April 14, 2017 — As a developer working at a UX and WordPress agency, I’ve learnt a lot about common UI and UX mistakes. In this presentation, I will talk about how this knowledge helped us eliminate many pain points in WordPress itself and how this benefits the whole WordPress community thanks to open source.
From user registration to email notifications, I will highlight a few areas in WordPress that we thought were difficult to use, and how we solved these issues. This will include helpful advice for developers who want to learn more about UX and designers who want to start contributing to WordPress core.
April 14, 2017 — About half a year ago I gave a talk at a WordCamp in my country.
A big fat elephant had been sitting in the middle of the room since WordPress in had existed in our language, and at that WordCamp I pointed right at it.
I demonstrated how terribly frustrating the presence of that elephant was for people who got to sit in its shadow.
I also presented a plan to get the elephant out of the room in orderly fashion, and bring in unicorns instead.
Many people cheered when I had finished the talk. A few said nothing. Nobody argued the beauty of unicorns.
A couple of weeks later I went to Rosetta and proposed the localizing community should retire the elephant soon now.
Then I introduced the unicorns.
Hell broke loose.
Some people argued unicorns didn’t exist (while looking right at them), and what I had presented was unethical.
Others said the elephant had officially been approved to sit in the room, and as long as no official regulation existed to replace that statute, it would be beyond irresponsible to proceed removing an official animal from an official room, and besides, who believed in unicorns anyways.
A couple of people started to cast rocks.
Luckily, I had friends who helped me out.
When the sun finally came out again, we picked up our courage and moved on.
I kept looking after the unicorns.
I read books and articles about elephants and unicorns, and how that elephant possibly had become so official. And how unicorns were becoming official as well—slowly, but steadily.
There is a filthy big little shame sitting in WordPress’ localized user interfaces, in many languages with grammatical genders: Women are discriminated by default. This talk addresses the need to solve that dilemma—and examples how it possibly can be solved.
November 2, 2016 — A lot of developers and WordPress experts tell people what to do with it and how awesome it is.
As a WordPress user and developer for nearly 12 years, I think it is important for business owners and small agencies to understand the common traps of using such a user friendly system.
So I am going to concentrate on highlighting areas that people need to be wary of in order to create great, effective and excellent value Wordpress websites.
July 1, 2016 — This presentation aims to give you a fresh perspective at WordPress plugin UI and ways to improve it. WordPress plugins often fail to provide elementary guidance and comprehensive communication via UI, thus causing unnecessary support requests and bad karma not only for their makers, but for the WordPress user experience in general. In this talk we take a close look at human reactions and emotions related to plugins and their presence in “WP Admin”, as well as good practices plugin developers can rely upon in order to create a comfortable and more “human” experience for the people using their products.
May 28, 2016 — Nowadays it is very common to find CSS frameworks like Bootstrap used everywhere. But they come at a cost, paid in big CSS files, styles that don’t get used, and a hard to maintain code base. In this talk we will talk about why using a third-party framework might not be the right choice for your project, be it a theme or a custom website. We will also see techniques to craft a blog theme without frameworks, from layout to individual UI components.
January 7, 2016 — An American turns 50 every 7 seconds. The senior age group is now, for the first time, the largest in terms of size and percent of the population in the U.S. Those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population. One-third of the internet users in the U.S., are adults aged 50+ representing the Web’s largest constituency.
WordPress sites must be designed with this in mind. You will learn how to meet seniors’ needs from one of their own.
December 14, 2015 — We often forget when designing and developing websites that there are actual users on the other side of the screen. Whether through ability, age or cultural differences, there are a lot of ways that we can inadvertently alienate users. We sometimes forget that we’re making websites for our clients and customers, not ourselves.
In this presentation, I’ll give a brief rundown of considerations that should be given to make your website as effective to as wide a range of users as possible. Accessibility, internationalization, UX and UI changes will be covered, as well as some tips on how to determine your goal, and make your website work toward that goal for you.
October 7, 2015 — An American turns 50 every 7 seconds. Those aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population. One-third of the internet users in the U.S., are adults aged 50+ representing the Web’s largest constituency. WordPress sites must be designed with this in mind. You will learn how to meet seniors’ needs from one of their own.
October 5, 2015 — Often user interface and user experience gets mixed up for both the client and the web developer. These are things we need to help both our developers and clients know in order to ensure making great experiences on the web for end-users.
September 11, 2015 — L’objectif de cette présentation est de se familiariser avec l’environnement (interface) de WordPress et les sous-sections qui y sont présentées. Nous apprendrons le jargon WP (pages, articles, médias, thèmes, plugins, widgets, mots-clés, catégories, images à la une, etc.) et de quoi il s’agit. Nous verrons également comment améliorer votre flux de travail afin d’importer du texte de Word et des images du Web vs. de votre ordinateur. Certains plugins et widgets seront survolés afin de vous donner une idée des meilleures pratiques. À la fin de cet atelier, vous ne grincerez plus des dents à la simple idée de jouer dans l’interface WordPress!
Cette présentation s’adresse aux utilisateurs WordPress débutants qui ont déjà l’interface installée ou qui ont déjà pris connaissance de ce à quoi elle ressemble.