October 28, 2014 — Accessibility is a growing concern in the WordPress community at large. Accessibility in web design means creating a site that everyone can use. The U.S. Census Bureau says that over 47 million Americans have a disability of some kind. The UN and the World Bank say this adds up to 650 million people worldwide. That’s around 10% of everyone in the world. At some point in our lives, disability will affect most of us, no matter who you are. Every decision you make as a developer affects hundreds of thousands of people (or more!).
The mission statement of WordPress is to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. WordPress ‘out of the box’ is already a great way to make a website accessible. As theme developers we can do more. People who can’t see or hear, others that can’t use a mouse, people who use special assistive devices to access the web — these people need to access websites. As theme developers, we need to know about accessibility.
Accessibility Statement: “Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible.” Cynthia Waddell
There are 2,655 themes in the WordPress.org theme repository. Only 12 of those themes have the tag ‘accessibility-ready’. We can meet those accessibility guidelines with just a few extras steps. We will start with basic things like creating readable headlines and adding alt text to images. From there we will cover some of the information in the Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Guidelines.
Trisha will provide real world examples from the perspective of her visually impaired son.
We are all responsible for making our part of a project accessible. You will need to shake things and change your processes a bit in order to achieve accessibility.
September 19, 2014 — Did you know that WordPress is great for blogging!? I’ll be discussing some easy tips to boost your blog from good to great. Topics include enriching your posts with images and other media, sharing your posts via social media, and a few tips to supercharge your site.
September 11, 2014 — If you write plugins or themes ensuring they are secure and as free from vulnerabilities as possible should be a top priority. In this session I will share some easy tips to keep in mind while building your theme or plugin that will help reduce the risk of your website being compromised.
August 21, 2014 — Michael teaches beginner and intermediate WordPress users where to find, how to select, and how to install the best WordPress theme for their blog or website. He has created a 5 point checklist that anyone can use to measure the quality of any WordPress theme.
August 21, 2014 — In the Universe of the Internet, WordPress occupies and important and growing space. This session covers what WP is and is not, the differences between wordpress.org and wordpress.com, and how frameworks/themes plus widgets and plugins fit into the picture. It talks a bit about the WordPress ecosystem, from its core and the company that runs it to third-party services and the world of support available. This opening session will be in plain language, by a WP user who is not a developer.
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.
August 8, 2014 — There are a lot of WordPress themes out there. Some are free; some are not. Some are chocked full of bells and whistles while others offer little to no additional features. But how do you know which one is right for you?
July 19, 2014 — A talk on the many benefits of using the Headway theme framework when making tailor-made website designs.