Fall’s arrival is nearly official, and we’re ready for another awesome WordCamp! WordCamp Salt Lake City 2016 is THIS SATURDAY, September 10th, 2016, and one of our Developer Leads, Chris Reynolds, is not just presenting, but is also an organizer.

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.

Below, we’ve picked out a few presentations that caught our eye, and we hope we’ll see you there!

Check it:

Saturday, September 10th

9:45 AM – Contributing to WordPress Core – Garth Mortensen

Learn how to contribute to WordPress Core in an easy to follow presentation. This presentation will cover setting up a test environment, creating patches, submitting patches, and how to get your patches reviewed.

11:45 AM – Building a Cloud Service into your Plugin – Mark Tilly

Akismet, Jetpack, Disqus, all of these big companies are utilizing the cloud to deliver services through a plugin. Can a small WordPress development shop even attempt this? Yes, you can, and it’s not that hard to do. Heavy volume processing, shared data across clients, AI and big data are just some of the services you can more easily deliver through the cloud. In this talk I will cover some of the key concepts that you need to know to get started including:

  • Identifying processing best delivered through cloud services
  • Architecting a cloud service plugin
  • Building a cloud service on Amazon with PHP/Apache
  • Communication between your plugin and the Cloud Service
  • Tips, volume metrics and other lessons learned in 4 years of supporting Artificial Intelligence and volume processing through a cloud service plugin

Keynote – Carrie Dils

2:30 PM – Getting Serious About Mobile-First Design – Jessica Huff

Mobile-first design is so much more than media queries… It’s an adapt-or-die philosophy requiring you to turn the way you think about building websites on its head. Learn exactly what “mobile-first” means; how it leads to a better design and user experience across all devices; and how to modify your workflow to embrace a mobile-first point of view.

4:30 PM – Building WordPress for Enterprise Clients (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Deal With My Imposter Syndrome) – Chris Reynolds

WordPress is growing at an accelerating pace. With this growth, the ubiquity of WordPress is gaining the attention of enterprise-level companies who want an easy and maintainable way to manage their content. That’s great for developers and agencies, right? But what does that mean when you’re actually working for a client named Microsoft or Uber or the United States Government(!)?

How do the rules change and how can you shift your brain from “I build WordPress sites for small businesses and non-profits and myself” to “I build enterprise-level WordPress-powered sites for Fortune 500 companies”? This talk will cover specific tools and best practices used by the development teams at WebDevStudios that have been applied to projects for clients like Microsoft, the National Park Service, Campbell’s Soup, the Discovery Channel and more, as well as some tips for dealing with the inevitable imposter syndrome associated with working for brands you use in your home or with team members you know from books you’ve read or podcasts you listen to.

Session descriptions pulled from the WordCamp Salt Lake City site, with a few edits for clarity.


Will we see you in SLC? If you can’t attend but want to live vicariously through the power of the internet, you can follow @wcslc or keep an eye on the hashtag #wcslc through tomorrow.

Have a great weekend, folks!

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