WordPress – November 14th, 2013

WordPress is the largest and fastest growing web application framework in existence. It’s estimated to be running 25% of the world’s websites (and is measured to be handling 20% of the top 10 million websites). We’ve designed this summit to help expand your knowledge of WordPress as a development platform. Whether you are a diehard WordPress developer, who could use some new tricks, or you are a PHP developer who could benefit from some exposure to WordPress itself … This summit will have something in it for you.

When: November 14th, 2013 – 12:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern Time


12:00 – 12:50pm Not Your Grandmother’s WordPress – Jason Rhodes
1:00 – 1:50pm WordPress as a CMS: Theme development with the end user in mind
Benji Regan
2:00 – 2:50pm How Not to build a WordPress Plugin – Aaron Jorbin
3:00 – 3:50pm WordPress: Moving Forward – Andrew Nacin

*Schedule subject to change.


Jason Rhodes

Talk: Not Your Grandmother’s WordPress

Speaker: Jason Rhodes

BIO: Jason Rhodes is a JavaScript and PHP developer at Johns Hopkins University where he leads a small team responsible for making JHU look good on the internets. Jason has used WordPress for literally hundreds of years, spoken on WordPress at meet-ups and conferences, and most recently completed a WordPress video tutorial series for nettuts.com to be released this fall.

ABSTRACT: You’re a responsible-yet-totally-hip developer staring at a brand new WordPress project—don’t panic! The WordPress team might support PHP 5.2 but you don’t have to. In fact, you can use a workflow that would make even a Laravel developer jealous. I’ll show you some set-up tricks, talk about how not to use version control, explain how to manage everything with Composer, and tell you why WP-CLI might be your best friend.

Benji Regan

Talk: WordPress as a CMS: Theme development with the end user in mind

Speaker: Benji Regan

BIO: Benji Regan is a Web Developer at Harris Media LLC. Where he builds highly customized websites (primarily WordPress) for clients. Benji has been hacking and customizing WordPress and WordPress MU since the 2.8 days and believes that using wordpress doesn’t have to be confusing for end users, and builds each and every site with the end user in mind. He and his wife just welcomed their 1st child (in June) and enjoys performing in community theatre productions around town.

ABSTRACT: Out of the box, WordPress can be pretty intimidating for a lay person to log in, look at the backend, and know what to do in terms of managing content. The process can be made much easier by using theme customization. You can easily engage the end user, getting them to a place where they are managing their content in a custom theme in a way that makes sense to them. To accomplish this, you need to think about things in a pragmatic, content-flow driven mentality so that the content entry makes sense to the end user you are delivering the site to.

Aaron Jorbin

Talk: How Not to build a WordPress Plugin

Speaker: Aaron Jorbin

BIO: Aaron Jorbin is a Developer, Designer, and Open Source Evangelist working to make the web more usable and accessible. Since WordPress 3.0, Aaron has contributed bug fixes and enhancements to WordPress core and each default theme since Twenty Ten. He co-organizers the Washington DC WordPress meetup and has contributed or open sourced over fifty projects.

ABSTRACT: WordPress has powerful plugin architecture that enables you to build almost anything on top of WordPress. This power though can lead to anti-patterns that slow down sites, confuse users, and make it hard to scale. Let’s look at the wrong way of building plugins so you can avoid these traps.

Andrew Nacin

Talk: WordPress: Moving Forward

Speaker: Andrew Nacin

BIO: Andrew Nacin is a lead developer of WordPress, wrangling contributions, spearheading initiatives, advising new development, and squashing bugs. He led the last major release of WordPress, 3.5, which overhauled media handling. He is also a member of the core security team. Just as many PHP core developers have with PHP, he and WordPress have a love-hate relationship. If he thought it was perfect, he would find another job. He feels strongly about the core philosophies of WordPress, among them “decisions, not options” — software should be opinionated in lieu of burdening the user with too many options. He works for WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg at Audrey Capital, where he is primarily tasked with working on WordPress core and keeping the lights on at WordPress.org. He resides in downtown Washington, D.C., with his wife.

ABSTRACT: WordPress has made great strides over the last few years making it a compelling platform. Learn what new features have been added and get a glimpse at what the future holds on the WordPress roadmap. Take a peek behind-the-scenes and see how WordPress balances developer requirements, UX needs, and user goals to make such a successful, user-centric product.