Video Highlight

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/05/28

Before I get to the highlighted videos for this week, I want to call attention to the 14th birthday of WordPress.

I had originally thought of featuring some of the articles and blog post that were published yesterday. This turned out to be difficult because of all the great content to choose from. So, I am choosing just one.

Matt Mullenweg -WordPress 14

“Today is 14 years from the very first release of WordPress. The interface I’m using to write this (Calypso) is completely unrecognizable from what WordPress looked and worked like even a few years ago.”

Now, for the videos.

Website Maintenance is something that I take for granted, maybe because I am overly cautious about backups, updates, broken links, missing images, spelling, etc. But to a new user or a client, it can be somewhat overwhelming.

Nemanja Aleksic: Getting Started With Website Maintenance

The question of WordPress website maintenance is a polarizing one: people either hate it, or consider it a magical money tree.

Carmen Krupar: Website Maintenance with WordPress

This is a workshop that we offer on a regular basis for our customers. It has become very popular and many take the course multiple times. WordPress sites cannot be a set-it-and-forget-it website. Regular maintenance is required.


WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/05/19



Giving back.

If you have been involved with WordPress for any length of time, you have most likely heard these words.

The videos highlighted today are just two of many that talk about contributing to the WordPress Community.

Jenny Wong: Contributing to WordPress

When someone tells you that anyone can contribute to WordPress you may not believe them, but in this talk I will show you how this is true.

Courtney O’Callaghan: Get Involved! Contributing to the WordPress Community

Always wanted to contribute to the community but think you have to be a developer? WRONG! Contributing is within reach of everyone. Learn about the available projects, meetups, and communities. Find the perfect place to get started and have fun.

If you have a desire to contribute back to the WordPress Community, you can go to and take a look at the sixteen teams listed on that page.

I have been involved with the WordPress TV Team for slightly over three years. I have met, talked or chatted with people from all over the world. Being involved has afforded me the opportunity to fulfill a long-held desire (and structure) to create a video podcast (vlog).

You can take it from me, there is a place for you in the WordPress Community.


WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/05/12

I learned an important lesson this weekend. When you spend time creating content, the world will never see or read it if you don’t hit “Publish!”  Lesson learned!

From WordCamp Pune comes this video.

Careers in WordPress for Non-Developers

Are you a designer, communicator, or other non-coder? Do you wonder if and how you can fit into a WordPress agency? Are you a student looking for a career path that excites you?

And from WordCamp Lancaster.

Diana Day: Teaching Teens WordPress

So called digital natives might pick up tech skills easily, but that doesn’t mean they intuit everything tech-related – there is plenty to teach and learn, especially when it comes to a robust storytelling tool like WordPress.



WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/05/06

Just about any time that I am getting ready to walk into a new situation, I get feelings of being anxious and apprehensive. This is something that I have had to deal with for years and, although I am able to deal with those feelings, they still persist in a small way.

Such was the case when I was getting ready to walk into WordCamp Jackson.

It is during times like these, that I remember two presentations given by Marc Benzakein and Jeff Matson that I had the pleasure to attend and that made an impact on me.

Marc Benzakein: How to Rock a WordCamp Even if You’re a n00b

This talk covers 12 steps on how to get the most out of your WordCamp as well as how to start giving back to the Community on Day One. If you are new to WordPress or WordCamps, set yourself up for success by making sure you don’t miss this great kick-off to our two-day event!

Jeff Matson: How the WordPress Community Changed My Life

In this session, Jeff discusses his accidental fall into the WordPress community, and how it has changed both his personal and professional life forever (and has the tattoo to prove it).


WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/04/28

I had heard the term “distributed workforce” well before I started using WordPress in 2010 but it wasn’t until I started volunteering with WordPress TV in 2014 that I began to understand (in a very small way) what that term actually meant.

According to Wikipedia – A distributed workforce is a workforce that reaches beyond the restrictions of a traditional office environment. A distributed workforce is dispersed geographically over a wide area – domestically or internationally. By installing key technologies, distributed companies enable employees located anywhere to access all of the company’s resources and software such as applications, data and e-mail without working within the confines of a physical company-operated facility.

Franz Vitulli: Slack and Beyond – Internal Communication for Distributed Companies

From WordCamp Nederland 2016, Franz talks about how Human Made defeats distance on a daily basis by using several tools and adapting them to our own needs.

In his presentation description, Franz makes reference to a statement made by British economist Frances Cairncross  while observing the spread of the Internet in the 1990s.“Distance will die.”

Lesley Molecke: Changing the world, one WordPress site at a time – How we built a successful, distributed WordPress firm serving nonprofits

From WordCamp Europe 2016, Lesley asks “Have you ever wanted to run your own agency? Ever looked around your office and thought, “I could do this better than these guys!”? Ever yearned for more influence and flexibility in your day job?”

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’?

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.”



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.






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.


WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/03/17


Before I get to the featured videos for this week, I wanted to call attention to the Editor Experience Survey. The survey is being conducted to learn how people use the wp-admin editor to create their content.

The survey only takes a few minutes (honest!!!) and can be accessed through this link:


Testimonial videos continue to be submitted. The two featured below were recorded recently by Bridget Willard at the Orange County Women Who Wp meeting.


Jonny Allbut: Making WordPress Menus Smarter

This video was submitted from WordCamp Manchester 2016.

“WordPress editable menus rock – they empower the user to really take control of their website. I’ll demonstrate a ‘few tricks of the trade’ that I use to make them work even smarter, including filtering, custom menu walker classes and more.”

Slides for the presentation can be seen HERE.