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Welcome to Dungeon!

Nah. It’s not a real dungeon or anything weird. The “Dungeon” is just a place where I put all the cool “meta” stuff about the site. The name “Dungeon” started as an inside joke back in 2005, and just kinda stuck.

Here in the Dungeon, you will find everything from software and plugins used to official site policy and statistics. Plus a whole lot of other stuff, like where I’ve been published or interviewed, online friends, guest posts, current projects, validation links and more. So lurk around a bit and discover some of the inner workings of Perishable Press..

Tools of the trade

Perishable Press would not be possible without the excellent resources, information, and tools graciously developed and shared by the incredible open-source community. Everything needed to operate Perishable Press is 100% free:

  • Linux — an open-source operating system based on UNIX
  • Apache — the most popular HTTP server on the Internet
  • PHP — general-purpose server-side scripting language
  • MySQL — the world’s most popular open-source database
  • HTML — standard markup language used to create web pages
  • CSS — coding language used to style web pages
  • JavaScript — coding language used on interactive pages
  • jQuery — a highly efficient and powerful JavaScript library
  • WordPress — the world’s leading publishing platform
  • Firefox — an extensible open-source browser
  • Chrome — an extensible open-source browser
  • Opera — an extensible open-source browser many more amazing apps and tools — too many to name them all!


Working list of interviews..

Guest Posts!

Working list of guest posts..

Working list of featured articles..

Awesome people

Some of the incredible people I’ve worked with online..

Not an exhaustive list! Just too many amazing folks to list them all!

Current sites & projects

Here is a list of my current online projects..

Perishable Press
Perishable Press serves to define and highlight ideas, consolidate and integrate projects, and organize and express the myriad happenings unfolding throughout my vast creative empire. You are here.
Perishable Press Books
I write books on web development and sell them at Perishable Press Books. There you can find sweet deals on Digging Into WordPress, The Tao of WordPress, WordPress Themes In Depth, and .htaccess made easy. More books are on the way, hopefully later this year. To learn more about the project, check out my post on Building the Perishable Press Bookstore.
Plugin Planet
In addition to my growing collection of free WordPress plugins, I also develop and maintain a small collection of premium WordPress plugins at my site, Plugin Planet. There you will find Pro versions of my plugins, BBQ, Blackhole for Bad Bots, and my latest security plugin, Banhammer.
Digging Into WordPress
Co-author Chris Coyier and I help you get the most out of WordPress with our book, Digging Into WordPress, and its official companion site, This project began late 2008 and has helped many people take their WordPress skills to the next level. And it’s a lot of fun too ;)
.htaccess made easy
Exclusive book (and website) covering everything you need to know about .htaccess. Written in clear, concise language with hundreds of awesome techniques and practical examples. Tighten site security. Boost performance. Fine-tune traffic and maximize SEO.
Monzilla Media
Established in 2007, is the official website for my web-development business. There, I offer services such as web design and development, improving site security, optimizing traffic for search engines, and everything in between. From small sites to multi-million dollar projects, Monzilla Media strives to develop high-quality web and new media solutions.
Launched in December of 2012, WP-Mix is a flow of high-quality code, snippets, and tutorials to help with WordPress development and web design in general. The site itself is designed with xy.css, so it’s responsive and sticks to a virtual CSS matrix (vertical & horizontal grid). WP-Mix is one of my favorite projects.
A place for collected images, random photos, and lots of random nonsense. The site includes a private chat forum and file-upload feature, so members can hang out and chat, upload images, and watch the updates in real-time right there on the screen. It’s a lot of fun, and basically where I go to chill out and relax online.
shapeSpace is my own starter theme template. I’ve been using shapeSpace for several years now, carefully refining and improving the template along with my growing skills and experience. shapeSpace is used to build WP themes for Perishable Press, Plugin Planet, Digging Into WordPress, and most of my other WordPress-powered sites.

Site statistics

Perishable Press has been online since around 2004. Since that time, the site has grown tremendously. Here is a current summary of some of the site’s vital statistics. Stats generated by the WordPress plugin, Simple Blog Stats.

  • 18 pages
  • 961 posts
  • 9 post authors
  • 19 categories
  • 5,048 comment authors
  • 468,614 total downloads (includes all themes, plugins, scripts, etc.)

Contributing authors

These are the people that help make Perishable Press possible by delivering fresh, home-cooked tutorials, articles, news, and other information.

We strive for 100% valid, standards-based HTML and CSS. Here are some free online services for evaluating standards compliance..

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. — John 3:16 (KJV)

Perishable Press is operated by Jeff Starr, a professional web developer and book author with two decades of experience. Here you will find posts about web development, WordPress, security, and more »
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