With fall right around the corner here in North America (I know it feels way too soon), it seems that WordCamp season kicks into high gear. This year is no exception—with over 20 WordCamps currently scheduled to happen between the end of August and the beginning of December. And with all those WordCamps, comes lots of knowledge, confusion, and sometimes frustration for a first time attendee. That alone could cause people to miss out on a great opportunity to learn, network, meet new people, and even build new business relationships. But I am in a unique position to give you a […]
Where in the world can you find world-famous deep dish pizza and interact with a fantastic collection of WordPress experts and enthusiasts? You guessed it, WordCamp Chicago! The WordPress-centric event will be held at the University Center in downtown Chicago from June 13-15th. The three-day event features some awesome sessions, speakers, and attendees. Foundation Friday This jam-packed weekend kicks off with Foundation Friday! Friday’s events aim to provide WordCamp attendees with a solid knowledge base. Last year, Foundation Friday was geared towards WordPress beginners, but this year options have been expanded: WordPress 101, WordPress 201, WordPress 301, and WordPress 401, […]
For most people the thought of dealing with the Command Line is akin to trying to read, speak, and translate a foreign language – you’d just rather skip it entirely and hire an interpreter or translator or just not go there in the first place. But there’s a lot that you can learn about not only programming and computers in general but also WordPress. Some of you might actually find a bit of “fun” in the mix as well. Why not let Mike Schroder give you a brief introduction to what might just be another great challenge for you this […]
We get a lot of individual and public inquiries about caching as it’s an important part of web usability and SEO – and obviously it just makes reading a blog a heckuva lot better when you don’t have to wait as long for things to load! One of the more popular solutions out there is WP Super Cache which can work on most hosts and server environments. But installing a caching plugin is just the first of many steps to make it optimal – you’re going to want to go through the settings and configure it so that it works […]
We just announced some really neat news around Yoast and his SEO Plugin, namely the fact that he’s going to be offering some premium features and support which I think has been a long time coming. To prime and prep you for that it might be a good idea, especially if you’re new to Joost de Valk‘s work, to hang out with Alex Vasquez for a few moments as he walks through the plugin in this workshop at WordCamp Orange County:
It’s exciting to hear the announcement that WordCamp Europe, 2013 is now open for registration – this plans to be one of the larger events and should it’s exciting because it really is the “first” large-scale WordCamp to be held in Europe as a whole. That’s what they are shooting for straight-up: WordCamp Europe is the first large-scale WordCamp to be held in Europe. By large-scale, we mean big. And by big, we mean awesome. This is a chance for the European WordPress community to gather together in the idyllic town of Leiden to geek-out, share experiences, do business, and […]
It takes time to code a decent WordPress plugin, more time if you don’t have the right plan of implementing and releasing it into the wild. If it’s your first time then here’s a great presentation that may save you more than a few hours of work – thanks to Jonathan Desrosiers for the presentation!
Joe Boydston keeps coming up on the radar and that’s because he’s got a powerful message that many people need to hear. He was here in Atlanta for our event and shared a killer presentation that many people came for. He also presented at Reno-Tahoe on free speech, free press, and free software:
For any designer and/or developer that stumbles into the WordPress community for the first time, they are bound to feel a bit overwhelmed. After all, we’ve got a near endless supply of themes, plugins, developers, designers, blogs, and other artifacts- all of which are surrounding our favorite blogging platform, CMS, and slowly-developing application platform. It seems almost like a gold mine, right?
I have a graduate degree in education and so it’s needless to say that I’m very passionate about the field and the importance of providing quality pedagogy to those that are coming up after us, who will eventually be our leaders and innovators. WordPress is a vital part of creating that fundamental foundation with it’s use in education and teaching – which is why I love this presentation by John Caserta in a 2012 presentation: