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WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/10/21

Again, we are featuring videos from two different WordCamps.

WordCamp Tokyo 2016

This video from WordCamp Tokyo 2016 is not technical but is a fun look at the origin of the Wapuu figure that has spread throughout the WordPress World in the 5 years since its introduction. This presentation was given by the original illustrator Kazuko Kaneuchi and talks about the popularity of the Wapuu

Actually there is a website showcasing the various Wapuus that have been created and used for WordCamps. The website is

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

Also, this presentation by Mignon Style is about theme building for non-programmers. She has very nice slides so even if you don’t understand the talk it’s worth checking out.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

My sincere thanks to Naoko Takano for her help with these videos.

WordCamp Antwerp 2016

This video from WordCamp Antwerp 2016 is a presentation by Thijs Feryn and concerns Scaling WordPress. He talks about optimizing your stack for better scalability, load balancing, session distribution, static file hosting and much more!

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

Something new that was introduced 3 weeks ago – WordPress TV Shortz. These are 1 to 2 minute videos giving updates (not news) from the team pages. So far updates have been given for Polyglots, Plugins, Mobile, Design, Core and Community Teams.

And don’t forget to go to WordPress TV for more great WordCamp videos!

Amazon Alexa + WP REST API = GUI-Less WordPress Application

Wow! Just wow. My friend and fellow WordPress TV team member Olegs Belousovs sent me information about the video featured below. Now, I consider myself somewhat of  a geek but when I saw Okamoto Hidetaka demonstrating the Alexa voice commands on the  Amazon Echo,,,, well, WOW!

Okamoto gave this presentation at WordCamp Singapore 2016 and showed how he and his team developed an app to control a WordPress website without a GUI (graphical user interface). He talks about the services needed, an Amazon account, an AWS account and an Amazon Echo.

The video is only 17 minutes long but shows how to get started on a project like this. Okamoto also supplied this link to their website: which has more details.

Slides for the presentation can be found here.

For more great WordCamp video visit WordPress TV.

How to Get 100 Content Ideas in an Hour: Nicole Kohler

If there’s one thing worse than writer’s block, it’s running out of ideas for your blog or business — or not having any to begin with. Luckily, the internet has made getting inspired an easy task, not to mention an incredibly quick one. In this talk, Nicole shares tips, tools, and content “lifehacks” you can use to generate 100 (or more!) content ideas in less time than it takes to settle on a new theme. Filmed at WordCamp Boston 2016

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Matt Gibbs: Diving Into Commercial Plugin Development

Learn key takeaways from my running a plugin business. Matt Gibbs goes over how to determine whether your plugin idea can sell, how to set the price, deciding on the business model, whether to self-host, and handling support.


From WordCamp Asheville 2016

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Staff Pick: Theming in WordPress – Where do I start?

From the stage of WordCamp Europe 2016 here is Edmund Turbin’s great presentation on how to get started in creating WordPress themes.

Base theme, child theme, framework – These are a few of the options you can use for creating a WordPress Theme. Wether you are developing a theme for your personal blog, a clients website, or a theme to be used by other sites and the WordPress community, it is important to know the different approaches for getting started with theme development.

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The past week (August 25-31, 2014) has brought with it a great collection of WordCamp videos for designers and developers alike. If you’re looking to learn more about WordPress, these videos are a great way to level up!

Loris Grillet: Selling Your Projects and Building the Perfect Client Relationship

From WordCamp Switzerland (May 3-4, 2014) comes this great presentation by web and UX designer Loris Grillet on presenting design work and building a good relationship with clients.

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Simon Owen: Optimising Your Front-End Workflow for WordPress

For theme developers, this presentation from WordCamp Manchester (June 28-29, 2014) by Simon Owen covers the techniques, applications and shortcuts that he uses to help him when building WordPress themes.

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Kevin Stover: The Candid Developer. Developing and Maintaining A Successful Plugin… Is Scary

Also from WordCamp Manchester (June 28-29, 2014) comes this presentation from Kevin Stover that is an honest look at the very scary prospect of releasing a plugin to the public, and how to overcome that fear.

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Of course, this is just a sampling of the great videos that are being published every day, so feel free to visit and expand your WordPress knowledge!

– Your Moderator Squad