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.
July 2, 2014 — The theme you choose for your site is as personal a choice as the clothes you pick out in the morning. This presentation discusses where to find themes, what to look for in a theme (and what not to), and how to customize it to be your own.
June 26, 2014 — This presentation demonstrates how a custom WordPress theme should be melded to the client’s needs and not how a client should be shoved into the limitations of a pre-existing theme with a few tweaks. The admin should be a pleasant experience for the client without extra whistles and bells.
1. Always offer a project questionnaire
2. Establish Site Architecture before you touch a line of code.
3. Use a basic theme such as _score to keep the clutter down in the admin
4. Utilizing WordPress Custom Post Types for regularly used content such as: portfolio items, sponsor logos, team members, musicians
5. Utilizing: Advanced Custom Fields Plugin and Posts 2 Post plugin to make something that is nearly enterprise level
6. Always be up for the challenge, you will gain more skill and insight as a result.
June 11, 2014 — Foundation is an advanced framework that allows developers to quickly build future-friendly websites. Foundation CSS performs the heavy lifting so that you can concentrate on the creative. Steve will show you how he uses Foundation to focus on mobile-first design and why Foundation is the perfect companion to Underscores.