April 3, 2017 — The WordPress economy is huge and still growing. Have you found your place in it? As in any industry, one fundamental question to answer is whether you are cut out for working for yourself or for someone else. There are abundant opportunities to start and grow new businesses based on WordPress but there are also countless amazing companies that are well established and looking to hire. How can you decide what role you are meant to play? In this session we will take a detailed look at both sides, share the pros and cons for each and really break down the fundamental differences between starting a WordPress company and working for one. If you ever find yourself questioning whether you’re really doing what’s best for you, this session will help you really understand which path to choose.
December 15, 2016 — The Internet is a battleground. It’s true. Every minute of every day, a war is being fought. This is a war between the owners of every website in existence and the nefarious hackers seeking to circumvent any and all protective layers in order to gain control of the digital property of others to use for their own malicious intent. There is no end in sight to this struggle. It is one in which we must all engage no matter how serious or trivial our purposes may be.
This session will take you into the depths of this conflict where you will witness firsthand the tactics and strategies employed by both sides to gain the upper hand. You will learn the methods used by hackers to bypass security and compromise websites. You will also see how experienced webmasters protect and defend their sites from invisible enemies.
November 9, 2016 — Do you currently assist with the organization or WordPress meetups, WordCamps or other events? Or are you interested in getting involved with one or starting your own? This panel discussion will consist of several veteran WordPress event organizers ready to answer any and all questions you may have.
October 16, 2016 — Adam and Kyle discuss WordCamps, WordCamp Central, volunteers and team work at WordCamp Ann Arbor 2016.
June 24, 2016 — When in the early stages of offering WordPress related services for clients there are a lot of unknowns. Questions like: – How do I price a project? – Where do I host the client’s site? – What do I do when the scope begins to creep? – Where do I go when I get in over my head? – How do I find clients? These and many more are difficult questions to answer for those who are new to client work but they are incredibly important. This session will be a Q&A and will focus on everything one needs to know and do to make their first projects successful.
January 7, 2016 — The classic contest. Themes against plugins. Which are better? Which can solve your problems, fix your site and grow your business? In this epic showdown we’ll explore the purposes and use cases, pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses of these two critical components of any WordPress website.
December 13, 2015 — Interested in contributing to WordPress but aren’t sure exactly where to start? The WordPress Meta team is responsible for all the official sites for the open source project and community. Websites such as wordpress.org, wordcamp.org, wordpress.tv, developer.wordpress.org, codex.wordpress.org and many others are continuously being maintained and improved by volunteers on the Meta team. There is a lot that needs to be done and more help is always needed. All skill sets are welcome. In this session we’ll discuss what the Meta team does, what is needed and how you can get involved.
July 24, 2015 — In the years I’ve spent making websites for clients I have learned that the importance of admin user experience cannot be under-emphasized. Providing clients with sites they can actually understand, use and be productive with is equally as important as providing something that looks nice on the front end. In this session, we’ll cover some great examples of improving the user experience for clients and walk through specific actions we can take to reduce confusion, improve usability and increase productivity for all /wp-admin users.
July 17, 2015 — Successful WordPress entrepreneurs share the lessons learned while building a company from scratch and tell the tales of all the challenges and trials experienced along the way.