Talks

WP101 for Developers

This is a 3 hour workshop for the YWeb cohort. It’s a developer-focused introduction to WordPress. We cover the following with hands-on activities:

WordPress and Laravel: The Hows, Whys, and Intersections

Do you work with WordPress and wonder if there are other tools and frameworks where you could leverage your PHP or JS knowledge? Should you be using WordPress for all your projects? Do you work with Laravel and wonder why some developers still choose (and love) to work on WordPress? Come along on the journey […]

Less Snark, More Spark ✨

How can you be the developer people want to hire, work with, and promote? Good question! Abstract: Even the most introverted, self-sufficient developer interacts with other people. Sometimes these folks are a joy to work with, sometimes not. Sometimes as a developer, you might be the difficult one to work with (we’ve all been that […]

Building and Deconstructing a Gutenberg Block

This presentation walks through the new Block Editor in WordPress, covering: what comes out of the box from WordPress Core plugins that will add blocks to your site importing demo content styling blocks with CSS creating your own blocks with Advanced Custom Fields and ES5 to ESNext.

Doing Things the WordPress Way
Templating in PHP with REST APIs

Here are the slides for the presentation I gave at Madison Area Technical College’s Advanced PHP class in the spring of 2019 semester. The main objective is to learn some templating principles and see how partial templates can be managed in a larger project, and how templates can work with data, specifically received from REST […]

More Secure API Requests with WordPress Helper Functions

Making API requests with JavaScript is something web developers do everyday. API services often require you to keep API keys out of the browser or route your requests through a server to secure the request.

Customizing WordPress

Everyone wants a unique web presence. WordPress makes this easy by allowing us to customize our website to our heart’s content.

Talk: Getting Started with WP-CLI

Do you work with or maintain WordPress sites and wonder if there’s an easier way to keep things updated? Are you looking for a way to automate a site setup, turning a five minute install into a 5 second install? (Well, at least less than 5 minutes) Are you bogged down by repetitive tasks that […]

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