July 4, 2014 — There have been many industry leaders talking about their ideas for how web design is changing. Most of the talks center around the idea of getting out of Photoshop and designing in the browser. Over the last year, I’ve made a considerable effort to put this into practice. As of right now, I’ve designed 8 websites fully in browser. There’s been lots of problems, but there’s been even more rewards. In this presentation I show you some of the pros and cons of designing in the browser as well as giving you some tips that I’ve learned along the way.
June 21, 2014 — WordPress is for more than just blogging. Create and manage more types of content, like a portfolio, events, testimonials, images, people, cats anything you can think of you’d like to have a website about. Learn how to add content types like they were built in.
June 19, 2014 — If you are tasked with putting together a WordPress theme for a client organization or business the theme you select is very important. Perhaps your first inclination is to choose a theme that looks great or let your client choose a theme that they are happy with. This practice however can have negative repercussions for your client. This talk discusses how to appropriately choose a theme or build a theme that supports your clients goals. Using information architecture we can better select themes or build new ones.
June 19, 2014 — This session demystifies how to monetize your traffic by using Google Adsense. It starts by going over the requirements, and some common reasons for rejection with solutions – we have all heard horror stories of publishers being declined for Adsense without knowing why. And then gets into how to optimize your content for Adsense, how to get quality ads, and how to research your competitors’ Adsense strategy to gain actionable, profitable intelligence.
June 17, 2014 — If you are just learning how to code, or are a seasoned developer, there are some important habits that will serve you well during your WordPress development career. Beyond the high-level approach of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, this presentation walks you through 7 practical things you can do to become a better and more effective WordPress developer. The concepts presented are accompanied with action steps and follow up resources so you can start becoming a better developer right away.
June 17, 2014 — In an agency setting, completing projects with the highest quality possible at the fastest pace possible will always be the primary demand placed on the developer.
This presentation shows how to create a rapid workflow while focusing on: WordPress coding standards, Easy maintenance by agency partners and end users, Future proof development
June 16, 2014 — When I first started doing web design, it didn’t even cross my mind that I might have to move a website from one domain to another. I quickly found out that migrating a website is the standard and not the exception.
This presentation shows how to:
– Create a backup
– Access FTP
– Create new database and user
– Move website from one domain to another
– Problems that exist when this happen
– possible ways to fix them
June 16, 2014 — Learning how to write and edit Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) can open a whole new realm of possibilities for custom design of a WordPress website. CSS can be simple, but if you haven’t had a proper introduction to the basics, it can seem anything but that. This presentation goes over the basics of CSS and how to implement CSS changes on a WordPress site using Firebug and a basic text editing program. Being able to make simple CSS changes will empower you to make the necessary style changes (such as changing font colors/sizes, background styling, padding etc.) without having to rely user options to do so.
June 15, 2014 — This presentation explains three important technologies that you can use to make WordPress fast. It covers how to configure these technologies to work together by actually setting them up on a virtual private server. Likewise, it discusses some of the implications of using these technologies (memcache especially) and when you might want to choose a different technology for making your WordPress websites run fast.