June 7, 2016 — For a food bank charity we put together a complex plan for a WordPress multisite containing:
at least 3 different but connected themes
a shared media system
a process for pushing content from subsite to the “main” site without db headache
a live clone system
all of these and more helped us keep the charity and their over 400 locations all have a web presence. This talk will cover the ups and downs of this complex behemoth and the lessons we learnt from it.
May 12, 2016 — This is a crash course how to develop WP multisite locally using Bedrock, and how to deploy it in Heroku. The configuration uses some custom configuration to original Bedrock, and WordPress MU Domains Mapping plug-in + WP Offload S3.
The talk will also explain the pros and cons of cloud deployment in general, plus common pitfalls on running WP on Heroku.
February 20, 2016 — He will share how WordPress Multisite can be your best friend or worst enemy… but usually both… at the same time.Expect pro-tips, eureka moments, and hard lessons learned from his experience setting up and running multisite networks for small private company intranets, all the way to global enterprise brands. By the end of this talk you will know the pros and cons of WordPress Multisite Networks, best practices for setting up and running a multisite, and know about alternatives if multisite isn’t a fit for your next project.
January 25, 2016 — Writing multisite compatible themes and plugins will help you becoming a better developer and reducing the amount of support. In this session I will talk about the restrictions and possibilities, what to watch out for and what we can learn from the core code.
December 11, 2015 — The Open Innovation Toolkit, part of the Obama Administration’s Second Open Government National Action Plan, harnesses public ingenuity to help address scientific and societal challenges. The first half of the toolkit, focusing on citizen science and crowdsourcing, was developed in collaboration with over 20 government agencies and built on the WordPress Multisite platform. This session will be a case study review of the project, challenges, and lessons learned. We’ll cover how the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy leveraged WordPress as a CMS and federal volunteers to create a low-cost resource to facilitate open innovation within the U.S.
December 11, 2015 — According to some statistics, WordPress is used on nearly 25% of the entire World Wide Web; and is the content management system (CMS) of choice for nearly 2/3 of websites using a CMS. While the numbers within higher education may or may not match those, WordPress is heavily used within that vertical.
Many institutions are using WordPress to present their whole public-facing websites; some are using it to build large commons for their students and communities; some are using WP as a tool to help students build digital portfolios; and some are even building living textbooks with WordPress.
Within this talk, we’ll take a look some examples of WordPress as it’s used in higher ed, we’ll discuss some of the contributions that higher ed has made to WordPress over the years, we’ll explore some of the challenges faced in higher education, and we’ll look toward the future of WordPress usage in higher ed.
December 11, 2015 — Page caching doesn’t work for everyone! Sites that handle a large number logged-in users like Membership sites, Multisite networks, BuddyPress sites, or bbPress forums need special treatment to scale effectively. I’ll share my experience in building and managing large Multisite networks to give tips and tricks to speeding up your dynamic websites and coding for scale.
October 2, 2015 — Multisite is often treated as one of the dark corners of WordPress and can be forgotten or managed poorly when developing public plugins or working on client projects.
Let’s pull back the curtain and shed some light.
We’ll cover the history of multisite from its early days as another b2 fork. We’ll walk through the structure and the load process to show how things really are straight forward. We’ll cover situations to be aware of and code to use when you are developing something for multisite.
And! We’ll cover the future of multisite and allow for some good Q&A, so bring your questions!
September 30, 2015 — The WordPress Multisite — what I call Monster Sites — is an often misunderstood creature.There is plenty of documented reasons why you should never use it, and beyond the knowledge of how to install and administer a Monster Site, there is little understanding of what it should and should not be used for. Often, it is only when a developer ventures into using a Monster Site installation do they find out just why “monster” is an appropriate label. Without proper planning or preparation for its use, a multisite installation can be a disaster waiting to happen. But what if you could prevent a multisite from becoming a monster by knowing why certain configurations work better than others? This is why I would like to approach WordPress Multisite from a strategic point-of-view by illustrating potential strategies, industries those strategies could serve, and some lessons learned in experimenting with some of these strategies. Additionally, I would like to describe these approaches without the interference of heavy, technical details in anticipation of a broad audience. My hope is that I can help start a new conversation regarding a more strategic use of WordPress Multisite and tame Monster Sites once and for all!