WordPress Turns 10! Thanks Mike & Matt!

WordPress Turns 10! Thanks Mike & Matt!

Remkus celebrates WordPress' 10th anniversary and counts his blessings.

I bet that when Mike Little commented on Matt Mullenweg‘s B2 blog ten years ago, he didn’t realize what the both of them were about to start, which was nothing short of a revolution! Their brainchild is what we’ve come to use and love and know as WordPress. From the bottom of my heart: thank you Matt and thank you Mike for starting this thing.
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A Few Lessons I've Learned as a WordCamp Organizer

A Few Lessons I’ve Learned as a WordCamp Organizer

David is a seasoned WordCamp organizer, and has a few lessons to share for those considering organizing a WordCamp, be it for the first time or not.

This will be my fourth year as an organizer of WordCamp Miami, but don’t be fooled; I’m still learning how to pull off a flawless, successful event. The cruel irony here is, of course, that such a thing doesn’t exist. At least at the level of a large-scale WordCamp, something is bound to go wrong. It’s just a question how big that something will be, whether will you ever know about it and, after reflecting on the event (say, six months down the road) if that something was a big deal.

Every conference has unique challenges, depending on the people involved, where it’s located, and a thousand other factors. What i’m going to relate to you now are the lessons I’ve learned from drama in past WordCamp Miami events. Maybe you can relate, or maybe you can’t, but it might be entertaining. Keep reading »

Admin panel. What does the future hold?

Admin panel. What does the future hold?

Ryan has been involved with dashboard styling for a while now. In this post he reflects on two different directions for the future of wp-admin; a premium, paid one and a brand-new plugin which might indicate the direction that core is taking.

I received an interesting email recently from Tung Do, a man who has been a well respected member of the WordPress community for quite some time. He offered me the opportunity to test his new plugin DP Dashboard  (you can download the plugin yourself by becoming a member of DevPress for US$40 per year). Since reviewing Tung’s plugin, a new plugin called MP6 has been announced by WordPress leader Matt Mullenweg. MP6 is a development plugin intended as a test-bed for a potential new core redesign. Keep reading »

The Road to a Simpler WordPress Dashboard

The Road to a Simpler WordPress Dashboard

In face of the many conversations around the complexity of WordPress' dashboard, Brian presents a practical, hands-on approach and his own opinion as to the direction of the dashboard's UI.

WordPress is a terrific publishing tool and you probably agree with me if you are reading this blog. But that does not mean there isn’t a learning curve, especially for users that aren’t very tech savvy. When we build websites for our clients, or even perhaps for WordPress verticals, it is important that we put ourselves in the shoes of the users, identify their pain points, and help them along so that they aren’t intimidated by the system.

I will show you how to make the current interface simpler on your websites, with currently available tools. We’ll also look forward to the future of the platform and its level of administrative simplicity in general.

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What's in a Name? Moving Beyond Hack Days

What’s in a Name? Moving Beyond Hack Days

Siobhan reflects on WordCamp "hack days". Are semantics holding back non-coders from getting involved with WordPress? How can we make sure our hack days are open and accessible to anyone who wants to be involved with WordPress?

It’s become pretty standard for WordCamps to have a hack day, or a developer day, following a day or two of conference activity. The most notable of these is the Developer Hack Day that follows WordCamp San Francisco. The idea is that WordPress people get together to work on WordPress core – this could be on tickets, bugs, or developing features. Developers hang out with their laptops, drink coffee, eat, and hack. Keep reading »

The Art of Editing Your Design

The Art of Editing Your Design

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of WordPress Theme designs out there which are packed full of design features. Some of them could do with a good editing job. Tammie looks at the art of editing your design.

One of the biggest mistakes I see people making in theme design is not editing their work. A large part of being a designer is about training and channeling that inner editing voice.  Being a good editor of your work is a strong tool in your design kit. Keep reading »

Make Your Clients an Offer They Can't Refuse

Make Your Clients an Offer They Can’t Refuse

Open source is an important underlying principle underpinning WordPress. So when we're building tools for clients, how can we convince them to open source their code. Luc takes a look at how you can convince your clients that open source is the best move for them and for the community.

Over the past few years I’ve developed my fair share of WordPress plugins. Not just as projects for myself but also for bigger firms. And especially for those bigger firms I’d like to have some sort of continuation plan. Not so much for myself but more for them, just in case the plugin could use some improvements due to advancements in WordPress itself or if there’s better ways of achieving the same outcome. And to me personally there is no better way to do this then to make the plugin publicly available so others can use it, fork it and what not. I like to educate my clients, teach them that they reap what they sow and that giving back to the community will ultimately be beneficial to themselves as well. Keep reading »