November 14, 2014 — Underscores has become the go-to starter theme in the WordPress community. It serves as a common denominator to reproduce bugs for WordPress Core, it’s what WordPress Theme Review Team administrators point theme authors to, when asked how to improve their review process. It’s also the starter theme of choice for many premium theme shops, selling on Theme Forrest or WordPress.com. What sets it apart from other projects that are built for the same purpose? How did it get to the point it is today? And what might the future look like. Get answers to all these questions and explore the secrets of its success.
October 20, 2014 — It’s said that ideas have power, but an idea’s power lies in its capacity to have an impact on our lives. Some ideas flicker and disappear, others have such force that they underpin everything that we do.
This presentation explores the philosophical underpinnings of WordPress, ideas like freedom, simplicity, and democracy. It looks at these ideas in their most abstract, tracing how they become concrete in the software and the community.
October 16, 2014 — WordPress runs just about anywhere. Not all of these ways are equal. In this talk we say goodbye to Apache cPanel hosting and investigate how to leverage a modern hosting stack and use clever caching tricks to make WordPress absurdly performant and scalable.
October 9, 2014 — Underscores is a starter theme, but what does that mean? Why should you use Underscores, also known as simply _s? In this talk I’ll go through why at Automattic we use it to create our themes. I’ll also show you why and how you can too.
October 8, 2014 — This talk is be suitable both for those running a personal blog, or a business website on WordPress. It looks at:
How you can leverage and optimise for the main social sites including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Linkedin as well as some other more specific platforms such as ManageWP.org.
Understanding Follow vs. Share vs. Like.
Sharing buttons, the official and other options.
Social meta data like open graph tags and twitter cards & the benefits of implementing them.
Testing and previewing social meta data – Plugins as well as manual options.