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WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/06/15

Meetups are a very important part of the WordPress Community.

There are currently over 550,000 people who take part in 1,370 Meetups around the world.

If you are interested in starting a Meetup in your area, the videos below contain good information for getting started.

Laura Hartwig: How To Start A WordPress Meetup In Your Town (And Why You Should)

This talk would be perfect for any of the groups.
I’ve been a WordPress Developer since 2010 and have spoken at two WordCamps and organized WordCamp CT in 2014. I’ve also run 2 different WP meetups and offer online and in-person WordPress training. I learned a lot from the WordPress community and am always trying to pay it forward.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

WordPress Meetup – How to get started?

This session is about getting in touch with the community team and exchange your experiences about organizing WordPress Meetups or to help you starting one in your home town.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

Finally, a testimonial from the Austin, Texas Meetup.


WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/06/08

Version 3.0.1 of the Gutenberg plugin was released on June 6th. You can read more about the plugin and the project HERE.

There have been several videos submitted from a variety of WordCamps and meet ups recently. Here are just a few. You can find more Gutenberg videos on WordPress TV by clicking HERE.

Álvaro Gómez: La Revolución Gutenberg: Del ‘Post’ al ‘Block’

El lanzamiento de la versión 5 de WordPress está programado para apenas un par de semanas antes de WordCamp Bilbao y con él Guteberg entrará en la vida de muchos usuarios por primera vez

The release of version 5 of WordPress is scheduled for just a couple of weeks before WordCamp Bilbao and with it Gutenberg will enter the lives of many users for the first time.

Eric Debelak: Creating Gutenberg Blocks

So you’ve probably heard about Gutenberg, but how do you
create your own interactive, dynamic Gutenberg blocks? I’ll
lead you through a simple example, and cover some advanced topics
like API calls to 3rd party services, server side rendering,
and using custom React components to help you understand the full
capabilities of Gutenberg – and even how to make some advanced blocks
of your own.

Miguel Fonseca & Matías Ventura: El lenguaje de Gutenberg: una estructura de datos para el pasado y el futuro

Descripción de las líneas directrices tras la estructura de datos de Gutenberg y para qué ha sido optimizado. Los beneficios para el usuario son los datos accesibles.

Artículo escrito por Miguel Fonseca sobre esta ponencia: https://lamda.blog/2018/04/22/the-language-of-gutenberg/

Description of the guidelines after the Gutenberg data structure and for what it has been optimized. The benefits for the user are the accessible data.

Article written by Miguel Fonseca on this paper: https://lamda.blog/2018/04/22/the-language-of-gutenberg/

Gutenberg Basics

Getting started using Gutenberg for content creators and business owners. Where Gutenberg originates from, what’s it good for, how to take advantage of it and which latest features should be used at your own risk.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.


WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/06/01

I decided to only highlight one video this week because…..well, you can see for yourself.

You don’t have to be involved in the WordPress Community very long before you will hear some inspiring personal stories. How people have overcome diversity, hardships, addictions, etc. The video highlighted this week contains a message for all of us.

Aimee Copeland: Keynote Speaker

In her keynote session, Aimee plans to deliver a message that will inspire us all to strive toward success and happiness with newfound hope, as well as encourage people from all backgrounds and walks of life to meet any situation as their best self.

See more videos at WordPress.tv.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/05/18

You have been involved in WordPress for a year or two. You enjoy WordCamps and the WordPress Community, the chats that take place in Slack, Facebook and other online groups. You work hard and become proficient in several areas of WordPress.

Finally, you decide to “give back” and submit a presentation for a WordCamp. You get a notification that your presentation has been accepted! Your first talk is just weeks away.

The big day arrives, you find yourself standing in front of a room full of people who are eager to hear what you have to say.

Panic sets in, you’re not a professional speaker! What to do? What to do?

It’s Glossophobia — a really cool and geeky name for the fear of public speaking

The videos highlighted this week give tips for overcoming those fears, preparing a presentation and beginning your journey in public speaking.

Ángel G. Zinsel: Miedo y PÁNICO a hablar en público

La comunidad WordPress es cada día más grande y está llena de oportunidades para compartir nuestro conocimiento con ella. Pero, ¿qué pasa si tengo miedo escénico?

The WordPress community is getting bigger every day and is full of opportunities to share our knowledge with it. But, what happens if I have stage fright?

Slides can be found here.

Luca Sartoni: The Art of Public Speaking

Comunicare significa letteralmente mettere in comune. È qualcosa che facciamo continuamente, spesso senza troppo pensarci, e gli esperti di comunicazione ci dicono che è impossibile non comunicare.

Communicating literally means sharing. It is something we do continuously, often without too much thinking about it, and communication experts tell us that it is impossible not to communicate.

Steve Carr: Make Winning Presentations

Your team has the skills and techniques they need to make the best decision. Fast. Smart. Efficient. Your presentation covers all of the details. You’ve made your key points clear and you’ve reiterated them at the end of your presentation. But, you still run into resistance. And often, it’s from the same people or teams. By using The Six Thinking Hats, you can ensure your presentation is seen in the best light by each of those stakeholders. The Six Thinking Hats, or modes, was developed by Dr. Edward De Bono. De Bono was a physician, psychologist, author and inventor who originated the term lateral thinking.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/05/06

After the interview that I did with Bet Hannon about the WordPress Support Forums, I searched through WordPress TV for another video about the Support Forums. I did find a video but the subject was about the migration from bbPress 1 to bbPress 2. I watched the video and thought this was something that people might enjoy watching.

Jennifer Dodd: Upgrading the WordPress.org Support Forums (How to Eat an Elephant)

In the summer of 2016, Jennifer Dodd upgraded the WordPress.org support forums
from bbPress 1 to bbPress 2.x. This talk will be done as an interview
conducted by Mika Epstein.

So, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/04/20

Way back in the early 1980’s I started to learn (on my own) how to do some programming. I developed a payroll and an accounting program at my workplace. This was pre-internet of course. If you were lucky, you might have access to a user group bulletin board or a CompuServe account and a local phone number . Long distance charges were killer back then. AND yes, I walked to school uphill in the snow, both ways!

If you have any interest in the coding standards used by WordPress, take a look at these videos.

Juliette Reinders Folmer: Leveraging the WordPress Coding Standards to review plugins and themes

Ever been hesitant to upgrade to a newer WP version as you weren’t sure whether the theme and the plugins you use would be compatible?
Or wondered whether installing a certain plugin would open your site up to security risks?
Or maybe whether you would be able to present your customer with an interface in their language for a certain plugin?

Presentation Slides

Thorsten Frommen: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the WordPress Coding Standards

In this talk, Thorsten will start by providing an overview of the rules and best practices for coding in the WordPress universe. If you want to know about code style, coding standards, code conventions, code quality—and why it all matters!—this talk is for you.

Presentation Slides


WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/04/13

In case you missed it, yesterday Andrew Ozz posted an article on the WordPress Blog about GDPR compliance going into effect near the end of May.

GDPR compliance is an important consideration for all WordPress websites. The GDPR Compliance team is looking for help to test the privacy tools that are currently being developed in core.

      What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and is intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union. Its primary aim is to give control back to the EU residents over their personal data.

Why the urgency? Although the GDPR was introduced two years ago, it becomes enforceable starting May 25, 2018.

You can read the entire article HERE.

There are two recent videos that can help WordPress users understand the privacy aspects and consequences of GDPR.

Βασίλης Καρκατζούνης: Data Protection 101 for Developers

Basic principles and guidelines for the collection and processing of personal data by developers, also in view of the implementation of the General Regulation on the Protection of Patients (GDPR).

Arnoud Engelfriet: General Data Protection Regulation

On May 25th 2018 there will be a new European law regarding privacy aspects: the General Data Protection Regulation.
In this session, Arnoud Engelfriet explains briefly the consequences of the GDPR and answers questions.

Multiple WordCamps are taking place each weekend worldwide. Cemal Tashan is doing a great job getting the camera kits sent out and keeping them in working order. Many thanks Cemal!

WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/04/06

It is always good to see content submitted from unexpected sources in the WordPress Community!

The WordPress Global Community Team recently submitted 4 videos to WordPress TV that targeted WordPress Meetup organizers. These conversations stemmed from the recognition that a number of Meetups groups are struggling or have been abandoned. The videos were recorded using Zoom.

How Did You Find Your Co-Organizers?

How Do You Promote And Cross-Post Meetups In The Local Community?

All of the roundtable videos can be found here.

Many thanks to the Global Community Team and the people who took part in the videos. The folks at WordPress TV greatly appreciate your hard work!


WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/03/30

I literally stumbled across this first video while I researching the WordPress TV site. I thought with the upcoming release of WordPress 5.0, what better video to highlight than a much earlier version.

This Mike Pretzlaw video was published in May of 2017.

WordPress Version 1.5 from the year 2005.

So while I was at it, I searched and found an early State of the Word video.

WordCamp Argentina 2007: Matt Mullenweg Keynote

Lastly, there was an announcement by Cemal Tashan on the WordPress TV P2 page concerning the Live Streaming Kits.

Benny, Elvin and Dexter Retiring

It is that time. We are saying “Goodbye” to Benny, Elvin, and Dexter. They are WordPress TV’s LiveStream kits that have helped many WordCamps to LiveStream their sessions to WordPressers all around the world……..

See the entire post HERE.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2018/03/23

This week I thought I would mix it up a little and highlight a variety of videos.

Zack Katz: The Future of WordPress

At WordCamp Denver 2017, Zack talked about both the history and the future of WordPress.


Sharon Ernst: 8 Ways to Keep Blogging Workshop

Sharon asks: Is your blog neglected and out-of-date? Is it at the bottom of your to-do list so never gets the attention it deserves? That makes you normal! Consistently blogging challenges most of us because we’re busy with so many other tasks. Let’s fix that. This presentation was given at WordCamp Seattle 2017.

Felix Arntz: Contributing to WordPress Core

This talk from WordCamp Noord – Nederland 2018 addresses what comes next when contributing to core: How do you spend your contributing time efficiently? How do you find access to developer groups? How do you make your ideas heard?