July 19, 2015 — What is a Sticky Post? How can I make a post sticky? What does a Sticky Post look like? Compare the appearance of sticky posts in three different themes.
This is a beginner-level tutorial.
July 19, 2015 — With the release of the WordPress JSON API expected later this year, WordPress is primed to serve as a viable backend for single-page web applications of the future. The presentation will explain the benefits of using WordPress in this context and include a short demonstration to show how WordPress can be integrated in a typical single-page application technology stack.
July 18, 2015 — Many times when we develop something new, documentation is the last thing we think about. In this talk, Jeff Matson discussed techniques to write better documentation to increase user experience and decrease support tickets.
July 18, 2015 — This talk will be geared towards WordPress users who have taken the dive into customizing WordPress. The goal is to take them from copying and pasting random code snippets in functions.php, and have them better understand the event driven nature of WordPress.
In addition to a basic discussion of actions and filters, this discussion will also include coding examples of hooks in action.
To make this talk more relevant to developers already past the hooks hurdle, I would also end the talk by touching on the concept of adding custom WordPress hooks into your own code.
July 18, 2015 — A walk-through of the new WordPress Plugin Boilerplate and how to use it for your plugins. From simple stuff to more complex plugins.
July 18, 2015 — If you’ve ever felt as if you’re “not good enough” to be part of a team, or you feel your success is owed more to luck than hard work and talent, you’ve likely dealt first-hand with Impostor Syndrome. It’s a common affliction, especially in the world of software, but if left untreated it can interfere with career advancement, wreck your personal life, or lead to total burn-out. This panel is meant to be an open and honest conversation about Impostor Syndrome, how it affects all of us, and what we can do to combat it. Get a better understanding of Impostor Syndrome and tips that they can use to fight it.
July 18, 2015 — When successful bloggers are asked “what’s one thing you’d change if you could go back to the beginning?” the answer is very often “I should’ve built a list sooner!” This presentation will demonstrate why building an email list is one of the most powerful ways to grow your WordPress blog. It will cover the best plugins and services to use; tips on where and how to configure them on your blog; strategies for increasing conversions; and how to use your new list to drive visits, sales and conversations.
July 17, 2015 — Backbone (and Underscore!) are bundled with WordPress – explore how you can leverage their power to deliver complex user experiences while keeping your code organized and maintainable.
First, we will explore why Backbone is awesome, and what it lets you create is amazing! We will look at some examples of where and how it is used to power web apps and increasingly large areas of the WordPress dashboard. Seeing these incredible user experiences built in Backbone will help get you excited about using Backbone in your next project.
Next, we will dig into Backbone fundamentals to get a crystal clear understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying Backbone applications: Models, Views and Collections. We’ll look at how these tie to templates, events and routes for rendering, interaction and state handling. We discuss using Backbone in themes and plugins: how to include Backbone, how to interact with the back end to get and put data, including using the new WP REST API. We will cover WordPress specific helper functions that help our Backbone projects.
Finally, we will explore several very simple Backbone applications that demonstrate interacting with WordPress using the Rest API.