December 21, 2015 — Take an up-front tour of the WordPress dashboard and its built-in features. We will discover how to customize the look of your dashboard to remove the clutter. We will also look at where your menus and navigation are created and edited and the flexibility you have for building your own custom menus. We’ll also learn about hidden shortcuts and settings and see, as we add our theme and plugins, where their settings end up and if there is any logic to their new homes.
September 20, 2015 — When you work in WP-Admin every day, it’s wicked easy to navigate. But for users who are new to WordPress or only update their sites occasionally, the admin area can be full of WordPress-centric-lingo and not very intuitive. If you’ve created a customized front-end experience, why not take a few extra moments and tighten up the admin? It’s not difficult to make users happier and reduce the number of questions you get! We’ll cover customizing via both plugins and code, adding your own help documentation to the admin, and current best practices.
This talk is for individuals who are developing sites for other editors. The focus is directed at intermediate developers who wish to create their own WordPress admin customizations, but will touch on appropriate plugins to mimic the same functionality.
May 8, 2015 — WordPress Add New Media screen
April 15, 2015 — The WordPress Administration area is no walk in the park. Just because it’s, perhaps, the most user-friendly of the big CMSs doesn’t necessary make it objectively easy to use. All sorts of things that can seriously break your site are mixed in with trivial options. And, once you start adding robust plugins, things can get complicated fast.
There are many ways to make WordPress more palatable for the common user (see: non-developers) and reduce the risk of big-time accidents. In this session, I’ll show you how easy it is to remove things users don’t need from the admin area—all with your own plugin.
Don’t worry if you haven’t written a plugin before. Not only will I give you the working plugin to start with, but I’ll explain everything along the way.
Let’s make WordPress just a little easier and safer for everyone!
September 27, 2014 — This introduction to WordPress walks the fine line between abstract concepts and specific use-cases for many administrative tasks within WordPress. The goal of the presentation is to not-only teach you how to navigate and use different functionality with WordPress’s dashboard, but to also provide understanding as to why the differences in functionality exist. By the end of the presentation, you should understand how to use WordPress to effectively create and manage simple websites. Topics covered: common settings, pages, posts, categories & tags, themes, widgets, and plugins.
August 21, 2014 — Many new users get frustrated when they first start using WordPress because they’ve either not been told or shown how to do various things. When I give presentations, I like to draw parallels with real-life situations. So this session would take on a spin of having a new baby and all the things that new parents need to learn and/or figure out. I’ll walk new users through the process of all the things new “parents” will need for their WordPress site.