WordCamp New York: WDS is on its way!

WordCamp New York is right around the bend–October 30th-November 1st, 2015! We’ll be enjoying the glorious East Coast autumn and we’re ready to celebrate Halloween with a bunch of fantastic WP folks.

Although I find it hard to believe that any of our regular readers are unfamiliar with WordCamp (come on, now!), for those of you that are completely green: WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

We’re gonna be there! Rami is speaking and I’ll be running around as well. Make sure you catch Rami’s presentation (details below) and say hi to both of us! We’d love to meet ya.

As per usual, here are the details on what you won’t want to miss:

Saturday, October 31st

10:15 AM – HTTPS and You – Eric Andrew Lewis

What exactly is HTTPS, how does it work, and what kind of security does it offer? 

If you haven’t heard of HTTPS, your website is probably sending (and receiving) web content to users over HTTP, an insecure protocol. This is not good. You are exposing your user credentials to nefarious middle-men when logging into wp-admin. 

HTTPS is The Way Forward™ for the web, as various web leaders are penalizing sites that still serve over HTTP. Search Engines are ranking insecure sites lower in search results. Browsers are limiting capabilities and stripping away features from sites serving HTTP.

This talk will focus on what HTTPS is from the very ground up, and some direction on how to set it up for your site.

(Eric will also be available at the Happiness Bar during the day if you want hands-on help migrating your site to HTTPS.)

4 PM – Lessons from Science Fiction and Fantasy We Can Use in Creating Websites – Aaron Jorbin

Science Fiction and Fantasy can teach web creators many valuable lessons. From seeing how Daleks with too narrow of a goal always fail to understanding the Klingons value of honor, to hundreds of other we can become better web creators by borrowing lessons from Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Sunday, November 1st

11:15 AM – The Infuriating Four: The 4 Most Common WordPress Site Problems (and How to Avoid Them) – Rami Abraham

Rami provides a look at the four most common issues seen on WordPress sites, across thousands of WordPress installations. An additional analysis of the 1,500 most recent support tickets received by Maintainn helps further illustrate why these issues occur over and over. Quantitative analysis on this data showed a significant recurrence of four “top” issues. Thankfully, they’re easy to resolve if you know what to look for – even if you’re not a programmer.

Attendees will hopefully leave with a better understanding of how to identify these four issues early, and resolve them when they do occur.

This is explicitly not a code-heavy session (although is recommended for any developer getting started with WordPress), as the goal is for any attendee to be able to identify these issues when they arise on their WordPress sites.

2 PM – WordPress for Government – Cameron Barrett

WordPress has been making great inroads into government agencies, pubic school districts and military institutions. This session will cover the business case(s) why WordPress should be considered and wholeheartedly embraced by those organizations that are spending taxpayer money. Case studies will include a large public school system and the U.S. Army.

Descriptions snagged from the WordCamp NYC website.

If you can’t join us, you can follow along @WordCampNYC or keep tabs on the hashtag #WCNYC. For those of you who are going: We’ll see you then!




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