September 1, 2014 — There’s no magic behind building a successful online community (unless blood, sweat and tears count), but there are a few key actions that lead to increased engagement. With over 5 years of experience in building communities online (in various forms), plus data gathered from 4 expert bloggers, Michael G. Calvert of Disqus will offer real-world examples as a guide. Join him for a talk outlining the 5 steps you can take build a vibrant, active community.
September 1, 2014 — Changing your workflows can improve everything for everyone.
Project phases covered include:
Kicking it off
Launch/Handing the site off to the client
Perfecting your workflow can help you level up your professionalism, relationships with clients & colleagues, and happiness levels!
August 30, 2014 — Creating an effective custom theme for your website or blog might seem like a daunting task at first. When you take a look at the files inside a “commercial” theme it sure seems like there are a lot of files. I mean… a lot of files! It is easy to take a look… and be overwhelmed. Thankfully, themes can be pretty easy to create once you understand the basic building blocks; the required template tags, a couple functions here and there, and a few php template files. After that, it’s all about adding other features… like a “sidebar” widget or two, a couple custom fields, a featured image, and a loop or two. This session helps you make sense of the code and files you need to make a simple theme… and some of the features you can add on to make more advanced themes. It also dives into the template hierarchy, custom template files, useful functions, child themes, and customizing loops via wp_query, get_posts and query_posts (if we have time). Lots of code will be demonstrated, so it is best that you have a good foundation in HTML at least.
August 29, 2014 — We’ve all heard the same talks: a very calm, hip developer talks about working on or releasing some cool project. They’re bold, confident, and appear to have everything under control. If you’re like me, you don’t feel that way at all. You’re terrified of letting anyone else see what you’re working on. You assume that everyone is smarter than you, and that you have no business trying to start a business. Let’s strip away the false pretenses and talk frank about how we really feel. Releasing a plugin to the public can be a very scary prospect. Charging people for the privilege of using your code is even scarier. When do you release? How often do you update? Will you make any money? If your plugin is open source, how do you get people to commit to your project?
August 28, 2014 — In this talk looks at the basics of what you should be tracking on your site and why.
August 28, 2014 — Tips, tools, and action steps to a balanced blog life. This presentation discusses how to organize and balance priorities between your day job, your life, and your passion for blogging. It talks about specifics that will help you get organized to achieve the balance you desire.
August 27, 2014 — Harness the power of the WordPress Transients API! In this presentation, I’ll answer the age-old question, “What on earth are transients?” And also, “Why would I want to cache things?” Alisa highlights some examples of real-world cases of using the Transients API and show how easy it is to get started.
August 27, 2014 — This presentation discusses WordPress from a designer’s perspective. What you need to know to design WordPress websites that achieve your clients functional goals, provide a great user experience for visitors, and won’t be break the budget to build. Learn what you need to know about websites in general and WordPress in particular. And finish with some tips and tricks that will help you design and some things to be careful of.
August 27, 2014 — Sure, WordPress is SEO-friendly out of the box, but it’s not SEO-awesome. Jon will share proven strategies and techniques on how you can SEO the crap out of WordPress. He’ll also be covering Google Authorship and the importance of Schema.org structured data for your site.