Brad Williams is the Co-Founder of WebDevStudios.com. He is also a co-host on the DradCast Podcast and the co-author of the books Professional WordPress and Professional WordPress Plugin Development. Brad has been developing websites for over 15 years, including the last 5 where he has focused on open-source technologies like WordPress.
Brad has written four books on WordPress:
Brad has given presentations at various WordCamps across the country. He is also the co-organizer of WordCamp Philly 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and the Philadelphia WordPress Meetup. Brad was also a co-organizer for the Inaugural WordCamp US in 2015. In 2010 Brad founded Pluginize.com, a company dedicated to building custom WordPress plugins.
Brad is a computer programmer and tech junkie who enjoys exploring technology and sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
In the beginning was my first computer, the Commodore 64. I remember sitting in my chair reading through a BASIC programming book writing my first program. It was a “Guess the number between 1 and 10” program. I actually just typed the code straight from the book, but I was only 8 so can you fault me?
A few years passed and I moved up to the solid Macintosh Performa 550. I was addicted! I loved that Mac. I spent countless hours just clicking through every directory on that computer trying to learn as much as I possibly could. I even remember the second night we had that computer I thought I broke it because of some config changes I made. Luckily I didn’t!
Then the internet was born. I first logged on the internet on AOL using a 2400bps modem when AOL 2.0 was launched in September 1994. Man those were the days! Nothing like paying for the internet by the minute! I don’t remember very many websites from back then. I do remember Netscape, Yahoo, WebCrawler, and a few others. I primarily used the internet for chat. I’ve always thanked AOL for my mad typing skills!
I was hooked! I loved the internet. I even spent a little bit of time on eVillage, the Apple only online community. Even in those days I knew I would be working with the internet and computers the rest of my life. I made sure to take every computer class I could get in at school. After school I decided to try something different.
I spent four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. My primary job was computer programmer (MOS 4067) but every Marine is a trained killer! I did one tour in Kuwait/Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.