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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.


WordPress Community Interview With Rachael Dines

Racheal Dines is a Chartered Marketer (marketing professional) for Shake It Up Creative near London England.

Rachael attended and spoke at WordCamp London 2017. She brought her 10-month-old son to the event and was able to take advantage of the Crèche that was being offered for the second year at WordCamp London.

A Crèche is a nursery where babies and young children are cared for by registered professionals. At WordCamp London, this service was provided by Nipperbout Ltd., a mobile crèche company that has been in business for over 27 years.

We talk about the services they provided and how Rachael was able to enjoy WordCamp, assured that her child was being well cared for.

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 make.wordpress.org 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.


WordPress Community Interview With Dave Navarro

Dave is the Director of Digital Media for Alpha Media Topeka, which is a group of radio stations. His primary duties include development of a common WordPress platform for websites in multiple radio markets. He also does plugin development on the side for numerous clients.

He is a part of the WordPress Marketing Team and also spends time with the Core Team.

Dave recently gave a presentation on using Facebook Live at his radio station and states “In mid 2016 we started using Facebook Live! By the end of 2016, we saw over 9000% growth in Page Likes and Engagement with our audience”.

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.



WordPress Community Interview With Cate DeRosia

Wow! Just wow!

When I first started to consider asking Cate DeRosia if she would be interested in being interviewed, I thought she might have something interesting to say to the WordPress world. This interview far exceeded any expectations I had.

This interview was done at WordCamp Jackson, where we were able to find a quite place in between sessions.

Cate talks about being the spouse of a remote WordPress developer. She discusses attending WordCamps and getting to know people in the Community she had only heard about and building her own relationships.

We discuss raising children in the digital age, the steps taken to protect them and letting children find their own way. Cate talks about taking their children to WordCamps and how they forged their own relationships in the WordPress Community.

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).


WordPress Community Interview With Dustin Hartzler

Dustin Hartzler is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and lives in the western Ohio area with his wife and two small children.

Dustin has been a Happiness Engineer since 2013. He is currently with the Woo Commerce Team where he enjoys helping people debug and troubleshoot their Woo Commerce issues. He finds it challenging because of all of the different variables that come into play, hosting, themes, plugins, etc.

He is also the creator of the podcast Your Website Engineer, which has over 330 weekly episodes.

We talk about WordCamps, the WordPress Community and his experiences working with the Woo Commerce Team.

Dustin reminds us to check out the “Work With Us” page on the Automattic.com website

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?”

WordPress Community Interview With Titus & Stephanie Brinley

When I interviewed Sandy Edwards in February this year, we talked about Kid Camp and WordCamp for Kids. Ever since that interview, I have been searching for a child to interview and talk about Kid Camp.

I happened to see this Tweet by Titus Brinley on March 23rd.

ThetaCreative Tweet

ThetaCreative Tweet

I reached out to Titus and asked if I could contact one of his parents. His mother, Stephanie, replied to my Tweet and we were able to schedule this interview.

Titus Brinley is an 8-year-old serial entrepreneur who uses WordPress. He loves Legos and takes Karate lessons. You can see his website at Theta Creative.