December 27, 2019 — Did you know that it is possible to create SaaS applications with WordPress? We will discuss some of the successfully created applications, and how to go about building one. We will cover what kinds of software makes sense to be a SaaS application instead of a standard plugin, and the kinds of built-in advantages WordPress add to the process. In addition, we will compare different options for provisioning new accounts and how to secure and scale your applications.
The WordPress plugin ecosystem numbers in the thousands, but there is still a comparatively small set of software for the WordPress platform that goes beyond plugins. We will cover what kinds of software makes sense to be a SaaS application instead of a standard plugin, and the kinds of built-in advantages WordPress add to the process. Using Laravel as an example, we’ll also discuss the basics of how to integrate your application as well as compare different options for security and monetization.
July 20, 2017 — Suddenly your once small website has grown and there are tens of thousands of users or more! I’ll run through things you should do to ensure your growing web application remains at peak-performance so that users have a fantastic experience on your site. This talk is for the developers who build medium to large, complex WordPress sites that might handle a lot of users and interactions. We’ll go over 1) performance tips to keep your server fast, 2) development workflow optimizations to keep your team deploying continuously, and 3) UX and design pointers to make your website/app look and FEEL fast, even when it’s not.