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WordCamp Lehigh Valley

I’m excited to be speaking at WordCamp Lehigh Valley this year! If you’ve never been to a WordCamp, here’s some information from their site:

What is WordCamp?

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress.

WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

We will have WordPress-focused talks, sponsors, networking events, swag, and an after party! It’s going to be a great day!

The event will be held at the Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA on July 16th. My talk will be at 2:20 in the Blast Furnace Room and I’ll be speaking about “The True Value Of Your WordPress Knowledge.”

The schedule has just been posted, so you can check out what sessions you plan to attend. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

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Development WordPress

When to use a Child Theme

Question: When should you use a child theme with WordPress?

Answer: All the time.

Child themes are great because instead of modifying theme files, you can create your own page templates and custom CSS in a separate place. The reason for doing this is so you can update your theme in the future and not lose your changes.

How to create a Child Theme

This was a great talk by Lauren Pittenger I heard at WordCamp Scranton last year.

 

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Productivity WordPress

How to Quickly Create a Link in WordPress

As I learned from Aaron Jorbin at WordCamp Philly 2015 this past weekend, you can now quickly create a link by pasting it directly onto your text in the WordPress editor.  This is a cool trick that will help you save a few seconds, especially when creating external links that you have to copy from your browser anyway.

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WordPress

My First WordCamp

I had a great time at WordCamp Philly 2015!  All of the speakers were excellent and the entire experience was well worth it.  I also met some really cool people and connect with a bunch more on Twitter thanks to the #wcphilly hashtag.

I have also been inspired to “get outside the WordPress bubble” by 10up CEO John Eckman, so I’ll be looking for other conferences in the area throughout the year.  There’s also a new WordCamp Scranton later this Summer which I’m planning to attend as well!

Sessions I attended

  • YOGA for Desk Jockeys by Erica Varlese
  • Start Selling Images With WordPress in Under 10 Minutes by Scott Wyden Kivowitz
  • Moonlighting With WordPress by Erica Sterling
  • Panel: WordPress in Schools (Content  Architecture was cancelled)
  • Getting outside the WordPress bubble by John Eckman
  • Advanced Topics in WordPress Development by Andrew Nacin
  • Building Parsec: A Fully Responsive Theme by Joe Casabona
  • Designeveloper – A Practical Designer’s Guide to Next-level Your Developexpertise by Justin Sternberg
  • Before You Quit Your Day Job by Sharon McMullen