September 20, 2015 — This session teachs developers how to write custom WP_Query loops, the different functions available for interacting with WP_Query objects, and how to use each function appropriately. We discuss the cases where WP_Query doesn’t fit your needs, and how to deal with the global $wpdb object directly. And we look at the most useful methods available with the $wpdb object, and discuss responsible usage and implementation there of.
August 5, 2015 — Theme security is an intimidating topic for both new and experienced developers but ignoring the issue will make you a target and leave your site vulnerable to attacks. In this talk you’ll learn theme security best practices, the common types of attacks, and many of the functions that WordPress and PHP provide to keep your site safe.
May 17, 2015 — Understanding how the database schema of WordPress is setup, including a walk-through of the tables and how WordPress stores the data and helps you interact with it via its APIs. We’ll also dive into the benefits and dangers of the schema and how to adapt it to go beyond just blog posts.
May 14, 2015 — Could you recover your WordPress website if it was lost due to a hardware failure, hacked, or corrupted during an update or plugin install? Having reliable automated backups can make the difference between taking 10 minutes to restore your site, and needing to do a complete site rebuild that may take a week or more. This presentation will look at the many options and plugins for backing up your WordPress site including backing up to Amazon S3.
May 5, 2015 — This session looks at what HyperDB is, when you might want to use it, how to use it in the first place, as well as some other flavors of MySQL that you might consider taking a look at (in particular MariaDB and Percona MySQL). This session is aimed at advanced developers who are looking to level-up their database chops.
March 28, 2015 — In this talk I will go through the process of migrating a WordPress website to a new server. I will list the issues that users will probably face and how to overcome them. I will show easy to follow tips and tricks that will make moving WordPress possible even for beginners.
March 23, 2015 — This talk covers the theories and functions dealing with validating input and sanitizing output. It starts at the very basic, and wind up with some discussion of the trickier parts of how different kinds of data should be filtered.
March 23, 2015 — This presentation covers everything from design software to code management systems to email marketing platforms to customer retention programs. By taking advantage of these tools, we’ll learn how they make your life easier, your work less stressful, your workflows more streamlined and your pockets much, much bigger!
March 10, 2015 — When there is an issue with your database, WordPress shows a very simple message, on a simple white screen: “Error establishing a database connection”. In this presentation, Steve Bruner shows how you can easily theme this page, using the db-error.php file, so your visitors are not shocked when they see this message.