June 2, 2019 — If you are new to WordPress or have just been using it “out of the box,” you may want to learn about some easy ways to add useful functionality to your website using popular WordPress Plugins. This talk will briefly review what plugins are, and how to select and install them. Tara will share her “go to” plugins for adding things like forms, events, and image galleries to your WordPress site, as well as go over plugins which will help your website perform better.
This talk is designed for WordPress Beginners.
November 29, 2017 — WordPress is a great place for artists to share their work, but getting things set up can be challenging. In this talk, I’ll cover everything from preparing imagery of artwork for the web, using the built in WordPress Gallery functionality, and adding lightbox functionality to improve the viewing experience.
November 9, 2017 — Custom Post types allow users to create posts that are automatically categorized for unique display and archiving. Custom Fields (improved by the Advanced Custom Fields plug-in) provide a simple user interface for adding specific content to a post, as well as an accessible mechanism for styling that information on the front end. By combining the two, you can develop custom features, including event directories, specializes menus and more. I will show how to add these features via plugins for non-developers and via code for developers who want more control.
December 1, 2016 — There are many resources for developers online which show how to code a WordPress Theme or a WordPress plugin. However, there are fewer resources which explain the necessity for, and advantages of, separating functionality between Themes and Plugins, planning development according to modular coding principles, and working on WordPress projects which go beyond the blog.
Touching on front end techniques most commonly known from programmers like Brad Frost, I’ll explain how to plan a development project for both front end and backend environments in an overview, using a recent real-world example of developing for both blogs and non-blog-type WordPress multisite installation.
My talk will provide a summarized insight into maintaining individual features through the use of your own Plugins, why it’s important to decide whether to add features to a Theme or via a Plugin, and the flexibility and organisation which modular coding brings.
January 14, 2016 — Has a client ever wanted complex functionality within a WordPress site that you just couldn’t find a plugin for? How about when a client’s needs could be fully met by WordPress except for one little part. Single-page apps (SPAs) are in high demand, and perfect for adding dynamic functionality to a WordPress site.
So, can SPAs be easily added to WordPress sites? Turns out, they can, and with minimal effort!
Daniel and David will talk about how to develop a SPA within WordPress, as well as how popular front-end frameworks such as React can be used with a Laravel backend or the WP-API plugin to interact with a database.
There will be demos, and there will be goats.