October 29, 2014 — How do you coordinate with clients when you are 10 time zones away?
What do you do when a client needs you but you’re flying over an ocean?
How do you get work done when living in a new place every week?
Daniel Espinoza shares what he’s learned about running a sustainable WordPress business while traveling the world with his family.
October 26, 2014 — Stop plopping text on a page and think about new ways to present content. Create a library of design patterns that you can reuse (portfolios, testimonials, staff directories, and more) and pair them with Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, and the Custom Field Suite. With a bit of prep work, you can create a reusable toolkit for building sites that more functional and purposeful while making your own work more efficient.
October 29, 2014 — The theme of your site at minimum controls how your site looks and many times may offer a multitude of the functionality. The basics of understanding how WordPress themes work is understanding patterns in the 3–5 core files that are required for a theme.
This sessions walks you through a cursory overview of each of these files so you understand how they all work together to create a WordPress theme.
October 26, 2014 — Choosing the right blogging tools can save you time and help you grow. Which tools and plugins should you be using? In this session, Syed Balkhi reveals his favorite tools that can help you dramatically improve your workflow and grow your blog.
You will walk away with practical tips that you can implement on your blog literally within hours.
October 21, 2014 — As nearly one in four websites is powered by WordPress, there is an amazing responsibility to maintain quality control standards before launching your site. Southern Web’s Drew Barton will share in rapid-fire more than 30 tips that should be included in every WordPress site launch checklist. In order to provide security and maintain quality, these WordPress must-dos will help ensure you and your visitors will have a strong impression of WordPress as a blog, as a CMS and as a development platform.
The truth is that working with WordPress plugins opens up a new universe of creativity and it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by it. Some of the best plugins can have thousands of lines of code and might even interact with several web services. If that’s what a plugin needs to be, how could anyone ever get started? The solution is to figure out a Minimum Viable Plugin and start learning by creating the smallest plugin we can get away with.
You’ll be surprised how far you can go just by writing simple plugins, too. Sometimes, you just want to slightly tweak the functionality of WordPress, or even another plugin, and a simple plugin will get the job done. We’ll look at a few other small plugins I’ve written that make the WordPress sites they run on a little friendlier or just work better.
And, after you’ve built the simplest possible plugin, you can try developing the second simplest possible plugin on your own. We’ll talk about a few ideas you might like to try next. And once you’ve made a few simple plugins, you’ll find yourself making plugins that might have seemed to hard to even begin before. There’s a while lot of plugin development to do after you make the simplest possible plugin, but it’s an excellent way to get started.
October 28, 2014 — Get a head start on the next step in your WordPress career by considering advantages, challenges, and tips from three job types in the WordPress economy.
Paul will share stories of the good, bad, and ugly from 7 years as a freelancer, 3 years as an agency co-founder, and 1 year as the Director of Recruiting at 10up.com, the largest WordPress agency in the world.
Want to step into freelancing? Take your business to the next level? Grow your team, or score the perfect agency job? This is the talk for you.
October 28, 2014 — In a distributed working environment with employees spanning multiple countries, it’s very important to get everyone using the same tools for stable development and deployment. In this presentation, Brando Dove walks through the vagrant provisioning process, 3rd party services, and home grown tools that are successful with enterprise clients.