October 1, 2017 — Accessibility can feel overwhelming with lots of scary-sounding legal language and complicated requirements. We’ll take a quick look at the laws around accessibility so they don’t sound so scary. Then we’ll go over the basics of making accessible WordPress websites from the perspective of both design and development. We’ll go over practical examples of accessibility requirements. Finally, we’ll discuss tools you can use to help you get comfortable thinking about accessibility and testing for it on any website, including your next project.
June 22, 2017 — If you’re tired of making websites just because it pays the bills then this talk is for you. Deciding to use my WordPress knowledge for good by working with non-profits and cause-based organizations wasn’t an easy step but one I will never regret. Now I want to share what I’ve learned about working with this niche of clients. I also want to encourage others to help those organizations work towards real change and tackle important issues, to help make their jobs a little easier. I’ll discuss a few strategies for getting started with this niche of clients, what their unique needs are and how you can best address them. We’ll also go over a few common misconceptions about working with non-profits (no it’s not charity work).
November 18, 2016 — Seemingly every theme these days comes with a heavy-duty page builder, in an attempt to provide an easy way to display content flexibly. But have you ever tried to use one? They’re more complex than they seem and are a nightmare to use for clients. In this talk, we’ll walk through the major flaws of common page builders. I’ll then introduce you to an alternative solution using the Advanced Custom Fields plugin that still offers your clients the flexibility they desire, while offering developers and designers more control over the work they do… and none of the annoying pitfalls of traditional page builders.