September 24, 2019 — What can you do to improve your site’s security and performance instantly? It’s not clickbait — it’s updating to a modern PHP version. Keeping PHP up-to-date with the latest version pays off enormously with increases in performance, security, and better overall compatibility. It’s not always instant, especially for larger sites, but we’ll cover the benefits and importance of updating, planning for an update, testing for issues, and dive into some modern PHP features and functionality.
June 3, 2019 — What does it mean to be an “intermediate developer”? Not a senior, not a beginner, but someone in the middle, at the top of the bell curve.
Let’s look at what it means to move beyond being a beginner. Explore some of the skills that help you move up the career ladder. There won’t be much code, but that doesn’t mean this won’t be a technical talk.
November 9, 2017 — Once your site scales beyond a single user, you need to think about the role that they have. First we will look through the user system of WordPress to understand what each role means out of the box. Then, armed with that knowledge we will look at customizing roles, creating our own, and even alternatives we can use. If you administer or are a product manager/owner of a multi-user WordPress site, this is your chance to better understand the User system of WordPress.
March 16, 2017 — If you’ve launched enough sites, you’ve been there. Everything seems to be going great, but then one after the dominos start falling until it seems like it will knock over an entire house of cards. This is the story of the days leading up to a high profile publishing site launching on WordPress and what it took to save the launch.
December 27, 2015 — Science Fiction and Fantasy can teach web creators many valuable lessons. From seeing how Daleks with too narrow of a goal always fail to understanding the Klingons value of honor, to hundreds of other we can become better web creators by borrowing lessons from Science Fiction and Fantasy.
July 11, 2015 — For only 10% of WordPress’s life have build and test tools been a part of our core repository. We have only solved 10% of the problems we can with tooling. 10% answers can kill you in software development. They’re the tip of the sword. Here’s my question: What is the next ten percent of our answer?
August 13, 2014 — We create applications for our users They have different skills, different styles, different abilities and they use our sites in many different ways. Let’s discuss the way that users use our site and remember the users we forget.
July 1, 2014 — Websites use colors everywhere, but creators of sites don’t always understand the theory behind color. They don’t understand the emotional impact that color can have, or how colors interact with one another. They also don’t always understand how colors contrast with one another or how the math behind that works. And they often fail to take into account users with color deficiencies or provide enough sufficient contrast for their users.
This presentation looks at color from a theoretical perspective and a practical perspective. It answers the technical questions of what color contrast is and what goes into creating it and also look at how color deficiencies affect color choice and how we can test and design for all of our users.