by Tammy Hart
The foundations of plugin and theme development.
John will briefly demonstrate a WordPress ecommerce theme and then go through the steps in creating a storefront using WordPress and the FoxyShop plugin. If he has time, he’ll also show us how to make the store responsive.
In the WordPress for Beginner’s session of WordCamp Birmingham, Brian will take you through and explain the steps you took in the “5 minute” installation of WordPress, and break down what it means. He’ll walk you through the different settings your website has, describe how things like widgets and menus work, and even lay out a base understanding of just what makes WordPress so much more than a blog these days.
You might hear scary phrases like “custom post types”, “the loop”, “taxonomies”, “queries”, and “templates” come up, but it’ll all be laid out in a way that almost anyone can understand. And come with your questions because he’ll have the answers.
Custom Post Types were a watershed feature added to WordPress 3.0 in 2010. Since then there has been an explosion of WordPress use for all types of sites, not just for blogs. But as with most powerful new features the reality is that taking Custom Post Types to their limit can take thousands of hours of trial and error.
But why spend all those hours with a sore forehead when you can bypass most of the effort by attending this presentation/workshop? This will be a DOUBLE LENGTH workshop and EVERYTHING will be done in PHP code in WordPress theme’s functions.php file while at the end we’ll convert to a plugin.
Here’s what you’ll learn how to do:
This is designed to be a FAST-paced workshop for people who are comfortable using PHP. We’ll take suggestions from the audience for what kind of post type to build so come with ideas. Then we’ll show a series of code snippets built from scratch for you to see how each one comes together. And we’ll make mistakes while we’re working so you can see how to get past the mistakes you will inevitably make.
If you are really saavy and have a local install of WordPress on your laptop you can work hands-on in real time and immediately see how everything work. But it you are not ready to follow along in real time we’ll give you access to a link at the end of the session where you can download all the code.
by Joel Norris
Developing WordPress themes from the ground up is time consuming and costly to sustain, as version iterate. Using a theme framework such as Thesis or Genesis can speed up development time and drastically reduce site maintenance over time.
by Ryan Imel
Ryan is the Editor-In-Chief of WPCandy, a blog all about WordPress. He’s tried a lot of plugins. There are a lot of places where you can find different plugins to do one job, but in this session, Ryan will go through a big list of plugins that just work. One job, one plugin. Rapid fire.
by Vid Luther
Over 85% of new WordPress sites are sites where WordPress is used as a CMS. You’ve probably attended tons of sessions telling you how to optimize WordPress for speed, and how to use some SEO plugin. I’ll talk about things businesses need to do, to make sense of their site AFTER they have traffic coming to their site.
Topics covered will be:
My aim by the end of this talk is to be able to give you ideas on how you can use your website to learn more about your visitors, without them entering a form.
Creating a restful webservice with WordPress to power an app or act as an API.
by Jane Wells
Code is Poetry. You may have noticed this phrase in the footer of WordPress.org or printed on a t-shirt or sticker. It’s a beautiful metaphor, but what does it mean? During the course of this talk, I’ll be looking at “Code is poetry” from a couple of different view points. I’ll also be taking a look at a select group plugins and themes that put these ideas into practice.
While WordPress is naturally great for all websites, many people use other services. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Flickr, Foursquare… All of these various services have something in common; they usually offer APIs of various sorts for connecting to them. You can use parts of the core WordPress code to make that sort of integration easier to do in themes and plugins, and to simplify much of your custom development. Learn some tricks with making HTTP calls, OAuth and why it matters, and how to connect to various parts of the WordPress core to do interesting things.
by Judi Knight
This presentation will give the scoop on themes. Specifically, What is a theme? What is GPL licensing? What is difference between free themes and premium themes. What are theme frameworks and why use child themes? And why certain themes are better than others depending on what your background is ie: coder, designer, beginner or intermediate skill level.
by Cliff Seal
In an age of social justice, social causes, and social media, the quintessential non-profit has to be a dependable source of constantly-changing information, spearheaded by tech-savvy people creating engaging content for blogs, print media, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, text messaging, and infinitely more.
The problem? How does the staff (if there is one) get the time and, more importantly, the energy to do all that when they’re, you know, busy trying to get a non-profit off the ground? On the other side of that same coin, how does a long-standing NPO inject itself into internet culture without immediately seeming stale and forceful? The general consensus seems to be that successful organizations such as charity:water simply blitzed social media, created a good-looking website, and magically blew up. Yet, most NPO’s will (or need to) face the fact that they don’t have the same perfect storm of passion, resources, and engaging content. How do you do the best you can with what you do have?
My answer: WordPress.
The incredible power of the WordPress platform combined with the easy-to-teach-and-use interface of the admin area allows you, as a developer or project manager, to start an NPO off on the right foot while allowing for scalability- not only in a website context, but in all forms of online media. My presentation on ‘Empowering NPO’s with WordPress’ would include such things as:
1. Using Custom Post Types to make web updates easy for clients
2. Using social plugins to help a NPO appropriately scale engagement in social media
3. Customizing the admin area with branding to give administrators the feeling of ‘ownership’
4. Using Custom Fields to allow for future extensibility of features, such as #5
5. Creating a native iOS application using RSS feeds from WordPress
6. Bottling the excitement of a NPO from the possibilities above and using it to spur them into further innovation
The last point is the best. When you’re able to consider the fact that you can not only code useful features for a NPO, but take the fear out of them being creative by building in extensible features that will deter the costs of future projects, you get clients who are:
1. Excited about their web presence
2. Excited about WordPress
3. Excited about the open-source community
4. Able to focus on what they do best
5. Excited to give you MORE future projects and refer you to others without hesitation
Everyone needs successful NPO’s to bring social justice to the world, and you, as a developer, need more work, more references, and more excited clients. And wouldn’t you like those same clients to be excited by WordPress?
So your new site’s launched: great content, beautiful design, and SEO’ed like whoah. But when a visitor comes in for one particular page, how do you encourage them to engage further with your content rather than leave? The Yet Another Related Posts Plugin for WordPress—aka YARPP—was built exactly out of this concern. YARPP offers your visitors a number of “related posts” which may also interest them. These “related posts” are chosen automatically by a unique algorithm which compares the current post or page with other content on the site.
Advocated by the likes of Matt Mullenweg (WordPress) and Matt Cutts (Google), YARPP is by far the most popular content recomendation plugin for WordPress. Learn about the past and future of YARPP straight from its author, mitcho. I’ll talk about YARPP’s internals, share some advanced tips for using and customizing YARPP, and will debut YARPP’s custom post type support.
WordPress has tons of features that can make life easier for developers and designers. This talk will look into some of the nooks and crannies that you might not be familiar with, and we’ll also explore creative uses for features you probably already use. Discussions will include some established plugins as well as code snippets for fine-tuning sites.
by Micah Wood
WordPress makes AJAX easy and all too often developers write their own code for handling AJAX. The purpose of this presentation is to walk developers through the process of implementing basic AJAX functionality in themes and plugins. Topics covered will include best practices, client-side AJAX requests via jQuery, server-side processing of requests with WordPress action hooks, proper inclusion of scripts, localizing data and implementing nonces. Sample code will be made available for download.
14th–15th January 2012