May 7, 2016 — Pippin is a prolific plugin developer and founder of several successful commercial WordPress plugin projects. This session will have a Q&A style format where the audience can ask any question related to plugin development, the WordPress.org plugins directory, selling plugins, building a development team, and anything else related to plugins. Pippin will do his best to answer every question to the best of his ability.
February 15, 2016 — Backwards compatibility is a cornerstone of WordPress core development philosophy. It is, unfortunately, not something nearly enough plugin or theme developers take seriously. When a plugin or theme project gains 10s or 100s of thousands of users, backwards compatibility can be crucial to the overall health of the project.
Ensuring backwards compatibility is more of a mental mindset than anything. Developers have to mentally make the commitment and say to themselves “I will NOT break installs during upgrades”.
November 7, 2014 — A discussion of best practices for when and how to send out updates to plugins. The talk will include a discussion of deploying plugins from git to WordPress.org and how to best to use tags and branches to track stable releases, development releases, and past versions.
March 4, 2014 — A discussion of best practices for when and how to send out updates to plugins. The talk includes a discussion of deploying plugins from git to WordPress.org and how to best to use tags and branches to track stable releases, development releases, and past versions.
December 15, 2013 — The presentation includes tips for how to encourage other members of the WordPress development community to contribute to your plugin and theme projects. Many of the lessons learned and presented come from several years of experience with managing plugins that have very active community contributions.
October 24, 2013 — WordPress Plugins, Code and the Ecosystem in General with Brian Krogsgard & Pippin Williamson
October 9, 2013 — This talk presents on the idea of going beyond standard WordPress plugin development. It is primarily focused on creating an ecosystem with plugins that reaches beyond WordPress.
November 29, 2012 — This session focuses on developing WordPress plugins that are easily extendable by other developers. The idea is to build plugins that not only allow you to add-on and extend the plugin, but also allow other developers to create extensions and modifications without ever modifying the core source code of the plugin.