September 19, 2019 — We’re all big fans of WordPress – I’ve been using it since the very first version and love it. But getting to know other technical solutions will help you to learn many more new things, be inspired by alternative systems, and help you to build better websites with WordPress. In my talk, I’ll share some of the experiences I’ve gained as a CMS developer, website builder, content manager and blogger since the late 1990s.
October 9, 2018 — During my talk, we’ll look at a few common theme concepts as they apply to live websites, and explain how to plan the layout of your site to ensure that visitors get to the information they need as quickly and easily as possible.
September 27, 2017 — During my talk, we’ll look at a few common theme concepts and explain how to layout the pages of your site to ensure that visitors get to the information they need as quickly and easily as possible.
December 1, 2016 — There are many resources for developers online which show how to code a WordPress Theme or a WordPress plugin. However, there are fewer resources which explain the necessity for, and advantages of, separating functionality between Themes and Plugins, planning development according to modular coding principles, and working on WordPress projects which go beyond the blog.
Touching on front end techniques most commonly known from programmers like Brad Frost, I’ll explain how to plan a development project for both front end and backend environments in an overview, using a recent real-world example of developing for both blogs and non-blog-type WordPress multisite installation.
My talk will provide a summarized insight into maintaining individual features through the use of your own Plugins, why it’s important to decide whether to add features to a Theme or via a Plugin, and the flexibility and organisation which modular coding brings.