My name is Ben Gillbanks, and I am a WordPress developer, web designer, and part-time Online Entrepreneur. By day I am the Director of Web Development at Miniclip.com (the worlds largest independently owned online games site with 65 million+ unique users a month). By night I have many interests and most of them involve creating things online.
I was born in 1980 in the South East of England - I have since moved to the South West of England where I live with my wonderful wife. At university I studied Digital Arts with Multi Media computing and somehow I finished with a first class honours degree. My original goal was to be a 3d artist but university introduced me to web design and I haven't looked back since.
I am probably best known for my WordPress themes and WordPress development. Some of my biggest accomplishments include:
- The WordPress theme Regulus. The first theme to have a theme control panel, and one of the most popular themes on WordPress.com
- The WordPress theme Mimbo Pro. A collaboration with well-known designer Darren Hoyt, Mimbo Pro was a pioneer in its space and birthed the image resize script TimThumb
- TimThumb image resizer. Technically this script isn't specific to WordPress but it is now used by tens of thousands of people world-wide to resize images on their websites.
I also like to write about WordPress here on Binary Moon. Some of my more popular posts include:
- 10 WordPress query_posts tips you probably don’t know
- 6 Tips to Build Better WordPress Themes
- Quick and Easy Popular Posts for Your WordPress Blog – in Only 1 Line of Code
- An Intro to WordPress Filters: How to Add Custom Stuff to your RSS Feed
I have set up a few websites in my time. You can see a full list of them on bengillbanks.co.uk, my most popular are:
- Binary Moon - this site here. This is my biggest website and the one that gets the most visitors. It's almost my favourite and is a testing ground for new features and functionality.
- Pro Theme Design. Pro Theme Design is a Premium WordPress Themes site and is where you can buy the previously mentioned Mimbo Pro theme, along with a whole bunch of other themes such as the WordPress theme framework, Elemental, that powers this website.
- WPVote. WPVote, or WordPress Vote, is a social voting website that allows you to submit your WordPress related articles to be voted upon by your peers. It also spawned a WordPress theme called Nominate.
Keep in touch
I have accounts on most social networks, below are the ones I am actually active on.