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WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/09/22

Noobs. Rookies. Beginners.

We’ve all been there at one time or another. Where to start, what theme do I use, which plugins to get started, etc., etc., etc.

Here are two videos for beginners that deal with security and plugins.

Christina Hills : A Beginners Guide to Free WordPress Plugins

One of the most confusing (and exciting) features of using WordPress is Plugins! But how do you know for sure which ones you absolutely need and which you should avoid at all costs?
In this session, Christina Hills will walk you though, step-by-step, the various types of plugins you might need as well as how to properly evaluate and install them.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

Adam Warner: WordPress Security for Beginners

Security can seem intimidating and complex for many of us, but we shouldn’t (can’t) let that stop us from making sure we’re doing everything we can to secure our WordPress sites. After all, our websites are often part of our livelihood.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/09/08

For the past several weeks I have been keeping my eye out for a WordCamp video that was about the Gutenberg Editor Plugin. All of my searches have returned this result…

I found several videos on YouTube but that wasn’t going to do me any good. This blog is about WordCamp videos submitted to WordPress TV.

So, my beady little mind started to churn and I decided to create my own video. I reached out to Tammie Lister, who is one of the leads for the Gutenberg project. My first thought was that Tammie could recommend someone that I could contact. I was pleasantly surprised when Tammie stated that she could show me some of the features of the plugin. So, after a little planning and a short discussion before we started the video, here are the results.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/09/01

Before I get to the videos this week, I would like to ask the WordPress Community for video submissions that would feature the Gutenberg Editor Plugin. I have been searching for a video related to this subject but none have been posted to WordPress TV. There are several on YouTube but I would much rather feature content from WPTV, because….well, you know.

The videos highlighted today come from WordCamp Kochi 2017 which was held in February. Before I get to the videos, let me say that the organizers came up with a really cool Wapuu! It was a couple named Ammu & Appu.

Pretty neat, eh?

Daphnée Laforest: Changing the Rules – Thoughts on Remote Work

Today’s technology and connectivity allows us to achieve the extraordinary. Remote work not only enables WordPress companies to access the best talents in the world, but, is also becoming an incredible opportunity to empower work-life balance, and happiness at work.

Yogesh Londhe: Hacking For Humanity With WordPress

Yogesh loves using WordPress because of the community around and its FOSS principles.

 

WordPress Community Interview With Ivica Delic

Ivica Delic is 45 years old, lives in Croatia and loves technology, especially WordPress.

Ivica was searching for WordPress groups on Facebook and decided that he wanted to create a comprehensive list of these groups. This was a way he could ‘give back’ to the WordPress Community. During his research, he became more and more active, eventually becoming an assistant administrator to several groups. He has also created groups such as WordPress Speed Up and Quality WordPress Groups. The later is a place for people to go, not to ask questions, but to find a group that could answer a specific question. You can a list of over 80 WordPress Groups on Facebook HERE.

He also created a closed group for Administrators only. Here, they discuss ways to combat spam, trolls and other issues that plague groups on Facebook.

Ivica also started a website, Free Lancers Tools which is a resource of various quality tools (some free, others paid) that freelancers may have a need for. There are 6 categories and 15 sub categories.

WordPress Community Interview With Tracy Apps

Tracy Apps is a creative problem solver with over 15 years of client experience in all types of projects. She got her start blogging on B2 and followed that transformation to WordPress. She is active in several local Meetups in the Milwaukee area.

Tracy is the co-owner of Corner Market Media, which offers a variety of services including design, custom development, branding and training.

She has spoken at several WordCamps about various aspects of design. Some of her presentations can be seen HERE on WordPress.tv.

Tracy and Shelby Elliott are in the process of launching a podcast titled The Not So Straight and Narrow, which will be available on various podcast platforms soon.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/08/11

“This wouldn’t be a bad job if I didn’t have to deal with CLIENTS!”

Although my work with WordPress is limited to my work and personal websites, I do hear people talking about client work at WordCamps. Terms that are tossed around like “make it pop”, “feel free to be creative”, “I’ll fax you some ideas that I have” and many other statements can give designers and developers nightmares.

I picked two videos that talk about working with clients and steps that can be taken to ease the pain.

Nathan Ingram: Dealing With Problem Clients

Spend time talking with a group of freelancers and the conversation will inevitably include someone’s unfortunate experience with a terrible client. Most freelancers have a story or two (or eight). While bad clients can’t be completely avoided, there are strategic steps any freelancer can take to contain the impact of a bad client. In this session, Nathan will explain the how to create a system that preserves workflow and keeps problem clients in check.

Slides for his presentation can be found HERE.

Georgi Popov: Working with Clients

A presentation that was given at the WordPress Meetup #1 in Varna (December 2, 2016), where Georgi Popov gives good tips about how to work with clients effectively.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/31

This week I am highlighting panel discussions. When I see a panel discussion listed on the schedule of a WordCamp, it usually something I make sure I sit in on. Whatever the subject of the discussion, you will normally hear a wide variety of opinions.

Panel Discussion:  Contribution to WordPress

WordCamp Nasik 2016

Contributing to WordPress doesn’t mean you have to speak PHP. While helping the WordPress community appears skewed towards those with programming know-how, there are many other valuable ways you can make your mark.

Panel Discussion: WordPowerment – Practical Approaches to Diversity and Empowerment in the WordPress Community

WordCamp London 2017

As WordPress professionals, we are lucky that, in addition to our communities as freelancers, agencies or publishers, the larger WordPress community serves as a support network when we face these challenges.

 

 

WordPress Community Interview With Jose Castaneda

Jose Castaneda is a WordPress fanatic, theme reviewer, father, husband and life-lesson learner. He loves to learn new things and loves to share those lessons. He works on open-source projects when he can and try to give back when he is able to.

His interest include but are not limited to type, music, fonts, art, design, PHP, WordPress, JavaScript, CSS, learning, code, hiking, photography, culinary arts, food, Flamenco guitar, music, video editing, HTML

Jose is a member of the Theme Review Team but also spends a lot of time on the support forums helping people with their WordPress issues.

To learn more about the Theme Review Team, click HERE. To find out about helping out the Theme Review Team, click HERE.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/21

On January 17th, 2009 WordPress TV was “switched on.” The announcement was made by Matt Mullenweg in a post that can be found here: https://wordpress.org/news/2009/01/wordpresstv/

“On WordPress.tv, you’ll find tutorials for both WordPress self-installs and WordPress.com to help you get blogging fast and hassle-free. We’ve kicked things off with the basics — now you can shape what comes next. Just drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to see added.”

That year, 129 videos from 12 WordCamps were published!

Since that announcement, 6,842 videos have been published on WordPress TV. These include WordCamp videos, How To’s, Interviews, Meetups, Testimonials, State of the Word and WordPress Release videos.

The last several years have seen a significant increase in videos, culminating with 1,750 videos published for 2016. The number of videos submitted per WordCamp has increased sharply. Just a few years ago, 6 videos would be published (on average) after a WordCamp. In 2016 that number rose to 18!

Now…..on to the video highlight!

Yvonne Conway-Williams : Cybersecurity – Russian Hackers, Privacy, and You

From WordCamp Orange County 2017, Yvonne talks about the personal information that people freely post on social media and what can happen with that data.

Are we giving too much information away?
As we adopt use of technology into our daily routines, it’s easy to forget that our blogs and connected social media posts sometimes reach a wider audience than we mean them to. Updates intended for friends, family, and coworkers may seem innocuous enough, but often leak private information that hackers can use to invade our privacy and steal important data.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/14

I sincerely apologize for missing the video highlight last week. Sometimes real life interferes with our WordPress interest.

This week I am featuring two videos that have to do with the legal aspects of blogging, social media, clients, copyrights, etc. This is something that I doubt a lot of people spend a lot of time thinking about (me!). I learned a lesson recently about live streaming video and all of the ramifications of not having permissions to use certain content.

The first video comes from WordCamp Udaipur 2017.

Mridul Goswami: Contracts, Copyrights and Other Legal Aspects

Mridul Goswami is a practicing Lawyer with over 3 years of experience and a keen interest in technology. Along with this he has been a web developer for last 5 years. In this talk Mridul shares the importance of setting up correct contracts with clients and essentials for the terms and conditions of a web project.

From WordCamp Phoenix 2016 comes this video about other legal aspects.

Ruth Carter, Esq.: The Lawyer Is In! Legal Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging and Social Media

Open Q&A with lawyer/blogger Ruth Carter on the legal dos and don’ts of social media. Topics can include copyright, trademark, FTC compliance, privacy, defamation, employment issues, business formation, and contracts. This is your time to get answers to your burning legal questions about blogging and social media.