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WordPress Community Interview With Amanda Rush

Amanda Rush designs websites and web applications using various content management systems including WordPress, as well as testing websites for accessibility according to the W3C standards and for Section 508 compliance. She checks for usability with Jaws for Windows, Non-Visual Desktop Access, (NVDA), Window Eyes, System Access, and VoiceOver at Customer Servant Consultancy.

According to Wikipedia “The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet. They are a set of guidelines that specify how to make content accessible, primarily for people with disabilities—but also for all user agents, including highly limited devices, such as mobile phones. The current version, WCAG 2.0, was published in December 2008.”

Amanda is an instructor at the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired, where she helps teach a class on HTML5, CSS and general web design which is inclusive of accessibility. She is also a member of the Accessibility Team where she helps test and makes recommendations for improvements to accessibility.

We chat about WordCamps, the WordPress Community, Assistive Technology and other things during the interview.

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WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/01/13

In the past year WordPress Meetup Groups have grown to 374 groups in 58 countries (this is up from 38 countries in 2015).

If you are interested in starting a WordPress Meetup in your area, you can find guidelines HERE on the Community page.

The videos featured today are from WordCamps held in 2016 – Denpasar and Europe. Both videos discuss how to organize and experience continued growth in a Meetup group.

Mayo Moriyama: Organizing a Meetup in Your City

Attending and organizing local Meetups is a great and enjoyable way to learn a lot of things!

 

Dee Teal: Keys to Growing and Developing your WordPress Meetup

Once you’ve started a WordPress Meetup the early rush of having people show up and participate is great, but once you’ve started, how do you keep building momentum?

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WordPress Community Interview With Robert Sather

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Sather is a 25 year old web developer with 6 years experience in web development, doing mainly plugin and custom theme development. Robert resides in Sandefjord, Norway and has interests in travelling, urban exploration, hiking in the woods, hamradio and airsoft

Robert enjoys creating custom themes as well as looking into WP security. He spends time in the WordPress Support Forums helping with security issues.

We discuss WordCamp Oslo, the WordPress Community, speaking and touch on ham radio operations.

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WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/01/06

With the announcement from WordCamp Central about the Incubator Program in February of 2016 and then three locations being chosen for the program, I thought featuring videos from WordCamp Harare and WordCamp Denpasar would highlight the progress that these Communities have made.

Sizo Sinyolo: When Time Says No, WordPress Says Yes

Talk about pressure! Sizo was tasked with creating an E-commerce WordPress site and didn’t know anything about WordPress!

“I had never used WordPress until pressure mounted on me as an internship student , the company wanted the website up and running within a week.” 

Presentation Slides can be seen HERE.

 

Wibowo Sulistio: Leveling up through Pro Bono dev work

“Pro bono work is fun and rewarding. It is also a great way to level up your WordPress prowess and reputation, either as a freelance developer or as part of a digital agency. When you give back to society, you receive back as much, if not more.”

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WordPress Community Interview With Jeff Chandler and Marcus Couch

Jeff Chandler and Marcus Couch host the WordPress Weekly podcast, which covers all things WordPress. They also interview a variety people who make up the WordPress Community.

Marcus Couch has been a WordPress developer for more than 12 years. Besides being the co-host of WordPress Weekly, he is the cohost of the WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast with John Overall. Marcus also helps people plan, develop and implement membership sites at Membership Site Coach.

Jeff Chandler launched WordPress Weekly in January of 2008. In that initial episode, Jeff talked about the release of WordPress 2.3.2 and running WordPress locally. He resides in Ohio and has been writing about WordPress since 2007 at the WPTavern. When he attends WordCamps, Jeff can mostly be found taking part in the Hallway Track.

We had a great time talking WordCamps and the WordPress Community.

I do need to apologize to Jeff and Marcus. This is the first time that I had two guest being interviewed. There are times where you can see that Marcus and Jeff’s face are blocked. I did not realize this happened until I was processing the video.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/12/30

This week we have two videos featuring the WordPress Command Line Interface

As stated on the WP-CLI website: it is a set of command-line tools for managing WordPress installations. You can update plugins, configure multisite installs and much more, without using a web browser.

Matt Mullenweg recently posted on the make.wordpress.org/core page about the wp-cli future and how it is coming under the umbrella of WordPress.org. You can read the entire post HERE along with all of the comments.

From WordCamp Katmandu 2016.

Suwash Kunwar: Administer WordPress with WP-CLI

Suwash gives a basic overview on how to use the WP command line interface in order to complete regular administrative tasks like upgrades,

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

And this video from WordCamp Denver 2016.

Chris Mospaw: Leveraging WP-CLI

This talk starts by briefly touching on setup and installation, and then moves into some of the basic commands.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

 

 

 

WordPress Community Interview With Kathryn Presner

Kathryn Presner is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic where she thrives on helping people get the most out of their WordPress experience.

Kathryn gave a presentation at WordCamp US titled “From Shadows to Limelight – How Women Found Their Voice At WordCamp Montreal.” Here she talks about the successful effort to increase the number of women giving presentations at WordCamp.

We talk about being in involved in the WordPress Community and how she first became active in the Support Forums which led to her applying for a position as a Happiness Engineer.

In 2015 Kathryn took part in a brand new WordPress event called Press Publish which made its debut in Portland, Oregon. An initiative of Automattic, the conference mixed advice and inspiration for bloggers with tips on making the most of WordPress.

Kathryn at Press Publish in Portland, Oregon

Kathryn at Press Publish in Portland, Oregon

Kathryn is very active in Ladies Learning Code and Girl Geeks.

Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to be the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders – not just consumers – of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way.

Girl Geeks Dinners whose mission includes:
Break down old fashioned social stereotypes.
Identify routes around barriers to entry for anyone to get into technology.
Encourage and nurture those interested in technology.

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WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/12/23

This week we feature two videos that highlight marketing techniques.

Sarah Moore: Social Media Marketing with Video in 2016

WordCamp Sunshine Coast 2016 was held at the Innovation Centre at Sippy Downs in Queensland Australia on May 7th and 8th of this year.

In this presentation Sarah looks at the current social media marketing trend (which is here to stay) – video marketing (included throughout the presentation are statistics and case studies).

Slides for her presentation can be found HERE.

Erik Bernskiöld: Content Marketing Done Right For Everybody

WordCamp Stockholm 2016 was held at the Waterfront Congress Centre in Stockholm, Sweden on November 22nd and 23rd.

In today’s world, it is all about content marketing. Doing it right means thinking about a lot of different things. 

Slides for his presentation can be found HERE.

Now for a bonus video!

WordCamp Sunshine Coast Testimonials

Troy Dean of Melbourne Australia likes to record testimonial videos while he attends WordCamps. Troy spent some time at WordCamp Sunshine Coast 2016 talking with people and getting their thoughts about WordCamps.

Thanks Troy! I appreciate your hard work.

 

 

WordPress Community Interview With Thabo Tswana

You might call this post a Special Edition for the WordPress Community Interview Series. I felt the need to get this interview published quickly because of the message Thabo has for the Community.

Thabo Tswana is a web designer living in Harare, Zimbabwe. He states that “He has a hunger to constantly grow and evolve as a designer. He has a genuine passion for programming, technology and website security”.

Thabo was the lead organizer for WordCamp Harare, which was one of the three WordCamps chosen to take part in the WordCamp Incubator Program. The other two WordCamps took place in Denpasar, Indonesia and Medellín, Colombia.

The incubator program was unveiled in February of this year and the three locations were announced in May.

Hugh Lashbrooke, Andrea Middleton, Rocio Valdivia (among others) mentored Thabo and his team throughout the time leading up to WordCamp.

The team was encouraged to start a local WordPress Meetup group and hold regular meetings. They were tasked with finding a venue, setting a date, recruiting speakers, and spreading the word about the upcoming WordCamp.

The goal for the incubator events was to organize an easily reproducible, one-day, one-track event with about 50-75 attendees.

This interview is a bit longer than normal but it is well worth it!

WordPress Community Interview With Miguel Useche

Miguel Useche lives near San Cristóbal, Venezuela. He is a developer at webdibs, a professor at the Universidad del Táchira, and an open source advocate.  Miguel is also a Playstation 3 and PC gamer, Linux user, skateboarder and blogger.

https://skatox.com/blog/2016/11/01/30-cosas-aprendi-la-decada-de-los-20/

We were supposed to do a quick Skype interview during the Global WordPress Translation Day 2 on November 12th but my schedule changed and we were unable chat.

Miguel is one of the organizers of the WordPress Meetup Group in San Cristóbal. There are over 130 members which meets monthly.

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