February 9, 2018 — So you’ve started a business, and your business is working. People are asking for your services and paying you for them. That’s awesome! Now, the tasks required to keep the business going are mounting. Everyone keeps telling you that it’s time to start outsourcing. However, few people seem to have an idea of how to actually grow a team. You need a bookkeeper, but how do you even find one? What about a lawyer? Should a support team member be a contractor or an employee? What about interns – do they need to be paid? What about services like Fiverr and Upwork?
In this talk, we will answer these questions and more. Relevant to any freelancer beginning to see themselves as an agency, product or education business looking for additional support, or anywhere in between, our experience growing the team at Caldera Labs has been full of lessons we’d like to share. From understanding what makes a legal unpaid internship vs. an illegal one, to best practices in how to teach new team members how to do things the way you think should be done while allowing room for each person’s unique strengths to shine through, this WordPress HR talk will be packed with information and leave you armed with the legalese and management concepts to grow a successful team – extra points for being specifically for WordPress businesses, by a WordPress business professional, and with knowledge of what employment law looks like especially in New York City.
December 25, 2017 — It is common practice to move code through a series of servers in a multi-tiered development workflow. This talk will discuss best practices for deployment from local development environment to production servers. We’ll dive in to in how to push changes from collaborative version control tools to build, deploy and deliver WordPress. Learn basic concepts around deployment, testing and dependency management and see how it all ties together.
July 1, 2017 — Sam will speak on Best Practices in Plugin Development!
May 14, 2017 — Comment produire le meilleur site possible avec votre système de gestion de contenu préféré ? Pour répondre à cette question, nous nous pencherons tout d’abord sur la qualité Web et même plus précisément, sur la qualité de votre site Web, c’est-à-dire sa capacité à satisfaire les exigences fondamentales de ses utilisateurs. En pratique, nous verrons s’il existe des bonnes pratiques universelles, réalistes, et vérifiables en ligne qui permettent d’améliorer et de mieux prendre en compte la diversité des contextes de consultation de vos sites par leurs utilisateurs et l’amélioration globale de leur expérience..
Enfin, nous verrons comment il est possible de prendre en compte ces bonnes pratiques dans les systèmes de gestion de contenus, et comment ceux-ci vont pouvoir nous aider à produire de meilleurs sites.
November 1, 2016 — SEO best practices that developers should keep in mind when they are building a website.
Learn, how as a web developer, you can build search engine friendly websites for yourself and your clients.
The session will take you through the various on-page ranking factors that you should pay attention to when building and launching a new site.
This presentation is for developers who want to get better results from their websites.
August 31, 2016 — Custom Post Types allow you to better organize your site. We’ll look at some common use cases for Custom Post Types, what code to add, where to add it, and some of the nuances that go along with creating them. We will do all of these things without any plugins.
August 26, 2016 — Accessibility Tips, Tricks and Best Practices for Plugin Developers
April 6, 2016 — This talk will focus on the purpose and significance of the three environments all professional developers should use when serving their clients.
1. Development Environment
2. Staging Environment
3. Production Environment
The presentation will not stick to a particular set of tools, though. Instead, it will acknowledge the fact that developers choose to use a variety of different editors, debuggers, and so on.
Sure, various tools will be mentioned and recommended but none will be pushed on any of the audience – the ultimate goal is to inform those who are there what their options are.
Further, we _will_ discuss the general workflow of going from development to staging and from staging to production and ways to easily and professionally move your code from one environment to the other.
Finally, the talk will cover why this matters and how it benefits both you (or the business) and the customer.