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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Talk: Tremendous taxonomies

Taxonomies have been around in WordPress for a long time as a way of grouping things together, but did you know there is a lot you can do with taxonomies which you may not know? In this talk I will outline what taxonomies are and how you can create your own custom taxonomies. I will share some use cases for having custom taxonomies as well as some different and interesting ways in which I have used taxonomies on some sites in the past. In addition I will looks at some of the ways in which you can optimise the admin UI for taxonomies, making it more appropriate in some cases. The talk will also look at how you can associate data with different taxonomy terms.

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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!

Talk: Beyond FTP

We have all used FTP as developers to move files from editing them locally to our production server. Developers know the problems this can cause and why alternatives are needed. In this talk I will introduce my WordPress development process and how you can move on from FTP to a more robust development and deployment system.

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Talk: A year in freelancing – lessons learned, tips and tricks

After freelancing for just over a year now and having left a well paid job this talk outlines lessons I have learned from taking the plunge to being a freelancer and some tips and tricks I have learned along the way. This talk will benefit anyone looking to become a freelancer or any current freelancers that are looking for some tips and tricks on getting by.

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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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WordCamp Bournemouth 2014 Talks

Extensible plugins

Whilst building the Edupress project extensive customisations were made to integrate with a number of other plugins. This talk looks at how you can build plugins which other developers, plugins and themes can add to, remove things from and build upon.

This talk is related to the talk proposed by Rachel McCollin on the new Edupress project and looks more at the development.

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From local to staging to live using version control and deployment tools

A walk through of a WordPress development environment work flow from building a site locally, hosting the site on a staging environment and then be able to push sites live all using Version Control (Git) and a Deployment tool.

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