Highlights from WordCamp Raleigh 2013

WordCamp Raleigh 2013 was a great conference again! I offer a quick overview of my favorite presentations from this year.

Theme Customizer to the Rescue

Theme authors/tweakers: Your prayers have been answered. There is now a really easy way to customize your theme, with not a lot of coding, by simply adding your customizations to the new Theme Customizer section in WordPress. This is a feature introduced in WordPress 3.4, so if you haven’t upgraded yet, besides the risk of […]

W3 Total Cache and WPTouch: Cooperating at last!

Most people who’ve worked with WordPress for very long know, it’s important to implement some sort of caching plugin to make their site as fast as possible. Most would also agree that it is increasingly important to make your site available to mobile users. (Hey, it’s all about making the information digestible by anyone, right?) […]

Two nice text editors

Let’s just start this off with a bang: If you’re doing more than occasional PHP editing in the WordPress editor, you’re doing it wrong. Seriously. There are lots of reasons not to use the WordPress interface to do anything more than the occasional “Oops! I missed a semicolon!” edit. I’ve recently started using a new […]

Plugins I like

A common question from people that are just getting into WordPress is “how do I know if a plugin is good or not?” There are several things you can do to vet a plugin you want to use: What’s the rating in the WordPress.org repository? (If you’re not getting your plugin from the wordpress.org repository, […]

Advanced Custom Fields – VERY powerful, but does have some warts

UPDATE: The warts seem to have healed… I’ve been able to import field groups on a clean install following this post. The plugin doesn’t always act like expected, but this functionality is working. I recently needed to complete an overhaul of the way in which a site was updated, because the current method (I take […]

Command-Line WordPress – WordCamp Philly 2012

This presentation, by Ben Doherty, was a bit of a surprise. The title given in the schedule referred to ‘wp-cli’ and I really didn’t know what that was, but stayed in the “Developer Track” room anyway. This is basically an implementation of WordPress entirely on the command line, which allows doing a lot of cool […]

Legend of the Headless Browser – WordCamp Philly 2012

So this session had to start out with a little humor and some clever storytelling, because it was pretty complex. The presenter of this session, Aaron Jorbin, is a really smart, experienced developer, who has built a strong name for himself in the WordPress community, contributing to the core development and sharing his knowledge with […]

Using Vagrant to create and destroy dev environments – WordCamp Philly 2012

So, this had to be the most cryptically-title session at WordCamp Philly, as evidenced by the number of people who stayed around in the developer track room, asking each other whether anyone knew what ‘Vagrant’ was. Was this really about using homeless people as cheap coding labor? Thankfully, no. Vagrant is an open-source project designed […]

WordCamp Philly Overview

WordCamp Philly, like most WordCamps, was both enjoyable and very informative. There were several very good sessions (I almost exclusively attended the Developer Track) as well as lots of great interactions with other attendees and presenters outside of the formal presentations. I’ve never been huge on networking at conferences, but everyone is so accessible at […]