Speakers: Mark Wilkinson

  • Mark Wilkinson: Domain Mapping With WP Multisite Without Using IP Addresses

    Mark Wilkinson: Domain Mapping With WP Multisite Without Using IP Addresses

    WordCamp Manchester 2018Speaker: Mark Wilkinson

    July 25, 2019 — Mark Wilkinson details multiple approaches to mapping domains when using WordPress Multisite.

  • Mark Wilkinson: Build blocks without writing JavaScript

    Mark Wilkinson: Build blocks without writing JavaScript

    WordCamp Bristol 2019Speaker: Mark Wilkinson

    June 10, 2019 — When the new block-based editor was released earlier this year, WordPress development was about to get a lot harder. Instead of the low barrier to entry PHP we are used too, along came React and JavaScript based development practices.

    How are “traditional” developers like me supposed to keep up? Well, fear not as I will show you in this talk the ways in which I build WordPress sites, using the block editor, developing custom blocks which meet the clients’ needs.

    I will outline how we standardised our block-based development into a plugin which we use on many of the sites we build today.

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  • Mark Wilkinson: Syndicating Content with WordPress

    Mark Wilkinson: Syndicating Content with WordPress

    WordCamp London 2019Speaker: Mark Wilkinson

    June 5, 2019 — Have you ever had a situation where you needed the same content on multiple websites, with just one place to edit it? Maybe in a network of WordPress sites?

    In this talk I will outline how we built a content syndication system for a network of WordPress sites, meaning that content required on all sites could be edited once and deployed out to one or all of the thousands of sites in the network.

    I will talk about the technologies we used to accomplish the task, the development challenges that were involved and how we overcame them.

    These systems are great for businesses which have lots of divisions, regions or franchises which need the same default content on each site.

  • Mark Wilkinson: Transitioning to a block-based editor in a pre-Gutenberg world

    Mark Wilkinson: Transitioning to a block-based editor in a pre-Gutenberg world

    WordCamp Edinburgh 2018Speaker: Mark Wilkinson

    April 11, 2019 — How do we move towards a block-based admin UI in a pre-Gutenberg WordPress?

    With the rise of page builders and ‘block-based’ layouts, and the imminent arrival of Gutenberg – WordPress’ new block-based editor – we needed a solution for transitioning towards this new way of editing content while sticking with the mature and stable technology stack that we know and love.

    We, therefore, set out to find another solution and this led to the development of the HD ACF Blocks plugin that we use on most sites today.

    This talk introduces the plugin, how we built it, how it works, and how it provides value to our clients and our business.

  • Mark Wilkinson: A deep understanding of WordPress actions and filters

    Mark Wilkinson: A deep understanding of WordPress actions and filters

    WordCamp Edinburgh 2017Speaker: Mark Wilkinson

    April 3, 2019 — WordPress is known for its extensibility – the ability to change the behaviour of the software without breaking the core code. This is added through plugins and themes.

    Understanding how to extend WordPress is essential if you want to develop solutions using WordPress. This talk will teach you how actions and filters work, with some practical and theoretical examples to illustrate their functionality.

    Attendees should hopefully come away from this talk with a greater understanding on how actions and filters, or hooks as they are collectively known, can unlock the door to building greater things with WordPress, and as I worked out being able to say “Wow, you can do (almost) anything with WordPress!”.

  • Borek Bernard, Georgia Cottle, Mark Wilkinson: Lightning Session : Setting up and Running a WordPress Mentorship Programme

    Borek Bernard, Georgia Cottle, Mark Wilkinson: Lightning Session : Setting up and Running a WordPress Mentorship Programme

    WordCamp London 2018Speakers: Borek Bernard, Georgia Cottle, Mark Wilkinson

    January 24, 2019 — As WordPress is an open source project and has given so much to me and my company over the years, we (Highrise Digital Ltd) wanted to do something to give something back to the community that helped us so much.

    Therefore in 2017, we launched the first round of our WordPress mentorship programme which aims to help and mentor budding WordPress developers with development and business related issues.

    This talk will talk about how we set up the mentorship programme, our aims for doing so, how we recruited mentees and what they got out of it.

  • Mark Wilkinson: WordPress is a CMS not a CMS

    Mark Wilkinson: WordPress is a CMS not a CMS

    WordCamp Bristol 2017Speaker: Mark Wilkinson

    October 12, 2018 — WordPress allows users to manage their content through the WordPress admin screens. This means users can add, edit and delete content and media and manage their sites without the need to ask developers for every change. WordPress is a content management system, but all too often it can end up becoming a content mismanagement system when editing and managing the site is just too difficult, This talk goes through some of the ways in which we build sites so they are easy to content manage, whilst allowing clients to edit pretty much all of their site. It will cover the different methods we use to make content management easy and some of the problems that we see with sites we have been asked to improve. Hopefully by the end of this talk attendees will come away with some practical examples on how to make content management with WordPress easier and quicker for users.

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  • Denise VanDeCruz and Mark Wilkinson: Lightning Session

    Denise VanDeCruz and Mark Wilkinson: Lightning Session

    WordCamp London 2017Speakers: Denise VanDeCruz, Mark Wilkinson

    June 3, 2017 — 1. Denise VanDeCruze
    Title: Working Across Time Zones
    Description: How do we deal with a global client base? How do we get projects done with a worldwide team? I will be sharing some best practices for working across long distances and differences in time and culture. You can expect stories of this going wrong as well as stories of this going well, how to set-up expectations, timelines and deliverables.

    2. Mark Wilkinson
    Title: Computing in UK Schools. What they Teach and WordPress’ Role.
    Description: In 2013/2014 the UK government made major changes to the ICT curriculum, most notably removing a lot of the traditional “how to use” content and replacing this with a Computing focused curriculum. As a former teacher at the time I went through this transition. In this talk I will outline what is now taught in UK schools at the moment along with some of the techniques and software programs used to get these skills and knowledge across to our youngsters. The talk will touch on the role WordPress could and perhaps should play in the curriculum. This talk with be of interest to anyone interesting in learning what and how computing is taught in schools. In may be of greater interest to agencies recruiting from the pool of up and coming talent.

  • Mark Wilkinson: Tremendous Taxonomies

    Mark Wilkinson: Tremendous Taxonomies

    WordCamp Manchester 2016Speaker: Mark Wilkinson

    March 16, 2017 — Taxonomies have been around in WordPress for a long time as a way of grouping things together, but did you know there is a lot you can do with taxonomies which you may not know? In this talk I will outline what taxonomies are and how you can create your own custom taxonomies. I will share some use cases for having custom taxonomies as well as some different and interesting ways in which I have used taxonomies on some sites in the past. In addition I will looks at some of the ways in which you can optimise the admin UI for taxonomies, making it more appropriate in some cases. The talk will also look at how you can associate data with different taxonomy terms.

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  • Mark Wilkinson: Publishing a Plugin on WordPress.org

    Mark Wilkinson: Publishing a Plugin on WordPress.org

    WordCamp London 2016Speaker: Mark Wilkinson

    June 7, 2016 — How do you get a plugin onto the WordPress.org repository? What steps do you need to take? Are there any specific requirements? These are just some of the questions this talk, aimed at anyone who wants to push a plugin to the WordPress.org repository will answer. We will go through the steps you need to take in order to prepare your plugin, some best practices in the plugin code and how to submit it to .org.

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