Archive for July 11th, 2014

  • Zac Gordon: Why Setting Up Themes Is a Niche in Itself, What to Know

    Zac Gordon: Why Setting Up Themes Is a Niche in Itself, What to Know

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Zac Gordon

    July 11, 2014 &#8212 To setup and configure many of the popular and powerful WordPress themes today can often require a solid grasp of working with custom post types and fields, design customization options, custom templates, shortcodes, admin settings and various other nuances of working with and tweaking WordPress. Different themes also take wildly different approaches to building admin settings areas and providing access to custom content, so it means you likely have to do something different to setup each theme you work with.
    This talk covers the essential skills and common scenarios you will come across when getting into the niche field of setting up and customizing awesome WordPress themes for yourself and others.

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  • Kelly Dwan: A Walk Around the Loop

    Kelly Dwan: A Walk Around the Loop

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Kelly Dwan

    July 11, 2014 &#8212 Not your mother’s Loop talk! This session is an examination of the Loop from an advanced developer perspective. As WordPress continues to grow as an enterprise solution, we as developers need to make sure the queries we’re writing within the loop are fast, safe, and hardy enough to withstand the bombardment of traffic many top sites encounter. Walk through how a query is set up in WordPress, and how that query builds the MySQL query.

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  • Gloria Antonelli: Information Architecture Strategy Session

    Gloria Antonelli: Information Architecture Strategy Session

    WordCamp Chicago 2014Speaker: Gloria Antonelli

    July 11, 2014 &#8212 Are you confused on how to structure content beyond posts and pages? Do you want to use custom post types, taxonomies and custom fields but don’t know how to architect this custom content? What will be the custom post types? How can I use taxonomies to sort my custom post types for a unique use case? How many custom post types do I need? Should it be a taxonomy or a custom field? Each project maybe unique and bring different challenges. Preplanning the relationships of custom post types, taxonomies and custom fields using Information Architecture best practices helps to ensures this content is organized effectively by taking the time to conduct analysis and planning, before implementation. This session focus’ only on conducting a strategy session using sticky notes, sketching and card sorting not on coding. No review of plugins or code will be included as you can find this everywhere on the web.

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