July 13, 2019 — Performing theme, plugin and core updates on your site can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially for older and more complex sites with many interconnected plugins – Woocommerce, I’m looking at you!
The solution is simple: use a staging site – a private copy of your site where you can safely test updates and resolve problems before your users ever experience an issue.
I’ll guide you across a number of ways to create a staging site depending on your specific needs, performing these updates, and then applying these updates to your main site. You’ll leave with a concrete plan for how to set up your own staging site, and will fear the update process far less!
August 31, 2017 — Ever think of using WordPress to manage a project, be a private communication board, or even have a forum? This presentation looks at novel and unique ways to use WordPress beyond a simple blog or website by using BuddyPress, bbPress, and P2. We’ll cover these and more uses that truly push WordPress to its limits.
August 6, 2017 — Plugins are what lets WordPress power so much of the web – all kinds of customizability in only a few clicks! Let’s talk about the WordPress Plugin ecosystem, learn how to identify good plugins from bad ones, and compare paid versus free plugins. I’ll also share my top list of awesome plugins to push WordPress way past a simple blog.
December 16, 2016 — It’s known that WordPress is open-source and community-built, but how exactly one can get started contributing can be a bit of a mystery. In fact, many people aren’t aware that one can contribute to WordPress without being a master of code! Documentation, translation, teaching, infrastructure, design, and yes, Core – there are many different ways to contribute to the WordPress.org Project. My presentation will enlighten audience members to the world of open-source contributing and make it easier for them to connect with the Make.WordPress.org community.
December 1, 2016 — Genuinely helpful money advice from veteran WordPress designers and developers. Save yourself a ton of hassle, time and money by learning what these experts had to learn the hard way. Topics will include: how to price your work, how to plan for scope creep, how to detect and avoid time sinks in advance, red flags with new clients, common pricing pitfalls for newbies, how to get paid ahead of any other vendors. Format: a series of lightning talks (5 mins each) followed by Q & A. For all skill levels and anyone new to WordPress.
June 17, 2016 — You’ve designed it, you’ve built it, you’ve launched your new website – job done, right?
Nope – your adventure has only begun!
In this session we’ll review what “website security” really means, why it matters, and how exactly to implement basic security best practices such as:
– Controlling user access to your site,
– Using (and managing) strong passwords,
– Applying updates to Core and Plugins,
– Installing and configuring security plugins,
– & How to back up your site easily, effectively, and automatically!
September 16, 2015 — Did you know the average user will wait only 2-3 seconds waiting for a webpage to load before abandoning it forever? Having a fast website is critical to its success. How do you ensure your site loads fast and reliably, to all kinds of users around the world? In this presentation we’ll discuss seven strategies for increasing your WordPress site’s speed. Covering caching, content delivery networks, image optimization, file optimization, database cleaning, and hosting and theme choices, you’re guaranteed to leave this presentation with concrete next steps for improving your site’s performance.
Most of these strategies can be accomplished through plugins!
May 28, 2015 — This presentation looks at novel and unique ways to use WordPress beyond a simple blog or website by using BuddyPress, bbPress, and P2. Ever think of using WordPress to manage a project, be a private communication board, or even have a forum? We’ll cover these and more uses that truly push WordPress to its limits.
March 22, 2014 — HTML is one of the core languages of the Internet. You don’t HAVE to know HTML to build and maintain a WordPress website – but knowing the basic tags gives you more control over the content, presentation, and impact of your message. This presentation covers the basic HTML tags commonly used in WordPress. You’ll learn how to insert a link, format text size/style/position, load an image, and more, all through the WordPress HTML editor.