February 7, 2016 — With taxonomies and their individual terms, you can structure and categorize posts in various ways. That’s a matter of common knowledge. This session will broaden your mind, though, because there’s much more to taxonomies and terms. You can easily link individual taxonomies and synchronize their terms, you can use taxonomies for users, and you can facilitate taxonomies to store meta data. Finally, we will have a look at WordPress 4.4’s new feature: term meta.
December 20, 2015 — The headline feature of WordPress 2.3 was what Matt called “native tagging support”. The taxonomy architecture that supported tags in WP 2.3 – an abstraction of the old Category functionality – is a critical component of how WordPress turned from a blogging platform to the more generalized content management system that it is today.
But this evolution has not always been smooth sailing. There was significant debate over how (and whether) WordPress’s general taxonomy framework should work. And the database schema that ultimately shipped in version 2.3 had technical ramifications that took several years to become fully apparent.
A close look at these problems, and how the WordPress team is addressing them, contains some useful lessons on how WP deals with breaking changes, the importance of unit tests and developer documentation, and how to weigh backward compatibility against future platform growth.
May 31, 2015 — Once upon a time we passed parameters to create web pages, now we use pretty URLs and (hopefully) think through our URLs carefully. URLs are one of the fundamental commands a user can give WordPress, and they can be poetic, powerful and precise all at once. This talk covers how URLs are turned into WP_Query parameters, what URL endpoints are and when to use them, how URLs can be attractive and amusing, and how to use URLs across different post type structures.
November 1, 2014 — WIRED.com had 36 separate WP installs which grew into a maintenance headache. Kathleen share lessons learned from migrating over 100,000 posts from 17 blogs into one install – and how they lived to tell the tale.
October 26, 2014 — Stop plopping text on a page and think about new ways to present content. Create a library of design patterns that you can reuse (portfolios, testimonials, staff directories, and more) and pair them with Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, and the Custom Field Suite. With a bit of prep work, you can create a reusable toolkit for building sites that more functional and purposeful while making your own work more efficient.
September 19, 2009 — Tyler Sticka talks about creating and maintaining a WordPress site to serve as a portfolio to both show and describe your work, including plugin and theme ideas to get you started easily. The talk also includes code snippets and suggestions for optimizing your theme for serving a portfolio.
Video production by Joe Christensen of Blaze Streaming Media.