A simple, quick and cheap setup for filming WordCamp videos

I have been attending WordCamps for a long time now. My first was back in 2009 for WordCamp UK in Cardiff, my most recent WordCamp Manchester 2019. More recently there has been the trend of filming the talks and these are then placed on the WordPress.tv website.

Filming talks is a great idea and allows attendees to see videos from the alternative tracks available as well as allowing people who could not attend the event to view the talks. However recently it seems to be taking a long time to get things onto WordPress.tv. With that in mind, I set about trying to find a quicker solution that still produced a good quality video and did not cost the earth in terms of hardware and post-production time.

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WordCamp Manchester contributor day

Today I attended the WordCamp Manchester 2018 contributor day. For those not sure these days are all about contributing to the WordPress project. This doesn’t have to be code and there are many ways in which to contribute including things like design and documentation.

I particularly enjoyed the day as I spent it testing one of my plugins for compatibility with an up and coming release of WordPress.

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WordCamp Speaking – Why?

During a discussion over on the WP UK Community Slack channels I was asked by Jenny Wong “I would like to know what drives you to be a WordCamp Speaker?” After a little discussion after I thought this would make a really good blog post – so here goes!

My WordCamp Speaking

I thought it would be a good idea to give you a little background on my WordCamp speaking. It all started back in 2014 when I was encouraged to speak at WordCamp Sheffield, a one-day WordCamp organised by Kimb Jones and others. I spoke about Customising the WordPress admin for clients and the talk went very well. I was very nervous before hand but I was made to feel very welcome and comfortable and it passed without incident!

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Speaking at WordCamp London 2016

It is the time of year again where WordCamp London is taking place very soon and I am delighted to announce that I have been kindly selected to speak at the event. My talk is titled “Publishing a Plugin on WordPress.org“.

I started writing plugins a long time ago mainly for client work, however over the last couple of years I have been releasing some of the plugins I have built to the open source community via WordPress.org’s plugin repository. In this talk I will go present on the following:

  • The reasons why you may want to release a plugin on WordPress.org rather than keeping it for yourself!
  • The specific steps, setup and rules you need to follow in order to prepare your plugin for a WordPress.org release
  • How to actually submit your plugin, including the process itself and some things to think about to make the plugin review teams’ lives easier
  • A brief look at aftercare of the your plugin particularly around using the support forums etc.

If you have yet to purchase your ticket for WordCamp London, I would strongly urge you to do so. At just £30 they are an absolute bargain and I am sure you will get a lot out of the weekend.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

WordPress Cumbria

WordPress Cumbria started out just over 12 months ago with the first meetup on the 9th September 2014. Since then we have had a number of meet ups, all managed through our meetup.com account and they have gone very well.

A few weeks ago I became a co-orgnisaer thanks to an invite from Jack Lenox, who started the group. I was honoured to accept this invite and look forward to working with Jack and other members of the WP Cumbria team to promote the meetup and make it run as smoothly as possible for the benefit of the WordPress community in and around Cumbria.

Check out the WP Cumbria website or follow along at meetup.com. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Talk: Custom post type meta

Over the course of many WordPress site builds, I found a constant problem when dealing with custom post types: I wanted to add meta data to a post type like you do a post. In this talk I gave a brief overview of why he needed to be able to do this and how he went about it, building a plugin to provide this functionality.

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You can view/download the plugin on the WordPress plugin repository here or you can contribute on github here.

Talk: Content manage everything

WordPress is a content management system, it allows users to edit and add content without the need for them to understand or interact with PHP and HTML. However I found that many of the sites I was developing had elements that could not be managed through the WordPress admin screens.

This talk outlined some of the methods I have used on sites to make sure that almost everything is editable through the WordPress dashboard. The talk was ideal for developers and designers that are looking for different ways of adding  content to WordPress and making sure it is always editable by a client or user.

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WordPress Cumbria October Talk

WordPress Cumbria is a monthly WordPress meet up that takes place in Kendal, Cumbria. The October meet up was the second meet up between WordPress Developers, Designers, Users and anyone interested in the publishing platform. I was invited to speak at this months event.

My short talk was entitled Extensible WordPress plugins and offered information about what an extensible plugin is, how you can make plugin extensible that you are writing as well as examples of how to take advantage of plugin extensibility. View the slides below:

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/tnash/status/522349421347209216

Talk: From local to staging to live

After starting my speaking career in April at WordCamp Sheffield and doing talks at WordCamp Manchester and WordCamp Bournemouth I was kindly invited to speak at WordPress London by Ngaire Ackerley.

Having only been to London a few times in my entire life it was nice to be invited down and I decided to make it an overnight stay, to ease the journey pain!

The meet up was great with some really good WordPress folks taking part. My slides for my presentation titled Local to Staging to Live – Using Version Control and Deployment Tools are below:

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The video of the talk, should you wish to watch this is below:

Photo credit: http://www.meetup.com/London-WordPress/photos/24596732/#411273082