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WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/04/21

No matter what your WordPress skill level is, you have no doubt heard about the WordPress REST API. If you are a user (like myself) there is some confusion about exactly what the REST API is and does. I picked two videos this week which are geared towards users.

REST: Representational State Transfer – A piece of software that functions as a connection between two different applications.

API: Application Programming Interface – describes an HTTP-based style of building APIs that is lightweight, user-friendly, highly compatible and works with high volumes of data.

You can also read this recent article on GoDaddy about the REST API.

Topher DeRosia: What’s a REST API and Why Should I Care?

The WordPress REST API is one of the most fundamentally important new aspects of WordPress, yet it’s rarely explained to people who aren’t developers.

Rachel McCollin: The REST API For The Rest of Us

The REST API is THE hot topic right now and almost every WordCamp in the past couple of years has featured talks aimed at developers who want to use it. But what does it mean for people who don’t have the skills to interact with it or aren’t able to ‘learn javascript. Deeply’?

WordPress Community Interview With Ngaire Ackerley

Ngaire Ackerley returned to her native New Zealand after spending several years working and traveling abroad. She has presented at several WordCamps and was a co-organizer of the WordPress London Meetup Group.

Ngaire presented “Designing For Website Users” at WordCamp Auckland 2017 which was held in March. Slides of her presentation can be seen HERE.

She is active in the WordPress Auckland Meetup and the local Community.

We talk about her ‘Overseas Experience’ otherwise known as ‘OE’ – which is a right of passage for many Kiwis and Australians, traveling and working their way around the world. She blogs about her travels and experiences at Kiwi Footprints.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/04/15

WPTV Wapuu!

Many thanks to Frank Neumann-Staude for sending the Wapuus below. They were created by Martin Purrer at the WordPress Meetup Würzburg. Frank stated that Martin is the one who also made the great Polyglot Wapuus which can be seen at https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/handbook/about/what-we-do/logos-and-graphics/.

Many thanks to Frank, Martin and the people at the WordPress Meetup Würzburg!

Video Highlight

What kind of views do the videos on WordPress TV receive?

After intensive searching, analyzing and examining data for several minutes, here are some results.

As expected, any video featuring Matt Mullenweg has a lot of views. The State of the Word 2015 has 12,670 views and the Interview and Q&A – WordCamp Europe 2016 has 6,820 views so far.

But, what about the average presentation at a WordCamp?

Of course, it depends on the speaker and the subject of the presentation. The average video gets about 200 views on WordPress TV.

Ben Furfie: It’s Time To Stop Selling Support and Start Selling Updates

Overall, the WordPress TV videos are receiving almost 4,000 views per day.

I believe this is a testament to the speakers, volunteers and organizers of WordCamps, Meetups and other WordPress related events.

 

 

WordPress Community Interview With Mitch Canter

Mitch Canter is a Senior Web Developer at Vanderbilt University. He resides in Franklin, Tennessee. He has worked with clients both as a freelancer and in an agency setting, empowering people to tell their story, both online or in-person.

I first met Mitch at WordCamp PodCamp Columbus 2010. This was my first WordCamp and supposedly one of the last combined camps.

We talk about his travels to WordCamps and social media conferences like TBEX both in the US and abroad.

Mitch is also a classically trained musician, an amateur chef, a voracious video gamer, and a youth leader with his church.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/04/07

This week I am featuring two videos that have a lighthearted but informative look at the WordPress World.

WPBattles – Entrepreneurship vs. Employment

Adam Silver and Kyle Maurer have teamed up once again for another WP Battle. This is a political style debate that contains humor and great tips.

“The WordPress economy is huge and still growing. Have you found your place in it? As in any industry, one fundamental question to answer is whether you are cut out for working for yourself or for someone else.”

Cain and Obenland In The Morning!

If you are attending a WordCamp that has Konstantin Obenland & Michael Cain on the schedule, make sure to sit in and be entertained and informed.

“Come one, come all! Grab a cup of coffee and join Automatticians Konstantin Obenland and Michael Cain for a morning show-style WordCamp talk that’s buckets o’fun for anyone and everyone.”

 

 

WordPress Community Interview With Bridget Willard

First, I want to sincerely thank Bridget for agreeing to be interviewed on April 30th. We had chatted a few times on Slack but have never met in real life. I was in a jam for an interview for today because of cancellations. I reached out to Bridget on Thursday morning and she quickly agreed to the interview. What makes this even more special to me was the fact that she was taking prep time away from her co-host duties for WPblab, which was taking place barely an hour after we wrapped up our interview!

Bridget Willard is the Marketing Manager at WordImpress. She started her career with office work, earned a teaching degree, but returned to the office where she carved out a career in social media and marketing.

As I mentioned, she is the co-host of WPblab and co-organizer of Women Who WP meetup.

She is a member of the Marketing Team and we talk about the Four Horseman of WordPress Marketing.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/04/01

Well folks, I apologize for getting this out a day late. Real Life takes precedence.

This week I am featuring two videos from WordCamp Atlanta 2017.

Heather Baker, who was attending her first WordCamp, took time record this video on Day 3 and it turned out very well.

WordCamp Atlanta 2016

Heather Baker captured the essence of our city, and our recent superduper event, in this delightful little short-form video. Relive day 3 in this almost-instant replay.

There always seems to be a lot of discussion about hosting companies. Aaron Reimann led a panel and fielded question in this video.

Aaron Reimann: Panel – Hosting Companies

A hosting panel to discuss the difference, features and what is new for each platform. We will have technicians from WP Engine, BlueHost, ClickHost, Godaddy and more. Moderated by a WordPress developer.

 

 

 

 

 

WordPress Community Interview With Denis Yanchevskiy

Denis Yanchevskiy is a developer living in Moscow, Russia. He is active in the local WordPress Community. Denis is active in the WordPress Support Forums with over 2,200 posts.

Denis has several “How To” videos on WordPress TV and would like to see more native language videos being submitted. His videos are also on YouTube.

He also participates in the Polyglots Team as a GTE, translating WordPress core, plugins, themes.

I do want to sincerely thank Denis for the extra effort he put in preparing for the interview.

When I first contacted him, he stated that his English was very limited (but then so is mine). We came up with a plan to prepare a series of questions, which Denis researched and prepared answers . It worked very well and I am very grateful for the chance to interview Denis.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/03/24

What qualities makes a good Keynote Presentation?

Knowledge? Humor? Style?

Yes, those 3 BUT probably the most important quality is passion and we all know how passionate people are about WordPress and the Community.

As much as people like to hear about success, they also relate to lessons learned, struggles and failures.

I decided to highlight keynote presentations from WordCamp St. Louis and WordCamp Rochester.

The Path to Success with WordPress: Business, Blogging and Community

Brian Rotsztein states “My own path to success is intertwined with a decade of WordPress use. Clearly, there’s more to this software than just a free install.”

WordPress, Not Just Software But LIFEWARE

Jarrett Gucci says ” This powerhouse of a software is more than just code. WordPress is a vehicle for success and employment. “

For more Keynote Presentation clisk HERE.

 

WordPress Community Interview With Pascal Birchler

Pascal Birchler resides in Zurich, Switzerland and is a student and a passionate developer. He was a co-organizer of the WordPress Zurich Meetup as well as WordCamp Switzerland 2014 and 2015.

He built his first website and began blogging as a 12-year-old in 2006. He started blogging about WordPress in 2008.

Besides his studies and volunteering with the Core Team, Pascal works at required, a UX and WordPress Agency.

As an active member of the WordPress Community, he knows about the importance of giving something back.

Pascal is a committer to the WordPress core and is the lead for the upcoming 4.7.4 release.