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The Future of WordPress: Great videos from Matt Mullenweg and Andrew Nacin

Here are some recent videos from WordCamp Europe 2014 covering the past, present, and future of WordPress development.

Matt Mullenweg: Q&A with Om Malik

Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, in conversation with tech writer Om Malik on the WordPress past and present, as well as where we are going for the future.

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Andrew Nacin: Post-Modern WordPress

Andrew Nacin, lead developer for the WordPress open source project, discusses the philosophy of WordPress development, and the course it should and will take to keep growing.

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Build your audience: Recent WordCamp videos from experienced content creators

Building an audience and growing traffic on your blog is an evergreen topic at WordCamps everywhere. Here are some recent videos from WordCamp Capetown and WordCamp Calgary on how you can raise the profile of your blog with the power of content!

How to build an audience in 743 difficult steps

Rian van der Merwe shares why it is better to stay away from the easy ways and choose the difficult ways instead, and how a struggling blog with an insignificant number of readers can become not only a source of great joy and expression, but also a source of non-insignificant income.

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Finding Your Voice – Learnings From 6 years of Failure

In this talk, Ernest Barbaric discusses how 6 years of failure, and trying thousands of tips, tricks and best practices helped him to build an audience and a blog presence and how finally the right words came out through the keyboard, they connected with the right people, traffic quadrupled almost instantly, Publications came knocking and business started coming in from across the globe.

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Leveling-up with WordPress: Great videos for developers

WordCamps are a great place to jump-start your education in the world of WordPress development, or build upon yours current skills to make even greater plugins and themes. Here are some recent videos from WordCamp Asheville and WordCamp Vancouver focused on how you can polish your development skills

Introduction to WordPress Plugin Development

Jonathan Daggerhart gives a basic introduction to the creation of a new plugin, including using the Codex, actions, filters, shortcodes, custom settings, and some best practices. An existing understanding of some PHP is required to get the most value from this presentation.

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How To Build A Custom Widget

Widgets are a great way to deliver added content or functionality to a WordPress site. In this presentation, Mel Karlik shows you how to create a simple custom widget then see how you can distribute theme with a theme or as a stand-alone plugin.

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Advanced Custom Fields – Beyond the basics

This presentation by Merrill Mayer covers the use of advanced custom fields in non-blog oriented websites, focusing on using them in custom post types as well as demonstrating custom queries along with custom prev/next posts.

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Designing with WordPress: Recent WordCamp Presentations for Designers

There is no doubt that design is a popular topic at any WordCamp. From WordCamp Vancouver and WordCamp Asheville come these great talks on how to level-up your WordPress design skills.

Designing for Content

This talk from David Hickox goes over the method he has created for designing websites from the content outward. His talk covers aspects of designing in code, type choices, line height and typographic scale, creating a proper base style sheet, usability best practices, semantic structure, and more.

Responsive web development made easy with CSS and the mobile plugin

In this lightning talk, Christine Rondeau offer some tips and tricks to get better looking sites on mobile devices, including how you can use the mobile plugin to get completely different layouts on mobile devices.

Designing for Sales and Conversions

Sarah Benoit shares insights into the latest trends in website usability, searchability and design elements that encourage conversions — purchases, form completions, event registrations, and more. Learn best practices for designing a site with WordPress that both looks great AND converts website visitors into the customers, clients, and potential leads every business needs.

Building Better Websites Through Collaboration, Communication, and Consistency

In this presentation from WordCamp Asheville, Julien Melissas talks about how perfecting your workflow can help you level up your professionalism, relationships with clients & colleagues, and happiness levels!

New videos from WordCamp Asheville and WordCamp Vancouver

Check out these great new videos from WordCamp Asheville 2014 (May 30-June1) and WordCamp Vancouver 2014 (July 26) that have been published on WordPress.tv recently.

What’s Your Story? Engaging Your Readers with the Power of Personal Narrative

Whether you’re starting a personal blog to share your thoughts and ideas, or blogging to promote your business, storytelling is the most effective way to engage your audience. In this presentation, Cindy Reed explains how well-told stories are memorable, unique, and position you as a trusted voice.

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Power Your Non-Profit Website

An important part of any non-profit organization’s mission is getting its message out to as many people as possible. As Ray Mitchell explains here, a well-designed WordPress website can help even the smallest non-profit reach a wide audiences and help activate both supporters and volunteers.

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Magic with CSS Pseudo-Selectors

Pseudo-selectors are a magical CSS tool, because they make it possible to create some amazing visual effects, while keeping your HTML semantic and minimizing the images on your site. This presentation by Morgan Kay introduces the basic concept of pseudo-selectors, and goes over the various pseudo-selectors that are available and when they are useful.

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WordPress Single Page Web Apps

Alessandro Biavati shows how WordPress can be integrated with modern Web App tools by leveraging its innate modularity, flexibility and speed. This talk is about WordPress as much as it is about general Web Application best practices and future applications and considerations.

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These are just a few of the great videos we have published recently, but you can view all videos from these events here:

WordPress.tv Weekly Staff Picks

The past week (August 25-31, 2014) has brought with it a great collection of WordCamp videos for designers and developers alike. If you’re looking to learn more about WordPress, these videos are a great way to level up!

Loris Grillet: Selling Your Projects and Building the Perfect Client Relationship

From WordCamp Switzerland (May 3-4, 2014) comes this great presentation by web and UX designer Loris Grillet on presenting design work and building a good relationship with clients.

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Simon Owen: Optimising Your Front-End Workflow for WordPress

For theme developers, this presentation from WordCamp Manchester (June 28-29, 2014) by Simon Owen covers the techniques, applications and shortcuts that he uses to help him when building WordPress themes.

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Kevin Stover: The Candid Developer. Developing and Maintaining A Successful Plugin… Is Scary

Also from WordCamp Manchester (June 28-29, 2014) comes this presentation from Kevin Stover that is an honest look at the very scary prospect of releasing a plugin to the public, and how to overcome that fear.

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Of course, this is just a sampling of the great videos that are being published every day, so feel free to visit WordPress.tv and expand your WordPress knowledge!

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Captioning and Subtitling WordPress.tv Videos

Looking for a way to contribute to WordPress.tv? We’re excited to announce that you can now help caption and subtitle WordPress.tv videos with Amara. If you don’t have an account, sign up at Amara.org — doing so allows you to save your subtitles in the middle of the process and resume later where you left off.

Steps to caption and subtitle videos:

Select a video’s download link.

 To the right of every video on WordPress.tv, you’ll see a list of details. Under Download, choose the Med link next to the MP4 option.

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State of the Word: A Retrospective

At the end of July, WordPress contributors and enthusiasts came together at WordCamp San Francisco to hear inspiring talks and resourceful presentations from WordPress core contributors, developers, designers, and users. Matt Mullenweg gave his much-anticipated State of the Word 2013 address, which is up now on WordPress.tv, along with the Q&A session that followed.

Since the buzz and excitement from WordCamp San Francisco and State of the Word 2013 are far from wearing off, we’ve compiled State of the Word addresses from recent years in case you just can’t get enough, and if you’re interested in seeing how WordPress has evolved, and how its community has grown, through the years.

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Meet the Moderators: AJ Morris

In the last post, we introduced WordPress.tv moderator Ben Lobaugh. Today, we’re excited for you to meet another WordPress enthusiast behind the scenes, reviewing and publishing the best video content for WordPress.tv.

Everyone, meet AJ Morris.

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Meet the Moderators: Ben Lobaugh

As mentioned in March, we’ve got a growing team of WordPress.tv moderators, who review and publish WordCamp and event videos. As we continue on with our Meet the Moderators Q&A series, we’ll learn more about these volunteers and how they got involved with WordPress, and their tips on submitting video content.

Please say hello to WordPress.tv moderator Ben Lobaugh, from the beautiful shores of Puget Sound.

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