January 27, 2015 — This session will dive in deep into the proper way to include files from plugins and themes. We’ll learn everything from including a script the easy, proper way, to dynamically calling custom scripts in dynamic situations.
January 6, 2015 — There are literally thousands of themes and plugins available to help you customize your WordPress website to do almost anything you need it to do. However, navigating this sea of plugins can often be a daunting task. During this session, we go over the best practices for finding the right plugin for your needs, and talk about the 7 WordPress plugins I believe are essential to every WordPress-powered site.
January 4, 2015 — This talk covers a few key “Aha” moments that you should have about the way WordPress works. Michael talks about things like the template hierarchy, what’s going on in wp-config, where WordPress content is stored (the database vs file system), how posts and pages and custom post types are represented in the database, what folks are talking about when they talk about hooks and filters, and just generally review the “behind the scenes” mechanics of how WordPress works
January 3, 2015 — This presentation will show you how to do the following things without the help of a plugin:
Connect Google Analytics, Install Mailing, List Forms, Implement Google Fonts, Add PayPal Buttons, Display Social Media Profile Icons
November 13, 2014 — You’ve heard about Font Awesome, Genericons, and Dashicons. You’re pretty sure they’re not new reindeer for Santa, so what are these Font Icons, why do we use ‘em and better yet, HOW!? The half-elf who wrote the Genericon plugin explains it all!
November 9, 2014 — Over the past few years, my company has built multiple large (500+ site) multisite networks for companies in the financial services industry, and consulted on a number of high-traffic multisite installs. In this talk, we’ll talk about what makes a good multisite network and when you should look at other solutions, and I’ll go over the issues that we faced and the lessons that we learned.
November 9, 2014 — This talk demos a set of example plugins that has examples of how to perform these WordPress tasks. You can use them to learn how to manipulate WordPress, or even use them as a starting point for your own plugins. The goal of the WordPress Examples Toolkit is to provide a set of plugins that are well documented and perform small tasks that are easy to understand.
November 9, 2014 — There are over 20 options for membership plugins available to people trying to build a membership site with WordPress. Come hear my six-point framework for evaluating them, and how to determine which is the right plugin for you. We’ll also leave a decent amount of time for questions, as decisions about membership plugins are always specific to your purposes.
November 7, 2014 — In this session we will go through ‘common’ problems with WordPress and what to do about them. Common is way too vague, but what we will cover is the best way to troubleshoot when your site is not acting the way it is supposed to. We will aim this talk at the beginner, our goal is to stay away from code and error logs to show you what you can do to troubleshoot your site if problems arise.