If conferences are not your thing, I understand. They were never mine either, but only until I attended WordCamp for the very first time. And at my third one, I actually got to speak. (more…)
— Sep 26th —
This year’s WordCamp Europe started a bit earlier than expected. Even though the official green light was given this morning (Sep 27th), things actually started happening yesterday evening.
That being said, the agenda wasn’t particularly tense as the most popular hashtag apart from #wceu was … wait for it … #beer. People seemed to be reaching out to other like-minded WordPress enthusiasts in hope of having a quick meet-up and talk some WordPress things over a nice cold beverage.
Fast forward to today’s morning.
— Sep 27th 8am —
Just like planned, the registration started at 8am, and the table looked quite impressive with all the name badges (sorry about the pic quality): (more…)
I will split this by speakers and interesting things that they said (from my point of view ), you can find more things on twitter using : #wceu
Speaker : Vitaly Friedman ( @smashingmag ) – Editor Smashing Magazine
Presentation : Behind the Scenes at Smashing Magazine
– You don’t need legal mumbo-jumbo
– You don’t need deadlines
– You don’t need many articles
– You don’t need investors
– You don’t need to compromise
– Since switching from list articles to editorials, Smashing Magazine gets less traffic but higher quality traffic .
– Quality content is expensive – each article costs around $850, and per month it’s about $17,000 just on content.
Speaker : Ptah Dunbar ( @ptahdunbar) – @WordPress, @BuddyPress, & @bbPress core contributor
Presentation : Unit Testing like a Pirate
– WP Skeleton Plugin by @ptahdunbar Useful starting place for Unit Testing your WordPress plugins
Speaker : Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko ( @Rarst ) – Community moderator at WordPress Stack Exchange
Presentation : Better Site Stacks with Composer
– Download Composer : https://getcomposer.org/Composer-Setup.exe
– If you are WordPress developer, you are PHP developer.
Speaker : Sara Rosso ( @rosso ) – VIP Global Services Manager at Automattic
Presentation : Why Big Brands Love WordPress
– WordPress now powers more than 18% of the top 10 million sites in the world
– Q : Why Big Brands love WordPress ?
– A : It’s easy to use
– A : It’s beautiful
– A : It scales
– A : You own your data
– A : You can launch quickly
– A : It integrates and plays well with other services
– A : It goes mobile and responsive
– A : You can iterate quickly with a small development team
Speaker : Tammie Lister (@karmatosed) – Theme designer and developer
Presentation : The Life of a Theme
- Moodboard : http://dropmark.com/ , http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/
- Styleguide : https://github.com/bjankord/Style-Guide-Boilerplate , https://gimmebar.com/collection/4ecd439c2f0aaad734000022/front-end-styleguides
- Wireframes : http://balsamiq.com/
- Build : http://underscores.me/
- Filter : http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Coding_Standards , http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development_Checklist , http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review
- Testing : http://www.browserstack.com/
Speaker : Kim Gjerstad ( @kgjerstad ) – Project & Product Manager @MailPoet
Presentation : Is the Freemium Model Right for Your Plugin?
– Start a simple plugin at a high price and build towards it being valuable.
– Support is crucial in getting feedback.
– Upgrade regularly, helps increase downloads.
Speaker : David Coveney ( @davecoveney ) – CEO of interconnectit.com
Presentation : Unlocking Enterprise with WordPress
– Fear 1 : WordPress doesn’t scale well ( CDN + Page Cache + Persistent Object Cache = Scale! )
– Fear 2 : WP’s user management is weak ( For most use cases, it’s pretty decent )
– Fear 3 : WP has poor workflow handling ( So you haven’t heard of Edit Flow? )
– Fear 4 : VIP is expensive ( And enterprise also likes control )
– Fear 5 : WP needs constant upgrades ( The reality is that upgrades are frequent, not needs )
– Fear 6 : WP has no auditing tools. ( It does now .. )
Speakers : Kirsten Schelper, Elisabeth Hölzl
Presentation : Developing WordPress Themes with Git
Roundup GitHub workflow
• Choose a project on GitHub and fork it
• Install Git on your local machine
• Clone the project to your local machine
• Do some work
• Connect your local project to the original project on
GitHub (step 3)
• Fetch updates from the original project (step 4)
Speakers : Remkus de Vries, Tom Willmot, Simon Dickson, Arnstein Larsen, Noel Tock
Presentation : Running a European WordPress Development Agency
– Simon Dickson says WordPress pros need to shout about their ability . He has never posted a job application. If it was it would ask for a wordpress.org profile and a twitter handle.
– Tom Wilmot said there are so many benefits as an agency if you are part of the WordPress Community .
– How to apply a job in WordPress agency: “send us links to your http://wordpress.org community profile and twitter”
Speaker : Vladimir Prelovac ( @vprelovac ) – Entrepreneur, founder at @ManageWP and @ChurnBee
Presentation : From plugin developer to running a successful WordPress business: A ManageWP Case Study
– Use your free plugins to promote your paid plugins
– 50% of our traffic comes from the blog. It’s a sin not to blog (particularly if you run on WordPress).
– Get user feedback however and whenever you can
– Send small gifts like t-shirts
– No matter what, customer should always know you are on their side. It is much cheaper to try and retain existing than acquire new customer
Speakers : Marko Heijnen, Mike Schroder
Presentation : Perfect Your Images Using WordPress
Speaker : Frederick Townes ( @w3edge ) – Founder @w3edge
Presentation : Business Optimization
– “slowing down is the same as stoping” do not lose momentum
Speaker : Brad Williams ( @williamsba ) – co-founder of WebDevStudios.com
Presentation : Writing Secure WordPress Code
– The Golden Rude of Code is to Trust No One.
– Consider all data invalid unless it can be proven valid.
– For security advice check the date as it may be out of data.
At the end, I want to say thanks to the WordCamp Europe organisers and sponsors , I also want to mention that a part of the key takeaways were inspired from : http://www.rhyswynne.co.uk/wordcamp-europe-2013-a-welshmans-thoughts/ .