May 12, 2016 — A major new feature in WordPress was first requested over six years ago in this core ticket has now launched as part of WordPress 4.4. This feature has a dramatic and interesting history. Its arrival has been presaged in changes over at least the last three core releases. Its development has followed an interesting and at-times controversial path involving many well-known core contributors. Its presence has major implications for anyone who develops or maintains themes and plugins in WordPress. The feature in question is Taxonomy Term Meta, and it’s a big big deal!
This session has several purposes:
to provide a brief and entertaining account of the development process and major design decisions involved in making term meta happen, including accounts from the people who developed the feature.
to provide a quick technical introduction to the feature itself and its API.
to discuss what the feature means for WordPress developers and users — in particular for anyone who maintains themes and plugins.
This un-boring session is most appropriate for developers, but also potentially interesting to anyone with responsibility for a WordPress theme or plugin. I’ll be drawing on my experience as a maintainer of several large plugins (including Co-Authors plus) my relationships with several of the core contributors most important to this change and my work at Automattic on WordPress.com VIP, where we’ve spent a significant amount of effort preparing our clients for this transition.
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.