WordCamp Roundup

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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An End-of-Year Look at WordCampTV

Since 2007, we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of WordCamp videos posted to WordPress.tv:

– 7 in 2007
— 75 in 2008
— 337 in 2009
— 180 in 2010
— 271 in 2011

By the end of 2012, 441 WordCamp videos will be published to WordPress.tv!

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WordCamp Boston: Basics, jQuery, HTML5, Security, Legal Issues, and Cluetrain at Ten

This past January, WordCamp Boston took place at the Microsoft NERD Center, offering multiple tracks of sessions and speakers for WordPress devotees in the Boston area. Recently, we published some of the sessions from this WordCamp on WordPress.tv—if you missed it, here’s a recap of what’s available.

From the Developer/Designer Track

The Developer and Designer track from WordCamp Boston starts out with some basics and moves into heavier territory. First, there’s Mitcho with “Getting into the Loop,” an introduction to how to work with The Loop and make it work for your WordPress sites. Then, Daniel Jalkut from Red Sweater Software discusses the AtomPub and XML-RPC APIs in “Exercising APIs,” using examples such as desktop, iPhone, and even Web implementations.

Jim Doran gives an overview and a case study in how to use “jQuery in WordPress,” demonstrating layout and animation techniques, DOM manipulation, and JSON, Daniel Collis-Puro shows you how to have “Screaming Fast WPMU” with a whole bunch of optimization techniques and tricks to get your installation up and running smoothly, and Rob Larsen teaches the basics of integrating “HTML5” enhancements into your themes using some JavaScript and a little know-how.

Rounding out the Developer and Designer track, we have Daisy Olsen’s session on “Parent and Child Themes,” demonstrating how to get more mileage out of themes by creating new versions of them as child themes, and “Making BuddyPress Do Thy Bidding” from Boone Gorges, beginning with basic BuddyPress examples and moving on to more specialized fare.

From the Practical Track

The Practical Track contains sessions like “Rock Your Business Blog” from Karen Rubin, focusing on building a brand and an audience using your business blog, “WordPress, PHP, and CSS: Oh, My!” from Shayne Sanderson, covering the very basics of theme development and design to help your blog get off the ground without the need for specialized design work, and “MU-ving to MU” from Automattician Jane Wells, explaining and detailing the changes coming to WordPress MU in WordPress 3.0, as it joins the main WordPress distribution.

WordPress security has been a hot topic lately, and Brad Williams gives his excellent presentation entitled “Lock It Up,” where you can learn several basics to help keep your WordPress site secure. Corey Eulas performs a live critique of sites owned by audience members in his presentation, “SEO Analysis.”

A good overview of legal issues faced by bloggers as they work to create good content is presented in “How Not to Get Sued” by Miguel Danielson and Kimberly Isbell, giving you insight into what you should consider before you hit Publish. And Steve Garfield gives a lightning version of his web video course in “Get Seen: Web Video,” offering tips on everything from equipment to post-production techniques.

The Keynote

In a great sit-down discussion, two of the original authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto discuss its impact, its foresight, and its shortcomings ten years later in “Ten Years after the Manifesto: The Cluetrain Stops at WordCamp.” Doc Searls and David Weinberger sit down with writer Scott Kirsner to discuss the lasting impact and lessons to take from Cluetrain in its second decade.

That’s a lot of video to digest, so dig in, kick back, and enjoy the sessions from WordCamp Boston. Summer brings WordCamps, and WordCamps bring more session video. Be on the lookout for more sessions posted to WordPress.tv! Follow us on Twitter for notices when we publish the latest videos.

WordCamp NYC Video Recap: WordPress as CMS, 5-Minute Talks, and More

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve published every video we could collect from WordCamp NYC this past November. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get everything, but there are some fantastic sessions here and I thought it’d be great to give you a rundown of what’s available. These sessions are really worthwhile.

If you don’t have a lot of time available, why not check out one or two of the five-minute sessions?

(Please note that some of the videos were recorded at very low audio levels. You may have to turn your speakers up a bunch to hear well.)

Jane Wells and Steve Bruner kicked things off with these opening remarks.

WordPress as CMS Track

Open Source Track

Beginning Developer Track

Advanced Developer Track

Academic Track

Five-Minute Talks

On the second day of WordCamp NYC, speakers were invited to give five-minute “Ignite-style” sessions to summarize their topic for the entire group. Most of those sessions are here as well.

Thank You!

Many thanks go out to the videographers who took the time and effort to both capture and send us these videos.

The next WordCamp up for posting is WordCamp Boston. The first wave of sessions will begin showing up today, and the rest will follow over the coming weeks. We’ve also got some new tutorials from users like you on the way.

If you attend a WordCamp and you have experience recording video of speakers, why not think about bringing your ability to the table and volunteering to record some or all the sessions? WordCamps are always looking for sharp, bright volunteers to help bring the experience to others.

If you have video that should be published on WordPress.tv, drop us a line.

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