Producer: John Parkinson

  • John Dorner: Installing a Local Development Environment

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: John Dorner

    July 28, 2016 — A local development environment is a safe way to practice and test changes to your site without effecting your live site.

    Come learn why and how to install a local development environment on both Windows and Macs.

    This session is for beginners and we’ll look at using XAMPP and talk about other environments such as MAMP, WAMP, Vagrant and others.

    Take aways:

    – Why to install a local environment.
    – How to install XAMPP.
    – What are some of your other choices.

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  • Joan VanOrman: 5 Steps to an Actionable Marketing Plan

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Joan VanOrman

    July 28, 2016 — FOCUS is a 5 step marketing approach to an actionable and creative marketing program. A program that is tailored in syle and content for each business. I’ll share information and examples on each of the 5 FOCUS steps and share examples from business and non-profit organizations. Many businesses are “reluctant marketers.” This approach presents marketing tools in 5 easy, fun, and actionable steps.

    Take aways:

    – Learn a fun, effective and actionable marketing approach.
    – Discover creative marketing and public relations tools to consider for your business.
    – How to conduct a quick and effective audit on your current marketing program.

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  • Evan Volgas: The WordPress REST API – What It Is, Why it Matters, and What You Need to Know About It

    WordCamp Asheville 2016Speaker: Evan Volgas

    July 26, 2016 — WordPress 4.4 was released on Dec 8, 2015. It was the first WordPress release to include the infrastructure for a REST API directly in the core codebase. If you’re not familiar with what that means, then the following claim will probably sound like gobbledy gook to you: the inclusion of a REST API for WordPress is arguably one of the most significant changes to be made to the core codebase in years. This talk will help you understand why.

    This talk will be aimed at WordPress professionals of all stripes. Whether you are a developer, designer, business owner, or blogger, you should be paying attention to the REST API in WordPress and why it’s so important (and so powerful) for the future of WordPress applications.

    In this talk, we’ll discuss what APIs and what it means for them to be RESTful. We’ll talk about why APIs are important in the first place and what having a RESTful one in the core of WordPress means, in real terms. Last, we will talk about the status of the REST API and the efforts that are underway to integrate it more fully with the core.

    If you’re a business owner, designer, blogger, or WordPress developer who’s maybe heard of the WordPress API but you don’t really know what it is or why it’s important, you’ll probably get the most out of this talk.

    If you are a polyglot developer with a fair amount of experience working directly with RESTful APIs, this talk will probably be too basic for you.

    If you’re completely new to WordPress and haven’t done much more than publish a few blog posts and install a few plugins, there’s a chance this talk will be a bit intimidating for you (although honestly I hope it won’t be and you should be brave and come anyway and make me explain anything that didn’t make sense to you… I’m more than happy to do so).


    What is an API and why do we care about them?
    How is the REST API in WordPress different from all those other APIs they have floating around in the WordPress Core? Is this one different somehow or is it just another API? (Hint: it’s very much the former.)
    What does a RESTful API for WordPress mean for me as a designer? As a blogger? As a business owner or entrepreneur? As a developer?

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  • WP 101 Session

    WordCamp Philly 2015

    November 23, 2015 — Appearance, Themes, Customizer, Menus, Header, Background.

  • Carolyn Sonnek: Plugins – Taking Your WordPress Site to the Next Level

    WordCamp Philly 2015Speaker: Carolyn Sonnek

    November 19, 2015 — You’ve setup your blog with WordPress and you’re pretty happy with how easy it is to add new posts, add images to those posts, and publish them to your site.
    But now what? You might think that it would be nice if you could notify your Twitter or Facebook followers when you make a new post on your blog. What about selling your cooking ebook to your readers? What to do with all this spam and how do you make sure your site is backed up in case anything happens?
    There’s an answer to all these questions (and even more you didn’t ask): use plugins!

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  • Tim Sisson: Growing Your Non-Profit With WordPress

    WordCamp Philly 2015Speaker: Tim Sisson

    November 19, 2015 — We’ll be talking specifically on how to utilize WordPress to further your non-profits mission. This includes theme selection, donation collection/management, event registration/management, email marketing, e-commerce, and finding a champion.

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  • Sal Ferrarello: Getting Started with Composer

    WordCamp Philly 2015Speaker: Sal Ferrarello

    November 18, 2015 — Your WordPress site likely involves a lot of third-party code that does not need to live in your Git repository. A dependency manager, like Composer, allows you to tie this third-party code into your work without adding it to your repo. Composer can be used in the context of your whole site or a single plugin or theme you are developing.

    We’ll cover how to install Composer and start using it today.

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  • Helen Hou-Sandí: User-First Approaches to APIs

    WordCamp Philly 2015Speaker: Helen Hou-Sandí

    November 18, 2015 — A common refrain when building software is “think of the user first!” Let’s take a look at how we define our users, how that shapes what we build for them, and what that might mean for the holy grail of a core fields API.

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  • LeeAnn Kinney: The Low Hanging Fruit of Web Accessibility

    WordCamp Philly 2015Speaker: LeeAnn Kinney

    November 18, 2015 — LeeAnn will give you a brief overview on the principles of accessible front-end design and show you how easy it is to start building a better web experience for everyone. We will cover what accessibility means in WordPress design and development, 10 simple steps to audit a website for accessibility and I will provide you with tools and tips on how to easily add accessibility into your workflow. You will walk away with a better understanding of how you may be excluding certain users from your sites and immediate actions to prevent it from happening.

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  • Erica Sterling: Moonlighting With WordPress

    WordCamp Philly 2015Speaker: Erica Sterling

    November 17, 2015 — Moonlighting is having a second job in addition to one’s regular employment. It our case our second job will be a WordPress freelance business. This presentation will discuss how to start or maintain creating WordPress sites for clients by customizing WordPress themes while keeping your full-time job.

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