June 15, 2014 — Why working with a designer or user experience expert before you develop your product will help you stand out from the pack. If two products do exactly the same thing, the one that’s pleasant to use will win. Don’t be the developer with a great product that nobody likes to use.
June 15, 2014 — Many designers, bloggers and marketers jump into WordPress freelancing without having the awareness of many of the details that can keep their business in “struggle mode.” This talk will be tailored for designers, bloggers and marketers that seek to get paid (or already are getting paid) for WordPress website design/development.
The tools and strategies shared will help the beginner to intermediate freelancer have more awareness about some of the nuances involved in running your own tech consultancy and as a result be a more competent business person. These tips will include setting healthy boundaries for ones WordPress web design services and communicating those boundaries to perspective clients early on, as well as tips for identifying and answering red flags so one can more effectively seek and take on ‘win-win’ web design projects.
June 14, 2014 — Podcasting as been around since the early to mid 2000′s. It’s had a few resurgences since then and is now quite mainstream. Our clients are looking for new ways to get their content out there and podcasts are as hot as ever. This talk shows the basics of podcasting from recording audio and what file formats to use to RSS feeds and how to leverage plugins to make the job easy.
June 11, 2014 — One of the things I do to give my projects a special touch is to style the backend to match my clients’ specific needs. I use a variety of tools to help me out – both beginner and advanced level. And, ever since I started doing it, I’ve fallen more in love with WordPress as an even more COMPLETE website solution.
This presentation looks at just a few ways to bring some magic to the backend of WordPress. It introduces a couple of plugins that can help you manage the admin menu. Then shows you how to easily change the look of your admin pages. Finally, it goes over how to completely replace your dashboard page with custom content and even show you how to change the stuff in that drop-down “help” area on the top right.
June 11, 2014 — When developing a theme for a client, it’s super easy to throw all of the new functions and hooks into the theme’s functions.php file, wipe your hands, congratulate yourself for a hard day’s work and go have a beer. But, after a while, have you stopped to see the size of that functions.php file? It can be massive! It’s easy to create a large disorganized functions.php file with so many tutorials out there giving you little tips and tricks on hooks and doodads that you can add to the site to make it fancy. “Ohh! Look at this code that changes my background color based on weather patterns! I’ll just… put this… right… here.” *drops in functions.php file*
This session is about why you don’t want to fill up your functions.php file, the proper way to add code to your site, and why it’s proper for readability, security and extendability.
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.
June 10, 2014 — WordPress lets me travel the world about half the year and live in Maui, Hawaii the rest. I have given up on trying to tell people that and not have it sound too boastful. I think my life is awesome, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. While being a remote worker able to make a living from a hammock on a beach in Thailand sounds pretty ideal there is a lot that goes into making that a reality. I’ll talk about my journey, starting with decision making around finding work/life as well as the practical side what it means to be a both a digital nomad and a remote worker.
June 10, 2014 — You are working with WordPress when you find yourself in the strange, dimly lit Cave of Community. Gradually you can make out two passageways. One curves downward to the right; the other leads upward to the left.
The choices you make in the WordPress community define your WordPress adventure. I’ll share stories of decisions and outcomes I’ve seen during my three years as a WordPress community manager. The possibilities are endless, but this talk will be about 30 minutes.
June 9, 2014 — Grab a cup of coffee and start your day off (no matter what time it is) on the right foot with Automatticians Konstantin Obenland and Michael Cain in our morning show-style WordCamp talk! We’ll break the session into three segments, two that will cover any number of WordPress topics – theming, design, development, best practices, worst practices, future trends, you name it – and a special guest interview with a big name from the WordPress world. There will be laughter (hopefully?), there will be tears (regrettably?), there will even be some awkward silences (definitely). But most importantly, there will be plenty of that whole-grained, balanced-diet WordPress that you just can’t get enough of.
June 7, 2014 — There is more than one way to make your blog pay for itself, in terms of time and cost. Come hear the insider secrets to how I make my blog (chrislema.com) work for me and pay for itself (and much more).