I’ve become involved with WordPress for the first time this year and it’s been a great experience. WordCamp SF gave me a chance to meet some of the people who I only knew through:
- Reading their books (Stephanie Leary … WordPress for Web Developers)
- Taking their online classes (Morten Rand-Hendriksen … Lynda.com course … WordPress 3: Building Child Themes)
- Watching their WordPress TV technical videos (Andrew Nacin … WP_Query/WordPress in depth)
It’s a bit nerdy to be sure, but I felt more like a groupie at WordCamp SF this week than I did at at the Counting Crows concert in San Francisco last week.
There were a number of great presentations Friday and Saturday in San Francisco. It was interesting to hear WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg talk about the growing use of WordPress for blogs, as a CMS and as an application platform.
There was terrific information from Josh Broten on responsive web design. Josh’s talk was jammed packed with information and CSS code snippets. His tip for images was interesting too: save a single .jpg image at 2.2x with the quality setting at 0%. Apparently the image is relatively small and avoids the need for saving multiple images in different sizes. This is something I’ll want to explore more.
There were some great ideas for tailoring the admin area for WordPress users by Helen Hou-Sandi. Andrew Nacin’s talk on user capabilities was helpful too. It was also great getting some insight from Andrew about a pressing topic for a project I’m working on. It’s easier to feel like I’m on the right track with expert confirmation.
WordCamp SF was also a great place to have a chance to meet others on diverse WordPress related projects: Washington Post content management innovations, an applications exchange in Italy along with local developers and users.
In recent months, I’ve learned a lot from Anca Mosoiu, the founder of Tech Liminal Oakland. She was one of the anchor volunteers at the SF WordCamp “Happiness Bar”. A visitor to WordCamp SF from Florida said the hands-on help at the Happiness Bar was just the ticket to overcome a pressing hurdle … a great byproduct of attending the conference. This WordCamp visitor was glad she found the Happiness Bar after first thinking it was a place to recharge laptops and get a drink.
WordCamp was impressively well run from the Happiness Bar to yummy lunches served in the sunshine with live jazz. I continue to be amazed by the vibrant WordPress open source community and delighted to be part of it.
Updates with links to presenter material I found particularly interesting as it is posted: