by Sara Rosso
New to WordPress, or trying to convince someone to use it who is? This session is for you. An introduction to the WordPress ecosystem and how some organizations are working within it will be followed by examples and case studies of large-scale installations who are using WordPress to do great things.
Lead BuddyPress developer will walk through the code changes in the latest releas of the popular social networking plugin.
by Greg Veen
by Scott Taylor
There are many challenges when it comes to convincing your company that WordPress is a true CMS — and once you have convinced your company to make the switch to WordPress, there are challenges when it comes time to port 100s of 1000s of records/posts/content types and expose that data to world. Get a guided tour of the issues and considerations that came into play during eMusic’s recent switch to WordPress and learn what you can do to make your own process as smooth as possible.
by Mark Jaquith
This talk will discuss professional WordPress development, scaling up and out to meet demand, and strategies for deploying everything that will keep you sane. Topics for discussion: Apache, Memcached, APC, nginx, NFS, rsync, Git, Capistrano.
by Pete Davies
“Nice site!” “Great theme!” “Buy Cialis!”
Can you tell the spam from the ham? Find out how (and why) spam finds your site. And learn the best practices for managing it.
by Austin Smith
In June of 2011, Observer.com relaunched on WordPress, joining Betabeat.com and PolitickerNY.com to form a network of WordPress sites. Why was WordPress chosen to replace Drupal, the site’s CMS since 2007, and what are the comparative advantages of each system for a newsroom? How were 100,000 articles migrated from Drupal to WordPress, and how did the new site stand up to heavy load? Which plugins crashed the site, and which saved the day? This talk will range from a high-level business overview to a deep exploration of individual files in WordPress’s core.
About 2/3 of the world population speak more than one language and most of the world doesn’t use the Internet in English. This presentation will cover what components are needed for a successful multilingual WordPress site. We’ll compare different set-ups, review key plugins and examine common pitfalls. Then we’ll look at advanced features like e-commerce and email marketing.
by Ed Celis
Thanks to cloud-based services and Open Source technologies, IP is not only changing, it is being redefined and it is helping increase the value of many a start-up (and service) like never before. I am the founder of Tabletracker, a restaurant booking service whose arms, legs, and many other organs are powered by cloud based services. The brain of our service is our technology, and data-base management software, but at its heart, we have used WP and BuddyPress to power-up a community of restaurant lovers, foodies, and critics to create stickiness and brand loyalty. Our beta service combines feeds and API’s from various services such as Qype, OpenTable, Google Maps and others. We use BuddyPress and have enabled reward points, activity badges, restaurant reviews and recommendations and more in one beautiful service that pushes the boundaries of what each of these services can do. Our commitment to the WP community is to give back as much of our knowledge as possible, and to encourage users and WP novices to look into the power of open source as the example to follow when building “Monster” companies and services of your own. Because, quite frankly, why would you want to re-invent the wheel, when building a beter car?
Like most universities, Carleton University had, after a decade of the web, a group of villages instead of a city representing it on the internet. And so with a small team Computing and Communication Services at the university used WordPress to rebuild all 200 of its front-facing informational sites in a little under 2 years. Andrew Riddles explains the background to this project, outlines how the team achieved buy-in from the Carleton community and management, and describes how the new system was implemented.
by Andy Skelton
Query, Rewrite, etc. Nobody knows how this stuff works. More importantly, nobody knows how deeply pluggable everything is. I will begin by posting a request on my blog in June. The audience will pose questions about how things work or how to get certain things done. I will take the best questions and build a presentation around them.
This presentation focuses on breaking down the communication barriers that can make working with a developer more difficult than it needs to be. The presentation will cover
The session will give the audience a reality check on how to go about working with a developer to get a custom WordPress site (or any digital project) built on time and on budget. After attending this session, the audience will have a better understanding of what goes on in the mind of a developer. Armed with this knowledge, clients can contribute to a more effective development process. This will help to reduce costs and save precious time.
It goes without saying that WordPress is not just for blogs but also the ideal platform for CMS applications.* In this talk I’ll show how WordPress can be used to build very specialized, custom CMS applications. Along the way, I’ll talk about the content-related considerations which go into rolling out a CMS application and illustrate with some of my recent work at MIT.
WordPress provides an excellent platform for non-profit organizations to build out their web presence. In this joint session, two unique non-profit projects will be showcased, and questions about both projects and/or why using WordPress is such a benefit to non-profits will be answered by both presenters.
Learn how CURE International moved to WordPress to become an award-winning website as well as providing their constituents with the world’s first social sponsorship platform (cure.org/curekids). This talk will also cover the release of Personal Fundraiser, an open source (GPL) WordPress plugin that provides organizations the ability to allow their fans and constituents to create their own custom online fundraisers using Paypal donations and other payment methods.
UNICEF in Uganda
We built a very graphically oriented custom theme for UNICEF in Uganda. The product is a information portal that includes resources about health, education, workers rights, and more. We get our content from the Uganda Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and other in-country partners. The portals are deployed in rural community centers. These centers have spotty internet at best. We wanted to keep all the systems sync’ed, so we devised a process that includes:
This script installs a full system to support WordPress (Apache, MySQL, PHP) and the system runs locally on the machines. The community center machines are updated periodically, when new content becomes available on the master machine and someone is available to drive to the rural off-the-grid areas, or automatically for those machines that have infrequent internet access. We think this is a really unique way of using WordPress, and it creates a lot of social good. We’re pretty happy with the results — it’s a really cool looking application, with some amazing materials.
by Ian Stewart
Ian explains just what the heck WordPress Post Formats are and why they’re so awesome. Come and find out how to take advantage of that awesomeness and how easy it is to save your WordPress Themes from boring monotony.
by Andrew Nacin
All software has bugs. What sets a great developer apart is how effective they are at tackling them. But even the best can get tripped up, spending hours searching in vain for a bug, and even longer contemplating the proper fix. In this talk, learn the best tools and strategies for finding and fixing bugs in plugins, themes, and even core. We’ll discuss what the common pitfalls look like so you can learn to avoid them. They say that with enough eyes, all bugs are shallow — but if you don’t know where or how to look, you’ll never break the surface.
There is no single correct way to write a web application. For WordPress core developers, few (if any) decisions are trivial. Balancing feature development, iteration, and deadlines (everyone’s favorite) is rocket surgery. Our code runs on a large stage — with tens of millions of users and tens of thousands of developers, we consider every change carefully.
We’ll discuss the factors that inform WordPress core development decisions, and development principles that can improve your own web application.
This talk will discuss how designers can take control of their designs with version control. It will give an overview of popular version control systems, why designers should start using version control, and when and how designers will need to use version control in the WordPress community.
by Estelle Weyl
Improved browser support of CSS3 has allowed us to build a richer web with visual treatments like rounded corners, animations, transformations, gradients, transparency and drop-shadows. But with great power comes great responsibility. Just because you can add a skewed animated rainbow with drop shadow to your site doesn’t mean you should. In this session we’ll look at what’s really cool (pun intended) in CSS3 by making snow with CSS3. You’ll have to restrain yourself, though. Yes, we’ll cover transitions, transforms, keyframes and more. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
The web is replete with “widgets” embedded into sites but hosted by external parties (witness: Google Maps, Facebook Social Plugins). Some of the best uses of these widgets require the various widgets to communicate with the embedding site or even with each other. Without a secure communication channel, though, these widgets can expose sensitive information or capabilities to malicious parties eavesdropping, spoofing, or manipulating that communication.
window.postMessage()  gives modern browsers a secure and convenient communication channel. Unfortunately, a significant portion of internet users are browsing with non-modern browsers .
The traditional method of communicating between iframes is via updating the target frame’s URL fragment (a.k.a. #hash). This method can be made secure, but naive implementations (of which there are legion) are open to spoofing and eavesdropping.
This talk will describe the Needham-Schroeder-Lowe protocol, a well-known security protocol, and show the protocol’s ability to secure the traditional #hash communication channel against spoofing and eavesdropping attacks.
The information in this talk is based on research by Adam Barth, Collin Jackson, and John C. Mitchell of Standford University’s Web Security Group .
You could say that 2010 was the best year yet for WordPress themes — a banner year in an already explosive marketplace. Entire companies are building their lives and businesses around selling themes, and they’ve flourished along with amazing growth of WordPress as a platform.
In 2011 the commercial themes landscape is even more innovative, fun, and crowded than ever. With this panel we’ll meet three industry leaders and discuss their experiences selling themes, providing customer support, and growing their theme business in these fast and
The format will be a Q and A between the moderator and the panelists, but we’ll be sure to leave plenty of time for you to ask your own questions.
Could your plugin be the cause of a WordPress site being hacked? WordPress security experts Mark Jaquith, Jon Cave, and Brad Williams will be performing live security reviews of submitted plugins on Saturday as well as providing tips on security best practices in plugin and theme development. Standard coding techniques and patterns to defend against attacks such as XSS, CSRF and SQLi will be taught by example. If that previous sentence makes no sense to you, you really need to attend this session!
A conversation about methods of contributing to WordPress and the community, why you should do it, and how it benefits everyone – including you.
by Sara Cannon
Enter Responsive Web Design. A term coined by Ethan Marcotte. Many experts aren’t leaning on one static design anymore, but on structured content that adapts to its given environment. We are going to take a look at responsive web design techniques out there including: progressive enhancement, flexible grids, media queries, flexible images & video, & other methods that you can implement to make your WordPress theme “Responsive”.
by Chris Coyier
What if for every HTML element on the page, you got two free ones? That’s what you get with the CSS pseudo elements ::before and ::after. You can use them as canvases to do all kinds of neat and practical design effects. We’ll cover how to use them and loads of real world examples.
I will explain why would we want to write tests, how to write them (in WordPress and a plugin setting) and how this changed my life. I have experience with unit-testing (WordPress, GlotPress, before), and I am one of the maintainers/committers in the current test framework.
12th–14th August 2011