June 21, 2014 — Learn about the collaborative process that was used to create a new website for the Harrington School of Communication and Media, including site navigation, design, work with web developers, university administrators and IT professionals, and members of the faculty.
January 10, 2014 — Stop designing around devices, and begin designing around content and prepare for the future by designing for a continuous flow of screen resolutions. This presentation talks responsive design and how to ease the pain a bit, of being a web designer of today (the future).
January 6, 2014 — Composer has gained a lot of popularity and momentum in the past year. This session is a brief crash course in PHP dependency management using Composer. It explores how to install dependencies as separate packages and as WordPress plugins or themes. And it looks at how this can be used to speed up dev environment setup times.
January 5, 2014 — This talk covers the “blobs vs chunks” distinction popularized by Karen McGrane and why content modeling matters in the CMS world. Then covers custom post types, custom meta fields, custom taxonomies, and other ways of doing structured content in WordPress.
January 5, 2014 — Understanding different caching tools and techniques available to WordPress developers such as the Transient and Object Caching APIs and how/why they can make or break your site.
January 4, 2014 — Tips, Tricks and Tools used by Blogger ITProGuru (Dan Stolts) to become one of the top Microsoft bloggers. Dan shares his secrets to amassing an audience of more than 65k unique visitors every month. He shares how to get content ideas, how to bring those ideas to life in a compelling way, how to get people that visit your blog to act while they are there, and how to be relevant in search.
January 4, 2014 — This session goes through examples of several common attacks, vulnerabilities that allowed them to happen in core, how they were fixed, and how our community can work together to stay safe. This session involves brief code snippets and discussions, but is generally a higher level overview of the types of security problems that affect the WordPress community and how we can continue to fix them.
January 3, 2014 — There are 10 questions that range from developer basics, to advanced WordPress development, to developer philosophy that help me suss out just how “expert” a candidate really is.
Whether you’re contracting a developer to build your site, hiring a full time engineer, or just want to see if *you* can pass the 10up test, this talk is for you.
January 2, 2014 — This session explores many of these unconventional applications of WordPress, as well as to encourage exploration into the many possibilities offered as the platform continues to advance.
September 12, 2013 — This presentation focuses on how to employ “best security practices” for WordPress sites. It reviews current botnet and hacker schemes targeted at the WordPress platform, as well as current authentication models including one, two, multi-factor and password-less . It also reviews the top WordPress security plugins.