March 5, 2017 — There are many factors that go into making WordPress fast. Caching, minifying, optimizing, CDN’s, web servers, you name it! We’ll take an in-depth look at all the technologies involved in WordPress performance, and make it a little less daunting to go under the hood and start tuning. Yes, yes! You can haz more performanz, too!
March 5, 2017 — WordPress is a great framework. What can we learn from other frameworks? What’s the most expensive things that can happen on, frankly, any website? In this talk, we’ll take a comparative look at different philosophies, tools, and methods to make WordPress sites blazing fast. After attending, you should be able to understand where bottlenecks can pop up in your sites. If you have questions, I’m open to answer them over coffee via Twitter!
March 5, 2017 — Too often, UX is only considered on the front-end of a WordPress site design. Although that is very important, too many WP Designers/Developers stop there. We are going to go over tricks and methods to make updating and administrating WordPress sites much more user-friendly for the admin/site-owner/client. Using Custom Post Types, the WPDB API and some creative coding, we can make WordPress sites easier for ANY business and/or experience level of user to update and add content specific to their business. After all, content is king, so let’s encourages admins to add more!
March 5, 2017 — WordPress security isn’t as difficult as most people think; the leading causes of hacked sites and malware tend to be some combination of misinformation and inaction. This talk aims to show folks how easy it actually is to keep your WordPress site secure, and offers simple steps to prevent issues like hacks and malware from ever occurring with implementations that any WordPress user can handle, from developer to user.
November 17, 2015 — Today’s web users have the need for speed. With internet and cellular connections getting faster and faster, users expect sites to feel snappy and not make them wait. We as developers must make sure we’re doing our very best to serve those pages quickly. This talk will focus on the things you should be doing, both on the front-end and back-end, when building WordPress themes.
November 17, 2015 — It’s easy to get caught up adding HTML classes (and IDs) to each and every element we want to style, but the fact is, WordPress helps us out with specific targeting by adding its own classes and IDs to certain elements on every page and post. Cleverly utilizing WordPress’s default page build along with CSS’s pseudo classes and combinators makes it possible to be highly specific with our targeted styles while leaving the original HTML completely alone. In short, if we look for ways, we can often avoid adding more classes and wrapping text in spans to have WordPress and CSS do the work for us.
November 2, 2015 — All too often designers and developers alike wince at the phrase “command line interface”. In this talk I’m going to prove that you don’t need a neckbeard to use the terminal. If you like the idea of getting more work done in less time, or if you’re just down right curious about what this WP-CLI stuff is all about, then this session is for you!
November 2, 2015 — As web designers and developers, we often focus on the technical aspects of our jobs. Unfortunately, many of us struggle with an important part of a project – communication with our clients. It is an often overlooked piece of the puzzle, but it is directly correlated with outcomes and how the client feels we did our job. In this talk, we will look at communicating with clients and managing expectations in three broad phases of a project – pitching/planning, development, and launching/troubleshooting. Specifically, we will look at steps that will make the client feel involved and important. This level of involvement and communication will help keep clients happy through the entire process, giving us an outstanding outcome.
October 23, 2015 — This talk will highlight the many different ways to give back to Core WordPress. At a high level I will go over the core trac ticketing system and how to talk within tickets. I will even be diving into Vagrant and show how to set up a development environment and create a patch. This talk will take some of the ambiguity out of contributing to Core and focus mainly on teaching how to do the little things that lead to bigger impacts.
October 23, 2015 — The Jetpack plugin has come a long way and can help us grow our audience through:
Automatic social sharing
Build-in metrics that are easy to review
Automated related posts
And many other great features
Master storyteller and global speaker Christoph Trappe will share how he has doubled his blog traffic through at least weekly content, keyword research and the strategic use of the Jetpack plugin.