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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.

Weekly Recap: Better WordPress Search, wp-config Tips, and More

One English tutorial, two French tutorials, and a couple of WordCamp videos—including one overdue—make up this week’s activity on WordPress.tv:

Last week, we saw Google Summer of Code participant Daryl Koopersmith’s presentation on the Elastic plugin for WordPress. This week, we published the presentation from fellow Summer of Code participant Justin Shreve on his work creating a Search API for WordPress. Both projects are quite interesting and their presentations from WordCamp NYC are definitely worth your time. The audio levels are a bit low, so turn up your speakers or grab a pair of headphones—don’t let the sound stop you from watching.

One we’ve been waiting for came in this week: the final “Ignite-style” presentation from WordCamp Seattle, in which Josh Harrison teaches some tips and tricks for the wp-config.php file. Since it’s Ignite-style, it lasts only five great minutes—check it out.

We also published two tutorials in French from our friends at WP Channel: Restaurer une base de données MySQL and Rediriger vos visiteurs en fonction des préférences de langues du navigateur.

Last, there’s a tutorial from the creators of the Snipi plugin for WordPress.org, explaining the installation of the plugin and how it interacts with both the “stock” WordPress gallery feature and the NextGEN Gallery plugin.

We received a handful of emails this week with suggestions for future content, and one or two pointing us to videos you’ve found interesting enough to want on WordPress.tv for others to see. Keep those suggestions coming! You can always post a comment here or contact us through our handy form.

Stay tuned for more from WordPress.tv!

Weekly Recap: Your First Plugin, Internationalization, WordPress at School, and Geotagging

More WordCamp NYC videos and a great tutorial from the community round out the videos published this past week on WordPress.tv. Here’s what you missed:

First, there’s John Hawkins’ talk from WordCamp NYC on how to build your very first WordPress plugin. He’s given this talk at a handful of WordCamps this year, but it’s always packed with great information and serves as a great introduction to building a very basic plugin.

Next, Automattician José Fontainhas gives an overview of how to properly provide for internationalization in your WordPress projects, including a brief look at the new GlotPress system. If you’re building something for WordPress, you should take a look at this presentation to learn how easy it is to help the community translate your project. Much of the WordPress community is not English-speaking.

The last presentation from WordCamp NYC comes from Serena Epstein and Shannon Houser: a talk titled “WordPress As a Gateway Drug“. It’s about how the use of WordPress in an undergraduate coursework setting has influenced students to continue the creative process even post-graduation. It has a unique style and flavor—check it out.

And lastly, we were pointed in the direction of a wonderful example of a tutorial coming out of the WordPress community. In this case, it’s Jesse P. Luna’s howto on using the new WordPress.com geotagging feature. It’s great to see these kinds of things come from dedicated WordPress users like all of you.

This is a great moment to remind you that if you have a WordPress feature you think could use a great tutorial, there’s never a better time to create one and send it on to us! If you’ve seen a tutorial or have made one, drop us a line and let us know about it.

If you’re looking for a suggestion, here’s one: are you one of the many people who are working with WordPress 2.9-beta? There are some excellent new features coming in 2.9, and there will be lots of WordPress users looking for information on those features. Why not consider whipping up a brief and to-the-point tutorial on one of the new features coming in 2.9?

Have a great week!

Weekly Recap: WP for iPhone, AStickyPostOrderER, and More

This week was a light one compared to the last four, with a break in the stream of WordCamp videos. We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of a fresh batch of WordCamp video, with more sessions from the great speakers lined up for WordCamps both from the last few weeks and also from the next couple of weeks in November.

There were a handful of videos published this week:

We announced the arrival of the new WordPress for iPhone 2.0 with a brief overview of its features and quick introduction, and published a great plugin tutorial from Adam W. Warner on the AStickyPostOrderER plugin.

We also received and published yet another fantastic French-language tutorial from WordPress Channel: Effectuer une mise à jour de WordPress.

Next week will see the first videos from WordCamp Netherlands, and we hope to get you back up to a daily dose of WordPress video starting on Monday.

Off-weeks don’t have to be light like this! We’re always looking for new videos from the community—this is your resource. A great example is Adam’s plugin tutorial from this week. Is there a plugin that you absolutely can’t live without? One that you think more people should be using? Check out this list of screencasting resources and put together a quick tutorial. It’s really quite easy to get the hang of it.

Then drop us a line here at WordPress.tv and let us know about your great tutorial!

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday.

Weekly Recap: The Image Widget, Pods CMS, and Interviews with Matt

Happy Halloween!

This week, we took a little break from WordCamp videos to post a couple of tutorials, a couple of interviews, and one introduction to a different way of using WordPress.

We published one tutorial on a newer feature of WordPress.com: the Image Widget. If you’re a self-hosted WordPress user and like the widget in the video, there’s a great suggestion in the comments for a plugin you can use.

Matt Gibbs sent us a great overview of the basic functionality of the Pods CMS plugin. You’ll need some basic PHP knowledge, but if you’re interested in some of the different ways people are using WordPress, it’s definitely worth a look.

We also made available two French language tutorials:

Lastly, we posted more in the series of interviews with Matt Mullenweg, one with his thoughts on the current state of the WordPress platform, and another regarding the role and importance of open source to WordPress.

This week, there’s been some great discussion after the event on some of the video from WordCamp Seattle. Check the list of sessions here, and if you see something that interests you, join the conversation!

Next week, we have even more from the WordPress community, and we’re looking forward to more WordCamp sessions from around the world. If you have a tutorial or other WordPress-related video you’d like to share with the community, please send us a note and we’ll be happy to check it out.

More video to come on Monday!

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