Schedule

Important Note: Road construction is happening right outside of GVSU

The Fulton St Bridge is currently undergoing renovation and so Fulton St is closed immediately east of the GVSU campus. The posted detours will bring you to the right place without too much trouble. We also recommend parking in the GVSU Fulton St lot, which you can access via the Pearl/Lk Michigan Drive detour as well as from Fulton St.


Foundation Friday, August 15th

Time Foundation Friday – User Foundation Friday – Developer
9:00 amFriday Registration
10:00 amGetting Started: What you should do BEFORE you buy your first theme Andrea NapierkowskiFledgling WP Developer? Learn your PHP! Peter Shackelford
11:00 am10 Tips for Turning Your WordPress Website Into an Traffic Driving Machine Rebecca GillIntroduction to WordPress Hooks Ian Wilson
12:00 pmLunch (On Your Own)
2:00 pmDon’t Fear the Code Kyle MaurerCore Functions You (Maybe) Don’t Know Exist Nicole Arnold
3:00 pmIntro to WordPress Jared OlsonRegister, Enqueue, Confusion! The proper way to include files in WordPress Joel Worsham

Saturday, August 16th

Time Front-End / Content Development Business
7:30 amSaturday Registration
8:30 amKeynote Chris Lema
9:15 amDesign Is In The Details: How Decisions Shape Communication Michelle SchulpExtremely Powerful Local WordPress Development with Vagrant and Friends Brad ParbsBuilding a Sales Funnel (that sells) with WordPress Dan Kaufman
10:00 amDesigning for the First Five Seconds Ross JohnsonWrangling WP-Cron Chris KlosowskiWordPress in Schools – How We Saved Taxpayer Dollars And You Can Too Cameron Barrett
11:00 amTheme Customization Best Practices Kyle MaurerCustomizing the WordPress Admin Area Bob OrchardHow WP Can Save Academic Freedom and Cure the Crises in Higher Education Jim Luke
12:00 pmLunch (On Your Own)
2:00 pmThe Intersection of Clients + Design Taylor Vanden HoekKeeping WordPress Under [Version] Control with Git Steve GrunwellLearn From My Mistakes: 8 Years in the Game Ian Wilson
3:00 pm12 Tips For Better WordPress Content Creation Peter DeHaanAJAX : using JavaScript in WordPress Nate ReistWebsite Mistakes Small Businesses Make, and How to Fix Them Chad Warner
4:00 pmBe a Lean UX Team Machine Gloria AntonelliCommand Line Awesome Topher DeRosiaThe Traffic Data that Matters in Google Analytics Tim Yow
5:00 pmClosing Remarks
5:30 pmDinner (On Your Own)
7:00 pmAfter Party

Sunday, August 16th, 10am-4pm

Join us for Contributor Day! From 10am–4pm we’ll be contributing to WordPress at The Factory, a co-working space in downtown GR. We encourage you to join us and contribute no matter your skill level! There will be space for developers to contribute to WordPress Core, expert users to contribute towards documentation efforts, and anyone who is willing to help answer as many questions as they can in the WordPress.org support forum. If you have no prior experience working in any of these areas, we will show you how to contribute.

If none of the above things sound right for you, we encourage you to join us anyway and use this time as a study hall to work on your own site. This is a great opportunity for you to immediately put to use the knowledge you gained on Saturday.

Please note: this is not the space for you to come and ask for help — we’ll have a Happiness Bar on Saturday just for that — instead, this is an opportunity for you to come and offer help in some capacity (chances are you will have learned at least one neat tip on Saturday that will help you answer someone else’s question in the WordPress.org support forum, at the very least).

Location: The Factory, 38 W. Fulton, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49503