Speakers: Ben May

  • Where is WordPress’ place in the website creator economy?

    WordCamp US 2022Speaker: Ben May

    October 10, 2022 — The rise of the website creator economy has introduced new creator-focused platforms and approaches to building.

    How does WordPress fit into this new world? Learn from some of the real-life experiences about what has worked with small and large creators and newsletter-focused sites across various platforms.

    Find out how to recognize where WordPress can be a smart choice and how to explain the value of WordPress.

  • Ben May: Building a Sensible Publishing Architecture with WordPress

    WordCamp Publishers: Columbus 2019Speaker: Ben May

    June 4, 2020 — We know WordPress is a great foundation for most publishers, but the modern web is becoming more and more demanding of our publishing platforms. Building more dynamic and complex web experiences are putting pressure on WordPress to deliver, especially at scale.

    In this talk, Ben discussed and featured some work The Code Company did to build best of breed WordPress publishing platforms for their clients. Specifically, how their team work in a microservice architecture approach, native within WordPress, while resisting the urge to introduce additional technologies.

    At the end of this talk, people left with some different ideas around how to architect and build more advanced services for high traffic WordPress sites without going over the top and some examples of what can go wrong.”

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  • Briana Graydon, Ben May, Shaan Nicol – Panel of Experts – Q&A – Business Ops

    WordCamp Sydney 2019Speakers: Briana Graydon, Ben May, Shaan Nicol

    March 12, 2020 — There are so many tools that you use in your business to manage the day to day operations, sales, billing, research, communication, project management etc.

    I bet most of those systems don’t talk to each other, and that’s where Zapier comes in, to save you a lot of time by automating the connections and data points between applications and WordPress.

    See how you can use Zapier and WordPress together to automate social media posting and much more.

  • Ben May & Adrian O’Hagan: Building Powerful Subscription And Membership Sites That Scale

    WordCamp Sydney 2019Speakers: Ben May, Adrian O'Hagan

    March 9, 2020 — Subscription revenue models are an increasingly popular choice for a lot of different types of businesses — more and more websites are exploring partial or total subscription strategies.

    Speakers Adrian O’Hagan from Crikey and Private Media, and Ben May from The Code Company share their experiences in building and migrating large complex WordPress subscription sites.

    Two unique perspectives; Adrian’s experience as both product manager and developer, and Ben as a technical agency working with clients on these kinds of projects.

    This talk will examine some of the common pain points experienced with scaling subscription sites, and how the pair have architected powerful and flexible subscription sites using SaaS products such as Chargify.

  • Ben May: Working with Massive WordPress Sites, Clients and Enterprise

    WordCamp Melbourne 2013Speaker: Ben May

    May 25, 2013 — Slow websites are bad and as websites grow in traffic, slow websites get slower. It’s often a wise move to invest a small amount of time in the early stages of a site’s life to think about performance and scaling. How you can work with larger sites when it comes to caching, file management (version control), SQL performance and front-end optimisation.

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