We help WordPress developers get unstuck.

When your code isn’t working and you’ve already clicked on every link on the first page of Google, what do you do next?

Everybody gets stuck sometimes. Whether it’s a bug you just can’t track down or a client request that you just have no idea how to accomplish, there are times when even the best Google searchers and Stack Overflow parsers can’t find what they’re looking for. That’s where we come in.

We’ve spent tens of thousands of hours building WordPress experiences of all shapes and sized. And in that time, we’ve pretty much seen it all.

Intricate 3rd-party integrations for some of the biggest sites on the web?

We’ve done it.

Custom Javascript-first Gutenberg blocks?

We’ve done that too (and even had a bit of fun along the way).

And plugin updates that lead to conflicts or site breakage that seems impossible to track down?

That’s our bread and butter.

Last year, RCP went through a major upgrade…the changes broke our trial system…When I get stuck like this, I turn to the folks at Alpha Particle for help.

Becky Davis, Becky Davis Design

Whether you need someone there to help when you get stuck or just want to feel confident taking on bigger, more valuable projects, AP Unlimited can help you get there.

How it works

File a ticket

Any time you’re stuck or want to get a second pair of eyes on something, file a ticket with us. We’ll respond within 24 hours.

Hour-long call every week

We’ll either talk about some of the tickets you’ve opened the previous week or tackle something that couldn’t be handled asynchronously.

Simple monthly pricing

Pay a flat fee per month based on how much engagement you need. No nickel and dime-ing. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime.

What can we help with?

“I have ‘featured posts’ defined via a custom field and then the rest of the posts underneath as part of the regular ol’ Loop. How do I make sure these featured posts don’t show up again in the main Loop?”

This is actually a pretty common request! We’ll link you to a couple pre-vetted blog posts and some sample or pseudocode to help get you started and if you need a bit more guidance than that, this would be something we could cover in our weekly call.

“I need to add certain taxonomy queries to the WP_Query that I’m running only in certain circumstances.”

Again, you’d get some pseudocode back from us (depending on how detailed your original ticket was) that would help you implement this on whatever project you were working on.

“A potential client asked me for $BIG_FEATURE as part of my next project with them. Is that possible with WordPress and how much should I estimate to build just that piece of the project?”

This is something that would likely be handled as part of our weekly call. We would break down the various ways you could build something like this, which of those methods would work best for you based on your existing skillset and the needs of the client and help you feel more confident about your estimate. Then you would be in a better position to decide whether to take on the work, how to estimate it and whether you might need to bring someone in to help.

What don’t we help with?

I need this completely custom functionality but don’t know how to build it. Can you build a plugin that does this for me?”

Not as part of Alpha Particle Unlimited. You’re not entirely out of luck though. We definitely do custom projects and would be happy to talk to you more about defining what exactly this project might look like and getting you a cost estimate for it.

“I need to make sure all my plugins and themes for all my client sites are updated every month.”

While there are tons of great companies that provide this service (including potentially your hosting company), that’s not something that we do as part of this service. If this is something you want to chat about, we’ll be happy to recommend you to someone.

Starter

$299/mo

File a ticket whenever you need help and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Plus

$499/mo

All the benefits of Starter as well as an hour-long weekly phone call to go over any open tickets or larger items that couldn’t be handled asynchronously.

All In

$999/mo

All the benefits of Plus as well as your own private channel in our Slack team for more real-time communications.

AP Unlimited has completely transformed the confidence I feel as a WordPress developer…I know that if a really tough problem arises, I can spend an hour on my weekly call with Keanan walking through it instead of banging my head against the wall all day. With the increased efficiency and improved services I’m able to offer, the ROI has been immeasurable!

Yvonne Hangsterfer, Flowspoke

Need an example?

Here’s an actual request we’ve received from an AP Unlimited client that’s a great example of a ticket:

Wondering if I can create a WordPress image size that will auto crop the featured image to 1200px x 627 px, and that’s the size that would be shared on Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter, etc.

So we started looking around and after digging into the documentation for the Yoast SEO plugin, we found they had filters that allowed you to specify which image size is used for the Open Graph tags that they serve to the various social networks. With that information in hand, we were able to respond:

As we were talking about today, this is definitely possible. First, you’ll want to create your custom image size in WordPress. Then, to get Yoast to serve up this image size instead of the normal image size for the Open Graph image, you can use their filter.

add_filter( 'wpseo_opengraph_image_size', 'yoast_seo_opengraph_change_image_size' ); function yoast_seo_opengraph_change_image_size() { return 'medium'; }
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Instead of returning medium, you would want to return the slug for the custom image size that you created. You’ll then be able to verify when looking at the OG tag that your custom image size is being served.

Note: It might take some time for social networks to start picking up this new image if particular URLs have already been cached.

A quick explanation of how we were thinking about the problem, a customized solution with real code that can be dropped straight into your project and any caveats you might need to consider as you implement this solution. Compared to digging through Stack Overflow answers that may be outdated or not exactly what you need, AP Unlimited gives you the best solution every time because we know your environment, your projects and we ask the right questions so we can give you the right answers.

Questions? Ready to get started?

Shoot us an email at unlimited@alphaparticle.com. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions, talk more about what kinds of help you can expect to get with AP Unlimited and walk you through getting started.