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  • Evan Volgas: The WordPress REST API – What It Is, Why it Matters, and What You Need to Know About It

    Evan Volgas: The WordPress REST API – What It Is, Why it Matters, and What You Need to Know About It

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Evan Volgas

    July 26, 2016 — WordPress 4.4 was released on Dec 8, 2015. It was the first WordPress release to include the infrastructure for a REST API directly in the core codebase. If you’re not familiar with what that means, then the following claim will probably sound like gobbledy gook to you: the inclusion of a REST API for WordPress is arguably one of the most significant changes to be made to the core codebase in years. This talk will help you understand why.

    This talk will be aimed at WordPress professionals of all stripes. Whether you are a developer, designer, business owner, or blogger, you should be paying attention to the REST API in WordPress and why it’s so important (and so powerful) for the future of WordPress applications.

    In this talk, we’ll discuss what APIs and what it means for them to be RESTful. We’ll talk about why APIs are important in the first place and what having a RESTful one in the core of WordPress means, in real terms. Last, we will talk about the status of the REST API and the efforts that are underway to integrate it more fully with the core.

    If you’re a business owner, designer, blogger, or WordPress developer who’s maybe heard of the WordPress API but you don’t really know what it is or why it’s important, you’ll probably get the most out of this talk.

    If you are a polyglot developer with a fair amount of experience working directly with RESTful APIs, this talk will probably be too basic for you.

    If you’re completely new to WordPress and haven’t done much more than publish a few blog posts and install a few plugins, there’s a chance this talk will be a bit intimidating for you (although honestly I hope it won’t be and you should be brave and come anyway and make me explain anything that didn’t make sense to you… I’m more than happy to do so).


    What is an API and why do we care about them?
    How is the REST API in WordPress different from all those other APIs they have floating around in the WordPress Core? Is this one different somehow or is it just another API? (Hint: it’s very much the former.)
    What does a RESTful API for WordPress mean for me as a designer? As a blogger? As a business owner or entrepreneur? As a developer?

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  • Panel Discussion: Recruiting for Your Business

    Panel Discussion: Recruiting for Your Business

    WordCamp London 2016Speakers: Matt Buckland, Sam Cameron, David Lockie, Jessica Rose

    July 26, 2016 — Join our panelists over on the business track to ask all your burning questions about recruitment; how to do it, when to do it and how to bring the best people into your business.

  • WordPress Community Interview With Topher DeRosia

    WordPress Community Interview With Topher DeRosia

    Speaker: Topher DeRosia

    July 25, 2016 — Interview with Topher DeRosia

  • WordPress Community Interview With Ken Kramer

    WordPress Community Interview With Ken Kramer

    Speaker: Ken Kramer

    July 25, 2016 — Ken Kramer, along with Kim White and Tim Conroy were the co organizers for WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2016. Ken taks about the WordCamp, their interaction with WordCamp Central and WordPress TV.

  • Matt Gibbs: Diving Into Commercial Plugin Development

    Matt Gibbs: Diving Into Commercial Plugin Development

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Matt Gibbs

    July 23, 2016 — Learn key takeaways from my experiences running a plugin business. I’ll go over how to determine whether your plugin idea can sell, how to set the price, deciding on the business model, whether to self-host, and handling support.

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  • Mark Bloom: You’ve Written Your Blog; Now What?

    Mark Bloom: You’ve Written Your Blog; Now What?

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Mark Bloom

    July 22, 2016 — Build it and they will come? Not any longer. Not when so much new information is appearing on the Internet every day, every hour, every minute. You have to find the right audience and promote your blog. Without this extra effort, your carefully crafted prose may go unread. Learn tips to get noticed and gain an audience.

    Take aways:

    – Learn how to present your blog to attract.
    – Learn how to find your audience.
    – Learn how to promote your blog to get attention.

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  • Lydia Roberts: Email Marketing in a Flash

    Lydia Roberts: Email Marketing in a Flash

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Lydia Roberts

    July 22, 2016 — You might have a newsletter signup box sitting on your website, or maybe just a nagging feeling that you should send out a newsletter to your customers — but you’re afraid your efforts might be wasted. Learn some quick tips about email marketing and get the confidence to push Send! I’ll talk about what makes email marketing an amazing tool for business, and you’ll get tips for structuring your email marketing program to be useful for your customers instead of “just another newsletter” cluttering their inbox.

    Take aways:

    – Why email is relevant to you and your customers.
    – How to best take advantage of email.
    – Tips for improving your email list, layout, and sending habits.

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  • Clifton Canady: Customize Your Clients’ Administrative Experience with Advanced Custom Fields

    Clifton Canady: Customize Your Clients’ Administrative Experience with Advanced Custom Fields

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Clifton Canady

    July 20, 2016 — In this presentation, I’ll talk about how to understand Advanced Custom Fields to make your client administrative experience pleasant. I’ll also talk about the get_field or the_field functions. And you’ll learn how you can mix other plugins like Admin Columns or Adminitize to make the back-end easier to use.

    Take aways:

    Understand that it’s not hard to get up and running with ACF. I’ll show all the different types of fields that you can use.
    Learn how the ACF dashboard works, and how to create a field group and fields inside the field group then attach a field group to a page or page template.
    Learn about the get_field , the_field and/or the_sub_field functions and how to out put field on a page template.

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  • Jeremy Proffitt: The Impact of Web Accessibility

    Jeremy Proffitt: The Impact of Web Accessibility

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Jeremy Proffitt

    July 19, 2016 — This talk will briefly touch on the legal requirements, penalties, and benefits of web accessibility for businesses of all sizes.

  • Jack Lenox: Building Single Page Applications with the REST API

    Jack Lenox: Building Single Page Applications with the REST API

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Jack Lenox

    July 19, 2016 — There are very exciting opportunities that are made available by the development of single page applications with JavaScript, and the now partially merged WordPress REST API. Jack has been experimenting with using WordPress REST APIs for a number of years. This talk will include the good, the bad, and the ugly of this emerging area of web development, with a hopefully pragmatic and optimistic conclusion!

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