Rest in peace, Alex King

The prototypical WordPress developer and blogger, Alex King was a tremendously influential member of the WordPress ecosystem.

He was one of a very small group of people involved during theย transitionย of b2 toย WordPress.ย He helped to create the website that would become the first VIP client. He started the first WordPress-centric consulting agency. He was fundamental to the development and direction of dozens of WordPress features. He even created a small icon that would go on to become the ubiquitous “share icon”.

Alex was a selfless contributor, a driven entrepreneur, and a friend to many. He was also a husband to Heather and a father to Caitlin.

In addition to web work, Alex loved golf and photography. His blog is an outstanding example of the art, where he logged his story, his passions, and his challenges. I could not possibly tell his story betterย than he himself can.

Following are more valuable links to help remember Alex:

Today is a sad day for the WordPress community, and Alex King will be missed. May he rest in peace.

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  1. Terrible news! Alex will be missed, most definitely.

    While I only met him in person a few times, Alex was a great help to me and terrific role model over the years. I frequently talk about the open, helpful business advice he gave me and how it helped shape my business.

    I can’t believe he’s gone. My best to his family and friends.

  2. I didn’t know Alex personally but his name and his contributions not only to the WordPress community but to the evolution of the Web, I know well. It saddens me to learn of his passing.

    Taken too soon.

  3. Terrible News!

    He was a great inspiration to me and the main reason I got into WordPress. In fact I wrote my first WordPress plugin because of him.

    Thank you Alex. May your soul rest in peace.

  4. Terrible news. ๐Ÿ™

    My condolences to family, friends, and the WordPress community.

    His contributions were extremely valuable to the community as a whole as well as inspiring to me personally.

    Alex, you will be missed.

    Fuck cancer.

  5. My condolences to family and friends. I’ve followed his website for years and was really hoping he would make it out of this.

    You will be mixed, Alex King.

  6. I’m new to the WordPress community, but I’ve already sensed such a strong feeling of generosity and friendship. It’s beautiful. Alex King’s story has me in tears… What a legacy. My thoughts are with his wife and daughter.

  7. He was a superstar in the WordPress community. Thank you Alex for your many contributions to WordPress. Rest in Peace, Alex and condolences to your family.

  8. This sucks. I saw the post on Hacker News and thought “Alex King? Why does that name sound familiar?” Oh yeah, he created the share icon! I had his site in my regular list of sites to read back in the day. I think about him pretty much every I see that icon: “I remember reading the post where Alex announced his creation.” A quick Google search turned up several of my posts/comments from back in the day. Good guy. He will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Alex.

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