November 20, 2016 — WordPress is rich in hooks laid throughout the code base for anyone to use. In this talk, I speak about the purposes of actions and filters, and about the differences between them. I also share my technique of using ‘grep’ on plugins source code to quickly find their hooks and make their behavior suit my needs.
November 13, 2016 — Optimizing Task runners for WordPress Development
November 11, 2016 — WordPress is often a great solution for clients of all sizes, but enterprises can sometimes be skeptical that the open source platform can support their scalability needs. From security concerns to support and environment setups, many IT functions disregard the platform. But, with the right setup, strategy, and approach — WordPress can be an efficient and effective digital tool for the enterprise customer.
This talk is aimed at project managers, strategists, and developers alike. It will address common concerns enterprises pose when considering WordPress as a solution; suggest points to pick the right support, environment, and architecture to achieve success; and discuss effective strategies and management practices to scale WP for the enterprise customer.
November 8, 2016 — Making WordPress themes and plugins can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to accessibility for your end users. This session will walk you through some steps you can take to make your WordPress sites more accessible for all.
November 7, 2016 — This talk explores how partnerships and existing relationships can create a fun and evergreen sales funnel for developers. The focus is on keeping the pipeline full with engaging and interesting work without introducing tired and stale “sales” functions. I love working with Developers to help them grow the business side of their work!
November 6, 2016 — An explanation of WordPress Management and Operations. A look at Themes vs Frameworks, Design, Development Best Practices, and options for managing your WordPress websites.
October 29, 2016 — Here at Level Level we created an Open Source Twig based plugin ‘Clarkson Core’: a template engine with under the hood a collection of Object-oriented WordPress classes and some lightweight handy features.
This, in combination with a basic modern starter-theme and some agreed upon guidelines, contributes to a workflow that keeps comprehensive projects aligned with our technical goals. Meanwhile keeping the WordPress way of development in mind.
Currently every new project runs upon the Clarkson stack resulting in a variety of already delivered websites like Autotaalglas, Elsevier.nl, Kansfonds, SOMO and more. Our goals were to deliver maintainable, high quality and stable code that kept running after every automated deployment without having to hold our breath.
October 28, 2016 — Everyone knows that you need to write reusable code to be able to grow as a developer, right?
However, most developers struggle to understand how to split up their code to make it truly reusable, so they end up copy-pasting parts of code and modifying as needed, instead of effectively reusing the code that was already written, without a single change.
This session explains the concept of Config files and how they allow you to cleanly separate reusable code from project-specific code.
October 25, 2016 — The most beatuiful templates you’ve ever seen! How a template language can speed up your development and make you a better engineer.