Remembering Alex King

October 8, 2016 9:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

About this time last year, I’ve learned that Alex King had passed away from colon cancer.

Today, I wondered if his blog was still up. I don’t know why. I was just curious.

And it was. Apparently, his family didn’t take down the blog.

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I didn’t know Alex King personally even though he lived in same city as me, Denver.

I knew Alex King had made huge contribution in early days of WordPress.

Password protected posts and localization were some of his contributions. The biggest contribution perhaps was that Alex King fostered the idea of WordPress themes by holding annual contests to submit style sheets.

In 2007, Alex King started Crowd Favorite. I believe Crowd Favorite was the very first development shop developing WordPress site. Today, Crowd Favorite has more than 40 employees in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Rome, and Bucharest.

I knew about FavePersonal theme Alex King had developed personally. Kopress.kr, the official WordPress community site in Korea actually used this theme until few months ago.

Barely a month before Alex passed away, he actually forked his theme and made changes so that it can be hosted at wordpress.org.

However due to features such as changing color and post formats, wordpress.org declined to host his last project.

Alex King’s last work can be founded at Github.

https://github.com/alexkingorg/wp-personal

Working until the very end, Alex King was a true developer.

Rest in peace Alex. No, I hated your theme personally but I am sure you were the true crowd favorite.

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