Just under a year ago I was looking for a new challenge. It was around the time that Visual Composer and Page Builder plugins we’re really taking off. I figured there must be a way to make a menu plugin with a Visual Composer-esque interface, but having never written a menu plugin or a Page Builder style plugin I had no idea where to start.
After a few months of late nights, a lot of learning (read: making mistakes), battling with nav walkers and widgets and multi-level-why-is-that-not-working-menu-CSS, I had finally created a suitable release candidate and uploaded the first version of Max Mega Menu to the WordPress.org plugin repository.
The initial feedback was very encouraging (thanks to anyone who has left a review!) so I continued development – optimising code, fixing bugs, adding features, writing documentation and of course replying to support items.
11 months on and with 10,000+ users, I’m confident Max Mega Menu is firmly seated as one of the go-to Mega Menu Plugins for WordPress. It’s here to stay, so I’m now developing a Pro extension alongside the free version.
To the users of Max Mega Menu – thanks! Without you I wouldn’t be writing this. To the people who have already upgraded – a huge thanks! Your support is really appreciated.