April 14, 2017 — WordPress Plugins are powerful tools that let us extend WordPress and turn it into whatever we want. What’s their secret? Join me if you want to know more about them and get started developing your own Plugin! I’ll tell you a story about magic, dangerous pirates, brave bowmen and ancient castles…
April 13, 2017 — A dive into the mistakes we as developers make and the best practices we can employ in object-oriented programming and design. We start with an example plugin and remove issues addressed using the STUPID principles. We then apply the five basic principles of SOLID design ending up with a word class WordPress plugin.
STUPID: (Singleton, Tight Coupling, Untestability, Premature Optimization, Indescriptive Naming, Duplication)
SOLID (Single Responsibility Principle, Open/Closed Principle, Liskov Substitution Principle, Interface Segregation Principle, Dependency Inversion Principle)
April 13, 2017 — You do not have to be a professional photographer to take (and find) quality photos for a website. Anyone who learns basic photo composition. Composition will be discussed. Learn how to take top-notch photographs geared specifically for implementation in website design.
April 13, 2017 — After this talk, you won’t ever have to pick a random theme again.
You will learn quick customization tips, and won’t fear the Functions.php file any more.
Also, we will incorporate Page Builders for even more speed and flexibility.
Takeaways: Tons of resources, basic functionality of child themes and page builders, all built on a framework.
April 13, 2017 — You can have a bulletproof plan to complete a project, but you never know when a Sith Lord will crash the party and derail everything. As long as you can keep your head in the game and lean on friends when you need to, you’ll stay on target and come out on top. You might even get a medal for it.
Unless you’re a Wookie – Wookies don’t get medals. It’s sad.
April 13, 2017 — Do you know that if you have a picture of a duck having it face left or right can increase your conversions by 40%?
Think this sounds silly? It is, but backed by research. Spend some time to learn about what a/b testing is, what things to test, testing methodology and the best tools to use for your WordPress site.
Everyone will get a handout of the very same checklist I use when A/B testing our client’s sites. One of our clients, an insurance company, increased leads by making just a small 2px change.
April 13, 2017 — Instead of working for anyone and everyone, what if your company served a niche market? In an increasingly crowded field, many freelancers are finding success by focusing on a niche market. Settling on a niche can be a little intimidating at first, but on the other side is a business with more clients, higher rates, and more efficient workflow. If you’re a freelancer that has worked in every industry under the sun, yet can’t shake the feeling that your business could be something…more, this is your session. Hopefully, you’ll walk away inspired enough to come up with a brand new business model!
April 13, 2017 — If “WordPress is not testable” then why bother about testable code at all?
Because writing testable code is the first step to testing your code, testing your code is the first step to testing ALL your code, testing all your code is the first step to reduce shipping times, reducing shipping times is the first step to fast response to feature requests and bugs that makes clients happy.
And because the first sentence is less true every day.
Let’s find a definition of “testable code” that applies to both WordPress and the current practices of testing; let’s see how we can stop ignoring the elephant in the room and embrace testing with a sane approach that improves code and coders quality without leaving anyone out in the cold.
I will present real-world examples of new and existing code, the tools used to write and maintain testable code and some simple rule-of-thumbs to keep in mind when developing for our beloved CMS.
April 12, 2017 — If you’ve been meaning to revamp your website for a while—but haven’t gotten very far—you aren’t alone. Ready to finally check it off the list? Actionable steps are the way forward. In this talk, we’ll go over how to approach your WordPress website like you would a client project and the 12 steps necessary to get it done.
April 12, 2017 — WP-CLI is a set of command line tools for managing your WordPress site. It allows you to perform many tasks much quicker than you would be able to by other means. In this session, I will teach you how to get WP-CLI running, and show some of my favourite time saving features. Once you’ve started using WP-CLI, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! This talk is appropriate for developers, designers and server administrators of all skill levels.