March 16, 2017 — Taxonomies have been around in WordPress for a long time as a way of grouping things together, but did you know there is a lot you can do with taxonomies which you may not know? In this talk I will outline what taxonomies are and how you can create your own custom taxonomies. I will share some use cases for having custom taxonomies as well as some different and interesting ways in which I have used taxonomies on some sites in the past. In addition I will looks at some of the ways in which you can optimise the admin UI for taxonomies, making it more appropriate in some cases. The talk will also look at how you can associate data with different taxonomy terms.
March 16, 2017 — WordPress editable menus rock – they empower the user to really take control of their website. I’ll demonstrate a ‘few tricks of the trade’ that I use to make them work even smarter, including filtering, custom menu walker classes and more.
March 16, 2017 — The topic will be covered by Kayleigh and Keith and will cover various WordPress user related issues commonly faced on the support team at 34SP.com We will cover popular support queries and how we go about finding a logical solution to the common problems we face and advise on how the people listening can troubleshoot their issues too. We will cover WSOD and common causes, plugin and theme issues and also cover some tips on how you can use handy tools such as WPCLI to find and fix issues commonly found on WordPress websites.
March 16, 2017 — Unfortunately WordPress has reputation of weak security and the web is full of guides and plugins to enhance WordPress security. Unfortunately some advice is misleading or just false sales pitch. Understanding what is truly essential for security and what is irrelevant can be difficult. In this talk I explain, based on my experience of maintaining hundreds of WordPress sites, what I don’t consider relevant and what you don’t need to worry about, and what are the actually important things you need to care for.
March 15, 2017 — As a site owner, I wanted to have more flexibility and control over my content so looked towards custom post types and custom meta fields. This is the journey of how a non-developer learnt to structure post types, custom meta fields, the plugins and libraries I’ve used to create my sites with and some tips for making the editor more user friendly so all the extra fields don’t feel overwhelming.
March 15, 2017 — Four months after the UK voted to leave the EU, where are we in terms of its impact on the web profession? How is our work going to change? What new rules might we have to follow? In fact, whose rules might we have to follow? Learn what’s ahead for the next few years, Brexit or not.
March 15, 2017 — More often than not, support requests aren’t actually requests for support, but an attempt to get a website on the cheap. So what can you do to manage our customer’s expectations and ensure your business remains profitable?
The answer? Stop selling support and start selling updates.
March 15, 2017 — Recruiting new supporters and encouraging them to take part in campaigns and make donations is crucial for charities and non-profits. In this talk I will talk about how a few charities I have worked with recently, ShareAction, Positive Money and Refugee Action, have managed to achieve that using their WordPress websites. Through a mixture of strategic use of plugins and optimising the sites to encourage people to sign up or donate at the right time, I will go through a range of case studies and practical tips to show how other people can get similar results.
March 15, 2017 — Fitting user focussed design methodologies into a development process needn’t be difficult. Our objectives as UX practitioners, as designers, as developers, as product owners etc are the same – to build the best possible thing in the time we have and within budget. The difficulties that surround projects are often much more to do with communication and process than they are about the differences between the disciplines. As well as adding weight and dimension to UX discovery, thinking about what we are building as separate and connected objects, and particularly the exercise that I share in this session, can be really helpful in building a foundation for better communication and collaboration across team, discipline and organisation(s).
March 15, 2017 — WordCamps are really a great place/event to get a lot of learnings, meeting new people, know more of WordPress and many more. All the attendees make the investment of their time and money to attend different WordCamps and therefore they are always very curious to know about ways they can get the most out of the WordCamp. Through all my personal experience attending different camps and interactions with other WordCamp attendees, I have compiled a checklist of things that would be very useful to all attendees of the WordCamp – for this one as well as all the future WordCamps.