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
August 21, 2014 — Twig, the most popular PHP template language, unlocks new possibilities for theme designers. This session introduces the benefits of working with Twig and some of the coolest features that empower template developers entirely new concepts to manipulate their WordPress themes. It provides specific examples in how major media companies use WordPress and Twig to make sustainable themes that can live-on and be extended for years to come.
January 23, 2014 — Konstantin Kovshenin really loves WordPress themes and in this presentation he talks about building templates. He goes through some of the coolest core functions such as get_template_part() and locate_template() and how themes could use their flexibility.
January 2, 2014 — Template languages are a major feature of Rails, Node and Django, but not something found in WordPress (until now). This session walks through how to build a theme using Timber and Twig. With this understanding, you’ll be making more themes with cleaner code and less debugging.
April 24, 2010 — Colin Loretz discusses specific methods for using WordPress as a content management system, including when WordPress is best for your site and how you can optimize your WordPress use for a complete site.
Video provided by Blaze Streaming Media.
November 14, 2009 — Using WordPress MU, WNET partnered with Tierra to launch 50+ non-blog sites supporting WNET television programming, reducing costs, improving traffic and streamlining their production across multiple Thirteen and PBS teams. This session covers the business objectives for the project, why WNET selected WP, technical challenges in re-launching dozens of sites using one common platform, custom plugins and templates, and other issues.
Slides from this presentation are available here.
Video courtesy ISOC-NY.