June 28, 2021 — Over the past years, APIs have grown to be the engine of the web, with OAuth 2.0 being the standard for enabling secure cross-platform connections to such APIs on behalf of a user. However, setting up OAuth requires extensive technical knowledge of the protocol and the platform. For a distributed ecosystem such as WordPress these are hurdles almost impossible to overcome.
This talk explains how we solved this problem for the Site Kit plugin and various Google APIs. It explores alternate approaches to enable a secure, seamless, and scalable connection between a WordPress site and third-party services to access user data in a way that can be leveraged by other plugins and services as well.
January 14, 2020 — When we work with WordPress, we deal with data that we commonly know as posts, pages, media, comments, options etc. However, the REST API has required us to rethink what some of these data structures are and how they should work, particularly in regards to metadata and options, which have historically been an undefined dump of arbitrary data. This session provides an abstract overview of how data in WordPress is structured and gives insight on questions like: How are post types and taxonomies related? What makes metadata different from options? Where does my own data fit in? If you are developing for WordPress, it is crucial to know some of these concepts. In recent years, WordPress has started to make some structure out of its previous data mess, but is still only touching the surface. And we can all contribute to figuring it out together.
October 18, 2019 — AMP is an open-source web components framework that enables building websites that are compelling, smooth and performant and can be built in an easy and declarative way. With AMP, even highly dynamic and interactive web pages load near instantaneously. The framework furthermore ensures that the high-quality experience achieved after the initial build of a website is maintained over time, by utilizing its powerful validation framework which immediately highlights issues that could potentially hurt user experience.
The core of this workshop is to build a WordPress site that benefits from the power of the AMP framework, taking into consideration all the different pieces a typical site consists of. We will go through the process of creating an AMP compatible theme, and learn what to look out for when selecting or building AMP compatible plugins to enhance the feature set of your site. In preparation for this, a brief introduction will highlight the key principles of AMP, explain why it exists, and showcase some impressive use-cases of the framework.
September 5, 2019 — WordPress success is the success of our community, and currently, WordPress is going beyond its own barriers and limits. The Gutenberg project is transforming WordPress into an even more powerful editing tool that will change our idea of modern day web editors.
Whether you are familiar Gutenberg or not, this discussion panel moderated by Hannah Smith will let you know the different phases of the project and you’ll find out first hand from the experts the latest Gutenberg news and updates. Join us to find out more!
Hosted by Hannah Smith
– Elio Rivero
– Mark Uraine
– Kåre Steffensen
– Felix Arntz
– Tom Nowell
June 10, 2019 — A diverse environment like your WordPress site is inherently difficult to control. If you are a developer, you can make sure your own code meets quality standards and honors best practices, but it is usually not possible to do the same for plugins created by others. It becomes even more of a problem if you are required to rely on third-party code entirely, for example when you maintain a WordPress site, but don’t write extensions for it yourself.
Recently, new browser technologies have been introduced to help tackle such issues. Content Security Policies and Feature Policies allow you to define contracts between your site and the browser, efficiently enforcing your site to stick to certain best practices you define. You don’t want your site to ever serve images that are too large? You don’t want your site to ever give the user that pop-up for browser notifications? These new policies put you in control over how your site interacts with the user, relying on the browser as a middle man. If there is a violation of the policies you have defined, the browser can inform you via a new Reporting API standard, allowing you to spot the problem and act upon it. This session will provide an introduction to these new technologies, and then dive into how you can use them in WordPress.
January 18, 2019 — This talk is for you – even if you haven’t attended a contributor day before. The session will highlight benefits of contributing, provide recommendations on how to find your spot and build trust, and give insights on which traits are particularly valuable to have or pick up. You will furthermore learn how contributing to core is by far not only about writing code. The goal of this session is to prepare you for a beneficial long-term relationship as a core contributor so that you can make a significant impact over time.
October 12, 2018 — WordPress Multisite use case for event producers from Felix Arntz.
July 20, 2018 — While a contributor day in the core team gets you familiar with the technical parts of contributing to WordPress core, it usually does not provide further guidance for those who are interested in following up and contributing more than the first taster. Finding your spot among the core contributors and spending your contributing time efficiently can be a tough and tedious challenge. Furthermore, you may run into roadblocks or get frustrated quickly.
If you are interested in becoming a long-term contributor and influencing WordPress core sustainably, this talk is for you – even if you haven’t attended a contributor day before. The session will be a personal story that highlights benefits of contributing, provides recommendations on how to find your spot and build trust, and gives insights on which traits are particularly valuable to have or pick up. You will furthermore learn how contributing to core is by far not only about writing code. The goal of this session is to prepare you for a beneficial long-term relationship as a core contributor so that you can make a significant impact over time.
July 11, 2018 — Protecting your plugin functionality with specific capability checks using the Capabilities API should be a best practice, but it is still one of the most underused parts of WordPress core. Using the API allows for granular access management by developers using the plugin, and may even prevent security holes. This session explains how to use the API by looking at examples and diving in deeper from there, both from the view of a plugin developer as well as of an external developer who needs to tweak a third-party plugin.
As another practical example, some of the upcoming improvements to capabilities in WordPress core itself are revealed, so that you are aware of what’s on the horizon.