What the WordPress REST API Means for Javascript Developers

Pumped to be speaking at the OpenWest about WordPress, and specifically the REST API. I actually spoke at this same event 7 years ago, when it was the Utah Open Source conference. Glad to be back, and thanks to Victor Villa and Steve Myers for the work they did in organizing the event.

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Birds of a Feather: BuddyPress

Just wanted to invite everyone to the Utah Open Source Conference that is being held October 8-10th at the Miller Campus of the Salt Lake Community College in Sandy, Utah. I have been asked to present on BuddyPress, the robust social networking plugin for WordPressMU. The session that I am runnong is a Birds of a Feather, meaning that it will be an open presentation, so I am hoping to have an open discussion on usability and implementation. If you are looking to implement BuddyPress, or want to see how I have used it on a few sites, drop in. Lots to learn about.

Utah Open Source Conference Website

BuddyPress Presentation

Details:

October 08, 1:45 pm

Room 123 (Map)

SMCSLC: All About WordPress

WordPress LogoJust wanted to pitch the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City’s September get together. Thom Allen, Joseph Scott and I will be presenting on WordPress, BuddyPress, and a host of other blogging tools and applications. From their site:

Many of us are past the question: To blog, or not to blog.

We know there’s value in blogging.Some of us have used WordPress, Moveable Type, TypePad or Blogger. Perhaps all of us already have a favorite blogging platform.

For our September Social Media Club of Salt Lake City meeting, we’re focusing on WordPress. We think it’s one of the more popular blogging tools. We have structured the program so there’s something for everyone regardless of your WordPress familiarity.

About WordPress

First of all, thank you to Joseph Scott — an Automatic employee and WordPress programmer who’s official title is bug exorcist — who has agreed to put together September’s program. You know you’ll learn valuable information when one of the software programmers is our lead presenter.

Networking will begin at 6 p.m. and our program at 6:30 p.m. Joseph will provide an introduction to WordPress, its history and where it is today.

WordPress Breakout Sessions – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Around 6:45 p.m. we’ll break-out into smaller sessions to focus on WordPress in more depth. The three breakout sessions will be geared toward WordPress beginners, intermediate and advanced users.

Thank you to two very talented bloggers in their own right, Thom Allen and Jake Spurlock, who will lead the beginner and intermediate breakout sessions, respectively. Joseph will lead the discussion in the advanced user group.

Jake’s session will also include an overview of BuddyPress, a comprehensive social networking tool which can be installed as a WordPress plugin.

Breakout concepts will include discussion items like:

  • Why you should use WordPress
  • How to most effectively install and customize WordPress
  • The best URL structure for searchSEO optimization of your WordPress blog
  • Plugins for WordPress
  • 10 steps to installing and setting up a customized WordPress blog

Breakout sessions will go until approximately 7:30 p.m. or whenever we decide to quit.

Details

Date: September 17, 2009

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Place: University of Utah | Fine Arts Auditorium with breakout sessions at the neighboring BEHS Building, Rooms 106-108 | map it parking instructions included in map link

Special thanks to Andy Thompson in the University of Utah’s Marketing and Communications department for arranging for our meeting space.

RSVP: on Eventbrite

Twitter hashtag: #smcslc

To learn more about our presenters, please visit their respective sites:

Joseph Scott

Jake Spurlock

Thom Allen

via Sept. 17 meeting: All About WordPress | SMC of SLC .

PhotoCamp Utah WrapUp

I have to give a major digital pat on the back to all of those great people that put on PhotoCamp Utah this last weekend. The event was huge, exceeding my expectations with membership, the quality and caliber of speakers, and the interaction with fellow photographers. Well done all.

With that great event, I had the great pleasure of sharing some thoughts in a presentation that I called PhotoBlogging with WordPress. From the course description:

Do you take awesome pictures and want to show the whole world? Learn more about how to showcase your photos with using blogging software by WordPress.

This will showcase tips for anyone from beginner to advanced. No need to understand photography, just a basic knowledge of web tools. General overview of topic will be presented, with a few ‘hands on’ examples.

With this topic of blogging, I was a little nervous that: 1. a lot of people might be blogging, but not using a hosted version of WordPress making themes and plugins difficult. 2. Might be using other software like TypePad/Blogger/Tumblr.

So, with that being said, at 9:30 Friday night I started to build a new site that would remedy both of those problems. I built a custom tailored WordPressMU/BuddyPress/bbPress site that had themes and plugins that would appeal to a photographers that were looking to get into blogging.

So, here I am announcing Photo-Bloggers.com. If you have wanted to get a rich, photoblog, and wanted to tie into a network of other photographers, now you can. There is a rich gallery of themes, some premium photo themes, and plugins to improve the experience. If you have  a theme or a plugin that you would like to see added, let me know and I will toss it in the pot.

If you are interested in WordPress development, integration, or have other questions, feel free to contact me through the comments here, email (whyisjake {at} gmail dot com) or through Twitter.

Once again, thanks to all of the conference organizers, volunteers and sponsors for making this a great event.